July/August 2016 Pork Checkoff Research Review

Weaned Pig Transport: Welfare Impact of Trip Duration and Providing Feed and Water This study looked at the effect on weaned pigs (behavior, performance and physiological welfare measures) of feed and water withdrawal during transport of different durations. Weaned at 18 to 22 days of age, pigs were randomly assigned to one of five treatment […]

September/October 2016 Pork Checkoff

Study Name: Improving Milk Production Efficiency and Mitigating Feed Costs in Lactating Sows Summary: The objectives were to determine if lactating sows can be fed diets containing less protein to reduce the quantity of nitrogen excreted into the environment. Also, to determine if sows fed reduced–crude–protein diets improve their lactation performance when housed under hot […]

November/December 2016 Pork Checkoff

Study Name: Understanding the Biology of Seasonal Infertility to Develop Mitigation Strategies Summary: Seasonal infertility accounts for an estimated $1 billion in annual revenue losses to the swine industry. Heat stress is a predicable event (particularly seasonal infertility) for which mitigation strategies are dramatically lacking. Key Points: Seasonal infertility in commercial pork production systems was […]

March/April 2017 Pork Checkoff Research Review

Evaluating Strength, Sharpness and Detection of Swine-use Hypodermic Needles The study aimed to provide the U.S. swine industry complete documents outlining all veterinary-used hypodermic needles of 16, 18, 20 and 22 gauge and ranging from half-inch to two inches in length. Key points: Needle detection differences between all X-Ray (62.5 percent) and all magnetic-based (21.4 […]