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Article published the September 25, 2019:

Improving Preweaning Survival of Pigs

The loss of baby pigs before weaning is an enormous waste of resources. Recent data from 49 Kentucky farrow-to-finish swine farms indicate that an average of 80 percent of pigs born alive survive to weaning. Mo...
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Article published the February 15, 2018:

High progesterone levels at farrowing impair colostrum IgG concentration and colostrum yield in sow

Introduction Lactogenesis is induced hormonally by a dramatic drop of progesterone (P4) concentrations which leads to a pre-partum peak of prolactin (PRL). In sows, impaired production of colostrum has been fo...
Author/s :
Olli PeltoniemiShah Hasan
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Article published the February 5, 2018:

Nursing Reduction Strategies to Enhance Estrus in Lactating Sows and Effects on Performance of Pigs to Market Weight

Introduction The conventional management in the swine industry is for weaning to start the sow’s next reproductive cycle. However, breeding sows during lactation has been proposed as an alternative that ...
Author/s :
Bob GoodbandDr. Joel DeRoucheyH.L. FroboseJason WoodworthMike Tokach Steve Dritz
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Article published the August 10, 2017:

A Snapshot Analysis Look Into Herd Retention

Author/s :
Matt Culbertson
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Article published the July 20, 2017:

Impact of group housing of pregnant sows on health

Background Directive 91/630/EEC sets the minimum standards for the protection of pigs in the EU. It has been substantially amended several times. Directive 2008/120/EC [1] collates the existing legislation int...
Author/s :
Dominiek MaesLiesbet PluymOlli Peltoniemi
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Article published the November 25, 2016:

Weaning pigs agree: “Change is hard”

How would you feel if one day – seemingly out of the blue – someone took away your favorite beverage and replaced it with something they said was good for you? Would you scream frustration? Would yo...
Author/s :
Dari Brown
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Article published the February 22, 2016:

“The value of your investment may go down as well as up”

If we want to maintain a prolific and productive herd, we must continue to prioritise the introduction of high genetic merit replacement gilts into our herd. Additionally we must manage and feed them correctly ...
Author/s :
Eoin Doyle
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Article published the November 18, 2013:

Feeding Pregnant Sows in Group Housing Systems

Introduction The industry definition of "Gestation Stall Free" was that sows and gilts should be kept in loose housing systems from five days after service until one week before farrowing. Associated with thi...
Author/s :
Roger Campbell
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Article published the July 26, 2013:

Rectal Prolapse in Pregnant Sows due to Stall Housing

Introduction Rectal prolapse can occur in all species of domestic animals, but it is most common in the swine [1]. In pigs, it occurs if support and fixation mechanisms (fascia, muscles, ligaments) are overcom...
Author/s :
Panagiotis TassisVasileios Papatsiros
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Article published the October 25, 2012:

Sow Gestation Facilities - Alternatives to Individual Stalls

Introduction During the past few years, there has been growing concern expressed by the public over the continued use of individual stalls in gestation or pregnant sow housing systems. In the United States, th...
Author/s :
Larry D. Jacobson
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