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Seasonal Variation in Sperm Characteristics of Boars in Southern Uruguay
The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of season, natural photoperiod, and room temperature at the housing facility on boar semen characteristics in Uruguay (34º66'S; 56º29'W). ...
Mycotoxin Survey 2014 - Focus on Russian Poultry and Swine Feed
The State Scientific Institution All-Russian Poultry Research and Technology Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences will implement multiple mycotoxin detection to help better understand threats to livestock. ...
How to Keep Pigs Comfortable through Weaning
A pig’s environment can be a deciding factor in long-term productivity. By providing quality water, nutrition and air, weaned pigs have a greater potential to transition smoothly through weaning and reach the finish line....
Lysozyme as Alternative to Antibiotics Improves Nursery Pig Performance During Indirect Immune Challenge
Lysozyme is a 1,4-Beta-N-acetylmuramidase that has antimicrobial properties. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of lysozyme and antibiotics on growth performance and immune response during an indirect immune challenge, write W. T....
Pigs That Are Lean, Not Mean: Phytogenics - Enhancing growth, naturally
Phytogenics are materials of plant origin such as herbs, spices, essential oils or other plant extracts. They have been used for thousands of years for everyday purposes as well as for their specific properties as natural remedies, writes Christine Hunger....
Dual Infections of Feeder Pigs with PRRSV Followed by Porcine Respiratory Coronavirus or Swine Influenza Virus
Clinical effects of a porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) infection may be exacerbated when a concurrent infection with common respiratory viruses occurs....
Maximizing Sow Productivity using Phytogenics - A Nutritional Approach
While genetic improvement has been the main driver for improved prolificacy of sows and production of high lean progeny, better nutrition offers a way for further gains, writes Jose Soto, Biomin....
Pig Genomics: Past, Present, and Future
Genomics is often a discussion point whenever swine producers are talking about genetics, and understandably so since genomics has promised great improvements to the swine industry, writes Nick Boddicker, Ph.D. Genesus....
Ring Trials Pathogen Detection in Oral Fluid by Serology or PCR in a European Informal Network
Members of 18 diagnostic laboratories from 13 EU countries, regrouped in an informal ‘European network of diagnostic laboratories on swine oral fluid’, performed two ring trials on the detection of PRRSV, PCV2 and SIV, coordinated by Labocea (France)...
Amino Acid Nutritions of the Prolific Sow
Over the 20 last years, the increase in sow’s prolificacy has been associated with a decrease in average birth weight and an increase in within-litter variation of individual birth weight (Quiniou et al., 2002), writes Nathalie Quiniou Ifip-Institut...
Reduced Boar Taint in Lightweight and Clean Pigs
Pork from organic pigs that are not soiled in manure and that have a reduced live weight at slaughter has a reduced risk of boar taint....
Constitution of a European Network on the Detection of Pathogens in Oral Fluid
Studies on the use of swine oral fluid (OF) in veterinary diagnostics emphasize the interest of this type of sample for animal health monitoring. While several publications have validated the interest of a given analytical test (serology or PCR) performed...
Innovation to Buck the Trend in Danish Slaughter Pig Sector
While the Danish pig industry is seeing the slaughter herd diminish with more and more weaners being sent for export, one pig farmer is bucking the trend and looking for new and innovative ways of developing the finisher side of his business, writes Chris...
Laboratory Investigation of PRRS Virus Infection in Three Swine Herds
This report describes the clinical and pathological effects of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus infection in three pig herds, showing that PRRSv infection increased the incidence of other common diseases in each case. ...
Modulation of Intestinal Microbiota in Piglets in Post-Natal Period
Traditionally the digestive tract of pigs has been considered in view of its primary function being the site where ingested nutrients are processed and enzymatically degraded or fermented and nutrients are absorbed from the lumen towards systemic organs...
Strategies to Reduce ZnO Use by Modulating the Gut Microbiota in Pigs
Zinc (Zn) plays an important role in the metabolism of swine and as such is an essential trace element for growing pigs. During the late 1980s, it was discovered that pharmacological concentrations (1.500-3.000 ppm) of Zn oxide (ZnO) resulted in reduced...
Nutritional Challenges of Keeping Pigs on Straw
Straw bedding can have an impact on pig’s health and performance....
Swine Influenza Viruses in Circulation in European Pigs Exhibit an Increasing Genetic Diversity Since 2009
Swine influenza causes concern for veterinary and public health. Thus, ongoing knowledge of influenza A viruses circulating in pigs is necessary for the prevention and control of the disease in pigs, but also to detect reassortant viruses that may pose...
Factors Affecting Killing-out Percent in Pigs
Killing-out percent (KO%), also known as dressing percent, is important to pig producers since it determines how much saleable carcase weight is obtained from the live pig....
Why Advanced Multiple Mycotoxin Detection Matters
A new technology promises to revolutionize the simultaneous detection of mycotoxins and greatly expand our scientific knowledge. Several cases in the field along with the 2014 BIOMIN Mycotoxin Survey results reveal the value of multiple mycotoxin detection...
Impact of Corticoid Treatments Concurrently Injected with PCV2, Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae Vaccines in Weaners
Dexamethasone is widely used in pig practice. Immunosuppression is frequently mentioned in the contraindication section of Summary of Product Characteristics. On the other hand few papers have been published on the topic, regarding pigs, write P. Tessier...
Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome: A Review
The clinical presentation and signs of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSv) infection differ significantly between herds, depending on the stage of pregnancy when infected in sows and the age of the pig....
Increasing Uniformity of Finished Pigs
Variation occurs for many reasons: season, management, nutrition, feeding strategy, genotype, environment, gender and health. It is important that the effort and resources put into producing finished pigs are not wasted at the final stage and that...
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