The Pork Checkoff is presenting a free Animal Science Research Webinar Series during the month of August. The series is themed around pig survivability and will be open to a live viewing each Tuesday at noon. Recordings and summaries will be available for those unable to tune in live, and all past webinars are available as well.

August 6, 2019 12:00 P.M. Central Daylight Time, 1 hour:

What Does the Data Say About Mortality? – Valerie Duttlinger, Swine Management Services

Data can tell us a lot about when, where and why pigs leave the herd but data is only as good as how it is collected. Valerie will talk about how data can be interpreted to highlight areas of improvement that lead to improved pig health, welfare and productivity.

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August 13, 2019 12:00 P.M. Central Daylight Time, 1 hour:

Managing Piglets from Birth to Weaning – Mike Ellis, University of Illinois

On most farms, the time from birth to weaning is when the most mortality occurs. Dr. Ellis will discuss management practices that can optimize a pig’s chance of survival during this critical period.

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August 20, 2019 12:00 P.M. Central Daylight Time, 1 hour:

Nutrition of Health-Challenged Pigs – Nick Gabler, Iowa State University

Health-challenges are one of the major causes of pig mortality. Dr. Gabler will discuss nutritional approaches to help sick pigs through health-challenges and how that can translate into reduced pig mortality.

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August 27, 2019 12:00 P.M. Central Daylight Time, 1 hour:

An Overview of Pig Survivability Research – Dr. Jason Ross, Iowa State University

The Animal Science and Animal Welfare committees of the National Pork Board teamed up with the Foundation for Food and Animal Research to fund a 5-year coordinated research, training and outreach program to improve pig health, welfare and productivity. Dr. Ross is leading the team of 17 investigators from 3 research institutions who will be focusing their talents and resources in this area. He will provide an over view of the objectives and expected outcomes of this research.

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Why Sows Leave the Herd

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How Does Body Composition Affect Productivity

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Gilt Development and Pre-Breeding Management

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Drivers of Sow Pelvic Organ Prolapse

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How Dietary Enzymes Work

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Gut Physiology of Pigs Fed Diets with Carbohydrases Enzymes

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Applying Enzyme Technology to Optimize the Utilization of Fibrous Feed Ingredients

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Evaluation of the Nutrient Uplift Provided by Xylanase in Finishing Diets

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Alternatives to Antibiotics: Best Management Practices

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Efficacy of thymol as a practical, cost-effective, easy-to-administer prebiotic

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Effect of lysozyme or antibiotics in ameliorating the effects of an indirect disease challenge

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Evaluation of a microbially-converted meal as a substitute for fishmeal and a dietary acidifier in nursery pig diets

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Assessing the Impact of Seasonal Loss of Productivity

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Impact of in Utero Heat Stress on Subsequent Growth, Composition and Reproduction of Offspring

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Impact of in Utero Heat Stress on Subsequent Lactational Performance and Performance of Offspring

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Understanding the Biology of Seasonal Infertility to Develop Mitigation Strategies for Swine

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Preparing for the Inevitable Increase in Fiber Content in Practical Swine Diets

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Maximizing Co product Feeding in Finishing Diets

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Improving Fiber Digestibility in Swine Diets

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Impact of Decreasing Corn Particle Size on Energy Phosphorous and Amino Acid Digestibility

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