Training caregivers to spot sick pigs early leads to higher performance, lower mortality

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From all healthy, outer appearances, most would never detect the late-finishing Mycoplasma outbreak that was slowly starting to wreak havoc on a Minnesota finishing herd. According to swine veterinarian Lucina Galina, training caregivers to spot sick pigs early helps reduce the progression and spread of disease, while limiting related costs.

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Stabilized rice bran boosts antibiotic-free piglet growth

Supplementation with stabilized rice bran correlated to a 10 percent improvement in the growth to feed ratio of piglets not fed antibiotics.

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Five steps to better Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae control

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Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (MH) is one of the top respiratory diseases in pigs, causing US producers significant economic losses each year in poor growth, reduced feed efficiency and extended time to market. But while the effects of the disease are most evident in the critical grow-finish period, swine veterinarian Lucina Galina says effective control must start on the sow farm.

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Global pig meat trade study reveals new patterns, trends

Global pig meat trade is dominated by old industrialized countries despite losing exports and imports to newly industrialized and less developed countries.

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Demonstration farm helping pork industry see benefits of pig-castration alternative

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A hog farm in Indiana is showing all links of the pork chain the value of a castration alternative that's slowly been gaining traction worldwide over the past 10 years. It provides “an honest look at pork production in a commercial swine facility,' says Larry Rueff, DVM, and farm owner. 'Visitors will see that these treated, intact boars can be handled like all market swine in commercial units.'

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Enriched pens linked to less gestational stress, lower piglet mortality

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Housing sows in enriched pens can reduce stress and have a positive impact on the development and survival rate of piglets, according to scientists. A study by researchers in France found that sows housed in larger pens with deep bedding produce lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that can suppress the immune system and cause other health issues.

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