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Managing PRRS
It’s cold outside. Have you PRRS-proofed your herds?
Cold weather means closer confinement and a greater risk of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSv). A leading PRRS expert recommends ways to keep this common and costly disease in check. read more
winter housing
Build up winter housing defenses to ward off disease
Optimizing pig sheds is vital for maintaining herd health, but in the winter months, getting the environment right is especially important in warding off illness. read more
Strategies for managing piglet diarrhea
Four strategies for managing piglet diarrhea
Nutrition, commercial vaccines, good hygiene and immunity of piglets through colostral transfer are four key strategies in managing piglet neonatal and peri-weaning diarrhea. read more
castration alternative
Castration alternative boosts carcass yields, value in multiple trials
An alternative to physical castration for male pigs can help US pig producers reap the production benefits of raising intact males without boar taint, while improving carcass value by $2.44 per head. read more
Pig vaccines vital to controlling antibiotic use
Vaccines vital to tackling antibiotics use
Vaccinating pigs against disease has a vital role to play in limiting the routine use of antibiotics in global livestock production, says a leading animal scientist. read more
blood poisoning significant cause of piglet mortality
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. read more
livestock transportation
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. read more
Impending surgical castration ban
Be prepared for surgical castration and tail docking ban, EU producers told
Europe’s pig producers should prepare themselves for an eventual ban on surgical castration and tail docking across the continent, according to a leading industry expert. read more
Dr. Galina provides tips to better Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae control
Five steps to better Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae control
SUSTAINABLE HEALTH - For pig producers and veterinarians, the health and economic impact of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (MH) is clear. In the US, enzootic pneumonia caused by MH is considered one of the “big three” respiratory diseases in swine. read more
Enriched pens linked to less gestational stress, lower piglet mortality
Housing sows in enriched pens can reduce stress and have a positive impact on the development and survival rate of piglets, according to scientists. read more
Bigger not always better in quest for sustainable pork
Striving to produce heavier pigs is not necessarily the answer to increasing pig productivity and farm profitability, an expert in pig genetics has warned. read more
John Mackinnon discusses castration alternative at conference
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. read more
Proposed antibiotic rules will benefit Canadian pig farmers
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. read more
Sustainable markets in Russia optimize pig production
Sustainable Markets: How will global pig markets react to changes in Russia?
In today’s interconnected, global economy, changes and events in one market can have worldwide implications. “Sustainable Markets” is a series of articles focused on market news and its impact on the economic and environmental sustainability of the global pork industry. read more
Creating a closed system has helps German pig producer reduce costs and limit risks to his farm
Closed to risk: How one pig farmer is managing price volatility
Creating a closed system has helped one German pig producer reduce costs and limit risks to his farm, making sure his business is sustainable for the next generation. read more
Training staff to spot sick pigs early leads to higher performance, lower mortality
SUSTAINABLE HEALTH - Pig health is critical for maintaining animal welfare and ensuring a steady supply of safe and affordable pork. read more
Cutting tail biting, without cutting the tail
Researchers discussed the latest information on the causes and prevention of tail biting at a recent international pig health conference. read more
Time to reinvent the pig industry?
An animal-welfare campaigner presents his view of the pig industry in 2025. read more
Diagnostics can optimize PCV2 vaccination
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. read more
Initiative Tierwohl
Is Germany’s ‘Initiative Tierwohl’ improving pig welfare standards?
By Vicky Bond, EU Food Business Manager, Compassion in World Farming read more
An expert provides tips for managing the consequences of aggressive sow behavior
Specialist offers tips for targeting aggressive sow behavior
Dealing with the consequences of aggressive behavior in sows is one of the greatest challenges with the transition to group-housing systems, according to Monique Pairis-Garcia, PhD, Ohio State University. read more
Better biosecurity means healthier pigs
Improved biosecurity on farms — avoiding contact between groups of animals and reducing the general infection pressure — can help to improve animal health, while reducing the need for medications and the risk of antimicrobial resistance. This makes sense in theory but the proof may be elusive. read more
New study sniffs out boar taint in pig carcasses
German research takes us a step closer to the automatic detection of boar taint in pig meat. read more
Breeding-herd decline to boost US pig margins
Smaller breeding herds and lower production costs could help struggling US pork producers turn a modest profit this year... read more
Productivity potential drives Brazilian increase in disease diagnostics
Increasing numbers of Brazil’s pig producers are turning to disease diagnostics to get a better understanding of pig health and drive their herds’ productivity, according to an expert in swine health. read more
Food waste provides a safe, cheap and green feed source for pigs in Asia
Several Asian countries are turning food waste into pig feed – and doing so without the risks of disease perceived in other parts of the world. read more
Welfare, biosecurity key to US pork growth, analyst says
Significant growth could be in store for the US pig sector, provided it recognizes its potential in the global pig market, a leading agricultural analyst has said. read more
Castration also hurts the bottom line in pig production
A new study from Spain shows that surgical castration leads to higher mortalities and lower weaning weights in male piglets — and as a result, diminished economic returns. read more
Could insect-fed pigs be the next sustainable food trend?
Fly larvae, duckweed and soy grown in Europe could offer pig farmers sustainable alternatives to importing soybeans from South America, according to a leading livestock business advisor. read more
Australia eradicating sow stalls to meet consumer-driven welfare standards
Australia’s pig industry has vowed to be free of sow stalls within two years as part of its drive to raise pig welfare standards in the country. read more
Danish studies offer clues for controlling boar taint, assuring quality in meat from organic boars
Studies from organic pig farms in Denmark show that levels of hormones associated with boar taint vary with liveweight, location and season of the year and, to a lesser extent, on the cleanliness of the animal and its housing. read more
Demonstration farm helping pork industry see benefits of pig-castration alternative
A group of 250 intact male piglets arrives at the demonstration farm ready to be the face of a new type of pork production. read more
Could TTIP be the tipping point for pig welfare standards in Europe?
The controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership could finally be agreed in 2016. But will it mark a decline in pig meat standards in Europe? read more
Red Tractor green-lights boar-taint vaccine trials in UK
The country’s leading farm assurance scheme has agreed to allow the animal welfare benefits of a boar taint vaccine to be assessed under commercial conditions in the United Kingdom. read more
UK report weighs pros and cons of free-farrowing systems
A UK animal-welfare group urges producers to consider the welfare of both sows and piglets with free-farrowing systems, stressing that what benefits one may not always benefit the other. read more
Boar-taint vaccination associated with less male aggression in Australian study
Boar-taint vaccination improved the welfare of male pigs kept under commercial conditions by inhibiting sexual and aggressive behavior, according to new research from Australia. read more
China works to reverse poor pig-welfare record
Animal welfare historically hasn’t been a high priority in China, but as the country continues to rise in the global pork industry, things are starting to change for the better. read more
UK’s pig welfare standards set to change
As of December 2, 2015, pig farmers in the United Kingdom who participate in the Freedom Foods assurance scheme will have to comply with new standards or risk losing this high-welfare status. read more
Farmers, veterinarians unite to tackle antimicrobial resistance
The objective of antibiotic strategies should be to reduce resistance to antibiotics and not their use, according to the International Federation of Animal Health (IFAH), including IFAH-Europe. read more
Boar taint vaccination: Plus points for an ‘entire’ market
For years, Britain has boasted some of the world’s highest standards of pig welfare. But as continental Europe moves to ban surgical castration, the UK’s “castration-free” status may no longer serve as a strong market differential. read more
Boar taint vaccine provides a ‘win-win’ castration alternative, experts say
Animal welfare expert Dr. Temple Grandin says immunocastration provides a “win-win” alternative for both pigs and producers. read more
GAIA: Boar taint vaccination is ‘best tool available’ for welfare, production
Michel Vandenbosch, chairman and campaign leader of Belgian animal rights group Global Action in the Interest of Animals Association (GAIA) says boar taint vaccine is not only the “best tool available” to ensure animal welfare, but it also has important benefits for producers. read more
RSPCA Assured label boosts animal welfare
Over the next five years, an estimated 100 million farm animals will have improved welfare guaranteed by the new Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) Assured label. read more
CIWF award winners improving lives of 85K pigs
Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) recently granted Good Pig Awards to five international businesses that are working to improve welfare conditions for meat pigs and sows in the food chain. read more
pen density shows benefits in weaning, but not in finishing
Reduced pen density benefits short lived
A recent study on the effects of pen density on pig welfare and growth showed that lower pen densities improved average daily gain, lesion scores and behavior activities in the weaner phase, but once pigs entered the finishing phase in standardized pens, these benefits disappeared. read more
Stopping piglet castration, for good
Ending piglet castration is a responsibility shared by all members of the pork chain, but according to Peter Stevenson, chief policy advisor for Compassion in World Farming (CIWF), food retailers must do more to promote market acceptance of castration alternatives. read more
Ouch: Tail biting hurts welfare, economic performance
Chronic tail biting is a larger than expected problem with a substantial welfare and economic impacts, according to a new report from Teagasc. read more
Farm animal welfare moves to forefront in Germany
The German agriculture department has launched a new initiative designed to make animal welfare a high priority. read more
EU proposes new reporting requirements for veterinary medicine
The European Commission has proposed to increase the period of reporting on the use of veterinary medicines in pigs to from 28 days to 60 days before slaughter, reports ThePigSite. read more
Lysozyme as effective as antibiotics for weaned piglets
Piglets treated with the enzyme lysozyme grew just as fast as piglets treated with in-feed antibiotics, according to studies by the US Agricultural Research Service (ARS). read more
Sow mixing has no long-term effect on welfare, reproduction
Mixing sows at weaning or after mating had minimal long-term impacts on welfare and reproduction in a study by the Co-operative Research Centre for High Integrity Australian Pork (Pork CRC) read more
EU animal welfare laws to apply beyond EU borders
The European Court of Justice recently ruled that the EU’s laws on welfare for pigs, cattle, sheep, goats and horses apply when they are exported to third countries outside the EU. read more
UK pork scheme to use CCTV to ensure animal welfare
A recent review of British Meat Processors’ Association (BMPA) Pork Scheme quality standards resulted in several changes, including the use of CCTV in areas of animal welfare. read more
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