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Tuesday 4th December 2018.
Emily Houghton - ThePigSite Editor

Emily Houghton



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Game-based learning has huge potential to build skills required in real pig farming

Acquisition of knowledge and skills by agriculture students prior to real-life experience is a well-known educational challenge. Game-based learning has the advantage of being active, experiential, and problem-based, and provides immediate feedback. Simulation games are widely used in other fields to support traditional teaching methodology and actively engage students. This study investigates whether a digital pig farm game can assist agriculture students in acquiring knowledge and skills in farrowing management to reduce mortality in piglets prior to weaning.

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Quarterly China pork report

The latest quarterly pork report not only reviews the production and demand situation as well as evolution of key prices in China’s pork market, but also forecasts the market trend for the next three months from November 2018 to January 2019.

Different from their previous quarterly reports, this report discusses the influence of African swine fever with China-wide coverage, especially the enlarged price gap among different Chinese provinces since the first outbreak of ASF in China early this August.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Keeping pigs comfortable in the winter: Using ventilation to optimise barn conditions
Winter is here. Are your barns ready?

Study reveals big differences in ileitis vaccines
Study results showed significantly fewer intestinal lesions were found in pigs vaccinated with Enterisol Ileitis than those vaccinated with the competitor’s vaccine or the control group

Company News

Jim Long Pork Commentary: US small pig price surges
Both US cash early weans and feeder pigs surged higher last week as the market moved from a buyers’ market to a sellers’ market
Erin Brenneman of Brenneman Pork: ‘Have conversations about what’s going on at the farm’
The pork industry needs to do a better job telling its story — particularly about how it is improving, evolving and serving the best interests of consumers, producer Erin Brenneman told Pig Health Today.
Introducing Smart Vaccination at Hipra Thailand
On 7th November 2018, Hipra Thailand organised an event entitled “Introducing Smart Vaccination for Swine and Poultry” in the Mandarin Hotel in Bangkok (Thailand) with the participation of over 200 swine and poultry producers and veterinarians.
Hipra launches Unistrain®PRRS, a new live PRRS vaccine for Vietnam
On 9th and 13th November, Hipra brought together over 100 swine vets and farmers from Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi respectively, for the launch of Unistrain®PRRS.
Call for submissions: MSD Animal Health's 2019 High Quality Pork Ph.D. Award
MSD Animal Health has opened submissions for the 2019 High Quality Pork Ph.D. Award, which will grant one recent doctoral graduate the opportunity to present their research at an upcoming MSD Animal Health High Quality Pork meeting in Asia, Europe or North America.
Genesus Global Market Report: Mexico
Mexico is a net importer of pig meat (pork), with a self-sufficiency rate of about 60%.
North American PRRS Symposium: 25 years of lessons learned
Dr. Mike Roof, executive director of swine R&D with Boehringer Ingelheim, delivered the keynote address to attendees of the North American PRRS Symposium on Sunday in Chicago, addressing 25 years of PRRS research and development as it relates to vaccine development.
Applications open for MSD Animal Health's 2019 High Quality Pork PhD Award
MSD Animal Health has opened submissions for the 2019 High Quality Pork PhD Award
Scientist ‘pops the hood’ on US pork industry’s newest vaccine for PCV2
What is “cell-mediated immunity” and how does it affect vaccine performance? Are two PCV2 genotypes necessarily better than one? And what does a monster from Greek mythology have to do with building a better vaccine?
ADM shines a light on its additive portfolio at EuroTier
The Pig Site spoke to Andrew Carlson, vice president of global feed additives and ingredients, ADM, at the ever-growing trade show in Hanover.
Jim Long Pork Commentary: Lean hog futures continue to rise
Lean hog Futures continued their rise last week with July reaching new life of contract highs of 85,875? lb. This is 15? lb. or $30 plus more a head than July Lean Hog prices were at the past summer low.
Good nutrition, management can’t replace antibiotics, but they can help reduce the need
Producers looking to raise pigs with little or no antibiotics should consider nutritional strategies that help pigs build more immunity, according to Mike Tokach, PhD, a professor and swine nutrition specialist at Kansas State University.

Global Pig Industry News


Game-based learning has huge potential to build skills required in real pig farming
Tail posture could be used as early detector of tail damage and tail biting in finishing pigs

   European Union

EU pig prices: Markets remain balanced
Let's tie EU farm grants to better treatment of poultry and livestock
EFSA highlights latest developments on African swine fever in Europe
EU pig prices: hope for higher prices

   United States

US pork loses $1.5 billion from trade dispute with Mexico
Engaging the pig industry in gene-editing
Paying it forward ham by ham this holiday season
Traceability features in 2019 food trends
Lean hog futures decline as cash values soften


Manitoba Pork applauds signing of USMCA
Canadian pork producers encouraged by signing of updated trade agreement
Alternative market demands soften impacts of tariffs on US pork

   United Kingdom

New UK powers could open door to ban on live exports
Farming Minister outlines government ASF preparations
Swine dysentery outbreak in Norfolk
AHDB report shows eight percent increase in cost of pig meat production
AHDB’s Pick Pork advertising campaign reaches millions
Winner of 'special achievement of the year' at the 2018 National Pig Awards


Japanese pork imports steady despite volatile global markets


China buys US pork despite trade tariffs as ASF spreads
Chinese pig farm reports foot-and-mouth outbreak
China sustains efforts to improve animal welfare
China swine fever outbreak to curb its soybean imports

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