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Discontinuing Tail Docking Is Not Always Easy

Discontinuing Tail Docking Is Not Always Easy

Tail docking has been banned in the European Union for several years. If there are problems with tail biting, producers are allowed to dock tails under the direction of a veterinarian. Tail docking continues to be widespread in the EU because of this provision. Some stakeholders argue that as long as producers follow the recommended

Strategies to Reduce Use of Zinc Oxide by Modulating Gut Microbiota in Pigs

Strategies to Reduce Use of Zinc Oxide by Modulating Gut Microbiota in Pigs

Zinc (Zn) plays an important role in the metabolism of swine and as such is an essential trace element for growing pigs, according to Nutriad. Applying a sound SANACORE EN strategy can make a real difference for producers that want to limit the use of zinc oxide in pig feeds. Zinc deficiency may result in

Genesus Global Technical Report, Consumers and Pork Quality – Sensory Taste

Genesus Global Technical Report, Consumers and Pork Quality – Sensory Taste

Chunyan Zhang, PhD Research Associate, University of Alberta/Genesus Inc.   Globally, pork is consumed in the largest proportion of all meat (40.1%), followed by poultry (34.1%), beef (21.0%) and finally sheep and goat meat (4.7%) (USDA, 2015). Consumers are the last and most important step in the pork chain, and satisfying their eating expectations is

What is MSP[RS]® Resistant Starch?

What is MSP[RS]® Resistant Starch?

MSP is a resistant starch (RS) that is highly fermentable by microbiota in the colon of swine.  RS has proven to mediate a large proportion of its growth and health benefits through actions of short chain fatty acid (SCFA) production.  MSP acts as an effective prebiotic and its absorbent properties will help ensure against bacteria,

Stimulating Exploratory Behavior in Piglets: Effects on Pre-Weaning Creep Consumption

Stimulating Exploratory Behavior in Piglets: Effects on Pre-Weaning Creep Consumption

his study investigated whether pre-weaning creep consumption can be increased through stimulating exploratory behaviour in piglets, and whether this is best achieved through provision of enrichment (E) or through presentation of creep in a large shallow feeder. In order to examine differences between farms , studies were conducted at Prairie Swine Centre (PSC) as well

Advances in Swine Nutrition to Address Nutrient Management Issues

Advances in Swine Nutrition to Address Nutrient Management Issues

Background This review discusses the general principles of nutrition as it relates to nutrient management and focuses on ways of manipulating the pig’s diet to reduce the excretion of nutrients in pig manure. The nutrients of prime concern are copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P). Copper and Zinc In general, Cu and

Does the Inclusion of Lyso-Lecithin (Lecired) Improve the Growth of Newly Weaned Pigs?

Does the Inclusion of Lyso-Lecithin (Lecired) Improve the Growth of Newly Weaned Pigs?

The newly weaned piglet is abruptly transferred from a liquid milk diet, containing about 8% fat to a dry diet with approximately 5% fat. Moreover, fat digestibility of milk fat by the suckling pig approaches 95% while the digestion of dietary fat by the piglet shortly after weaning is only about 75% (cited by Price

Mitigating DON Through Optimal Use of Blood Plasma in Nursery Diets

Mitigating DON Through Optimal Use of Blood Plasma in Nursery Diets

    Previous research showed that nursery pigs fed deoxynivalenol (DON) contaminated diets supplemented with spray-dried porcine plasma (SDPP) had similar growth rate and feed intake as those consuming noncontaminated diets. In this study, two blocks of 100 weanling pigs were used to determine the optimal inclusion level of spray-dried bovine plasma(SDBP) required in nursery

Antimicrobial Resistance of Faecal Escherichia coli Isolates from Pig Farms with Different Durations of In-feed Antimicrobial Use

Antimicrobial Resistance of Faecal Escherichia coli Isolates from Pig Farms with Different Durations of In-feed Antimicrobial Use

By: J.F. Gibbons, F. Boland, J. Egan, S. Fanning, B.K. Markey, F.C. Leonard First published: 10 September 2015 Antimicrobial use and resistance in animal and food production are of concern to public health. The primary aims of this study were to determine the frequency of resistance to 12 antimicrobials in Escherichia coli isolates from 39

No Evidence in Prairie Swine Experiment that fSBM is Superior to a Standard SBM in Improving Growth or Feed Intake of the Newly Weaned Pig

No Evidence in Prairie Swine Experiment that fSBM is Superior to a Standard SBM in Improving Growth or Feed Intake of the Newly Weaned Pig

  There is some evidence in the literature of improvements in feed efficiency when fSBM replaced SBM in the diet of nursery pigs. However, in many of these experiments the fSBM is used as only a partial replacement of the SBM, being used as an additive to a typical post-weaning diet. For example, Jones et

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