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Field Pea DE Content and Chemical Characteristics

In Western Canada, field peas are a source of amino acids and energy in swine rations. Specific Canadian field pea samples have not been examined for nutritional value or quality previously. Physical and chemical characteristics were analyzed in relation to DE content in field peas...

The DE Content of Hull-less Barley

In Western Canada, hull-less barley is important for grower-finisher pigs as it is a source of amino acids and energy. The nutritional value of hull-less barley DE content has been unclear in previous reports. The hull-less barley DE content was analyzed in relation to barley,...

Water Intake and Wastage from Nipple Drinkers

Among nutrients, water is required in the greatest amount but has received the least attention. Water intake of grower/finisher pigs has been reported to range from 1.9 to 6.8 l/d, depending on body weight and feed intake. However, most ‘water intake’ reported in the literature is water disappearance from drinkers,...

Engineering Controls Reduce Hydrogen Sulphide Exposure in Swine Barns

Three engineering control measures were developed and tested for effectiveness in protecting swine barn workers from exposure to hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas during manure handling events. A remote manure pit plug pulling  system allowed the worker to pull the manure pit plug from outside the room. A water sprinkling apparatus...

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...

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...