Impact of the Recombinant PRRSv Horsens Strain on the Reproductive Performance of Pregnant Sows

This is our Friday rubric: every week a new Science Page from the Bob Morrison’s Swine Health Monitoring Project. The previous editions of the science page are available on our website.

In this article published by Zoetis in collaboration with the University of Denmark and Copenhagen, the authors discuss that there are currently at least 18 commercially licensed modified live vaccines (MLVs) for the control of PRRS in the global market and because these vaccines are live viruses, precautions need to be followed in order to maintain their safety.

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Transporting Pigs in Cold Weather: a podcast

Did you know that the UMN swine extension group has their own podcast?

In this episode, University of Minnesota Swine Extension Educators Sarah Schieck Boelke and Diane DeWitte discuss what it takes to transport pigs when the temperature is low. They also talk about unfit pigs for transport, loading density, proper setup of the trailer, and knowing current driving conditions.

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Phase-Feeding: Do Fewer Phases Compromise Growth Performance in Grow-Finish?

This is our Friday rubric: every week a new Science Page from the Bob Morrison’s Swine Health Monitoring Project. The previous editions of the science page are available on our website.

This week, Dr. Mariana Menegat for Kansas State Univeristy shares her latest results when evaluating the optimal number of phases in feeding growing pigs.

Key Points

  • Fewer dietary phases, i.e. from 4 to 3 or 2 phases, with lysine levels set close to the requirements does not compromise growth performance of grow-finish pigs.
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The 5 best blog posts in 2020

For our first article of 2021, the UMN swine group would like to wish you all the best for this new year. May it bring you a lot of joy and peace. As we reflect on 2020, we would like to share the posts that were your favorite as well as a few gems that you might have missed. We hope that you enjoy reading this selection and we will come back on Friday with our usual Science Page feature. As always, thank you for reading this page and for supporting us.

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