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Illinois study examines energy and nutrient digestibility in wheat co-products fed to growing pigs

With feed costs and the worldwide demand for meat growing, livestock producers are increasingly turning to co-products from the ethanol and human food industries. Research from the University of Illinois is helping to determine the feed value of wheat middlings and red dog, two co-products of the wheat milling process that can be included in

Genesus Global Technical Report, Inbreeding: Not all Gloom and Doom

Pius B. Mwansa, PhD, Genesus Inc.   As a process, mating of individuals that are related is defined as inbreeding.   Strictly speaking, all animals in a breed or population are related since most breeds were founded by a small number of animals. However, in practice inbreeding is thought of as mating of animals that

Ileal digestibility of amino acids and starch in hybrid rye compared with other cereal grains fed to pigs

Hybrid rye is grown in Europe, Canada, and the United States, and compared with conventional rye, it has increased yields and reduced risk of ergot contamination, making it an interesting ingredient in the feeding of pigs. However, there is limited information about the nutritional value of hybrid rye when fed to pigs. Therefore, the objective

Genesus Global Technical Report, The Impact of Marbling on Production Traits and Carcass Composition

  The Impact of Marbling on Production Traits and Carcass Composition Derek Petry, PhD, Gnesus Inc. Swine breeding programs have traditionally been focused on production efficiencies (i.e. growth rate and feed conversion) and leanness of the carcass.  This focus has led to dramatic improvement in production efficiency and feed conversion.  More recently, the market is

Effect on growth performance and bone mineralization of GraINzyme phytase in diets fed to growing pigs

Most of the phosphorus in corn and other plant-based feed ingredients fed to pigs is bound to phytate. Pigs do not secrete phytase in adequate quantities to liberate significant amounts of phytate-bound phosphorus, meaning that most of the phosphorus in these ingredients is not biologically available. Calcium digestibility is also negatively affected by the presence

Evaluation of Organic and Inorganic Acids in Various Feeding Programs as Alternatives to Antibiotic Growth Promoters for Nursery Pigs

M. Walsh1, D. Sholly1, D. Kelly1, M. Cobb1, S. Trapp1, R. Hinson1, A. Sutton1, S. Radcliffe1, B. Harmon1, J. Smith2, and B. Richert1 1Department of Animal Sciences and 2Kemin Americas, Inc., Des Moines IA Introduction During the past 50 years, nursery pig diets have been fortified with various antibiotics in prophylactic doses against gastrointestinal disorders

Assessing Trailer Cleanliness

Proper washing and disinfection of swine transport trailers is an important step in maintaining biosecurity. Research projects have shown visual inspection of trailers is not a reliable assessment. While traditional microbiological culture method can be used, they involve the use of plated media which need to be incubated and analyzed to obtain the level of

Genesus Global Technical Report, Short remarks about sow’s lactation

Pavel Trefilov, Swine Specialist, Genesus Inc.   If you search the internet «sows do not produce milk» or «sows do not produce enough milk» you will find multiple articles, trials, recommendations and expert’s opinions; that often contradict each other.   We all still have a lot of questions related to sows’ lactation, especially in the

Function and Benefits regarding MSP[RS] Resistant Starch

MSP® Resistant Starch Advertorial The swine industry continues to look at and evaluate alternative ways to control and manage the microbial ecosystem to insure a sustainable, environmentally friendly approach to pork production. A most promising method is the modulation of the gut microflora in pigs including, but certainly not limited to selected bacteria to inoculate

Managing Winter Ventilation

One small difference when it comes to winter ventilation, is that for a period of time, in late fall and also in early spring, staff need to be more vigilant on a day to day basis to ensure room temperature fluctuations are kept to a minimum. This usually means daily vigilance monitoring first and second stage ventilation fans and either installing or

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