Improvements in sow lifetime productivity will require the ongoing development of dam-lines best suited to specific production systems and marketing opportunities. Appropriate lifetime management of the gilt and sow is then needed to capture this genetic potential at production level.
Gene-edited pigs have been raised in a research setting and they appear perfectly healthy, grow at rates similar to pigs in production, and reproduce normally. While this sounds great, a number of things must happen before producers can expect to acquire similar animals on their farms....More
African swine fever is an emerging disease threat for the swine industry worldwide. No ASF vaccine is available, and progress is hindered by lack of knowledge concerning the extent of ASFV strain diversity and the viral antigens responsible for protection in the pig. Available data from vaccination/challenge experiments in pigs indicate ASF protective immunity may be hemadsorption inhibition serotype-specific....More
Clarity Non-Spermicidal A.I. lubricating jelly is a preserved, isotonic, pH buffered, non-spermicidal, water-soluble lubricating jelly for catheter lubrication and all types of non-sterile medical procedures.
While PEDV can be eradicated out of individual breeding herds utilizing herd closure, feedback, improved sanitation and in some cases vaccine, the biggest question is how to deal with the incoming naïve gilts back into the herd....More
Numbers drive the U.S. hog industry — percent market share, packer capacity, pigs per sow per year, prewean mortality, average daily gain — so you want to be sure that your operation holds its own with strong numbers....More