Matthew Rooda, a pre-med student from Iowa, has invented a device that can be worn by a farrowing sow to reduce crushing of newborn piglets. Dozens of pork producers have expressed an interest in the technology, which is expected to be launched soon. Read more
By Lauren Williams/ ASAS Communications
Photo submitter, Harold Hafs, writes, “This sow with her litter typified farrowing and perinatal management of pigs on many US farms in the early 20th century. A sow and her litter often ranged freely around the barn yard. This sow is nursing her litter lying next to a stack of corn awaiting shredding. Farrowing crates that became commonly used beginning about 1960 improved piglet survival to weaning.” Read more
Date: Friday, May 11, 2012 Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM CDT
The FASS Scientific Advisory Committee on Animal Care and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) are collaborating on a dynamic webinar series for participants to learn about current and emerging issues in animal welfare. The webinar format provides an efficient forum to share information on a broad array of topics. Each webinar in the series will feature experts in specific topic areas of farm animal care. Registration is free, however, you must be registered to attend. Space is limited.
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According to a study published in the March issue of the Journal of Animal Science, pigs raised in group-farrowing systems may have better long-term body weight gain than pigs raised in confinement-farrowing systems.
In a study of 216 piglets, Y. Z. Li, L. H. Wang and L. J. Johnson from the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center found that piglets raised in group-farrowing systems were more efficient in utilizing energy for body weight gain during the finishing period. Read more
A study published in the Journal of Animal Science shows that the concentrations of several blood variables, including glucose, antibodies, and red blood cells, can be indicators of life-threatening conditions in piglets. By considering these blood variables, as well as birth order and birth weight, producers could better identify at-risk piglets.
The authors, all from the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science in Oslo, confirmed previous studies showing that piglets born in the last third of the litter are at increased risk of receiving too little oxygen. Their research shows that blood tests can identify piglets that need oxygen. Blood tests can also reveal conditions like infections, stress and anemia that threaten piglet survival. Read more