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05 December 2013
Efforts Spent on Updating Canada's Pig Code of Practice Could be Beneficial
CANADA - The chair of National Farm Animal Care Council's Pig Code Development Committee says efforts spent on reaching a consensus on changes to Canada's Pig Code of Practice will benefit the animals...
04 December 2013
More Veterinary Participation in Networking System Expected
CANADA - The manager of the Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network is confident the development new tools to make it easier for veterinarians to submit data will encourage increased participation in...
03 December 2013
Committee Close to Finalising Revised Pig Code of Practice
CANADA - The chair of the National Farm Animal care Council's Pig Code Development Committee says committee members are very close to finalizing a new Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs...
Mutton Chairs Pork CRC
AUSTRALIA - Dennis Mutton has succeeded John Keniry as Chairman of the CRC for High Integrity Australian Pork (Pork CRC), after Dr Keniry AM retired at its recent 2013 annual general meeting in Melbourne....
02 December 2013
African Swine Fever Spreading Rapidly at 300km per Year
RUSSIA - African Swine Fever in Russia is spreading at a rate of 300km a year and while for the pig producers in Siberia at present it is only something they are hearing about, they are still preparing...
29 November 2013
Animal Behaviour Key When Selecting Feeding Systems for Group Housed Sows
CANADA - An agriculture professor with Newcastle University says an understanding animal behavior when selecting feeding systems and formulating diets can help avoid many of the problems encountered when...
28 November 2013
Global Risks and Costs of Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreaks
ANALYSIS - The threat of foot and mouth disease to the global livestock and meat industry is never far away, writes Chris Harris....
Commission Urged to Ban Food from Cloned Animals
EU - Eurogroup for Animals has urged all of the European Commissioners at their weekly meeting on Wednesday, 27 November, to stand firm and prevent the sale and import of food from cloned animals respecting...
27 November 2013
Commission Clears Acquisition of Life Technologies by Thermo Fisher
EU - The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Life Technologies Corp. by rival Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., both US-based companies active in life...
Agriculture Alliance Launches New Pig Guidelines
UK - The Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA) launched its revised Pig Guidelines on 18 November, European Antibiotic Awareness Day....
Higher Welfare Is Good If It's What Shoppers Want
UK - Pig producers who aspire to niche higher-welfare pig production should ensure they have a sufficiently rewarding contract first, says Yorkshire producer Kate Morgan in her Nuffield Scholarship report....
25 November 2013
Weekly Overview: How Much Does the Sow Stall Ban Cost?
GLOBAL - It has been suggested that the total ban on sow stalls in the UK could be costing producers one piglet per litter as the result of aggression between sows at the critical time before pregnancy...
Ireland Extends Deadline for Conversion to Group Housing
IRELAND - The deadline for conversion to loose housing of sows under Ireland's Sow Welfare Scheme has been extended again, this time from the end of September to the end of February next year — over...
22 November 2013
Sow Housing Rules Could Cost One Piglet Per Litter
UK - Banning sow stalls could be costing the UK pig industry one piglet per litter, a BPEX conference was told this week, reports Editor, Michael Priestley....
New Pork Task Force to Develop 2020 Plan
US - The National Pork Board has named a new task force that will examine consumer needs, animal care, sustainable pork production and other current challenges facing the industry to define a future vision...
Six Million Dollars Invested on Support Programme
CANADA - Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Gerry Ritz and Quebec’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food François Gendron have announced the establishment of the...
21 November 2013
Shoppers Should Know How Animals Are Killed, Says RSPCA
UK - The RSPCA is calling for its supporters to contact their MEPs urging them to add their signature of support for clearer labelling of welfare standards on meat....
Cracker Barrel Shareholders Vote to Support Eliminating Pig Cages
US - Shareholders of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store voted to support the restaurant outlet’s recently-adopted policy to eliminate gestation crates from its pork supply chain....
Council Calls on Oklahoma Authorities to Investigate Farm for Animal Abuse
US - An undercover video from an Oklahoma hog farm released yesterday (Wednesday, 20 November) allegedly shows workers abusing animals, actions that violate the high standards of the US pork industry....
20 November 2013
Eurogroup for Animals and Pig Farming Sector Join Forces
EU - Over the coming years, Eurogroup for Animals and the Dutch steering group ‘Boars2018’ will cooperate closely in Europe. By doing so, both parties aim to contribute to the realisation of the EU...
19 November 2013
Building Animal Welfare into Business Sustainability
ANALYSIS - The Five Freedoms represent the foundation on which farm animal welfare stands but how can we encourage constant improvement as a guiding principle for all those involved in the meat, dairy...
15 November 2013
Update on Real Welfare Review
UK - A major review of Real Welfare started in September and, after the second meeting, some more changes have been proposed....
14 November 2013
Advances Allow More Prudent Antibiotic Use
CANADA - A Saskatchewan-based veterinary consultant says advanced diagnostics, vaccination and an increased focus on biosecurity and sanitation have allowed the pork industry to reserve the use of antibiotics...
11 November 2013
Call for Papers for 2014 Animal Welfare Conference
UK - The deadline for the receipt of abstracts for the UFAW Animal Welfare Conference is approaching; submissions must be received by 22 November. ...
08 November 2013
Factors to Consider When Selecting Group Housing System Components
CANADA - A professor of agriculture with Newcastle University in the UK says when changing sow housing to improve animal welfare, you want to avoid creating a system that's worse for the animal, according...
Mandatory Pig Movement Reporting Starts 1 July 2014
CANADA - The Chair of the Canadian Pork Council’s (CPC) Identification and Traceability Committee expects mandatory movement reporting of pigs to begin in the summer of 2014. ...
Pig Industry to Introduce Confidential Reporting Service
UK - Following unanimous producer support at all of its autumn regional meetings, NPA is to go ahead and plan a pilot voluntary Confidential Reporting Service....
Animal Keeping for Smallholders Course at Balfron Good Start
UK - Ten budding smallholders spent the afternoon practicing catching, turning and weighing sheep in Balfron recently....
07 November 2013
Hoof Trimming Shows Promise for Addressing Sow Lameness
CANADA - Research conducted by the Prairie Swine Centre has shown hoof trimming to be an effective option for addressing lameness within the sow herd, writes Bruce Cochrane....
05 November 2013
Pork Industry Rallies to Support Damaged Piggery
AUSTRALIA - The Queensland pork industry has rallied to support a piggery that's suffered millions of dollars' damage from floods and fire....
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