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Benchmarking Energy Costs in Swine Barns

Energy intensive tasks are involved in swine production. As prices for energy increase along with greenhouse gas concerns, reducing energy use is crucial to reduce cost. Benchmark information was gathered to conduct energy audits documenting energy use in order to evaluate possible energy-saving measures for...

Does the Energy of Peas Depend on Their Composition

Composition varies largely throughout pea samples in the Prairies. This variation may affect the energy value of the peas and therefore the energy supplied to the pigs. Protein and starch content had a wide variation while the energy variation was much lower, probably due to...

Effect of Ractopamine in Finishing Diets: Economics

The beta-adrenergic agonist known to stimulate muscle growth and inhibit fat deposition known as ractopamine is the active ingredient in Paylean®, which was recently registered in Canada. The relative economics of this product will impact the final decision to use this feed additive. Costs include...

Effect of Ractopamine in Finishing Diets: Meat Quality

Ractopamine is the active ingredient in Paylean® and is known to stimulate muscle growth and inhibit lipid deposition. The impact on the eating quality of pork are unclear and few studies include taste evaluation. It is crucial to have the consumers acceptance of the pork...

Large Group Auto-Sort: Potential and Problems

Large Group Auto Sort (LGAS) applies electronic technology to manage grow-finish pigs and is relatively new. It can be cost effective to assemble many animals into a pen by using similar weights derived from electronic sorting scales and sorting gates. Due to mixed reviews, more...