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Challenges of Pig Farming in Cameroon - Surviving in a World Without Meatpackers
Pig production in Cameroon as in many countries of Sub-Saharan Africa requires good pioneering skills. With only a minimum of organised trade, high feed costs and a high disease pressure, being successful could hardly be a larger challenge. Jonas Tchenda...
Duration of Immunity of Hyogen® in Fattening Pigs Against Mycoplasma Hyopneumoniae
Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (M.hyo) is a major infectious agent in swine, it is of worldwide relevance, and responsible for persistent dry cough, retarded growth rate and reduced performance, write Miklós Tenk, Tamás Szalai, Marianna Ivók, Éric Brunier,...
Lung Scoring: Feasibility of Improving Pig Lung Health
This article from Ceva looks at the benefits of lung scoring in pigs. Specifically, the article looks at the results of a lung lesion survey using Ceva's lung program in the Philippines and Vietnam compared to other countries, write Michael Quilitis,...
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....
The Broken Sow: Fix Your Sow and You Fix the Piglets
Stop looking at the dead piglet in the farrowing pen. By the time you have found it you have missed out on the basic cause of its death. Generally the cause has nothing to do with the dead pig other than the fact it could not survive, write Lorne and...
Latest Cost of Pig Production Report - 2014
Welcome to the 2014 edition of AHDB Pork's report on pig production costs in selected countries. ...
Pig Pen Design is Key to Optimum Performance
Silence, or something close to it, is a wonderful thing to hear in a sow gestation barn. It’s the sound of productivity, and one that many pork producers incorrectly assume they can’t achieve....
Innovation to Buck the Trend in Danish Slaughter Pig Sector
While the Danish pig industry is seeing the slaughter herd diminish with more and more weaners being sent for export, one pig farmer is bucking the trend and looking for new and innovative ways of developing the finisher side of his business, writes Chris...
Increasing Uniformity of Finished Pigs
Variation occurs for many reasons: season, management, nutrition, feeding strategy, genotype, environment, gender and health. It is important that the effort and resources put into producing finished pigs are not wasted at the final stage and that...
PRRSv Monitoring Using Oral Fluid Sampling: Case Report in French Farrow-to-Finish Farms
Nowadays, oral fluid sampling is of great interest for Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome virus (PRRSv) monitoring. This method is easier to use, faster and causes less stress to pigs when compared to the standard blood sampling. The objective...
How Should the Valuable Resource that is Livestock Slurry be Stored?
New research from the UK's Rothamsted Research and the University of Milan, Italy, considers the impact of mechanically separating livestock slurry into a liquid and solid fraction during storage on ammonia and greenhouse gas emissions....
Improvement of Commercial Swine Erysipelas ELISA Test Applicability for Vaccination Compliance Purpose
The utility of serologic tests for evaluation of Erysipelas infection and protection conferred by vaccines has been a controversial issue, writes A. Callen, I. Lazaro and S. Carceles....
Improvement Porcine Parvovirus (PPV) ELISA Test Reliability
Porcine Parvovirus (PPV) vaccines have been widely used in the field to prevent PPV induced reproductive problems since the early 80’s with a high level of satisfaction. However, the pattern of seroconversion after vaccination is often lower and more...
A Simple Guide to Finishing Pigs
Finishing pigs to the target specification requires tremendous attention to detail. Melanie Jenkins provides an overview of the different systems....
Cambodian Case Study: Intergrated Pig and Fish Farming
With increasing an increasing demand for pork, pig farming in Cambodia is developing. Reporting for 5m Publishing, Stuart Lumb gives a run down of a farm near Phnom Phen in Cambodia which is farming both pigs and fish....
Impact of Piglet Birthweight on Profitability
People who have raised pigs have long realized that the birth weight of a piglet is associated with it potential to make a profit for the pig farmer. I will refer to this as the ‘Route to Profit’, writes Dr John Mabry, Professor of Genetics, Iowa...
Global Protein Developments: What are the Implications for the Meat Industry?
Global protein demand will increase by a factor of 3.5 over a 50 year period, namely from 1980-2030. Poultry will show the biggest increase in demand, followed by eggs, with seafood and beef having the lowest increase in demand, writes Stuart Lumb....
Contemporary Market Weights
Ronald O. Bates of Michigan State University and Thomas Guthrie of Michigan State University Extension demonstrate that marketing decisions should be based on lean growth potential, marginal feed efficiency through heavier weights, the packer grid in...
Australian Agricultural Commodities Report: Pig Meat
Pig meat production is projected to rise gradually over the short to medium term, reaching 410,000 tonnes in 2019-20, according to John Hogan in the 'Agricultural Commodities' report from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and...
Assessment of the Economic Impact of PRRSV on United States Pork Producers
The total cost of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) in the United States was estimated to be US$664 million annually for the whole industry, which represents $1.8 million every day....
Markets Promising for New-look Canadian Pork Industry
The Canadian pork industry has undergone tremendous transition, emerging with a new-look, streamlined profile and globally competitive, market analyst Kevin Grier told the 2015 Banff Pork Seminar....
Monitoring Farrowings and Farrowing Intentions in 'Hogs and Pigs' Report
More pigs and more pig meat look likely to appear on the US market in 2015 than last year, forecasts Lee Schulz in the current 'Iowa Farm Outlook'....
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....
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