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Eight Dimensions of Pig Feed Intake
Most articles on feed intake in wean-to-finish (W2F) analyze the effects of individual factors, such as water availability, feeder space, energy diet or stocking density on average daily gain (ADG) and feed conversion (FCR). However, it is important that...
Research: Validation of African Swine Fever Real-time PCR Kit
GLOBAL - African Swine Fever Virus (ASFV) is a notifiable, highly contagious disease that can cause significant economic losses. A new duplex real-time PCR kit that targets the p72 gene and an internal control has been developed and assessed for the diagnosis...
Preventing Weaning Diarrhoea using Salcochek Pro premix
The period following weaning is characterized by a high incidence of intestinal disturbances with diarrhoea and depression of growth performance in piglets, writes Srijit Tripathi, Veterinarian, India....
Research: Complete Workflow Solution for SIV Testing
GLOBAL - Swine influenza virus (SIV) is a highly contagious viral infection of pigs, resulting in significant economic losses in the swine industry and posing a significant threat to human health through zoonotic transmission. This study indicates that...
Water Line Maintenance Important for Pig Production, Health
Providing a clean water source every day is essential to ensuring your herd’s health and best economic performance, writes Ontario Pork. ...
Research Ties Sow Vitamin D Intake to Progeny Performance
Pork producers who want to get the most out of every ingredient in a sow diet can look to new research showing the value of supplementing vitamins at optimal levels. ...
Comparing Methods for Preventing PED Virus in Feed
Infection with porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) causes diarrhea, vomiting, and high mortality in suckling pigs. Contaminated feed has been suggested as a vehicle of transmission for PEDV. The objective of this study was to compare thermal and electron...
Enable Right Result First Time by Adding VetMAX Xeno IPC to qPCR Workflows
Recommended in the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnostics (AAVLD) guidelines, VetMAX Xeno IPC offers veterinary labs rapid, reliable, and easy-to-use solutions for qualifying the effectiveness and accuracy of their qPCR workflows. ...
Extensive Farming and the Future of Food Production
Farmers worldwide are facing new environmental challenges. According to Dr Juan Villalba, Associate Professor in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University and editor of ‘Animal Welfare in Extensive Production Systems’, skills learned...
Weaning Pigs Agree: “Change is Hard”
How would you feel if one day someone took away your favorite beverage and replaced it with something they said was good for you? Would you squeal in frustration? Would you refuse to work? Would you sulk?...
Three Ways to Get the Most Out of Creep Feeding Pigs
Nursery management sets the pace for pigs’ lifetime performance, so minimizing production lags is crucial during this phase. Creep feeding is one practice you can use to optimize performance during the weaning period....
Effects of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea in Latin America
The porcine epidemic diarrhea virus outbreak in the US in 2013-2014 is widely known. However, at that same time, the Mexican and Colombian swine industries dealt with their own crippling PEDv outbreaks. A series of poster presentations dealt with this...
Is the United States Ready for New Rules on Antibiotics?
Antimicrobial use on farms is about to change for animals across the US, writes Rachel Lane....
Five Steps to Help Fallout Pigs Bounce Back
In nursery performance, consistency is key. Pigs that fall behind the rest of the group can lag through future phases and require additional days to finishing. To promote uniform groups, work toward a goal of 0.5 percent or fewer fallouts in the nursery....
Listening to Consumers to Maintain Agriculture’s Social Licence
Today it seems everyone has an opinion about how food should be grown, writes Angela Lovell....
Feed Intake, Growth, and Feed Conversion: What Does it All Mean?
Feed intake and growth are two key traits for the bottom line of a commercial grow-finish or farrow-to-finish producer. However, the metric commonly used to measure herd performance is the ratio of these two traits or feed efficiency, measured as feed...
Back to the Basics of Feeding Pigs
Reliable nutritional information, whether from book values or laboratory analysis, is important to determine what diet will meet a pigs’ requirements to grow, reproduce, produce milk, fatten or maintain its weight depending on stage of life, writes...
Toxins Attack Piglets During Post-Weaning Dip
Many articles are written about the stressful period piglets experience right after weaning, though too often on-farm discussions focus on issues such as diarrhea or oedema that occur anywhere from 1 week to 1 month post-weaning. Antibiotics and/or high...
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,...
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