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Estonia: Pork trade from Lithuania reopened despite ASF
After a four-day break, Estonia has reversed a decision to ban Lithuanian pork from crossing its borders amid the outbreak of the deadly African Swine Fever (ASF), Only six days ago, the Estonian Veterinary and Food Board prohibited the import of pork and its products from Lithuania as ASF had been ...
Piglet feeding: Mobile feeding automat
During piglet raising, the foundation is laid for an optimal fattening and carcass performance of the fattening pigs. Accordingly, the energy and nutrient requirements of the animals should already shortly after birth be supplemented by a regular distribution of small feed rations. For this, the e...
the next 'level'
The brothers Theo and Bart Verhees, from Someren, the Netherlands, found a way to make more use of the available surface of their farm. By applying levels they could keep up to 25% more pigs. By Kees van Dooren, Boerderij At 10am, Bart Verhees, 51, and his brother Theo, 50, are...
PigTek presents new sow feeding line at WPX
The PigTek Pig Equipment Group introduced new equipment platforms for its feeding solutions for gestating (pictured) and lactating sows. Both products were shown at the China Animal Husbandry Exhibition (CAHE) in Qingdao and made their presence at World Pork Expo in Des Moines, IA, United States thi...
‘The Fourth P’ of pig production
When producing pigs sustainably, many point to the interests of consumers, those of the industry and the effect on Mother Earth. But aren’t we forgetting one? Recent developments in Europe appear to add one more dimension to think of. By Vincent ter Beek I am not an activist. Nor am I an animal ...
Pig aggression can be stopped by using candies
A pig fight can be interrupted by providing more interesting alternatives. In trials in Hanover, Germany, pigs were successfully taught to respond to the sound of a feeder. The feeder in the experiment at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Hanover, Germany, included chocolate candies.The researc...
Ventilating alone is not enough – know the air flow
Optimising a good climate in pig houses is a matter of accuracy. No rule of thumb exists – requirements of a ventilation system are largely dependent on the outside climate, a pig house interior, occupancy rate as well as the air inlet system used. By Patrick van Dijk, Fancom, the Netherlands Wo...
What If? In vitro meat
What if we did not have live animals but still had delicious meat to eat? Wouldn’t that solve animal welfare and environmental problems? Wouldn’t everyone be much happier? The topic of in vitro meat is interesting conversation among people in almost any venue. From social gatherings to class disc...
Osborne: New hog feeder launched
Osborne Industries, Inc., has announced the launch of its all new Stainless Steel Rectangular Hog Feeders to its swine management equipment line. Double-sided wean-to-finish rectangular feeder models are available for dry and wet/dry feeding. The feeders are constructed with heavy duty, 304 welded s...
Finisher pigs having a ball
Since January 2013, providing distraction materials to sows and pigs has become mandatory in the EU. A host of different solutions have been shown at trade shows, but funnily enough, pigs don’t seem too interested. What if a toy did capture their interest? By Vincent ter Beek Why make a pig ...