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ASF, udders and pig house innovations in Pig Progress 1

The latest edition of Pig Progress is now available online. In this edition we look at the history of ASF as well as what is being done to develop a vaccine. We talk to Piet van der Aar who has gained 37 years of knowledge in animal feed, and we visit an innovative pig house in Belgium. We consider a Danish model to minimise the risk of chromosomal defects, and look ahead to Victam Asia.

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Nothing sci-fi about ASF in the Americas

ASF was around more than 30 years ago in the Americas when at least 1.2 million pigs were culled to limit the effects of the outbreak. Pig Progress consulted the history books to learn more. The results can be read on pages 6 to 9.

Dead pigs in a ditch with wood and tyres scattered among them, ready to be burnt. Photo: Museum of the Revolution, Havana, Cuba
Dead pigs in a ditch with wood and tyres scattered among them, ready to be burnt. Photo: Museum of the Revolution, Havana, Cuba

Denmark: Keeping ASF out

Denmark is going to great lengths to seal its border and prevent ASF from entering the country. Read more about the compulsory border cleaning and disinfection procedure on page 10.

Many trucks leave Denmark to transport pigs out of the country. When the empty vehicles return, each must be washed and disinfected and receive approval before collecting more pigs. Photo: Vincent ter Beek
Many trucks leave Denmark to transport pigs out of the country. When the empty vehicles return, each must be washed and disinfected and receive approval before collecting more pigs. Photo: Vincent ter Beek

A column all about udders (part 2)

In the second part of this series, columnist John Gadd encourages readers to get know udders. Read how on page 13.

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Exploring an innovative pig house

An innovative finisher pig house in Belgium is home to about 450 pigs that all live together. The concept works nicely, but there is room for improvement. Read more on page 14.

The pig house can house 5,000 finisher pigs, and each pig will have enough space to do what they like. Photo: Ateliar 68
The pig house can house 5,000 finisher pigs, and each pig will have enough space to do what they like. Photo: Ateliar 68

What to expect at Victam-VIV?

Beginning in 2020, VIV joins Victam Asia, bringing 400 exhibitors together and over 9,000 visitors to ‘Victam and Animal Health and Nutrition 2020’. Find out what to expect on page 17.

Victam and Animal Health and Nutrition Asia 202 will be held at Bitec in Bangkok, Thailand, from 24 to 26 March 2020.
Victam and Animal Health and Nutrition Asia 202 will be held at Bitec in Bangkok, Thailand, from 24 to 26 March 2020.

Pig Progress chats to Piet van der Aar who has 37 years of feed experience

Pig Progress caught up with Piet van der Aar who, for 37 years, worked at Schothorst Feed Research in the Netherlands. In his most recent position, he was the director of research and business development. We chatted to him about developments and challenges in the feed industry on page 18.

“It is important to strengthen co-operation and to try adopt a more proactive attitude,” said Piet van der Aar. Pic: Koos Groenewold
“It is important to strengthen co-operation and to try adopt a more proactive attitude,” said Piet van der Aar. Pic: Koos Groenewold

Avoiding chromosomal defects

On page 20 we look at a model developed by the Danish Pig Research Centre to minimise the risk of chromosomal defects.

The DanBrad breeding programme focusses on targeting translocations and other possible chromosomal defects that adversely affect fertility while simultaneously maximising genetic gain.
The DanBrad breeding programme focusses on targeting translocations and other possible chromosomal defects that adversely affect fertility while simultaneously maximising genetic gain.

Controlling ASF

Efforts are being made worldwide to develop a vaccine to control African Swine Fever. Some look promising.

African Swine Fever is a large and complex DNA virus. Photo: Shutterstock
African Swine Fever is a large and complex DNA virus. Photo: Shutterstock

Solving the antibiotic challenge, together

Dr Monique Pairis-Garcia talks about how we should spend less time pointing fingers and more time solving the problem, together, of antibiotic use on farms.

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