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Finisher Nutrition a Growth Industry

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

As your pigs grow, so do your profits. Of course, nothing in the pork industry is that easy. Keeping your grower-finisher pigs well fed is critical to success, but high feed costs can quickly eat into your margins. So just as growing families try to stretch their dollars at the supermarket, research is helping producers make their feed dollars go farther with growing pigs.
2019  |  Distribution: Swine Innovation Porc  |  More

Health Studies Proceeding at Fever Pitch

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

While each project has a unique focus, they’re all aimed at keeping pigs in the pink of health and your business squarely in the black.
2019  |  Distribution: Swine Innovation Porc  |  More

Move Over Multi-Vitamins and Supplements: Here Comes Carnosine

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

Carnosine, a molecule made up of two amino acids (β-alanine and L-histidine), is naturally produced in the body. It is mainly concentrated in the skeletal muscles and brain, and is also found in the heart and other tissues.
2019  |  Distribution: Swine Innovation Porc  |  More

Science Helps Hogs to the Finish(ing) Line

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

As important as nutrition may be for sows and piglets, if you don’t get your hog to market and sell it for the maximum profit, nothing else matters. So it should be no surprise that the care and feeding of growing-finishing pigs is a prime concern of producers and, by extension, of researchers.
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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.
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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.
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