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The Importance of Nitrogen for Growth

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

Genesus Global Technical Report, Consumers and Pork Quality – Sensory Taste

Genesus Global Technical Report, Consumers and Pork Quality – Sensory Taste

Chunyan Zhang, PhD Research Associate, University of Alberta/Genesus Inc.   Globally, pork is consumed in the largest proportion of all meat (40.1%), followed by poultry (34.1%), beef (21.0%) and finally sheep and goat meat (4.7%) (USDA, 2015). Consumers are the last and most important step in the pork chain, and satisfying their eating expectations is

Research Suggests Healthy Gut Bacteria Guts Can Be Transferred From Pig to Pig

Research Suggests Healthy Gut Bacteria Guts Can Be Transferred From Pig to Pig

Farmscape for January 17, 2017 Full Interview 7:03 Listen A scientist with the University of Alberta says research suggests microorganisms in the guts of pigs that help ward off disease can be transferred to other pigs to improve their health. Swine Innovation Porc has identified the microbiome as a top research priority in improving the

What is MSP[RS]® Resistant Starch?

What is MSP[RS]® Resistant Starch?

MSP is a resistant starch (RS) that is highly fermentable by microbiota in the colon of swine.  RS has proven to mediate a large proportion of its growth and health benefits through actions of short chain fatty acid (SCFA) production.  MSP acts as an effective prebiotic and its absorbent properties will help ensure against bacteria,

Stimulating Exploratory Behavior in Piglets: Effects on Pre-Weaning Creep Consumption

Stimulating Exploratory Behavior in Piglets: Effects on Pre-Weaning Creep Consumption

his study investigated whether pre-weaning creep consumption can be increased through stimulating exploratory behaviour in piglets, and whether this is best achieved through provision of enrichment (E) or through presentation of creep in a large shallow feeder. In order to examine differences between farms , studies were conducted at Prairie Swine Centre (PSC) as well

Does the Inclusion of Lyso-Lecithin (Lecired) Improve the Growth of Newly Weaned Pigs?

Does the Inclusion of Lyso-Lecithin (Lecired) Improve the Growth of Newly Weaned Pigs?

The newly weaned piglet is abruptly transferred from a liquid milk diet, containing about 8% fat to a dry diet with approximately 5% fat. Moreover, fat digestibility of milk fat by the suckling pig approaches 95% while the digestion of dietary fat by the piglet shortly after weaning is only about 75% (cited by Price

Mitigating DON Through Optimal Use of Blood Plasma in Nursery Diets

Mitigating DON Through Optimal Use of Blood Plasma in Nursery Diets

    Previous research showed that nursery pigs fed deoxynivalenol (DON) contaminated diets supplemented with spray-dried porcine plasma (SDPP) had similar growth rate and feed intake as those consuming noncontaminated diets. In this study, two blocks of 100 weanling pigs were used to determine the optimal inclusion level of spray-dried bovine plasma(SDBP) required in nursery

Antimicrobial Resistance of Faecal Escherichia coli Isolates from Pig Farms with Different Durations of In-feed Antimicrobial Use

Antimicrobial Resistance of Faecal Escherichia coli Isolates from Pig Farms with Different Durations of In-feed Antimicrobial Use

By: J.F. Gibbons, F. Boland, J. Egan, S. Fanning, B.K. Markey, F.C. Leonard First published: 10 September 2015 Antimicrobial use and resistance in animal and food production are of concern to public health. The primary aims of this study were to determine the frequency of resistance to 12 antimicrobials in Escherichia coli isolates from 39

No Evidence in Prairie Swine Experiment that fSBM is Superior to a Standard SBM in Improving Growth or Feed Intake of the Newly Weaned Pig

No Evidence in Prairie Swine Experiment that fSBM is Superior to a Standard SBM in Improving Growth or Feed Intake of the Newly Weaned Pig

  There is some evidence in the literature of improvements in feed efficiency when fSBM replaced SBM in the diet of nursery pigs. However, in many of these experiments the fSBM is used as only a partial replacement of the SBM, being used as an additive to a typical post-weaning diet. For example, Jones et

Ventilation System Requirements for Converted Gestation Barns

Ventilation System Requirements for Converted Gestation Barns

  Computer simulation was utilized to assess the performance of different ventilation system configurations needed for a sow gestation barn newly converted  to group housing. Various configurations of the ventilation system involving varying capacities and locations of exhaust fans as well as size, design and location of air inlets, were examined based on indoor air quality (i.e., air temperature,

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