The 8th edition of Pig Progress for 2021 is now available online. This edition highlights 5 promising soybean meal alternatives as well as the potential of puffing feed for a young piglet’s immature gastrointestinal tract. Also, American professor, Dr Temple Grandin, shares her thoughts on the “terrible mess” in terms of animal welfare that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused.
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Great strides have been made worldwide to reduce antibiotics. Regional approaches differ, as can be seen in the EU where different member states have had drastically different trajectories towards mitigating antimicrobial resistance. This article by Rebecca Kwakman on pages 7-9 highlights the Netherlands and Spain.
This article by Edwin Vogels and José Simeone of Nedap on page 10 discusses how performance in the farrowing pen can increase without costing extra labour. The importance of stimulating sow feed intake in the farrowing pen, even on warm days, is emphasised.
In this column on page 12, Dr Casey Bradley, president of the Sunswine Group and host of the P3 podcasts, asks: “Have we become too specialised in our skills that we do not have the internal capabilities to anymore to thrive as swine producers?” She believes the geneticist, veterinarian, nutritionist, production manager and accountant all need to work together and “rip down the silo walls.”
Dr Temple Grandin, American scientist, animal behaviourist and professor, shares her views on pages 14-15 regarding the “terrible mess in terms of animal welfare.” In an interview by correspondent Treena Hein she describes the developments as a result of massive capacity reductions caused by physical distancing requirements and by temporary plant shutdowns to stop the spread of Covid-19 transmissions.
Pork has always been a popular choice of meat, although individual markets determine what exactly counts as high quality. Lipids play an important role in the quality of a cut of pork. This article by Céline Robin of Pancosma on page 16-17 uncovers why.
Bart and Mascha Vennix have worked hard to establish their 4,800 finisher pig farm in eastern Germany. The long working days and substantial investment started paying off when, in September 202, African Swine Fever was detected in wild boar in the state and the farm suffered losses of € 179,000. The couple are, meanwhile, hoping and calling for the re-establishment of a slaughterhouse. Read the feature by Kees van Dooren and Vincent ter Beek on pages 18-20.
The benefits, availability, challenges and outlook of canola meal and other oilseed meals, pulses, insect meal, brewer’s spent grains and single-cell protein are discussed in-depth by correspondent Treena Hein on pages 22-24.
At weaning, the young piglet’s gastro-intestinal tract is still immature. Puffing, or pressure cooking, is a relatively expensive procedure widely used for creating human nutrition, but currently this method is not well known in animal nutrition. This sophisticated method, which is explored on pages 27-29 by Qianqian Jiang, Willy Derks and Pierre van Zon of Limagrain, could help make feed ingredients tasty, digestible and suitable for piglets.
On page 34, researcher and columnist Irene Camerlink looks at the change in current EU legislation around farm animal housing and how societal opinions need to be considered. However, a single approach cannot be used to phase out farrowing crates and each farm needs to be addressed on a case-by-case basis.