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Weaning & Farrowing

10 practical piglet gruel feeding guidelines

A feeding method recommended for underprivileged piglets that requires attention to details but pays dividends in speeding up the growth of small-for-age weaners
Gruel feeding is a management practice that targets the bottom 10 to 20 percent of small-for-age piglets in any weaning group, regardless of weaning age. Of course, the greater the weaning age, the fewer the pigs that require or rather benefit from gruel feeding.
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Novel castration alternative boosts pig performance and welfare

Experts discuss the economic and welfare benefits of using a novel castration alternative at the 2016 International Pig Veterinary Society conference in Dublin.
Experts discuss the economic and welfare benefits of using a novel castration alternative at the 2016 International Pig Veterinary Society conference in Dublin.
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EU Commission praises Danish pig antibiotics limits

Danish pig producers reduced antibiotic usage by more than a fifth since 2009.
An EU Commission report highlighted the measures that the Danish pig meat industry and the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA) have taken to limit antibiotic usage for pigs.
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3 contaminants to watch for in sow milk

Somatic cell count, endotoxins and mycotoxins are seemingly forgotten threats in sow colostrum and milk that may negatively affect piglets.
Generally considered the ideal feed for neonatal mammals, mother's milk is the exclusive nutrient source during the first days of a piglet's life and the main nutrient source during the suckling period. It is rich in energy (lipids, lactose), highly-digestible protein, provides maternal immunity, and affords systemic and mucosal protection.
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Can increased hydration save piglets and add pounds?

Tonisity is offering U.S. swine producers free trials of Tonisity Px, an isotonic protein drink, to see if it will help them wean more, heavier piglets.
Piglet mortality for U.S. swine producers runs from 14 to 18 percent according to Bill Barr, sales director, North America, Tonisity International. Barr spoke at a World Pork Expo event introducing Tonisity Px to pork producers in North America, Europe and Brazil.


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Providing a transparency model for animal agriculture

Fair Oaks Farms demonstrates that American consumers can accept large-scale agriculture if they can see it for themselves.
Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana has chosen to tackle the biosecurity and public relations challenges of welcoming a half-million visitors each year to tour its 37,000-cow dairy, 3,000-sow farrow-to-wean farm and, coming in 2017, half-million cage-free laying hen farm.
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