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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...
A UK perspective: Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea
According to research, as few as 100 PED virus particles can cause an infection in pig herds, writes Michaela Giles, author and research scientist for the British government...
A new age of farming: are we embracing our technology?
The Pig Site speaks to Bob Dixon, ABN national sales manager, about the challenges that the livestock industry is facing, and how ABN is addressing such issues through partnership and innovation...
Transportation regulations for your herd
Transporting swine around the county or around the country requires special considerations for swine health and welfare. Yvonne Dick discusses some of the transportation regulations around the world...
Importance of drinker positioning for swine welfare
Understanding eliminative behaviour in pigs has important implications for improving the design of pig housing facilities and maximising pig welfare. A simple drinker-positioning method has been shown to increase the cleanliness of pigs’ dedicated lying...
Combatting pre-weaning mortality: Set a goal
Tonisity discusses liquid nutrition to reduce mortality in pre-weaning piglets; introducing their isotonic drink, Tonisity Px...
How does your farm assurance compare?
Compassion in World Farming compares some of the major welfare assurance schemes across Europe and the US in a global welfare study...
Stunning at slaughter: Is your hard work going to waste?
Dr Lauren Edwards, University of Melbourne, discusses some of the stunning methods currently used at slaughter and how an inefficient or inappropriate stunning technique can result in carcass degradation and loss in earnings for the producer...
Indoor housing systems for dry sows
Compassion in World Farming discusses indoor group housing systems for dry sows and provides an up-to-date comparison of how such systems meet the needs of the sow and the stockworker...
Review: Managing Breeds for a secure future
2nd Edition. Dr Phillip Sponenberg, Alison Martin and Jeanette Beranger ...
Practical options for indoor free-farrowing systems
Compassion in World Farming discusses indoor free-farrowing systems for sows and provides an up-to-date comparison of how such systems meet the needs of the sow, her piglets and the stockworker...
 
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