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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...
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...
Check piggery ventilation carefully during polar weather
A warning to farmers to check minimum ventilation rates in their piggeries, following the prolonged cold spell, has been issued by an environmental specialist....
World Animal Protection visit CPF swine farm
Speaking to The Pig Site, Jaqueline Mills, Head of campaign for farming, World Animal Protection, explains the purpose of their recent visit to Charoen Popkhand’s swine farm at Sakaeo. ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Research: Validation of African Swine Fever Real-time PCR Kit
GLOBAL - African Swine Fever Virus (ASFV) is a notifiable, highly contagious disease that can cause significant economic losses. A new duplex real-time PCR kit that targets the p72 gene and an internal control has been developed and assessed for the diagnosis...
Extensive Farming and the Future of Food Production
Farmers worldwide are facing new environmental challenges. According to Dr Juan Villalba, Associate Professor in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University and editor of ‘Animal Welfare in Extensive Production Systems’, skills learned...
How Do We Value the Natural World?
Dr Bob Carling writes about the influential ideas of economist Nicholas Stern on the value that we place on biodiversity....
Using Pigs to Root Out Nutsedge
Dr Bob Carling discusses how farmers can use pigs to control and prevent troublesome nutsedge plants which are becoming resistant to chemical treatments....
Preventing Summer Infertility in Your Pigs
Summer infertility in pigs can largely be attributed to heat stress but other factors tailor in, with awareness and management key to maximising production. Melanie Jenkins reports....
Predicting Phosphorus Utilisation Efficiency as Part of a Strategic Feeding Programme
This factsheet presents research findings from a BPEX-funded PhD project carried out at Newcastle University and is published as number 25 in the 'Research into Action' series. The project investigated the ability to estimate the phosphorus (P) requirements...
New Technology Aids Feral Pig Research
Feral pigs are a threat to Australia's natural environment, but in this article from Science Network Western Australia, Dr Peter Adams from Murdoch University explains how he uses GPS tags and thermal imaging technology to crack down on the pests....
Feeding Reduced Crude Protein Diets with Crystalline Amino Acid Supplementation Reduce Air Gas Emissions from Housing
Researchers at Michigan State University have found that it is possible to reduce ammonia emissions from growing-finishing pigs without sacrificing performance by reducing the crude protein level in the diet and using amino acids to ensure the pigs' requirements...
Efficient Energy Use in Pig Feed Production
Scottish pig production operates in a very tight commercial environment....
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....
Can Group-Housed Sows be Raised at Lower Temperatures to Reduce Barn Heating Costs?
Operant mechanisms allow sows housed in group systems to control their own environmental temperatures, allowing for lower barn temperatures, according to B. Predicala, A. Alvarado, D. Beaulieu and J. Brown of the Prairie Swine Centre (PSC) in Canada in...
 
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