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20 January 2014
Weekly Overview: Sow Stall Ban in Australia to Cause Exodus; US Herd Set to Expand Again
ANALYSIS - The Australian pig sector seems to be following closely developments in the European Union as it is set for a - in its case, voluntary - ban on sow stalls and concerns over the disease risks...
Australian Pork Industry Warns of Exodus of Old Piggeries
AUSTRALIA - The Australian pork industry is preparing for an exodus of old piggeries unwilling to meet the 2017 deadline for phasing out confined pens for pregnant sows, known as stalls....
16 December 2013
Key Consideration When Designing Group Sow Housing Systems
CANADA - An agriculture professor with Newcastle University suggests, when creating group housing systems for pregnant sows, designers need to focus primarily on minimizing aggression, Bruce Cochrane writes....
09 December 2013
Efficiently Filtering PRRS Viruses from Incoming Air
GLOBAL - Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) confronts pig producers throughout the world with big problems, says Big Dutchman: the pandemic disease severely affects the health of their...
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...
25 November 2013
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....
21 November 2013
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....
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...
05 November 2013
Key Challenges in Group Sow Housing Systems
CANADA - A professor of agriculture with Newcastle University in the UK says the two key challenges facing pork producers who house sows in groups are ensuring each sow gets the right amount of feed and...
31 October 2013
Centre Seeks Better Management of Sow Feeding Systems
CANADA - Prairie Swine Centre is seeking ways of improving the management of sow feeding systems to reduce competition between individuals....
30 October 2013
Feeding Places for 1.5 Million Pigs
GERMANY - Clean and robust, practical and precise: these are convincing characteristics of modern pig feeders for finishing houses. More pig producers have decided on Big Dutchman (BD) automatic dry feeders....
25 October 2013
Pork CRC Sow Transition Research Satisfying Hunger for Change
AUSTRALIA - Robert van Barneveld, supported by the CRC for High Integrity Australian Pork (Pork CRC), addressed the opening session of the 22nd biennial Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition Australia conference...
03 October 2013
National Sow Housing Conversion Project Underway
CANADA - The National Sow Housing Conversion Project is underway. Two pilot barns that were identified from a number of applicants from Saskatchewan and Manitoba have entered into the first stages of the...
26 September 2013
Osborne Industries Awarded Patent for Safety Gate
US - Osborne Industries has been awarded a patent for the unique Safety By-Pass Gate for its automated pig weighing and sorting system....
17 September 2013
Rooting Pigs are Happy Pigs
GERMANY - Pigs that can root lively generally feel happy as pigs in muck, according to Big Dutchman. ...
12 September 2013
Concerns over Conversion of Sow Barns to Group Housing
CANADA - The director of veterinary services with the Progressive Group of Companies warns many pork producers forced to convert from stall housing of gestating sows to group housing will be forced out...
11 September 2013
40 Years of Osborne’s Stanfield Heat Pads for Pigs
US - Celebrating 40 years since their development, Osborne’s Stanfield Heat Pads remain the safest, most reliable and economical heat pads for piglets in livestock production facilities....
09 September 2013
Planning Red-tape Ties up Pig Industry
UK - Getting planning permission for new pig buildings has become so complicated and bureaucratic that some producers have given up the struggle and are leaving old inefficient buildings in production...
05 September 2013
ISU Leads Air Emissions Research at Midwest Pig Farm
US - A first-of-its-kind study by Iowa State University (ISU) scientists is seeking to fill the information gap that exists on air emissions from swine facilities....
03 September 2013
Aid to Calculate Cost of High-welfare Farrowing Systems
UK - Researchers at Newcastle University have developed a spreadsheet-based financial simulation model estimates the cost of pig production in five free-farrowing systems in comparison to standard sow...
09 August 2013
Strong Response on Draft Pig Code of Practice
CANADA - The National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) reports that more than 4,700 comments were received in response to the release of its draft Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs in...
05 August 2013
Weekly Overview: Sow Stalls in Decline in US, EU
GLOBAL - The number of sows kept in stalls throughout gestation globally is declining as Smithfield Farms confirmed its commitment to phase out this form of housing in the last week. The company has also...
Utah Farm Phases out Sow Stalls
US - Consumer concerns have prompted the massive Utah hog operation, Circle Four Farms, and 459 other farms operated by the world’s largest pork supplier to phase out gestation stalls for sows....
01 August 2013
Smithfield Releases Video on Group Housing System
US - Smithfield Foods has created a video, which reaffirms the company's commitment to group-housing systems for sows on its farms....
16 July 2013
Proposed Changes in Housing Gestating Sows Generates Concern
CANADA - Manitoba Pork Council reports the mandatory elimination of gestation stalls by 2024 proposed in the draft updated Pig Code of Practice is generating the most concern among the province's pork...
10 July 2013
Art's Way Scientific Awarded New Contract with Japan's Zen-Noh Livestock
JAPAN - Art's Way Manufacturing Co., Inc. has announce its wholly-owned subsidiary, Art's Way Scientific, Inc. has completed a contract for a modular swine nursery building for Japan's Zen-Noh - the National...
05 July 2013
Proposed Mandatory Conversion to Group Housing of Sows Creates Concerns
CANADA - The Saskatchewan Pork Development Board says the mandatory conversion to group housing of gestating sows from stalls recommended in a proposed revised Pig Code of Practice has generated the most...
01 July 2013
Finisher Pig Buildings Blueprint Now Available
UK - BPEX’s 'Finisher Pig Buildings Design and Build – a blueprint for English farms' is now available for producers to order. ...
French Count the Cost of New Sow Housing
FRANCE - Between 2008 and 2013, 3,000 pig farms requested support to comply with the new animal welfare housing requirements in the EU....
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