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Genesus Global Technical Report, Minding Your Gilts’ Prenatal Environment

Minding Your Gilts’ Prenatal Environment Pius B. Mwansa, PhD   The lifelong performance of pigs is known to be affected by conditions during gestation (uterine) and early life (neonatal, 21 days after birth). Adverse conditions and stressors during gestation or nursing can have a negative impact on a gilts performance during their lifetime and can

Optimizing Dietary Energy for Maximum Profitability in Growing-Finishing Pigs

The swine nutrition teams at Kansas State University (KSU) and Pig Improvement Company (PIC) have developed a tool to optimize the level of dietary net energy for growing-finishing pigs to maximize profitability. Feed represents approximately 70-80% of the cost of a grow-finishing pig and about half of that cost is related to energy. Feeding the

Lessons learned from PRRS outbreak investigations

As seen in PigHealthtoday.com By Derald Holtkamp, MS, DVM Iowa State University, College of Veterinary MedicineAmes, Iowa It’s been three decades since veterinarians and researchers first recognized porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS).1 Despite years of research and experience, the disease still causes productivity losses in the US worth $664 million annually.2   Arguably, the

Why PRRS elimination doesn’t work in some herds, By Amber Stricker, DVM Suidae Health and Production Algona, Iowa

By Amber Stricker, DVM Suidae Health and Production Algona, Iowa As seen in PigHealthtoday.com Over the years, there’s been considerable progress in the development of strategies aimed at eliminating porcine respiratory and reproductive syndrome virus (PRRSV). I define successful PRRSV elimination as the absence of clinical disease in the breeding herd and, more importantly, the

Identification, treatment and prevention of shoulder lesions in sows

Shoulder lesions are most commonly observed in sows during the weeks following farrowing. Long periods of lying combined with poor body condition can increase the likelihood of sows developing shoulder sores. The prevalence of shoulder lesions varies greatly depending on farm and sow factors, with anywhere from 10 to 50% of sows being affected. Shoulder

Final Report: Development of Reagents and Serological Assays for Seneca Valley Virus

Project #: SHIC #SA1600754; NPB project #15-188 SHIC Principal Investigator: Steven Lawson Co-Investigators: E. Nelson, D. Diel, A. Singrey, T. Clement, J. Christopher-Hennings Institution:South Dakota State University Development of Reagents and Serological Assays for Seneca Valley Virus Industry Summary: The overall objective of this proposal was to develop and validate diagnostic reagents and tests for

Novel Reagent Detects Memory Immune Response in Vaccinated Animals

Researchers have developed a novel reagent capable of detecting rare, antigen-specific B cells that indicate successful vaccination in veterinary animals. The method used to create a B cell tetramer that can detect a memory immune response to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) will be widely applicable for demonstrating immunity to other veterinary pathogens,

Research Finds ADM’s CitriStim® Enhances Sow Reproductive Performance

Field studies suggest increased income potential for swine producers utilizing CitriStim ADM Animal Nutrition™, a division of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM), today announced new product performance milestones for CitriStim®, a proprietary, whole cell, inactivated yeast currently used in more than 500 ADM feed formulations for livestock, poultry, aquaculture, and swine. Field studies recently

Breeding Pigs for Increased Natural Disease Resistance

  Background Disease resistance is the ability of a host to resist infection or exert control over the life cycle of a pathogen. There is evidence of genetic variation in response to disease for nearly every disease in livestock that has been thoroughly studied, supporting the utility of genomic selection to identify and breed livestock

Genesus Global Market Report: South East Asia Market

  South East Asia Market Paul Anderson, General Manager South East Asia , Genesus Inc ​paulanderson@genesus.com.   Thailand   Pig price in Thailand is THB 58/kg (USD 1.7) in early October. The price is forecast to get lower. Consumption is slow in the month because of school vacation and the vegetable festival later in the

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