NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Swine Welfare
NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Swine Welfare
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WCVM, UofS, 52 Campus Dr., Saskatoon, SK
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Helping producers enhance their operations.

Call for participants!

Seeking pig producers and swine veterinarians in Canada and the USA who are responsible for animal care and/or business decisions!


We would like to hear about your experience managing pigs to optimize production combined with approaches to improving their welfare.


You can learn more about the project from our flyer on the right or by following the link to the page The Relationship Between Animal Welfare and Sustainable Pork Production.


If you wish to participate, please contact Kayla Arisman at ‘kayla.arisman@usask.ca’ or Kyle Moak at ‘kyle.moak@usask.ca’.

On January 9th we hosted an afternoon of knowledge transfer focusing on the results generated from the NSERC IRC swine welfare research program and discussion of their implications for producers and the pork value chain. Over 40 producers, industry representatives and researchers joined for the presentations and lively discussions of the results. Keep an eye on the website for updated results!

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We successfully automated a computer vision system to detect the sides of pig carcasses at the abattoir! This sets the stage for our next move in the development of a retrospective welfare assessment: detection of carcass welfare lesions.

Results here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168169924004496

Our team is growing! We welcome Dr. Jen-Yun Chou @thepigobserver as our newest Research Scientist at the @PrairieSwine! With a passion for swine welfare & behaviour, she succeeds Drs. Harold Gonyou & Jennifer Brown and will continue the legacy of improving pig welfare in Canada.

Sow grouping strategies: @PrairieSwine research suggests dynamic groups (sows from different breeding cohorts penned together) are not detrimental to farrowing rates & litter characteristics but lead to increased sow injury from aggression.
Results here: https://www.prairieswine.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/effects-of-gestation-sow-grouping-practices-on-aggression-and-production.pdf

🚨Thinking about free farrowing and loose lactation? http://www.freefarrowing.com is the go-to resource for understanding the options available: ensure to review the benefits for the pig & producer!

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Biomarkers of Welfare

Results from this project indicate pigs with ‘enhanced’ enrichment increased lifelong ADG and were easier to handle at eight weeks. Piglets with pre-weaning lameness had increased cortisol:DHEA ratio in hair, suggesting this could be an objective measure of individual welfare.

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