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Worried About Pig Stress? Research Offers Reassurance

Author(s) : G. Geddes
Expertise : Animal Behaviour and Well-Being | 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.
2019  |  Distribution: Swine Innovation Porc  |  More

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.
2019  |  Distribution: Swine Innovation Porc  |  More

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.
2019  |  Distribution: Swine Innovation Porc  |  More

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.
2019  |  Distribution: Swine Innovation Porc  |  More

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.
2019  |  Distribution: Swine Innovation Porc  |  More

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
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