Blog: Pigs

Food waste no longer suitable for human consumption can be used for animal feed purposes and the amount processed can be doubled in the EU, according to EFFPA. However, feed safety should be maintained at all costs. The potential to use an increased...
All About Feed~Thursday, 20 April, 2017 - 12:07    
For many consumers, buying a gallon of milk is much more complex than finding the preferred fat content and expiration date. They want to know how the cows were treated, what they were fed, whether they received growth hormones or antibiotics, whethe...
SceinceDaily~Thursday, 20 April, 2017 - 11:19    
The productivity of the GB breeding pig herd continued to increase last year albeit at a slower rate, according to the latest figures from Agrosoft. In the twelve months ending December 2016, the number of pigs weaned per sow per year averaged 24.83...
AHDB Pork~Thursday, 13 April, 2017 - 14:02    
Good management and selection of gilts is fundamental for maintaining a productive herd. At any time, 20–25% of production should be from gilts. A typical 45%+ replacement rate means that nearly half the herd will have been replaced during the...
AHDB Pork~Monday, 10 April, 2017 - 06:43    
The National Pig Association has welcomed the findings of a report on objective animal welfare data covering nearly 5.5 million pigs over three years. AHDB’s Real Welfare report is the culmination of a partnership between farmers and vets, deve...
AHDB~Friday, 3 March, 2017 - 10:38    
Take-home messages Rapeseed meal could entirely replace soya bean meal in finisher pig diets Proportions of rapeseed meal in a diet could be lifted to 25% without it impacting on an animal’s performance Could be an opportunity for feed suppli...
BSAS~Tuesday, 28 February, 2017 - 15:16    
City & Guilds has updated its Safe Use of Veterinary Medicines Certificate of Competence to reflect the growing awareness around the UK livestock sector of the need to respond to the antibiotic challenge. This qualification, which is open to anyb...
City & Guilds via National Pig Association~Tuesday, 14 February, 2017 - 11:09    
Presentation by Mike Ellis and Caleb Shull, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois, and Aaron Gaines, The Maschhoffs, Illinois, USA, during the VII CLANA Congress (Latin American College of Animal Nutrition), Mexico, October 2016. Vari...
Mike Ellis, University of Illinois et al at the VII CLANA Congress, via The Pig Site~Tuesday, 7 February, 2017 - 10:10    
Red Tractor pig producers will be required to use the electronic medicine book (e-MB) to record the total collated antibiotics they administer to their herds every three months. The pig industry has shown its support for the move which will help the...
Red Tractor Assurance~Monday, 6 February, 2017 - 10:18    
Gene-editing techniques could help to improve stocks of farmed pigs by boosting supplies of sperm from prized sires. Scientists have created male pigs that could be used as surrogates capable of producing sperm that contains the genetic blueprint of...
ScienceDaily~Monday, 16 January, 2017 - 07:40    
Just six months in, the AHDB Pork Focus Farm has achieved a 61 per cent reduction in pre-weaning mortality. This improvement is attributed to better farrowing house management, staff training and the use of ultra-high frequency ear tags to recor...
The Pig Site~Tuesday, 10 January, 2017 - 10:54    
An Outlook on Omnivorism and the Environmental “Hoofprint” of Livestock Introduction Each year, humanity produces more than 310 million tonnes of meat. That entails raising and slaughtering billions of chickens, pigs, and cows and proc...
Marian Swan, The Breakthrough Institute~Thursday, 22 December, 2016 - 15:10    
Homeopathy is widely used in livestock, especially to reduce the use of antibiotics, although it is often seen as controversial. A comprehensive literature review has been conducted to assess the efficacy of homeopathy in cattle, pigs and poultry. On...
C Doehring, University of Kassell et al in Veterinary Record~Wednesday, 14 December, 2016 - 08:11    
Health is King. During a study tour to Scotland earlier this year, a well-known producer and vet delivered presentations on how a partial de-stock can have significant benefits on lowering the cost of production (CoP) for a pig business. I found it p...
Richard Bows, AHDB Pork~Monday, 21 November, 2016 - 07:44    
Tail biting is a problem for both the farmer and the pig. Tails are docked to prevent biting from occurring and therefore prevent pain and infection for the pig. Behavioural studies have shown that docking does cause pain. So does the benefit of doin...
Lucy Towers, The PigSite~Friday, 18 November, 2016 - 10:03    
Summary Native breed genetics are key to retaining our bio-diversity and for future hybridisation. There are huge economic opportunities in the production of food from what we consider as animal waste (blood, skin, fat and bone). Though the productio...
Summary of Iltud Dunsford’s Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust Report,~Wednesday, 16 November, 2016 - 08:07    
Selling weight plays a central role in the optimal marketing of pigs for slaughter. The PiggyCheck application developed by the company Meier-Brakenberg is a novel artificial intelligence-based software that uses a 3D camera to allow the weight and b...
Meier-Brakenberg GmbH & Co. KG and Eurotier~Monday, 14 November, 2016 - 12:41    
Rural Business Research Intelligence from the Regions: pigs and poultry Supplies of pigmeat are tightening across Europe, somewhat compounded by Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) problems in England. Prices are expected to cont...
Rural Business Research~Friday, 4 November, 2016 - 12:49    
Pork CRC and the South Australian government have contributed $150,000 towards a world first initiative by Autism CRC and SunPork Farms to employ autistic adults in animal care positions in the Australian pork industry. Pilot projects in SA and Queen...
The Pig Site~Friday, 28 October, 2016 - 11:38    
Summary The number of piglets born alive per litter has increased in Ireland by 2 pigs in the past 15 years, from 10.9 in 2000 to 12.9 in 2015 (Teagasc PIGSYS, 2015). This trend is set to continue. Interpig (2015) showed that in 2015 the number born...
Peader Lawlor, Teagasc Moorepark , Teagasc Pig Farmer's Conference Proceedings~Friday, 28 October, 2016 - 08:10