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Wednesday 17th October 2018.
Emily Houghton - ThePigSite Editor

Emily Houghton


Boehringer Ingelheim




Big Dutchman

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What can carcass-based assessments tell us about the lifetime welfare status of pigs?

There is increasing interest in developing abattoir-based measures of farm animal welfare. It is important to understand the extent to which these measures reflect lifetime welfare status.

The study aim was to determine whether lesions acquired during different production stages remain visible on the carcass, and the degree to which carcass-based measures may reflect broader health and welfare issues.

The current study shows that tail lesions and skin lesions, acquired at least 10 weeks before slaughter, remain evident on the carcass and consequently, may be useful as tools to assist in determining the lifetime welfare status of pigs. Low cold carcass weight was associated with tail lesions, supporting previous research suggesting that tail lesions have a negative impact on growth performance in pigs.

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African swine fever moves westwards in Europe

In September 2018, ASF was detected in Belgium for the first time in wild boar found dead in the Luxembourg region, near the border with France. This is a very significant development in the westward spread of ASF in European Union Member States. It illustrates how this disease can move large geographic distances, most likely by people moving infected meat or meat products or objects, materials or equipment contaminated with the virus from ASF-infected areas.

Since then further cases of ASF have been found in wild boar in this area of Belgium. As a consequence, Belgian pig farmers have lost much of their international market and all the pigs kept in the infected zone have been culled.

Further afield, ASF has been spreading in China since it was first reported in early August 2018. Updates on this disease in different regions can be found on the website.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Piglets have allergies too: post-weaning lag caused by sensitivity to soy protein
Early weaned piglets have been plagued by poor growth performance, known as the “post-weaning lag", but is it hypersensitivity to soy protein that is causing this?

Is this clostridial disease the cause of sudden deaths in your herd?
The clostridial disease: neglected but always present

Company News

Absolutely the least exciting thing about raising pigs
Maintenance. We all know it's important but it’s not something anybody gets excited about doing.
Medicator aids Show Pig production
Adding a water-based medicator adds flexibility to your management options.
Strep suis resurfacing to challenge high-health herds
What’s old is new again — or at least that’s what some high-health herds are finding with Streptococcus suis (Strep suis)
Jim Long Pork Commentary: Is it a miracle?
A Month ago, 53-54% lean hogs were 44¢ lb.
Biomin hosts 8th World Nutrition Forum in Cape Town, South Africa
Innovative animal nutrition company Biomin hosted 800 delegates from 76 countries in Cape Town, South Africa from 3 to 5 October 2018. The theme of the scientific conference was S.C.O.P.E. or “Scientific Challenges and Opportunities in the Protein Economy.”
New “At The Meeting” episodes discuss summer PRRS outbreaks and latest research on PCV3
In two new episodes of the “At The Meeting … Honoring Dr Bob Morrison” podcast, cohosts Dr Tom Wetzell, Dr Gordon Spronk and Dr Montserrat Torremorell visit with researchers about possible factors behind summer PRRS outbreaks, and what is known and not known about porcine circovirus 3 (PCV3).
Biomin sees vision, business sligned with a sustainable livestock future as it further commits to Africa
Many of the factors influencing the feed and livestock industry can be understood as a ‘mega-trend’ of sustainability—setting a trajectory that promises to shape the future protein economy, according to Biomin.
Biomin recognises B.R.A.I.N. Award winner Konrad Domig at 2018 World Nutrition Forum
In the presence of 800 delegates, Prof Dr Konrad Domig of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) was awarded the biennial B.R.A.I.N. award on the second day of the 2018 World Nutrition Forum, a scientific conference hosted by BIOMIN, this time in Cape Town, South Africa.
Nutriad launches Mycogut Academy Middle East
Multinational feed additives producer Nutriad, in cooperation with Cairo University, successfully launched the MycoGut Academy in Cairo (Egypt) with 75 attendees from the Middle East.
Genesus Global Market Report: Mexico market report
Prices in Mexico have been steady for the most part of the year. Demand for pork continues to be strong.
Solid sidewall finishers growing trend in new construction
For the last 20-plus years, the industry standard for finishing houses has been some variation of a total slat, double-curtain building design.

Global Pig Industry News

   European Union

EU pig prices: German discounted prices are stirring the market
African swine fever moves westwards in Europe


How will access to data boost agricultural productivity?
What can carcass-based assessments tell us about the lifetime welfare status of pigs?
Leading food companies form the Global Coalition for Animal Welfare

   United States

US pork industry seeks 2019 Pig Farmers of Tomorrow
How to equip your show pig project
National pork board seeking new directors
Asia trade mission offers valuable market insights for US pork team
Holding time for feedstuffs may reduce swine disease risk
USDA offers some food safety tips ahead of Hurricane Michael

   United Kingdom

Fair funding to be granted to all farmers across the UK
£30 million commitment to help UK farmers boost productivity
UK’s best livestock farmers to go head to head at English Winter Fair


African swine fever hits China farm with 20,000 pigs as risks rise
China mulls cutting protein in animal feed as soybean supply tightens


Modern technology improves in-barn environmental control
Tariffs on US pork continue to hamper US and Canadian exports
ATP bioluminescence used to assess trailer cleanliness

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