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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

Genesus Global Technical Report, The Key Elements of Genotype Panels, March 10 2017

Nick Boddicker, Ph.D.   Genomics has become commonplace for any serious swine genetics company and it is used to improve genetic gain, which directly affects profitability for the customer. Genotype information is the foundation of genomics and genomic selection. Genotyping is carried out using special “chips” that read predetermined markers or single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs).

Retention of Dietary Nitrogen in Pigs Ranges From 30% to 60%

    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

In High Health Situations Antibiotics May Not Be Necessary

Weaning is a stressful time in a piglet’s life. During this time, they are exposed to three major stressors (nutritional, environmental and social). Combined, these can activate the immune response in the piglet, which in turn can have negative impacts on animal performance immediately post-weaning (low or no feed intake, reduced or negative growth rates).

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

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

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

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