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Indoor Air Quality and Ventilation Systems in Pig Barns

Introduction Good quality air will provide a healthier environment for pigs and people. Improved health will mean improved profits and an easier production system to work with. There has been a...
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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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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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Focus On Feed Conversion

The following article is a special collaboration from AFMA (Animal Feed Manufacturers Association) www.afma.co.za. We thank their kind support. Feed constitutes the major variable production cost (70%) a...
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A Practical Look at Nutritional Attempts to Improve Pork Quality

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 Nutritio...
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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...
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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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