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Transport pigs properly and prepare for their arrival
Safely transporting pigs from one facility to another is a necessity of modern day pork production. As with any change to routine, the stress of handling, riding on trucks and being introduced to new surroundings can temporarily stall performance and...
Tips to improve your handling for pig welfare and productivity
The way we handle pigs can have important consequences for their welfare and productivity. Research has repeatedly shown that pigs exposed to negative handling techniques, such as hits, slaps, pushes, shouting and fast movement can have lower rates of...
Pigs need water in winter too
As temperatures drop during the winter, managing hydration is still a critical component of daily protocols. Rick Purnell provides a short insight on how to keep your pigs hydrated and productive over the colder months....
Review: Achieving sustainable production of pig meat
Volume 2: Animal breeding and nutrition ...
Northern Ireland pig herd shows resilient ‘bounce back’ ability
Using more prolific genetics as well as increasing the feed intake to lactating sows has helped boost the overall pig herd performance in Northern Ireland over the past few years, writes Chris McCullough, a freelance writer based in Northern Ireland....
Training gilts for electronic sow feeding: the fundamentals of success and pitfalls to avoid
The transition to group housing during gestation in North America requires many adjustments. Best practices continue to be developed as the number of group-housed sows steadily grows. In a 2016 survey, PIC found that around one third of the US pig herd...
Sound management will get your piglets through winter
As temperatures drop, winter management practices in farrowing barns and nurseries become critical components of daily protocols. Rick Purnell provides a short insight on how to keep your piglets productive throughout the colder months....
'Pork rules': Ghana's pig industry in 2017
Efua Okai provides an insight into Ghana’s pork industry, from farm to fork, and the new generation of pig farmer entrepreneurs giving the industry a welcome boost....
Influenza: a growing threat to your swine herd
Influenza A virus in swine has an endemic presence in swine populations across North and South America, Asia and Europe. Now, with the emergence of new virus strains that are more difficult to predict and control, IAV-S has emerged as a major threat to...
From the brink of extinction: Zimbabwe's pork industry
Zimbabwe has a tumultuous history within agriculture and producers are seeking positive change, particularly within pig farming. Here, Ian Nkala writes about the factors that have contributed to the demise of the swine industry in Zimbabwe, and the challenges...
Zinc oxide alternatives for weaned pigs: organic acids and MCFAs
As concern for the use of Zinc oxide in pig feed grows, pig producers are looking for alternatives that can achieve similar results, writes Matthew Wedzerai, an experienced writer in the pig husbandry and animal feed industry. ...
African Swine Fever: learn the facts, save your pigs
With the rapid emergence of cases of African swine fever identified within Europe, it is important to maintain high standards of biosecurity, know the signs of the disease, and, equally as critical, know how to stop the spread....
The Vietnam Swine Crisis: This Little Piggy Probably Won’t be Going to Market!
Swine farming plays an integral part in Vietnam’s agricultural output. Between 2013 and 2016, Vietnam’s local hog population grew at 11.0 per cent, leading to a supply of 54.46 million pigs....
Diagnostics Critical in Effort to Eradicate PRRS Virus
Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) costs the global pig industry hundreds of millions of Euros each year, writes Nardy Robben, Product Specialist, Thermo Fisher Scientific....
Pig Pens: A Look at Mirrors and Mats
What a pig sees when it looks into a mirror may help Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists improve livestock housing....
Inside a Thriving Jamaican Pork Farm
Pig products are big in Jamaica – it’s not just Usain Bolt who loves his jerk pork. But what’s the current outlook for domestic producers? To find out, Stuart Lumb heads to a Montego Bay family business to get a farmer’s-eye perspective....
Vaccination with Ingelvac PRRSFLEX® EU in Four Week Old Piglets Showed Efficacy During a Naturally Occurring Field Infection in Spain
Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) is one of the major pathogens in pigs that have a significant economic impact on the swine industry worldwide....
Successful Mycotoxin Management: Mission Possible
Mycotoxins are toxic substances produced by naturally occurring metabolic processes in fungi. Mycotoxins can invade the seeds before the actual harvest whilst the crop is still on the field, or alternatively, mould growth can occur during storage at the...
The Use of Mycotoxin Deactivators to Reduce the Effects of Mycotoxins on Pig Growth, Organ Health and Immune Status during Chronic Exposure
More than a century ago, plant pathologists in Europe and the United States associated wheat head blight with infections by Fusarium graminearum (F. graminearum), which produces deoxynivalenol (DON) and Nivalenol (NIV). F. graminearum is a plant pathogen...
Growing Performance Improvement after Using PRRS MLV at 3weeks Old Piglets in a Korean Swine Farm
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) causes respiratory disease in nursery and grow-finisher pigs and reproductive failure in sows and boars.1...
Reducing ZnO by Changing Gut Microbiota
Zinc (Zn) plays an important role in the metabolism of swine and as such is an essential trace element for growing pigs. The element is also known to have negative side effects. Which alternatives exist?...
Safety and Efficacy of a Novel Modified Live PRRSv Vaccine in Bred Gilts and Sows
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) can be devastating to breeding herds, due to losses resulting from reproductive failure....
Animal Nutrition Severely Affected by Mycotoxins: Can Mycotoxins be Managed?
Mycotoxins are highly toxic secondary metabolic products of molds. Mycotoxin producing molds damage crops which can cause great economic losses at all levels of food and feed production. ...
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