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24 September 2014
Concerns over Expanding Feral Wild Boar Populations
CANADA - The Saskatchewan Pork Development Board is raising the alarm over the potential risks posed by expanding populations of feral wild boar, writes Bruce Cochrane....
23 September 2014
Zagreb to Host 2015 Animal Welfare Conference
CROATIA - The Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) is to hold its 2015 conference with the theme 'Animal Populations – World Resources and Animal Welfare' in Zagreb on 14 and 15 July 2015....
18 September 2014
Confidential Reporting Service Maintaining Pig Welfare
UK - To help maintain high standards of animal welfare on British pig farms, the National Pig Association is introducing a Confidential Reporting Service. The service will also protect pig-keepers from...
Conference Highlights Advances in Research of Livestock Virus Diseases
UK - The Pirbright Institute hosted its Centenary Conference at The University of Surrey on 11 and 12 September 2014 to mark its 100th anniversary of the prevention and control of livestock infectious...
17 September 2014
Improved Assurance-Food Safety On-Farm Programme
CANADA - Manitoba Pork is encouraging the province's pork producers to apply for funding being made available to improve on-farm food safety, biosecurity, animal welfare and workplace health and safety...
Commission Reviews Control Measures against African Swine Fever
EU - The European Commission has updated its regionalised control measures to combat the spread of African swine fever (ASF)....
16 September 2014
Environmental Sampling Shows Few Positive Samples of PED
CANADA - The technical veterinarian with Ontario Pork reports, since April, there have been very few incidents of environmental contamination from PED in Ontario, writes Bruce Cochrane....
Commission Further Reviews Measures to Combat African Swine Fever
EU - An update of EU control measures to combat the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) was endorsed by Member State experts on 12 September. These regionalism restrictions, affecting, to differing degrees,...
15 September 2014
Food Safety, Welfare Funding Available for Manitoba's Pork Producers
CANADA - Manitoba Pork is encouraging the province's pork producers to apply for funding being made available to improve on-farm food safety, biosecurity, animal welfare and workplace health and safety...
Nine New Outbreaks of African Swine Fever Reported in Latvia
LATVIA - There has been nine new outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) confirmed in three regions including Kraslava in the south-east, as well as the northern areas of Burtnieki and Valka. ...
Two New Outbreaks of Foot and Mouth in South Korea
SOUTH KOREA - Two new outbreaks of Foot and Mouth disease have been detected in the Gyenongsangbuk-do region of South Korea. ...
12 September 2014
Heinz Strengthens Animal Welfare Policies
GLOBAL - Global food processing giant, Heinz, has joined a growing line of major meat and food processors to strengthen their animal welfare practices for their supply chain....
University Researchers Awarded $1.6 Million to Fight Flu in Pigs
US - Researchers from the University of Maryland’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) will soon test a cutting-edge approach for eradicating the most ancient disease known to mankind...
11 September 2014
Freedom Food to Rebrand as RSPCA Assured
UK - Freedom Food, the RSPCA’s farm animal welfare assurance and labelling scheme, is to be rebranded for the consumer market in 2015 as ‘RSPCA Assured’....
10 September 2014
How Can Companies Improve Animal Welfare?
ANALYSIS - Major meat and food processing companies around the world are starting to take a lead in animal welfare issues....
Merck Animal Health Introduces New Vaccine to Protect against Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome
US - Merck Animal Health today announced the introduction of PRIME PAC™ PRRS+, a vaccine for reducing clinical signs of reproductive disease in female breeding-age swine and respiratory disease in pigs...
Foot and Mouth Disease in More Than 30 Ugandan Districts
UGANDA - Banned beef and pork are on sale in nearly 30 districts where the government has imposed a quarantine following the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease....
09 September 2014
Icelandic Slaughterhouses Need Improvement in Animal Welfare
ICELAND - Iceland needs to improve official controls concerning animal welfare at the time of killing to make sure that all relevant EEA requirements are fulfilled and action is taken in the case of non-compliances,...
08 September 2014
More Russian Classical Swine Fever
RUSSIA - There has been a new outbreak of Classical Swine Fever detected in the Bryanskaya region of Russia....
Hog Outlook: Optimism About Cash Hog Prices Gaining
US - Zoetis announced this week they have a conditional license from USDA for a new PEDV vaccine, write Ron Plain and Scott Brown, University of Missouri. ...
05 September 2014
CME Report: Zoetis Conditional Licensing for a New PED Vaccine
US - Zoetis (the independent company that is comprised of Pfizer’s former animal health business ) has received conditional licensing of a new vaccine available for PEDv. Deferred Lean Hogs futures reacted...
Work with Your Vet to Prevent Common Problems, Urge UK Vets
UK - The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is encouraging farmers to work proactively with their vet to avoid common health concerns such as musculoskeletal conditions, infertility and mastitis....
Real Welfare App Trial
UK - A member of the George Vet Practice, who works exclusively with pigs and has been using the new Real Welfare app for the last eight months....
Standardised Total Tract Digestibility Improves Pig Diet Formulation
CANADA - A research scientist with the Prairie Swine Centre says the use of standardised total tract digestibility to formulate swine diets provides a more accurate estimate of available as opposed to...
04 September 2014
Zoetis Granted Conditional Licence for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea Vaccine
US - Zoetis Inc. has announced that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has granted a conditional licence for a vaccine to help fight porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) in pigs....
Reports from 2014 Animal Rights Conferences Released
US - The Animal Agriculture Alliance released a report that chronicles observations from the 33rd annual Animal Rights National Conference presented by The Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) and the Humane...
West African Ebola Outbreak Sends Food Prices Skyrocketing
WEST AFRICA - Disruptions in food trade and marketing in the three West African countries most affected by Ebola have made food increasingly expensive and hard to come by, while labor shortages are putting...
03 September 2014
Pig Gut Heath Affected by Many Factors
DENMARK - Research shows that acidity, fibre and the addition of the right bacteria can affect the health of the pig’s gut....
Grandin Praises German Slaughterhouse over Pig Welfare
GERMANY - Temple Grandin, the world-renowned American expert on animal welfare and animal behaviour, has highly praised the slaughterhouse of Vion Food in Crailsheim during an animal welfare training exercise...
What is the Role of Large Biting Flies in Transmitting Viruses in Pigs?
UK - Researchers at Pirbright are planning to address the gap in our knowledge by investigating the abundance, diversity and bite-rate of large flies on pig farms....
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