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12 March 2014
Revised Pig Code Offers Best Outcomes for Animals, Industry
CANADA - The Chair of the National Farm Animal Care Council's Pig Code Development Committee says Canada's updated Pig Code of Practice offers the best possible outcome for our animals and our industry,...
10 March 2014
Updated Code of Practice on Pig Welfare Explained
CANADA - The National Farm Animal Care Council has released its updated Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs in Canada, writes Bruce Cochrane....
07 March 2014
Canada's Pork Producers Commit to Group Housing, Pain Relief, Enrichment
CANADA – After three years of multi-stakeholder consultations and a 60-day public comment period that drew record-setting engagement for both diversity of perspective and number of comments, an updated...
Osborne Industries Names Latin America Sales Representative
LATIN AMERICA - US-based Osborne Industries has announced that Claudio Faúndez has been named Livestock Equipment Sales Representative for Latin America....
06 March 2014
Australia's Pig Breeders Abandon Sow Stalls
AUSTRALIA - More than 60 per cent of the country's sows are now kept in group housing systems, according to the results of a survey revealed at this week's ABARES Outlook conference this week....
Feeding Strategies Influence Aggression Levels in Group Housing
CANADA - A nutritionist with the Prairie Swine Centre reports the strategies used when feeding gestating sows in group housing situations can play significant role in reducing levels of aggression, Bruce...
25 February 2014
Netherlands Four-day Rule Brings Productivity Penalty
NETHERLANDS - Dutch farmers are up in arms over their government's gold-plating of European Union law....
18 February 2014
Osborne Introduces New Feed Hopper Extension
US - Osborne Industries has announced the development and release of a new hopper extension for their FIRE (Feed Intake Recording Equipment) pig performance testing feeder....
11 February 2014
Manitoba Pork Council Urges Investment in New Pig Housing
CANADA - Manitoba Pork Council is calling on government to support a proposal that would help attract more private investment in the construction of the new hog barns necessary to optimise the province's...
06 February 2014
New Pig Enterprise in Kursk Region
RUSSIA - A major pig farm has been opened in Kursk in western Russia, using the latest equipment from Big Dutchman for its breeding enterprise....
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....
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