Pig diseases, starfish pig feed and antibiotic-free pork were among the most popular pig-related news and analysis posted on WATTAgNet during 2016.

1. 6 most common pig diseases worldwide

Prevention is always more profitable than treatment, especially for diseases that are difficult to treat.

2. Starfish approved for use in pig, poultry feeds in EU

Fishmeal produced from starfish has been approved as a feed ingredient for non-ruminants in the European Union.

3. 6 major piglet diarrhea causes and their management

Suckling piglet diarrhea is the most common condition affecting swine, often resulting in high mortality and serious economic losses.

4. China hogs world’s pig market in 2016

Chinese demand for pork is driving growth in hog farming around the world, but there is risk in increasing global production to feed China.

5. 3 strategies for successful piglet creep feeding

Understanding when creep feeding is working and when it is not can create savings or performance potential on any pig farm.


6. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria spread to pigs by workers

Genetic evidence finds source of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus in Norwegian pig herds.

7. Antibiotic usage trends promote new ways to raise pigs

Regional differences reveal countervailing trends in antibiotic use in livestock and a strong future for the next generation of natural growth promoters.

8. Understanding rice bran in pig, poultry feeds

Rice bran is an atypical ingredient: it has excellent nutritive value, but it is undervalued by most nutritionists and the commodities market.

9. How piglet gastric pH development affects gut health

Stomach acidity in young pigs begins at moderate levels and remains relatively high until after weaning, whereas a lower post-weaning pH is required for maximal protein digestion and gut health.

10. Formulating pig, poultry diets: a nutritionist’s preferences

One of the most intriguing questions arising in the study and practice of bromatology, otherwise known as feed science and technology, is, which of the published tables of nutrient analyses are best?