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Wednesday 26th September 2018.
Emily Houghton - ThePigSite Editor

Emily Houghton


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Editor’s weekly picks:

Study examines welfare protocol between two pig production systems

A recent study was conducted which investigated the Welfare Quality protocols of pig production in medium-scale, rustic pig farms and commercial, technified pig farms to test the validity of animal welfare indicators.

The study was completed by researchers at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Department of Ethology, Wildlife and Laboratory Animals, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnics. Seven rustic farms and six technified production sytems were studied across four states in Central Mexico.

The rustic systems consistently scored higher than technified systems in four major welfare parameters: good feeding; good housing; good health; and expression of natural behaviours.

Read the full article here

US pigs still receiving critical antibiotics despite superbug crisis

Tests on thousands of meat samples carried out by the US Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) show that farm animals are still being dosed with powerful antibiotics classified as “critically important” to human health. The widespread use of such drugs on livestock is one of the key drivers of antibiotic resistance, a growing public health crisis.

Regulations were brought in by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in January 2017 which banned the use of antibiotics on livestock without a prescription from a vet and made it illegal to use the drugs solely to make animals fatter, which for years had been a common practice on industrial farms.

Reports have since indicated there has been no reduction in the number of antibiotics found in samples from the year before the regulations came into effect.

Analysis by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ) also shows how a loophole means US farmers can still use many antibiotics targeted by the ban in much the same way today as they could beforehand, including drugs previously used for growth promotion.

Read the full article here

This Week's Articles and Analysis

Circovac® on the farm: Veterinarian saves farm by strengthening the immune defences of the pigs
When the PRRS virus broke out in a large swine farm in Western Himmerland, Denmark, the farm veterinarian proposed treatment by vaccination against a totally different virus, PCV2, to strengthen the immune defences of the pigs enabling them to fight the PRRS virus (PRRSV) themselves.

The many ways that ASF is threatening the global pig industry
With 22 cases of African swine fever (ASF) confirmed in China this month, it is no surprise that key trading partners are voicing their concerns over the direction of pork and feed markets. Melanie Epp speaks to experts in the US about the potential impact of this disease on the global market

Company News

ESF might not be the best choice for your farm
Modern agriculture embraces many new technologies-Smartphones, wireless climate sensors, GPS crop monitoring, whole-house climate controls, and robotic cow milkers.
Merck Animal Health introduces new vaccine for PRRS
The total cost of productivity losses due to PRRS in the U.S. national breeding and growing-pig herds is an estimated $638 million annually.
Nutriad pursuing growth in China
Global feed additives producer Nutriad, a leader in palatability; mycotoxin management and gut health solutions, was present at VIV China in Nanjing to interact with customers, distributors and key opinion leaders, against the backdrop of a highly dynamic market environment.
Genesus global technical report: Large litters and piglet quality a necessary tradeoff?
Litter size at birth has been considered one of the most important traits for evaluating sow prolificacy for the past few decades. Genetic selection for highly prolific sows has resulted in notable improvement in litter size at birth in pigs.
You can't afford a cheap motor
Replacing motors on feed systems and ventilation fans is maintenance cost familiar to all hog and poultry growers.
Genesus Global Market Report: China Market Report, Sept 2018
We just returned from 2 weeks of travel within China.
CID Lines joins forces with Meratech in Russia, affirming its leading position in the hygiene chemicals sector
CID Lines, the leading Belgium-based manufacturer of cleaning and disinfection products for the agricultural, food processing and vehicle care markets, have announced the closing of its agreement with Meratech, the Russian specialist in agricultural, food and beverage hygiene solutions, to establish a strategic partnership in the Russian Federation.
Biomin launches Spectrum Top 50® advanced mycotoxin detection service
The new LC-MS/MS method for multi-mycotoxin analysis can determine over 50 different mycotoxins and metabolites in a single run, making it the most advanced mycotoxin detection commercially available.
Nutriad obtains ISO certifications in China
Feed Flavor International (Jiangsu) Co., Ltd (FFI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of multinational feed additives producer Nutriad, is a leading Chinese producer of palatability solutions for animal feed.

Global Pig Industry News


African swine fever: how to stay one step ahead
Does ASF pose a threat to pork markets worldwide?

   European Union

EU pig prices: Focus on African swine fever outbreak in Belgium
EU pig prices: quotations are swinging back


What’s the story on Belgium’s African swine fever outbreak?

   United States

US pork outlook positive despite trade uncertainty
US pigs still receiving critical antibiotics despite superbug crisis


APRIL appoints first CEO and Chief Scientist


Study examines welfare protocol between two pig production systems


The UK's new chief vet to visit China to support pork trade deals

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