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Keeping Pigs Entertained

Pigs At Play How can you not love this! Pigs that play. This art and design project from Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU) Wageningen University and Research Centre aims to understand how provide entertainment to pigs.

The driver for this research is European legislation that requires pig farmers to provide entertainment in the pens to combat boredom, aggression and tail biting amongst pigs, which will hopefully eliminate the need for routine tail-docking.

SwineCast 0687, Lowering Overnight Nursery Temperatures Yields Significant Energy Savings

Download mp3SwineCast 0687 Show Notes:
  • At the 2012 Minnesota Pork Congress, Dr. Lee Johnston, professor of Swine Nutrition and Management at the West Central Research and Outreach Center of the University of MN presented research on dropping nighttime temperatures in the nursery and lowering fuel costs some 20%.  However, how you lower the thermostat and the health of the pigs are significant considerations.  Dr. Johnston's full presentation and others will be online soon at SwineCast.com/ConferenceConnection.

2011 International PRRS Symposium

PRRS symposium and the International PRRS Symposium Boehringer Ingelheim PRRS symposium and the International PRRS Symposium held December 2 - 3, 2011, Chicago, IL, USA, convened experts on Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) to discuss the disease's detection and eradication. Updates on tools and resources to assist the Area-Regional Control efforts were also shown.

2011 International PRRS Symposium presentations


Presentations from the 2011 International PRRS Symposium, December 2 - 3, 2011, Chicago, IL, USA.

Dr. Jean Paul Cano - Adapting Herd Status Classification for PRRS ARC&E - PIP


Adapting Herd Status Classification for PRRS ARC&E - Dr. Jean Paul Cano, from the 2011 International PRRS Symposium, December 2 - 3, 2011, Chicago, IL, USA.

Dr. Bob Morrison - PRRS Sampling-Testing: Available Tools & Major Challenges - PIP


PRRS Sampling-Testing: Available Tools & Major Challenges - Dr. Bob Morrison, from the 2011 International PRRS Symposium, December 2 - 3, 2011, Chicago, IL, USA.

Dr. Enrique Mondaca - Hog Density in U.S. at State and County Levels - PIP


Hog Density in U.S. at State and County Levels - Dr. Enrique Mondaca, from the 2011 International PRRS Symposium, December 2 - 3, 2011, Chicago, IL, USA.

Dr. Tim Loula - Sonya Mass - South East Iowa Project - PIP


South East Iowa Project - Dr. Tim Loula - Sonya Mass, from the 2011 International PRRS Symposium, December 2 - 3, 2011, Chicago, IL, USA.

Dr. Derald Holtkamp - The Impact of PRRS and PRRS Control - PIP


The Impact of PRRS and PRRS Control - Dr. Derald Holtkamp, from the 2011 International PRRS Symposium, December 2 - 3, 2011, Chicago, IL, USA.

Dr. Noel Garbes - Carrie Pollard - North Central Illinois Project - PIP


North Central Illinois Project - Dr. Noel Garbes - Carrie Pollard, from the 2011 International PRRS Symposium, December 2 - 3, 2011, Chicago, IL, USA.

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