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Weaning & Farrowing

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Pork production cost in Brazil falls, chicken steady

Cost of producing pigs drops for the fourth consecutive month
Average costs of production for Brazilian pig producers have declined for the fourth successive month, according to CIAS, the Central Intelligence Poultry and Swine with the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa). For broilers, the index increased in October, but only marginally.
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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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