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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

Genesus Global Technical Report, Do these pants make me look fat?

    Lorne and Vicki Tannas:   Swine Production Specialists and Nucleus Support       Obviously, there is never a right answer.   What is the proper backfat for a sow?  This is one of my most frequent asked questions.  Fifteen years ago, I had the opportunity to work on a 3-year project studying this

Dietary ω-6 to ω-3 Fatty Acid Ratios Affect Protein Deposition in Nursery Pigs

Authors: Laura Eastwood and Denise Beaulieu Reference: Prairie Swine Centre Annual Research Report 2013-14 An experiment was conducted to determine if decreasing the dietary omega-6 (ω-6) to omega-3 (ω-3) fatty acid (FA) ratio would affect protein deposition in nursery pigs during a prolonged E. coli lipopolysaccharide (LPS) inflammatory challenge. Following a one week long challenge, six week old piglets

Genesus Global Technical Support, Biosecurity – Bio-Management

Biosecurity – Bio-Management Joe Rogowsky DVM   When someone mentions biosecurity, the first thought that comes to mind is preventing the entry of a new pathogen or “bio-exclusion.” However, biosecurity also includes managing the pathogens already on the farm or “bio-management,” and here are some thoughts on that topic.   When sorting out a health

Genesus Global Technical Report, The Key Elements of Genotype Panels, March 10 2017

Nick Boddicker, Ph.D.   Genomics has become commonplace for any serious swine genetics company and it is used to improve genetic gain, which directly affects profitability for the customer. Genotype information is the foundation of genomics and genomic selection. Genotyping is carried out using special “chips” that read predetermined markers or single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs).

Reducing Temperature Requirements for Group Housed Sows to Save Cost

Work at Prairie Swine Centre indicates that sows in group housing systems will maintain room temperatures between 9 to12 0C, leading to approximately 78% reduction in energy consumption when compared to gestation rooms maintained at pre-set temperature of 16.50C. Conversion of gestation sow housing from stalls to group systems has been mandated in the recently

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