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  1. Content type: Research

    The objective of our study was to clinically and etiologically investigate acute outbreaks of respiratory disease in Finland. Our study also aimed to evaluate the clinical use of various methods in diagnosing ...

    Authors: Minna Haimi-Hakala, Outi Hälli, Tapio Laurila, Mirja Raunio-Saarnisto, Tiina Nokireki, Taina Laine, Suvi Nykäsenoja, Kirsti Pelkola, Joaquim Segales, Marina Sibila, Claudio Oliviero, Olli Peltoniemi, Sinikka Pelkonen and Mari Heinonen

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2017 3:19

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  2. Content type: Short communication

    Gilts are considered to play a key role in Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (M. hyopneumoniae) transmission and control. An effective gilt acclimation program should ideally reduce M. hyopneumoniae shedding at first farr...

    Authors: Laura Garza-Moreno, Joaquim Segalés, Maria Pieters, Anna Romagosa and Marina Sibila

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2017 3:21

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  3. Content type: Review

    Artificial insemination (AI) is the preferred method for reproduction in the majority of the intensive pig production systems Worldwide. To this end, fresh extended ready-to-use semen doses are either purchase...

    Authors: Alfonso Lopez Rodriguez, Ann Van Soom, Ioannis Arsenakis and Dominiek Maes

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2017 3:15

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  4. Content type: Research

    Delaying pigs from advancing through the production stages could have a negative impact on their health and performance. The objective of this study was to investigate the possible implications of delaying pig...

    Authors: Julia Adriana Calderón Díaz, Alessia Diana, Laura Ann Boyle, Finola C. Leonard, Máire McElroy, Shane McGettrick, John Moriarty and Edgar García Manzanilla

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2017 3:13

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  5. Content type: Research

    Zinc oxide (ZnO), commonly used to control post-weaning diarrhea in piglets, has been highlighted as of potential concern from an environmental perspective. The aim of this field trial was to examine effects o...

    Authors: M. Oropeza-Moe, C.A. Grøntvedt, C.J. Phythian, H. Sørum, A.K. Fauske and T. Framstad

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2017 3:14

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  6. Content type: Research

    Repeat-breeder females increase non-productive days (NPD) and decrease herd productivity and profitability. The objectives of the present study were 1) to define severe repeat-breeder (SRB) females in commerci...

    Authors: Satomi Tani, Carlos Piñeiro and Yuzo Koketsu

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2017 3:12

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  7. Content type: Case Study

    Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) is responsible for reproductive disorders in sows and respiratory problems in pigs, and has a major economic impact. Controlling PRRSV is therefore a...

    Authors: Pauline Berton, Valérie Normand, Guy-Pierre Martineau, Franck Bouchet, Arnaud Lebret and Agnès Waret-Szkuta

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2017 3:11

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  8. Content type: Research

    Acute outbreaks of Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae (APP) require rapid, effective, parenteral antimicrobial treatment. The efficacy and safety of a single, short-acting, high dose of marbofloxacin (Forcyl® swine ...

    Authors: Erik Grandemange, Pierre-Alexandre Perrin, Dejean Cvejic, Miriam Haas, Tim Rowan and Klaus Hellmann

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2017 3:10

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  9. Content type: Research

    The usefulness of oral fluid (OF) sampling for surveillance of infections in pig populations is already accepted but its value as a tool to support investigations of porcine respiratory disease complex (PRDC) ...

    Authors: Juan Hernandez-Garcia, Nardy Robben, Damien Magnée, Thomas Eley, Ian Dennis, Sara M. Kayes, Jill R. Thomson and Alexander W. Tucker

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2017 3:7

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  10. Content type: Research

    In commercial pig production, sows are often vaccinated several times per gestation period, resulting in reduced welfare. This preliminary experiment investigated whether the needle-free IDAL vaccinator improv...

    Authors: Déborah Temple, Damián Escribano, Marta Jiménez, Eva Mainau, José J. Cerón and Xavier Manteca

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2017 3:9

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  11. Content type: Research

    Straw is one of the most effective rooting materials to reduce tail biting in pigs. A so-called foraging-tower (FT) provides only small quantities of straw compatible with liquid manure systems. The focus of t...

    Authors: Carolin Holling, Elisabeth grosse Beilage, Beatriz Vidondo and Christina Nathues

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2017 3:4

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  12. Content type: Research

    Maintaining optimal reproductive and litter performance is essential for meeting economic targets in commercial pig production. Treatment with exogenous gonadotropins in sows after weaning or in gilts after al...

    Authors: Ellen de Jong, Jan Jourquin, Johannes Kauffold, Steven Sarrazin, Jeroen Dewulf and Dominiek Maes

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2017 3:6

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  13. Content type: Case Report

    Hyper-prolific sows produce more piglets than they can suckle, as the number of milk producing teats of the sow is lower (twelve to sixteen) than the number of live born piglets per litter. Farmers and farm wo...

    Authors: Manon A. M. Houben, Tijs J. Tobias and Manon M. C. Holstege

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2017 3:2

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  14. Content type: Short report

    A controlled, randomised, and blinded trial performed on a conventional French farrow-to-finish farm compared the efficacy of a one-shot bivalent ready to use vaccine, Porcilis® PCV M. Hyo (group PCVM), to tha...

    Authors: Eric Pagot, Martial Rigaut, David Roudaut, Luca Panzavolta, Rika Jolie and Didier Duivon

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2017 3:3

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  15. Content type: Research

    Feed contaminated with feces from infected pigs is believed to be a potential route of transmission of porcine delta coronavirus (PDCoV). The objective of this study was to determine if the addition of commerc...

    Authors: Katie M. Cottingim, Harsha Verma, Pedro E. Urriola, Fernando Sampedro, Gerald C. Shurson and Sagar M. Goyal

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2017 3:5

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  16. Content type: Research

    In 2010, the ‘European Declaration on alternatives to surgical castration of pigs’ was agreed. The Declaration stipulates that from January 1, 2012, surgical castration of pigs shall only be performed with pro...

    Authors: Nancy De Briyne, Charlotte Berg, Thomas Blaha and Déborah Temple

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2016 2:29

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  17. Content type: Review

    PRRS is one of the most challenging diseases for world-wide pig production. Attempts for a sustainable control of this scourge by vaccination have not yet fully satisfied. With an increasing knowledge and meth...

    Authors: Gerald Reiner

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2016 2:27

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  18. Content type: Case Report

    In spring 2015, an outbreak of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) struck Lower Austria caused by a PRRS virus (PRRSV) strain spreading rapidly among both previously PRRSV negative and vaccina...

    Authors: Leonie J Sinn, Eva Klingler, Benjamin Lamp, Rene Brunthaler, Herbert Weissenböck, Till Rümenapf and Andrea Ladinig

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2016 2:28

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  19. Content type: Case study

    Piglets at weaning suffer many stressors such as sudden change of feed, change in group composition and the end of lactogenic immunity. These stressors may cause poor growth performance. There is a need for al...

    Authors: Juan Antonio Mesonero Escuredo, Yvonne van der Horst, John Carr and Dominiek Maes

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2016 2:25

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  20. Content type: Research

    There is growing concern about development of antimicrobial resistance due to use of antimicrobials (AMs) in livestock production. Identifying efficient alternatives, including vaccination, is a priority. The ...

    Authors: Carolina Temtem, Amanda Brinch Kruse, Liza Rosenbaum Nielsen, Ken Steen Pedersen and Lis Alban

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2016 2:23

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  21. Content type: Research

    PRRS is a viral disease of pigs and sows that is one of the most costly to the pig industry worldwide. The disease can be controlled by focusing on different aspects. One of them is the vaccination of piglets,...

    Authors: Guillermo Cano, Marcia Oliveira Cavalcanti, Francois-Xavier Orveillon, Jeremy Kroll, Oliver Gomez-Duran, Alberto Morillo and Christian Kraft

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2016 2:22

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  22. Content type: Research

    Hoof lesions in sows have been associated with lameness and poor hoof horn quality. The mechanical strength and quality of hoof horn is determined by the density and diameter of horn tubules, which were recent...

    Authors: Nikoleta Varagka, Marina Lisgara, Vassilis Skampardonis, Vassilis Psychas and Leonidas Leontides

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2016 2:26

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  23. Content type: Research

    Post-weaning diarrhoea (PWD), due to Escherichia coli, is an important cause of economic losses to the pig industry primarily as a result of mortality and worsened productive performance. In spite of its relevanc...

    Authors: Andrea Luppi, Mariavittoria Gibellini, Thomas Gin, Frédéric Vangroenweghe, Virginie Vandenbroucke, Rolf Bauerfeind, Paolo Bonilauri, Geoffrey Labarque and Álvaro Hidalgo

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2016 2:20

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  24. Content type: Research

    Due to difficulties in eradicating porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) linked to biosecurity challenges, transmission of the virus and the lack of efficient DIVA vaccines, successful control o...

    Authors: Gyula Balka, Karla Dreckmann, György Papp and Christian Kraft

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2016 2:24

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  25. Content type: Case Report

    Infections with encephalomyocarditis virus may cause myocarditis and sudden death in young pigs and reproduction disorders in sows. The presence of encephalomyocarditis virus infected rodents is considered a m...

    Authors: Klaas Vansteenkiste, Tommy Van Limbergen, Ruben Decaluwé, Marylène Tignon, Brigitte Cay and Dominiek Maes

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2016 2:19

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  26. Content type: Research

    Antimicrobial resistance is an increasing problem and reducing AM use is critical in limiting its severity. The underlying causes of antimicrobial use at pig farm level must be understood to select effective r...

    Authors: Annette Backhans, Marie Sjölund, Ann Lindberg and Ulf Emanuelson

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2016 2:18

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  27. Content type: Review

    Group housing of sows during gestation is mandatory in the EU since 2013. Compared to housing in individual crates, group housing allows the animals to express normal activity and behavior. The present paper d...

    Authors: Dominiek Maes, Liesbet Pluym and Olli Peltoniemi

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2016 2:17

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  28. Content type: Review

    The sow is a social animal in her behavior throughout the reproductive cycle. An exception to her preference for being a part of a social group occurs one to two1–2 d days prior to farrowing, when she separate...

    Authors: Olli Peltoniemi, Stefan Björkman and Dominiek Maes

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2016 2:15

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  29. Content type: Commentary

    This is a critical comment on a paper published in Porcine Health Management in 2015, presenting a comparison between lesions from meat inspection at one abattoir on slaughter pigs classified in to two differe...

    Authors: Jan Tind Sørensen

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2016 2:14

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  30. Content type: Short report

    The pig appeasing pheromone (PAP) applied in spray has shown to be effective in reducing the frequency of aggression and the stress response of young and adult pigs under experimental conditions. This prelimin...

    Authors: Déborah Temple, Héloïse Barthélémy, Eva Mainau, Alessandro Cozzi, Marta Amat, Maria Eugênia Canozzi, Patrick Pageat and Xavier Manteca

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2016 2:13

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  31. Content type: Research

    Western European porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) strains cause limited and mild clinical signs whereas more virulent strains are circulating in Eastern Europe. The emergence of such...

    Authors: Caroline Bonckaert, Karen van der Meulen, Isaac Rodríguez-Ballarà, Rafael Pedrazuela Sanz, Mar Fenech Martinez and Hans J. Nauwynck

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2016 2:12

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  32. Content type: Research

    High antimicrobial usage and the threat of antimicrobial resistance highlighted the need for reduced antimicrobial usage in pig production. Prevention of disease however, is necessary to obtain a reduced need ...

    Authors: Merel Postma, Annette Backhans, Lucie Collineau, Svenja Loesken, Marie Sjölund, Catherine Belloc, Ulf Emanuelson, Elisabeth grosse Beilage, Elisabeth Okholm Nielsen, Katharina D. C. Stärk and Jeroen Dewulf

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2016 2:9

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  33. Content type: Research

    A discrete time, stochastic, compartmental model simulating the spread of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae within a batch of industrially raised pigs was developed to understand infection dynamics and to assess the impac...

    Authors: Heiko Nathues, Guillaume Fournie, Barbara Wieland, Dirk U. Pfeiffer and Katharina D. C. Stärk

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2016 2:10

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  34. Content type: Research

    The aim of this study was to use mathematical modeling to identify and quantify the main factors that affect daily feed intake (DFI) and feed conversion ratio (FCR) in grow-finishing (GF) pig units. We evaluat...

    Authors: C. R. Pierozan, P. S. Agostini, J. Gasa, A. K. Novais, C. P. Dias, R. S. K. Santos, M. Pereira Jr, J. G. Nagi, J. B. Alves and C. A. Silva

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2016 2:7

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  35. Content type: Research

    Hoof lesions are very common among sows and have been associated with lameness, early removal and compromised welfare and productivity. Although housing conditions and management can have an external effect on...

    Authors: Μarina Lisgara, Vassilis Skampardonis and Leonidas Leontides

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2016 2:6

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  36. Content type: Research

    Antimicrobial consumption in veterinary medicine is of great importance. Increased awareness by the public and media has led to demands for decreased use of antimicrobials in pigs. This study aimed to identify...

    Authors: Corinne Arnold, Gertraud Schüpbach-Regula, Patricia Hirsiger, Julia Malik, Patricia Scheer, Xaver Sidler, Peter Spring, Judith Peter-Egli and Myriam Harisberger

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2016 2:5

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  37. Content type: Research

    Conventional vaccination programs using a single injection of a combined vaccine against porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (MHYO) can promote a strong immune response that reduces f...

    Authors: Joan Pujols, Joaquim Segalés, Javier Polo, Carmen Rodríguez, Joy Campbell and Joe Crenshaw

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2016 2:4

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  38. Content type: Research

    Tail biting is a common and serious welfare problem in pig production, causing large economical losses. Tail docking is performed routinely in most EU countries to reduce the tail biting risk. However, tail do...

    Authors: Anna Valros, Camilla Munsterhjelm, Laura Hänninen, Tiina Kauppinen and Mari Heinonen

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2016 2:2

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  39. Content type: Review

    Since its emergence in the late 1980’s, the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSv) has posed a significant challenge to the pig industry worldwide. Since then, a number of epidemiological ...

    Authors: Julio Alvarez, Pablo Valdes-Donoso, Steven Tousignant, Mohammad Alkhamis, Robert Morrison and Andres Perez

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2016 2:3

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  40. Content type: Research

    The present study investigated the effect of peforelin (Maprelin®), a gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) analogue, administration in gilts, primiparous and pluriparous sows in a high productive farm on sow ...

    Authors: Frédéric Vangroenweghe, Lieve Goossens and Jan Jourquin

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2016 2:1

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  41. Content type: Review

    African Swine Fever (ASF) is an important contagious haemorrhagic viral disease affecting swine whose notification is mandatory due to its high mortality rates and the great sanitary and socioeconomic impact i...

    Authors: Ma Carmen Gallardo, Ana de la Torre Reoyo, Jovita Fernández-Pinero, Irene Iglesias, Ma Jesús Muñoz and Ma Luisa Arias

    Citation: Porcine Health Management 2015 1:21

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