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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.