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Do live pigs belong at global trade shows?  Photo: Vincent ter Beek

Do live pigs belong at global trade shows?

Last week, the news broke that the annual US trade show World Pork Expo will be cancelled due do the emergence...

Beating the heat. Photo: Vincent ter Beek

Beating the heat

There’s nothing as unpredictable as the weather…! Seasonal temperature rises, alongside the challenges of global...

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Deep straw in pigs – when does it work?

Pig management expert John Gadd became intrigued by a recent farm visit featuring a pig farm in Germany, keeping...

Quarterly update: Signs of change in global pork market. Illustration: Shutterstock

Quarterly update: Signs of change in global pork market

Every quarter, pig market expert Dr John Strak takes a look at the situation of global pig trade. The effects of...

Legendary King Arthur used to go to battle with his sword Excalibur, which only he could draw from a rock. Photo: Shutterstock

Have the courage to fight for increased sustainability

Many people in agriculture reacted to the recent publication in The Lancet, which encourages eating less amounts...

Sow mortality has been an issue in the USA in recent years. Photo: Casey Bradley

Sow mortality in the US – 1 year later

In a recent comprehensive US research, 20% of sow mortality was attributed to prolapse. While appreciating that...

Organic production is less efficient than conventional production mainly because of the diets and genetics used. However some of the technology used in the facilities should be explored by conventional farms because it allows less use of antimicrobials. Photo: Edgar Garcia Manzanilla

Pig farming beyond zinc oxide and antibiotics

As the end of therapeutic zinc oxide (ZnO) and in-feed antibiotics approaches, sharing knowledge and experiences...

Is the pig house too hot in summer? Paint it white! Photo: Bert Jansen

Is the pig house too hot in summer? Paint it white!

The summer of 2018 was a hot one and it looks like there are more of them to come. Are there easy ways to...

Early indicators for tail biting in pigs. Photo: Ronald Hissink

Early indicators for tail biting in pigs

Should pigs in the EU keep the end of their tails, or should tails be docked in the 1st days of the pigs’ lives...

Swine nutritional questions for 2019 and beyond. Photo: 123RF.com

Swine nutritional questions for 2019 and beyond

New year’s resolutions often appear to be given up quickly, writes swine nutrition technology expert Dr Casey...

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Why I sometimes choose to skip my pork chop

We all need to reduce our meat intake substantially – that was one of the messages from a scientific article in...

Pig welfare in a time of crisis. Photo: Vincent ter Beek

Pig welfare in a time of crisis

The recent outbreaks of African Swine Fever in Europe and Asia sometimes have far-reaching consequences, of...

Quarterly update: Pig market outlook does not look rosy. Photo: 123elis | Dreamstime

Quarterly update: Pig market outlook does not look rosy

Last year, pig market expert Dr John Strak warned that it was time to be cautious about developments in 2018....

Around the world in 11 pig farms

Around the world in 11 pig farms

Through the year 2018, Pig Progress visited various leading farms all over the world again. We took a look at...

OK – this kind of protection may be a little bit over the top for a farm, but just like these medieval city walls of Ávila in central Spain, any farm should be constructed to keep unwanted visitors out. Photo: Vlad Gheia | Dreamstime

Keeping ASF out: The Fortress Farm

As African Swine Fever continues to make more victims in China, it is wise for any pig farmer worldwide to know...

Rosie Burgin

Go with your gut

Balance is a key word in maintaining gut health in the livestock sector. In modern production systems, the...

A good and well-known example of re-use of by-products: whey from cheese production is supplied to weaner pigs.

Leftovers, ASF and sustainability

With the ongoing spread of African Swine Fever in China, the use of swill has been identified as a culprit. No...

Photo: Henk Riswick

And the winners are… Neonatal piglets

The shape of sow legs or that of newborn piglets’ heads, feeding of gestating sows or playing music in the...

Photo: Vincent ter Beek

How to protect a pig farm from ASF?

African Swine Fever (ASF) is the most worrying of the virus diseases at present, writes management expert John...

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Precision farming and sustainability key at EuroTier

Two themes clearly jumped out at the 2018 edition of EuroTier, writes Pig Progress editor Vincent ter Beek:...