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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Docking the tail or not: Effect on welfare and performance of growing-finishing pigs

By:  Yuzhi Li, UMN Associate Professor of Swine Behavior and Welfare

Tail biting is a common problem in grow-finish pigs. Outbreaks of tail biting can cause major welfare complications of pigs with damaged tails. Because tail docking can cause pain in pigs, performing tail docking on a routine basis is under scrutiny due to animal welfare concerns.

Recently Yuzhi Li, Associate Professor of Swine Behavior and Welfare re-evaluated the consequences of raising pigs without tail docking in a study conducted at the West Central Research and Outreach Center near Morris, MN. Read more.

Solar Panels Power WCROC Swine Barn

By:  Lee Johnston, UMN Professor of Swine Nutrition and Management

Researchers at the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) have been involved in a multi-faceted project called the "Greening of Agriculture." The overarching goal of this project is to reduce the reliance of modern production agriculture on fossil fuels. One way to reduce this reliance is to shift energy demand from non-renewable fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. Major food companies are asking agriculture producers to move in this direction. Read more.

Confirmed detection of a new porcine circovirus: introducing PCV3

Reprinted as posted on UMN Swine Disease Eradication Center's Swine in Minnesota blog

Recently the Virology journal published a short report confirming the detection of a new porcine circovirus named PCV3. The virus was identified by a team of diagnosticians and researchers from the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at the U of MN in collaboration with the Blood Systems Research Institute and Department of Laboratory Medicine in San Fransisco.

Check out the full journal article here.

Time to Register for 2017 PorkBridge & SowBridge Programs

Don't have a lot of time to attend a seminar or conference, but are still interested in staying current with new research and management techniques in the pork industry. PorkBridge and SowBridge programs allow managers and employees to increase their knowledge and skills without needing to leave the comfort of their home or farm office. Both programs are distant education programs combining a presentation viewed on a computer with live presentations delivered by teleconference from topic experts at a scheduled time or via a recording if unable to participate during the scheduled time.

The difference in the two programs is the audience they are aimed at.

MN Pork Congress - January 17 & 18

Be sure to visit the University of Minnesota's swine group booth at MN Pork Congress January 17 & 18. MN Pork Congress is an annual event sponsored by the Minnesota Pork Producers Association and held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. A number of seminars are held throughout the 2-day event.

One of the sessions presented by U of M specialists will feature current research that is being done at the University.

University of Minnesota Social at MN Pork Congress

Join fellow CFANS (College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences) alumni and friends for the annual Alumni Social at MN Pork Congress on Tuesday, January 17th from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity to reconnect with your former classmates and network with CFANS folks in the industry you may have never met. Stop by, try some meat and cheese from CFANS's Meat Lab and Dairy Store, and spend time with friends new and old. Be sure to join the Facebook event. Details of the social can be found on the CFANS Alumni website. Be sure to RSVP if you are able to make it.
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