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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.

Genesus Technical Report – New Research in Population Health

  New Research in Population Health Nick Boddicker, PhD In February we attended the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production. This conference is held every 4 years and is one of the most informative conferences for livestock geneticists to attend. The conference covers many different topics, including genetics of disease. Genesus is an

Genesus Global Technical Report, Genetics and the Pig’s Gut

Genetics and the Pig’s Gut Bob Kemp VP Genetic Programs and R&D   A pig’s gut, or more specifically the microorganisms (microbiota) in it, are a major topic of interest. The initial and still important reason for this has been the pig’s use as a model for human gastrointestinal tract (GI) microbiome research on topics

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

Genesus Global Technical Report, Inbreeding: Not all Gloom and Doom

Pius B. Mwansa, PhD, Genesus Inc.   As a process, mating of individuals that are related is defined as inbreeding.   Strictly speaking, all animals in a breed or population are related since most breeds were founded by a small number of animals. However, in practice inbreeding is thought of as mating of animals that

The Pig as an Animal Model for Health Research

Research in pigs benefits human health Dan Columbus and Lee Whittington, Prairie Swine Centre Awareness of the benefits of using large animal models in human nutrition and health related research has increased.  In fact, it has been estimated that as little as 40% of research results obtained from rodent models result in successful human clinical

Ileal digestibility of amino acids and starch in hybrid rye compared with other cereal grains fed to pigs

Hybrid rye is grown in Europe, Canada, and the United States, and compared with conventional rye, it has increased yields and reduced risk of ergot contamination, making it an interesting ingredient in the feeding of pigs. However, there is limited information about the nutritional value of hybrid rye when fed to pigs. Therefore, the objective

Increasing Inclusions of Wheat DDGS in Diets for Grower – Finisher Pigs: Growth Performance, Carcass Traits, Pork Yield, Loin and Belly Quality

Background Distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) resulting from the fermentation of cereal grains for fuel ethanol is becoming a more common ingredient in swine diets. Wheat is the most commonly used ethanol feedstock in Western Canada. While similar in most respects to corn DDGS, wheat DDGS has much lower fat content (5% vs. 11%)

Auditing On-Farm Biosecurity

mproving 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. As part of this project, devices to fill the gaps between slats were installed in the sow pens (Photos 1 and 2).

Manure Additive Shows Swine Odor Reduction

The control of manure odors is an issue of such complexity that it requires a combination of control strategies. As such, humic manure additives represent one practice that can be useful in a comprehensive strategy for odor avoidance and control. A demonstration project performed by Penn State researchers on a full scale swine finishing operation

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