Pigs not to blame for antibiotic resistance Pigs, their manure and their handlers are frequently targeted as the source of antibiotic resistance, but recent research in Sweden suggests humans are to blame.
German pig feed project seeks out sustainable soy substitutes
A group in Germany is exploring options to replace soy in pig feeds with alternative protein sources, giving added meaning to the term “locally produced pork.”
Three-quarters of Chinese shoppers would pay for higher-welfare pork
China’s food producers were once prepared to overlook animal welfare in favor of low-cost meat in the past; however, the latest survey from World Animal Protection revealed that Chinese consumers are now willing to choose and pay more for higher-welfare pork.
Europe set to reduce copper in pig feeds to protect environment
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has proposed changes to the level of copper that can be included in livestock and pet feeds due to concerns over possible links between mineral accumulation in the environment and antibiotic resistance in disease-causing organisms.
Benefits of castration alternative presented at global pig-health event
Two world-renowned experts discussed the economic and welfare benefits of using a novel castration alternative at the 2016 International Pig Veterinary Society conference in Dublin.
Swine producers growing pork and power
Nearly 2 million pigs in Missouri are on track to supply enough manure to create 2.2 billion cubic feet of renewable natural gas (RNG) annually — or the equivalent of 17 million gallons of diesel fuel.
Danish management scheme aims to limit piglet deaths linked to blood poisoning
Danish pig producers are being encouraged to reassess their herd health management after it emerged that blood poisoning from routine operations was a significant cause of piglet mortality.
People power: Staff hold the key to pig farm sustainability
Many successful pig producers say finding and retaining employees is the toughest challenge they face
Tightening antibiotic rules to benefit Canadian farmers
Proposed changes to rules governing antibiotic use in Canadian livestock production will benefit pig producers, according to one of the country’s industry experts.
Using diagnostics to optimize PCV2 vaccination
SUSTAINABLE HEALTH - Vaccines are one of the most effective tools for preventing PCV2 infection, but several factors influence a vaccination strategy’s success.
Transportation training aims to limit risk of disease spread
Greater investment in transport training and technology is helping limit the risk of disease spreading between Canada’s pig farms, according to an expert in livestock transportation.