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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....
Surgical castration of piglets continues to be “under the microscope” with respect to animal welfare. Some countries such as Denmark allow surgical castration when a local anaesthetic such as procaine is used as a local anaesthetic. These Danish researchers...
African swine fever (ASF) continues to be high on the list of transboundary diseases that can result in devastating damage to pork production. This devastating nature of ASF has sparked an unprecedented level of international collaboration. One example of...
The period of time before and after farrowing is a particularly risky time for sows. Sow health issues are common at this point in the reproductive cycle. Poor outcomes from these peri-farrowing health issues can result in reduced performance,...
It is well known that animals make use of chemical communication to exchange information within their environment. This chemical communication involves the production, emission and detection of these chemicals. Pigs are able to produce chemical messages (odours) from digital,...
The pain associated with castration continues to be an animal welfare concern. In an effort to improve animal welfare, the German Parliament had outlawed castration without anaesthesia in 2013. It actually was not until  January 1, 2021, that castration...
312-242-7905  Friday, October 7, 2022  LEAN HOGS:  The Sep unemployment rate stands at 3.5% and the U.S. economy created 263,000 jobs during Sep compared with expectations of 275,000. No matter how you slice it, no matter what the stock market does today, this information...
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