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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Trends in the continental meat industry
David Houghton and Susie White from Winterbotham Darby talk conti-meat trends, food safety and consumer trust....
EyeSucceed: wearable technology and augmented reality
NSF International, EyeSucceed and Glass explore the opportunities that the latest wearable technology can offer to on-farm and processing plant auditing....
Ireland’s revised NAP: a farmer’s perspective
As Ireland’s farmers settle into a new year under the revised Nitrates Action Programme, Eoin McCarthy describes both the impacts and the benefits that the scheme is having on local farmers through an interview with Mike McAuliffe, a pig farmer in County...
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,...
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. ...
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....
What Brexit Might Mean for the UK Pig Industry and Trade?
In this edition of Horizon, AHDB examines pork industry trade flows between the UK, the EU and its other major global trading partners, as well as looking at how trading relationships might change after the UK leaves the EU. In addition, the report examines...
Is the United States Ready for New Rules on Antibiotics?
Antimicrobial use on farms is about to change for animals across the US, writes Rachel Lane....
A Guide to African Swine Fever (ASF)
This guide from ASForce provides all the information you need to know on African Swine Fever (ASF)....
Can PEDv Be Successfully Contained in the US?
After the US was hit hard by Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) in late 2013 and 2014, there was much uncertainty about what to expect in 2015. However, last year held few surprises for several reasons, writes Sarah Mikesell for ThePigSite....
Oxford Real Farming Conference 2015 Offered Alternative Solutions
Now in its sixth year, the Oxford Real Farming Conference has become a fixture of the UK's agricultural calendar, reports Sarah Hulbert....
China's Food Self-sufficiency Policy
It is unlikely China will be able to maintain self-sufficiency on all major agrifood commodities, according to Matthew Hyde and Faraz Syed in the latest Agricultural Commodities quarterly report from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource...
 
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