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Optimized local environment for piglet will decrease the piglet mortality

To ensure higher piglet survival, we must optimize their local environment. A good environment will protect the piglets from freezing – when piglets are freezing, they will use their energy on keeping warm instead of on growing. A nice and warm creep area will also lead the piglets away from the sow, so the risk of being crushed is minimized. This article reviews several points to ensure a good local environment. The recommendations are based on many years of research and experience from swine veterinarians in Denmark.   Room temperature A piglet is born from a warm sow at 37 …

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Good practice for moving and delivery conditions of pigs

Read in this article about important focus points according to moving pigs in the farm or loading trucks. These recommendations are entirely the writer’s attitude and experience gained after experience working in pig farm, experience in controlling exports abroad and through with farmers and experience in handling animals as a veterinarian. When working with animals, it is an interplay between animals and humans. Pigs are independent beings and therefore we as humans must motivate the animal to do what we want them to do. In a relocation situation we need to motivate the animal to move forward. We partly use …

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Developing the pigs of the future

Samples to be used in the development of the DanBred pigs of the future are already being collected. Every week, blood samples are collected from 50-60 DanBred Duroc pigs at Bøgildgård Boar Testing Station in Denmark. The samples are sent to the Laboratory for Pig Diseases in Kjellerup in Denmark, where they are centrifuged and frozen to -80 °C to ensure all important material is preserved. The samples are collected so they are ready for analysis when the next step of the project Metabolomic Selection starts. The project examines metabolites (i.e., the intermediate products formed when the body metabolises feed) …

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Selection and service are key to ensure high quality

Selection of DanBred gilts during the rearing period is key to ensure that the animals used in pig production have the highest possible levels of health and animal welfare. All animals must live up to the high expectations and standards set for DanBred breeding animals. “A good selection is one of our most important tools to ensure the high quality and longevity of the breeding animals that customers receive from DanBred,” says Tanja Jensen, DanBred Selection Manager. She heads a team of experts focusing on the selected animals’ quality – from education and certification of selectors through selection in breeding …

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HIGH LITTER SIZE WITH HIGH PIGLET SURVIVAL

Written by Trine Friis Pedersen, Consultant, SEGES Danish Pig Research Centre, Livestock Innovation trfp@seges.dk   Abstract There is a great potential for improving piglet survival, leading to even more weaned piglets per litter. The key elements that enable sows to wean many piglets are healthy sows and piglets, the right nutrition and the right mangement throughout the lactation period. Therefore, although managing sows with high litter size is not an easy quick-fix, but implementing the right routines will increase the herd productivity. Improving piglet survival starts before farowing, by moving healthy sows in the right condition and in the correct …

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DanBred introduces new state-of-the-art transporter

Every year, DanBred exports thousands of breeding animals from Danish breeding and multiplication herds to pig producers worldwide. In Europe, they are transported in DanBred’s trucks approved by the Danish Health Management System (SPF-SuS). Now DanBred expands this fleet with a new type of trailer with integrated air-conditioning, UV system, temperature sensors, CO2 and moisture meters, and solar cells on the roof. These functions are all designed specifically to ensure sustainable transportation with an emphasis on animal welfare and health. During the past years, DanBred has fulfilled its ambitions to build a significant transport capacity to ensure that DanBred can …

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