Scientists hope to begin commercial trials of a new computerized precision feeder that will tailor rations to meet the nutritional needs of each individual pig early next year.
Research conducted on behalf of Swine Innovation Porc suggest technology commonly used to clean up waste in other industries followed by a combination of disinfectants and heat can reduce the amount of time and water required to clean and disinfect trailers used to transport swine.
The chair of Swine Innovation Porc says changes in the approach to funding research conducted on behalf of Canada’s pork industry have fostered a much greater level of communication and collaboration among the researchers and research facilities that conduct that research.
The Manitoba government is investing in three cutting-edge initiatives that will advance the province as a national and international leader in health research.
The donation of 27 rare and last-copy local history books from the Manitoba Historical Society to the Manitoba Legislative Library will make these important resources available for public research.
A national study which looked at the effects transport on animal welfare has shown the trailer compartment in which pigs are shipped has a significant effect on their levels of stress during transport and subsequent meat quality.
Seven provincial pork organizations have agreed to help fund swine industry research being conducted through Swine Innovation Porc.
Research being conducted on behalf of Swine Innovation Porc will help pork producers improve the management of gestating sows as they convert from stall housing to group housing.
The University of Manitoba will receive more than $670,000 to purchase specialized equipment for agricultural research.
Hog producers will benefit from research on switching from gestation stalls to loose sow housing as a result of a pilot project underway at a Maple Leaf Foods barn near Steinbach, Manitoba.