Research, repercussions and regulations and in Pig Progress 4

Research, repercussions and regulations and in Pig Progress 4

The latest edition of Pig Progress is now online and explores the newly-opened International Centre for Research and Innovation in France as well as the top-notch research farm in Canada. This edition also considers the far-reaching impact of African Swine Fever and Covid-19 on China’s meat production and trade. This and much more.

Dynamics in China’s meat production, 2017 – 2023

African Swine Fever and Covid-19 had a far-reaching impact on China’s meat production and trade. On pages 6-10, Pig Progress considers the changes in livestock numbers, meat production and meat consumption.

Column: Don’t forget the hidden costs

Swine nutrition and health expert, Dr Casey Bradley: “Throughout the formulation process, as a nutritionist, you are asked to make decisions based on price, quality, freight and many other factors..” In this column on page 11, she discusses some key factors that drive her decisions.

mRNA vaccines for the swine industry

While novel technologies can be exciting and prove to be the ‘next best thing’, such technologies may also be a source of drawbacks that would only become apparent at a later stage. This article on pages 12-15 looks at mRNA vaccines and the link to the swine industry.

A drawing of an RNA – note the difference with DNA as there is only one strain, not two. Photo: Shutterstock
A drawing of an RNA – note the difference with DNA as there is only one strain, not two. Photo: Shutterstock

New tools for France’s pork and pig research

This article on pages 16-17 turns to France where, in 2023, the French Pork and Pig Institute acquired research tools in its newly-opened International Centre for Research and Innovation. Here, equipment is capable of assessing skatole and androstenone levels, and tools can provide detailed info about every ham.

Top-notch research farm with the latest novelties

Pig Progress editor Vincent ter Beek travels to Canada to visit the new Ontario Swine Research Centre. He discovers free farrowing, intact boars and loads of nutrition research. In terms of set-up and research ideas, this facility leads the way in North America, he says. Pages 18-23.

Gestal feeders have been installed in the group housing facilities for gestating sows. Photo: Vincent ter Beek
Gestal feeders have been installed in the group housing facilities for gestating sows. Photo: Vincent ter Beek

Interview: Schothorst Feed Research looking for international growth

Jan Kamphof, the new director of Schothorst Feed Research, aims to improve profitability and increase the number of the company’s international customers. “At Schothorst, we test results in practice. Customers really appreciate that.” Pages 27-28.

5 factors regulating feed efficiency in pigs

In intensive swine production systems, feed comprises 60-70% of the total cost of pork production, and within feed, energy alone represents 50% or more of the total cost. Feed efficiency is key. Page 32.

Column: Farming vs Green Deal?

In this thought-provoking column on page 36, pig welfare expert Dr Irene Camerlink discusses the recent farmer protests and the restrictions being imposed on farmers due to emissions. But, what about the silent actor feigning innocence…?

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Natalie Kinsley Freelance journalist




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