The new edition of Pig Progress features a range of articles on the feeding of piglets and how their health and well-being can be guaranteed around weaning.
Antibiotics play an important role in controlling the health of especially young piglets – but its unlimited usage is under increasing amounts of pressure, also in Asia. At the recent edition of VIV Asia in Bangkok, Thailand, this was a reason for many companies to organise events on antimicrobial reduction – and how to overcome this, often through feeding.
Pig Progress, in cooperation with the Thai Department of Livestock Development,Innovad and ISN (part of AB Agri) held a side symposium and the result has been conveniently summarised on pages 29 and further. In addition, highlights of several other side events on antibiotic reduction during VIV Asia are also included.
Dr Sasi: “Introducing prudent use guidelines is not enough and promoting alternative products may be useless, if we neglect the root cause that drives antimicrobial resistance.” Photo: Fabian Brockötter
Does lecithin help piglets grow?
Digestibility of piglet feed has often been shown to be improved by adding lecithin to the diet, because of its effect on fat. Denise Beaulieau of the Canadian Prairie Swine Centre, in combination with P. Leterme of Bunge Ltd, also wanted to know whether it can also benefit piglet growth rates. Their results can be read on pages 8-9.
One more way to enhance piglet feed can be by adding yeast-derived proteins. Yeast-derived proteins do not have any harmful side effects and the approach is well-researched, writes Dr Jules Taylor-Pickard of Alltech on pages 26-27.
Benefits of yeast derived proteins: Supplementation of yeast-derived protein sources in feed offers many advantages to young piglets. Photo: Alltech
Supporting piglet livability
Cargill Animal Nutrition is placing emphasis on the concept of ‘piglet livability’. Apart from presenting in a series of webinars, Cargill’s Marc Decoux wrote an article about the topic and how survival rates of piglets can be positively influenced by targeted nutrition solutions – not only for piglets but also for sows. Pages 24-25.
Loose farrowing systems
Interesting developments in the field of housing and equipment! In a Danish trial facility, 10 different loose farrowing pens are being simultaneously tested in practice. Correspondent Stuart Lumb took a look. Pages 20-22.
Which loose farrowing system is the best? : Snapshot of the trial facility with in front the loose housing pens by Søren Juul Jensen. Photo: Danish Pig Research Centre
The Pro Dromi by Vereijken Hooijer has underfloor heating for its creep. Photo: Danish Pig Research Centre.
The SWAP pen is an abbreviation for ‘Sow Welfare and Piglet Protection’. The design is from the Danish Pig Research Centre and Copenhagen University, Denmark. Photo: Danish Pig Research Centre.
Canada and its dependence on trade
This month’s country focus zooms in on Canada, which has great potential for the swine industry, if only because of its endless plains. Trade therefore is important for Canada’s swine sector, as is described by correspondent Melanie Epp. Nevertheless, there are several difficulties and challenges for the country, think for instance of a more isolationist approach by the new US president Donald Trump. Pages 10-12.
Market access important to Canada’s pork sector: Market access important to Canada's pork sector. Photo: Vincent ter Beek
Looking ahead to ESPHM 2017
Soon, the next edition of the European Symposium of Porcine Health Management will take place in Prague, Czech Republic. Pig Progress’ correspondent Norman Dunn spoke to Dr Andreas Palzer, president of the European Association of Porcine Health Management, while looking ahead to the next edition. Pages 14-16.
The effect of pelleting on pig diet value
French research zoomed in on the effect of pelleting on the nutritional value of complete feeds for pigs. The results, described by correspondent Philippe Caldier, can be read on page 23.
Pelleting increases the value of pig diets: On average, energy digestibility for growing pigs feeds improved by 2.4% as a result of pelleting. Photo: Henk Riswick
Columns on your routine and legislation
Columnist John Gadd is this month interested in the daily routine of pig farmers – and how this could be improved, on page 17. Welfare columnist Dr Monique Pairis-Garcia looks at legislation that is intended to protect farmers, but which might backfire, page 34.