Formerly a “fringe” issue, lameness in swine production has become a priority in the face of recent veterinary and producer-driven lameness investigations showing that losses attributable to lameness can reach $23 per growing pig. Culls or mortality due to lameness and joint disease can routinely approach 1% to 5% of the total population....More
A hot topic at this week’s World Pork Expo will, no doubt, be ractopamine. A number of producers and packers have been looking at the efficiency-enhancing beta-agonist with skeptical minds and eyes recently as China has enforced its ban on product that contains ractopamine....More
The results showed that piglets on lysozyme- or antibiotic-treated feeds grew approximately 12 percent faster than untreated pigs—even in uncleaned pens, suggesting that the treatments successfully ameliorated the effects of indirect immune challenge in the animals. Necropsies revealed intestinal differences between untreated and treated piglets....More
On May 28, 2015, the RCC published Regulatory Partnership Statements that outline the mechanisms for ongoing regulatory cooperation, as well as work plans describing the new initiatives planned for RCC-2....More
Antibiotics and their use in food animals will be the illuminating consumer issue this year. Rightfully so; consumers depend on antibiotics as a critical tool to help keep them healthy when they get ill, just as hog farmers depend on antimicrobials to help sick pigs....More
Harrisvaccines is pioneering the commercialization of a novel way to make a vaccine using just a part of a virus. They call it SirraVax RNA Particle, and it’s a technology platform that uses as its backbone a simple virus called an alphavirus. The process never uses the actual virus in the production of the vaccine. Instead the vaccine starts with data....More
Join thousands of pork producers from across the United States and worldwide to see first-hand the newest innovations and gather valuable intelligence on pork production at the 2015 World Pork Expo brought to you by the National Pork Producers Council.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing revisions to its annual reporting requirements for drug sponsors of all antimicrobials sold or distributed for use in food-producing animals in order to obtain estimates of sales by major food-producing species...More
The competition is sizzling in Week 2 of the #RealPigFarming Challenge. Great things are happening on pig farms across the United States and Canada. Click through the #RealPigFarming social media posts for the week May 9-May 15.
World Health Organization (WHO) called on scientists, national authorities and the media to follow best practices in naming new human infectious diseases to minimize unnecessary negative effects on nations, economies and people....More
The Friday Roundup recaps the must read stories from this week. The animal agriculture industry has been on high alert as the U.S. faces its largest outbreak of bird flu, yet. Meanwhile, Kansas State released an in-depth economic look into mandatory COOL, Aramark announced animal welfare standards and Seaboard fires employees over improper handling of pigs.