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ThePigSite Newsletter - 30 July 2018

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Monday 30th July 2018.
Emily Houghton - ThePigSite Editor

Emily Houghton



Boehringer Ingelheim

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MSD Animal Health


A note from the editor

As July comes to a close, we move forward into a month of articles and interviews with specialists in swine reproduction and breeding. July was a scorcher and temperatures are still set to remain high throughout the rest of the summer months. Take a look at our articles on heat stress and drought for the most up-to-date information on how to keep your herd happy and healthy year-round.

Our door is 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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As always, thank you for your support and patience whilst we continue to update The Pig Site, and have a great week!


Editor’s weekly picks:

Dealing with drought and evading heat stress in swine

As temperatures across Europe continue to break records and hosepipe bans begin to hit the headlines, the heatwave’s impacts on farmers and their livestock are becoming clear.

Extreme temperatures and water shortages take their toll on pig herds in particular, with heat stress and heat stroke being prominent causes of weakness, diarrhoea and acute distress. Droughts result in restricted water use across all agricultural businesses and in swine herds, water shortages can be catastrophic – continuous access to clean water is critical for pig health.

The Pig Site provides top tips from across the globe on how to manage high temperatures on farm, how to prevent and treat heat stress in pigs and how to manage water shortages during a drought.

Read the full article here

This Week's Articles and Analysis

Company News

China Market Report
Genesus provides a market update for the China hog market
Jim Long Pork Commentary: Market update
The future of U.S. markets especially this fall looks far from optimistic. December hogs in the 40’s would mean lots of people losing upwards of $30-40 per head.
Genesus and Kaiyong Group form a strategic alliance
Genesus is very proud to announce a strategic alliance with Kaiyong Group in Gaoping City, Shanxi Province, P.R. of China.
MSD Animal Health teams with Penn Vet to host swine university to educate young veterinary professionals
MSD Animal Health, a division of Merck & Co., Inc. is proud to host Swine University, in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet), to help educate young veterinary professionals on swine health management and respiratory and reproductive topics.
PCR falls short in monitoring PRRSV transport biosecurity
Transport biosecurity is a growing priority as evidence shows that contaminated livestock trailers are a significant risk in spreading viruses between herds. But reliable tests to confirm biosecurity compliance and effectiveness to inactivate viruses has been a challenge.
Genesus Global Market Report: EU and Spanish Pork markets
With 49.6 million market hogs and about 4.25 million tons of pork produced in 2017, Spain is the fourth largest producer of pork in the world.
Wageningen University and Nutriad present results on butyrate research
Feed additive producer Nutriad, a pioneer in sodium butyrate applications for the animal feed industry, co-financed a research project on the use of butyrate as feed additive.

Global Pig Industry News


Dealing with drought and evading heat stress in swine
Greenhouse gas as a raw material for an important feed additive
Most countries still using crucial antibiotics to make animals fatter

   United Kingdom

NFU calls agricultural drought summit as heatwave bites
NFU calls agricultural drought summit as heatwave bites
Police strategies need to deliver for farmers and rural communities
Mixed outlook for practical rat control from farmers


APRIL projects to progress pigs and pork

   European Union

EU pig prices: slaughter companies are pushing down the prices

   United States

Cell-cultured protein: a letter to Trump from US meat and poultry groups
Battle of the sexes: split-sex nutrition requirements for growing pigs
White House announces Trade Aid for farmers


Thai giant holds off on one pig project, develops another


Bulgaria to build a fence at Romanian border


PigTRACE: Tag prices increasing, half duplex tags available
AgriRisk Initiatives Program is now available under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership

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