Category Archive: Global TOPICS, Meat Quality, Media Watch, News, PGT GLOBAL
Apr 03, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Castration alternative offers faster growth, more quality meat in studyA novel castration alternative allows male pigs to grow faster and produce more high-quality meat than physically castrated or entire hogs, a new analysis shows.
Mar 03, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Webb: FAD outbreak could be financially crippling for US pork industryA single reported incident of a trade-limiting foreign animal disease (FAD) would devastate the US pork industry, perhaps causing billions of dollars in losses.
Feb 22, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Strategies to weaken PRRS’ grip on US herdsAfter more than three decades, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) remains a serious disease threat to swine units in the US.
Feb 22, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Whole-herd vaccination critical to long-term PRRS managementVaccinating entire herds against PRRS is crucial to ensuring the virus doesn’t become untreatable in the future, says a UK veterinarian.
Feb 07, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on How FADs have affected foreign marketsSince the middle of the 20th century, numerous foreign animal disease (FAD) outbreaks involving the pork industry have been recorded throughout the world.
Jan 30, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Managing pain, Strep suis infection in baby pigs critical for welfareThe US pork industry has demonstrated high standards for animal welfare, but there is still much to learn about mitigating pain — not only during processing, when pigs are often castrated and...
Jan 24, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Finding ‘root of the problem’ key in herds with multiple disease challengesNew diagnostic tools have helped the pork industry get a better handle on disease monitoring, but how do you prioritize when multiple pathogens have infected the herd?
Jan 16, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Nerem: Shift focus to responsible antibiotic use, not arbitrary reductionsSome retailers and foodservice companies are asking for animals that have never received antibiotics (“no antibiotics ever” or NAE), but that request fails to recognize that animals — like...
Jan 04, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Tails or testicles: Which are better for PRRSV monitoring?Pooled serum samples are a common method to monitor PPRSV in piglets. But this typically involves a limited number of samples, which reduces the sensitivity and makes detection especially challenging...
Dec 14, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Parvovirus still poses threat to breeding herdFor as long as anyone can remember, pork producers have vaccinated gilts for parvovirus. Now that outbreaks are rare, is it necessary to vaccinate the entire breeding herd?