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Monday 23rd January 2017.
Lucy Towers - ThePigSite Editor

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French Government Calls for CCTV in All Slaughterhouses

Following issues with animal welfare in French slaughterhouses, the government has passed a bill ordering for CCTV cameras to be installed throughout all slaughterhouses in the country from 2018.

The proposed law comes after slaughterhouses in the country came under intense scrutiny following footage from activist groups showing some slaughterhouses killing animals without stunning them first.

Twenty eight French MPs voted in favor of the rules, while four opposed them. The vote must now clear the French Senate before becoming law.

Following the announcement, Animal Aid - one of the UK's leading animal protection organisations - said it is calling on the British government to bring forward similar measures.

In other news, a scientist with the University of Alberta, Canada, says research suggests that the microorganisms in the guts of pigs that help ward off disease can be transferred to other pigs to improve their health.

Dr Ben Willing, University of Alberta, commented: "Microbiomes can vary quite a bit between animal to animal and each animal will have it's own distinct population but you'll certainly see that animals that are living in a similar environment and are living together will have much more similar microbiomes than animals that are living in different environments."

"We certainly see evidence that microbiomes can be transferred, particularly in the case when we see animals that are mixed. If you take animals that have lived apart and then you put them into that same environment you'll see that their microbiomes will start to look closer to each other, so obviously there's a transfer from one animal to another."

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Dynamic Distribution of Gut Microbiota and the Relationship with Apparent Crude Fiber Digestibility and Growth in Pigs
The large and diverse microbial population contained in the mammalian gastrointestinal tract plays an important role in health and nutrient digestion, writes Qing Niu et al, Institute of Swine Science, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China.

Issues in Group Housing of Sows
Group housing of sows requires careful management, since a whole range of issues can become problematic. Two of these issues, belly nosing and roundworm infections, were discussed during the 24th International Pig Veterinary Society Congress in Dublin, Ireland in 2016.
Company News

Feeding Sows for Successful Offspring
GLOBAL - The swine industry has made great strides in swine reproduction; most specifically in the areas of increased litter size, increased milk production and improvements in productivity traits, writes Cassio Villela, senior swine marketing specialist at Novus International.
Copper is Essential for Piglet Performance
GLOBAL - The weaning process is a stressful one for piglets. A new environment, penmates and feed source can all impact their feed intake and growth potential.
AB Vista to Share Economic Benefits of Latest Feed Analysis Advancements at IPPE
US - Animal nutrition technology company AB Vista will demonstrate how the latest developments in feed analysis can reduce costs at the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, taking place from 31st January to 2nd February.
Big Dutchman Expands in the Asia-Pacific
GLOBAL - Big Dutchman recently expanded in three countries at the same time in the Asia-Pacific region:
Ceva Completes Deal to Acquire Portfolio of Merial Swine Vaccines and Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatories from Boehringer Ingelheim
GLOBAL - Ceva Santé Animale today completed the acquisition of a diversified portfolio of products, including swine and cattle vaccines and multi-species nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories from Boehringer Ingelheim following its acquisition of Merial Animal Health.
Job Clip - Managing Director
GLOBAL - Hannes talks about being a Managing Director at BIOMIN.
China Hog Market
CHINA - A time for recollection and contemplation for the Chinese Pig Industry in the Year of the Chicken, writes Alexander Kovachevich, GM China Area, Genesus Genetics.
Pen Vise Is Perfect Tool for Cleaning Brooder Orifices
Having the right tool makes any maintenance chore easier, and Hog Slat’s Pen Vise is the perfect tool for cleaning clogged brooder and heater orifices.
Pork Commentary: New Year Musings - Russia and USA
RUSSIA and US - One of the interesting global factors in the pig industry is what’s going on in Russia, and how this will affect the markets, writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc.

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

US Barrow and Gilt Weights Down on Previous Week
Sonny Perdue Named New US Agriculture Secretary
Minimum Space Rules Set to Ensure US Organic Livestock Welfare
Noise in the Pork Market Adding to Volatility


Modifying Ramps to Load Pigs Reduces Stress During Transport
Research Suggests Healthy Gut Bacteria Can Be Transferred From Pig to Pig
Weak Canadian Dollar Factors in Canadian Hog Producers' Margins
Minimizing Aggression in Sows Requires Holistic Approach
Saskatchewan to Implement New Regulations for Livestock Premises Identification

   United Kingdom

Pig Pro to Make Recording Staff Skills Simple and Robust
Farming Union Highlights Concerns Over Free Trade Approach to Brexit
Roller Coaster Year for UK Pork With More Uncertainty to Come?


Solid Demand Results in Pig Price Rise
Processors Demand for Pigs Remains Strong
Prices Beat Brexit to Top of Problem List for Irish Farmers


Italian Pork Exports Still Down on Last Year

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Still Feeling Like a Roller Coaster Ride
EU 'Could Do Better' at Tackling Food Waste


Brazilian Pork Exports Increase By a Third


French Government Orders CCTV to be Installed in All Slaughterhouses


Global Meat, Food Prices Fall for Fifth Year in a Row

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