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Research on Pig Health is Irresistible

Author(s) : G. Geddes
Expertise : Genetics | Health and biosecurity

No pork producer wants to handle a 300 lb pig with a fever. It’s not a pretty picture, and neither is the bottom line for the producer when the herd is sick. That may be why the industry is excited about the potential of a  research project for harnessing genomics to improve disease resilience and sustainability in Canadian pork production.
2019  |  Distribution: Swine Innovation Porc  |  More

Genomics Lets Pork Industry Be Selective

Author(s) : G. Geddes
Expertise : Genetics

While perfection may be out of reach, advances in genomic research are  putting high performing pigs well within the industry’s grasp. This is evident in the project “Demonstration of use of genomics to predict and enhance pig performance and carcass value” part of a larger group of studies on applying
novel technologies to the pork industry.
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Piglet Nutrition Research Feeds Hunger for Knowledge

Author(s) : G. Geddes
Expertise : Feeding and animal nutrition

What do toddlers and pigs have in common? Apart from an appetite for destruction, they both depend on proper nutrition for a strong start in life. Researchers know this only too well, and they’ve responded with extensive studies on the care and feeding of piglets. From pretreatment and probiotics to post-weaning diets, science is scrutinizing this critical aspect of pork production and yielding promising results in a number of areas.
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Listen Up: Pig Ears Help Predict Quality

Author(s) : G. Geddes; Traduction É. Gauthier
Expertise : Meat Quality and Technical Services

“In a pig’s eye” is a way to express disbelief, and at first glance, using pig ears to predict pork carcass and meat quality may seem like a stretch. But believe it or not, researchers on the project “Rapid in vivo prediction of composition and quality traits using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS)” paired pig ears with the latest technology in gathering vital information for producers and packers.
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Worried About Pig Stress? Research Offers Reassurance

Author(s) : G. Geddes
Expertise : Health and biosecurity

If you think rush hour is stressful, you’ve never seen a pig pen at feeding time. In fact, pigs face a range of stressors as part of their daily routine. From social factors such as feeding competition and aggression, to environmental forces like extreme temperatures, reduced space and new environments, stress is ever present.
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Just Say No to Drug Resistance

Author(s) : G. Geddes
Expertise : Health and biosecurity

If antibiotics can treat infection by killing or slowing microbial growth, why not use more and more of them? What could possibly go wrong? By now, most people know the answer: antimicrobial resistance (AMR). It occurs when microbes such as bacteria or viruses evolve in ways that reduce or eliminate the effectiveness of antimicrobial medicines like antibiotics.
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African Swine Fever: The Heat is On

Author(s) : G. Geddes
Expertise : Health and biosecurity

As the Canadian pork industry absorbs the news that African Swine Fever (ASF) is spreading overseas, the maxim “what you don’t know can’t hurt you” no longer applies. When it comes to this highly contagious hemorrhagic disease, the reality is just the opposite: What you don’t know CAN hurt you, and do much worse to your animals.
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African Swine Fever a Hot Topic in Banff

Author(s) : G. Geddes
Expertise : Health and biosecurity

Banff in January may give you the chills, but things were heating up at the 2019 Banff Pork Seminar with talk of the growing threat from African Swine Fever (ASF). The contagious hemorrhagic disease affects pigs of all age groups, with mortality rates as great as 100 per cent. With high virulence forms of the virus, ASF is characterized by high fever, loss of appetite, hemorrhages in the skin and internal organs, and death in 2 - 10 days on average.
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The Ceiling’s the Limit in Barn Repair Options

Author(s) : G. Geddes
Expertise : Building and livestock management

Barns and bodies have something in common: They both deteriorate, and the results are rarely pretty. For pork producers, barns are one of their biggest assets, but they can quickly become a liability. Since trading in your barn every ten years for a new one isn’t an option, producers need practical solutions, and researchers are anxious to provide them.
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Imaging is Everything in Pork Assessment

Author(s) : G. Geddes
Expertise : Meat Quality and Technical Services

If you’ve heard a parent rave about their tonedeaf child’s “beautiful voice,” you know objectivity can be a challenge. But given the im-portance of objective pork quality assessment for producers and plants, it’s a challenge that researchers gladly accepted. And as part of the study on application of rapid methods for non-invasive assessment of pork quality, they not only rose to the occasion, they went above and beyond it.
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