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28 March 2017
Public Interest in Issues Related to Livestock Transportation Builds
CANADA - The General Manager of the National Farm Animal Care Council says the general public is becoming more aware of and interested in issues related to the transport of livestock, Bruce Cochrane writes....
27 March 2017
Improved Communication with Public, Media Top Priority for Agriculture
CANADA - The Chair of Manitoba Pork says improved communication with the public and with the media has become a top priority within the Canadian pork industry, writes Bruce Cochrane....
24 March 2017
NPPC, NCBA Farm Bill Priority: FMD Vaccine Bank
US - The US pork industry’s top priority for the next Farm Bill is establishing a Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine bank, the National Pork Producers Council told a House Agriculture subcommittee...
Cost Shared Programme Helps Pork Producers Improve Animal Welfare
CANADA - A programme being offered by the Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan in partnership with Sask Pork is helping the province's pork producers access equipment which will help them comply with...
MSD Animal Health Names 2017 High Quality Pork PhD Award Recipient
US - MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the US and Canada) is proud to announce it has bestowed the 2017 High Quality Pork PhD Award on Andreia Goncalves Arruda of The Ohio State University....
22 March 2017
Vion Introduces New Demand-driven Approach to Pig Farming
NETHERLANDS - Vion Pork, part of the Vion Food Group, introduces Good Farming Balance. With this new demand-driven approach, the company is responding to the opportunities in the international pork markets....
21 March 2017
Cambodia Warns of Contaminated Pork from Viet Nam
CAMBODIA - The public in Cambodia has been warned not to eat pork from Viet Nam after an outbreak of a serious disease in pig farms across the border, local media reported on Tuesday, citing an official....
Breeding Herd Reinfection of PRRS Challenges North America
ANALYSIS - Thirty years into Porcine Respiratory and Reproductive Syndrome (PRRS) in North America, the industry is confident it can get PRRSv out of herds predictably, but the challenge continues to be...
17 March 2017
Pig Climate Control: New Sensor a Milestone for Pig Production
NETHERLANDS - Big Dutchman will start marketing an award-winning new sensor developed by Dräger with immediate effect: the DOL 53 sensor. ...
Incorporating Health, Safety in Decision-making Process
CANADA - Canadian pork production has made a tremendous transition from smaller family farms into large-scale high-production barns....
15 March 2017
Feeding Trials of Straw Based Feed Supplement for Gestating Sows Now Undeway
CANADA - Feeding trials of a newly developed straw based feed supplement for gestating sows, designed to increase satiety and reduce fighting over feed in group housing are now underway, writes Bruce Cochrane....
Improved Surveillance Among Information Center's 2017 Priorities
US - The Executive Director of the Swine Health Information Center says developing more responsive surveillance will be a key focus during 2017, according to Bruce Cochrane....
14 March 2017
ASF Outbreak Kills Fattening Pigs in Moldova
MOLDOVA - The country's veterinary authorities have reported an outbreak of African swine fever in Soroca....
10 March 2017
Growing Feed Industry Demand Being Met Through Organic Starches
GERMANY - The German organic industry is booming, with organic farming playing a key role in the food and agriculture industries. So much so that in 2017 the federal government is expected to invest €20...
Breeding Intervals Important in Choosing Group Sizes in Group Housing
CANADA - A Nutritionist with Gestal says, when planning group sizes in group sow housing systems, producers should consider anticipated breeding schedules, Bruce Cochrane reports....
09 March 2017
Needle-free Vaccination Lifts Performance on Longford Pig Farm
IRELAND - Improved weight gains in both weaners and finishers, as well as easier application and less stress on the pigs are among the benefits noted by the owners after the switch to an intradermal vaccine...
Stepped Up Biosecurity Helps Reduce Risk of Influenza
CANADA - A veterinary Pathologist with the Western College of Veterinary Medicine reports stepped up biosecurity measures to combat the spread of diseases like Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea will also help...
08 March 2017
Improving Animal Health Feedback to Producers
AUSTRALIA - A large project aiming to improve the ability of producers to monitor disease prevalence in their livestock, and make informed on-farm decisions to manage the health status and improve productivity...
New H1N2 Influenza Strain Shows Signs of Spreading
CANADA - A veterinary Pathologist with the Western College of Veterinary Medicine reports an emerging H1N2 strain of influenza, first detected in 2013 in Manitoba, has begun to spread throughout western...
2017 Pork Act Delegates Elect Candidate Slate, Approve Advisements
US - The US pork industry held its annual business meeting, the National Pork Industry Forum, 1-3 March, in Atlanta. At the meeting, Pork Act Delegates ranked eight candidates for the National Pork Board...
07 March 2017
Piglets Have Allergies, Too
ANALYSIS - The global swine industry adopted early-weaning practices a generation ago. However, early weaned piglets have been plagued by poor growth performance, known as the “post-weaning lag,” writes...
06 March 2017
Bacteriophages Offer Potential for Helping Reduce Dependence on In-Feed Antibiotics
CANADA - The Head of Perdue University's Animal Science Department suggests bacteriophages, while expensive, offer great potential for helping the livestock industry reduce its dependence on the use of...
03 March 2017
China Sets Stronger Steps on Food Safety
CHINA - China still faces severe challenges to ensure food safety, despite improvements in recent years, and authorities will maintain a zero-tolerance attitude toward violations of laws, the national...
Higher Canola Meal Inclusions in Lactating Sow Diets Possible
CANADA - Research conducted by the University of Manitoba shows canola meal can be included in the diets of lactating sows at much higher levels than previously believed, writes Bruce Cochrane....
02 March 2017
Unique Structure of ASF Virus Enzyme May Allow Drug Development
CHINA - A DNA-copying protein from a lethal pig virus has a unique structure that may offer a target for drugs designed to combat this important agricultural disease, according to a study published 28...
Ireland's Labs Gain Global Recognition as Optimum System, Must be Maintained, Says IFA
IRELAND - Addressing a rally in Athlone to maintain the Regional Veterinary Laboratory services, IFA Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart reiterated that the current structure is acknowledged by authorities...
01 March 2017
The Importance of Nitrogen for Growth in Pigs
CANADA - After energy, protein is the second most expensive nutrient in swine rations but utilization tends to be low. ...
28 February 2017
Weekly Overview: Gene-Edited Pigs Show Signs of Resistance to PRRS
GLOBAL - The big news this past week has been the announcement by UK scientists that they have produced pigs that may be protected from an infection that costs the swine industry billions each year - Porcine...
Higher than Previously Believed Canola Meal Inclusions Possible In Nursery Pig Diets
CANADA - A Professor with the University of Manitoba suggests canola meal can be used in ration formulations for nursery pigs at much higher levels than had been previously believed, writes Bruce Cochrane....
24 February 2017
Gene-Edited Pigs Show Signs of Resistance to Major Viral Disease
UK - Scientists have produced pigs that may be protected from an infection that costs the swine industry billions each year....
 
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