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Extending The Sow’s Productive Lifetime

Bernie Peet is president of Pork Chain Consulting Ltd. of Lacombe, Alberta, and editor of Western Hog Journal. His columns will run every second week in the Manitoba Co-operator. While many producers use pigs per sow per year as the benchmark for success in the breeding herd, there is now much more focus on lifetime


Pellets And Fine Grind Most Efficient For Pig Diets

Bernie Peet is president of Pork Chain Consulting Ltd. of Lacombe, Alberta, and editor of Western Hog Journal. His columns will run every second week in the Manitoba Co-operator. Pelleted feed made of finely ground ingredients is considerably more efficient than more coarsely ground feed provided in meal form, according to a recently published large-scale

Early Nursery Performance Not Affected By Diet Complexity

Bernie Peet is president of Pork Chain Consulting Ltd. of Lacombe, Alberta, and editor of Western Hog Journal. His columns will run every second week in the Manitoba Co-operator. Recent research by Dr. Denise Beaulieu at the Prairie Swine Centre suggests that the response of newly weaned pigs to two dietary regimes based on a

Innovative Research Addresses Industry Challenges

BERNIE PEET Peet on Pigs Bernie Peet is president of Pork Chain Consulting Ltd. of Lacombe, Alberta, and editor of Western Hog Journal. His columns will run every second week in the Manitoba The Prairie Swine Centre (PSC) plays a unique role in the Canadian pork industry as one of the few establishments carrying out


Danish Research Targets Sow Longevity

Bernie Peet is president of Pork Chain Consulting Ltd. of Lacombe, Alberta, and editor of Western Hog Journal. His columns will run every second week in the Manitoba Co-operator. In my previous article, I explained how the Danish industry is improving productivity and reducing production costs through a focused research and development program which quickly

Danes Focus On Efficiency To Counter Lack Of Profit

Bernie Peet is president of Pork Chain Consulting Ltd. of Lacombe, Alberta, and editor of Western Hog Journal. His columns will run every second week in the Manitoba Co-operator. Despite losing money for most of the last four years, Danish producers are optimistic they can survive and prosper by improving productivity and efficiency. Danish producers

Lentil Is A Good Source Of Protein For Weaned Pigs

Bernie Peet is president of Pork Chain Consulting Ltd. of Lacombe, Alberta, and editor of Western Hog Journal. His columns will run every second week in the Manitoba Co-operator. With the current high price of feed ingredients, hog producers are looking for alternative sources of energy and protein in order to reduce costs, without compromising


Planning For A Sow Housing Revolution

Bernie Peet is president of Pork Chain Consulting Ltd. of Lacombe, Alberta, and editor of Western Hog Journal. His columns will run every second week in the Manitoba Co-operator. By the end of next year, pig producers in the European Union should have converted any existing sow stall housing into group housing. Legislation requires them

Post-Cervical AI Makes A Comeback For Swine

Bernie Peet is president of Pork Chain Consulting Ltd. of Lacombe, Alberta, and editor of Western Hog Journal. His columns will run every second week in the Manitoba Co-operator. About 10 years ago, when the technique of post-cervical AI (PCAI) was introduced, a series of trials in Europe showed placing semen directly into the uterine