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The Perfect Solution For Liquid Feed Medication (Dispensing live Vaccines)

The precise dispensing of live vaccines and other essential elements is a crucial part of any successful grower operation - animal health and profitable business operations working hand in hand. ...
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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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Alternatives to antibiotics

The following article is a special collaboration from AFMA (Animal Feed Manufacturers Association) www.afma.co.zaWe thank their kind support.The growth promoter is dead. Long live the “nutraceutical”! But what ...
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Processing Factors influencing pellet quality

The following article is a special collaboration from AFMA (Animal Feed Manufacturers Association) www.afma.co.za We thank their kind support. Developing a full understanding of pellet quality and the factors t...
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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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