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Wednesday 28th February 2018.
Emily Houghton - ThePigSite Editor

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Editor’s weekly picks:

Gilt and sow management guidelines|

PIC report on their guidelines for good practice in gilt and sow management. The guidelines provide recommendations for staff working at a commercial sow farm but are also applicable to multipliers and production nucleus farms.
The first instalment provides checklists on key performance indicators related to general sow farm processes and performance. Comparing actual values versus target levels will help sow farm managers identify improvement opportunities to get the most value out of their operations. It will also indicate the need for intervention.
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Trends in the continental meat industry

Winterbotham Darby, a UK-based, welfare-award-winning supplier of cured, smoked and cooked pork products, was founded in 1962 and has been working within the continental meat industry for over 30 years. This company continues to supply to household supermarkets, such as Sainsbury’s, Co-op Group, Tesco and Waitrose.
In an interview with The Pig Site, Technical Director, David Houghton, and Communications Manager, Susie White, discuss how consumer demands are changing, and how transparency throughout the supply chain is improving the safety of and consumer trust in their continental meat products.
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This Week's Articles and Analysis

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 ELISA and PCR can help, writes Nardy Robben, product application specialist at Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Company News

Jim Long Pork Commentary: Ireland
This past week, had the opportunity to visit with Glennmarshal Sires of Northern Ireland.
Dee: Both pigs and caregivers suffered in antibiotic-free study
A study looking at how PRRS-challenged pigs performed in antibiotic-free production systems needed to be stopped for welfare reasons so the pigs could be treated with antibiotics, according to Scott Dee, DVM, director of research, Pipestone Veterinary Services (PVS).
Influence Feed: SNAP Judgments, 2019 Budget
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.
Global Market Report: Mexico's pork market
After two weeks surfing the Mexican pork market, talking with producers and packers, there are some relevant facts that allows us to subtract the following conclusions: Price - The price has kept a sustained rise since 2012, reaching its peak in 2014...
Antibiotic-free production: What lessons can pork learn from poultry?
A rapid increase in the use of vaccines for respiratory and enteric diseases in swine over the past year will ultimately allow a reduction in antibiotic use, predicted Joe Connor, DVM, swine veterinarian, Carthage Veterinary Service, Carthage, Illinois.
Jim Long Pork Commentary: US Hog Prices slide lower
Over the last week US 53-54% lean hogs, decreased from 74.25c / lb to 71.63c / lb. In our mind this is mostly attributed to Pork Cut-Outs that declined from 82-83c/lb range, to 77-79c/lb last week.
Gilt and Sow Management Guidelines 2017: Section 1 General Farm Review
This section provides checklists on key performance indicators related to general sow farm processes and performance.

Global Pig Industry News

   United Kingdom

Public goods of animal health and welfare must be at heart of new agricultural policy
Once-in-a-generation opportunity to shape future farming policy
NFU President says now is the time to champion British food and farming
Michael Gove announces legislation on mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses
Cranswick tops Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare for the second consecutive year
NFU elects new officeholder team

   United States

Farm groups caution President against weakening RFS
Tyson Foods pork processing facility suspends operations

   Viet Nam

Waste treatment headache for Vietnam’s pig farmers


Nearly one in three consumers willing to eat lab-grown meat
McDonald’s beats KFC, Burger King, Subway and Starbucks on animal welfare


Canadian Pork Excellence important in marketing Canadian pork
Manitoba launches consultation on agricultural Crown lands


Novel pork proposals make for good reading

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