Health http://nationalhogfarmer.com/taxonomy/term/6598/more en Manage feed to maximize efficiency, net revenue http://nationalhogfarmer.com/nutrition/manage-feed-maximize-efficiency-net-revenue <div class="field-byline"> By Daniel Columbus, Prairie Swine Centre nutrition research associate </div> <div class="node-body article-body">With feed being the largest cost facing pork producers, it is imperative that producers understand current production and to make informed management decisions regarding feed. They also need to understand exactly what is being measured and how to interpret this data, otherwise costly mistakes can be made.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/nutrition/manage-feed-maximize-efficiency-net-revenue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/nutrition/manage-feed-maximize-efficiency-net-revenue#comments Animal Well-Being Business Food Animal Report Health Nutrition Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:17:00 +0000 55331 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Shutterstock Genome-edited pigs produced using revolutionary technology http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/genome-edited-pigs-produced-using-revolutionary-technology <div class="field-byline"> Source: University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Two years of intense research at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland has resulted in 18 piglets that represent a breakthrough in the field of genetic engineering.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/genome-edited-pigs-produced-using-revolutionary-technology" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/genome-edited-pigs-produced-using-revolutionary-technology#comments Animal Well-Being Food Animal Report Health Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:47:00 +0000 55321 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Swine health research benefited by Smithfield gift http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/swine-health-research-benefited-smithfield-gift <div class="field-byline"> Source: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Hog operations will benefit from a Smithfield Foods gift that will support antibiotic alternatives studies in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine that will investigate methods to enhance animal well-being and production efficiency.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/swine-health-research-benefited-smithfield-gift" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/swine-health-research-benefited-smithfield-gift#comments Animal Well-Being Business Food Animal Report Health Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:45:00 +0000 55311 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Last trimester nutritional needs of sows lead to more productivity http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/last-trimester-nutritional-needs-sows-lead-more-productivity <div class="field-byline"> Source: South Dakota State University </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Fulfilling a sow’s increased nutritional needs in the last trimester may lead to greater productivity for both the mother and her piglets.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/last-trimester-nutritional-needs-sows-lead-more-productivity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/last-trimester-nutritional-needs-sows-lead-more-productivity#comments Animal Well-Being Business Food Animal Report Health Nutrition Reproduction Fri, 20 Mar 2015 17:03:00 +0000 55161 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com <p>South Dakota State University doctoral student Agatha Ampaire and assistant professor Crystal Levesque hold three-week-old piglets that are approximately 10 pounds each. Through a pilot project, they are comparing bump feed and phase feeding of sow in gestations to evaluate whether a diet specially formulated for changing gestational needs will improve performance of the sow and her offspring.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Submitted 4 factors to consider when raising antibiotic-free pigs http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/4-factors-consider-when-raising-antibiotic-free-pigs <div class="field-byline"> By Danilo Sotto Jr., Prairie Swine Centre doctorate student </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Consumers are continually demanding transparency as to how the animal products they consume are grown, thus pork producers are looking at raising hogs in antibiotic-free systems.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/4-factors-consider-when-raising-antibiotic-free-pigs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/4-factors-consider-when-raising-antibiotic-free-pigs#comments Animal Well-Being Food Animal Report Health Nutrition Antibiotics Thu, 19 Mar 2015 20:44:00 +0000 55141 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com National Hog Farmer File Photo Benefit seen in testing Brachyspira isolates in dysentery outbreaks http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/benefit-seen-testing-brachyspira-isolates-dysentery-outbreaks <div class="field-byline"> By Nandita Mirajkar and Connie Gebhart, University of Minnesota </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Veterinarians and pork producers dealing with swine dysentery outbreaks in their herds would benefit from the ability to test the susceptibilities of their Brachyspira isolates to identify the most appropriate choice and dose of antimicrobial to control the disease. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/benefit-seen-testing-brachyspira-isolates-dysentery-outbreaks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/benefit-seen-testing-brachyspira-isolates-dysentery-outbreaks#comments Animal Well-Being Food Animal Report Health Sun, 01 Mar 2015 22:40:00 +0000 54751 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Hord Livestock takes biosecurity seriously http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/hord-livestock-takes-biosecurity-seriously <div class="node-body article-body">Time is money, and time spent in the name of biosecurity is worth every penny. For Hord Livestock, biosecurity is serious business. The hog and cattle operation near Bucyrus, Ohio, beefed up its biosecurity 10 years ago when porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome hit, and that extra effort is paying off today.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/hord-livestock-takes-biosecurity-seriously" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/hord-livestock-takes-biosecurity-seriously#comments Animal Well-Being Business Food Animal Report PEDV Facilities Health Biosecurity Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:37:00 +0000 54711 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Submitted U.S. partners with United Kingdom for animal disease prevention research http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/us-partners-united-kingdom-animal-disease-prevention-research <div class="field-byline"> Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A partnership between the United States and the United Kingdom will address high-impact diseases and animal health issues in both countries. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/us-partners-united-kingdom-animal-disease-prevention-research" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/us-partners-united-kingdom-animal-disease-prevention-research#comments Animal Well-Being Food Animal Report Health Thu, 19 Feb 2015 16:24:00 +0000 54591 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Russia reports new African swine fever outbreaks http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/russia-reports-new-african-swine-fever-outbreaks <div class="field-byline"> Source: Belarusian News, Belarusian Telegraph Agency </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The department for veterinary and food supervision at the Agriculture and Food Ministry of the Republic of Belarus has announced that several new cases of African swine fever have been reported from Oryol Oblast, Bryansk Oblast, Kaluga Oblast and Moscow Oblast of Russia.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/russia-reports-new-african-swine-fever-outbreaks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/russia-reports-new-african-swine-fever-outbreaks#comments Animal Well-Being Business Health Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:23:00 +0000 54551 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Wisconsin reissues spring pig weigh-in ban http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/wisconsin-reissues-spring-pig-weigh-ban <div class="field-byline"> Source: Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Wisconsin’s state veterinarian has reissued a ban on the spring pig weigh-ins that usually take place in preparation for Wisconsin’s numerous county fairs.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/wisconsin-reissues-spring-pig-weigh-ban" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/wisconsin-reissues-spring-pig-weigh-ban#comments Animal Well-Being Business Food Animal Report Health Marketing Wed, 11 Feb 2015 20:25:00 +0000 54481 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Getty Images/Scott Olson