Achieve the four pillars of swine production

Despite the current challenges being faced by the South African pig industry, including African swine fever (ASF), high raw material and low pork prices, we believe the future is bright if we can capitalise on the opportunities in front of us by working together. The complex challenges we face in today’s production environment call for…

Preventing heat stress in pigs

Heat stress in pigs is defined as a physiological response to high environmental temperatures, where an animal is out of its thermoneutral zone and can no longer effectively regulate its body temperature. As a result, animal health, well-being, and performance are negatively affected. The effect of heat stress in pigs When pigs are exposed to…

What does your gut feeling say about enteric disorders?

young weaner pigs

We have all experienced it, that uneasy feeling in the pit of your stomach. Perhaps you felt it just before you had to stand up in front of a large crowd to deliver an important speech, or maybe once when you were on holiday and tried a new dish. It is not a pleasant feeling…

Health is wealth part 1: Gut health and pig performance

This is Part 1 of a two-part series. The aim of Part 1 is to explain the importance of, and the link between, gut health and pig performance, while Part 2 will detail some practical tips for achieving optimum gut health. Piggery owners and managers make a host of decisions every day. Some of those…

Health is wealth part 2: Managing gut health for optimum pig performance

In the March/April issue of Porcus we talked about the importance of gut health for pig performance. This follow-up article will detail some top tips on managing gut health for optimum pig performance. Producers and veterinarians alike are being challenged to reduce antibiotic use in pig production, although we know there will be health challenges…

The influence of nutrition on inflammation and mitigating its impact

Undernutrition, or lack of feed consumption, results in weight loss and decreased body condition, impacting reproductive performance. Declines in performance will be registered as delayed puberty, and an increase in the postpartum-to-conception interval in cattle and the wean-to-oestrus interval in swine. It may also reduce ovarian cyclicity, which impacts fertility (Figure 1). Low insulin signals…

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