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Tuesday 9th October 2018.
Emily Houghton - ThePigSite Editor

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Top tips for reducing aggression in sows and boars

Conspecific aggression has been extensively studied in growing pigs, and to some extent in sows, as it can negatively impact productivity. More disastrous situations can occur when the aggression is directed towards humans.

Irene Camerlink provides tips on how to predict and reduce instances of aggression between pigs and towards humans.

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From birth to bacon: the Croatian pig enterprise running its own supply chain

A large Croatian agricultural group has just introduced a new 1,350 sow herd to its already established range of livestock and grain farming enterprises

Owned and founded by Mirko Ervacic back in 1992, the Osatina group has grown with pace in its 26 years of existence: operating dairy farms, a pig fattening unit, a fruit and vegetable enterprise plus energy production.

The company started off as an agricultural pharmacy with three employees but is now a thriving multi-pronged business with 1,100 employees.

It runs a pig fattening enterprise, established in 2006, finishing 20,000 pigs per year but has just introduced a herd of 1,350 sows to effectively double the fattening capacity to 40,000 pigs per year.

The goal for Croatia is to become more self-sufficient for food particularly for dairy, beef and pork meat. It is for this reason the Osatina group is expanding to supply its home market.

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Belgium finds African swine fever in military camp

With 29 confirmed cases of African swine fever (ASF) in Belgium and around 4,150 domestic pigs culled, the most recent reports emerging from Belgian media could provide an answer as to how the virus entered the country.

On 21 September 2018, three wild boar were found dead in the grounds of a military camp in Luxembourg, two of which were confirmed to be infected with ASF.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Top tips for reducing aggression in sows and boars
Irene Camerlink provides tips on how to reduce instances of aggression between pigs and towards humans

From birth to bacon: the Croatian pig enterprise running its own supply chain
A large Croatian agricultural group has just introduced a new 1,350 sow herd to its already established range of livestock and grain farming enterprises

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

Company News

Your next livestock medicator should be electric
It is a standard production practice to use water driven medicators to administer medications, vaccines, and supplements to livestock and poultry. With good water quality and routine maintenance, virtually all brands of water driven medicators do an excellent job of accurately delivering the correct dosages.
Measuring up: methionine sources
Methionine is an essential amino acid in animal nutrition. Last year’s global methionine market experienced strong demand growth of 6 percent, despite supply disruptions.
Life after zinc oxide - 3 tips for tackling post-weaning diarrhoea
Post-weaning diarrhoea is a problem for pig producers all around the world that has a big impact on future pig performance. With both antibiotics and now zinc oxide being removed from piglet diets in the EU, the pig industry is shifting its attention to new strategies to overcome this problem in young pigs.
Simple guide for measuring V-Belts
Replacing the belts on fans every year is a smart investment to ensure they are delivering their maximum performance. Worn fan belts can cause as much as 20% loss of cfm output.
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.

Global Pig Industry News


The profits of feed production and innovation as a livestock producer
Optimal environmental settings cut costs and boost productivity

   United States

Are you maximising the productive potential of your pig herd?
Illinois farmer named America's Pig Farmer of the Year
Is your pig barn a sitting fire hazard?
CME lean hog future prices highest since April 2018
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 Kingdom

Organic sector calls for clearer contingency measures as Brexit looms
Hundreds of pig carcasses destroyed after "dangerous" hygiene failings at UK meat plant
RUMA confirms it does not support ‘antibiotic-free’ product labelling
Expert panel warns that Brexit trade deals may be the biggest risk to high animal welfare


Belgium finds African swine fever in military camp

   Viet Nam

Vietstock 2018: revealing the keys to success in pig production


Thai livestock industry marks 2018 as one of the best years for animal welfare

   European Union

EU pig prices: stabilising on a low level

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