Gastric ulcers in slaughter pigs in focus

Project investigates methods to identify on-farm gastric ulcers in pig herds and whether adding hemp to feed might prevent problem.

Gastric ulcers may cause increased mortality rates and reduced growth in slaughter pigs and also constitute economic and animal welfare production problems.

Since 1998, the department of animal science at Aarhus University in Denmark has contributed to research efforts — such as in cooperation with the Danish Pig Research Centre — relating to the effect of feed grinding and processing, feed composition and feed supplementation on gastric health and the prevalence of ulcers.

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