Pig Industry Technical Articles

Article published the June 8, 2007:
It is well recognized that feed represents the most significant cost of animal production. Even with sheep, which typically consume more forage (as a percentage of their diet) than do other domestic species, fe...
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Article published the June 4, 2007:
As little as 25 years ago, it was relatively easy to feed replacement females in a commercial piggery. Gilts could be reared to first service on a normal finisher (or baconer) diet and only a single diet was fe...
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Article published the May 31, 2007:
The current situation on the world feed market shows increasing feed prices. Not only milk by-products are steady increasing in price. Corn prices are rising too. Raw material prices will affect more and more...
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Article published the May 22, 2007:
For years animal proteins have been used in livestock diets without many questions; however fishmeal, meat and bone meal, blood meal, blood plasma and even milk by-products in some cases are now coming under pu...
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Article published the May 16, 2007:
Research over the last 30 years has demonstrated that the absorption of amino acids in the form of oligopeptides (principally di- to tri-peptides) constitutes the most quantitatively important form of amino aci...
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Article published the May 14, 2007:
Like everything else, the feed industry has changed. I cannot think of a lot that has not changed. Most of our people use notebook computers. The original ones were called portable computers and we joked that t...
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Article published the May 11, 2007:
Feed conversion is one of the most important factors to economically optimize animal production. Since feed commodity prices have recently been increasing, Feed Conversion Rate (FCR) must be optimized. Biomin&r...
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Article published the May 3, 2007:
Large differences in sow productivity exist from one management system to another. These variations are considerably impacted by the distinctive feed and feeding programs in a sow’s reproductive lifetime. Prope...
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Article published the April 27, 2007:
Regardless of where pigs are produced the objectives should be the same: to optimise the quantity of pig meat produced per sow per year or per lifetime, at minimal cost. For the modern sow and pig genotypes, wi...
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Article published the April 26, 2007:
The word protein is derived from the Greek proteios, meaning primary or foremost. This is fitting in that proteins, being the molecular instruments through which genetic information is expressed (one gene – one...
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