Canada East Swine Technical Articles

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Net Energy Content of Canola Meal and Full-Fat Canola Seeds in Swine

C. Montoya & P.  Leterme The project aimed to estimate the net energy (NE) content of canola meal (CM) and full-fat canola seeds (FFCS) in swine and to validate these values, through growth studies using diets containing graded levels of CM or FFCS. No difference in average daily gain and feed conversion ratio was observed

Cost Key to Deciding Whether to Renovate or Rebuild

  Full Interview 9:41Listen  Farmscape for August 22, 2017 A Farm Building Consultant with FGC Construction says cost is one of the biggest factors influencing the decisions of pork producers considering the move to group sow housing.   “Building New or Renovation: What’s to Consider” will be among the topics discussed as part of a

Study: Trailer Floors Posed the Highest Risk of Microbial Contamination

Proper washing and disinfection of swine transport trailers is an important step in maintaining biosecurity. This study examined the feasibility of using adenosine triphosphate (ATP) bioluminescence as a rapid and effective swine trailer cleanliness assessment tool. Samples were taken from newly-cleaned, dry trailers using an ATP swab by swabbing an area of 10 cm x

Study: Using Peas with Inclusion Rates as High as 60% Did Not Cause Any Reduction in Feed Intake

With an annual production ranging from 3 to 3.7 million tonnes, field peas constitute a major source of income for farmers in Western Canada. Thanks to their high content in digestible energy and certain essential amino acids, field peas constitute an excellent feed ingredient for swine. A past survey (Pulse Canada) indicated producers were some what reluctant to use high levels

Impact of Combining a Low Protein Diet and Oil Sprinkling on Odor and Dust Emissions of Swine Barns

    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   Summary: In Canada, pigs sometimes have to travel for long distances to get to market. An experiment was carried out to see what impacts these trips were having on

Moving a Group of 4 or 8 Animals is Preferred for Minimizing Stress

Current recommendations advise that pigs should be moved on farm in small groups of 5 or 6. However packing plants routinely move groups of 25-50 pigs with ease from lairage pens to the squeeze tub. One difference is in facility design. On farms, the alley is generally limited to the width of two pigs (approx. 0.6 m), whereas in

Creep Feed Provision in the Farrowing Room Provides Benefits to Piglets Showing Evidence of Intake

  Author(s): Bandara, N., J. Shea, D. Gillis and A. D. Beaulieu Publication Date: May 19, 2012 Reference: 2011 PSC Annual Report Country: Canada   Summary: Previous studies done by the PSC found that creep feeding had no effect on litter performance. Although a  new study looked at creep feed disappearance and found that only about half of piglets

Water Availability Tended to Increase ADG During the Finisher Feeding Phase when an Extra Drinker was Available for Pigs

  Space allowance, or stocking density, is expressed in terms of pigs per floor area. Space allowance requirements are based on the body weight of the pig, which is proportional to surface area of the pig. The optimal space allowance is the minimum area per pig for maximal individual weight gain. Many experiments have arrived at the same conclusion: “a

Use of Temperature, Humidity, and Slaughter Condemnation Data to Predict Increases in Transport Losses in Three Classes of Swine and Resulting Foregone Revenue

    Peterson E, Remmenga M, Hagerman AD and Akkina JE (2017) Use of Temperature, Humidity, and Slaughter Condemnation Data to Predict Increases in Transport Losses in Three Classes of Swine and Resulting Foregone Revenue. Front. Vet. Sci. 4:67. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2017.00067     The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

Net Returns Per Hog More Important than Pushing Improved Production

Author(s): Patience, J.P. and Lee Whittington Publication Date: January 1, 2005 Reference: Centred on Swine Volume 12 Number 1 Country: Canada   Summary: What would an extra $5 to $10 per market hog mean to Alberta pork producers? It’s a huge amount of money that farmers can potentially capture by fine-tuning their feeding and operational management, says Dr. Patience.

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