SwineCast 0859, AASV - Lameness Diagnosis And Management - SMEC

SwineCast 0859 Show Notes:

Feeding for Optimal Bone Strength

Pig Lameness and Diagnostic Lab ViewsNutrition and Lameness This session, from the 2013 Leman Swine Conference, looks into bone strength, lameness, and clinical diagnosis approaches and research.
  • Dr. Tom Crenshaw looks that the nutritional aspects of pig lameness. Dr. Crenshaw looks at the clinical diagnosis of skeletal integrity in swine and what swine professionals need to understand to monitor and address lameness issues [presentation video].
  • Dr. Darin Madson looks into the what diagnostic labs are seeing as it relates to pig lameness. Dr. Madson shares that the bone is a dynamic organ in pigs. His take aways: lameness is an industry issue and clinical assessments are important [presentation video].
  • Dr. Pedro Urriola highlights the nutritional management information of pigs to help production teams succeed. Dr. Urriola recommends using nutritional models to determine objective and dynamic requirements [presentation video].

How Is Pig Lameness Being Researched?

swine lameness It is estimated that pig lameness costs pork producers $23 million a year. Being able to understand the condition and how to address pig lameness is key to helping producers put in place better management practices.
"Lameness is the second highest reason that sows leave the breeding herd early,” [Anna Johnson, an Iowa State University animal scientist] said. “Problems during reproduction are rated as the number one problem, but we think that lameness may be contributing to the reproduction problems.”
Dr. Johnson will lead a four-year research project to understand lameness in pigs and provide solutions to producers. This project is funded by a $700,000 grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agriculture Food Research Initiative (USDA-AFRI).
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