The Checkoff’s animal science committee recognizes many producers are seeking alternatives to maintaining pig performance following removal of growth-promoting antibiotics. While there are many commercially available products purported to enhance growth, many of these products lack consistency in demonstrating beneficial results. This spreadsheet is the result of project #15-204 that was completed by Nick Gabler and Wes Schweer of Iowa State University. It can be downloaded and then searched for a variety of terms to isolate references to scientific articles that incorporated those terms. For example, searching for “copper” will result in articles that had “copper” as one of the dietary treatments. The use of this spreadsheet can help producers identify compounds that my serve as suitable alternatives to growth-promoting antibiotics.
The Animal Science Research Webinar Series is designed to highlight results from completed research projects funded by the Animal Science Committee of the National Pork Board.
These results have direct application to production and therefore pork producers will find this information to be valuable as they make management decisions that affect productivity and profitability. The webinar will be presented by the principle investigator from each project and webinar participants will have the opportunity to interact with the investigator following the presentation.
August 1, 12:00 P.M., CST: Dr. Dean Boyd – How Dietary Enzymes Work
August 8, 12:00 P.M., CST: Dr. Pedro Urriola – Gut Physiology of Pigs Fed Diets with Carbohydrases Enzymes
August 15, 12:00 P.M., CST: Dr. Eric van Heugten – Applying Enzyme Technology to Optimize the Utilization of Fibrous Feed Ingredients
August 22, 12:00 P.M., CST: Dr. Merlin Lindemann – Evaluation of the Nutrient Uplift Provided by Xylanase in Finishing Diets
Therefore, they initiated the Industry Productivity Analysis with the purpose of providing data documenting the productivity of U.S. pork production. The information mined from analysis of this data is intended to benefit all producers through improved productivity at the farm level and will serve to inform the Checkoff programs, academics and other funding agencies about areas of research which are likely to have the greatest impact.
Animal Science Committee Annual Reports:
Priorities for programming include pork quality, sow longevity, nutrition, genetics and alternatives to production antimicrobials.