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Field Testing of an Air Filtration System for a Pig Transport Trailer B.Z. Predicala

Farmscape for May 24, 2017 Full Interview 6:37 Listen A research Scientist Ethology with the Prairie Swine Centre says studies are showing that enriching the living environment of pigs improves productivity at all stages of growth. Revisions to Canada’s Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs require pork producers to provide multiple

Restraint Of Livestock

Temple Grandin Assistant Professor Department of Animal Sciences Colorado State University. During twenty years of work on livestock handling and design of restraining devices for animals I have observed that many people attempt to restrain animals with sheer force instead of using behavioral principles. Improvements in the design of restraining devices enhances animal welfare and

Tiny bubbles help heal broken bones, in pigs

Source:American Association for the Advancement of Science Summary:Researchers have developed a much needed alternative to bone grafts that could help alleviate the long-term hospitalization, disability, and considerable costs to the health system associated with non-healing fractures. Researchers have developed a much needed alternative to bone grafts that could help alleviate the long-term hospitalization, disability, and

How to manage difficult farrowings

Singleton, SF Amass, LK Clark, LJ Runnels   Fortunately, difficult farrowings are not very common in present swine production systems. The sow will need help in less than 1% of all farrowings. Sows about to farrow should be observed approximately every 30 to 60 minutes. Familiarizing yourself with the normal birthing process is the first

Two clinical isolates of Mycoplasma hyosynoviae showed differing pattern of lameness and pathogen detection in experimentally challenged pigs

Citation J Vet Sci 2016, 17(4), 489-496 Comments ⓒ 2016 The Korean Society of Veterinary Science. Abstract Mycoplasma (M.) hyosynoviae is known to colonize and cause disease in growing-finishing pigs. In this study, two clinical isolates of M. hyosynoviae were compared by inoculating cesarean-derived colostrum-deprived and specific-pathogen-free growing pigs. After intranasal or intravenous inoculation, the

Infectious Causes of Infertility in Sows

Jeanette L. Floss College of Veterinary Medicine Roderick C. Tubbs Swine veterinarian Commercial Agriculture Program Any time a sow farrows prematurely, there is the fear that additional litters will be lost. An abortion rate of less than 2 percent is considered an acceptable level in most herds. Premature farrowing usually results from nutritional, genetic or

Is Fiber good for the pig?

Hardly a day goes by that we are not bombarded with information about how we should eat. More vegetables, fruits, iso-flavones, beta-carotenes, and fiber are all the buzz. Among these, fiber seems especially emphasized, as it supposedly reduces cholesterol and coronary heart disease, decreases appetite, improves intestinal health, etc. While it may be a good

High-moisture, acid-treated grain for finishing swine 

Allee, G.L.; Deyoe, C.W.; Hines, Robert H. The feeding value of high-moisture milo treated with organic acids for finishing swine was studied in two trials involving 56 pigs. There were no significant differences in daily gain, feed intake, feed efficiency, or carcass measurements between pigs fed the dry grain and those fed the high-moisture grain

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

Genesus Global Technical Report, Selection Intensity and Genetic Improvement

Dinesh Thekkoot, PhD University of Alberta and Genesus Inc.     Animal breeding aims to improve livestock populations by utilizing the genetic differences among individuals. Genetic improvement is achieved by selecting superior animals as parents, and this determines the genetic value of the next generation. The basic mechanism underlying this process is to increase the

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