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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.
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

Research on Pig Health is Irresistible

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

No pork producer wants to handle a 300 lb pig with a fever. It’s not a pretty picture, and neither is the bottom line for the producer when the herd is sick. That may be why the industry is excited about the potential of a  research project for harnessing genomics to improve disease resilience and sustainability in Canadian pork production.
2019  |  Distribution: Swine Innovation Porc  |  More

Genomics Lets Pork Industry Be Selective

Author(s) : G. Geddes
Expertise : Genetics

While perfection may be out of reach, advances in genomic research are  putting high performing pigs well within the industry’s grasp. This is evident in the project “Demonstration of use of genomics to predict and enhance pig performance and carcass value” part of a larger group of studies on applying
novel technologies to the pork industry.
2019  |  Distribution: Swine Innovation Porc  |  More

Piglet Nutrition Research Feeds Hunger for Knowledge

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

What do toddlers and pigs have in common? Apart from an appetite for destruction, they both depend on proper nutrition for a strong start in life. Researchers know this only too well, and they’ve responded with extensive studies on the care and feeding of piglets. From pretreatment and probiotics to post-weaning diets, science is scrutinizing this critical aspect of pork production and yielding promising results in a number of areas.
2019  |  Distribution: Swine Innovation Porc  |  More

Listen Up: Pig Ears Help Predict Quality

Author(s) : G. Geddes; Traduction É. Gauthier
Expertise : Meat Quality and Technical Services

“In a pig’s eye” is a way to express disbelief, and at first glance, using pig ears to predict pork carcass and meat quality may seem like a stretch. But believe it or not, researchers on the project “Rapid in vivo prediction of composition and quality traits using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS)” paired pig ears with the latest technology in gathering vital information for producers and packers.
2019  |  Distribution: Swine Innovation Porc  |  More
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