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Monday 5th March 2018.
Emily Houghton - ThePigSite Editor

Emily Houghton



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Editor’s weekly picks:
This month is focussed on swine nutrition and gut health. The Pig Site will be speaking to industry leaders in swine health and nutrition to bring you the latest news and knowledge that could provide you with ideas and innovations for your herds.

Towards development of specific feeding strategies for pig farms differing in health status

Despite similar genetic backgrounds and similar diets, large variations in production performance of commercial growing-finishing pigs exist among farms. Health status is the major contributing factor to this variation in pig performance. If pig farms are classified according to their health status, targeted feeding strategies can be implemented for farms that share common health status.
Matthew Wedzerai discusses a study conducted at Wageningen University, The Netherlands, regarding the development of specific feeding strategies for pig farms differing in health status
The interesting question that was answered in this study was: which amino acids (AA) utilisations and requirements are affected by differences in health status?

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Reducing competition for high quality protein ingredients between humans and livestock

The Pig Site interviews Kayla Silva, researcher within the Department of Animal Biosciences at the University of Guelph, Ontario, about her current research regarding swine nutrition.
The primary focus of Kayla’s research in swine nutrition is the use of low crude protein diets to lessen the competition between humans and livestock animals for high quality protein ingredients such as corn and soybean meal. When formulating a low crude protein diet, crystalline amino acids are used and if a diet is formulated that matches the pig’s requirements, the pig will use this for protein deposition, and little will be wasted or, in essence, excreted into the environment which therefore contributes to pollution. Since a lot of work has been done on essential amino acids, Kayla is trying to focus on non-essential amino acids and their importance for not only protein deposition but to sustain underlying metabolic processes.

Look out for this interview on The Pig Site soon!

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

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.

Company News

Genesus Global Market Report: France
This is our first Global Market Report focusing on France, therefore a short introduction to the French pig production.
Premier issue of Pig Health Today magazine now available
The premier issue of Pig Health Today magazine is off the press and being mailed to some 10,000 pork producers, swine consultants and opinion leaders in the US. The colourful, 36-page magazine can also be downloaded online.
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).

Global Pig Industry News

   United Kingdom

NFU calls for detail on food and drink sector after Brexit
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

   United States

Overheated pigs may get the cool down they need with Purdue technology
The science of gene editing takes centre stage at Pork Industry Forum
Wild pig hunters warned to adopt safe practices
Farm groups caution President against weakening RFS


Natural feed additive alternatives


National Pig Day 2018
Topigs Norsvin implements PRRS resistance in breeding value estimation
Nearly one in three consumers willing to eat lab-grown meat


Ractopamine-free programme: new swine movement requirements
Alternatives to antibiotics offer opportunities


Charoen Popkhand Foods thanks overseas business for 2017 growth

   Viet Nam

Waste treatment headache for Vietnam’s pig farmers

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