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Commercial Swine Industry Biosecurity Principles

Publish Date: 06/20/2018

This video highlights the importance of applying biosecurity principles on the farm and illustrates these principles for the public, new employees, for review by current employees and anyone else entering a swine farm.


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Promoting the Importance of Pork Quality

Publish Date: 06/20/2018

Pork quality is important to consumers and the meat and grocery markets. In this video, you will see exactly what are the pork quality attributes and the industry's stride to improve quality to meet consumers demand. This video includes and overview of the numerous factors that attribute to pork quality and how to measure the attributes.


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Evaluating replacement gilts for feet and leg soundness

Publish Date: 06/20/2018

Lameness is one of the most significant reasons for involuntary sow culling, but good feet and leg structure may be overlooked or tolerated during gilt selection to achieve progress in other traits. however, structural conformation is highly heritable and producers may inadvertently create or intensify lameness issues in their herd by ignoring this trait. Lameness reduces sow productivity and longevity, and in the growing her is associated with reduced feed intake, decreased average daily gain, and may lead to a greater number of downer pigs at market. In addition to the economic consequences, high incidences of lameness is also a sign of poor animal welfare, and show be addressed on every farm. Examples of acceptable and unacceptable feet and leg soundness are featured in this video.


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Calibrating Sow Feed Drops

Publish Date: 06/20/2018

Manual feed drops and automated feeding systems are commonly used on modern production farms to conserve labor and provide accurate feed allowance relative to an individual animal's metabolic demands and target body condition score. However, dust accumulation and daily wear on the machinery may cause the system to lose accuracy over time, and differences in diet type or composition, such as changes in pellet quality or adjustments in the nutrient content of the diet, will create inaccuracy and skew the amount of feed actually provided to the animals. This in turn may cause over- or under-feeding of sows during gestation and lactation, and can distort the accuracy of feed efficiency and usage records. For these reasons, producers are recommended to re-calibrate their feeding systems on a regular basis and every time changes to the diet are made. Re-calibrating feed systems is a quickly and easily preformed chore that will improve pig performance and the efficiency of feed usage on the farm.


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Lagoon and Earthen Manure Storage Basin Closure: Part 1 - Estimating the volume, nutrients, and land application needs of accumulated effluent and biosolids

Publish Date: 06/20/2018

The closure of aged livestock lagoons and earthen manure storage basins needs to be conducted in a manner that controls potential environmental risk and makes economical use of accumulated nutrients in the biosolids. In this video, learn how to prepare for the closure of a lagoon by estimating the volume and nutrient content of liquid effluent and accumulated sludge, sampling effluent and sludge, quantifying the value of these products based upon fertilizer nutrient availability and prospective soil fertility impacts, and planning land application activities to utilize these nutrients in crop production systems.


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Lagoon & Earthen Manure Storage Basin Closure: Part II - Applying Nutrients to Cropland and Decommissioning the Structure

Publish Date: 03/27/2018

The closure of aged livestock lagoons and earthen manure storage basins needs to be conducted in a manner that controls potential environmental risk and makes economical use of accumulated nutrients in the sludge. In this video, learn how to utilize effluent and sludge from a lagoon, deconstruct a lagoon liner, berm, and conveyance pipes, and return the land area occupied by the lagoon to production.


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Factsheets

Pork Checkoff: Responsibility of Fairs and Youth Shows for Collection

Publish Date: 08/07/2017

According to federal law, as mandated by the U.S. Congress, all producers (adult or youth) selling pigs for any reason, regardless of purpose, age, or sex of the animal, must pay Checkoff dues assessments unless an exemption has been granted by the National Pork Board based on the requirements of the Organic Exemption Request Form. The goals of the Pork Checkoff program are to strengthen the position of and expand the markets for pork and pork products through research, promotion, and education. This fact sheet has been developed to help county fair boards and youth livestock sale committee personnel ensure compliance with the mandated federal Pork Checkoff. Most Pork Checkoff funds are collected and used for promotion, research, and education at the national level. However, funds from the Pork Checkoff are also remitted back to respective states where the animals are raised for promotion, research, and education at the state level.


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Pulling Pigs during Farrowing Assistance

Publish Date: 06/22/2017

Dystocia, difficulty farrowing, is a common issue in the swine industry. If piglets are not removed from the reproductive tract of the sow in a safe, timely manner, the piglets could suffer from asphyxiation and die. It may also cause a pile up of piglets, and if not taken care of quickly, could greatly increase the number of still births in the litter. This video will discuss, and demonstrate piglet orientation during farrowing and proper techniques for pulling piglets that get stuck at the pelvis of the sow.


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What goes in a showbox

Publish Date: 06/15/2017

This video will describe the tools, equipment and other items that are needed to go to the show.


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Swine Science - Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD)

Publish Date: 06/15/2017

The veterinary feed directive (VFD) is a written statement given to the animal owner by a veterinarian that is similar to a prescription.


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