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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...
Foot and Mouth Vaccination Control Strategies
US - Simulation models were developed to assess the impact of livestock herd types and vaccination on foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreaks using the North American Animal Disease Spread Model....
British Pig Producers Making Quantum Leap in Biosecurity
UK British pig farmers have made a quantum leap in their defences against foreign diseases this year, reports the National Pig Association....
08 December 2014
Call for Research to Improve Welfare of Managed Animals
UK - BBSRC is committed to ensuring high standards of welfare for all managed animals, and is seeking responsive mode applications under its welfare of managed animals priority....
05 December 2014
News Tools to Assist in Converting from Sow Stalls to Group Housing
CANADA - A researcher with the Prairie Swine Centre expects new tools intended to help pork producers convert sow barns from stall housing to group housing be available early in the new year, writes Bruce...
Cold Weather Prompts a Step up in Transport Biosecurity
CANADA - The executive director of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians is encouraging pork producers to be aware of the heightened risk of the spread of PED as the weather turns colder, writes...
04 December 2014
New Zealand Piggery Investigations Complete
NEW ZEALAND - The Ministry for Primary Industries did not have sufficient evidence to lay charges following two animal welfare investigations into incidents at piggeries earlier this year....
28 November 2014
European Pig Farmers Urged to Prepare for Winter
EU - As the chilly temperatures spread across Europe, pig producers are urged to be vigilant with regard to biosecurity during the cold winter months in order to keep disease at bay....
27 November 2014
Movement Licences Now Available Following Bird Flu Outbreak
UK - Pigs on poultry farms in the East Yorkshire avian flu control zones can now be moved to their next production stage....
26 November 2014
How is Danish Pig Sector Improving Welfare?
DENMARK - The Danish pig industry is to raise welfare practices and regulations on the farm over those being demanded by the European Union....
BRF Adopts New Animal Welfare Practices
BRAZIL - Brazilian meat and food processor BRF has joined forces with international animal welfare organisation, World Animal Protection, to improve animal welfare practices in its supply and production...
24 November 2014
Researchers Look at Optimal Space Allowance for Nursery Pigs
CANADA - Research being conducted on behalf of Swine Innovation Porc will help determine the optimum amount of space required to maximize the productivity of nursery pigs, writes Bruce Cochrane....
14 November 2014
Zoetis to Lead UK Project on Analysis of Pig Health, Welfare
UK - Zoetis is to lead a US$3-million project funded by Agri-Tech Catalyst Award from Innovate UK, the UK’s Innovation Agency into the use of analytics to help pork producers improve pig herd wellness...
AHVLA Report: Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome
UK - The Animal Health Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) has looked into Staphylococcal skin disease causes skin lesions resembling pig pox and porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS)...
Australian Vets Call for Careful Use of Antibiotics
AUSTRALIA – The seriousness of antibiotic resistance in animals leading to superbugs has been underlined by the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA)....
13 November 2014
Fibre in Sow Diets Expected to Improve Piglet Performance
CANADA - Researchers with the Prairie Swine Centre are exploring the benefits of including soluble fibre in the diets of sows to improve the productivity of her piglets, writes Bruce Cochrane....
Research into New Pig Influenza Virus
US - Two South Dakota State University researchers will examine a new influenza virus that affects cattle and pigs through a two-year, $393,530 National Institutes of Health grant....
PIC China's 2014 Symposium Maps Future
CHINA - The 2014 PIC Symposium which was held on 19 and 20 of October, in the city of Xi’an, China, was acclaimed a great success by the more than 250 representatives from top Chinese producers and integrators...
12 November 2014
New Study on Animal Welfare Legislation
GLOBAL - Increasingly, but to different extents, consumers throughout the world want assurances that the meat and dairy products they are buying are safe to eat, nutritious and of good quality....
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