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Gilt and Sow Management Guidelines 2017: Section 4 Group housing

Wed, 04 Apr 2018

This section gives an overview of sow housing options. There are different types of group housing systems and each has pros and cons. Regardless of the type of sow housing, PIC recommends to have the same production targets as in individually housed facilities.

 

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Gilt and Sow Management Guidelines 2017: Section 3 Breeding and gestation

Wed, 21 Mar 2018

This section provides recommendations to realise superior reproductive performance. It also provides best practices on accomplishing a precise weekly breeding target which will help to establish a consistent pig flow downstream.

 

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Gilt and Sow Management Guidelines 2017: Section 2 Gilt management

Wed, 07 Mar 2018

This section provides recommendations and best practices for gilt management. It will help producers prepare gilts to have high performance in their first parity while priming them for high lifetime performance.

 

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NFU elects new officeholder team

Thu, 22 Feb 2018

Minette Batters has been elected as the new President of the National Farmers’ Union.

 

Tyson Foods pork processing facility suspends operations

Wed, 21 Feb 2018

Operations at the processing plant have been halted due to a “production related issue” according to Tyson Foods communications.

 

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Manitoba launches consultation on agricultural Crown lands

Wed, 21 Feb 2018

The Manitoba government has launched a consultation focused on agricultural Crown lands, to ensure upcoming policy changes reflect the views of the livestock industry while improving fairness and transparency in the system.

 

Novel pork proposals make for good reading

Wed, 21 Feb 2018

Novel means of monitoring and improving pig health and reproduction, alleviating summer infertility and enhancing genetic progress across the Australian pig herd, were just some of the subjects covered in quality research proposals submitted this week to Australasian Pork Research Institute Limited (APRIL).

 

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Gilt and Sow Management Guidelines 2017: Section 1 General Farm Review

Wed, 21 Feb 2018

This section provides checklists on key performance indicators related to general sow farm processes and performance.

 

How long do mycoplasma-negative herds stay negative?

Tue, 20 Feb 2018

Most hog farms successfully stamp out mycoplasma pneumonia when they work with their veterinarian to eliminate the disease. The challenge is preventing reinfection.

 

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Hypor Libra*: Greater gains with less labour

Tue, 20 Feb 2018

The expression “time is money” is especially true for pork producers, because time and money are the two things that are always in short supply; or at least, they used to be. Thanks to the new Hypor Libra* (pronounced Libra Star) sow, which achieves excellence in piglet quality, mothering ability and sow longevity, producers can increase the number of pigs each employee manages and lower labor costs from farrow to wean.

 

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Can your boar ensure quality? Hypor Kanto can

Tue, 20 Feb 2018

These days, quality can be hard to find, unless you know where to look. And if you’re seeking a boar that offers exceptional meat quality, look no further than the Hypor Kanto.

 

Genesus global technical report: Short remarks about sow's lactation

Tue, 20 Feb 2018

If you search the internet «sows do not produce milk» or «sows do not produce enough milk» you will find multiple articles, trials, recommendations and expert’s opinions; that often contradict each other.

 

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3 tips for surviving the vitamin A & E supply crisis

Tue, 20 Feb 2018

A supply disruption of Vitamin A and Vitamin E has led to higher prices, presenting a clear challenge to nutritionists and feed formulators in many markets around the globe. Here we examine the role of Vitamin A and Vitamin E in animal diets, requirements per species, and 3 tips for adjusting animal feed recipes to cope successfully with the challenge.

 

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USDA seeks comments on plans to modernise swine inspection

Tue, 20 Feb 2018

Spokespersons for USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) made the rounds at the 2018 International Production and Processing Expo in Atlanta to drum up support for proposed rules to modernize carcass inspections at swine slaughterhouses and increase line speeds.

 

Food and farming can power Britain post-Brexit, says NFU President

Tue, 20 Feb 2018

Now is the opportunity to change and reshape agriculture policy and future-proof British food production, according to NFU President Meurig Raymond.

 

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Vets claim victory as Gove recognises animal welfare as a public good

Tue, 20 Feb 2018

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has warmly welcomed Defra Secretary of State Michael Gove’s statement that animal welfare is a public good that could be funded under a future agricultural policy after the UK leaves the EU.

 

Michael Gove announces farm inspection review

Tue, 20 Feb 2018

A comprehensive review of farm inspections to remove bureaucratic burdens placed on farmers has been announced by Environment Secretary Michael Gove today.

 

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Mind your head: UK farmers talk mental health

Mon, 19 Feb 2018

More than one farmer a week in the UK dies by suicide. Leading farming charity, ‘Mind your head’, discusses mental health with UK farmers.

 

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Increase in pig price fully justified

Mon, 19 Feb 2018

Chairman of IFA Pigs Committee, Tom Hogan, has said the pig price must rise over the coming days and weeks, and that this rise is fully justified.

 

China turns to artificial intelligence to track its 700 million pigs

Mon, 19 Feb 2018

Alibaba, Tequ Group and Dekon group sign multi-million-dollar deal to bring artificial intelligence (AI) to China’s pig farming industry.

 

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Jim Long Pork Commentary: Mexico trip report

Fri, 16 Feb 2018

Last week we spent in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. Capital of Jalisco is Guadalajara. Jalisco is the number one state in Mexico for hog production, with over 20% of the country’s output.

 

The latest meat processing trends uncovered at Foodex 2018

Fri, 16 Feb 2018

Visitors to the NEC, Birmingham in April can discover a wide range of new technological innovations to meet growing consumers demands.

 

India’s pig farmers encouraged to go ‘commercial’

Fri, 16 Feb 2018

In order to encourage adoption of scientifically-backed commercial pig rearing methods by India’s pig farmers, the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has embarked upon a training programme for the Erukula community.

 

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Genesus Global Market Report: Canada - a strange marriage

Fri, 16 Feb 2018

The ties that bind. The marriage I am referring to is the increasingly strong one between the Quebec and Ontario pork industries.

 

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Saker ShopRites, Inc. recalls empanadas due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen

Thu, 15 Feb 2018

Saker ShopRites, Inc, a Linden, NJ. establishment, is recalling approximately 19,757 pounds of pork and chicken empanadas due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has announced.

 

Monitoring animal welfare at slaughter: CCTV and beyond

Thu, 15 Feb 2018

Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) to hold one day seminar in May

 

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Healthy, stress-free GI tract is key to pigs’ long-term health

Wed, 14 Feb 2018

A healthy gastrointestinal (GI) tract is inextricably linked to the nervous system and is generally a strong predictor of a pig’s overall health, said a research veterinarian who specializes in animal neuroscience.

 

EU Pig Prices: markets are recovering, quotations are going up

Wed, 14 Feb 2018

For the first time since June 2017, the pigs-mature-for-slaughter quotations are indicating an upward trend for the coming months.

 

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Strong year for UK meat exports

Wed, 14 Feb 2018

Exports of red meat products from the UK surpassed the £1.2 billion mark in 2017, according to the latest figures from HMRC.

 

Nuscience feed technology enters Canadian market under Biotica brand

Wed, 14 Feb 2018

CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA — Nuscience, a member of the Royal Agrifirm Group, has announced the introduction of its elite level feed technology suite into the Canadian market, under the Biotica product brand via strategic marketing partnership with Canadian Bio-Systems Inc.

 

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Breaking €1 billion for the first time, Ceva Santé Animale consolidates its position as the leading French player in the global animal health market

Tue, 13 Feb 2018

2017 will go down in history as the year Ceva Santé Animale (Ceva) achieved growth of 20% and broke the billion euro barrier for the first time with sales of €1.1 billion. This performance consolidates its position as the 6th largest animal health company and leading French multinational in the sector.

 

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Bluestar Adisseo announces closing of Nutriad acquisition

Tue, 13 Feb 2018

Bluestar Adisseo Company (“Adisseo”) announces that it has completed the acquisition of global feed additives producer Nutriad. This transaction is part of Adisseo’s strategy to become one of the worldwide leaders of specialty additives in animal nutrition.

 

Surge in alternative proteins as Nestlé and Tesco praised by investors for plant-based shift

Tue, 13 Feb 2018

London, 13 February 2018 - As alternative proteins become mainstream, Nestlé and Tesco are named the best declared companies, while Costco has been called out for its inadequate response

 

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Hypor's commitment to quality attracts top breeder

Tue, 13 Feb 2018

Last month, Hypor signed a long-term breeding contract with their new Great Grandparent (GGP) nucleus farm in France for their Hypor Large White. The farm (SCEA du Bois de Thiouzée) is owned by Bertrand Tirel, one of the best and most experienced nucleus breeders in the country. Tirel went looking for a cutting-edge company to align with and found it in Hypor.

 

Stay ahead at the British Pig & Poultry Fair 2018

Tue, 13 Feb 2018

Pig and poultry producers are well known for embracing new technology and business tools, and many are planning further investment to ensure a bright future in the years ahead.

 

Good nutrition key to antibiotic reduction

Tue, 13 Feb 2018

Farmers must utilise alternative treatments and good nutrition to protect the future of critically important antibiotics, according to speakers at a recent farm seminar.

 

Budget proposal another blow to family farmers

Tue, 13 Feb 2018

NFU President, Roger Johnson, comments on the release of the proposed fiscal year budget for 2019.

 

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Genesus Global Market Report: USA

Tue, 13 Feb 2018

Cash hogs are approaching $60 live, in February, I don’t think even Punxsutawney Phil saw that coming.

 

Pig producers urged to enter 2018 EU PiG Grand Prix

Mon, 12 Feb 2018

The 2018 European Pig Innovation Group (EU PiG) Grand Prix is open for entries until 28 February.

 

UK food & farming sector unites over impact on homegrown

Mon, 12 Feb 2018

Thirty-six organisations representing the UK’s food and farming industry have set out what a successful Brexit means to them and to promote a unified voice to Government from across the food sector in a joint statement.

 

GEA cooling systems for pork production in Russia

Mon, 12 Feb 2018

End of last year the pig slaughter and processing entity Agroeco-Yug signed a contract with the technology group GEA for the supply, installation and commissioning of an extensively cooling system.

 

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PigSustain: assessing the resilience of the UK pig industry

Mon, 12 Feb 2018

In an interview with The Pig Site, Dr Mary Friel, Leeds University, discusses how the PigSustain initiative is assessing the resilience of the UK pig industry to ensure it is prepared for the future.

 

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Thailand's journey to be responsible antimicrobial users

Fri, 09 Feb 2018

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a term we are hearing more and more, and it poses a significant threat to your life

 

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Close call for research proposals

Fri, 09 Feb 2018

A first call by Australasian Pork Research Institute Limited (APRIL) for research proposals to enhance the competiveness and sustainability of the Australasian pork industry closes Friday, February 16.

 

Farmers of Zambia compensated for swine fever losses

Thu, 08 Feb 2018

More than K50 million has been made available for Zambia’s pig farmers to help in compensating for the huge livestock losses that they have faced with the recent outbreaks of African swine fever.

 

NPA speaks out over sustainable antibiotic use claims

Thu, 08 Feb 2018

NPA chief executive, Zoe Davies, spoke out publicly against Lord Jim O’Neill after he claimed the NPA was discouraging reduced antibiotic use within the pig sector.

 

US pork exports set new volume records in 2017

Thu, 08 Feb 2018

In 2017, US pork exports recorded the largest year ever in volume, with sales to more than 100 countries around the world.

 

Role of Diagnostics for Investigating PCV2

Wed, 07 Feb 2018

ANALYSIS - Eduardo Fano, FLEX Technical Manager with Boehringer Ingelheim, speaks about the role diagnostics play when investigating PCV2, also in vaccinated populations.

 

Canada’s livestock producers receive tax relief for 2017

Wed, 07 Feb 2018

January 6: the government of Canada released the final list of designated regions where livestock tax deferral has been authorised for 2017 due to drought, flood or excess moisture conditions.

 

Rabobank Pork Quarterly Q1 2018

Wed, 07 Feb 2018

Rabobank makes its predictions for 2018 pork production, exports, and imports in the global market.

 

Rodenticide resistance on the rise

Wed, 07 Feb 2018

Just when farmers are getting the hang of rodenticide stewardship rules, introduced mid-2016, a new study by Reading University confirms that rats in some parts of the country are resistant to some of the most widely-used poison baits.

 

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The rise of fumonisins marks global trend as mycotoxin threat shifts

Tue, 06 Feb 2018

Fumonisins have become more prevalent at higher concentrations in raw commodities and finished feeds in recent years, according to the latest annual Biomin Mycotoxin Survey data.

 

Cargill-Cainthus partnership strengthens on-farm animal health and welfare

Tue, 06 Feb 2018

Cargill will bring facial recognition capability to farmers through strategic equity investment in Cainthus.

 

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Laboratory automation solutions designed to boost productivity showcased at SLAS 2018

Tue, 06 Feb 2018

Thermo Fisher Scientific, the world leader in serving science, today announced new laboratory automation technologies designed to streamline workflows, optimize productivity, and speed time to results. The new solutions are on display this week at the 2018 Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) conference, Booth 1105, San Diego Convention Center, California.

 

Steps to keep the incidence of stillborns at bay

Tue, 06 Feb 2018

The cause of stillborns in pig production varies widely, but it’s often connected to sow parity or infectious disease. Either way, stillborns are costly and need to be minimized for profitable, efficient production.

 

PigPass: Australia’s answer for pork reporting

Tue, 06 Feb 2018

To continuously improve upon the country’s reputation for delivering high quality and safe pork products, Australia has revamped its national pork reporting in the form of PigPass.

 

Public benefits of organic farming need formal recognition

Tue, 06 Feb 2018

The public benefits offered to the UK by organic agriculture need to be properly recognised and rewarded by government post-Brexit, according to leading organic certifier OF&G.

 

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Food-chain specialist: Communicate the emotional side of pork production, not the technical

Mon, 05 Feb 2018

The food supply chain has changed dramatically in the past 20 years. “It’s so much more complex and consumer driven,” said Justin Ransom, supply chain strategist. “Today’s consumer can ask for specific things, whether it involves cars or clothes, and they can get it. They think it should be the same for the food they put in their bodies.”

 

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Strategies to maximise long-term genetic gain in the genomic era

Mon, 05 Feb 2018

Genomic selection (GS) is a new method for improving economic traits in animal populations by utilising information from molecular markers, phenotypes and pedigree.

 

US opens up to pork imports from whole of Mexico

Mon, 05 Feb 2018

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has determined Mexico to be free from classical swine fever, and has therefore retracted controls on imports of pork meat and pork-containing products from the country.

 

The 'cultured' meat movement at IPPE 2018

Mon, 05 Feb 2018

The North American Meat Institute questions how the lab-grown or 'cultured' meat movement, showcased at IPPE 2018, will be regulated in the future