Events, early weaning and PRRS eradication in Pig Progress 6

 

Natalie Berkhout, Pig Progress

Sep 16, 2022

 

The 6th edition of Pig Progress for 2022 unpacks the details from “an outburst of events” that took place this spring. Then, a look at the interesting results of postponing weaning by just one day, and the importance of shortening farrowing time. Also, has Hungary managed to eradicate PRRS virus from the country’s pig herd?

 

Hungary has completed PRRS eradication – how did it go?

 

In 2014, Hungarian authorities embarked on an ambitious plan to eradicate Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome from the country. The programme has now come to an end. A closer look on pages 6-8.

 

Column: Sow condition – a roller coaster

 

The body condition of sows can often be seen to be on a roller coaster – thin sows receive more feed and become heavy sows, and then these sows do not eat adequately in lactation, and so on. Swine nutritionist, Dr Casey Bradley, offers some practical considerations on page 9.

 

Zero Zinc Summit – Wanted: a healthy gut

 

Just days before zinc oxide would be banned from pig diets in the EU, experts gathered in Denmark for the Zero Zinc Summit where they explored how to deal with the new reality facing the swine sector. Improving piglet intestinal health is key. Pages 10-12.

 

Swine highlights from the ASAS 2022 meetings

 

The annual meeting of the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) was held in June in Oklahoma City in the US. Together with the Canadian Society of Animal Science, the meeting brought together researchers and students from around the world. Swine-related topics were condensed into 2 days during which a great variety of topics were addressed. Pages 14-16.

 

Optimism with caution at 2022 World Pork Expo

 

Over 10,000 producers and industry professionals met in Iowa in the US in June at the annual get-together of North America’s pig industry. The number of problems the swine industry faces today, including labour shortage, did not go unnoticed… Pages 17-19.

 

Why is it important to shorten farrowing time?

 

This article on pages 20-21 looks at the growth in litter sizes, the parturition process, reducing farrowing duration, and the role of fermentable and non-fermentable fibre.

 

Awareness of biosecurity every step of the way ...

 

How can gilts be transitioned to become successful sows? ...

 

Weaning one day later leads to 1 kg heavier pig ...

 

Feed additive in sow diets benefits litter performance ...

 

The 3 pillars of successful pig breeding ...

 

Solving the formulator’s paradox with amino acids ...

 

Is fibre needed in diets for weaned piglets? ...

 

Column: Climate and market change ...

 

more, including link to Pig Progress edition 6

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