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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...
An overview of China's pork import market 2017 & forecast for 2018
Angela Zhang, IQC Insights, provides an in-depth analysis of China's pork industry over the last 12 months and adds her predictions for the industry in 2018....
Making pork fashionable
While pork consumption has been relatively stagnant in most developed countries, average consumption in South Africa has increased by roughly 3.5% per year over the past decade. Johann Kotzé, CEO of the South African Pork Producers Association (SAPPO),...
'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....
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...
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....
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....
Influence of Storage Bin Design and Feed Characteristics on Flowability of Pig Diets Containing Maize Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles
Maize dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) is a valuable ingredient in the swine industry but when incorporated into diets at high levels (40%) poor flowability of the feed often results, write Adrienne M. Hilbrands et al, University of Minnesota,...
Effects of Dietary Potassium Diformate in Piglets and Fatteners Under Tropical Conditions
Dietary potassium diformate (KDF) has been widely applied in pig production for almost 20 years and has been reported in numerous publications and conference contributions, for its use in sows, piglets and fatteners, writes Christian Lückstädt, Addcon....
Consumers and Pork Quality – Sensory Taste
Globally, pork is consumed in the largest proportion of all meat (40.1%), followed by poultry (34.1%), beef (21.0%) and finally sheep and goat meat (4.7%) (USDA, 2015). Consumers are the last and most important step in the pork chain, and satisfying their...
Consumer Perspectives on Pork Quality
I was recently at the National Swine Improvement Federation (NSFI) conference in Raleigh, NC. This conference is held annually with most attendees being involved directly in the pork genetics industry. One of the key topics this year was consumer perspective...
Discerning Pig Screams in Production Environments
Pig vocalisations convey information about their current state of health and welfare. Continuously monitoring these vocalisations can provide useful information for the farmer, write J.Vandermeulen et al, M3-BIORES, KU Leuven, Leuven Belgium....
Consumers and Pork Quality - Tenderness
For the pork industry, there is one common goal: to provide a cost competitive, wholesome, uniform and quality product to the consumer....
Pork Meat Quality: Understanding Industry Measurements and Guidelines
There is no single definition of high quality meat used in the pork industry today. Meat quality is a combination of subjective and objective measurements which vary across markets, particularly international markets....
How Much Lactose is Needed in Post-Weaning Piglet Feeds?
One method to control piglet feed cost is to prevent overfeeding of lactose. To achieve this feed formulation goal, accurate estimates of lactose requirements are needed according to body weight and overall diet composition, writes Ioannis Mavromichalis....
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...
Research: Complete Workflow Solution for SIV Testing
GLOBAL - Swine influenza virus (SIV) is a highly contagious viral infection of pigs, resulting in significant economic losses in the swine industry and posing a significant threat to human health through zoonotic transmission. This study indicates that...
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...
Listening to Consumers to Maintain Agriculture’s Social Licence
Today it seems everyone has an opinion about how food should be grown, writes Angela Lovell....
Back to the Basics of Feeding Pigs
Reliable nutritional information, whether from book values or laboratory analysis, is important to determine what diet will meet a pigs’ requirements to grow, reproduce, produce milk, fatten or maintain its weight depending on stage of life, writes...
Training Caregivers to Spot Sick Pigs Early Leads to Higher Performance, Lower Mortality
Pig health is critical for maintaining animal welfare and ensuring a steady supply of safe and affordable pork. “Sustainable Health” is a series of articles about common health issues in today’s swine herds and options available for managing them...
Loading Facilities for Market Hogs: Top Ten
Load-outs can be a stressful and time consuming experience. Poor load-out procedures can result in downer pigs and death losses. ...
How Do We Effectively Re-invest in our Swine Operations?
Nationally we have an aging ‘fleet’ of barns, with the last big building effort concentrated between 1991 and 1998; these barns have seen more than half their productive life, even with good maintenance. ...
 
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