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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....
Three Ways to Keep Newly Weaned Pigs Hydrated
When moved to the weaning facility, one of the first things a pig should do is look for water and take a drink. Unfortunately, the stress of movement, new surroundings and new penmates can delay adequate hydration. Without prevention or support, this...
Improved Reproductive Performance after PROGRESSIS® Vaccination at End of Gestation in a PRRSV Infected Farm
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) is endemic in swine producing countries worldwide and causes important losses due to reproductive and respiratory disorders. Additionally, the virus variability and the immune evading properties...
Establishing the Weaner
These guidelines from AHDB Pork should help you to assess the correct conditions for your piglets, and ensure they make it through the challenges of weaning....
DanBred International Delivers on Thailand Pig farm
Thailand has quite a mature pig scenario with around 1 million sows. Whilst the industry is dominated by the two big integrators, CP Foods and Betagro, there are of course plenty of other pig businesses operating in the country with many of these farms...
Stabilization of PRRSv Circulation Following Implementation of Mixed PRRSv Vaccine Program
PRRS is one of the most significant pig diseases. Current vaccination strategies are based on the use of MLV (Modified Live Vaccines) or KV (Killed Vaccines). This case report describes the stabilization of PRRSv circulation in a nursery and fattening...
PRRSV Type 1 Can Induce Aggravation of Infection with a Mild Actinobacillus Serotype 2 Strain
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) predisposes pigs to the aggravation of an App infection....
Importance of Regular Worming in Pigs
Large roundworms (Ascaris suum) are endoparasites which cause milk spot liver and are the most prevalent of worms affecting pig productivity. This article from AHDB Pork describes how to keep worms under control in your pigs....
Making Sure Your Farm is Handled Well While you are Away
Find out how to make sure your farm maintains standards while you are away, with these guidelines from AHDB Pork....
Improvement of Commercial Swine Erysipelas ELISA Test Applicability for Vaccination Compliance Purpose
The utility of serologic tests for evaluation of Erysipelas infection and protection conferred by vaccines has been a controversial issue, writes A. Callen, I. Lazaro and S. Carceles....
Role of Dietary Fibre in Diets for Growing Pigs - Part 2
Optimising nutritional efficiency has become more of a challenge as modern feed formulations contain more sources of fibre, so Zhimin Huang and colleagues from the University of Minnesota produced this report looking at improvements in artificial feed...
How to Prevent Heat Stress in Indoor Pig Herds
If a pig is under heat stress and cannot cool itself sufficiently it will collapse and, in the worst scenario, die. This guide from AHDB Pork shows how to keep your indoor pigs at a comfortable temperature....
Common Causes of Poisoning in Pigs
Poisoning in pigs can often only be apparent once it becomes fatal, so it’s essential to know what symptoms to look for and how to minimise the risks. Melanie Jenkins reports for ThePigSite....
Improvement Porcine Parvovirus (PPV) ELISA Test Reliability
Porcine Parvovirus (PPV) vaccines have been widely used in the field to prevent PPV induced reproductive problems since the early 80’s with a high level of satisfaction. However, the pattern of seroconversion after vaccination is often lower and more...
Alternatives to Antibiotic Growth Promoters in Poultry and Pigs
The use of antibiotics in feed for growth promotion has long been restricted in the EU, but there has been a lot of research activity looking at possible alternative compounds. This article looks at the potential for feed additives such as organic acids,...
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