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11 December 2014
Foot and Mouth Vaccination Control Strategies
US - Simulation models were developed to assess the impact of livestock herd types and vaccination on foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreaks using the North American Animal Disease Spread Model....
British Pig Producers Making Quantum Leap in Biosecurity
UK British pig farmers have made a quantum leap in their defences against foreign diseases this year, reports the National Pig Association....
08 December 2014
Call for Research to Improve Welfare of Managed Animals
UK - BBSRC is committed to ensuring high standards of welfare for all managed animals, and is seeking responsive mode applications under its welfare of managed animals priority....
05 December 2014
News Tools to Assist in Converting from Sow Stalls to Group Housing
CANADA - A researcher with the Prairie Swine Centre expects new tools intended to help pork producers convert sow barns from stall housing to group housing be available early in the new year, writes Bruce...
Cold Weather Prompts a Step up in Transport Biosecurity
CANADA - The executive director of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians is encouraging pork producers to be aware of the heightened risk of the spread of PED as the weather turns colder, writes...
04 December 2014
New Zealand Piggery Investigations Complete
NEW ZEALAND - The Ministry for Primary Industries did not have sufficient evidence to lay charges following two animal welfare investigations into incidents at piggeries earlier this year....
28 November 2014
European Pig Farmers Urged to Prepare for Winter
EU - As the chilly temperatures spread across Europe, pig producers are urged to be vigilant with regard to biosecurity during the cold winter months in order to keep disease at bay....
27 November 2014
Movement Licences Now Available Following Bird Flu Outbreak
UK - Pigs on poultry farms in the East Yorkshire avian flu control zones can now be moved to their next production stage....
26 November 2014
How is Danish Pig Sector Improving Welfare?
DENMARK - The Danish pig industry is to raise welfare practices and regulations on the farm over those being demanded by the European Union....
BRF Adopts New Animal Welfare Practices
BRAZIL - Brazilian meat and food processor BRF has joined forces with international animal welfare organisation, World Animal Protection, to improve animal welfare practices in its supply and production...
24 November 2014
Researchers Look at Optimal Space Allowance for Nursery Pigs
CANADA - Research being conducted on behalf of Swine Innovation Porc will help determine the optimum amount of space required to maximize the productivity of nursery pigs, writes Bruce Cochrane....
14 November 2014
Zoetis to Lead UK Project on Analysis of Pig Health, Welfare
UK - Zoetis is to lead a US$3-million project funded by Agri-Tech Catalyst Award from Innovate UK, the UK’s Innovation Agency into the use of analytics to help pork producers improve pig herd wellness...
AHVLA Report: Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome
UK - The Animal Health Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) has looked into Staphylococcal skin disease causes skin lesions resembling pig pox and porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS)...
Australian Vets Call for Careful Use of Antibiotics
AUSTRALIA – The seriousness of antibiotic resistance in animals leading to superbugs has been underlined by the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA)....
13 November 2014
Fibre in Sow Diets Expected to Improve Piglet Performance
CANADA - Researchers with the Prairie Swine Centre are exploring the benefits of including soluble fibre in the diets of sows to improve the productivity of her piglets, writes Bruce Cochrane....
Research into New Pig Influenza Virus
US - Two South Dakota State University researchers will examine a new influenza virus that affects cattle and pigs through a two-year, $393,530 National Institutes of Health grant....
PIC China's 2014 Symposium Maps Future
CHINA - The 2014 PIC Symposium which was held on 19 and 20 of October, in the city of Xi’an, China, was acclaimed a great success by the more than 250 representatives from top Chinese producers and integrators...
12 November 2014
New Study on Animal Welfare Legislation
GLOBAL - Increasingly, but to different extents, consumers throughout the world want assurances that the meat and dairy products they are buying are safe to eat, nutritious and of good quality....
Is Your Pig Getting Enough Water?
UK - Despite providing enough drinkers – often exceeding the official recommendations – some pigs still do not get sufficient water, says ARM Buildings....
11 November 2014
£20.5 Million to Combat Global Animal Disease
UK - A £20.5 million programme of research and training to tackle diseases that could pass from animals to humans has been funded by six UK partners....
Herd Expansion Triggered by Increased Pork Profitability
US & CANADA - The director of risk management with h@ms Marketing Services warns continued profitability within the North American pork industry is likely to trigger an expansion of production, writes...
10 November 2014
Research into Reducing Biting Behaviour
NETHERLANDS - “Pigs selected on indirect genetic effects for growth display less biting behaviour,” concluded Irene Camerlink after researching Indirect Genetic Effects. ...
Researchers Hope to Boost Piglet Performance by Increasing Sow Milk Production
CANADA - Research being conducted on behalf of Swine Innovation Porc is expected to boost the productive performance of baby pigs by increasing the volume and quality of the milk produced by their mothers,...
Farmers Hiding African Swine Fever Infected Pigs in Zambia
ZAMBIA - Lusaka government says the resurgence of African swine fever (ASF) in Lusaka is due to some farmers hiding their infected pigs during the slaughtering exercise....
07 November 2014
UK-designed Farrowing Pen Attracts Worldwide Interest
UK - A pioneering pig birthing pen designed and created by a Staffordshire farmer is now being sold across the globe, it has been revealed. ...
06 November 2014
Finnish Study Finds Good Pig Welfare Brings Economic Benefits
FINLAND - A new study from the University of Helsinki shows that improving animal welfare can have a beneficial impact on sow productivity through an increase in piglets born alive and a shorter farrowing...
Pig Welfare Researcher Features in Smithfield Sustainability Stories
US - Smithfield Foods is continuing its 'Sustainability Stories' web series with a look at animal care with its latest feature on a young leader in animal welfare....
04 November 2014
Study Reveals Differences in Animal Welfare Training across Europe
EU - According to a new study, the main differences in farm animal welfare education across Europe seem to be in the reduced number of hours of education, less interactive teaching and fewer courses in...
03 November 2014
Supports for Canada's National Swine Health Surveillance Program
CANADA - The Western Canadian Association of Swine Veterinarians has committed its support to the continued operation of Canada's national swine health surveillance program, writes Bruce Cochrane....
30 October 2014
Amendments to the Certificate of Competence in Pig Husbandry
UK - The Certificate of Competence in pig husbandry skills has been overhauled to make it even more practical and relevant to everyday production....
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