November-15-18

Influence of the layout of growing-finishing units with sorting scales for large groups on pig behaviour and performance

Livestock farming methods are evolving rapidly (e.g. heavier finisher pigs, scarce labor, and emphasis on animal welfare) and many farmers are questioning the use of sorting scales for management purposes of pigs in large groups in their finishing phas...

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November-15-18

Evaluation of equipment for ultrasound measurements in live animals - The results!

Ultrasound technology is widely used in breeding programs to measure backfat thickness, muscle depth, and intramuscular fat level of pork loin. It is also used by several breeders to perform pregnancy tests and to measure sow’s body condition. &...

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October-22-18

Strategies to reduce water wastage in nursery and finishing barns

In order to reduce water wastage, two strategies based on the adaptation of nursery and finishing watering systems were evaluated in a commercial setting. Two trials were conducted, in a nursery in Quebec and a finishing opertaion in Saskatchewan. &nb...

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October-18-18

Six drinking systems tested in the finishing phase: the results!

Several drinking systems for finisher pigs are available on the market, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. Faced with a multitude of options, two questions often stand out: What is their impact on the growth performance of my pigs? ...

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October-18-18

Must see! new video on ultrasound measurements in beef cattle

Would you like to know why beef farmers USE ultrasound technology to select subjects in their herd, or are you wondering how these measurements are taken in real time on live animals?   A video is now available on the subject. Follow this l...

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October-15-18

New website dedicated to pig transportation in Quebec

A new website was created to gather as much information as possible on concepts, knowledge and programs related to the transportation of live pigs in Quebec.   Examples of information you will find: Transportation-related biosecurity ...

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October-15-18

News from the Quebec swine industry’s RDT committee

Since its creation, members of the Research, Development and Transfer Committee, named RDT Committee, have met regularly.   This committee is composed of 15 members from all sectors of the Quebec swine industry, and its mission is to improve the...

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September-11-18

Evaluation of piglet castration costs

The Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs, as of July 1, 2016, requires that piglet castration be carried out with the use of analgesics to alleviate postoperative pain. However, the costs associated with this intervention are poorly docum...

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July-11-18

Discover new factsheets on the audits of the best on-farm management practices!

In 2017, the best on-farm management practices were audited on a total of 24 farms throughout Canada as part of a national project titled “From Innovation to Adoption: On-farm Demonstration of Swine Research”. A series of eight vulgarized ...

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June-21-18

New website dedicated to the province-wide prrs swine health monitoring program

A new website that combines all the information on the Province-wide PRRS Swine Health Monitoring Program is now available. Among other information, you can find : Information on the developments in this provincial initiative; Available f...

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