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07 February 2014
Is Europe Heading for Crisis over African Swine Fever?
ANALYSIS - The discovery of African Swine Fever (ASF) in wild boars in Lithuania is plunging the European pig meat market into crisis, writes Chris Harris....
06 February 2014
Consumer Perception: Don't be Afraid to Flaunt Straight A's
US - Sustainability and welfare must be benchmarked in modern livestock production, industry spokesmen are telling producers this week at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association meeting in Nashville,...
05 February 2014
Improving Health, Welfare of Organic Pigs
DENMARK - Organic sows and their piglets can be put out to roam on areas planted with trees. This can improve the health and well-being of the animals and is in fact also better for the environment than...
04 February 2014
New Programme to Support Animal Welfare at Slaughter
CANADA - The Canadian government has shown support for a new programme designed to promote welfare of animals at slaughter....
Advice to Maintain Public Trust with Good Animal Care
CANADA - An Ontario veterinarian suggests, as long a livestock producers continue to maintain a high level of animal care and are quick to condemn actions that are inappropriate, they will maintain the...
31 January 2014
Europe Failing Consumers over Animal Welfare
EU - Lamentable efforts at enforcing recent animal welfare legislation means that Europe is ill-serving its consumers and undermining the excellent standards being met on those Scottish and UK farms producing...
30 January 2014
Campaign Group Urges Greek Presidency to Prioritise Animal Welfare
GREECE - Eurogroup for Animals has launched a Memorandum outlining its position on animal welfare related policies that will be discussed as part of the Greek presidency of the Council of the European...
29 January 2014
Alliance Launches New Interactive, Mobile-friendly Web Site
US - The Animal Agriculture Alliance has unveiled a new website, the product of an almost nine-month redesign effort focused on providing Alliance members, media and consumers with the most relevant, up-to-date...
Tips for Livestock Farmers as Weather Turns Harsh
US - When Minnesota's weather turns extreme, the pressure is on for livestock farmers. ...
27 January 2014
New Minister to Tackle Pig Welfare in Denmark
DENMARK - The new food minister has announced he will consult with stakeholders to improve pig welfare in the country. ...
Reorganisation Takes Place at La Coop fédérée and Olymel
CANADA - Technical and consulting services to producers in the pork industry, such as herd management, animal welfare and meat quality, as well as the operations of Sogeporc Inc., a subsidiary specialising...
Real Welfare Sample Sizes Advised to Stay Unchanged
UK - Real Welfare sample sizes are recommended to remain unchanged following the latest meeting of the review committee....
24 January 2014
Call for Submission of Views on Planning, Antibiotics and Welfare
UK - The All Party Parliamentary Group for Eggs, Pigs & Poultry, covering the egg, poultry meat and pork sectors, has announced that it intends to hold an enquiry into planning, antibiotics and welfare...
22 January 2014
Croney to Head Purdue Center for Animal Welfare Science
US - Purdue University associate professor of animal sciences Candace Croney will lead the newly created Purdue University Center for Animal Welfare Science....
21 January 2014
Biosecurity, Gentle Pig Handling Cut Contamination Risk
UK - Improved cleaning and disinfection (C&D) procedures at one pig slaughterhouse have resulted in almost no swabs positive for Salmonella and Enterobacteria, according to a new BPEX study....
20 January 2014
Australian Pork Industry Warns of Exodus of Old Piggeries
AUSTRALIA - The Australian pork industry is preparing for an exodus of old piggeries unwilling to meet the 2017 deadline for phasing out confined pens for pregnant sows, known as stalls....
17 January 2014
Programme Announced for UK Animal Welfare Conference
UK - Details have been announced of the programme for the conference, 'Recent Advances in Animal Welfare Science IV', which will be held in York on 26 June 2014....
16 January 2014
Institute Receives Funding for Research into Aggression in Pigs
UK - Researchers from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) have been awarded £580,000 to study possible ways to reduce pig aggression in order to improve welfare and the economic benefits to farmers....
Consumers Demand Assurances Food Production is Safe, Humane
CANADA - The chair of the National Farm Animal Care Council's Pig Code Development Committee says consumers are becoming more aware of how their food is produced and want assurances it's done in a safe...
New President Sets out Key Priorities for Irish Farmers
IRELAND - In his inaugural address to the 59th Annual General Meeting of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) in the Irish Farm Centre, Dublin on Tuesday (14 January), newly-elected President Eddie Downey...
15 January 2014
Welfare Group Calls for Pre-Slaughter Stunning for All Animals
UK - A British animal welfare organisation has renewed its call for improved welfare of all farm animals at the time of slaughter....
14 January 2014
Updated Pig Code of Practice Approaches Completion
CANADA - The chair of the National Farm Animal Care Council's Pig Code Development Committee reports an updated Code of Practice for the care and handling of pigs in Canada has been agreed to and is now...
13 January 2014
Pork Board Raises Concerns with Tyson Welfare Requirements
US - The National Pork Board has released a statement following Tyson's announcement that it will urge its suppliers to implement a series of production practices that it deems representative of responsible...
CME: Letters to Tyson's Hog Suppliers Request Changes in Pig Raising
US - The rumored announcement by Tyson Foods regarding sow housing proved to be much, much more than that! Letters were sent to Tyson’s hog suppliers on Thursday (9 January) requesting a number of...
10 January 2014
Tyson's Seeks to Balance Consumer Expectations on Pig Welfare
US - Farmers who raise pigs for Tyson Foods have been informed about the company's new animal welfare commitments, which focus on farm audits, raising biosecurity, euthanasia methods, pain mitigation and...
07 January 2014
OIE Action Plan on Animal Welfare Validated
EU - At an OIE Regional Platform on animal welfare for Europe held in Paris in December, a three-year Action Plan 2014-2016 was validated....
03 January 2014
Pig Farmers Warned to Check Ventilation Carefully
UK - With temperatures fluctuating widely between day and night, poor temperature control in pig buildings can lead to increased levels of vice and pneumonia, warns ACMC. ...
Rules on Euthanasia Training Clarified
UK - New rules on euthanasia training for stockmen working on Red Tractor-approved farms have been clarified....
02 January 2014
Low Stress Animal Handling Techniques Improves Worker Safety
CANADA - An animal care specialist with Manitoba Pork Council says the use of low stress handling techniques when loading, unloading or moving pigs creates a safer environment for both the animals and...
27 December 2013
Tighter Welfare Checks on Livestock at Slaughterhouses Proposed
EU - Slaughterhouse staff could be forced to carry out more checks of livestock to ensure the animals are not conscious after stunning, according to new scientific studies carried out for the European...
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