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Beneficial impact of a PRRSV vaccination program combining a modified live vaccine and PROGRESSIS® on virus circulation and technical performance
PRRS is one of the most significant pig diseases in the modern swine industry. The addition of a killed vaccine (KV) vaccination at D90 of gestation in farm where sows are regularly vaccinated with a modified live vaccine (MLV) have been shown to contribute...
Principles and Decision Making in Pig Diet Formulation
From a macro level, once growth and feed intake in the specific production system are known, the first step in diet formulation is to define the most economical net energy (NE) level....
Training Caregivers to Spot Sick Pigs Early Leads to Higher Performance, Lower Mortality
Pig health is critical for maintaining animal welfare and ensuring a steady supply of safe and affordable pork. “Sustainable Health” is a series of articles about common health issues in today’s swine herds and options available for managing them...
Water Quality: Differences of Perception and Management Between Pig and Poultry Producers
Control of water management is more settled in poultry farming compared to practices in the pig industry. ...
Using Diagnostics to Optimize PCV2 Vaccination
Pig health is critical for maintaining animal welfare and ensuring a steady supply of safe and affordable pork. This is the first in a series of articles about common health problems in today’s swine herds and options available for managing them sustainably,...
Organic Acid Feed Additive Can Reduce PEDv Risk
Infection with Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) causes severe diarrhea, vomiting, enteritis and high mortality in young pigs and continues to be a serious problem for the swine industry. ...
PRRS in Latin America
Research from Mexico, Chile, and Colombia indicates that PRRS remains an important swine health challenge in Latin America. This research was presented in various poster sessions at the 24th International Pig Veterinary Society Congress, Dublin, Ireland,...
Preparing for Summer: Managing Late Weaners
The necessity to stay competitive forces pig producers all over the world to continually analyze their performance and costs to drive continual improvement. Small changes in some indicators can have a big economic impact. ...
Loading Facilities for Market Hogs: Top Ten
Load-outs can be a stressful and time consuming experience. Poor load-out procedures can result in downer pigs and death losses. ...
Eradicating Mange on Farrow-to-Finish Pig Farms Using ARPEGE
Mange (Sarcoptes Scabiei var. suis) remains an important disease impacting pig herd productivity. Its prevalence has clearly declined due to successful herd eradication programs, write B. Boivent, G. Perreul, O. Merdy, R. Arena and F. Joisel, Merial,...
More Milk Production for Better Piglet Performance
Getting better piglet performance starts with higher quantity and quality milk production. Phytogenic feed additives can support both, write Richard Markus, Assistant to Development Director and Christine Hunger, Product Manager Phytogenics....
Oral Fluid Sampling as a Tool for PRRSV Surveillance in Gilts
Gilts are a potential source of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) and their introduction into breeding herds is a pivotal step of disease control, write Giacomini E et al....
Effect of Dual Technology Prime Boost Vaccination in Sows on Circulation of PRRSV in Post-Weaning Piglets
PRRS is one of the most significant pig diseases in the modern swine industry. Current vaccination strategies are based on the use of Modified Live Vaccines (MLV) and/or Inactivated Vaccines. Nevertheless, in many farms PRRSV circulation in weaned piglets...
Measuring Time-to-Virus-Negative-Piglets Interval in PRRSv Positive Sow Herds
The point at which a PRRSV-positive breeding herd begins to consistently produce entire groups of PRRSV-negative weaned pigs is important. First, PRRSV-negative weaned pigs can begin to co-mingle. Second, PRRSV-negative weaned pigs can sig­nal when it...
Feed Processing and Nutritional Quality among Wheat Classes Fed to Weaned Pigs
Feed processing and nutritional quality for CPS and Durum wheats have traditionally been expected to be lower than for Hard Red Spring (HRS). ...
Ceva Valora® as an Efficient Alternative to Surgical Castration
Male pigs are castrated in order to limit or eliminate problematic aggressive behavior, uncontrolled mating and a boar taint, which represents a significant food quality problem, write I. Kiss, V. Palya, R. Krejci and P. Mazerolles, Ceva....
What’s Wrong with My Pigs? - Rectal Prolapse
Rectal prolapse can look quite ordinary but can have a serious impact on animal health. It can prevent removal of metabolites produced during the digestive process, cause pain, encourage biting by pen-mates – thus leading to infection and even bacteraemia...
How Do We Effectively Re-invest in our Swine Operations?
Nationally we have an aging ‘fleet’ of barns, with the last big building effort concentrated between 1991 and 1998; these barns have seen more than half their productive life, even with good maintenance. ...
Syringeability of Hyogen®, a Vaccine Against Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae
Pneumonia induced by M. hyopneumoniae is considered one of the most wide spread and most important chronic diseases in pigs, write P. Forget, S. Lacoste, S. Gobbi, P. Mazerolles, R. Krejci and A. Lopez, Ceva....
Comparison of Time to PRRSv-Stability and Production Losses
To control PRRSv, herd closure (pig introduction into breeding herds is interrupted to allow the pathogen to die out) combined with whole-herd exposure to a live PRRSv (modified-live virus, MLV vaccine, or live-resident herd virus, LVI) is a commonly...
Efficiency of Energy Utilization by Growing Pigs Selected for Potential Growth Rate
The normal variability in growth rate that exists within a group of pigs causes inefficiencies in nutrient utilization and contributes to variation in carcass composition....
Maximizing Crossbred Pig Performance
Crossbreeding is the most widely used production system in the swine industry, and thus the genetic improvement goal is to improve crossbred performance under commercial conditions, writes Dinesh Thekkoot PhD, Genesus Inc. ...
What’s Wrong With My Pigs? Ear Necrosis
Porcine ear necrosis syndrome (PENS) in pigs has been reported as an increasing health problem in many countries with intensive pig farming. PENS exhibits as tissue damage to the tips of ears. Researchers have found it occasionally in pigs at three...
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