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Never Stop Improving: Genetic Improvement in the Pig Industry

August 6, 2019 | The domestication from the wild boar to the domestic pig centuries ago was the onset of genetic improvement in pigs. Then afterwards, different breeds and lines were developed.

Ventilation Air Exchange: Is your air exchange promoting maximum herd productivity?

July 6, 2019 | Ventilation is critical in achieving top performance for any pig herd. When environmental conditions are not optimal, pigs won’t maximize their genetic potential – and farm profits will not be as high as they could be.

PIC's Podcast "The Squeal" Celebrates One Year

June 25, 2019 | We are pleased to celebrate the first anniversary of PIC’s swine management podcast, “The Squeal by pic.com,” and we couldn’t have done it without your support. In the first 10 episodes, we covered a variety of topics, from ventilation to nutrition, pork quality to gilt selection, and much more.

Getting it Right: Temperature and Ventilation

June 4, 2019 | Maintaining optimal barn conditions is important for the well-being of the pigs and barn staff, as well as optimizing farm productivity.

Producing Portugal’s Pork Raporal Sets High Standards for Portugal’s Pork Industry

May 14, 2019 | The U.S. doesn’t necessarily have a corner on top-notch pork production. Just east of Lisbon, Portugal, a
company called Raporal S.A. has been making livestock feed for almost 50 years and producing pork for nearly 40 years.

Optimizing Ventilation in the Pig Barn: Why ventilation is so important, and how to get it right.

April 23, 2019 | Maximizing the profitability of your operation means that every weaned pig should thrive. This will only happen with optimum feed, water and air. In previous PIC Pig Improvers, we have reviewed the importance of early pig care in achieving optimal lifetime performance.

Early Pig Care- Hydration and Early Feed Intake

April 2, 2019 | It’s obvious that proper hydration and good early feed intake will put every weaned pig on the road to success. In previous Pig Improvers, we ave reviewed the importance of good early pig care in achieving
optimal lifetime performance.

Biosecurity: More Important Than Ever

March 12, 2019 | As African swine fever (ASF) continues its deadly spread across Asia and Europe, discussions on biosecurity are laced with increased urgency. But even without a foreign animal disease, there are plenty of domestic health challenges that underpin the need for sound biosecurity practices on every farm.

Expect More from the Evolution of Genetics and Nutrition

February 19, 2019 | In this issue of the Pig Improver, we share more recorded presentations from our recent nutrition seminars that we held in August and October.

Early Pig Care- Placement Plan

January 29, 2019 | Every weaned pig must thrive to maximize the profitability of a pork operation. Previously in the Pig Improver, we have emphasized the importance of good early pig care in achieving optimal lifetime performance. Proper early pig care can lead to better animal well-being and reduced losses associated with fallback pigs, disease treatment and extra care.

2018 Nutrition Seminar Presentations

January 9, 2019 | In this issue of the Pig Improver, we share recorded presentations from our recent nutrition seminars that we held in August and October.

Early Pig Care- Temperature and Comfort Zone

December 11, 2018 | As pork producers are aware, every weaned pig must thrive to maximize profitability. In previous Pig Improvers, we have reviewed the importance of good early pig care in achieving optimal lifetime performance. Early pig care matters. Proper early pig care can lead to better animal well-being, reduced losses and maximized profits. Let’s review how to achieve proper barn temperature and correctly use comfort zones.

Farrowing Room Preparation

November 20, 2018 | A well-prepared farrowing room is critical to the success of a sow farm. Unfortunately, a proper setup is often deemed less important than other daily tasks on the farm. There are rules that everyone can follow to get the best environment for sows to deliver their piglets.

Brushing Up on Early Pig Care

November 1, 2018 | To maximize the profitability of a pork operation, we must optimize the health and performance of every weaned pig.
A good start is critical for optimal lifetime performance.

What Do Consumers Want?

October 9, 2018 | PIC keeps a close eye on market factors as they continuously affect producers, and we are driven to help make our customers the most successful pork producers in the world. Please read the latest insights on what consumers want in their pork now – and what they will likely want in the future.

Gilt Care- Let's Review

September 18, 2018 | Proper gilt management means caring for gilts correctly from birth, not just during the weeks before breeding. We cannot treat gilts like market pigs or we risk their health, productivity and longevity in the herd. A long, productive and impactful life is the goal for every PIC sow. Correct cared-for gilts are the key.
Let’s review the key points of proper gilt care.

Why Heavy Weights are the Future of Pig Production

August 28, 2018 | For decades, market pig weights have been steadily rising around the world. In the United States, market weights have increased by about one pound (~450 gram) every year over the last 30 years.
Why is the pork industry actively moving towards heavier market weights? The short answer is more profit. Within integrated production systems or simply at the processing plant, operational costs are the same no matter the weight of the pigs. Heavier carcass weights mean more saleable product is produced, with operational costs staying the same – and therefore more profit is achieved.

Colostrum Management

August 28, 2018 |
The importance of colostrum for the health of piglets is unquestioned. Colostrum provides energy and hydration to maintain vital bodily functions. It also provides protection against pathogens through local immunity (digestive) and systemic immunity. Pre-weaning mortality (PWM) continues to be one of the main challenges for the producer’s financial bottom line. Research shows that an amount of 200 cc of colostrum on day one increases survivability of piglets born in the 2 to 2.5-pound range (0.9 to 1.1 kilo) by 4 to 5 times (Ferrari et al (2014)).

The Non-Negotiable Basics to Develop High Lifetime Performance Gilts

August 7, 2018 | “Gilts are the foundation of your herd. Industry-wide, there is still skepticism over how much gilts can impact overall whole herd results,” says Dr. Pedro Mosqueira, PIC Technical Services Manager. “We believe that there is still room for improvement in sow performance through proper gilt development.”

A Day with PIC's Pork Quality Team

July 17, 2018 | Environmental factors account for the large majority – approximately 60-to-70 percent – of variation in pork quality. Guided by our Pork Quality Blueprint, PIC offers a system review service for its customers. This review service aims to help customers improve environmental factors that impact pork quality. The PIC Pork Quality team travels to PIC customers’ plants around the world, conducting up to 40 system reviews per year. What is involved in these reviews?

Feeding Gilts the Right Way

June 26, 2018 | The North American pork industry is constantly striving to maximize performance and efficiency across all stages of production. Gilts must be given appropriate care in order to maximize their lifetime performance. Alongside proper gilt selection, environmental conditions and stocking densities, it is critical that gilts receive proper nutrition to prepare them for high lifetime performance.