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02 June 2014
Weekly Overview: Pig Welfare in Europe, Decline in Chinese Pig Numbers
Careful management - not farm size - is key to good pig welfare, according to a new study in Denmark. Following the European elections, campaigners are working to ensure animal welfare remains a top priority...
New Guidelines on Animal Health, Welfare, Antibiotic Resistance
GLOBAL - New international standards and guidelines on animal health were agreed at the World Assembly of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in Paris, France, last week....
30 May 2014
Government Supports Canada's Pig Industry Adapt to Consumer Demands
CANADA - The Harper Government is working to improve animal welfare and the economic viability of Canada's pig industry....
Campaigners Keep Animal Welfare on New European Parliament Agenda
EU - Eurogroup for Animals is currently analysing the results of the European elections to see how many candidates that supported the animal welfare pledge have been elected and hopes that the new Parliament...
28 May 2014
Bigger Not Necessarily Bad for Pig Welfare
DENMARK – The trend for larger pig farms across Europe is not necessarily accompanied by decreased animal welfare standards, an animal science conference has been told, reports Michael Priestley. ...
23 May 2014
New Advice on Tail-Biting and Its Prevention in Pigs for Europe
EU - New information on the issue of tail-biting in pigs, its prevention and tail docking has been published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)....
20 May 2014
How Valuable are UN’s Food and Agriculture Business Principles?
ANALYSIS - The United Nations six Food and Agriculture Business Principles that were launched this week, designed to help agricultural communities in underdeveloped and developing regions, in particular,...
Irish Farmers Praised for Caring for Animals on Year-round Basis
IRELAND - Addressing the Animal Health and Welfare Conference in Dublin Castle on Friday, 16 May, IFA President Eddie Downey said the health and welfare of Ireland's animals is a primary focus for farmers...
19 May 2014
Researchers Examine Pig Behaviour to Assess Pain
CANADA - Researchers with the Prairie Swine Centre are looking at animal behaviour in hopes of developing new methods for assessing pain caused by procedures such as castration and tail docking, writes...
16 May 2014
EU Committee to Discuss Animal Welfare During Transportation
EU - The Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting of May 2014 will take place in Brussels on 19 May 2014, with animal welfare during transportation and reducing food waste on the agenda....
13 May 2014
PORK Academy Features Full Slate of Producer Seminars
US - Pork producers should make plans now to attend the Pork Checkoff's Producer Opportunity for Revenue and Knowledge (PORK) Academy sessions on Wednesday, 4 June, and Thursday, 5 June, during World Pork...
09 May 2014
New Vaccine to Fight Disease Striking Piglets
US - Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PED) has caused a shock to both the agricultural marketplace and consumers’ bottom line. While the virus has caused a number of problems internationally, it wasn’t...
Zinc Content in Animal Feed Reduced
EU - The European Food Safety Authority is proposing a reduction of the maximum permitted content of zinc in feed for all animal species....
Connecticut Legislature Defends Family Farmers
US - America’s pork producers yesterday (8 May) expressed gratitude for the Connecticut General Assembly’s fortitude in standing with local family farmers and defeating legislation that would have...
08 May 2014
Australian Pork Industry Calls for Origin Labelling Reform
AUSTRALIA - The pork industry says confusing and unfair labelling laws make it impossible for consumers to choose local ham and bacon, even if they want to....
01 May 2014
Pig Code of Practice Changes Revolve Around Sow Stall Conversion
CANADA - The president and CEO of the Prairie Swine Centre says the biggest change to Canada's Pig Code of Practice revolves around housing for gestating sows....
30 April 2014
Animal Welfare Took Centre Stage on World Veterinary Day
GLOBAL – Leading animal welfare experts united on 26 April as part of World Veterinary Day, which this year focused on the role of veterinarians in animal welfare and World Organisation for Animal Health...
Pork Checkoff Updates Transport Quality Assurance Programme
US - Since 2001, the pork industry's Transport Quality Assurance programme (TQA) has promoted responsible practices when handling and transporting pigs. In that time, TQA has undergone five revisions -...
29 April 2014
Win-win Situation for Pigs, Producers and Society
US - The president and CEO of the Prairie Swine Centre says Canada's updated Pig Code of Practice creates a win win situation for the animals, for the pork producer and for society in general, according...
28 April 2014
'Spy in the Sty' Research Yields Big Benefits
UK - A product heralding a major breakthrough in pig management will be launched at the British Pig and Poultry Fair. The In-pen Voluntary Access Scale — a growth sensor — will enable farmers to ‘see’...
Enhancement of Marketing Position for Canadian Pork Expected
CANADA - The chair of the National Farm Animal Care Council's Pig Code Development Committee is confident Canada's new Pig Code of Practice will help boost the international marketing position for Canadian...
24 April 2014
Event Showcases Broad Benefits of Precision Farming for Pig and Poultry
UK - With data set to be one of the most important management tools on farm, the Royal Agricultural Society of England will be advising visitors at the British Pig and Poultry Fair in May on the collection,...
23 April 2014
Iowa Swine Day to Tackle Topics of Interest to Pork Industry
US - Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) virus, food safety, animal welfare and biosecurity will be some of the pressing topics covered 26 June at the third annual Iowa Swine Day at Iowa State University....
Swine Traceability Expected to Provide Various Advantages
CANADA - The introduction of Swine Traceability is expected to give Canada's pork industry an advantage in terms of animal disease response, food safety and market access, writes Bruce Cochrane....
Pig Welfare Aid Amounts to BGN20 Million
BULGARIA - Tatyana Angelova, Deputy Executive Director of the State Aid directorate and the SAPARD programme at the State Fund Agriculture (SFA), announced that the first tranche of financial aid for welfare...
22 April 2014
Canada's Revised Pig Code of Practice Well Accepted
CANADA - The chair of the National Farm Animal Care Council's Pig Code Development Committee reports reaction to Canada's revised Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs has been positive, writes...
17 April 2014
Achieving Higher Animal Welfare Standards in EU
ANALYSIS - A five-year plan has been launched to encourage the production, sourcing and consumption of food and products from animals to be from higher welfare regimes across Europe....
16 April 2014
New Handbook on Managing Group-housed Sows from Pork CRC
AUSTRALIA - Pork CRC offers advice for successful group housing of sows....
McDonald's Franchisee to Phase out Sow Stalls in Latin America
LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN - McDonald's restaurant operator, Arcos Dorados, is to set out plans to source pig meat from group-housed sows within the next two years....
14 April 2014
Updated Advice on Lidocaine for Pain Relief in Pigs
US - The American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) has provided further information on the use of lidocaine for pain relief in pigs....
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