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14 April 2015
Classical Swine Fever Found in Mongolia
MONGOLIA - An outbreak of classical swine fever has been reported in Mongolia....
13 April 2015
Diagnostics at Work: Nasal Swabs
GLOBAL - Nasal swabs can be tested by culture for the presence of bacterial respiratory pathogens. For practical information on how to collect nasal swabs, view and download an informational brochure,...
10 April 2015
Chile Develops Vaccine to End Surgical Castration of Pigs
CHILE - The Livestock Service (SAG) has authorised the veterinary vaccine laboratory of the Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (Favet) to produce immunocastration vaccines, which will be sold to...
More African Swine Fever Detected in Poland
POLAND - There have been five new outbreaks of African Swine Fever in Poland....
09 April 2015
Suspected PEDv Outbreak in Saskatchewan Highlights Biosecurity Importance
CANADA - A Veterinary Epidemiologist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development says a suspect positive PED sample identified in Saskatchewan highlights the importance of inspecting vehicles and equipment...
Breeding Programme to Use Pen Mate Genomics to Improve Pig Behaviour
DENMARK - A new research project will harness information technology to breed pigs that are less inclined to bite tails and that utilise the feed more efficiently, in a collaboration between Aarhus University...
08 April 2015
Shoulder Ulcers Affect Sow Maternal Behaviour
DENMARK - Shoulder ulcers in lactating sows lead to changes in behaviour such as shorter lying time, increased restlessness and lower nursing frequency, according to an investigation conducted by Aarhus...
National Pork Board Embraces Steps to Curb Antibiotic Resistance
US - The National Pork Board has applauded the White House action plan for combating antibiotic-resistant bacteria. ...
More African Swine Fever in Lithuania
LITHUANIA - There has been one new outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in wild boar....
More African Swine Fever Reported in Latvia
Latvia - There have been four new outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) in wild boar....
Tail Docking Changes Nerves in Pig Tails
DENMARK - When pigs have their tails docked neuroanatomical changes occur at the nerve endings, shows a study by researchers at Aarhus University, in collaboration with the University of Copenhagen....
07 April 2015
Tailoring Sow Diet Could Lead to Improved Piglet Health
US - Fulfilling a sow's increased nutritional needs in the last trimester of pregnancy may lead to greater productivity for both the mother and her piglets, according to researchers from South Dakota State...
More African Swine Fever in Poland
POLAND - There has been another case of African Swine Fever in the east of Poland....
Dunkin' Donuts Moves to Gestation Crate-Free Pork
US - Dunkin' Donuts has announced a new commitment to using gestation crate-free pork and cage-free eggs in its foods....
Hilton Commits to Stall-free Pork
GLOBAL - Hospitality chain, Hilton Worldwide, has committed to improving animal welfare in its supply chain by switching to cage-free eggs and gestation crate-free pork....
02 April 2015
OIE Joins World Health Day Celebrations
FRANCE - The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) will be involved in the launch of World Health Day 2015, to be held on 7 April....
PEDv Vaccine Released in China
CHINA - A Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv) vaccine has been released for the first time in China by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences....
Disease Jumped from Pigs to Humans with Rearing Changes
UK - The move to rearing pigs in large, indoor groups occurred at the same time as the emergence of bacterial meningitis, a disease affecting both pigs and humans, new research from the University of Cambridge...
01 April 2015
New Humane Society to Protect Animals in Saskatchewan
CANADA - A new humane society has been established in Saskatchewan to take over enforcement of the province's Animal Protection Act, writes Bruce Cochrane....
Classical Swine Fever Reported in Latvia
LATVIA - Two new outbreaks of Classical Swine Fever have been found in Latvia....
Further ASF Outbreaks in Latvia Reported
LATVIA - There have been 12 new outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) in Latvia during the latter half of March....
31 March 2015
Further Outbreaks of ASF in Russia and Lithuania
RUSSIA and LITHUANIA - Three new outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) have been discovered in Russia and two in Lithuania....
25 March 2015
Antimicrobial Resistance – Who is Responsible?
ANALYSIS - Misuse and overuse of antimicrobials has been linked to the emergence and spread of organisms resistant to them, rendering treatments obsolete and threatening public health....
23 March 2015
Canadian Swine Health Surveillance Network Almost Fully Operational
CANADA - The general manager of Manitoba Pork expects the fledgling Western Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network to be fully operational within a matter of months, writes Bruce Cochrane....
19 March 2015
Diagnostics at Work: Blood Sampling in Pigs
GLOBAL - Blood samples can be tested for the presence of antibodies to a range of pathogens, explains Life Technologies. ...
18 March 2015
Commitment to Animal Welfare Highlighted by Scottish Charter
SCOTLAND, UK - Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) commitment to animal welfare in the production of beef, lamb and pork in Scotland is highlighted in the “Animal Welfare and Wellbeing Charter”....
16 March 2015
Open Dialogue Key to Maintaining Consumer Trust in Animal Welfare Issues
CANADA - A professor of agriculture with Newcastle University suggests, by maintaining a frank open dialogue, Canada's livestock producers will be better positioned to retain the trust of consumers when...
Call on European Commission to Fully Enforce Slaughter Regulations
EU – The European Commission has been called on to phase out killing methods, which cause intense suffering to animals, such as slaughter without stunning, the use of CO2 stunning for pigs and the use...
10 March 2015
How Can Diagnostics Benefit Swine Producers?
ANALYSIS - While Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv), swine influenza, Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus (BVDV) and trichomoniasis have had a dramatic economic impact on the food supply, diagnostics is the...
09 March 2015
Sow Behaviour, Lameness Study Wins Pork Innovation Award
AUSTRALIA - This year’s Australian Pork Limited (APL) sponsored Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry was won by Queensland researcher Tracey Muller....
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