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Disinfection of Swine Barns

A number of important criteria must be considered when selecting an appropriate and effective disinfectant. Disinfectants should: Be free of strong and objectionable odors Not be corrosive ...
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Producing Quality Compost From Livestock Manure

Introduction Composting is the aerobic (oxygen requiring) decomposition of manure or other organic materials in the thermophilic temperature range of 104 – 149° F (40 - 65° C). Nature provides an extensive, nat...
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On farm AI – the pitfalls -

The earliest application of AI in pigs was a simple farm-based system. Semen was collected from a boar, the ejaculate divided into doses (with or without prior quality evaluation and extension) and immediat...
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Using Records to Optimize Breeding Herd Productivity and Weaned Pig Cost

The weaned pig output of a sow farm is dependent upon getting sufficient number of females bred, having high enough farrowing rates so that the target farrowings/week are achieved, and optimizing born-a...
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Next Generation AI - New Developments to Maximize Efficiency

AI has been in use worldwide for almost 50 years. As it reaches maturity, the industry is demanding increased efficiency. Where will this come from? One of the fundamental weaknesses of any AI system is t...
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Gilt development, management and parity control

INTRODUCTION A proper gilt development program should be followed to maximise their genetic potential. For a good gilt development program, producers must be willing to accept that this phase of prod...
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Mobilization of Body Tissues in the Lactating Sow and Associations with Post-Weaning Fertility

We sincerelly thank the unconditional collaboration of the authors, and the kind disposition of the Mexican Association of Animal Nutrition (AMENA), and the Latin American College of Animal Nutrition (CLANA). B...
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Composting Hog Manure – Is it Right for Your Farm?

Introduction Composting hog manure has not been considered a viable alternative manure management practice until recent years, and even now the practice is thought to be more labour intensive and more expensive...
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Pastured Poultry

Pasture poultry is an intensive method of raising a large number of chickens on a small piece of land. Under this system, birds are housed in mobile shelters with roofs and side walls but no floors; the birds s...
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Trace mineral proteinates in modern pig production: reducing mineral excretion without sacrificing performance

INTRODUCTION: CHANGES IN MODERN TRACE MINERAL SUPPLEMENTATION Of the 93 naturally occurring elements, most mammalian species must procure approximately 50 from dietary sources in order to maintain a normal h...
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