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Recipe for Sow Nutrition: Just Add Milk

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

Researchers understand that a strong beginning is essential to piglet development, and milk plays a huge role in sows starting their litters on the right hoof. No wonder then, that while science targets sow nutrition from a number of angles, maximizing sow milk yield continues to be a major focus of research.
2019  |  Distribution: Swine Innovation Porc  |  More

Swine Health Research Just as the Doctor Ordered

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

In a business where margins are thin, a few ill pigs can be hazardous to your fiscal health. As a result, research has made this a major focus of their efforts on behalf of industry. In particular, three threats to pigs received special attention in recent studies: Brachyspira, PRRS and PEDv.
2019  |  Distribution: Swine Innovation Porc  |  More

Pork Belly Technology that’s Made to Measure

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

That’s especially true in the pork industry, where in spite of pork belly prices
rising over the last few years due to high consumer demand, belly quality is still measured using subjective and time-consuming manual methods. As it turns out, it may be a hard problem with a soft solution.
2019  |  Distribution: Swine Innovation Porc  |  More

Pork Industry has Appetite for Feed Options

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

Feed is by far the greatest cost of pig production, responsible for 65% - 70% of total expenses, and growing-finishing pigs account for about 80% of feed consumed. Whether it’s precision feeding of individual pigs or optimizing feeding strategies for pig herds, feed continues to be a key focus of research projects, as it is in a recent study characterizing the nutritive value of emerging feedstuffs.
2019  |  Distribution: Swine Innovation Porc  |  More

Can Micro-Nutrients make a Macro Difference for Piglets?

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

As a result of larger and larger litter sizes depressing average birth weight and litter weight consistency, there has been some concern in recent years about the adequacy of pre- and post-natal nutrient transfer from sows to piglets.
2019  |  Distribution: Swine Innovation Porc  |  More

Conestoga a Big Fan of Pig Cooling System

Author(s) : G. Geddes
Expertise : Building and livestock management | Animal Well-Being

Pigs don’t sweat. Their lack of sweat glands can be dangerous or even fatal during transport, and it prompted a study on the impact of ventilation in warm weather for pigs prior to unloading at the plant. Today, the product of that study is earning rave reviews from an industry seeking solutions.
2019  |  Distribution: Swine Innovation Porc  |  More

Researchers Have a Ball Helping Pigs Play

Author(s) : G. Geddes
Expertise : Animal Well-Being

In light of revisions to the Code of Practice for the Care & Handling of Pigs, enrichment as a means of enhancing animal welfare is a higher priority than ever before. That explains the greater emphasis on enrichment in recent research like “Use of accelerometers to automatically assess pig behaviour and welfare.”
2019  |  Distribution: Swine Innovation Porc  |  More

When Wounds Talk, Researchers Listen

Author(s) : G. Geddes
Expertise : Meat Quality and Technical Services | Animal Well-Being

For pork researchers, though, the sobering truth is that carcass lesions can speak volumes about when and how the pig was injured. Paying attention to those lesions and the tale they tell could have real benefits for producers, their workers and their animals.
2019  |  Distribution: Swine Innovation Porc  |  More

PRRS Research Prompts Infectious Enthusiasm

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

One of the most common and costly diseases in Canada today is porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS), which is estimated to cost the industry $130 million per year. Like any battle, the effort to combat PRRS starts with getting to know the enemy, and that was the rationale behind research on the epidemiology of PRRS.
2019  |  Distribution: Swine Innovation Porc  |  More

Feed Research Has Finger on the Pulses

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

Just as a pulse is pretty important for humans, pulse grains can play a role in keeping your business alive and kicking. As feed prices continue to rise, the pork industry seeks new and creative ways to cut costs without cutting quality. That effort prompted a closer look at pulses as an option for feed ingredients.
2019  |  Distribution: Swine Innovation Porc  |  More
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