In this edition of Pig Progress, we look at calcium’s role in a sow’s blood in the farrowing process and how it affects the health of her litter. Trials investigate if raspberry-flavoured feed encourages exploratory behaviour in piglets and promotes feed intake. We also consider Europe’s pig populations as an emerging reservoir of influenza A viruses.
Pork is becoming more popular in Japan, an important pork-importing island with limited land. Yet pig production in the country is highly profitable and sustainable.
A recent study supports the theory that European domestic pig populations appear to be an emerging reservoir of potentially zoonotic influenza A viruses. In this article, we detail what this means, and what influence this has on vaccination programmes.
In this article, we highlight Finland’s Rapeseed Pork programme, which was awarded by the EU PiG Innovation Group. Winning in the category “Precision production”, Rypsiporsas pigs are raised free of antibiotics and are fed homemade feed.
In this article, Pig Progress interviews IPVS president, Dr Fernanda Almeida, who remains in charge to plan the IPVS Congress in June 2022.
We travel to the north Norfolk area of the UK to visit the high welfare outdoor breeding and finishing producer, North Farm Livestock, and discuss how the Pig Farmer(s) of the Year are managing amid uncertainties around both Brexit and Covid-19.
With respect to reduced feed intake and impaired nutrient absorption by heat-stressed sows, the strategy of including considerable amounts of fibre will be highly beneficial. This strategy focuses on gut integrity and health and optimises the nutrient absorption as a corollary effect.
It appears that calcium levels in a sow’s blood are likely to play a role in the farrowing process. This has inspired the development of a new drinking water additive.
Piglets are curious, sensitive to smell and love sweet flavours. A raspberry flavour may be a good incentive to encourage exploratory behaviour in piglets and encourage further feed intake. Trials in China set to find out.
The therapeutic use of zinc oxide will be banned in Europe, and the industry is looking for solutions to control or prevent post-weaning diarrhoea. Probiotics, such as Enterococcus faecium, could be part of the overall solution. Pig Progress takes a closer look.
Casey Bradley, president of the Sunswine Group, offers some “feed for thought” for the swine industry in the nutritional sector to improve the sustainability of production.