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Tuesday 30th October 2018.
Emily Houghton - ThePigSite Editor

Emily Houghton



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MSD Animal Health


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Editor’s weekly picks:

How can precision feeding reduce aggression in your pig herd?

Aggression and abnormal biting behaviour in pigs is a multifaceted problem, however, changes in feeding methods may help in reducing the occurrence of such behaviour.

The key to resolving aggression around feeding not only lies in providing pigs with the correct volume of feed, but also in providing the right feed, which contains the vital nutrients they require to thrive.

Glenneis Kriel reviews the current literature on how feed volume, composition, frequency and withdrawal can impact the risks of tail biting, ear sucking and launch attacks in pig production.

Read the full article here

This Week's Articles and Analysis

How can precision feeding reduce aggression in your pig herd?
Aggression and abnormal biting behaviour in pigs is a multifaceted problem, however, changes in feeding methods may help in reducing the occurrence of such behaviour

Company News

Direct cooling with stir fans and sprinklers
Although tunnel ventilated finishing houses are the most common choice for new construction, many curtain-sided, naturally ventilated buildings are still in use. The summer performance of these facilities can be improved by utilising a combination of stir fans and a sprinkler system to reduce the animal's heat stress.
Tails or testicles: Which are better for PRRSV monitoring?
Pooled serum samples are a common method to monitor porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PPRSV) in piglets. But this typically involves a limited number of samples, which reduces the sensitivity and makes detection especially challenging in low-prevalence herds.
Zoetis Influence Feed: Food scientists speak up
Stay current on the latest food and agriculture issues impacting your business with Influence Feed by Zoetis. Influence Feed tracks the top 1,500 most influential voices across all segments of food and agriculture to bring you insights in a convenient bi-weekly report.
Drive wheel made of cast plastic runs quietly and allows for longer dry feeding systems
In many regions of the world, the trend towards larger pig houses continues.
Less ammonia, more welfare: a toilet helps
At EuroTier 2018, Big Dutchman presents PigT, a new type of toilet for pigs that significantly reduces ammonia emissions in barns.
Jim Long Pork Commentary: U.S. hog marketing’s soar
Last week the U.S. marketed 2,589,000 hogs, up from 120,000 a year ago. We expect last week’s number is one of the highest weeks ever.
Get acquainted with the Global Mega Producers
?Pork— it’s a global business. No matter the size or location of your hog operation, the name of the game is to sell pounds of pork. The good news is the world loves pork. As the most consumed animal protein, people are selecting pork 40% of the time.
Genesus Global Market Report: Russia October 2018
The Russian pig Price remains strong at 107 Roubles (US$1.65) per kg live-weight including 10% VAT.
Xaletto: the economic management system for closed houses with straw bedding
Pig equipment supplier Big Dutchman from Vechta and feed producer Bröring (Dinklage) jointly present the new Xaletto management system for closed houses with straw bedding at EuroTier 2018.
Taking ownership of your career development
An editorial by Roxanne Lagano Chief HR Officer at Zoetis
Natural feed additives as alternatives to in-feed antibiotics in nursery pigs
Intensive pig production puts additional stress on the weaned piglet at a time of already heightened vulnerability to infections. With a global trend towards the reduction and elimination of antibiotics for growth promotion from pig diets, can natural alternatives really close the performance gap?
New Bon Accord nucleus facility: Bigger, bolder, better
Given that “fortune favours the bold”, the rebuilt Bon Accord nucleus facility is a bold move that will pay off big-time for the pork industry.
Quarantine window for feed ingredients may reduce hog disease risk
Foreign animal diseases (FAD) are top of mind as the ongoing outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) in China, Belgium and elsewhere, have raised the stakes to implement new practices designed to minimise disease transmission.

Global Pig Industry News

   United Kingdom

Red meat production pays price of extreme weather
Farmgate pig prices influenced by complex global factors
Former feedstuff processing ‘frees up’ 92,000 hectares of farmland
Brexit report shows bleak outcomes for animal health after leaving the EU
Roadshows explore new solutions for balancing antibiotic use
NFU sends Budget submission to the Chancellor


Harnessing the power of livestock for a sustainable future
West Africa offers training for young pig farmer entrepreneurs

   United States

Anti-viral components in soybean meal may promote pig health
BRI joins research to prevent US outbreak of African swine fever
Calling all US ag and vet students
Lean hog prices vanquish swine fever jitters
Nearly $100,000 raised in support of organic and sustainable agriculture
Crack an egg to understand weaned pig feed intake
New inspection system to be rolled out in US pig slaughter plants


Canadian pork producers celebrate Royal Assent of Trans-Pacific partnership
Do more: mental health first aid training can save lives


Business charged in Australian pork biosecurity breach
Australia prepares its pig health industry for ASF and other diseases


China's new animal feed standards set to lower soybean consumption
China confirms second swine fever outbreak in southwestern Guizhou province
ASF in China traced back to kitchen waste feeding
China's Guangdong province bans transport of live hogs as swine fever spreads

   European Union

Certainty and cooperation needed to secure food and farming industries post-Brexit
EU lawmakers move to ban throw-away plastics
EU bans prophylactic use of antibiotics in farming
Strasbourg "flash" group spotlights unfair food trade

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