Research aimed at sorting the sex of sperm in an effort to increase the female to male ratio of piglets born per litter is proving successful.
In an effort to gain a better understanding of the pathogenicity of Actinobacillus suis in pigs, scientists are sequencing the genomes the bacteria. Actinobacillus suis is commonly found in the upper respiratory tract of pigs but, in some cases, it will result in symptoms ranging from coughing and difficulty breathing to fever, lameness and even sudden death.
The identification of a novel strain of A. suis in western Canada highlights the importance of biosecurity.
A Geneticist with Hypor-Hendrix Genetics says, by improving the disease resilience of swine, the pork sector can improve its competitiveness against other protein sources while further demonstrating its commitment to animal welfare.
The Swine Health Information Center is offering guidance to pork producers considering the use of ultraviolet light-C as a disinfectant in swine barns.