Performance and well-being of sows housed in pens retrofitted from stalls can be compromised if adequate space is not provided
By the end of 2012, 9 states in the United States imposed bans on individual stalls for pregnant sows. As a result, pig producers in those states must develop alternative methods for housing pregnant sows. A report from the West Central Research and Outreach Center of the University of Minnesota, Morris, describes the well-being of sows housed in pens retrofitted from gestation stalls. The study was published in the December issue of the Journal of Animal Science. Read more
Horses are highly sensitive to mold and dust, and hay and bedding can be a major source of these contaminants. A recent study conducted with horses at the University of Minnesota has examined the effects of hay steaming on mold and dust, forage nutritive values, and hay consumption, expressed on a dry-matter basis. This research, originally published in the Journal of Animal Science, shows that the hay steaming process can reduce total suspended particulates (TSP) and mold concentrations in moderately moldy hay and can be used to increase forage intake when feeding low-moldy hay. Read more
With litter sizes of pigs increasing, intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is more likely to occur. The IUGR condition is associated with the birth of small pigs that may require additional neonatal care. In the December issue of the Journal of Animal Science, scientists from Denmark reported the results of their research to improve the identification and care of IUGR pigs. Read more
The following are the top 25 viewed articles for the Journal of Animal Science.
Berthiaume, I. Mandell, L. Faucitano, C. Lafrenière
Comparison of alternative beef production systems based on forage finishing or grain-forage diets with or without growth promotants: 1. Feedlot performance, carcass quality, and production costs
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(In “RUMINANT NUTRITION”) [Abstract]
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