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Nutrition

Effect of Dietary Calcium and Phosphorus in Sows

This study was designed to determine the influence of Ca and P intake by young, gestating sows on the growth and skeletal development of their developing piglets and if smaller birthweight piglets are at greater risk from mineral insufficiency during gestation. A total of 30 sows were randomly assigned...

Can Flaxseed Replace Antibiotics in Starter Diets?

We hypothesized that feeding n-3 FA’s to sows in the form of flaxseed would allow for the removal of Ab’s in starter feeds. Based on the findings from this trial, we can neither accept nor reject this hypothesis, as we found that in our high health herd, Ab’s...

Feeding Value of Cull Lentils

The current study was designed to characterize the nutritive composition, including digestibility and energy  concentration, of feed-grade (cull) lentils for growing pigs. We conducted two studies.  The first study determined the amount and digestibility of energy and amino acids in two samples of lentils. In the second study...

Stimulating Exploratory Behaviour – Effect on Creep Consumption

This study investigated whether feed consumption before and after weaning can be increased through stimulating exploratory behaviour in piglets, and whether this is best achieved through provision of enrichment (E), or through presentation of creep feed in a large tray feeder (TF) so as to facilitate synchronized feeding among littermates. Enrichment...

Fermented Soybean Meal for Weaned Pigs

Soybean meal contains a variety of anti-nutritional factors which limit its inclusion into the diets of young piglets. It has been shown that fermentation of soybean meal (fSBM) eff ectively removes trypsin inhibitors, oligosaccharides and phytic acid and improves digestibility of nutrients, including amino acids. These improvements however, are not...

Developing Spray-Dried Animal Plasma Programs for DON Contaminated Diets

This study was designed to determine if feeding high quality diets supplemented with spray-dried animal plasma (SDAP) during the early post-weaning period, will provide benefits if deoxynivalenol (DON)contaminated  diets are fed in subsequent phases. Two blocks of newly weaned pigs were fed according to a 3-phase feeding program...

Mitigating DON Through Optimal Use of Blood Plasma

Previous research showed that nursery pigs fed deoxynivalenol (DON) contaminated diets supplemented with spray-dried porcine plasma (SDPP) had similar growth rate and feed intake as those consuming non-contaminated diets. In this study, two blocks of 100 weanling pigs were used to determine the optimal inclusion level of spray-dried  bovine...

Cleaning Ease and Animal Welfare Implications of Trailer Design

The aim of this initial study was to develop an inventory list of trailers commonly used for the transportation of market hogs in Canada. Hog transport companies in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario were visited in order to document various trailer features specifically those influencing ease of cleaning and animal...

Influence of Sow Lactation Feeding System on Performance

All three feeding systems resulted in similar sow and litter performance, however, both the electronic and modified feeding system resulted in a significant reduction in feed wastage and, therefore, an estimated saving in feed costs of $8.50 per lactation compared to manual feeding. The modified feeding system is a...