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
Canadian pork production has made a tremendous transition from smaller family farms into large-scale high-production barns. This transition has spurred several process changes and technological advancements throughout the Pork Value Chain. So let’s say you are presented with a new technology, tool, or method to help production. How do you decide if it is going
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).
Dietary fiber is resistant to digestion in the small intestine, but is fermented in the large intestine and the resulting short chain fatty acids provide some energy to the pig. Fermentation occurs to a greater or lesser degree depending on the chemical and physical composition of the fiber; soluble fiber is generally fermented to a
Weaning is a stressful time in a piglet’s life. During this time, they are exposed to three major stressors (nutritional, environmental and social). Combined, these can activate the immune response in the piglet, which in turn can have negative impacts on animal performance immediately post-weaning (low or no feed intake, reduced or negative growth rates).
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
Full fat or defatted rice bran can be included in weanling pig diets at up to 20 percent without negatively affecting growth performance. Inclusion of 10 percent full fat or defatted rice bran maximized average daily gain. Inclusion of 20 percent full fat rice bran maximized the gain to feed ratio. URBANA, Ill. – Research
The procedures for detecting estrus in pigs are well known and for the most part are relatively straightforward. Yet, what is often very simple can become complicated by the realities of daily production at the farm. These realities often change the optimum conditions and the use of best procedures and ultimately alter the success of
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
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