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Amino Acids Can Enhance Pig Robustness

Highlights Average daily gain and feed efficiency in diseased pigs may be improved by a combination of functional amino acids supplemented above requirements for growth Functional amino acids improved the immune response associated with Salmonella infection Bacterial shedding and intestinal colonization can be reduced by...

Recipe for Sow Nutrition: Just Add Milk

By Geoff Geddes, for Swine Innovation Porc They say “it’s not how you start in life; it’s how you finish.” Then again, “they” never met a milk-deprived piglet. Fortunately, researchers understand that a strong beginning is essential to piglet development, and milk plays a huge role in sows starting their...

H2S On-Line Training

Hydrogen Sulphine Awareness Training for Liquid Manure Handling Systems The 4-Hour On-Line Workshop Includes Instruction in: Properties of H2S Exposure limits to H2S Detection of H2S Demonstration of H2S monitoring and safety equipment Identifying potentially hazardous locations Importance of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and a hands-on...

Mitigating Deterioration of Swine Facilities

On average, Canadian swine buildings are 20 - 30 years old; over the next few years, these buildings need renovations or may be replaced with new construction. This project set out to identify potential solutions applicable to Canadian conditions to mitigate the rapid deterioration of swine buildings....

Effects of Enrichment Objects on Piglet Growth and Behaviour

The purpose of this study was to perform an initial evaluation of pigs’ preferences for several enrichment objects and examine their effects on piglet growth and welfare during the nursery period. Thirty litters were selected at farrowing and assigned to three treatments: enrichment provided post-weaning (EN), enrichment provided both pre- and post-weaning...

Science Helps Hogs to the Finish(ing) Line

By Geoff Geddes, for Swine Innovation Porc To succeed in pork production, you must consider a range of factors and how they interact, and dealing with low energy feed is a perfect example. Previous research has found that low, constant net energy (NE) diets for grow-finish pigs provide a better return...

Practical Alternatives for Managing Castration Pain in Piglets

The objective of this project was to evaluate drugs and administration procedures to help identify effective and practical pain control strategies for piglets at castration across three different studies.  Results indicate the analgesic, ketoprofen, has a positive effect on reducing pain following castration when given 30 minutes to 1 h before...

High Fibre Diets – Satiety in Sows and Offspring Growth Performance

Feeding high fiber diets to sows during gestation is reported to play a positive role in the swine industry both in terms of animal welfare (improved satiety in feed-restricted pregnant sows) and production (increased weaning weight) during the gestation-lactation period. This study was designed to determine the effect of hydrothermal processing...

Pretreatment of Feed Ingredients to Enhance Value

Grains are typically harvested at <15% moisture to maintain quality during storage. When harvested at >15%, artificial drying may be employed but this increases cost. Low-quality high-moisture grains may also be preserved by acidification. These experiments were conducted with the overall objective of determining whether the benefits of acidification on performance and...

Group Sow Housing

The National Sow Housing Conversion Project (NSHCP) was a Canada-wide project with the purpose of providing group sow housing information to swine producers and industry partners.  For more information please click on the image below. ...

Evaluating New Crop Grain

Density or bushel weight is commonly used to estimate grain quality. Bushel weight is easy, low-cost and fast, ADF and NDF are none of these. Research over the past 20 years, however, has been unable to demonstrate a good relationship between bushel weight and feeding quality of grains for swine. Frost damaged grains often have...