The constant push for production efficiency has producers extending weaning ages, increasing nutrient demands of sows nursing a larger litter, longer. A recent study by University of Minnesota researchers in a 1,275-sow commercial herd showed sows...
Heavy doses of fiber curb appetite and improve welfare of gestating sows. Hungry, pregnant females often display certain stereotypic behaviors that suggest
Gains in labor and animal handling efficiency make this new building design popular but it comes with a bigger price tag. When it comes to large production systems, it's been accepted that sows make a long trek from the gestation stall to the...
Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd. (CVS) found a lactation feeder to help efforts to maximize sow production in a growing number of farms they manage.
A $10 million U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant is enabling members of the Swine Genome Sequencing Consortium to develop a draft sequence of the swine genome.
The grant is from USDA’s
Scientists at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, NE, have identified a genetic marker that could assist producers in selecting females for increased uterine capacity and litter size
A niche swine-breeding group is being formed in Iowa as an efficient way to connect people who work in sustainable hog production and pen breed sows with peers over a large area.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued three draft documents detailing the safety of animal clones.
A draft risk assessment concludes that
Transport Sanitation Reduces PRRS Risk Pig transport systems have become a major risk for the spread of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome
25 Years of Genetic Selection, Swine Nutrition Compared Structural correctness in commercial hogs is an ongoing challenge facing pork producers