Top 10 tips for reproduction (from the 2019 ARSBC conference)

Main photograph by Wikus van der Merwe. The 2019 Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle (ARSBC) Conference held from 20–21 August in Knoxville, Tennessee in the USA, provided not only applied strategies, but also an inside look at recent research findings. Here are my top 10 takeaways. 1. Know where you’re going and decide how…

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…

Productivity and the immune response

Have you ever walked through a maze or played a maze game? These days, farming is something like being in a maze, with many twists and turns and walls that seem to rise in front of us as challenges to the end goal of efficient production. One of the challenges that we are faced with…