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28 April 2014
'Spy in the Sty' Research Yields Big Benefits
UK - A product heralding a major breakthrough in pig management will be launched at the British Pig and Poultry Fair. The In-pen Voluntary Access Scale — a growth sensor — will enable farmers to ‘see’...
Enhancement of Marketing Position for Canadian Pork Expected
CANADA - The chair of the National Farm Animal Care Council's Pig Code Development Committee is confident Canada's new Pig Code of Practice will help boost the international marketing position for Canadian...
24 April 2014
Event Showcases Broad Benefits of Precision Farming for Pig and Poultry
UK - With data set to be one of the most important management tools on farm, the Royal Agricultural Society of England will be advising visitors at the British Pig and Poultry Fair in May on the collection,...
23 April 2014
Iowa Swine Day to Tackle Topics of Interest to Pork Industry
US - Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) virus, food safety, animal welfare and biosecurity will be some of the pressing topics covered 26 June at the third annual Iowa Swine Day at Iowa State University....
Swine Traceability Expected to Provide Various Advantages
CANADA - The introduction of Swine Traceability is expected to give Canada's pork industry an advantage in terms of animal disease response, food safety and market access, writes Bruce Cochrane....
Pig Welfare Aid Amounts to BGN20 Million
BULGARIA - Tatyana Angelova, Deputy Executive Director of the State Aid directorate and the SAPARD programme at the State Fund Agriculture (SFA), announced that the first tranche of financial aid for welfare...
22 April 2014
Canada's Revised Pig Code of Practice Well Accepted
CANADA - The chair of the National Farm Animal Care Council's Pig Code Development Committee reports reaction to Canada's revised Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs has been positive, writes...
17 April 2014
Achieving Higher Animal Welfare Standards in EU
ANALYSIS - A five-year plan has been launched to encourage the production, sourcing and consumption of food and products from animals to be from higher welfare regimes across Europe....
16 April 2014
New Handbook on Managing Group-housed Sows from Pork CRC
AUSTRALIA - Pork CRC offers advice for successful group housing of sows....
McDonald's Franchisee to Phase out Sow Stalls in Latin America
LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN - McDonald's restaurant operator, Arcos Dorados, is to set out plans to source pig meat from group-housed sows within the next two years....
14 April 2014
Updated Advice on Lidocaine for Pain Relief in Pigs
US - The American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) has provided further information on the use of lidocaine for pain relief in pigs....
UK Pig Industry Discusses Threat of Exotic Diseases
UK - Exotic diseases are threatening the UK pig industry from all sides and a special roundtable was attended by nearly 50 people to look at how to deal with these threats....
Freedom Food Launches New Online Suppliers Directory
UK - It is often easy to over-engineer the solution to a problem or a challenge, but for Freedom Food – the only UK assurance and food labelling scheme dedicated solely to improving farm animal welfare...
Green Party Prioritises Action against 'Factory Farming', Live Animal Exports
UK - Top of the Green Party's manifesto priorities for the May elections is action against mega-farms and 'factory farming'; it also aims to ban live animal exports and put greater regulation on animal...
11 April 2014
Welfare Inspections Ahead for Danish Pig Farms
DENMARK - The food minister is showing his determination to improve pig welfare by announcing farm inspections to ensure that adequate rooting and enrichment material is being provided to comply with EU...
Pork Producers Hopeful Tentative Agreement Ends Ban on New Barns
CANADA - Manitoba's pork producers are hoping a tentative agreement with the provincial government will end the moratorium on new swine barn construction or expansion in Manitoba, writes Bruce Cochrane....
10 April 2014
Wageningen University Finds Ways to Combat Food Fraud
NETHERLANDS - Food fraud has always taken place and there are incidents on a regular basis. To combat food fraud more effectively, information is required on which factors play a role in the vulnerability...
08 April 2014
Increased Dietary Fibre Helps Reduce Aggression Among Group Housed Sows
CANADA - A nutritionist with the Prairie Swine Centre reports boosting the fibre content of the diets fed to group housed sows during gestation can help reduce levels of hunger related aggression....
07 April 2014
New Figures Expose Myth of Mis-stunning in UK Abattoirs
UK - Animals in British slaughterhouses are correctly stunned before slaughter in over 99 per cent of cases, according to official figures released by the Government....
German Ag Ministers Call for End to Financing Extreme Confinement of Farm Animals
GERMANY - The Conference of German State Agriculture Ministers adopted a resolution calling on the German federal government to ensure that International Finance Institutions meet or exceed European Union...
02 April 2014
Use of Lidocaine in Pigs for Pain Mitigation
US - The swine veterinarians' association offers its view on the use of lidocaine to relieve pain in pigs following castration and tail-docking....
Danish Pig Producers Sign up for Welfare Plan
DENMARK - Danish agriculture minister Dan Jorgensen has agreed to new pig welfare targets with producers, vets and animal welfare campaigners....
27 March 2014
New Plans for European Organic Farming
EU - Maintaining consumer confidence, maintaining producer confidence and making it easier for farmers to switch to organics are the main objectives of a new EU Regulation on organic production and the...
26 March 2014
UK Vets Concerned at Call for Sick Animals to be Slaughtered
UK - The British Veterinary Association is calling for a clarification of remarks made by the Chief Medical Officer in which she called for sick animals to be slaughtered rather than treated as part of...
Connecticut Stands up for Family Hog Farmers’ Rights
US - The National Pork Producers Council thanked the Senate Environment Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly for standing with local Connecticut farmers by defeating a measure banning the use...
25 March 2014
Government Advisor Explores Role of Science in Farming
ANALYSIS - Modern farming needs modern scientific techniques, engineering, technology and social science....
Strong Demand for Better Welfare of EU Pigs
EU - Yesterday (24 March), Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) handed in the signatures of an incredible 475,576 concerned EU citizens who have called on the European Commission to ensure laws are enforced...
24 March 2014
Changing PRRS Pattern in the Midwest
US - The 2013-2014 Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) epidemic season continues to be surprisingly different, according to Dr Steven Tousignant, Veterinary Population Medicine at the...
20 March 2014
Agreement for Improved Welfare of Danish Pigs
DENMARK - A new agreement for improving pig welfare standards has been reached between the Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Dan Jørgensen, and organisations with an interest in pig...
Thermo Fisher Scientific Acquires Prionics
GLOBAL - Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. has this week announced the completed acquisition of Prionics AG, a privately held animal health diagnostics company. ...
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