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Monday 9th April 2018.
Emily Houghton - ThePigSite Editor

Emily Houghton





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Editor’s weekly picks:

This month is focussed on pig welfare on farm – why it should be part of your long-term business strategy, and how you can make small changes with big benefits for your animals and your business.

The effects of the early-rearing environment on pig behaviour and welfare
Several important biological systems are developing during the first weeks of a piglet’s life, and the early-rearing environment can have lasting effects on behavioural development, cognitive flexibility, social skills and the functioning of stress regulation mechanisms. These effects can have important consequences for pig welfare. For example, tail-biting, belly-nosing and increased aggression are all abnormal behaviours that can result from the conditions experienced in the early-rearing environment.

Dr Lauren Edwards, University of Melbourne, discusses some of the long-term effects of the pre-weaning environment on pig behaviour and welfare in more detail, with key action points for implementing better welfare on farm.

Read the full article here

In case you missed it…
Listeriosis – the biggest outbreak in history
A listeriosis outbreak that, by mid-March, had sickened around 1,000 and killed 183 people in South Africa since January, has caused alarm in consumers and resulted in the recall of thousands of processed meat products from supermarket shelves. Zimbabwe, which imports some processed meats from its richer neighbour, is also facing widespread recalls and worried consumers.

The outbreak, described by the World Health Organisation as the biggest in world history, forced South African retailers to recall at least 3,500 tonnes of a ready-to-eat sausage, also known as polony, viennas, ham, meat spreads, corned meat, salami and pepperoni.

Ian Nkala describes how the outbreak has affected thousands of people in South Africa and Zimbabwe, and how the origins of the outbreak are emerging.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

The effects of the early-rearing environment on pig behaviour and welfare
Dr Lauren Edwards, the Animal Welfare Science Centre, discusses how the early-rearing environment of piglets can drastically affect their behavioural development, cognitive flexibility, social skills and stress regulation mechanisms.

Prebiotics and probiotics boost pig growth and health
Dr Fausto Solis de los Santos discusses the use of prebiotics and probiotics in enhancing the gastrointestinal tracts of pigs to encourage more efficient feed conversion.

Company News

Antibiotic stewardship: What can the pork industry learn from human medicine?
With so much attention being placed on antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance, animal agriculture can sometimes feel as if it’s the only target. However, human medicine also is getting an overhaul, as the end goal for everyone is to ensure that antibiotics remain effective. Leading the effort to bring all parties together is the global One Health initiative. Simply put, the concept recognises that human health is connected to the health of animals and the environment.
Biomin moves to Kansas City
Erber Group, the holding company for five divisions including Biomin America and Romer Labs®, has established its new Erber Group hub in Kansas City. The move brings Biomin and Romer Labs closer to each other and their respective customers, offering further support with an expanded team of industry experts.
Genesus Global Market Report: EU and Spanish pork markets April 2018
After more than a month in the live price was in the psychological border of the euro, the prices have been rising from the month of February little by little to put at 1.156 € / kg live weight at this time. We are with a lower price than a year ago (1,250 € / kg live weight), but nevertheless with weights higher than those, 113.61 kg of live weight compared to 108.68 kg in 2017.
Batch farrowing offers smaller sow farms improved disease control
Independent sow farms grouped together and using batch farrowing may be able to capture the same health advantages as a 5,000-sow farm with all-in, all-out production, suggested David Baumert, DVM, Zoetis.
Our strategy for eliminating M. hyo from breed-to-wean herds
Many pork producers still struggle with Mycoplasma hyopneumonia (M. hyo) in their herds. The pathogen remains one of the prevailing causes of enzootic pneumonia. Even though it’s primarily a chronic respiratory disease of growers, M. hyo can also affect young and adult pigs, especially in recently affected herds.
Nutriad presents research data at World Mycotoxin Forum
Multinational feed additives producer Nutriad, a leading expert in practical solutions for Mycotoxin Management, sponsored the 10th World Mycotoxin Forum that took place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Thoughts of a PRRS specialist
Zoetis speaks to three PRRS scientists about the new European PRRS vaccine, Suvaxyn® PRRS MLV
Jim Long's Pork Commentary: USDA March hogs and pig report
More pigs: There is no doubt that the US continues to increase pig production. This is being accomplished by two things – more sows and increased productivity.
Inbreeding: not all gloom and doom
In general, the greater the degree of inbreeding, the greater the reduction in performance of the pig. However, Genesus experts say that inbreeding in pig populations is not all gloom and doom.
Retailers setting their sights on pain management in pig production
Although antibiotics and sow housing have remained center stage in recent years, retailers are increasingly are putting pressure on producers to address pain management as part of their responsible-sourcing policies.
Zoetis launches Suvaxyn® PRRS MLV in the European Union
Zoetis announce the launch of Suvaxyn® PRRS MLV in most European Union countries, an innovative vaccine containing a modified live European Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) virus strain, grown in a unique cell line for whole herd protection against PRRS.

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

Protect our producers
NFU (US) calls for plan to protect family farmers from brunt of trade war
Showcasing pork production at World Pork Expo 2018


Water conservation 101
Bilateral agreement signed for Canadian agricultural partnership
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada announces Canadian Agricultural Partnership
Pork producers advised to aggressively forward price hogs for this coming winter
PEDv Lessons Learned report in the works


Blowers better for weaners
40 million pigs in Pigbase
Beware of mycotoxins even without visible mould
Prebiotics and probiotics boost pig growth and health

   United Kingdom

Great new products at the British Pig & Poultry Fair
Are you using rodenticides correctly?
Rural broadband needs to be a priority in government policy, NFU says


Australasian pork research proposals on the move

   European Union

EU pig prices: German markets showing signs of stabilising

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