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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

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

Three ways to pave a path to optimal swine nursery performance

Managing the environment leads to smooth transitions and optimal ROI. Have you been looking for ways to save input costs on your wean-to-finish or grower/finisher operation? Before you start cutting, take a hard look at how well you are managing transitions. You might find a low-cost change in management could save more money than a

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