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Piglets have allergies too: post-weaning lag caused by sensitivity to soy protein
Early weaned piglets have been plagued by poor growth performance, known as the “post-weaning lag", but is it hypersensitivity to soy protein that is causing this? ...
Is this clostridial disease the cause of sudden deaths in your herd?
The clostridial disease: neglected but always present...
Top tips for reducing aggression in sows and boars
Uncontrolled aggression in pigs, both towards conspecifics and towards humans, can be catastrophic. Irene Camerlink, researcher at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, provides tips on how to predict and reduce instances of aggression in boars...
From birth to bacon: the Croatian pig enterprise running its own supply chain
A large Croatian agricultural group has just introduced a new 1,350 sow herd to its already established range of livestock and grain farming enterprises...
The profits of good mothers
Good sows are the basis of a good pig herd. Investing in sow health and calm behaviour will pay off in terms of sow productivity and piglet growth. But how much exactly? Irene Camerlink reports...
Comparative study of two vaccines against neonatal diarrhoea on a Canadian commercial farm
by W. Ariza,1 DVM; D. Robles,1 BSA; J. Badia,2 DVM; D. Torrents,3 PhD; I. Bernal,3 DVM. 1 Swine Health Professionals, Steinbach, Manitoba (Canada); 2 Hipra Animal Health Canada Inc., Ottawa, Ontario (Canada); 3 Laboratorios Hipra S.A, Amer, Girona (Spain)....
Field efficacy study of Rhiniseng® in Europe in a farm with problems associated with Bordetella bronchiseptica
A. Sánchez-Matamoros,1 PhD; A. Martos,1 MSc; O. Boix,1 MSc; A. Martínez-Abarca,2 DVM; F.J. Pallarés,3 PhD 1 HIPRA, Girona, Spain; 2 Dalland Hybrid España S.A., Murcia, Spain; 3 Dept. Anatomy and Comparative Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine,...
Efficacy of one-dose vaccination against two Mycoplasma strains causative of enzootic pneumonia
Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (M. hyopneumoniae) is the primary agent of enzootic pneumonia in pigs. Pigs are often infected with different M. hyopneumoniae strains. This study assessed the efficacy of vaccination against experimental infection with two genetically...
Four senses: a guide to recognising disease in your herd
Early recognition is the first step to successfully managing a disease outbreak or illness in your herd but how can you use the senses of sight, sound, touch and smell to detect the abnormal animal and to differentiate it from the rest of the herd?...
Circovac® on the farm: Veterinarian saves farm by strengthening the immune defences of the pigs
When the PRRS virus broke out in a large swine farm in Western Himmerland, Denmark, the farm veterinarian proposed treatment by vaccination against a totally different virus, PCV2, to strengthen the immune defences of the pigs enabling them to fight the...
The many ways that ASF is threatening the global pig industry
With 22 cases of African swine fever (ASF) confirmed in China this month, it is no surprise that key trading partners are voicing their concerns over the direction of pork and feed markets. Melanie Epp speaks to experts in the US about the potential impact...
Tag-team farming: the benefits of franchise production
A number of pig farmers in the Netherlands are enjoying the benefits of joining forces, having forged a united approach to marketing produce, writes Chris McCullough...
Ask an expert: Genetics and reproduction
This month The Pig Site puts some of your questions to Dr Craig Lewis, chair of the European Forum of Farm Animal Breeders and PIC Genetic Services manager...
Need some tips on improving your litter numbers?
The ultimate aim of pig breeders is to have large, healthy litters, but what can be done to maximise the number of healthy piglets born? Liz Shankland looks at ways of maximising the number of piglets produced per farrowing...
The inner workings of a global swine semen facility
Stuart Lumb provides an insight into the facilities and processes of a boar stud and artificial insemination (AI) centre based in Northern Ireland...
Are ‘megafarms’ fit for the future?
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism looks into the sustainability of ‘megafarms’ and how the swine industry is reacting to the increasing emergence of intensive pig farms...
Dealing with drought and evading heat stress in swine
The Pig Site provides top tips from across the globe on how to manage high temperatures on farm, how to prevent and treat heat stress in pigs and how to manage water shortages during a drought...
The age of digital epidemiology: tracking ASF worldwide
African swine fever is a concern on the mind of the pig industry, with new cases emerging in Europe weekly. This said, the movement of the disease is being tracked and predicted on a daily basis using epidemiological tracing technology by government agencies,...
The global business case for group sow housing and enrichment
The Pig Site speaks to Dr Sarah Ison, researcher and global farm advisor with World Animal Protection (WAP), about the progression of WAP’s business case for group sow housing and enrichment, and working with producers to ensure they can meet new standards...
The ban on routine castration in Europe – is it progressing?
A ban on routine castration in Europe by the end of 2018? The Pig Site speaks to Dr Craig Lewis, PIC global product development team member overseeing genetic services for the European, Russian, and African regions, to discuss boar taint and potential...
Two amputations a week: the high cost of working in a US meat plant
Amputations, burns and head trauma are just some of the serious injuries suffered by US meat plant workers every week, according to data analysed by the Guardian and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism...
Africa’s “porkpreneurs”: Stepping up to the challenge of pork imports
In recent times, pork has gained the prominence and prestige of a major industry in Africa, as a provider of employment and food security. Efua Okai discusses the "porkpreneurs" emerging in the African pork industry and how farming is changing lives...
The constitution of an Ox? What your pigs’ genetics can tell you
The analysis of meat inspection data at slaughter suggests there are links between genetic variation and the most common indicators of poor animal welfare. Matthew Wedzerai reveals all about using a new technique to highlight important production traits...
 
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