Article published the December 7, 2016
IntroductionInvestment in nursery and grow-finish facilities represents the most capital-intensive portion of modern pork production systems. It also is the investment most likely to have the lowest asset turnover ratio as a measure of financial return to investment. Thus, the decision on how many pigs to stock a facility with has major economic impacts. Not only must a decision be made regarding ...
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Article published the October 28, 2016
IntroductionWater is the nutrient that is required in the largest quantity by swine. Compared to the other nutrients supplied by feed, it is the most frequently misunderstood and mismanaged nutrient. While various sources recommend that water be available free choice, most fail to offer specific recommendations as to number of drinking spaces, drinker type, delivery rates of drinkers, or to specif ...
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Article published the April 15, 2014
IntroductionDetermine the impact of purge and continuous feed additive regimens in grow-finish for the control of ileitis and respiratory disease caused by P. multocida as expressed through improved performance parameters of improved feed intake, growth rate and feed conversion.Materials and methodsDuring the grow-finish period starting at 45 days post-weani ...
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Article published the May 28, 2013
The annual increase in slaughter weights for barrows and gilts in the U.S. continues unabated. Since 1977 the federally inspected dressed slaughter weight for barrows and gilts has increased an average of 1.3 lb/year (Figure 1), with no evidence of a slowdown in this trend.This annual increase in slaughter weight has challenged production facilities and equipment. The basic facility and equipment ...
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Participation in Forum on October 23, 2012
We have some farrowing facilities in the US using StalosanF but I have not seen it applied in nursery, grow-finish or wean-finish so have no experience with it. The focus of my presentation at Salta was on the basics of environmental management - what has to happen as we balance heat production by the pig with heat loss for the facility, and how this translates into ventilation management.
Article published the October 19, 2012
As a homeothermic species, the pig maintains a relatively constant core body temperature. When raised in pens with outside access, it aggressively modifies its behavior in response to changing climatic conditions. If conditions are such that it risks losing body heat it seeks shelter, huddle with other pigs, burrow in materials such as small grain straw, eat more feed for increased metabolic heat ...
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Video published on September 27, 2012
Dr. Mike Brumm, owner of Brumm Swine Consultancy, Inc., gives a presentation about pigs in confinement and about climate control in pig barns at the XI National Congress of Swine Production, Salta Argentina.
Article published the October 18, 2010
Ad libitum feed and water access is the goal of most North American production facilities. Attention to the many details involved in feeder and drinker selection is the first step in attaining this goal. Number of Feeding SpacesTraditionally, advisors to the swine industry have recommended one feeding space per four pigs for the growing pig and one feeding space for four or five pigs for the finis ...
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