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Floor Space Allowance for Modern Finishing Pigs

By Sarah Schieck, UMN Swine Extension Educator


Researchers from the University of Minnesota, Kansas State University, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, and University of Missouri completed a research project evaluating floor space allowances for modern finishing pigs. The main question their research sought to answer is “if old floor space allowances still apply for modern production scenarios?” To answer this question, two experiments were conducted. The main objective of Study 1 was to determine the effects of floor space allowance on growth performance and welfare of pigs throughout the grow-finish period when marketed at an average pen live weight of 300 pounds. The main objective of Study 2 was to determine the effects of floor space allowance on growth performance of pigs weighing 300 pounds.

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Efficacy of Three Disinfectants against Senecavirus A on Five Surfaces and at Two Temperatures

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

What disinfectant to use against Senecavirus A? Does it vary based on surface type or temperature? These are the questions that a group of researchers from the University of Minnesota - Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory are answering in the latest issue of the Journal of Swine Health and Production (JSHAP).

The project tested:
3 disinfectants: household bleach, a phenolic disinfectant and a quaternary ammonium - aldehyde5 surfaces: aluminum, stainless steel, rubber, cement and plastic2 temperatures: 25°C (77°F) and 4°C (39°F)Read full article.

NEW Management Guides for Sow Gestation Management

Recently the National Pork Board released a series of 6 sow housing management guides. University of Minnesota Swine faculty, Lee Johnston and Yuzhi Li were two of the several authors who wrote the guides. On a recent SowBridge session Johnston said, "The guides were developed to help producers manage the gestation housing system they have chosen to use in their respective production systems." The guides can be used as a training tool to educate caretakers on basic animal care skills related to each of the different housing systems. Each guide also includes a management guide, daily observation checklist and troubleshooting scenarios for the respective housing systems.