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Pigs are more susceptible to heat stress due to an inability to sweat. This places them at greater risk of health and production problems that can add up to millions of dollars annually in revenue losses to swine producers.

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According to ARS research Mike Clawson in Nebraska, colostrum deprivation is the greatest risk factor for a calf to become sick or die before weaning. “Calves that do not receive colostrum are 50 times or more likely to die in the first three weeks of life,” he said.

Sows are having more piglets than ever, and feeding larger litters results in higher body temperatures. Having air-conditioned farrowing house…

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Pigs are funny. Nobody would argue about that. There are people that collect them. Pictures of them, memorabilia, statuettes, door stops, curt…

L-glutamine, an amino acid, shows promise as an alternative to antibiotics and growth promoters for piglets. The finding comes at an opportune time in light of the 2017 Veterinary Feed Directive, which bans use of dietary antibiotics in swine, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service.

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Scientists have changed the way piglets learn and remember by influencing bacteria in the colon. Their findings may translate to improving brain development in human infants.

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Three-dimensional imaging is being used to monitor sow behavior and prevent sows from accidentally crushing their piglets at the Roman L. Hruska U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska.

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Cargill is investing more than $15 million to add a piglet-feed production line at its existing premix and nutrition facility in Tianjin, China. The 7,000-square-meter young-animal nutrition facility features technology to produce Neopigg, Cargill’s piglet-feed brand.

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