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Long-Term Feeding of Graded Levels of Deoxynivalenol in Finisher Pigs

Grains that are contaminated with mycotoxins are often downgraded for use in livestock feed. The incidence of contaminated grain is increasing, so avoiding contamination continues to become more difficult. Strategies to reduce or eliminate mycotoxins have been proposed with many that deactivate the mycotoxin through...

National Sow Housing Conversion Project

Canada and the U.S. are transitioning to group sow housing systems, with food retailers selecting pork products from these systems instead of sow gestation stalls. A large capitol investment is required for this process and selecting the correct system for each barn can be a...

Finding Effective Enrichments for Group Housed Sows

Group housing is a socially enriched environment, but aggression is still a risk due to competition for resources like territory and food. Providing enrichment can reduce aggression and stereotypic behaviours. The Canadian Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs requires that barns...

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...