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How much Floor Space does a Pregnant Sow need in a Group-Housing System with Electronic Sow Feeders?

Yuzhi Li, Associate Professor
West Central Research and Outreach Center, Morris


Determining floor space allowance for gestating sows can be controversial because more floor space for the sow means less output (profitability) per square foot for the producer. On the other hand, less floor space can compromise sow welfare and performance. In a recent project, we set-out to determine the minimal floor space required for gestating sows. Read more.

Bioaerosol Sampling for Airborne Virus Surveillance in Swine Facilities

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

Bioaerosol sampling refers to the methods by which one is able to collect the particles of biological origin (microbial, animal, or plant) in the air. This is useful information in swine production because many economically important pathogens can be transmitted by air from one farm to the next. Seventy-three scientific reports were included in this review published in the journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science. The information regarding the presence of viruses in the air around swine settings is limited but their findings has been compiled in the figure below. Overall, bioaerosol sampling could be a promising way to conduct non-invasive viral surveillance among swine farms. Continue reading.

Dr. Cesar Corzo welcomed as New Leman Chair

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

The University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine is happy to announce that Dr. Cesar Corzo has accepted an appointment to the Allen D. Leman Chair in Swine Health and Productivity effective October 2, 2017. The appointment is considered one of the most prestigious faculty positions in the world involving swine medicine. Corzo was selected following an international search. Continue reading.

Manure's Value to Erosion and Runoff

Author: Rick Koelsch, University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Funding support is from North Central Region Water Network(http://northcentralwater.org)

Manure's impact on formation of larger and more stable soil aggregates was the focus of a July 2017 MaSH blog. This article reviews the soil erosion and runoff benefits that results from changes to soil's physical characteristics from manure. Continue reading.

Don't Miss the 78th Minnesota Nutrition Conference

The Minnesota Nutrition Conference is a highly regarded and well known livestock nutrition conference in the upper Midwest. For over 75 years, this conference has delivered leading-edge, research-based knowledge to advance sustainable production of beef, dairy, equine, swine and poultry.

Join us for the 78th Minnesota Nutrition Conference on September 20 - 21, 2017. Details are posted on the conference website including the Program Agenda.

Register now! See Registration Information for detail. Register onlineby September 15 for early bird pricing. Pre-registration is encouraged. Registration includes Pre-Conference Symposium, General Session, Species Sessions, 2 lunches, 2 continental breakfasts, breaks, reception, and 1 copy of proceedings (flash drive or print).

Plan to Attend the Allen D. Leman Conference

The Allen D. Leman Swine Conference is an annual educational event for the global swine industry. It is internationally acclaimed for bringing science-driven solutions to the complex challenges facing the industry. Each year hundreds of participants from over 20 countries attend the Leman Swine Conference held in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Join us for the 2017 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference on September 16 - 19, 2017. Details are posted on the conference website including the conference agenda. Be sure to check out the Pre-Conference Program.

Episode 1: Effects of dietary fiber on swine intestinal epithelial and immune response

Sarah Schieck, UMN Swine Extension Educator talks to graduate student Marta Ferrandis Vila about her research on the effects of dietary fiber on swine intestinal epithelial and immune response.  Tom Molitor, swine faculty in the College of Veterinary Medicine also joins the conversation.

Listen to the Podcast (recorded May 30, 2017)