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Genesus Global Market Report, Canada – Planting & Road Trip

Bob Fraser – Sales & Service, Genesus Ontario bfraser@genesus.com   Ontario has experienced like apparently large parts of North America what most producers would deem a “backward spring” at least from the experiences of the last number of years where we’ve come to believe corn is suppose to go in April. This spring has been

Reducing Water Consumption in Swine Barns: Alternatives for Animal Drinking and Barn Cleaning

Author(s): B. Predicala, A. Alvarado Publication Date: July 12, 2012 Reference: 2011 PSC Annual Report Country: Canada   Summary: More efficient use of water has both economical and environmental implication. Through surveys and reviewing literature it was found that washing pens and drinking nipples were two areas that could see improvements in water usage. Two

Effects of Transport Duration on the Stress Response and Pork Quality of Pig

Author(s): Brown, J., Seddon, Y.M., Crowe, T., Widowski, T., Bergeron, R., Faucitano, L., Gonyou, H. Publication Date: May 23, 2012 Reference: 2011 PSC Annual Report Country: Canada Work at PSC set out to see what impacts these trips were having on the stress of the pigs and meat quality. Over eight weeks transport trailers were

Study Shows Rise in Antibiotic-Resistant Infections from Pigs in Denmark

  A recent study in Denmark titled: Emergency of Livestock-Associated Methicillin-Resistant Stpahylococcus Auerus, shows that antibiotic-resistant MRSA in pigs was causing infections in people that had no contact with animals.   The study collected information on antibiotic-resistant infections during 2010 to 2015, and found that an increasing number of bloodstream infections were caused by MRSA

Genesus Global Technical Report, Does Meat Quality Really Matter?

Does Meat Quality Really Matter? Derek Petry, Ph.D. dpetry@genesus.com   The conversation about meat quality in pork is not necessarily a new topic, however the momentum of the discussion and action by packers is.  Most producers seem to have little interest in meat quality because there is no financial incentive to have better quality so

Weaned pigs fed various classes of wheat performed equally

Author(s): Ruurd T. Zijlstra, David Overend, David R. Hickling, P. Howard Simmins, and John F. Patience Publication Date: January 1, 2002 Reference: Prairie Swine Centre 2002 Annual Research Report Country: Canada   Summary: Summary Feed processing and nutritional quality for CPS and Durum wheats have traditionally been expected to be lower than for Hard Red

Tiny bubbles help heal broken bones, in pigs

Source:American Association for the Advancement of Science Summary:Researchers have developed a much needed alternative to bone grafts that could help alleviate the long-term hospitalization, disability, and considerable costs to the health system associated with non-healing fractures. Researchers have developed a much needed alternative to bone grafts that could help alleviate the long-term hospitalization, disability, and

Loading Facilities for Market Hogs

Author(s): H. Gonyou, J. Brown Publication Date: April 18, 2012 Reference: Centred on Swine 17-2 Country: Canada   Summary: For swine producers, loading pigs at marketing can be one of the most stressful and time-consuming experiences. Problems at loading also affect the welfare of animals and have a significant economic impact as they may cause

Is Fiber good for the pig?

Hardly a day goes by that we are not bombarded with information about how we should eat. More vegetables, fruits, iso-flavones, beta-carotenes, and fiber are all the buzz. Among these, fiber seems especially emphasized, as it supposedly reduces cholesterol and coronary heart disease, decreases appetite, improves intestinal health, etc. While it may be a good

Genesus Global Technical Report, Selection Intensity and Genetic Improvement

Dinesh Thekkoot, PhD University of Alberta and Genesus Inc.     Animal breeding aims to improve livestock populations by utilizing the genetic differences among individuals. Genetic improvement is achieved by selecting superior animals as parents, and this determines the genetic value of the next generation. The basic mechanism underlying this process is to increase the

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