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25 November 2013
Weekly Overview: How Much Does the Sow Stall Ban Cost?
GLOBAL - It has been suggested that the total ban on sow stalls in the UK could be costing producers one piglet per litter as the result of aggression between sows at the critical time before pregnancy...
Ireland Extends Deadline for Conversion to Group Housing
IRELAND - The deadline for conversion to loose housing of sows under Ireland's Sow Welfare Scheme has been extended again, this time from the end of September to the end of February next year — over...
22 November 2013
Sow Housing Rules Could Cost One Piglet Per Litter
UK - Banning sow stalls could be costing the UK pig industry one piglet per litter, a BPEX conference was told this week, reports Editor, Michael Priestley....
New Pork Task Force to Develop 2020 Plan
US - The National Pork Board has named a new task force that will examine consumer needs, animal care, sustainable pork production and other current challenges facing the industry to define a future vision...
Six Million Dollars Invested on Support Programme
CANADA - Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Gerry Ritz and Quebec’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food François Gendron have announced the establishment of the...
21 November 2013
Shoppers Should Know How Animals Are Killed, Says RSPCA
UK - The RSPCA is calling for its supporters to contact their MEPs urging them to add their signature of support for clearer labelling of welfare standards on meat....
Cracker Barrel Shareholders Vote to Support Eliminating Pig Cages
US - Shareholders of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store voted to support the restaurant outlet’s recently-adopted policy to eliminate gestation crates from its pork supply chain....
Council Calls on Oklahoma Authorities to Investigate Farm for Animal Abuse
US - An undercover video from an Oklahoma hog farm released yesterday (Wednesday, 20 November) allegedly shows workers abusing animals, actions that violate the high standards of the US pork industry....
20 November 2013
Eurogroup for Animals and Pig Farming Sector Join Forces
EU - Over the coming years, Eurogroup for Animals and the Dutch steering group ‘Boars2018’ will cooperate closely in Europe. By doing so, both parties aim to contribute to the realisation of the EU...
19 November 2013
Building Animal Welfare into Business Sustainability
ANALYSIS - The Five Freedoms represent the foundation on which farm animal welfare stands but how can we encourage constant improvement as a guiding principle for all those involved in the meat, dairy...
15 November 2013
Update on Real Welfare Review
UK - A major review of Real Welfare started in September and, after the second meeting, some more changes have been proposed....
14 November 2013
Advances Allow More Prudent Antibiotic Use
CANADA - A Saskatchewan-based veterinary consultant says advanced diagnostics, vaccination and an increased focus on biosecurity and sanitation have allowed the pork industry to reserve the use of antibiotics...
11 November 2013
Call for Papers for 2014 Animal Welfare Conference
UK - The deadline for the receipt of abstracts for the UFAW Animal Welfare Conference is approaching; submissions must be received by 22 November. ...
08 November 2013
Factors to Consider When Selecting Group Housing System Components
CANADA - A professor of agriculture with Newcastle University in the UK says when changing sow housing to improve animal welfare, you want to avoid creating a system that's worse for the animal, according...
Mandatory Pig Movement Reporting Starts 1 July 2014
CANADA - The Chair of the Canadian Pork Council’s (CPC) Identification and Traceability Committee expects mandatory movement reporting of pigs to begin in the summer of 2014. ...
Pig Industry to Introduce Confidential Reporting Service
UK - Following unanimous producer support at all of its autumn regional meetings, NPA is to go ahead and plan a pilot voluntary Confidential Reporting Service....
Animal Keeping for Smallholders Course at Balfron Good Start
UK - Ten budding smallholders spent the afternoon practicing catching, turning and weighing sheep in Balfron recently....
07 November 2013
Hoof Trimming Shows Promise for Addressing Sow Lameness
CANADA - Research conducted by the Prairie Swine Centre has shown hoof trimming to be an effective option for addressing lameness within the sow herd, writes Bruce Cochrane....
05 November 2013
Pork Industry Rallies to Support Damaged Piggery
AUSTRALIA - The Queensland pork industry has rallied to support a piggery that's suffered millions of dollars' damage from floods and fire....
Key Challenges in Group Sow Housing Systems
CANADA - A professor of agriculture with Newcastle University in the UK says the two key challenges facing pork producers who house sows in groups are ensuring each sow gets the right amount of feed and...
04 November 2013
International Praise for Antonius and Den Go'e Gris
FRANCE - On 30 October, Danish Crown’s special pigs, Antonius and Den Go'e Gris, received an international award for good animal welfare. This happened when the UK organisation Compassion in World Farming...
31 October 2013
TV Programme Welfare Allegations at VION Refuted
NETHERLANDS - A high level investigation into allegations that VION Food Group had broken the requirements of BLK standard welfare label has found there is no foundation in them. ...
Centre Seeks Better Management of Sow Feeding Systems
CANADA - Prairie Swine Centre is seeking ways of improving the management of sow feeding systems to reduce competition between individuals....
Stock People Encouraged to Monitor for Lameness in Sow Herd
CANADA - A researcher with the University of Minnesota is encouraging stock people to monitor sow herds more closely for signs of lameness and then take action to treat the problem, writes Bruce Cochrane....
30 October 2013
Council Speaks out Against Undercover Video Alleging Animal Abuse
US - The country's pig industry is under attack again from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), according to the National Pork Producers Council....
29 October 2013
Research Shows Temperament Influences Sow Productivity, Meat Quality
CANADA - Research conducted by the Prairie Swine Centre shows the temperament of the sow can dramatically impact the productive performance of the breeding herd, Bruce Cochrane writes....
28 October 2013
Improvements to Real Welfare Scheme to be Discussed
UK - A series of meetings begins this week to start examining some elements of Real Welfare following feedback from those using it....
New Welfare Pig for Danish Market
DENMARK - Animal welfare groups, pig producers and slaughterhouses in Denmark are joining forces to create a new ‘welfare pig’. ...
Council Releases New Series of Smart Pig Handling Videos
CANADA - A new series of videos developed by Manitoba Pork Council is expected to become an important training tool for pork industry workers involved in the handling and transport of pigs, Bruce Cochrane...
25 October 2013
Danes Call for Even-handed Approach to EU Welfare Controls
DENMARK - The Danish pig sector has called for even handed treatment across Europe over the implementation of welfare controls. ...
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