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02 March 2016
High Welfare Pig Producers Should Be Held as Examples
CANADA - A UBC professor says livestock producers who achieve the highest standards of animal welfare need to be held up as the examples for the rest of the industry, writes Bruce Cochrane....
22 February 2016
Enriched Environments Help Reduce Sow Aggression
CANADA - A research scientist with the Prairie Swine Centre says aggression, one of the key challenges in working with group housed sows, can be curbed by providing various forms of enrichment....
19 February 2016
Piglet Enrichments Early in Life Leads to Benefits Later On
A research scientist with the Prairie Swine Centre says providing piglets various forms of enrichment very early in life will lower stress at weaning leading to improved productivity later on and reduce...
18 February 2016
Government, Industry Share Commitment to Humane Transport of Livestock
CANADA - A veterinarian with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency says Canadian livestock producers and transporters share the CFIA's commitment to the humane transport of animals, writes Bruce Cochrane....
EU Animal Welfare Rules Need Better Enforcement Rather than New Legislation
EU - Reacting to EU Ministers talks on the setting up of a new EU animal welfare platform, Copa and Cogeca have highlighted the high welfare standards that exist in the EU and the need to ensure that they...
12 February 2016
Welfare Research Can Influence Change, Lead to On-farm Solutions
ANALYSIS - Collaborating with industry partners, FAI Farms develops research programs that influence welfare and sustainability change in the livestock industry. ...
10 February 2016
Food Insecurity in South Sudan Exacerbated by Livestock Raids
SOUTH SUDAN - South Sudan is facing unprecedented levels of food insecurity, as 2.8 million people - nearly 25 per cent of the country's population - remain in urgent need of food assistance, and at least...
09 February 2016
Pork CRC Productively Enhancing Pig Welfare
AUSTRALIA - Appetite enhancers for weaners and enrichment blocks for gestating sows and weaners may soon be on the productivity improvement ‘menus’ for Australia’s pork producers....
08 February 2016
BVA Launches Strategy to Help Vets Speak Up for Animal Welfare
UK - The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has launched its landmark animal welfare strategy highlighting the veterinary profession’s unique opportunity – and responsibility – to advocate animals’...
02 February 2016
Vets Disappointed with Lack of Company Policy on Stunning Before Slaughter
UK - The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has expressed its concern that almost two-thirds of food companies have no information on their commitment to stunning animals before slaughter – with only...
29 January 2016
Noble Foods, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose Lead in New Farm Animal Welfare Report
GLOBAL - Noble Foods, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and Coop Group (Switzerland) have attained the highest marks in the global Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare report....
28 January 2016
EC Welcomes Practical Guidelines to Assess Pigs for Transport
EU - Practical EU guidelines to assess the fitness of pigs for transport, aiming to be an extra tool available to professionals to ensure a high level of fitness for transport of pigs, written by leading...
Antibiotics and Safeguarding Animal Health: ‘As Much as Necessary, as Little as Possible’
GLOBAL - Following the landmark resolution made at the World Economic Forum in Davos to tackle antibiotic resistance, HealthforAnimals has renewed its call to promote the responsible use of antibiotics,...
22 January 2016
Emerging Strains of PRRS Can Be Highly Virulent
ANALYSIS - Emerging strains of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) can develop on a regularly basis and every few years a particularly virulent strain will arise and cause waves of disease,...
12 January 2016
Aurora Alimentos Pledges to Eliminate Gestation Crates for Breeding Sows
BRAZIL - Cooperativa Central Aurora Alimentos, owner of Aurora brand and Brazil’s third largest pork producer, has announced it will completely phase out of the continuous use of gestation crates for...
08 January 2016
OFC: Welfare Friendly Sow Pen Wins OFC/RASE Practice with Science Award
UK - The winner of the 2015 Oxford Farming Conference/RASE Practice with Science Award announced at this year’s conference, was Martin Barker with a welfare focused 360 degree sow farrowing pen....
21 December 2015
Farmers Urged to Check Animals in Extreme South Australian Heat
AUSTRALIA - Livestock and poultry owners have been reminded to take special care of their stock over the coming days of extreme heat, as animals suffer from the heat as well....
18 December 2015
Infrared Cameras Used to Measure Sow Temperature Can Lower Piglet Mortality
DENMARK - Research from Aarhus University has now refined a method that uses an infrared camera to remotely measure the sow’s body temperature. Early detection of fever in sows can reduce piglet mortality...
PRRS Gate-Keeper Found Using Gene-edited Pigs
ANALYSIS - At the North American PRRS conference in Chicago in early December, Dr. Randy Prather, animal science professor at University of Missouri, shared the process and data behind the incredible discovery...
11 December 2015
Man Arrested Over Pig Deaths on Yorkshire Farm
UK - A 52 year old man has been arrested after 1,600 pigs were found dead on a farm in Harewood, West Yorkshire....
09 December 2015
Proper Training, Equipment, Procedures Key to Helping Workers Deal with Euthanasia
CANADA - An animal welfare specialist with J. Woods Livestock Services says by outlining a clear euthanasia policy, providing proper training and ensuring workers are familiar with the equipment, swine...
08 December 2015
Concern Over Make-Up of Australian Animal Welfare Committee
AUSTRALIA - Farmers have expressed concern at the recently appointed Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (AWAC)....
Exciting Research Featured at North American PPRS Symposium
ANALYSIS - Innovative research to help stop the spread of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome virus (PRRS) and tools to identify outbreaks of PRRS and other emerging diseases were the focus of...
07 December 2015
Weekly Outlook: Sow Housing Changes Discussed in New Zealand and UK
ANALYSIS - The welfare of sows has been in the news this week after New Zealand and the UK recognised the need to move away from current housing systems used during the pregnancy and farrowing stages....
04 December 2015
US PEDv Update: Expected to Worsen in Winter 2015-2016
ANALYSIS - Winter 2015/2016 could be worse than last year for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) in the United States. ...
Government Committee Report Favours Move to Free-Farrowing
UK - The Government’s Farm Animal Welfare Committee (FAWC) has released a new report that favours a move towards free farrowing systems....
New Sow Welfare Standards Now in Effect
NEW ZEALAND - New rules for sow housing have come into effect today....
30 November 2015
What to Consider When Renovating Sow Barns
CANADA - A consultant with FGC Construction advisees pork producers who are deciding whether to convert their sow barns from stall housing to group housing to consider several factors, writes Bruce Cochrane....
Early Socialisation Reduces Piglet Stress at Weaning
CANADA - A research scientist with the Prairie Swine Centre says, piglets that are given an early opportunity to socialize, will be better prepared to deal with the stresses they face at weaning, writes...
27 November 2015
Germany Presses Ahead with Research into Alternatives to Piglet Castration
GERMANY - The German government is to spend more than €33 million on animal welfare programmes this year according to the 2015 Federal Government Animal Welfare Report....
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