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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Initiative Tierwohl
Is Germany’s ‘Initiative Tierwohl’ improving pig welfare standards?
By Vicky Bond, EU Food Business Manager, Compassion in World Farming
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Europe behind schedule to end pig castration
A new survey indicates slow progress towards the agreed ban on surgical castration in Europe by 2018.
New EU antibiotic legislation puts pigs, producers at risk, expert says
Proposed EU legislation that aims to further restrict antibiotic use in livestock may have crippling consequences for pigs and pig producers, an animal health expert has warned.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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)
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.
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.
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