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Michigan State University research and extension teams focus on pig aggression – Part 1

Why pig aggression? Despite undergoing genetic selection for commercial production, free-ranging (feral) pig populations adopt similar behavior to their wild boar ancestors, living in social groups of two to six females along with their litters, and sub-adults . These groups form linear dominance hierarchies, based on age and size, with one “boss sow” and the

Genetic and Genomic Basis of Antibody Response to Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) in Gilts and Sows

  Our recent research showed that antibody response to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS), measured as sample-to-positive (S/P) ratio, is highly heritable and has a high genetic correlation with reproductive performance during a PRRS outbreak. Two major quantitative trait loci (QTL) on Sus scrofa chromosome 7 (SSC7; QTLMHC and QTL130) accounted for ~40 %

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

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

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

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

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

Genesus Global Market Report, Russia, December 21 2016

Market Report Russia Simon Grey – General Manager, Russia, CIS, and Europe   Currently, pig prices are fluctuating between 110 and 115 Roubles per live kg ($1.77 to $1.85). With pig meat consumption increasing in Russia by 6.6% in 2016, pig farming continues to be very profitable in Russia. Currently, there are approximately 300,000

Does Fermented Soybean Meal Improve Performance in Weaned Pigs?

  Soybean meal contains a variety of anti-nutritional factors which limit its inclusion into the diets of young piglets. It has been shown that fermentation of soybean meal (fSBM) effectively removes trypsin inhibitors, oligosaccharides and phytic acid and improves digestibility of nutrients, including amino acids. Click here to read the full research…

Know the Signs! New SHIC Fact Sheet Available on High-Path PRRSV

  In China, during 2006, over 2 Million pigs were affected by Highly Pathogenic PRRS Virus. Over 400,000 died. Today, the variant virus continues to plague the area, leaving open the possibility of trans-Pacific introduction into North America. The Swine Health and Information Center (SHIC) announces the addition of a new fact sheet on Highly Pathogenic

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