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Feeding Mycotoxin Contaminated Grain

Mycotoxins are chemicals (secondary metabolites) produced by moulds or fungi infecting grains. There are over 400 known mycotoxins; however only a small number of these probably affect pig performance on a regular basis. It is important to note that the presence of the mould or fungi does not guarantee...

Reducing Water Consumption in Swine Barns

Demonstrating Management Practices that Enhance the Sustainability of Pork Production Activity 1.3 – Reducing Water Consumption in Swine Barns The following publications will assist producers in making effective decisions to optimize water usage within their production units.         ...

Auditing On-Farm Best Management Practices

ACTIVITY 3.  Auditing On-Farm Best Management Practices Objective: Measure the pork industry’s adoption of best management practices that reduce cost of production, enhance sustainability and reduce labour commitments. ...

Improving Biosecurity in Swine Transport

While on farm biosecurity measures are increasingly stringent, a major gap that can allow for transmission of disease is biosecurity in transport. As such, new cleaning procedures for trailers must be developed to make sanitizing trailers easy and effective. Problems associated with cleaning trailers include...

Transitioning to Loose Sow Housing

One producer's (John Van Engelen, Ontario) lessons in making the transition to group sow housing.  As presented to a Group Sow Housing Seminar in the fall of 2017. https://youtu.be/WOzUdmEDsLs  ...

Understanding the Interaction between Nutrition and Pig Health

With new legislation eliminating the use of in-feed antibiotics for growth promotion in Canada and increasing consumer pressure to reduce antibiotic use in animal agriculture, it is critical that we develop alternatives to antibiotic use in order to maintain animal performance and health during immune...

Mitigating Barn Deterioration

When we look across the Canadian pork industry it becomes apparent that due to the age of most facilities a large percentage will need to be replaced or renovated over the next few years – as most buildings average between 20-30 years old. The majority...

Enrichment for Sows: Increases Positive Behavior

On Canadian farms, interest in enrichment has grown recently due to changes in the Code of Practice requirements, stating that ‘Pigs must be provided with multiple forms of enrichment… to improve the welfare of the animals through the enhancement of their physical and social environments.’ This...

Prairie Swine Centre CEO Appointment

Dr. Murray Pettitt Appointed New CEO of Prairie Swine Centre FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Saskatoon, April 12, 2018 – The Board of the Centre has announced the appointment of Dr. Murray Pettitt as their new CEO. Murray will assume responsibilities on July 1, 2018 and will succeed Lee Whittington, who is retiring after 26 years, the...