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Wednesday 12th December 2018.
Emily Houghton - ThePigSite Editor

Emily Houghton


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Significant benefits to productivity achieved in vaccine field trial

In practice, field evaluation of vaccine efficacy in individual herds is often based on a historical comparison of productivity data following initiation of vaccination. Being biased by time, this study design highly contrasts the more controlled, parallel-group design used for most initial vaccine efficacy studies but offers the possibility of including a larger number of animals and herds. As an important add-on to previous findings in controlled studies, the objective of this study was to evaluate the field efficacy of the ready-to-use combination vaccine Porcilis® PCV M Hyo (MSD Animal Health) by an observational historical study design using routinely generated herd productivity data.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Nutriad 2018 mycotoxin survey in France: High levels of deoxynivalenol identified
In the last 30 years it has become clearer that commonly occurring fungi growing in foods and feeds may produce toxins, known as mycotoxins. These toxins have been responsible for major epidemics in man and animals in the past.

Nutriad Great Britain and Ireland 2018 mycotoxin survey in wheat
The presence of mycotoxins in feed and foodstuffs is an important concern for human and animal health. Aspergillus, Fusarium and Claviceps species of fungi are ubiquitous in nature and under ideal conditions, often infect crops and forages in the field, during storage, shipment and processing.

NutriAd Poland 2018: Survey of mycotoxins in wheat
Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by microfungi that are capable of causing disease and death in humans and other animals.

Company News

Pork industry needs to balance animal well-being with antibiotic pressures
After 37 years of swine veterinary practice, John Baker, DVM, Boonville, Indiana, sees producers and veterinarians entering a new era in antibiotic management — one that focuses not on arbitrarily reducing antibiotics but using them responsibly to ensure animal well-being.
Genesus Global Market Report: Canada – challenging harvest
In Ontario (as in many parts of Canada) it has been one of the most challenging harvests in recent memory. It has been a particularly wet fall resulting in considerable corn still in the field and including soybeans in many areas. Now winter has moved in with snow in many areas further impeding progress.
Castration alternative boosting efficiency, quality and welfare in Brazil
Pig producers in Brazil are improving efficiency, quality and welfare standards thanks to a novel alternative to physical castration, says a prominent swine veterinarian and meat scientist.

Global Pig Industry News


Significant benefits to productivity achieved in vaccine field trial


How is China changing attitudes to swine welfare and food safety?
New ASF outbreaks in China
China sets its sights on agricultural technology
New ASF cases reported in China
Chinese official reports ASF is under control


Myanmar suspends pork imports over threat of ASF

   European Union

EU pig prices: positive outlook for Denmark and France
UK APP prices steady, but SPP continues downwards


Could swine fever be dwelling in your holiday souvenirs?
Alberta Pork introduces new pork app
Animal welfare moving higher on research agenda
Sino-American truce offers hope for de-escalation of trade war


Innovation and joint action needed to achieve sustainable agriculture
Do we need to transform our systems to ensure farming has a future?
Increased soil contamination puts food security at risk

   United Kingdom

New UK scheme launched to monitor pig herd health at slaughter
Highest production costs since 2013 push UK producers into the red
NPA launches 'The Pork Report' campaign
World Soil Day marks importance of a healthy environment for farming
Lack of demand for surplus pigs a cause for concern for UK industry
QMS pork marketing campaign receives £125,000 boost

   United States

US pork exports slightly below year-ago level
New food purchasing programme in DC schools to improve animal welfare

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