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Gastric ulcers in swine – A serious welfare and health problem in pig production

Written by Roger Berrios, Product Manager Acids, Biomin Holding GmbH Simon Skaarup Jensen, Technical Sales Manager Swine, Biomin Holding GmbH Andre VAN LANKVELD, Regional Director Western Europe, Biomin Holding GmbH   Introduction Gastric ulceration or gastric (stomach) ulcers is a condition that is common in pigs. A gastric ulcer is defined as a gastric mucosal defect where the entire epithelial thickness, down to or through the basement membrane has been lost. They appear as a bordered cavity often coated with exudate, and can be acute or chronic. The prevalence of the condition in different categories of pigs differs according to …

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DanBred is ready for the future

A few years into its new company structure, DanBred is finding its place in the world. A constant focus on customer needs and what will influence the market for pig production and genetics in the future guides all decision processes in DanBred. Thomas Muurmann Henriksen, CEO at DanBred, shares his thoughts on what the future holds for global pig production.   Knowledge and expertise have always formed a solid foundation for us, and we are confident in the hard work our R&D department carries out day after day, year after year. We are focused and, in many ways, our products …

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Umbilical hernia: New initiatives

The debate in EU about hernia is, once again, highly topical, as transportation of pigs with umbilical hernia has become an object of increasing attention. A number of initiatives in the pig pen and in the breeding can reduce the occurrence of umbilical hernia now and in the future. By: Lizette Vestergaard Pedersen, Consultant, Danish Pig Research Centre, Breeding & Genetics.   The term umbilical hernia is often used to describe all types of umbilical outpouchings. However, it’s important to be aware that umbilical hernia is only one of several possible causes of umbilical outpouchings. The most common causes of …

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Feeding gilts during the rearing period

By Thomas Sønderby Bruun Senior Specialist, SEGES Danish Pig Research Centre    Abstract Feeding the rearing gilt is the key to longevity and prolificacy. DanBred Hybrid gilts should have at least 12 mm of backfat and a weight of 140–155 kg at first service. Feeding the rearing gilts according to the recommended feeding curve and with diets containing moderate levels of SID crude protein and SID lysine provides an opportunity to inseminate gilts in their second heat at an age of 230–250 days. To maximize litter size, flushing, i.e. minimum 3.4 kg of feed/day, should be initiated at 5–7 days …

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Prepare the creep pre-farrowing instead of creep training

Lisbeth Ulrich Hansen, Senior Research Scientist, Danish Pig Research Centre   Abstract Significantly more piglets use the creep during specific resting periods on day 2 after farrowing if the creep is prepared with approx. 2 cm straw, a sock with wheat grains and a jute sack which the sow had used as nesting material compared the traditional creep training. This trial included two groups (control and trial) with a total of 395 litters. In the control group, creep training was performed in connection with the two first feedings d 1 and 2 post-farrowing. In the trial group, a dedicated effort …

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Ensuring optimal health – gilt introduction

By Lola Kathe Tolstrup, Senior consultant, DVM, PhD, SEGES Danish Pig Research Center, Livestock Innovation.   Abstract Gilts introduced in the sow herd must preferably have the same or higher health status as the sow population, to which they are being introduced. This is to ensure a match of the immune system capacity in the whole herd. If un-matched there can be disease outbreaks with costly consequences. Even though health status is matched, appropriate quarantine facilities and procedures are necessary to prevent introduction of new diseases into the herd as well as to protect new gilts from severe clinical disease …

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