Advice And Tips

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Advice and Tips

Swine Disease Matrix prioritizes pathogens of threat

The Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) recently released a prioritized list of pathogens of threat on a Swine Disease Matrix. SHIC will use the Swine Disease Matrix to prioritize 2016 actions and research. Immediate next steps include creation of additional educational fact sheets beyond the 25 fact sheets already prepared as well as identification of US pork industry preparedness gaps.

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Prepare for winter transport

Heading into the winter months, livestock transportation can quickly become a nightmare. For your pigs, dropping temps can mean decreased immune systems and increased susceptibility to viruses.

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Brumm Speaks Out: Canadian feeder pigs

The impact of exchange rates and trade rules shows up in our pork industry in a variety of ways. For instance, poultry and swine producers in the southeast region of the U.S. can now bring in grain from South American at a price that is very competitive with the price of U.S. grain sourced from the Midwest.

Sow Housing

Options for sow housing

There are countless design options for housing gestating sows and each of these options have advantages and disadvantages for the gestating sow. Through years of research, several factors have been identified that can impact the success of any housing system design.

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Soybean meal produced in U.S. has greater energy values when fed to pigs than previously estimated

Differences in soil type, variety of soybeans, climate, or processing conditions can cause the same crop to have different nutritional value when produced in different locations. However, feed composition tables combine values from crops grown all over the world. Results of recent research at the University of Illinois indicate that book values for energy in soybean meal underestimate the energy value of soybean meal produced in the United States.

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