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Tuesday 20th November 2018.

Emily Houghton - ThePigSite Editor

Emily Houghton


MSD Animal Health

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PRRS vaccine can overcome maternal immunity in newborn piglets

New research shows that vaccination of 1-day-old pigs with a porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) modified live attenuated virus vaccine is able to overcome maternal immunity.

The objective of the study was to evaluate the influence of maternally derived antibodies (MDA) on the efficacy of a PRRSV-1 based attenuated vaccine, when administered in 1 day-old piglets by the intramuscular route. The protective immunity of the modified live virus vaccine was evaluated in pigs born from seropositive sows, vaccinated at 1 day of age, upon inoculation with a PRRSV-1 isolate. The animals were challenged when the levels of MDAs detected by seroneutralisation test (SNT) in the non-vaccinated control group became undetectable (10 weeks after vaccination).

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Majority of pigs are still tail docked in Europe, despite legislation

Researchers at the Federation of Veterinarians in Europe found that in 24 surveyed countries 77% of pigs are routinely tail docked, except in Finland, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland, where less than 5% of pigs are tail docked.

Reducing tail docking has the potential to improve animal welfare by avoiding pain and risk of consequent infections, according to the authors, who suggest that countries work together with veterinarians and farmers to implement action plans aimed at ending pig tail docking.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Coping with compassion fatigue in the swine industry
Those who work with livestock regularly have to perform pain-inducing procedures on their animals and make end-of-life decisions, but what are the impacts of this on their mental health?

Company News

Hog Slat’s E-Z Clean Corner enables efficiency in chain feeding systems
Enable quick visual inspection and easy removal of accumulated feed in chain feeding systems.
Evaporative media test chamber
Evaporative pads, used on poultry or livestock buildings, require scheduled routine maintenance to remain effective. A recent addition to Hog Slat Inc.’s engineering facility will help provide producers with information focused on increasing the useful life of cool cell pads.
Flies ‘possible route’ of African swine fever spread
Flies that have been in contact with swine infected with African swine fever (ASF) could be responsible for spreading the disease between herds
Upgrade your farm’s fire safety
Minimise the effects of fire losses in livestock and poultry buildings by following these basic guidelines and implementing a fire plan.
Genesus Global Market Report: Spain
Pork price in Spain will continue with a similar trend to 2015 fall prices, except that this year Spain will have lighter pigs going to the market.
Jim Long Pork Commentary: why is African swine fever a notifiable disease?
African swine fever continues to dominate conversation in the pig industry, but why is it a notifiable disease?

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

Thanksgiving dinner costs are down again
Newly released VivoVitall research
Pork producers support USMCA
US pork exports still facing headwinds
USDA sued over insufficient certification of labelling claims
National Pork Board and US Meat Export Federation to partner on Pork 2040
Trump's trade war plunging demand for chicken as cheap pork fills the shelves
Antibiotic stewardship: a conscious choice for US pig farmers


ASF is a growing concern for North American pork producers
China offers promise for Canadian pork

   United Kingdom

No better Brexit deal available, EU ministers tell Britain
New report shows progress in achieving farm antibiotic targets
How will UK agriculture respond to the new climate change report?
Brexit agreement reached by UK and EU


PRRS vaccine can overcome maternal immunity in newborn piglets
Farmers are frontline defenders against antimicrobial resistance
"We need you to handle antimicrobials with care," says OIE

   European Union

Phasing out pig tail docking in the EU - present state, challenges and possibilities
EU pig prices: some markets seeing improvements
Pig producers urged to enter 2019 EU PiG Grand Prix
Majority of pigs are still tail docked in Europe, despite legislation
EU pig prices: disappointing after failing price increase in Germany


New blow to China as African swine fever found in wild boar
China reports new ASF cases
Major Chinese pork producer commits to higher welfare for pigs
China's top pig farming firm to follow new lower protein feed standards


Pork ban poses threat to potential Taiwan-US trade deal


Penang state govt committed to implementation of Pig Farming Enactment 2016


Positive Pork CRC outcomes outlined

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