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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

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

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).

Genesus Global Technical Report, The Impact of Marbling on Production Traits and Carcass Composition

  The Impact of Marbling on Production Traits and Carcass Composition Derek Petry, PhD, Gnesus Inc. Swine breeding programs have traditionally been focused on production efficiencies (i.e. growth rate and feed conversion) and leanness of the carcass.  This focus has led to dramatic improvement in production efficiency and feed conversion.  More recently, the market is

Assessing Trailer Cleanliness

Proper washing and disinfection of swine transport trailers is an important step in maintaining biosecurity. Research projects have shown visual inspection of trailers is not a reliable assessment. While traditional microbiological culture method can be used, they involve the use of plated media which need to be incubated and analyzed to obtain the level of

Genesus Global Technical Report, Short remarks about sow’s lactation

Pavel Trefilov, Swine Specialist, Genesus Inc.   If you search the internet «sows do not produce milk» or «sows do not produce enough milk» you will find multiple articles, trials, recommendations and expert’s opinions; that often contradict each other.   We all still have a lot of questions related to sows’ lactation, especially in the

Managing Winter Ventilation

One small difference when it comes to winter ventilation, is that for a period of time, in late fall and also in early spring, staff need to be more vigilant on a day to day basis to ensure room temperature fluctuations are kept to a minimum. This usually means daily vigilance monitoring first and second stage ventilation fans and either installing or

Evaluation of Temperature Conditions in Trucks During Transport of Market Pigs to Slaughter in Four Seasons

Author(s): Harold Gonyou, Jen Brown, T. S. Samarakone, T. Crowe, S. Torrey, R. Bergeron, T. Widowski, C. Dewey, and L. Faucitano Publication Date: October 5, 2011 Reference: Centred on Swine 17-1 Country: Canada   Summary: Previous research at PSC has shown there is significant variation in conditions (temperature and humidity) among different compartments in trucks

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