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Article published the October 27, 2020
1. Introduction Deoxynivalenol (DON), commonly known as vomitoxin, is a potent mycotoxin produced by the fungus Fusarium graminearum, and its presence in wheat, corn, and barley crops can lead to them being downgraded to livestock feed grade. Pigs, and in particular young piglets, are poorly tolerant to DON contamination. Although extremely high doses of contamination in feed (20 mg/kg feed) will ...
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Article published the March 26, 2014
INTRODUCTION The presence of DON contamination in grain is directly related to the presence of head or ear blight produced by Fusarium fungi, which in turn is directly related to the moisture content at flowering and/ or harvest. Possibly due to recent high stress growing seasons, we have seen an increase in the presence of DON contaminated grains in the Prairie Provinces, and it is expected that ...
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Article published the March 26, 2014
INTRODUCTION Weaning is a critical time in a piglet’s life. They are exposed to many new stressors, including immune challenges. These stressors can lead to reduced feed intake and growth, and an inflammatory response will be generated. Although a certain degree of inflammatory response is beneficial during this time, an over-production of immune cells can be detrimental, leading to increas ...
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Article published the December 20, 2013
FAST FACTS Background  Weaning is the most stressful time in a piglet’s life  The stress of weaning can cause an immune reaction and a growth lag (slowed growth)  An immune reaction is a good bodily defense mechanism against foreign invaders, but an overly active immune system can be harmful  Many nutritional strategies have attempted to improve piglet welfare at weaning ...
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