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    Get Weaned Pigs Going Strong

    06/19/2017 12:50 PM

    After farrowing and care of newborn piglets, the next important juncture is weaning. If the process goes smoothly, it can cut days to market and add pounds of pork so it’s important to control what you can. These of those factors are feed intake, feed quality and weaning age.

    Feed Intake Critical

    Pigs that are used to eating creep feed before they’re weaned have an advantage over those that haven’t, according to research.

    Frédéric Vangroenweghe with Elanco Animal Health in Brussels, Belgium and other researchers looked at piglet feed intake during the end of the lactation period and how it impacted post-weaning diarrhea incidence and survival rate.

    “Post-weaning diarrhea (PWD), also called post-weaning (pw) enteric colibacillosis, in pigs remains a major cause of economic losses for the pig industry,” he said in a presentation at the 2017 American Association of Swine Veterinarians annual meeting. “PWD typically causes mild to severe watery diarrhea between five and 10 days after weaning and is caused primarily by enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC).

    “Besides the presence of the pathogenic bacteria, other influencing factors can impact the pathogenesis of the disease, such as feed intake before and after weaning.”

    The objective of Vangroenweghe’s study was to identify the relationship between piglet feed intake at the end of the lactation period with the subsequent mortality or survival in the first two week post-weaning.

    He and his co-researchers used a 600-sow farm with diagnosed problems of PWD. Piglets were followed from seven days before weaning until 14 days post-weaning. A pre-weaning creep feed was added to the feed during the lactation period. He reported that the piglets of 20 litters, evenly distributed over different sow parities, were included in the study, and all piglets were individually identified. The relationship between the feed intake, post-weaning clinical diarrhea presence and survival rate was statistically analyzed.

    “Results show that heavy piglets tend to have a lower feed intake pre-weaning, subsequently resulting in a higher risk for diarrhea occurrence and mortality,” Vangroenweghe.

    He added that the results clearly show the importance of sufficient feed intake pre-weaning for all piglets, to help them perform well during the immediate post-weaning period under the stress of pathogenic E. coli bacteria.

    “Large piglets, pre-weaning, are mostly positioned at the best producing teat of the sow’s udder, and therefore these piglets tend to eat less pre-weaning creep feed, resulting in less adaptation of their intestinal flora and digestive capacity to the diets provided during the post-weaning period.”

    He said producers’ ultimate goal should be to stimulate the heaviest piglets to attain sufficient feed intake to overcome the associated post-weaning problems.

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    Trends on Weaning Age

    06/21/2017 01:34 PM

    The majority of research on gut function in weaned pigs has focused on the first 1-2 weeks post-weaning while the long-term impacts are often overlooked.

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    For Weaned Pigs, Feed Quality is Critical

    06/23/2017 01:44 PM

    Grain quality issues can create additional problems with weaned piglets, but so can the protocols meant to protect pigs against contaminated feed, say researchers. 

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    Failing to Plan for Drought is Planning to Fail

    06/20/2017 03:21 PM

    Due to dry conditions, livestock producers should expect to see a reduction in grazeable forage. Drought management plans will be vital if the drought continues into the growing season.

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    Harvesting and Handling High-quality Baleage

    06/23/2017 03:37 PM

    Baleage can provide a high-quality fermented forage, but careful attention to management is needed to produce a consistent, uniform feed. 

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  • IowaPasture

    RMI Shows Rural Economy Stuck In Neutral

    06/19/2017 10:39 AM

    Bankers throughout the Midwest and Great Plains aren’t looking for farmland values to improve over the next year as the latest Rural Mainstreet Index (RMI) from Creighton University shows the rural economy stuck in neutral.

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    6 Arrested in Separate Florida Cattle Thefts; 8 Cows Missing

    06/19/2017 11:01 AM

    Six men have been charged in two separate cattle thefts at a Florida pasture, and authorities are trying to find eight missing cows.

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  • Ben & Jerry's Protest

    Scores of Farm Workers, Activists March on Ben & Jerry's

    06/19/2017 12:57 PM

    Scores of dairy farm workers and activists marched Saturday on a Ben & Jerry's factory to push for better pay and living conditions on farms that provide milk for the ice cream maker that takes pride in its social activism.

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    Combating Co-infections

    06/19/2017 10:37 AM

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    Did Farmers Get a Better Deal With ARC/PLC?

    06/19/2017 12:22 PM

    When the 2014 farm bill bumped the 2008 version, several changes occurred – most notably, eliminating Direct and Counter Cycle Payment (DCP) and Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) programs and replacing it with the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. How did farmers in different regions fare with these changes?

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