peet on pigs Five key areas of management were found to need improvement on farms surveyedMaximizing farrowing rate requires a focus on the basic aspects of management and close attention to detail, Steinbach, Manitoba-based veterinarian Dr. Blaine Tully told delegates at the recent Red Deer Swine Technology Workshop. He was describing the findings from his work carrying out fertility assessments on swine farms across Canada over the last three years. […] Read more
peet on pigs Danish producers had from 1999 to January 1, 2013 to convert from sow stalls to group housingThere are five essential components for successful group sow housing, says Lisbeth Ulrich Hansen, chief scientist with the Danish Pig Research Centre, who has been working on group systems for 20 years. Speaking with me during a recent visit to Canada, she said that the key aspects included individual feeding, adequate space allowance, stable groups […] Read more
peet on pigs The rule of thumb that replacing one-third of your sows each year doesn’t hold up when you analyze productivityThere is a popular misconception that replacing about one-third of a sow herd each year is a good target, despite the fact that I rarely see or hear of a herd achieving it. This probably stems back to the dim and distant past when sows were less productive and rather more hardy than today’s high-octane […] Read more
An independent study shows significant gains for producers using alternative to conventional castrationApanel of independent U.S. economists has found producers who use immunological castration (IC) can generate a potential increase of $5.32 per head over conventionally castrated barrows. The benefit is primarily derived from being able to market the treated pigs at a heavier carcass weight, an increase in feed efficiency, and cost saving from not having […] Read more
Research into optimizing barn design and reducing barn emissions among the highlights of the centre’s 2012 research reportThe Prairie Swine Centre, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, is a resource that benefits pork producers across Canada by carrying out near-market research and providing technical information. In addition to its research, it maintains a comprehensive database of technical references on its web-based Pork Insight, in addition to being the lead communicator for Swine […] Read more
peet on pigs Almost 60 per cent of sows studied by Prairie Swine Centre researchers showed signs of lameness, and early intervention may be the answerLameness in sows is one of the most frequent reasons for culling and a major cause of lost performance, which has both economic and welfare consequences. Prairie Swine Centre researchers Yolande Seddon and Jennifer Brown have been looking at whether early detection and prevention of lameness can improve overall herd health and productivity. The duo […] Read more
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