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Reducing competition for high quality protein ingredients between humans and livestock
The Pig Site speaks to Kayla Silva, researcher within the Department of Animal Biosciences at the University of Guelph, Ontario, about her current research regarding swine nutrition....
Top 5 things to do when you see pigs with diarrhoea
There is nothing more important than the health of your pigs. Therefore, it is vital to learn about the signs and effects of enteric diseases in the swine herd. Enteric diseases are gastrointestinal disorders that, if left untreated, can result in undernourished,...
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....
Nutrition based on the health status of your herd
Despite similar genetic backgrounds and similar diets, large variations in production performance of commercial growing-finishing pigs exist among farms, writes Matthew Wedzerai, writer in the pig husbandry and animal feed industry. ...
Trends in the continental meat industry
David Houghton and Susie White from Winterbotham Darby talk conti-meat trends, food safety and consumer trust....
ELISA or PCR? Not all tests are created equal
Many people are confused about how to apply diagnostic methods. Although the diagnostics field is rapidly developing, the most used diagnostic techniques are still ELISA and PCR. When to use which, depends on the question. Reviewing the differences between...
Mind your head: UK farmers talk mental health
More than one farmer a week in the UK dies by suicide. Leading farming charity, The Farm Safety Foundation, discusses mental health with UK farmers....
Female consumers test boar meat burgers in Europe
Tests have been carried out on female consumers in a number of European countries to assess their thoughts on the taste of boar meat burgers with varying levels of ‘boar taint’, reports Chris McCullough....
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. ...
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....
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 101
IPPE 2018 featured a session run by representatives from the Pork 101 project, who presented the features of the three-day processing course that will take place at various locations across the US....
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,...
DipTest: do-it-yourself, low-tech E. coli testing
Treating and preventing E. Coli can be an expensive prospect - after an outbreak, a farmer may experience a period of time with more loss than profit in his operation, writes Yvonne Dick. Glacierclean technology introduces DipTest, the cheaper, faster...
Don't let swine influenza be complicated
The influenza A virus in swine (IAV-S) is always evolving, and there aren’t always clinical signs....
Genetic diversity, changing clinical picture and make IAV-S detection challenging
Influenza A virus in swine (IAV-S) remains among the top health challenges facing the US swine industry and, worse yet, it may be on the increase....
Superior hydration gets pigs off to good start at Mauney farms
Good farrowing managers know that newborn pigs need all the help they can get. With harsh winter forecasts, managers understand that superior management protocols must be in place to ensure pigs stay well-nourished and hydrated. Rick Purnell provides...
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...
Transport pigs properly and prepare for their arrival
Safely transporting pigs from one facility to another is a necessity of modern day pork production. As with any change to routine, the stress of handling, riding on trucks and being introduced to new surroundings can temporarily stall performance and...
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...
Pigs need water in winter too
As temperatures drop during the winter, managing hydration is still a critical component of daily protocols. Rick Purnell provides a short insight on how to keep your pigs hydrated and productive over the colder months....
Review: Achieving sustainable production of pig meat
Volume 2: Animal breeding and nutrition ...
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