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Author: Shannon White

Determining Effective Enrichments for Group Housed Sows

Providing enrichment improves biological functioning and the well-being of animals. For pigs reared in Canada, this is now a requirement. It promotes positive social behaviour and is an outlet for their highly motivated exploratory behaviour. Adverse behaviours, stereotypic behaviours and aggression levels are increased in...

Reducing Energy Use in Group Sow Housing Systems

Sows in groups may have a lower critical temperature that is lower than sows housed in individual stalls as they can use thermoregulatory behaviour. If productivity does not changes, reducing energy costs for ventilation and heating may be an option. Adding fibre to the diet...

Zinc Oxide and Antimicrobial Resistance in Pigs

An essential nutrient in a pigs diet is zinc, with minimum levels need around  100 ppm. In early starter rations, zinc oxide is often used therapeutically to control post-weaning E. coli diarrhea in levels of 2000 to 3000 ppm. Zinc oxide used therapeutically may create...

Impact of Calcium and Phosphorus on Sow Lameness and Sow Longevity

As sow productivity continues to improve, dietary mineral recommendations are evolving. Physiological and anatomical demands on the skeletal system are increasing so higher dietary levels of minerals like phosphorus and calcium are recommended. The modern, highly prolific sow has not had much research done on...