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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...
Antibiotic Treatment Early in Pigs' Lives Has Long-Lasting Effects
This study by Dirkjan Schokker and colleagues, published in PLoS One, found that use of antibiotics early in piglets' lives has long-lasting effects on their gut microbiota composition and immune system....
Overcoming Heat Stress in Pigs Through Nutrition
Heat stress affects the pig industry in tropical climates and temperate regions as well. Economic losses due to heat stress in the US swine industry alone are estimated at US$316 million annually, write André van Lankveld and Simone Schaumberger....
PRRSv Monitoring Using Oral Fluid Sampling: Case Report in French Farrow-to-Finish Farms
Nowadays, oral fluid sampling is of great interest for Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome virus (PRRSv) monitoring. This method is easier to use, faster and causes less stress to pigs when compared to the standard blood sampling. The objective...
How to Straw Up at Farrowing to Protect Your Piglets
This guide from AHDB Pork explains how to protect piglets from the cold by strawing up farrowing arcs....
How Do We Value the Natural World?
Dr Bob Carling writes about the influential ideas of economist Nicholas Stern on the value that we place on biodiversity....
Collection of Oral Fluid Samples to Survey for PRRSV in Belgian Farms
The use of oral fluid (OF) samples for the detection and monitoring of PRRSV has gained in popularity over the last years. It is a less labor-intensive and more cost-effective method than the traditional serum sampling. Yet, interpretation of the results...
Infectious Agents Associated with Respiratory Diseases in 125 Farrow-to-finish Pig Herds
A cross-sectional study was carried out in 125 farrow-to-finish pig herds in France to assess the relationships between pathogens involved in respiratory disorders as well as pneumonia and pleuritis at slaughter....
How Should the Valuable Resource that is Livestock Slurry be Stored?
New research from the UK's Rothamsted Research and the University of Milan, Italy, considers the impact of mechanically separating livestock slurry into a liquid and solid fraction during storage on ammonia and greenhouse gas emissions....
Enzootic Pneumonia in Your Pig Herd
Enzootic pneumonia (EP) is the most common respiratory disease seen in pigs in the UK. This article from AHDB Pork explains how to control the disease....
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