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Genesus Technical Report: What Does Optimal FCR Really Mean?

  What does optimal FCR really mean? Derek Petry, Ph.D. – Genesus Inc.    As a genetic supplier, one of the first topics discussed in any meeting is feed conversion ratio (FCR).  While a very easy value to calculate, it is important to know the relationship between FCR and profitability. There are numerous factors that

The Importance of Mycotoxin Risk Management

  Mycotoxins aren’t new to anyone in the grain and livestock sector. Yet the prevalence of mycotoxins in grain sources varies each year, making it difficult to manage mycotoxin risk without a comprehensive plan. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has classified mycotoxins as a hazard, which means they will need to be addressed as

Challenging the Status Quo on Pig Handling

  Moving pigs is often a time-consuming, frustrating and even hazardous process — but it doesn’t have to be. Nancy Lidster knows that as well as anyone. She and her husband, Don, were commercial pig producers for 20 years in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan before spending the past two decades running a training company

Genesus Global Market Report: USA Market

  USA Market Allen Bentley, Genesus Inc. abentley@genesus.com   Seaboard Triumph Foods new Sioux City Plant is open for business. As with any start-up it will have a bumpy start. We need to pay attention to exports as we are ramping up production and slaughter 10-12%.   That is a large step and the only

New Hypor Libra* Sow Reduces Feed Costs From Farrow to Finish

  The new Hypor Libra* sow meets today’s demands to produce more pork with less feed by reducing the amount of feed it takes to raise a pig from farrow to finish. The Hypor Libra* (pronounced Libra star) is the world’s most ‘prolificient’ sow: the sum of prolific and efficient. The sow balances traits in

Avoid the Summertime Drop in Production with Practical Tips from Hypor

From quality genetics to excellent management, Hypor provides producers with the tools to maintain high production from farrow to finish during summer’s hot spells. With nucleus facilities located in warm regions, Hypor selects genetics with a high heat-tolerance, as well as provides pork producers with the research and knowledge to reduce heat stress. Here’s a

Use of Temperature, Humidity, and Slaughter Condemnation Data to Predict Increases in Transport Losses in Three Classes of Swine and Resulting Foregone Revenue

    Peterson E, Remmenga M, Hagerman AD and Akkina JE (2017) Use of Temperature, Humidity, and Slaughter Condemnation Data to Predict Increases in Transport Losses in Three Classes of Swine and Resulting Foregone Revenue. Front. Vet. Sci. 4:67. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2017.00067     The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

Genesus Global Market Report, USA

USA Market Report Allan Bentley Genesus Sales Representative USA   We have increased packing capacity coming up and that has been the talk of the industry. There has been sow expansion and will continue to see more as we fill this new capacity.   Looking forward I am very concerned that the industry has forgotten

Net Returns Per Hog More Important than Pushing Improved Production

Author(s): Patience, J.P. and Lee Whittington Publication Date: January 1, 2005 Reference: Centred on Swine Volume 12 Number 1 Country: Canada   Summary: What would an extra $5 to $10 per market hog mean to Alberta pork producers? It’s a huge amount of money that farmers can potentially capture by fine-tuning their feeding and operational management, says Dr. Patience.

Genesus Global Technical Report

Utilizing Commercial Data to Improve Genetic Response Nick Boddicker, Ph.D. Geneticist nboddicker@genesus.com     Genetic improvement in swine and its dissemination is commonly depicted as a pyramid (Figure 1). Genetic improvement is achieved using pure breeds or lines at the nucleus, located at the top of the pyramid. This is the smallest sector of the pyramid.

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