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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

Weaned pigs fed various classes of wheat performed equally

Author(s): Ruurd T. Zijlstra, David Overend, David R. Hickling, P. Howard Simmins, and John F. Patience Publication Date: January 1, 2002 Reference: Prairie Swine Centre 2002 Annual Research Report Country: Canada   Summary: Summary Feed processing and nutritional quality for CPS and Durum wheats have traditionally been expected to be lower than for Hard Red

Higher Canola Meal Inclusion Offers to Reduce Costs of Lactating Sow Diets

Farmscape for April 25, 2017 Full Interview 5:06 Listen Research conducted by the University of Manitoba suggests pork producers can reduce feed costs by including canola meal at higher levels in the diets of lactating sows. Scientists with the University of Manitoba, as part of a large scale project to evaluate the inclusion of canola

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

Weaning Sows Directly into Group Housing: Aggression, Welfare & Production

Social stress from mixing sows has the potential to negatively affect sow production and welfare. Housing sows in stalls from weaning until five weeks after breeding is a common strategy used to prevent aggression and ensure control over individual feeding during breeding, conception and implantation.   However, alternative management options are needed as pressure to reduce

Genesus Global Technical Report, Do these pants make me look fat?

    Lorne and Vicki Tannas:   Swine Production Specialists and Nucleus Support       Obviously, there is never a right answer.   What is the proper backfat for a sow?  This is one of my most frequent asked questions.  Fifteen years ago, I had the opportunity to work on a 3-year project studying this

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

Genesus Global Technical Support, Biosecurity – Bio-Management

Biosecurity – Bio-Management Joe Rogowsky DVM   When someone mentions biosecurity, the first thought that comes to mind is preventing the entry of a new pathogen or “bio-exclusion.” However, biosecurity also includes managing the pathogens already on the farm or “bio-management,” and here are some thoughts on that topic.   When sorting out a health

Cost Shared Program Helps Pork Producers Improve Animal Welfare

Farmscape for March 24, 2017 Full Interview 9:05 Listen A program being offered by the Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan in partnership with Sask Pork is helping the province’s pork producers access equipment which will help them comply with new animal welfare requirements under Canada’s Pig Code of Practice. The Saskatchewan Pork Development Board, in

Incorporating health and safety in the decision-making process

Canadian pork production has made a tremendous transition from smaller family farms into large-scale high-production barns.  This transition has spurred several process changes and technological advancements throughout the Pork Value Chain.  So let’s say you are presented with a new technology, tool, or method to help production. How do you decide if it is going

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