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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)

Creep Feed Provision in the Farrowing Room Provides Benefits to Piglets Showing Evidence of Intake

Author(s): Bandara, N., J. Shea, D. Gillis and A. D. Beaulieu Publication Date: May 19, 2012 Reference: 2011 PSC Annual Report Country: Canada   Summary: Previous studies done by the PSC found that creep feeding had no effect on litter performance. Although a  new study looked at creep feed disappearance and found that only about

Development of Diets for Low Birth-Weight Piglets to Improve Post-Weaning Growth Performance and Optimize Net Returns to the Producer

Author(s): Beaulieu, A.D., J. Shea and D. Gillis Publication Date: August 9, 2011 Reference: Annual Report 2010 Country: Canada   Summary: An experiment which utilized 17 weeks of production was designed to examine the response of weanling pigs to diet complexity.  Piglets were divided at weaning (28 days) into heavy or light body weights and

Loading Facilities for Market Hogs

Author(s): H. Gonyou, J. Brown Publication Date: April 18, 2012 Reference: Centred on Swine 17-2 Country: Canada   Summary: For swine producers, loading pigs at marketing can be one of the most stressful and time-consuming experiences. Problems at loading also affect the welfare of animals and have a significant economic impact as they may cause

Water Availability and Crowding

Space allowance, or stocking density, is expressed in terms of pigs per floor area. Space allowance requirements are based on the body weight of the pig, which is proportional to surface area of the pig. The optimal space allowance is the minimum area per pig for maximal individual weight gain. Many experiments have arrived at the same conclusion: “a decrease

Can sow diets enriched with extruded flaxseed replace antibiotics in starter feeds for piglets?

Authors: L. Eastwood, D. A. Gillis, M. R. Deibert and A. D. Beaulieu Reference: Western Hog Journal Fall 2015 This study aims to test whether the addition of omega-3 fatty acids into lactating sow diets can replace the use of growth promoting antibiotics in weaned piglet diets. Two groups of sows (one weaned at three weeks

Dietary ω-6 to ω-3 Fatty Acid Ratios Affect Protein Deposition in Nursery Pigs

Authors: Laura Eastwood and Denise Beaulieu Reference: Prairie Swine Centre Annual Research Report 2013-14 An experiment was conducted to determine if decreasing the dietary omega-6 (ω-6) to omega-3 (ω-3) fatty acid (FA) ratio would affect protein deposition in nursery pigs during a prolonged E. coli lipopolysaccharide (LPS) inflammatory challenge. Following a one week long challenge, six week old piglets

Ecopiglet from Olmix

Hog producers understand the importance of ‘hitting the ground running’ when it comes to raising pigs, especially those working in the farrowing unit. Day one pig care is a hot topic, and is constantly being adjusted and improved upon. But what about the remaining ~20 days in the farrowing unit? With such a naïve immune

The Importance of Nitrogen for Growth

After energy, protein is the second most expensive nutrient in swine rations but utilization tends to be low.  Retention of dietary nitrogen in pigs ranges from 30% to 60% of intake with much of this inefficiency the result of catabolism of excess amino acid/protein intake or unbalanced amino acid supply.  This catabolism represents an energetic

Marine algae to reduce the use of antibiotics in farming

As part of a partnership with Olmix Group, Inra researchers have shown that a compound extracted from green algae inhibited the growth of pathogenic bacteria in vitro and stimulated the production of immunity mediators by intestinal epithelial cells. This type of preparation could be used in livestock feed to improve animals’ resistance to infections and

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