Palmer Holden Iowa State University

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Factsheets

Swine Statistical References - Livestock Slaughter Numbers

Publish Date: 04/19/2012

This factsheet lists data sources and associated hyperlinks to relevant livestock slaughter information websites. The websites contain data for cattle, calves, sheep, lambs and hogs at federally inspected plants. It also includes comparative weekly hog, sow and gilt slaughter numbers. To go to the desired website click on the internet link provided in the third column of the references.


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PIG How-To's

Starting Nursery Pigs on Feed

Publish Date: 04/17/2012

Starting Nursery Pigs on Feed


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Feeding Level of Gestating Sows

Publish Date: 04/17/2012

Feeding Level of Gestating Sows


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Should I Purchase or Make My Own Feed?

Publish Date: 04/17/2012

Should I Purchase or Make My Own Feed?


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Factsheets

Swine Statistical References - Charts

Publish Date: 04/04/2012

This factsheet lists prepared charts and associated hyperlinks to the pig inventories, operations, farrowing, etc., in the U.S. To go to the desired website click on the internet link provided in the third column of the references.


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PIG How-To's

How To Protect Workers From Infection

Publish Date: 04/17/2012

Good hygiene in the office and living areas of your production facility is important to protect the people working in these facilities from developing infections. The office, kitchen, break room, bathroom and showers can harbor microorganisms (bacteria, viruses or fungi) that can make people ill. Bacteria such as pseudomonas, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and others are considered a risk for people sharing living areas such as army barracks. Pork production workers share shower and other facilities, and may also have some risk of spreading infections among each other. Additionally, some bacteria can cause illness in people if brought into the food preparation areas of the facility. However, by following some simple rules you can keep your facilities clean and safe for everyone.


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Preparing for a "Water Only" Show

Publish Date: 04/17/2012

Many shows across the country today are water only shows, meaning that no foreign substances, such as oils or powders, can be used to dress the skin and hair on show day. Some packers have demanded this practice to prevent oils and other foreign substances from entering their packing plants. Other shows have implemented this rule to level the playing field for all exhibitors and make the hogs appear more natural in the showring. However, that does not mean that there is not some homework involved in making your pig look its best. Skin and hair conditioning take time and effort and should start at least a month prior to entering the showring.


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Evaluating Boar Semen for Quality

Publish Date: 04/17/2012

Evaluation of boar semen for measures of fertility is an important component to success with artificial insemination (AI). While measures of semen fertility are not highly related to fertility outcomes such as farrowing rate and litter size, use of poor quality semen with poor motility and increased abnormalities is associated with reduced fertility. As a result, the essentials for semen quality includes the basics for overall assessment of the ejaculate and the more specific measures for sperm cell concentration, motility, and percentage of normal sperm cells. It is these measures that are used to determine the number of fertile sperm cells that go into a dose of semen.


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Adjusting Feeders in Finishing

Publish Date: 04/17/2012

Feed accounts for 60 to 70% of the cost of pork production. If a feeder adjustment is too open, feed wastage can increase and reduce overall building feed efficiency resulting in increased cost of production and the addition of excess nutrients to the manure handling system. When feeders are closed to tightly, feed intake and growth rate can be reduced and fighting may occur. Optimal feed intake and minimal feed wastage are important and occur when feeders are properly adjusted.


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Recognizing and Reporting Foreign Animal Diseases

Publish Date: 04/17/2012

A foreign animal disease is one that does not occur in the United States and needs to be identified with the help of your veterinarian as quickly as possible.


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