Gilt and Sow Management Guidelines 2017: Section 4 Group housing

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.



America - North

US


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

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.



Europe

EU


Gilt and Sow Management Guidelines 2017: Section 2 Gilt management

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.



Europe

EU


Global Market Report: Mexico's pork market

After two weeks surfing the Mexican pork market, talking with producers and packers, there are some relevant facts that allows us to subtract the following conclusions: Price - The price has kept a sustained rise since 2012, reaching its peak in 2014...



America - Latin

MX


Antibiotic-free production: What lessons can pork learn from poultry?

A rapid increase in the use of vaccines for respiratory and enteric diseases in swine over the past year will ultimately allow a reduction in antibiotic use, predicted Joe Connor, DVM, swine veterinarian, Carthage Veterinary Service, Carthage, Illinois.



America - North

US


Michael Gove announces legislation on mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses

The RSPCA responds to Gove's announcement of mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses from May 2018.



Europe

GB


Influence Feed: SNAP Judgments, 2019 Budget

Stay current on the latest food and agriculture issues impacting your business with Influence Feed by Zoetis. Influence Feed tracks the top 1,500 most influential voices across all segments of food and agriculture to bring you insights in a convenient bi-weekly report.



America - North

US


McDonald’s beats KFC, Burger King, Subway and Starbucks on animal welfare

The leading global measure of how companies perform on farm animal welfare has revealed that McDonald’s has outperformed its global rivals.



Asia - Central, West

WW


Canadian Pork Excellence important in marketing Canadian pork

FarmScape - In an interview with Bruce Cochrane, FarmScape, Mark Fynn, Manager of quality assurance and animal care programmes with Manitoba pork, discusses the importance of the 'Verified Canadian Pork' branding logo.



America - North

CA


NFU elects new officeholder team

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



Europe

GB



Cranswick tops Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare for the second consecutive year

British Food Producer, Cranswick retained its top tier ranking in the sixth annual Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare, launched today (22 February) at the London Stock Exchange.



Europe

GB


Jim Long Pork Commentary: US Hog Prices slide lower

Over the last week US 53-54% lean hogs, decreased from 74.25c / lb to 71.63c / lb. In our mind this is mostly attributed to Pork Cut-Outs that declined from 82-83c/lb range, to 77-79c/lb last week.



America - North

US


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

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



Europe

EU


Novel pork proposals make for good reading

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).



Oceania, Pacific

AU


Manitoba launches consultation on agricultural Crown lands

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.



America - North

CA


Tyson Foods pork processing facility suspends operations

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



America - North

US


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

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.



Europe

GB


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

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



Europe

GB


Michael Gove announces farm inspection review

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



Europe

GB


USDA seeks comments on plans to modernise swine inspection

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.



America - North

US



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

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.



America - North

US


How long do mycoplasma-negative herds stay negative?

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



America - North

US


Hypor Libra*: Greater gains with less labour

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.



Europe

EU


Can your boar ensure quality? Hypor Kanto can

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.



Europe

EU


3 tips for surviving the vitamin A & E supply crisis

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.



Europe

EU


China turns to artificial intelligence to track its 700 million pigs

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



Asia - East (inc China)

CN


Increase in pig price fully justified

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.



Europe

IE


Mind your head: UK farmers talk mental health

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



Europe

GB


Genesus Global Market Report: Canada - a strange marriage

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



America - North

CA


India’s pig farmers encouraged to go ‘commercial’

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.



Asia - South (inc India)

IN



Jim Long Pork Commentary: Mexico trip report

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.



America - Latin

MX


The latest meat processing trends uncovered at Foodex 2018

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



Europe

GB


Monitoring animal welfare at slaughter: CCTV and beyond

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



Europe

GB


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

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.



America - North

US


Nuscience feed technology enters Canadian market under Biotica brand

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.



America - North

CA


Strong year for UK meat exports

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



Europe

GB


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

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.



America - North

US


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

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



Europe

EU


Stay ahead at the British Pig & Poultry Fair 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.



Europe

GB


Good nutrition key to antibiotic reduction

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



Europe

GB



Budget proposal another blow to family farmers

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



America - North

US


Genesus Global Market Report: USA

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



America - North

US


Hypor's commitment to quality attracts top breeder

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.



Europe

EU


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

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.



Europe

EU


Bluestar Adisseo announces closing of Nutriad acquisition

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.



Europe

EU


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

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



Asia - Central, West

WW


GEA cooling systems for pork production in Russia

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.



Europe

RU


PigSustain: assessing the resilience of the UK pig industry

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.



Europe

GB


UK food & farming sector unites over impact on homegrown

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.



Europe

GB


Pig producers urged to enter 2018 EU PiG Grand Prix

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



Europe

EU



Close call for research proposals

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.



Oceania, Pacific

AU


Thailand's journey to be responsible antimicrobial users

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



Asia - South East

TH


NPA speaks out over sustainable antibiotic use claims

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.



Europe

GB


US pork exports set new volume records in 2017

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



America - North

US


Farmers of Zambia compensated for swine fever losses

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.



Africa

ZM


Role of Diagnostics for Investigating PCV2

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



Asia - Central, West

WW


Canada’s livestock producers receive tax relief for 2017

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.



America - North

CA


Rodenticide resistance on the rise

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.



Europe

GB


Rabobank Pork Quarterly Q1 2018

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



Asia - Central, West

WW


PigPass: Australia’s answer for pork reporting

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.



Oceania, Pacific

AU