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Monday 4th December 2017.
Emily Houghton - ThePigSite Editor

Emily Houghton


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Editor’s weekly picks:

'Pork rules': Ghana's pig industry in 2017

Over the last two decades, small scale pig farmers have tried to create a thriving local industry to provide Ghanaians with good quality substitutes to imported products. They have achieved modest success; fresh pork chops are available at a number of shops and at the traditional markets but production problems have hindered their efforts. 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.

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2017: a year in the global pig industry

2017 has been a challenging and exciting year for the pig industry. In case you missed anything, here on The Pig Site we’ll be looking back at some of our favourite articles from the last 12 months. Up first is Pig pens: a look at mirrors and mats ¬– a study by Dr Marchant-Forde and his colleagues at the Agricultural Research Service, investigating the use of mirrors and mats in improving the environment pigs are kept in.

Look out for the next instalments this week…

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

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.
Company News

Genesus Technical Report: Big data
Data collection and interpretation is a critical part to a swine genetics breeding program. Without data and its interpretation, genetic progress cannot be made. As technology evolves the ability to collect new data emerges, and a successful breeding company will capitalize on these new technologies.
PIC China's 2017 symposium: Dreaming big for China
The Chinese pig industry is going through an amazing transformation. For over 21 years, PIC China has been working side-­?by-­?side with the pig producers to advance genetics and improve the competitiveness of China production.
Jim Long Pork Commentary: Genetics - pork quality
We understand there is some push back from some Swine Genetic Companies regarding the new proposed grade system. They are saying, that to produce Prime or Choice Pork will increase cost of swine production.
Jim Long Pork Commentary: Proposed new U.S. grade system
The USDA has proposed a new pork grade system, where new categorises are proposed: Prime, Chioce and Select. An article on the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Website by Rick Stein, Vice President of Fresh Foods FMI captures the essence of retailer’s desire to see a new grade system that identifies Pork taste and flavor attributes.
Yeske: Provide better pig care — one animal at a time
Taking time to walk the pens, make eye contact with each pig and pull the sick ones for individual care seems to conflict with the basic tenets and efficiencies of population medicine.
AB Vista expands Technical Service Team with new Feed Applications Engineer
AB Vista’s Technical Services Team has recently been expanded, as part of the company’s strategy to strengthen feed mill support to customers in the Americas.
Sow management tips: total preparation for top performance
Supplying top genetics for pork production at the least cost to ensure client success is at the core of Hypor’s business. Success with sow breeding begins with proper preparation for the next round.

Global Pig Industry News


2017: a year in the global pig industry
2017: a year in the global pig industry


Canada can recommence exports to Argentina
Blaine Pedersen on the Canadian Free-Trade Agreement

   United Kingdom

Are consumers wilfully ignorant about animal welfare?
Farming industry urges EA to reconsider proposed permit charges
Great gains for producers through Gilt Watch
Industrial Strategy recognises importance of UK food production
Glyphosate decision welcomed by NFU


De Groene Weg launches EKO code for pork supply chain

   United States

Survey shows massive opioid impact in farm country
NFU says no to US Tax Reform Plan
From suits and ties: emerging young farmers
Pig farmers pay it forward ham by ham


British pork in spotlight in Shanghai


Productive Pork CRC for all to see

   Russian Federation

Russia set to freeze pork and beef imports from Brazil


New cases of African swine fever in Poland

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