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Monday 11th December 2017.
Emily Houghton - ThePigSite Editor

Emily Houghton
Editor


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Editor’s weekly picks:

Northern Ireland pig herd shows resilient ‘bounce back’ ability

Using more prolific genetics as well as increasing the feed intake to lactating sows has helped boost the overall pig herd performance in Northern Ireland over the past few years. Chris McCullough, a freelance writer based in Northern Ireland describes how the industry in Northern Ireland has suffered hard in recent times, pushing many pig farmers out of business, with increasing feed costs a major culprit. However, increased efficiencies in pig production has meant the overall pig industry has proven well capable of bouncing back especially after a tough time.

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Changing your handling techniques for the benefit of your herd 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 reproduction and growth. These pigs also experience reduced welfare due to the fear and stress elicited by these handling bouts. Dr Lauren Edwards, Animal Welfare Science Centre, discusses some of these handling effects in more detail, and provides some tips on how best to improve handling behaviour for optimal welfare and productivity of pigs.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

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 reproduction and growth. These pigs also experience reduced welfare due to the fear and stress elicited by these handling bouts. Dr Lauren Edwards, Animal Welfare Science Centre, discusses some of these handling effects in more detail, and provides some tips on how best to improve handling behaviour for optimal welfare and productivity of pigs.

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

Northern Ireland pig herd shows resilient ‘bounce back’ ability
Using more prolific genetics as well as increasing the feed intake to lactating sows has helped boost the overall pig herd performance in Northern Ireland over the past few years, writes Chris McCullough, a freelance writer based in Northern Ireland. The industry there has suffered hard in recent times, pushing many pig farmers out of business, with increasing feed costs a major culprit. However, increased efficiencies in pig production has meant the overall pig industry has proven well capable of bouncing back especially after a tough time.

Training gilts for electronic sow feeding: the fundamentals of success and pitfalls to avoid
The transition to group housing during gestation in North America requires many adjustments. Best practices continue to be developed as the number of group-housed sows steadily grows. In a 2016 survey, PIC found that around one third of the US pig herd is now housed in some type of group housing.
Company News

Genesus Global Market Report: China - 8 December 2017
Last month a load of Genesus Purebred pigs arrived in North East China for Guangdong Wens Foodstuff Group Co. Ltd. One of eight large companies that have made this region the growth hot spot for China.
Nutriad present gut health research at Global Feed Summit
Multinational feed additives producer Nutriad presented new gut health research at the recent Global Feed Summit in Bangkok (Thailand).
Genesus global technical report: whole carcass pork quality
As most industry participants know, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service is seeking comment on the proposed changes to the standards of pork carcass grades.
Pig care: If there’s something off, don’t try to ‘look him well’
Watching pigs may not be glamorous or stimulating, but it’s a responsibility that Bob Blomme, DVM, takes very seriously.
Nutriad launches MycoGut Academy
Multinational feed additives producer Nutriad, global leader in practical solutions for Mycotoxin Management, received customers and distribution partners in Belgium for the inaugural sessions of the MycoGut Academy.
Zoetis Influence Feed - December 2017
Stay current on the latest food and agriculture issues impacting your business with Influence Feed by Zoetis. Influence Feed tracks the top 1,500 most influential voices across all segments of food and agriculture to bring you insights in a convenient bi-weekly report.
New Hypor managing director brings wealth of experience
If it’s true that experience is the best teacher, the new Managing Director of Hendrix Genetics’ Business Unit Swine (Hypor) goes to the head of the class.
Genesus Global Market Report: Spain December
It has been 14 weeks in a row with pork price decreasing. Finally, this week the live-weight price had stopped to fall. These strong decreases in the price have been due to the greater supply of hogs in the market.
Hypor exports excellence in partnership with Nugeporc
When you’re the best at what you do, how can you improve on that? One way is to do it in more places for more clients, and that’s exactly what Hypor is doing by partnering with Nugeporc in the Dominican Republic.
Nutriad acquires partners' interest in China
A global leader in flavor and sweetener solutions for animal feed, Nutriad announced it acquired the 45% share stake of its’ local partner into FFI.
ERYSENG® PARVO, a new sow reproductive vaccine launched by HIPRA in Canada
In November 2017, HIPRA Canada Animal Health organized three events in Guelph, Quebec City, and Winnipeg respectively for the launch of the new reproductive vaccine ERYSENG® PARVO.
Jim Long Pork Commentary: December 04 2017
Le PORCSHOW – Quebec, US new Grade’s and Danish Woes Continue.


Global Pig Industry News

   Global

The Pig Site's best articles from 2017
AIC warns of shortages of Vitamins A and E for livestock feed supplies
Norwegian legislative debate opens doors for gene editing in the pork industry
Reflecting on 2017's best articles on The Pig Site
2017: a year in the global pig industry
Revolutionary insect protein wins acclaim for AgriProtein as top business disruptor
2017: a year in the global pig industry

   Australia

APRIL calls for new scientists and new science for pork

   Russian Federation

ASF in Russia’s largest pork producer

   United States

Pork demand remains steady as signs point to strong fourth quarter
National Pork Producers Council announces support for Farmers for Free Trade
Senate passes tax cuts for the wealthy on backs of family farmers and future generations
AgriLabs® develops master seeds for adenovirus vectored Foot and Mouth Disease vaccines

   United Kingdom

BVA congratulates Christine Middlemiss on appointment as next UK chief vet
Organic derogation extension will provide much needed relief for pig and poultry farmers
2018 rodenticide compliance for 11 farm assurance schemes
Are consumers wilfully ignorant about animal welfare?
Farming industry urges EA to reconsider proposed permit charges

   European Union

Weaknesses and loopholes in customs controls, say EU Auditors

   Canada

Canada can recommence exports to Argentina

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