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Salmonella, digestibility and fibre in Pig Progress 2

The second edition of Pig Progress in 2020 is now available to read digitally. In this edition we look at the option of using vaccinations or probiotics to control Salmonella infections in pigs. Plus: there’s attention given to the complexity of dietary fibre, the importance of piglet gut health and digestibility values.

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Vaccination or probiotics to overcoming Salmonella

A recent PhD study investigated the options of using vaccinations or probiotics to control Salmonella infections in pigs, which constitute a major risk for human salmonellosis.

There are several on-farm control measures that may help to reduce Salmonella prevalence in primary production, as well as further along the swine production chain. Photo: Royal GD
There are several on-farm control measures that may help to reduce Salmonella prevalence in primary production, as well as further along the swine production chain. Photo: Royal GD

Finland, a unique pig-producing country

Several factors make Finland stand out from the rest of Europe but being different – longer winters, colder temperatures, as well as specific health, welfare and environmental demands – often comes at a cost.

Finland banned the practice of tail docking in 2002. Photo: Henk Riswick
Finland banned the practice of tail docking in 2002. Photo: Henk Riswick

Measures in place to keep ASF out of North America

The threat of African Swine Fever is far from over even though coronavirus has taken over the spotlight on the world stage. North America remains on high alert.

Sniffer dogs are checking airline luggage for smuggled pork. Photo: Shutterstock
Sniffer dogs are checking airline luggage for smuggled pork. Photo: Shutterstock

BioCheck to make biosecurity measurable

Flemish professor of veterinary epidemiology at Ghent University, Belgium, Jeroen Dewulf, is predominantly active in the field of preventive animal health. To assist pig producers worldwide to produce healthier animals, the university has developed the so-called BioCheck method, a risk-based scoring system providing insight into biosecurity levels on farms.

“Contrary to veterinarians, we do not look at individual animals, but rather we consider things at farm or population levels,” says Prof Dewulf. Photo: Peter Roek
“Contrary to veterinarians, we do not look at individual animals, but rather we consider things at farm or population levels,” says Prof Dewulf. Photo: Peter Roek

Column: Dealing with the media

As a pig production advisor and a journalist, columnist John Gadd has been both interviewer and interviewee. He shares his thoughts on how to handle questions in public.

“Be concise. You are an expert at raising pigs and enthusiastic about it.”
“Be concise. You are an expert at raising pigs and enthusiastic about it.”

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Crossing borders for genetic cooperation

Niels Pedersen is the owner of Møllevang, a proud 2-site Danish nucleus herd and a multiplication site where everything is top-notch. Having teamed up with genetics company PIC, the company has access to entirely new markets.

“Improving pig quality is what I find tremendously interesting; that kept me going,” says Pedersen. Photo: Vincent ter Beek
“Improving pig quality is what I find tremendously interesting; that kept me going,” says Pedersen. Photo: Vincent ter Beek

Deciphering the dietary fibre message

Dietary fibre is complex and can be viewed as beneficial or detrimental based on the context of the total diet. The key to unravelling this complexity is interpreting the analytical data and the biological response.

Deciphering the complexity of dietary fibre requires time. Nutritional studies have convincingly revealed that when to eat is equally as important as what to eat. Photo: Ronald Hissink
Deciphering the complexity of dietary fibre requires time. Nutritional studies have convincingly revealed that when to eat is equally as important as what to eat. Photo: Ronald Hissink

Piglet gut health – an economic proposition

In this article we ask how we can make sure that the gut of a piglet is as healthy as possible so that the piglet can perform to its full genetic potential.

An intrinsic link exists between the health of the gut and the immune system. Photo: Ronald Hissink
An intrinsic link exists between the health of the gut and the immune system. Photo: Ronald Hissink

Amino acid digestibility for pigs

Digestibility values are essential to know for good diet formulation, but what exactly does ‘digestibility’ mean, how is it calculated, and why are there several types?

Only the digestible parts of amino acids are absorbed by the animals and can thus be utilised for protein synthesis. Photo: Joosten Young Animal Nutrition
Only the digestible parts of amino acids are absorbed by the animals and can thus be utilised for protein synthesis. Photo: Joosten Young Animal Nutrition

World Mycotoxin Forum focuses on Asia

Researchers shared their knowledge and experience of the mycotoxin situation in Asia at the World Mycotoxin Forum held in Bangkok, Thailand.

Asian animal feed is affected by mycotoxins with as many as 92% of samples being contaminated. Researchers from around the world gathered to discuss this and other issues. Photo: Misset
Asian animal feed is affected by mycotoxins with as many as 92% of samples being contaminated. Researchers from around the world gathered to discuss this and other issues. Photo: Misset

Feed for thought: Putting out fires

“The pressure will be on the hog industry to move away from antibiotics,” said Casey Bradley who leads a successful career in swine nutrition. “The real solution is through balancing nutrition, health and management.”

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