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SwineCast Update for September 21, 2012, What is the Science Underlying Feed Efficiency?

SwineCast returned from another excellent Allen D. Leman Swine Conference. News from the event is the announcement that the Leman Conference series goes on the road October 15-17 to Xi'an, China [conference info]. Be sure to turn on your Google Translate feature to see some of the agenda.

The first Minnesota Leman video on SwineCast features Pijoan Lecturer Dr. John Patience with A Critical Look at the Science Underlying Feed Efficiency [video]. As the first of many presentations, kudos to the University of Minnesota Veterinary Continuing Education program for allowing us to share these with you.  

FYI, this year the Latinos in Agriculture Conference will be held in San Antonio, Texas, with the mission of Connecting Industry, Government, and Education for Transforming the Agricultural Workforce of the Future. Dr. Craig Wilson, USDA Agriculture Research Service, will be presenting at the conference about how the ARS is helping educate students on the variety of agriculture research work currently happening [audio].


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  • Video: What is the Science Underlying Feed Efficiency? - Dr. John Patience, Iowa State University, has been looking at swine feed efficiency for many years. In the last two years he received funding to look at feed efficiency through a multidisciplinary lens, with nutritionists, physiologists, microbiologists, geneticists, and other experts. This expertise have brought together new insights and data that can help address questions about disease susceptibility and growth patterns. From the 2012 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 15-18, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. [video].


What is the Science Underlying Feed Efficiency?

  • Audio: Are You Using All The Tools To Manage Your Pigs? - Dr. Keith Kinsley, Standard Nutrition, shares his thoughts on watching for key signals in your herd and using the best tools to track performance. Keith shared an excellent presentation with attendees at the 2012 Boehringer Ingelheim Carolina Swine Health Seminar [audio].
  • Audio: How Can New Euthanasia Procedures Promise Less Stress? - Proper euthanasia practices lessen stress on barn technicians and present a better picture to the public at large. Dr. Tina Widowski, professor of animal and poultry science and the director of the Campbell Centre for Animal Welfare at the University of Guelph, discusses new work with Bruce Cochrane which shows promise on both the scientific and social front [audio].


What is the USDA Agriculture Research Service?.


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