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22 January 2015
Opinions Sought on Kansas Feral Hog Control
US - Feral hogs have expanded their range in the last 30 years in the United States and reside in more than 40 states. They cause damages estimated at $1.5 billion each year, according to the US Department...
Chipotle Pulls Pork off Menus
US – US restaurant chain, Chipotle, last week took pork off the menu of about one-third of its 1,700 restaurants because a supplier was not following the company’s strict welfare standards....
21 January 2015
Commitment to Doing What's Right Vital for Pig Farmers
CANADA - The CEO of the Center for Food Integrity says what consumers need to know is that, while technology has evolved to produce more using less, the commitment by farmers to do what is right has never...
19 January 2015
New Research Targets Improved Sow Group Housing
CANADA - Research being conducted on behalf of Swine Innovation Porc will help pork producers improve the management of gestating sows as they convert from stall housing to group housing, writes Bruce...
16 January 2015
Promoting Humane Animal Handling Slaughter in Liberia
LIBERIA - The Humane Slaughter Association has funded a six-month project in Liberia to promote humane methods of slaughter and handling of animals in markets and during transportation....
13 January 2015
University of Nottingham Collaborates with Zoetis to Improve Feed Efficiency
UK - The University of Nottingham has secured funding from Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to undertake a four-year project with Zoetis, the leading global animal health...
Latvian Presidency Urged to Keep Animal Welfare Central to its Priorities
EU - Eurogroup for Animals has launched a Memorandum outlining its position on animal welfare related policies that will be discussed as part of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union....
09 January 2015
Foot and Mouth Disease Moves Across China
CHINA – Over 300 Chinese pigs have died from foot and mouth disease (FMD) some 3,000km from the initial source....
07 January 2015
Smithfield Pig Producer Freed 20 Per Cent of Sows from Stalls
US - Smithfield Foods reports that more than 70 per cent of the sows on its own US farms are now group-housed, and increase of 20 per cent from 2013....
06 January 2015
New Funding for Animal Welfare Research Network
UK - The BBSRC is to fund a new community-led Animal Welfare Research Network which will be focused on research contributing to the welfare of managed animals. Those wishing to join the network must apply...
Research into Soluble Fibre in Gestating Swine Diets
CANADA - A nutritionist with the Prairie Swine Centre says the inclusion of soluble fibre in the diets of gestating sows will increase their comfort level and reduce their instinct to fight over feed,...
05 January 2015
Care for Livestock During Hot Weather, Australians Told
AUSTRALIA – Farm animals lack the temperature regulation abilities humans have, and need sufficient shelter and water during hot spells, rural Australians are hearing....
31 December 2014
NFU Urges: Celebrate New Year Safely Without Sky Lanterns
UK - The public is being reminded by the NFU of the huge risks associated with sky lanterns and urged not to release them during New Year celebrations....
30 December 2014
Dutch Government Supports Greater Farm Sustainability
THE NETHERLANDS - The Dutch government has announced financial support for 13 projects aimed at improving agricultural sustainability, including for better grassland management, local feed production and...
29 December 2014
Research into Reducing the Spread of Pig Viruses in Herds
CANADA - Researchers working on behalf of Swine Innovation Porc are developing new tools to assist pork producers in preventing Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome from infecting pig herds, writes...
US Pigs Gaining Some PEDv Immunity
GLOBAL - The United States, Canada and some European Union countries took part in an on-line conference on PEDv last week, organised by the England Pig Health and Welfare Council....
Conversion from Sow Stall Housing to Group Housing
CANADA - An animal care specialist with Manitoba Pork says a range of factors needs to be considered as pork producers explore the prospects of converting from stall housing to group housing of gestating...
23 December 2014
Six New Outbreaks of African Swine Fever in Latvia
LATVIA - There has been six new outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) reported and confirmed in the Strenci, Madona, Naukseni, Dagda, Valka and Burtnieki region of the country. ...
22 December 2014
Canada Gains Better Understanding of Livestock Disease
CANADA - The member of parliament for Saskatoon Humboldt says new research aimed at gaining a better understanding of diseases that affect livestock will help build on Canada's reputation as a world leader...
19 December 2014
Foot and Mouth Disease Confirmed in South Korea
SOUTH KOREA - There has been two new outbreaks of foot and mouth disease detected and confirmed in the Chungcheongbuk-do region in South Korea. ...
Joint Declaration Aims to Push EU Further on Animal Welfare
EU - Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands have issued a joint declaration on animal welfare, calling on the European Union to improve further animal welfare for those species where there are already regulations...
18 December 2014
Denmark Leads the Way for Animal Welfare
DENMARK - As Denmark is becoming a leader in animal welfare, agriculture minister, Dan Jørgensen, has announced a major international conference....
Research into the Impacts of Time of Mixing on Sow Productivity
CANADA - Researchers working on behalf of Swine Innovation Porc are attempting to determine the optimum timing for mixing pregnant sows into groups, writes Bruce Cochrane....
Studies on Rubber Floor, Pig Welfare Inconclusive
EU - After examining three studies on the effects of rubber slats as , the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) reports it is unable to draw clear conclusions regarding the impact on pig welfare....
17 December 2014
Disinfection Procedures Tightened Throughout Cold Weather
CANADA - A Red Deer based swine veterinarian is advising pork producers who do not have access to heated facilities for disinfecting transport vehicles to return to cold weather disinfection protocols....
New Animal Welfare Programme Leader at Tyson Foods
US - Dr Christine Daugherty has been appointed by Tyson Foods Inc. as its new Animal Well-Being Programs leader....
16 December 2014
All High Hog Traffic Sites Should be Treated as PED Positive
CANADA - A Veterinary Epidemiologist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development is encouraging pork producers to treat all high hog traffic sites they visit as being PED positive, writes Bruce Cochrane....
15 December 2014
New Flooring Design Reduces Pig Lameness
CANADA - An animal science professor with the University of Manitoba is confident changes in the design of concrete slatted flooring will help reduce lameness among group housed sows and cut costs associated...
12 December 2014
Belgium Keep PEDv Safeguard Measures in Place
BELGIUM - Brussels has extended its controls on imports of live pigs from the States and Canada until October next year, because of continued concerns about Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED)....
11 December 2014
Meloxicam Transfer from Sows to Piglets Via Milk
US - A study at Iowa State University demonstrates the successful transfer of meloxicam from sows to piglets through milk and corresponding analgesia after processing, as evidenced by a decrease in cortisol...
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