Heat stress as well as breeding and genetics are 2 of the key topics that feature in the latest print edition of Pig Progress. Questions that will be answered include how nutrition can help alleviate heat stress for sows – and also a dose of pig semen is followed on its route from stud to sow. How to make sure it arrives safely?
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Contrasting worlds of pig meat production
An analysis paints a very interesting picture by looking at how the least developed countries compare to the leading countries in terms of the dynamics and patterns of global meat production. Despite the comparatively low importance of the least developed countries in global pig meat production, the dynamic development in several countries is worth noting. Page 6
Finisher pigs are selected for transport at a farm near Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi. Between 2008 and 2018, the slaughter volume in Malawi increased 7.7 million head. Photo: Grace Nathoka
Nutritional solutions for sows under heat stress
Pigs are highly susceptible to heat stress. Bruno Silva, a professor in swine nutrition and environmental adaptation, explains how the efficiency of lactating sows is compromised every time environmental temperatures create a situation that is above or below particular threshold values. He also unpacks strategies to help sows cope. Page 10
A sow nursing her piglets in southern Vietnam, where daily temperatures can easily be 35˚C. - Photo: Vincent ter Beek
Keeping pigs cool when temperatures spike
The EU PiG Innovation Group aims to share best practices and innovations in swine production. Each year, the partner network acknowledges a number of ambassadors, whose innovations impressed. One of the 2020 innovations is a high-pressure fogging system that reduces the temperature of air entering a pig house by up to 8°C. Page 13
The innovation won in the category ‘animal welfare – solutions for heat stress’. Photo: John van Paassen
Pig Progress interviews Alltech CEO, Dr Mark Lyons
Dr Mark Lyons, CEO of Alltech, shares his ever-evolving thoughts on the future of agriculture. In a time of worldwide disruption where many challenges exist, he sees opportunities. “With upcoming new technologies, improved farm management practices and the ingenuity of mankind, a world of abundance could be ours,” he says. Page 14
Dr Mark Lyons: “There is so much to discover, millions of ideas to chase and apply and, last but not least, stories to tell which show that plants, animals and people can thrive.” - Photo: Alltech
What constitutes having the ‘best’ pig farm?
Having a well-run pig farm is perhaps most reliant on the people who work there, according to Valerie Duttlinger, the chief analytics officer at Summit SmartFarms, during a presentation at the Alltech ONE conference held in May. Page 16
Putting people first on a pig farm is one of the key methods of running a good pork-rearing business. - Photo: Alltech
Compensatory growth post-weaning
Columnist John Gadd discusses compensatory growth post-weaning, and why it should be so controversial. Page 17
Staying positive in South Africa in challenging times
Power cuts and poor pork consumption are just 2 of the challenges South African pig farmer CP Kriek faces on his farrow-to-finish pig farm with 2,200 breeding sows and a 250-sow genetic nucleus. Investing in new technology and modernising ageing pig housing is Kriek’s strategy to control his costs. Page 20
Kriek is always monitoring advancements in technology and gauging if any would help increase the efficiency of his farm. - Photo: CP Kriek
From stud to sows – how to truck semen?
Temperature differences and vibrations are just 2 factors that can affect pig semen quality during the journey from boar stud to breeding farm. We look at the journey of semen from an AI centre to a farm and consider what is important to keep in mind for a successful delivery. Page 24
Several factors can affect semen quality during a journey. - Photo: Magapor
Gene editing offers avenues to end castration
Developments in gene editing could move the global pork industry closer to the end of pig
castration. In the EU, gene editing is not permitted. Will these new developments change that? Page 30
Gene editing offers several avenues to prevent the need for castration, and there are numerous exciting developments to report on. - Photo: FLI
A mother’s view on piglets
Casey Bradley tells us how her experiences as a mother have made her a better professional, with the biggest trait being empathy. Page 34
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