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16 November 2018
Majority of pigs are still tail docked in Europe, despite legislation
Pig tail docking – the cutting, clipping or cauterising of part of the tail in the first week after birth to prevent tail biting – is still routine practice in many European countries according to...
15 November 2018
USDA sued over insufficient certification of labelling claims
Yesterday (14 November), the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) sued the US Department of Agriculture for its unreasonable delay in responding to a 2014 AWI petition, which asked the agency to require independent...
14 November 2018
Positive Pork CRC outcomes outlined
Roger Campbell's final annual report as Pork CRC CEO highlights the progress made in swine welfare this year...
06 November 2018
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...
NOAH purpose expanded in new strategy
NOAH’s new 5 year strategy was outlined at the association’s 2018 Dinner in London on 30 October...
31 October 2018
Size doesn't matter when it comes to farm animal welfare
New study shows that farm animal welfare is not compromised on larger farms – but there is room for improvement ...
29 October 2018
Anti-viral components in soybean meal may promote pig health
The University of Illinois investigates the health-promoting benefits of soy-derived feeds...
Tails or testicles: Which are better for PRRSV monitoring?
Pooled serum samples are a common method to monitor porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PPRSV) in piglets. But this typically involves a limited number of samples, which reduces the sensitivity...
27 October 2018
Less ammonia, more welfare: a toilet helps
At EuroTier 2018, Big Dutchman presents PigT, a new type of toilet for pigs that significantly reduces ammonia emissions in barns. ...
26 October 2018
Certainty and cooperation needed to secure food and farming industries post-Brexit
Farming leaders from Europe and the UK came together in London to call upon policymakers to recognise the strategic importance of food and farming businesses in the Brexit negotiations...
23 October 2018
New inspection system to be rolled out in US pig slaughter plants
The announcement of the new voluntary inspection system for pork processing plants received both criticism and praise from the pig industry. Now the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) will...
22 October 2018
Castration rule change a chance for Europe’s producers to get ‘smarter, faster’
Changes to rules around pig castration in Europe should be viewed as an opportunity to improve welfare and efficiencies rather than a problem producers need to overcome, says pig health expert...
19 October 2018
US researchers produce coronavirus-resistant pigs
Researchers at the University of Missouri have successfully produced a litter of pigs that are genetically resistant to a deadly porcine virus, Transmissible gastroenteritis...
18 October 2018
Could a no-deal Brexit mean backtracking our welfare standards?
UK - Government must prioritise high welfare imports to avoid low-grade, low-welfare products arriving on our supermarket shelves...
15 October 2018
What can carcass-based assessments tell us about the lifetime welfare status of pigs?
Research study indicates that carcass assessments, including monitoring of carcass lesions and weight, provide useful lifetime welfare information...
10 October 2018
Leading food companies form the Global Coalition for Animal Welfare
GLOBAL - Companies join forces to advance animal welfare standards throughout the global food supply chain...
05 October 2018
Thai livestock industry marks 2018 as one of the best years for animal welfare
Thailand celebrated World Animal Day 2018 with huge progress in animal rights, especially in the area of livestock welfare, where several game-changing policies have been made by the government and major...
Illinois farmer named America's Pig Farmer of the Year
Patrick Bane, a farmer from Arrowsmith, Illinois, receives the 2018 award from Pork Checkoff in recognition of his pig production excellence...
Expert panel warns that Brexit trade deals may be the biggest risk to high animal welfare
Future trade deals pose the highest threat to high farm animal welfare standards and protecting British farmers from being undercut by lower standard imports, according to an expert panel at the RSPCA...
04 October 2018
Is your pig barn a sitting fire hazard?
USA - Today, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) released a first-of-its-kind report highlighting the more than 2.7 million US farm animals who perished in potentially preventable barn fires from 2013 to...
02 October 2018
Are we breeding our sows to death?
Reports have emerged that sow death rates in the US are rising at an alarming rate, causing concern for intensive farming methods. Researchers believe the rise in mortality could be linked to a rise in...
27 September 2018
How do you reduce feed wastage in lactation?
The Prairie Swine Centre discusses the pros and cons of electronic feeding systems, and highlight solutions for reducing feed wastage...
24 September 2018
APRIL appoints first CEO and Chief Scientist
John Pluske has been appointed inaugural Chief Scientist and CEO of Australasian Pork Research Institute Limited (APRIL)...
US pigs still receiving critical antibiotics despite superbug crisis
Antibiotics crucial to human medicine are still being used in “unacceptable” quantities on US livestock farms, despite rules brought in last year intended to curb their use and combat the spread of...
21 September 2018
Study examines welfare protocol between two pig production systems
MEXICO - A recent study was conducted which investigated the Welfare Quality protocols of pig production in medium-scale, rustic pig farms and commercial, technified pig farms to test the validity of...
17 September 2018
International competition seeks breakthrough solutions for Brucellosis
Historic evidence of Brucellosis and its continued threat to livestock in the developing world has prompted the US $30m Brucellosis Vaccine Prize competition ...
12 September 2018
Landmark agriculture bill to deliver a green Brexit
Legislation to deliver a cleaner and healthier environment for future generations after nearly half a century under EU rules is being introduced into Parliament today (12 September)...
10 September 2018
Multi-national study shows health and safety is top priority for pork consumers
A choice experiment investigated the role of production characteristics in consumer choice of pork. Results indicate possibilities for product positioning based on health and safety...
07 September 2018
Narrower slat and gap width flooring benefits sow foot health
Research conducted by the University of Manitoba has shown narrowing the gap width in slatted concrete flooring can improve the foot health of sows while maintaining the effectiveness of manure handling...
06 September 2018
Farrowing fun makes for contented sows
A Pork CRC research project investigating sow contentment has yielded hugely positive results in reducing still births and enhancing affective state in older sows...
 
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