March 2020 has been a month like nothing before. Covid-19 caused the global pig business to stay indoors, cancelling events and meetings and upset plans. That doesn’t mean, however, that there was no pig business news to report on. Especially pig breeding companies announced new plans.
Pig genetics company PIC and Russian genetics distribution company Otrada have entered a strategic relationship, as from the 1st quarter of 2020. Otrada will become the exclusive partner in Russia, Kazakhstan, Georgia and Armenia for PIC’s lines X54 (F1 female), L04 (Landrace), L05 (Yorkshire) and the PIC800 (Duroc). The deal combines PIC’s genetic programme and genetics with Otrada’s know-how in genetic production and distribution.
Hendrix Genetics’ swine breeding brand, Hypor, has launched a new version of its mobile app for clients, which can run both in Android and IOS and which works both offline and online, sending data to the cloud. The original app included track and trace, genetic defects and losses, with all measurements linked to an individual animal. Data was sent to a breeding database where it was processed and used to estimate genetic breeding values.
Zinpro has produced an animated video, Take the Proven Path, to educate the industry about the difference in trace mineral absorption and metabolism. The company believes that its range of performance minerals are more efficiently absorbed and utilised, maximising animal wellness and genetic potential.
Thermo Fisher Scientific’s proposal to acquire Qiagen has been approved. Qiagen is a provider of life science and molecular diagnostic solutions and employs about 5,100 people at 35 locations in more than 25 countries. The company generated 2019 revenue of $ 1.53 billion. Its sample preparation technologies are used to extract, isolate and purify DNA, RNA and proteins from a wide range of biological samples.
Bayer Animal Health has launched the new global Care4Pigs grant initiative which is a collaboration with the Farm Animal Welfare Education Centre and Korean Association of Swine Veterinarians. The initiative offers 3 projects the chance to receive € 10,000 each to support innovation aimed at enhancing swine well-being. Grant applications must be submitted by 30 June 2020.
CP Merchandising (CPM), which is a subsidiary of Thai agribusiness Charoen Pokphand Foods, is acquiring up to 20% of total issued shares in Tesco Asia Group in Thailand and Malaysia. The acquisition is aimed to strengthen CPF’s value chain in terms of distribution channels in the 2 countries and to enhance the range of consumer options in this space. CPF is planning to modernise its distribution channels of meat products to better suit consumers’ behaviour.
The French National Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (INRAE) and Olmix will evaluate the effect of different compounds rich in marine sulfated polysaccharides on a wide range of biological activities able to improve production performance and the resistance of animals to infections. Research highlighted that some of the tested extracts could be used in feeds as natural products to e.g. stimulate the immune response of livestock animals.
AB Vista presented the methodologies and findings from 9 new studies examining the effects of calcium, phosphorous, phytase, xylanase and xylo-oligosaccharides on swine performance at the ASAS Midwest Section/ADSA Midwest Branch Joint Meeting in the US. Highlights indicated that using a high dose of phytase and xylanase enabled a reduction in formulation cost, improved performance and reduced CO2e emissions from animals fed less dense diets.
At the 52nd Swine Research Days held in Paris, Animine looked at copper in piglets’ feeds. One study evaluated the impact of the reduction of copper level, from 140 ppm to 90 ppm, on 560 piglets during the starter phase. Performance wasn’t affected when copper sulfate was replaced by copper(I) oxide (CoRouge). Results may be explained by a stronger effect of CoRouge on E. coli population in the piglet intestine compared to copper sulfate.
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