The 5th edition of Pig Progress for 2022 highlights how production data can improve sow longevity. In an interview, the CEO of Danish Genetics talks about pig genes and breeding goals. Also, a look at the expansion of a sow farm in Argentina, and the possibilities of making high protein feed ingredients from pig waste.
In an interview on pages 6-8, CEO of Danish Genetics, Henrik Biilmann, talks to Pig Progress editor, Vincent ter Beek, about his role at the helm of an organisation of 25 breeders, genetics and the company’s breeding goals.
A PhD project by Bjarke Grove Poulsen aims to improve sow longevity by investigating how to use production data to predict breeding values for longevity. Initial results are promising… Pages 10-11.
In May, the swine veterinary community gathered in Budapest, Hungary, at the European Symposium for Porcine Health Management (ESPHM). Various keynote speakers focused on a diverse range of pig health subjects from PRRS to ASF and pig welfare. Pages 12-14.
On page 15, columnist Francesc Molist offers some suggestions to reduce the negative effects of heat stress through the pig’s diet.
Neonatal diarrhoea is a common problem in modern pig production and, together with swine dysentery, is one of the most costly enteric infections on pig farms. Pages 16-17.
This article on pages 18-19 reviews the impact of individual pig genetic makeup in response to a specific dietary pattern and the influence of nutrient intake on gene expression.
In Argentina, brothers Matias and Nicolas Riva began The Good Pig in 2015. Today, the closed sow farm has expanded to 1,300 sows with plans to more than double this figure in the next in the next couple of years. Pages 20-23.
Purlite, a powdered blend of vegetal and mineral raw materials with absorbent, cleaning and non-irritating properties, plays a major role in environmental management of animals and their litters. Learn more on pages 24-25.
At the latest edition of the Alltech ONE Conference, speakers painted a new perspective on sustainability and on the steps beyond that. Is ‘net zero’ enough, or should we be aiming for ‘net positive’? Pages 26-28.
An important aspect of sustainability is recycling and reuse where possible. A group of scientists in Belgium are therefore investigating if the duckweed plant can be used to convert nutrients from pig manure into a protein feed ingredient. Pages 30-32.
In terms of welfare, precision livestock farming technologies make earlier intervention and treatment possible. In her latest column on page 34, Dr Monique Pairis-Garcia focuses on how these technologies can improve one of the major welfare challenges on sow farms: lameness.