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Friday 20th April 2018.

Emily Houghton - ThePigSite Editor

Emily Houghton






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Boehringer Ingelheim

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Editor’s weekly picks:

A tail-biting contingency plan for your herd
Tail-biting is a problem that can occur at any stage in modern pig production. It is a serious welfare issue because it causes physical damage and leads to swelling, infection in the spine and ultimately lung abscesses or septicaemia. Tail-biting is a complex multi-issue problem but one of the main causes is due to frustration and boredom in barren systems.

Many factors need to be considered and adjusted before stopping tail-docking in your herd. It is important to ensure all steps in the preparation stage are taken before undergoing a small-scale pilot trial to stop tail-docking. The trial will inform you of potential difficulties and barriers to successfully operating without tail-docking. Refine your adjustments before proceeding and rolling out a no-tail-docking strategy across your herd.

Compassion in World Farming provides a tail-biting contingency plan for all pig producers wanting to reduce the incidences of tail-biting on-farm and improve the welfare of their pigs.

Read the full article here

Supermarkets warned to put an end to poor pig welfare
Pigs are amongst the most intensively farmed animals on the planet, suffering at every stage of their lives, says World Animal Protection. Big supermarket brands have the power to end the cruel suffering of pigs farmed for pork.

A series of international research studies reveal that the vast majority of supermarket shoppers are concerned about the treatment of ‘factory farmed pigs’, with 89% of people surveyed willing to change where they shop if a supermarket commits to improving the lives of pigs.

World Animal Protection is now calling for household names such as Walmart, Tesco and Carrefour to source its pork from high-welfare farms, or to risk losing customers.

Read the full article here

This Week's Articles and Analysis

A tail-biting contingency plan for your herd
Compassion in World Farming provides a tail-biting contingency plan for all pig producers wanting to reduce the incidences of tail-biting on-farm and improve the welfare of their pigs.

Company News

MSD Animal Health continues its partnership with WeForest to promote a healthy planet
World Earth Day provides opportunity for veterinarians to give back.
Needles & Sins: Sloppy vaccination protocols can jeopardise herd health, welfare, returns
Innocent but often costly mistakes happen when vaccines aren’t properly stored, handled or administered. Pig Health Today talked with an Illinois producer who lost 30 market hogs following a vaccination slip-up. We also checked in with the producer’s veterinarian and three other experts about what producers can do to get the most out of their vaccination investment.
MSD Animal Health launches the IDAL® 3G needle-free, intradermal swine vaccination device
“The IDAL® Way” Features Newest Device with Broadest Vaccine Portfolio for Control of Major Diseases Affecting Swine.
Jim Long Pork Commentary: Road Trip - Great Britain, Netherlands and Denmark
Last week we visited Great Britain, Netherlands and Denmark. Our report.
What’s driving the surge in sow mortality?
Sow mortality in US herds has trended upward in recent years, and identifying the reasons has frustrated producers and veterinarians alike.
Genesus Global Market Report: USA, April 2018
The U.S. Pork Industry has become a pawn in the political spectrum; tit for tat between the U.S. and China. Unfortunately, it looks as if the pork industry is going to take most of the beating in this political fight. China combined with Hong Kong are the number two importers of pork from the U.S.
Iowa Select veterinarian taking a more targeted approach with antibiotics
Iowa Select Farms’ targeted approach to antibiotic use within its production system began well before the FDA’s expanded veterinary feed directive (VFD) rule.
Breeding sows without CD163 gene might ultimately eliminate PRRS virus
Sows without the CD163 gene are not only resistant to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus, they also give birth to healthy, normal piglets — a finding that could ultimately lead to elimination of a devastating disease, researchers say.
New fixed volume animal injection syringes
The Swiss made Socorex® syringes with spring-loaded plunger and three-way valve system include eight new fixed volume models starting from 0.2 mL until 10 mL.

Global Pig Industry News

   United Kingdom

Less and better meat for the future of the industry
No-touch meat packaging for millennials
Threat of extinction for British native pig breeds
Countryside must not become a ‘soft target’, NFU tells police chiefs
NFU prepares to respond to government on future farm policy
Showcase of steaks and chops at Alimentaria
BSAS 2018: Pig nutrition expert becomes BSAS president
Expect big winners as British agri-tech forges ahead


Export opportunities in the Philippines
Walmart, Tesco and Carrefour are set to lose customers over poor pig welfare

   United States

NFU rejects house farm bill
US pigs return to Argentina
Seminars to cure wild hog headaches
Meet the 2018 Pork Industry Scholarship recipients


Agri-strategies for climate change: What do the experts say?


DanBred launches Dutch subsidiary

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