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Tuesday 6th November 2018.
Emily Houghton - ThePigSite Editor

Emily Houghton
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Brexit and beyond: a strong future in animal health

Mixed emotions were felt at the 2018 NOAH Brexit conference on Tuesday last week (30 October) as animal health industry representatives gathered to discuss the post-Brexit future

The Brexit and beyond: a strong future in animal health conference, hosted by the National Office of Animal Health (NOAH), brings together people from across the animal health industry to discuss and debate the risks and opportunities that Brexit may hold for the UK.

With only 150 days to establish both a deal and the constitution of that deal, the clock is ticking and patience is running low. There continues to be a distinct lack of clarity surrounding animal health and welfare policy and regulation, leaving many UK businesses sceptical of their future in the European marketplace.

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Size doesn't matter when it comes to farm animal welfare

The proportion of farms with more than 5,000 animals per farm is growing with modern facilities designed to optimise management and increase efficiency. However, criticism and concern for animal welfare amongst consumers and some politicians is also mounting as these “intensive farming” methods are believed to compromise welfare and increase the potential for diseases to spread.

But the situation is far from clear cut. Various studies have been undertaken to ascertain whether the size of a farm (in terms of the number of animals kept) does impact on the health and wellbeing of the animals The outcomes have been varied, showing that, whilst there is an increased risk of disease being brought into a facility and transmitted by a high number of potentially susceptible animals in larger farms, larger farms commonly implement improved hygiene measures and benefit from professional management which, in turn, reduces welfare risks and improves the lives of the animals.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Comparative dynamics of the humoral immune response elicited by three inactivated vaccines against swine erysipelas and porcine parvovirus: Part 1
The protective role of specific antibodies against Swine Erysipelas (SE) and Porcine Parvovirus (PPV) enhanced through vaccination is key to control infectious reproductive problems in sows [1]. Therefore, the evaluation of SE-serological response enables to monitor vaccination compliance and product efficacy [2]. In this study, the comparative dynamics of post-vaccination antibodies elicited by three different commercial vaccines is evaluated in gilts during a whole reproductive cycle (170 days).

Comparative dynamics of the humoral immune response elicited by three inactivated vaccines against swine erysipelas and porcine parvovirus: Part 2
The protective role of specific antibodies against Swine Erysipelas (SE) and Porcine Parvovirus (PPV) enhanced through vaccination is key to control infectious reproductive problems in sows [1]. In this study, the comparative dynamics of post-vaccination antibodies elicited by three different commercial vaccines is evaluated in gilts during a whole reproductive cycle (170 days).

Company News

Jim Long Pork Commentary: EuroTier
In a week the massive EuroTier Livestock and Poultry Exhibition will be held in Hannover Germany.
Ceva 'Spotlight The Future' newsletter November 2018
This month read about the value of antibicrobials in swine medicine and we launched Altresyn to the Chinese market.
Genesus CEO predicts bright future for US pork
Jim Long Pork Commentary: November 2018. In mid-August the US had lean hogs in the mid 40’s and losses were $40 per head. Now profit estimates over the next twelve months are averaging in the $15 - $20 per head range
Remodelling project increases farrowing crate footprint
While litter size has steadily increased from 7.5 in the 1950's to 11.0 in the 2000's, the standard size of a farrowing crate has remained the same at 5'x7'.
Robust and extremely versatile: the Vario 8L volume dispenser can dose from 100 g to 5 kg
The new Big Dutchman volume dispenser Vario 8L is the first feed dispenser for sows that is available in all required configurations and that can, moreover, dispense small portions of as little as 100 grams of feed just as precisely as larger rations of up to 5 kilograms.
Monitoring the alarms of all farm locations at all times
Digital Animal Farming is this year’s EuroTier special, and farms are indeed becoming ever more complex and connected.
Island Acres sow farm
The production site consists of a 160'x 352' stanchion gestation house and a 139' x 286' farrowing house with 440 farrowing crates.
Hypor announces birth of first batch of Maxter piglets
Successful companies don’t react to change; they drive it. With that in mind, at the beginning of this year Hypor opened the doors on a new state-of-the-art facility in Sichamps, France.
17 years of detective work, shared experiences helping pork industry get ahead of PRRS
The evolution of knowledge about porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) is now enabling pork producers and their veterinarians to make headway combating this difficult and costly disease.
VFD offers improved control of variable speed fans
Most power ventilated livestock facilities rely on some method of control input to reduce the amount of air exhausted during colder weather. The farm operator calculates the number of animals and their weight to determine minimum ventilation rates expressed as cubic feet per minute or cfm.
BIG: the first valve for installation at a 30-degree angle
Big Dutchman presents a market innovation for computer-controlled dry feeding systems at EuroTier 2018 in Hanover: the BIG dry feed valve is the first computer-controlled feed valve that can be installed diagonally, at an angle of up to 30 degrees.


Global Pig Industry News

   United States

Risk of porcine disease is higher with garbage feeding
America’s pig farmers embrace One Health Day principles
Iowa to host Midwest Organic Pork Conference

   United Kingdom

Keep things simple and focused for success, says David Black winner
NOAH purpose expanded in new strategy
Brexit and beyond: a strong future in animal health
University of Missouri receives $7.2 million to continue swine research
£5,000 environmental grant on offer to Midland farmers
Poor demand continues to weigh on UK pig prices
Important pig building survey underway
Union hits road to determine future agricultural policy for Scotland
Red meat production pays price of extreme weather
Farmgate pig prices influenced by complex global factors

   Denmark

Open data and data-driven agriculture spotlighted at GODAN Forum

   Global

International action to address antimicrobial resistance in animals
Global food prices show decline through October
Size doesn't matter when it comes to farm animal welfare
Harnessing the power of livestock for a sustainable future

   China

Minister MacAulay's agricultural trade mission to China could create opportunities for Canadian processors
China reports 50th African swine fever case, found on farm in Hunan province
China tightens controls on pig transport to contain swine fever outbreaks
Sustained efforts needed to control swine fever, UN official warns

   Canada

Swine nutritionists called on to bridge the producer-consumer gap
Canadian producers weathering market volatility
Bringing premium meat to Canadian domestic and export markets
US remains biggest unknown in move toward ratification of USMCA

   Netherlands

Vion Pork to hire expert in face of changes in Dutch pig farming

   Australia

Australian pork industry reaches crisis point

   Romania

OIE reports African swine fever outbreak in Vrancea

   European Union

EU pig price: Prices unchanged, improvements being awaited

   Mexico

Border seminar designed to ease export of US red meat to Mexico

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