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Where Does the Gut Go From Here?

Gut health is measured by how well it can assimilate nutrients and act as a barrier for pathogens. The microbiome is very diverse, containing several hundred species and around two million genes. Pigs are born sterile, with their microbiome forming over time. Diet and the...

Gut Health Issues not a Pretty Picture

Gut issues in pigs cost producers money, time and lost production. There are many common diseases that cause gut issues including Colibacillosis, Rotavirus, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea/Transmissible Gastroenteritis, Clostridium, Coccidiosis, Post-weaning Diarrhea, other grow-finish diarrheas, Spirochaetal Colitis, porcine intestinal adenomatosis, enteric salmonella, porcine haemorrhagic enteropathy and...

Gut Check: Why the Microbiome Matters

While a small portion of microbes are harmful, the majority may be beneficial to humans and animals. Antibiotic use alters the gut microbiome so that its population is decreased. If taken during pregnancy, antibiotic use can lead to the offspring having a higher chance of...

Microbiome Talk Offers Lots to Digest

The gut microbiome has implications for both pig and human health. Microbes form communities in the gut, with different behaviours noted when in the community or isolated. A more diverse gut microbiome leads to a more robust ecosystem of microbes. Removing too many species results...

Science Eyes Success with High-Tech Imagery

High-tech imaging may have a huge impact in many areas of the pork industry. This includes assessing carcass and meat quality along with providing information on live animals. The current method for assessing pork quality is very subjective and is based on colour and water...

Health Studies Proceeding at Fever Pitch

Genomics can have a major impact on the pork industry since it can help improve disease resilience. This will help pigs cope with disease, leading to a faster recovery. Serologic testing, the study of blood serum is also important in the pork industry, specifically in...

Swine Health Research Just as the Doctor Ordered

Pig health is important in protecting the herd and the bottom line. Three threats to pigs include Brachyspira, Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv). Brachyspira can be deadly and research is being done on its antibiotic resistnce to look at what drugs...

PRRS Research Prompts Infectious Enthusiasm

A common swine disease in Canada is porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) and it is a very expensive disease for the swine industry. It spreads in many ways, including through pigs, the air or fomites like equipment and clothing. The greatest risks are employees...

Just Say No to Drug Resistance

Antimicrobial resistance is a worldwide concern since bacteria or viruses are evolving to be immune to antibiotic treatments. Using antibiotics needs to be significantly reduced, with livestock animals having more restricted access to them. In Canada, they can no longer be used for growth promotion...

African Swine Fever: The Heat is On

African Swine Fever poses a huge risk to the global pork sector, with it currently spreading throughout China and Europe. It will most likely arrive in North America as well so producers need to be prepared. Symptoms to look for include fever, difficulty standing, weakness,...