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Articles of MV. Júlia Pié Orpí

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 28/02/2022


Diets for geriatric dogs

Geriatric or senior dogs are the ones that are in the last 25% of the life expectancy calculated for their breed. At this stage, the dog's body undergoes some changes, such as the loss of skin elasticity, the deterioration of bone and...

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 28/07/2021

Poultry Farming

Main viral diseases in broilers in the USA

Some of the viral diseases with greatest economic impact in US broiler production will be discussed in this article. Many of them are immunosuppressive, which means that they impair the functioning of the immune system and make animals prone to...

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 24/06/2021

Immunostimulants, Poultry Farming

Use of immunoboosters in poultry: efficacy, benefits, and added value

Infections are constantly challenging poultry and are a risk for the farms’ economy because of the intensive rearing conditions, which include high densities and high infection pressures. These add up to the high prevalence of immunosuppressive...

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 2/06/2021

Enzymes, Feeding, Poultry Farming

Inclusion of enzymes in animal feed. Practical examples.

The biggest cost in any farm is feed [1]. That is why well-formulated, balanced and highly bioavailable diets are necessary to obtain good productive performance, as they help to increase profits. Adding enzymes, molecules that help to digest...

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 10/05/2021

Aquaculture, Pathology

Production of tilapia worldwide and most important diseases

Globally, tilapia is among the most important species produced in aquaculture that grows a 7% annually 7% [1] and the production of tilapia worldwide has reached the 6 million tons in 2020.

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 4/05/2021

Immunostimulants, Poultry Farming, Pronutrients

Necrotic dermatitis in USA

Necrotic dermatitis, also known as gangrenous dermatitis, is a disease that affects poultry and is caused by opportunistic microorganisms (clostridia and Staphylococcus aureus). These agents take advantage of predisposing factors to produce the...

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 23/04/2021

Poultry Farming, Pronutrients

Improving the feed conversion rate in broilers to optimize economic performance

Improving feed conversion is key to reduce costs in a farm and, therefore, has a positive impact on economic performance. This improvement can be achieved by...

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 29/03/2021

Poultry Farming, Preservatives

Necrotic enteritis in poultry. United States

Economic impact of this disease in United States, is huge and the global cost is estimated to be above 2 billion dollars annually. These losses are related to the mortality, worsening of productive performance, treatment costs and condemnation in...

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 16/03/2021

Poultry Farming, Pronutrients

Anticoccidial programs used in Central America and Ecuador

Coccidiosis is a parasitic disease of importance in the poultry sector affecting farms from all around the world with an important economic impact [1,2]. For this reason, anticoccidial programs are systematically used to prevent this disease, which,...

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 19/01/2021

Poultry Farming, Pronutrients

Avian Coccidiosis: Situation in Central America and Ecuador. natural tools to control it

Intestinal optimizer pronutrients, which are natural molecules from plant extracts, help the animal to develop an effective protection against coccidiosis, without resistances.

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 24/12/2020

Mycotoxins, Swine

Deoxynivalenol (DON) and zearalenone in pigs: Prevalence in North America and prevention mechanisms

DON and zearalenone are two of the most frightening mycotoxins for pig producers because of two main reasons: they are very toxic in this species and highly prevalent, particularly DON.

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 22/12/2020

Immunostimulants, Poultry Farming, Pronutrients

Most common vaccination programs for broilers

Vaccination programs for broilers is an essential tool for disease prevention, particularly for viral diseases, in poultry farming. It causes an immune response in birds to protect them from the field infection. Vaccines usually contain the...

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 7/12/2020

Poultry Farming, Pronutrients

Coccidiosis in chickens: Current situation in the USA

Coccidiosis is one of the most important diseases in the US because of its direct consequences, which include diarrhea, growth retardation and poor feed conversion, and because it makes animal more susceptible to suffer from other infections, such...

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 3/12/2020

Pronutrients, Swine

Main pathogens causing diarrhea in pig production in the USA

Pig diarrhea is common at the neonatal and post-weaning stages and is a frequent cause of mortality. These consequences add up to the treatment costs and the worsening of the productive performance. Diet changes, particularly weaning, and movement...

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 23/11/2020

Microbiocide, Poultry Farming, Preservatives

Control of microbial contamination in animal products for human consumption in USA

The food industry is paying a lot of attention to avoid the presence of potentially pathogenic microorganisms in contaminated food, especially in animal products, which represent a threat for food safety.

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 10/11/2020

Pronutrients, Swine

Improvement of performance in grow-finish pigs

Grow-finish stage is the last phase in pig production that ends when the animal reaches the market weight. In this stage, feeding costs are the highest because pigs eat much more feed.

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 13/10/2020

Poultry Farming, Pronutrients

Gangrenous dermatitis in chickens and turkeys

According to the President of the American Veterinarians in Broiler Production in 2018, gangrenous dermatitis is one of the major disease issues for broiler production. It is also one of the most important diseases in commercial turkeys in the US...

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 7/10/2020

Feeding, Flavorings, Nutritionals, Swine

Flavourings in animal feed: Improve palatability in Pig Production

Flavourings are especially important in stages where pigs have decreased appetite, such as the first days after weaning. The enhancement of taste and smell by flavourings help to improve feed palatability and, consequently, animal feed intake.

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 21/09/2020

Pharmacology, Pronutrients

Importance of salmonellosis as a zoonosis

Salmonellosis is a disease caused by bacteria of the genus Salmonella that can affect humans and animals. Its importance lies on the ability of some serovars to cause zoonosis and the fact that it is one of the most frequent food-borne diseases in...

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 8/09/2020

Antioxidants, Mycotoxins, Poultry Farming, Pronutrients

Role of the liver in egg production

The liver has an essential role for the animals since it performs basic functions such as detoxification of the organism and synthesis of proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates. In poultry, maintaining the liver in optimal conditions is imperative...

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 24/08/2020

Dissemination, Microbiocide, Mycotoxins, Nutritionals, Poultry Farming, Preservatives

Limitations of egg production in Sub-Saharan Africa

Egg production in Africa, particularly in the developing countries, has a great impact on nutrition and food safety because the egg is a complete food that is relatively easy to produce. In this sense, egg production in Sub-Saharan countries is...

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 27/02/2020


Lactation in pigs

Lactation in pigs is a critical period, because it has a great impact on pig health, survival and growth at weaning and repercussions at the end of the production period. During the last decades, lactation in pigs has been shortened. Nowadays,...

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 25/09/2019

Antioxidants, Nutritionals, Poultry Farming

Factors that affect the egg internal quality and hatchability

Egg internal quality is a major issue in poultry, whether in layers or breeders, because, in the former, internal quality defines the egg nutritional quality and acceptance in the market. At the same time, in breeders, it is translated into better...

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 20/02/2019

Mycotoxins, Pathology, Swine

The importance of evaluating the efficacy of a mycotoxin binder to fight mycotoxicosis

Mycotoxins are toxins produced by fungi that, once ingested by animals, cause considerable secondary effects, such as a worsening of performance and serious economic losses. In addition, they can reach humans whether directly (through contaminated...

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 19/09/2018

Poultry Farming, Pronutrients

Effect of pronutrients in laying hens

With the title, "Alquernat Nebsui liquid in laying hens. Effect on productive parameters and egg quality" a study conducted by the Mississippi State University in February 2018 was presented.

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 12/09/2018

Aquaculture, Feeding, Mycotoxins, Pathology

Mycotoxicosis in aquaculture and other digestive problems

This article includes the lecture given by Dr. Julia Pié, head of the technical team of Biovet SA, at the XXXI International Symposium of Biovet in Tarragona, 2018, during the first session devoted to aquaculture, which took place on May 28th....

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 14/03/2017

Dissemination, Feeding, Pronutrients, Swine

Environmental impact of pig production and ways to reduce it

The global increase of meat production and farms’ intensification have led to a greater pressure on producers to reduce the environmental impact of animal production. In pig farming, the main elements contributing to environmental pollution are...

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 18/10/2016

Dissemination, Feeding, Swine

MInerals in pig diets: Calcium

INTRODUCTION Diets should supply six kinds of nutrients: water, carbohydrates, fat, protein (aminoacids), minerals and vitamins. One of these groups, minerals, are a little percentage in pig diets, but they are of a great importance to ensure a...

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 8/09/2016

Pronutrients, Swine

The Liver: The main organ

Pig’s liver is composed of a total of four lobes: two lateral and two central lobes. It has a great amount of interlobular tissue, which gives it a mottled appearance. It also has an umbilical fissure between the central lobes. Its importance...

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 23/08/2016

Dissemination, Mycotoxins, Swine

Deoxynivalenol in pigs

Nowadays, food and feed safety is an issue of major importance all around the world. This has led to an increasing interest in controlling contaminants in feed, such as fungal toxins (mycotoxins) and on elucidating the direct implications of this...

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 4/08/2016

Pathology, Swine

A new approach against swine coccidiosis

There are different species of coccidia capable of affecting pigs belonging genera Eimeria and Isospora. These parasites most severely affect piglets in early ages, but can also infest animals of other ages. To mitigate the effects of this...

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 19/07/2016

Feeding, Microbiocide, Preservatives, Pronutrients, Swine

Swine Salmonellosis: imbalance in the intestine

Products of animal origin are a common source of salmonella infection, one of the most important food-borne pathogens. It is a genus of bacteria of the family Enterobacteriaceae, formed by gram-negative bacilli. Its importance in swine is due,...

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 28/06/2016

Dissemination, Immunostimulants, Swine

Early weaning: a challenge for immunity

Weaning in intensive production The urgent needs to meet the growing of humanity needs have become essential to increase food production. In recent years pork production, which occupies an important role in the structure of human nutrition has...

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 7/06/2016

Antibiotics, Feeding, Pronutrients, Swine

Growth promoters in pig farming

The main target in pig farming is to maximise animal growth and its efficiency. This can be achieved by using growth-promoting substances which, when added in feed, modify digestive and metabolic pathways in order to improve feed digestion and...

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 2/05/2016

Dissemination, Pathology, Swine

Swine parasitosis IV. Ascariasis. Aetiology, epidemiology and relevance.

One of the most important parasitic diseases in pig production is the ascariasis, caused by Ascaris suum. Its relevance is due to, not only its frequency, but also to its economic and clinical impact. This introductory article will focus on the...

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 29/02/2016

Pathology, Swine

Swine parasitosis – Neonatal coccidiosis, Control & prevention

Control and prevention. The elimination of Isospora suis from a farm can be really complicated due to the high environmental resistance of the oocysts, which can survive outside the host for months. To control isosporosis in commercial farms,...

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 25/01/2016

Pathology, Swine

Swine parasitosis – Neonatal coccidiosis, Diagnosis

It is important to know the biological cycle of Isospora suis to understand the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of porcine neonatal coccidiosis. For this reason this article briefly explains the life cycle of the parasite, in addition to citing...

MV. Júlia Pié Orpí - 7/01/2016

Pathology, Swine

Swine parasitosis – neonatal coccidiosis: Etiology and epidemiology

Introduction: Swine parasitosis The breeds used in pork production currently have a high genetic potential, so the profitability of farms today is mainly due to the removal of constraints to optimize this innate potential.


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