Genesus Global Technical Report, Minding Your Gilts’ Prenatal Environment

Minding Your Gilts’ Prenatal Environment Pius B. Mwansa, PhD   The lifelong performance of pigs is known to be affected by conditions during gestation (uterine) and early life (neonatal, 21 days after birth). Adverse conditions and stressors during gestation or nursing can have a negative impact on a gilts performance during their lifetime and can

Optimizing Dietary Energy for Maximum Profitability in Growing-Finishing Pigs

The swine nutrition teams at Kansas State University (KSU) and Pig Improvement Company (PIC) have developed a tool to optimize the level of dietary net energy for growing-finishing pigs to maximize profitability. Feed represents approximately 70-80% of the cost of a grow-finishing pig and about half of that cost is related to energy. Feeding the

Tyson Foods to build on forecast-beating results, despite beef, pork headwinds

Source: Agrimoney Tyson Foods followed up the release of forecast-beating results by estimating a further increase in earnings, even as it allowed some scope for a retreat in pork and beef profits, in the face of rising animal numbers.   The US protein giant, whose brands include Hillshire Farm and State Fair, said unveiled earnings

Lessons learned from PRRS outbreak investigations

As seen in PigHealthtoday.com By Derald Holtkamp, MS, DVM Iowa State University, College of Veterinary MedicineAmes, Iowa It’s been three decades since veterinarians and researchers first recognized porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS).1 Despite years of research and experience, the disease still causes productivity losses in the US worth $664 million annually.2   Arguably, the

See the Benefits of Cross-protection Against Swine Influenza By Micah L. Jansen, DVM, Pork Technical Services, Zoetis

By Micah L. Jansen, DVM, Pork Technical Services, Zoetis   Can you see swine influenza in your operation right away? Often, we can’t answer this question just by looking because clinical signs aren’t always visible, even when disease is present.1   It is easy to see how quickly this hidden challenge can get out of

The dark side of pig mineral nutrition

When it comes to your animals’ mineral diet, you’ve likely never been thinking about “Star Wars” but just like the characters of the epic movie series, you have a choice to make. Do you go with organic trace minerals, or do you turn to the dark side: inorganics? It should be an easy choice, but

Why PRRS elimination doesn’t work in some herds, By Amber Stricker, DVM Suidae Health and Production Algona, Iowa

By Amber Stricker, DVM Suidae Health and Production Algona, Iowa As seen in PigHealthtoday.com Over the years, there’s been considerable progress in the development of strategies aimed at eliminating porcine respiratory and reproductive syndrome virus (PRRSV). I define successful PRRSV elimination as the absence of clinical disease in the breeding herd and, more importantly, the

Pork Producers Advised to Take Advantage of Forward Contract Opportunities

Farmscape for November 8, 2017 Full Interview 7:28 Listen The Director of Risk Management with h@ms Marketing Services is advising pork producers to look to forward contracting to protect themselves from downward pressure on live hog markets over the next three to four months resulting from large slaughter hog supplies. While increased U.S. slaughter capacity

Identification, treatment and prevention of shoulder lesions in sows

Shoulder lesions are most commonly observed in sows during the weeks following farrowing. Long periods of lying combined with poor body condition can increase the likelihood of sows developing shoulder sores. The prevalence of shoulder lesions varies greatly depending on farm and sow factors, with anywhere from 10 to 50% of sows being affected. Shoulder

Jim Long Pork Commentary, Pork – Game Changer, October 30th 2017

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics We were extremely happy this week, when we read the new proposed Standards for Grades of Pork Carcass from U.S.D.A. Why so happy? Finally, there is a proposed system that will properly recognise Pork taste and flavour attributes. The proposed system is based on marbling and colour.