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Gilt retention challenges can result in a parity profile skewed to younger females in the breeding herd. We know that there are differences in reproductive efficiency and disease control in gilts vs sows. Gilt progeny (GP) are already known...
Influenza Virus A (IAVsw) is a viral pathogen that is a frequently occurring pathogen in all ages of growing and breeding pigs. Many years ago most outbreaks were epidemic in nature with widespread infection followed by clearing immunity and...
African swine fever virus (ASFV) continues to spread in Europe with a recent jump to the south in Italy (Calabria) as well as outbreaks in Bosnia-Herzegovina and bordering Croatia.  Vector control and measures such as quarantine , biosecurity, animal...
Some European producers have elected to formulate relatively low crude protein diets in an effort to reduce environmental nitrogen excretion (pollution). In addition. lowering crude protein is believed to reduce hind gut fermentation of undigested protein that can increase...
Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) is a zoonotic and protozoan parasite that infects more than one-third of the global human population. Warm-blooded animals can act as hosts but only members of the cat family, such as domestic cats, act as...
The newborn piglet is very dependent on adequate colostrum intake (CI) as a source of passive immunity including antibodies and white blood cells. Colostrum is also an important source of nutrition that helps to maintain body temperature. The amount...
Salmonellosis in humans continues to be one of the most commonly reported gastrointestinal infections in both the European Union (EU) and North America. Pork is one of a number of sources for human salmonellosis outbreaks. It is well understood...
Farmscape for December 19, 2023 Full Interview 19:18 Listen The NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Swine Welfare suggests increasingly consumers are looking for assurances that the pork they buy comes from animals that have been well cared for and...
When pigs are born their immune systems are not fully functional. In the first few weeks of life they are very dependent on the maternal antibodies and white blood cells that they receive via colostrum and milk. This passive...
Gilts often account for 18 to 20 % or more of the breeding herd. Gilt reproductive performance therefore has a significant effect on overall sow herd productivity. Gilt management factors can affect reproductive performance and longevity in subsequent parities....
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