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Tuesday 3rd July 2018.
Emily Houghton - ThePigSite Editor

Emily Houghton

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It’s July! Doesn’t time fly!

In June we provided you with an update on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea in the UK and how governing bodies are working to prepare for any future disease outbreaks.

We also took a look at how meat inspection data can be used to highlight important production traits whilst boosting swine welfare. Inspection data at slaughter suggests there are links between genetic variation and the most common indicators of poor animal welfare.

We also interviewed some innovators in swine health, namely Dr Bryan Charleston, who explained how researchers have managed to develop the precise tools for measuring immune responses to vaccines, thereby allowing us to develop the best vaccines possible.

This month we will be continuing with our theme of disease management; bringing you more interviews and articles on emerging technology, innovations in science and simple, on-farm biosecurity measures to keep your herd healthy.

Keep up-to-date with all headline news and articles by visiting The Pig Site now!

Our door is always open! If you have any story ideas or burning questions for us, please get in touch – we’ll be happy to put your questions to one of our experts.
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Editor’s weekly picks

Do you know your tech? Innovations in swine management could change the way you farm forever

Aidan Connolly is Alltech's chief innovation officer who has a keen interest in developing innovative, nutrition-based technologies. The Pig Site spoke to Aidan to get his expert opinion on emerging technology in the swine industry.

It’s clear that the opportunities to improve feed conversion and weight gain represent very large financial opportunities for the agriculture business and particularly for pig production. However, it’s also clear that there’s an even larger opportunity to look at issues of concern to consumers, such as animal welfare. This can be accomplished using some of these emerging technologies.

I think that all of the technologies including drones, robots, sensors, 3D printing, VR, AR, AI and blockchain have a role, but AI is undoubtedly the one I’m most excited by. As mentioned before, it’s not just as an end in itself, but its ability to allow us to be much more precise in what we do and bridge productivity gaps, certainly in excess of 30% between what the current genetic capacity of what our pigs is and what we should be achieving in precision nutrition.

Read the full interview here

This Week's Articles and Analysis

Africa’s “porkpreneurs”: Stepping up to the challenge of pork imports
In recent times, pork has gained the prominence and prestige of a major industry in Africa, as a provider of employment and food security. Efua Okai discusses the "porkpreneurs" emerging in the African pork industry and how farming is changing lives

The constitution of an Ox? What your pigs’ genetics can tell you
The analysis of meat inspection data at slaughter suggests there are links between genetic variation and the most common indicators of poor animal welfare. Matthew Wedzerai reveals all about using a new technique to highlight important production traits whilst boosting swine welfare

Company News

Joint donation from Novus International and INEOS Nitriles funds local safety project
Novus International, Inc. and INEOS Nitriles, LLC announced donations to fully fund a proposed street safety enhancement project in Bloomington, Texas, USA. The companies made the announcement at a community event hosted by Victoria County Commissioner Daniel Garcia on Tuesday.
Genesus Global Market Report: France, June 2018
On June 15 the general assembly of the Breton Pork Market (MPB) occurred in Plérin. This was an opportunity to appraise achievements made in 2017 and make a first observation for the beginning of 2018.
New Hypor hire brings wealth of experience
As a company renowned for its experience and expertise, Hypor is adding a pork industry veteran to its sales force.
Zoetis adds monovalent swine vaccine with two PCV2 genotypes
Fostera® Gold PCV provides broadest antigenic coverage against evolving virus
Jim Long Pork Commentary: U.S. Lean Hog prices continue to increase!
Last week some U.S. lean hog prices reached 86¢ getting even closer to the 90¢ lean which we have predicted and expected.
PCV2: Future considerations for an evolving virus
Porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) may not be a new virus challenge for pork producers and swine veterinarians, but it remains a constant challenge. PCV2 ranks among the top three infectious agents in the swine industry, causing losses in non-vaccinated herds from $3 to $22 per pig. [1]

Global Pig Industry News


Do you know your tech? Innovations in swine management could change the way you farm forever

   United Kingdom

Detect foot-and-mouth before it even hits your herd
Going for gold: Why one company is setting their own standard for swine welfare in Europe
Time to update your soil health knowledge? Practical videos to boost your productivity
British farmers are ‘better equipped than anyone’ to deliver high quality food
UK Robotics Week 2018: new whitepaper now available on Agri-Tech
Make Red Tractor the flagship for British food, then shout about it


Animal health unaffected by US antibiotic use regulation changes

   European Union

Carbon dioxide shortages in the UK: What do we know so far?


DanBred opens AI station and multipliers in Japan

   United States

Peaking too soon? The US economic outlook for 2018
More must be done to address lost demand for renewable fuels
USDA launches outreach survey to small and very small meat and establishments
Room to breathe: California voters to decide whether hens, pigs and calves get more space


Uganda pork producers to benefit from improved pig breeds

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