Prairie Swine Center: Annual research report released
Meeting the needs of the commercial pork value chain with new information that reduces the cost of production, improves product quality, speaks to worker health and safety, lowers emissions and environmental impact, and addresses practical behaviour and welfare questions – the 2010 edition of the Annual Research Report provides insight into a wide range of industry challenges and opportunities.
At 60 pages, this edition includes 14 scientific articles, plus updates on activity in our pig production unit and technology transfer activities for the calendar year 2010.
Some of the highlights from this year’s edition include:
- Energy savings of 39-52% using alternative heating/ventilation systems;
- Pigs housed in large group auto-sort systems modify their behaviour;
- Using field peas at up to 60% did not cause any reduction in feed intake;
- Feeding programs for sows can affect how offspring respond to immune challenges presented at weaning;
- Long term feeding of sows with varied dietary n-6 and n-3 fatty acids can affect reproductive performance;
- Not all pig transportation compartments provide the same environment, and can affect pig stress levels and meat quality;
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