Indiana Swine Technical Articles

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How to manage difficult farrowings

Singleton, SF Amass, LK Clark, LJ Runnels   Fortunately, difficult farrowings are not very common in present swine production systems. The sow will need help in less than 1% of all farrowings. Sows about to farrow should be observed approximately every 30 to 60 minutes. Familiarizing yourself with the normal birthing process is the first

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

Pre- and post-purchase tips: Adding animals to the herd made easy

Adding animals to existing herds poses a certain amount of risk. Make sure to check off the important information prior to purchasing. Springtime is an exciting time when many 4-H families are adding new animals to their farms. Bringing new animals home also means potentially bringing home new diseases, too. You can make sure you’re

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

Michigan State University research and extension teams focus on pig aggression – Part 2

Michigan State University research and extension teams focus on pig aggression – Part 2 to the nature of pig production systems, pigs may have to be re-grouped at various stages, for example, entering the nursery stage, the feeder/finisher stage, at transport and/or immediately before slaughter. Vigorous fighting associated with re-grouping events can cause injury, stress,

Replacement of Acid Components in Pig Diets

For nutritionists, there is sometimes when they are very stressed because the space in the feed is somehow limited: it always has to add up to 100%. They would like to have 110% because they want to add more vitamins, more premix, etc. There’s always a question: is there a way to make room in

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

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

Economic Implications of Ethanol on Swine Production

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By: Mark Whitney, PhD Swine Extension Educator, University of Minnesota Extension Service How will the current increase in demand for domestic corn, largely “fueled” by increasing production of ethanol, affect corn availability and profitability for swine, and to a larger extent, livestock production? These were just a few of the topics discussed during the “Distillers

Over Ventilating Hog Barns By 30 % Can Increase Heat Costs by 75%

Ventilation affects many aspects of the animal environment as well as barn operating costs, specifically energy costs. Retaining the existing ventilation system in a converted group-housed sow barn leads to over-ventilation during winter because the existing minimum ventilation fans are designed for higher animal density, thereby using extra heating fuel, and most likely causing chilling

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