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Wednesday 3rd October 2018.
Emily Houghton - ThePigSite Editor

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Four senses: a guide to recognising disease in your herd

Early recognition is the first step to successfully managing a disease outbreak or illness in your herd but how can you use the senses of sight, sound, touch and smell to detect the abnormal animal and to differentiate it from the rest of the herd?

Every day, a clinical examination of all pigs should be carried out. On a 100-sow farm, this could take up to half an hour per day and on a large farm, it becomes a major daily task but can be split between department levels. How many managers organising their farms allow such a time period for this function?

In this step-by-step guide, you will learn how to use all of your sensory resources to spot the sick pig the first time around.

Read the full article here

New research highlights the daily pressures on UK farmers

Farmers are among the UK’s hardest workers – but long hours and a lack of holidays threaten to undermine the health and wellbeing of many working in the industry, an exclusive Farmers Weekly survey reveals

According to the research, the average farmer works 65 hours a week – much longer than the UK national average of 37 hours. Some growers and livestock producers admitted to putting in over 100 hours a week to keep their businesses going.

The survey also reveals the lack of down time for the nation’s farmers, who take just 11 days of paid leave a year compared with the 28-day national average. One in ten said they had taken no holiday at all over the past 12 months.

Read the full article here

Are we breeding our sows to death?

This week (1 October 2018), a report was released by The Guardian, in collaboration with Civil Eats, which highlighted the concerning number of sow deaths currently observed in the US. According to statistics provided by National Hog Farmer, sow mortality increased from 5.8 percent to 10.2 percent on sow farms over 125 heads, between 2013 and 2016, and mortalities are continuing to rise.

This rise in sow deaths has been significantly linked to an increase in prolapse, a phenomenon caused by the collapse of the animal’s rectum, vagina, or uterus. A report by Successful Farming indicated that, on some farms, between 25 and 50 percent of deaths were caused by prolapse.

Read the full article here

This Week's Articles and Analysis

The profits of good mothers
Good sows are the basis of a good pig herd. Investing in sow health and calm behaviour will pay off in terms of sow productivity and piglet growth. But how much exactly? Irene Camerlink reports

Comparative study of two vaccines against neonatal diarrhoea on a Canadian commercial farm
by W. Ariza,1 DVM; D. Robles,1 BSA; J. Badia,2 DVM; D. Torrents,3 PhD; I. Bernal,3 DVM. 1 Swine Health Professionals, Steinbach, Manitoba (Canada); 2 Hipra Animal Health Canada Inc., Ottawa, Ontario (Canada); 3 Laboratorios Hipra S.A, Amer, Girona (Spain).

Field efficacy study of Rhiniseng® in Europe in a farm with problems associated with Bordetella bronchiseptica
A. Sánchez-Matamoros,1 PhD; A. Martos,1 MSc; O. Boix,1 MSc; A. Martínez-Abarca,2 DVM; F.J. Pallarés,3 PhD 1 HIPRA, Girona, Spain; 2 Dalland Hybrid España S.A., Murcia, Spain; 3 Dept. Anatomy and Comparative Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Murcia University, Murcia, Spain

Efficacy of one-dose vaccination against two Mycoplasma strains causative of enzootic pneumonia
Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (M. hyopneumoniae) is the primary agent of enzootic pneumonia in pigs. Pigs are often infected with different M. hyopneumoniae strains. This study assessed the efficacy of vaccination against experimental infection with two genetically different M. hyopneumoniae strains in weaned piglets.

Four senses: a guide to recognising disease in your herd
Early recognition is the first step to successfully managing a disease outbreak or illness in your herd but how can you use the senses of sight, sound, touch and smell to detect the abnormal animal and to differentiate it from the rest of the herd?

Company News

Good data key to making sound PRRS decisions
Implementing metrics and utilising predictive analytics can help pork producers improve their management of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS), said Jose Angulo, DVM, a PRRS specialist for Zoetis.
Hog Slat offers safe, affordable solution to check feed bin levels
Quickly and safely check feed bin content levels from the ground with Hog Slat’s telescoping Bin Stik.
Merck Animal Health extends scholarship support to next generation of livestock veterinarians
Merck Animal Health, in partnership with the Food Systems Fellowship Program coordinated by the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Veterinary Medicine, is pleased to award three scholarships to veterinary students who are participating in the program.
Ceva 'Spotlight The Future' newsletter October 2018
In this special edition of our swine production and industry newsletter we focus on the vaccination of piglets against PCV2 with Circovac.
Locking out PDCOV requires attention to biosecurity detail
Porcine delta coronavirus (PDCOV) may not be as devastating as its relative, porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDV), but the negative impact on production is motivation enough to work to lock it out of sow farms.
Jim Long Pork Commentary: U.S.D.A. September Hogs and Pigs Report
The U.S.D.A. released the September Hogs and Pigs report last Thursday. The market reaction was about a $2.00 average jump in lean hog futures on Friday. Obviously, traders saw the report as neutral to bullish.
CBS launches new Feed Science Platforms for optimising pig production
Canadian Bio-Systems Inc (CBS Inc) has launched the main phase rollout of its new Feed Science Platforms (FSPs), offering a comprehensive portfolio of advanced bio-based feed technology solutions to benefit swine, poultry, aquaculture and ruminant production
What's all that gunk on my cool cell pads?
Allowing mineral deposits and algae to accumulate on evaporative pads will eventually clog the pad openings causing a restriction of the airflow into the building.
Genesus Global Market Report: USA Market Report, Sept 2018
African Swine Fever….I am a little surprised this is not bigger news all over the hog industry.
Jim Long Pork Commentary: US Hog market rebound
Last Friday the to US lean hog price averaged 60.24¢ lb. A huge jump over the last few weeks of close to $30 per head from market lows.
Pavlovic: Today’s PED outbreaks may be mild but still hurt profitability
Porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus may not be as devastating to hogs today as it was a few years ago, but it still damages the bottom line, according to Lynn Pavlovic, DVM, Iowa Select Farms.
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.

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

US Ag Barometer drops to lowest level in two years as farm financial conditions worsen
US, Canada, Mexico reach deal on new trade pact
Are we breeding our sows to death?
United States hog inventory up three percent

   European Union

EU pig prices: stabilising on a low level
EU pig prices: Focus on African swine fever outbreak in Belgium


Optimal environmental settings cut costs and boost productivity
How do you reduce feed wastage in lactation?


A real taste of Spain: the traditional Ibérico pig slaughter celebration

   United Kingdom

New research highlights the daily pressures on UK farmers
Aid promised to UK pig farmers affected by extreme weather


Will you be attending Indo Livestock 2019?


African swine fever: how to stay one step ahead

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