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Trial on loose farrowing crates: More research needed

Extensive comparative research to loose farrowing in Denmark has yielded for now that none of the 10 participating designs tested scored ‘good’ or ‘very good’ on all operating parameters.

Cooling pads for sows developed at Purdue University

US-based Purdue University has developed personal pig cooling pads, to help them cool down while feeding the litters which are bigger every year.

Denmark aims for 1.5 million pigs without antibiotics

Several organisations in Denmark will jointly be spending 15.5 million Danish crowns (€ 2.01 million) for research into how to reduce the need for antibiotics among Danish pigs. The target is for 1.5 million pigs to be produced without antibiotics by 2021.

Wrapping up February: What’s new in the world of pigs?

Big Data and sensor technology increasingly make their entry into the global swine business, so much became clear from this month’s news releases shared with Pig Progress. In addition, in February a tree was planted to celebrate the take-over by Adisseo of Nutriad.

Number of ASF cases increasing rapidly in Poland

New cases of African Swine Fever (ASF) are being found in Poland with an increasingly high speed. In 2018 alone, until the 20th of February, the Polish authorities found 511 cases of ASF amongst its wild boar population.

New: Gene catalogue of pig gut microbiome

French researchers have published the 1st gene catalogue of the pig’s intestinal microbiome, a joint effort of research institutes and animal nutrition companies.

Prices for pig feed reach historic lows in Russia

The average price of pig feed in Russia has reached historic lows in December 2017. This has led to higher Feed Conversion Ratios.

Which management practices maximise piglet survival?

French researchers have established a list of do’s and don’ts on the basis of a survey amongst farrow-to-finish farms.

Alibaba: Artificial intelligence inside Chinese pig farms

Chinese E-commerce giant Alibaba is introducing artificial intelligence technology for inside pig farms, like e.g. machine vision, voice recognition and temperature sensors.

Playing in pigs – does it continue after weaning?

Pigs playing is a sensitive welfare indicator in neonatal pigs, so much has once more been confirmed in new Scottish research.

US exported record amount of pork in 2017

The United States have closed off a record year in terms of pig meat trade volumes, reported the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) in an annual overview.

Pig Progress goes on-farm in Vietnam in latest issue

In the 1st edition of Pig Progress in 2018, we take a look behind the scenes at a large farm near Ho Chi Minh City, we focused on Big Data use with finisher pigs and we wondered what is the difference between growth promotion and disease prevention.

Keeping zinc out by using prefermented rape seed

The medicinal use of zinc oxide can be replaced by adding prefermented rape seed through pig diets, according to the 1st results of a Danish scientific study.

Livestock ESBLs and human ESBLs are not the same

Meat consumption does not necessarily lead to ingestion of antibiotic resistant bacteria. Instead, humans tend to transfer these resistant bugs themselves, according to new research from the Netherlands.

Freedom farrowing strategies put to the test

Australian researchers have put ‘swing pens’ to the test – farrowing crates that can be opened on one side, giving the sow and piglets more freedom. Their outcome: confinement appears essential until day 7 post-farrowing.

Danish processed pork allowed on Chinese market

Tulip Food, a subsidiary of pig processor Danish Crown, has received permission to export salami, frankfurter sausages and canned pork to China.

Rye: Influence on Salmonella and boar taint in finishers

An intensive German study involving many finisher pigs has so far yielded that feeding rye appears to have a positive impact on the occurrence of Salmonella and boar taint.

Can sows estimate time? To a certain extent, yes

It may not always be perfect, but sows have a certain capacity to estimate time intervals.

Russia: No more subsidies for pig farm planning

The Russian ministry of agriculture has formally indicated that pig farmers are no longer entitled to obtain soft loans for future plans. This is because there is no longer a shortage for pork on the Russian market.

HyLife expanding to meet pork demand in Japan, China

Increased pork demand in both Japan, China as well as in home-base Canada were the main reasons for Canadian pork integrator HyLife Foods to expand strongly in Manitoba.

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