Better Pork Featured Articles

Better Pork is published bimonthly. After each edition is published, we share two feature articles online. Each magazine includes much more content. If you enjoy reading the Better Pork articles below, be sure to subscribe to the magazine!

Stopping ASF spread by wild boars

Gene editing could avert ‘existential crisis’

By Lilian Schaer, for Livestock Research Innovation Corporation

It’s been more than five years since African Swine Fever (ASF) first broke out in China. Since then, hog farmers around the world have been on high alert and the world has watched with bated breath as the virus continues its relentless spread across Asia, into Europe and in the Caribbean.

Could JEV Leave the Pork Sector DOA?

‘This is one swine disease that we certainly have on our radar.’

By Geoff Geddes

If you thought three letters couldn’t do much damage, you’ve never dealt with the CRA. From PRRS to PED, the pork sector in Canada is full of scary acronyms, and one that recently caught the attention of the industry is JEV (Japanese Encephalitis Virus).

Understanding & Addressing Sow Mortality

A Balanced and Sustainable Breeding Approach is Critical.

By Brent Devries & Afton Sawyer, for Hypor

Genetic improvement for sow prolificacy has been very successful. Unfortunately, sow survivability has inadvertently been decreasing. This has become a growing challenge in the global swine industry. Not only are there large economic impacts related to the loss of a productive sow, but herd performance, staff morale, animal welfare, and resources used for production are also negatively affected.

Trace Mineral Nutrition

Optimizing performance and uniformity in grow-finishing pigs.

By Gavin Boerboom, PhD, Program Manager, Trace Minerals, Trouw Nutrition

The grow-finishing period in commercial swine production represents the phase of production with the longest time frame (ranging from 80 to 180 days) and therefore the greatest opportunity to improve pig health and welfare, as they are tightly correlated.

Avoiding Scammers

Education is the best way to keep your farm business safe.

By Emily Croft

Farms, like every other business, are at risk of being targeted by scammers. It can feel challenging to determine what is safe, as more business transactions move to a remote platform – over the phone or the internet.

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) stated that losses from reported frauds increased from $165 million in 2020 to $379 million in 2021. These numbers don’t include losses from the many instances of fraud which weren’t reported.

Research solves practical swine industry problems

Sow nutrition central to Lee-Anne Huber’s work at Guelph

By Lilian Schaer, for Livestock Research Innovation Corporation

Dr. Lee-Anne Huber’s goal for her swine research program at the University of Guelph is simple: To answer nutrition-related questions and solve real-world challenges producers face.

As an associate professor in swine nutrition, Huber sees her position as a service role to the pork industry – and her research focus has evolved to concentrate on sow nutrition.

Acid binding capacity-4: A key parameter in weaned pig diet formulation.

By Mohsen Abedin, PHD.

The post-weaning period is a critical and often stressful phase in a young pig's life, drawing significant attention to optimizing the gastrointestinal tract for improved lifetime production and overall health.

Newly weaned piglets experience a substantial shift in their dietary composition, transitioning from a liquid milk, rich in highly digestible nutrients, to a dry, plant-based diet.

Applying Imaging Technologies

In One Click: Imaging Technology for The Rapid Prediction of Pork Carcass Composition

By Argenis Rodas-González

Pork producers select pigs for slaughter based on the evaluation of live pig conformation and weight, which are labour-intensive and stressful for the pigs. However, most hog markets pay the producer based on pork carcass merit, which is determined by the percentage of carcass fat-free-lean muscle (FFLM).

‘Disinfection Is Critical to Our Industry’

A Reminder to Review Your Procedures & Keep Your Stock on Track

By Colleen Halpenny

As part of the Canadian Pork Council’s Canadian Pork Excellence program, the Canadian Swine Biosecurity Initiative aims to protect the health of the Canadian swine herd, enable rapid zoning to prevent disease spread, and provide producers with simple self-assessment tools.

CPE guidelines state that producers must maintain a housing sanitation standard operating procedure, and that it must be carried out at least once per year.

Value of Validation

Bridging the Gap Between Science & Actual Farm Practices

By Atta Agyekum, PHD, Trouw Nutrition

Swine producers often require real-world proof to be convinced of the efficacy of new innovations before implementing them on their farms. That is why commercial validation farms are utilized to conduct research to bridge the gap between scientific knowledge and actual farm practices.