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Improved Laying Areas for Sows

Improved Laying Areas for Sows Posted in: Pork Insight Articles, Prairie Swine Centre, Swine Innovation by Ken Engele on March 23, 2018  Improving the Laying Area for Gestating Sows This video clip contains testimonials from hog producers who participated in a project focused on strategies to improve laying areas for gestating sows housed in groups.

Breeding sows without CD163 gene might ultimately eliminate PRRS virus

Read more articles on Pig Health Today Sows without the CD163 gene are not only resistant to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus, they also give birth to healthy, normal piglets — a finding that could ultimately lead to elimination of a devastating disease, researchers say.  In their study, the researchers demonstrated that the absence of CD163 in the sow is sufficient to protect the fetus from PRRS. Piglets from these sows may still be susceptible

Impact of Diet on Odor

North Carolina State University, Department of Animal Science and W. Powers Iowa State University, Department of Animal Science   Summary Although odors have always been associated with animal production, only within the last decade has the interest to control them resulted in extensive research. Because odors are difficult to measure, this research has not achieved

Effect of Dietary Calcium and Phosphorus in Sows on Bone Development in Piglets

Adequate nutrition, including minerals, is important for gestating sows, particularly gilts, as growth and development of their piglets needs to be supported while their own growth is maintained. Nutrient requirements obtained from older studies may not be applicable to the modern, highly prolific sow as they were based on sows farrowing smaller litters. Analysis of

Using creep feeding as a strategy to improve post weaning feed intake and piglet growth

Overall, the provision of creep feed for 5 days prior to weaning had no effect on weaning weights or growth rate from day 21 to weaning, however, modest effects were observed on piglet growth rate in the nursery. Interestingly, within the creep treatment, it was the lighter piglets which took advantage of the creep feed,

Development of Sensitive and Reliable Diagnostic Assay to Detect Atypical Procine Pestivirus (APPV) in Swine

Industry Summary: Atypical Porcine Pestivirus (APPV) is reported as an etiological agent for type A-II congenital tremors in newborn piglets. Since the first report of APPV from US in 2015, there have been several reports of this virus from around the world. APPV strains reported thus far from different parts of the world exhibit significant

Integrated Fly Control at an Eastern Corn Belt Swine Finishing Unit

Dr. Tom Gillespie, DVM University of Purdue; Diplomate, ABVP Swine Health Management Specialty Kevin C. Thorne B.A. DePaul University (case manager) Abstract A study was conducted in the Eastern Corn Belt, to evaluate the efficacy and convenience in applying Flynexx® (Cyromazine) using the 1-2-3 PIT Applicator, within a swine finishing unit. In addition, oral fluids                collected

Pain Management and Enrichment for Pigs

Summary: Powerpoint outlining new guidelines that came into place as of July 2016 regarding pain managment and enrichment PAIN MANAGEMENT As of July 1st 2016: Castration performed at any age must be done with analgesics to help control post-procedure pain, while castration performed after 10 days of age must be done with anesthetic and analgesic to

Impact of Feeder Adjustment and Group Size/ Density on Weanling Pig Performance

Author(s): Smith, Laura, A. Denise Beaulieu Ph.D., John F. Patience Ph.D., Harold Gonyou Ph.D., and R. Dean Boyd Ph.D. Publication Date: January 1, 2003 Reference: Manitoba Pork Council Research News, Prairie Swine Centre Country: Canada   Summary: Crowding and/or reduced floor space allowance negatively affects nursery performance and exacerbates social vices such as tail biting,

Adequate gilt acclimation helps minimize the PRRSV ‘tax’

Read more articles on Pig Health Today By Clayton Johnson, DVM Carthage Veterinary Service Integrated Veterinary Network   Despite decades of intense research and tremendous deployment of resources, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) remains the most costly production disease among swine industries throughout the world. Although some progress has been made, it’s estimated

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