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The truth about Ag-gag laws: why the focus should shift to gaining consumer trust
Farm protection bills, so-called "Ag Gag" laws, put in place to protect farms, are being re-examined across the United States. If the laws are overturned, animal rights activists may return to the farms under false pretences to try to expose animal abuse,...
DipTest: do-it-yourself, low-tech E. coli testing
Treating and preventing E. Coli can be an expensive prospect - after an outbreak, a farmer may experience a period of time with more loss than profit in his operation, writes Yvonne Dick. Glacierclean technology introduces DipTest, the cheaper, faster...
Genetic diversity, changing clinical picture and make IAV-S detection challenging
Influenza A virus in swine (IAV-S) remains among the top health challenges facing the US swine industry and, worse yet, it may be on the increase....
Superior hydration gets pigs off to good start at Mauney farms
Good farrowing managers know that newborn pigs need all the help they can get. With harsh winter forecasts, managers understand that superior management protocols must be in place to ensure pigs stay well-nourished and hydrated. Rick Purnell provides...
Management and breeding strategies to reduce aggression
Presenting at a recent meeting of the North Yorkshire Pig Discussion Group, Dr Simon Turner, based at SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College), posed the question: “What determines pigs’ fighting and how do we exploit this knowledge to stop them?”. Pig...
Transport pigs properly and prepare for their arrival
Safely transporting pigs from one facility to another is a necessity of modern day pork production. As with any change to routine, the stress of handling, riding on trucks and being introduced to new surroundings can temporarily stall performance and...
Tips to improve your handling for pig welfare and productivity
The way we handle pigs can have important consequences for their welfare and productivity. Research has repeatedly shown that pigs exposed to negative handling techniques, such as hits, slaps, pushes, shouting and fast movement can have lower rates of...
Pigs need water in winter too
As temperatures drop during the winter, managing hydration is still a critical component of daily protocols. Rick Purnell provides a short insight on how to keep your pigs hydrated and productive over the colder months....
Review: Achieving sustainable production of pig meat
Volume 2: Animal breeding and nutrition ...
Northern Ireland pig herd shows resilient ‘bounce back’ ability
Using more prolific genetics as well as increasing the feed intake to lactating sows has helped boost the overall pig herd performance in Northern Ireland over the past few years, writes Chris McCullough, a freelance writer based in Northern Ireland....
Training gilts for electronic sow feeding: the fundamentals of success and pitfalls to avoid
The transition to group housing during gestation in North America requires many adjustments. Best practices continue to be developed as the number of group-housed sows steadily grows. In a 2016 survey, PIC found that around one third of the US pig herd...
Sound management will get your piglets through winter
As temperatures drop, winter management practices in farrowing barns and nurseries become critical components of daily protocols. Rick Purnell provides a short insight on how to keep your piglets productive throughout the colder months....
'Pork rules': Ghana's pig industry in 2017
Efua Okai provides an insight into Ghana’s pork industry, from farm to fork, and the new generation of pig farmer entrepreneurs giving the industry a welcome boost....
Influenza: a growing threat to your swine herd
Influenza A virus in swine has an endemic presence in swine populations across North and South America, Asia and Europe. Now, with the emergence of new virus strains that are more difficult to predict and control, IAV-S has emerged as a major threat to...
From the brink of extinction: Zimbabwe's pork industry
Zimbabwe has a tumultuous history within agriculture and producers are seeking positive change, particularly within pig farming. Here, Ian Nkala writes about the factors that have contributed to the demise of the swine industry in Zimbabwe, and the challenges...
Zinc oxide alternatives for weaned pigs: organic acids and MCFAs
As concern for the use of Zinc oxide in pig feed grows, pig producers are looking for alternatives that can achieve similar results, writes Matthew Wedzerai, an experienced writer in the pig husbandry and animal feed industry. ...
African Swine Fever: learn the facts, save your pigs
With the rapid emergence of cases of African swine fever identified within Europe, it is important to maintain high standards of biosecurity, know the signs of the disease, and, equally as critical, know how to stop the spread....
The Vietnam Swine Crisis: This Little Piggy Probably Won’t be Going to Market!
Swine farming plays an integral part in Vietnam’s agricultural output. Between 2013 and 2016, Vietnam’s local hog population grew at 11.0 per cent, leading to a supply of 54.46 million pigs....
Diagnostics Critical in Effort to Eradicate PRRS Virus
Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) costs the global pig industry hundreds of millions of Euros each year, writes Nardy Robben, Product Specialist, Thermo Fisher Scientific....
Pig Pens: A Look at Mirrors and Mats
What a pig sees when it looks into a mirror may help Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists improve livestock housing....
Inside a Thriving Jamaican Pork Farm
Pig products are big in Jamaica – it’s not just Usain Bolt who loves his jerk pork. But what’s the current outlook for domestic producers? To find out, Stuart Lumb heads to a Montego Bay family business to get a farmer’s-eye perspective....
Vaccination with Ingelvac PRRSFLEX® EU in Four Week Old Piglets Showed Efficacy During a Naturally Occurring Field Infection in Spain
Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) is one of the major pathogens in pigs that have a significant economic impact on the swine industry worldwide....
Successful Mycotoxin Management: Mission Possible
Mycotoxins are toxic substances produced by naturally occurring metabolic processes in fungi. Mycotoxins can invade the seeds before the actual harvest whilst the crop is still on the field, or alternatively, mould growth can occur during storage at the...
 
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