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Imaging is Everything in Pork Assessment

Author(s) : G. Geddes
Expertise : Meat Quality

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.
2019  |  Distribution: Swine Innovation Porc  |  More

Grasping at Straw to Boost Sow Milk Yield

Author(s) : G. Geddes
Expertise : Animal Behaviour and Well-Being | Feeding and animal nutrition

As some kids learn the hard way on Halloween, you can get too much of a good thing. The same can’t be said for piglets when it comes to milk during weaning. It seems the more they get, the more they grow, which has made increasing sow milk yield a growing area of interest for researchers. That was the focus of the project “Increasing sow milk yield and piglet growth via low cost feeding and management strategies.”
2018  |  Distribution: Swine Innovation Porc  |  More

Fed Up With High Feed Costs? Chew On This

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

Producers view feed costs as most Canadians view winter: something to complain about that never goes away. While we do get a short break from winter each year, feed costs are a constant, which explains the abundance of research on how to reduce that expense.
2018  |  Distribution: Swine Innovation Porc  |  More

Slat Width Study Fills Knowledge Gaps

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

Walking on a slatted floor all day with cloven hooves might sound easy enough…until you try it. Navigating the gaps in concrete flooring can be treacherous for pigs, while dealing with knowledge gaps on proper slat width is a challenge for producers.
2018  |  Distribution: Swine Innovation Porc  |  More

Brachyspira 2.0: Novel Disease Needs Novel Approach

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

The last thing you want to hear when visiting the doctor is “wow, we’ve never seen anything like this before.” So imagine how swine vets and scientists felt recently when a novel species of Brachypira (‘Brachyspira hampsonii’), which causes severe illness in pigs, was detected.
2018  |  Distribution: Swine Innovation Porc  |  More

Got Milk? Mammary Research Yielding Results

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

Until they grow opposable thumbs and get milk from the fridge like the rest of us, piglets rely on sows for their daily supply. And just as kids are told to drink their milk so they’ll grow up big and strong, consumption early in life is essential to piglet development. That was the impetus for the project “Maximizing mammary development”, part of a series of studies aimed at improving sow milk yield and piglet growth.
2018  |  Distribution: Swine Innovation Porc  |  More

Sow feeding systems and their impacts on barn infrastructure

Author(s) : S. Turcotte
Expertise : Building and livestock management | Animal Behaviour and Well-Being | Feeding and animal nutrition

Pen management is one of the essential criteria in ensuring proper management of group-housed sows regardless of the chosen system. Here is an overview of the main feeding systems and their consequences on building transformation.
(Document in French only)
2018  |  Distribution: Porc Québec  |  More

Group sow housing. Precision feeding during gestation reduces costs

Author(s) : L. Cloutier, P. Gagnon and G. Berthiaume
Expertise : Animal Behaviour and Well-Being | Feeding and animal nutrition

Precision feeding reduces feed costs without affecting sow performance. The CDPQ can confirm this following the completion of their project to evaluate the impacts of precision feeding in gestating sows on their performance and feeding costs.
(Document in French only)
2018  |  Distribution: Porc Québec  |  More

Infrared Camera Could Keep Producers in the Black

Author(s) : G. Geddes
Expertise : Animal Behaviour and Well-Being | Feeding and animal nutrition | Health and biosecurity

In leafing through your high school yearbook, it’s clear that the camera loves some of us more than others. While a thermographic camera - a device that forms an image using infrared radiation – may be even less flattering, its potential for collecting valuable data on pigs is drawing praise and interest from the pork industry.
2018  |  Distribution: Swine Innovation Porc  |  More

Better Disease Detection is Nothing to Sneeze At

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

Pig diseases are like unwanted guests: disruptive and hard to get rid of. Apart from the animal welfare implications, disease costs the industry millions in treatment, reduced performance, lower production and pig losses. Like any battle, you won’t win the war until you learn all you can about your opponent, which is where serologic testing comes in.
2018  |  Distribution: Swine Innovation Porc  |  More
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