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Electronic medicine book for pigs launched to record accurate on-farm antibiotic usage data

An electronic medicine book for pigs (eMB-Pigs) is now available for all UK pig producers, in light of the need to collect accurate on-farm antibiotic usage data.   Increased concern over antibiotic usage, with both public and political pressure, mean the pig industry is acting to put itself in a more informed position on its antibiotic use. AHDB Pork veterinary team...
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Promiscuity of H3N8 flu virus raises concern as scientists demonstrate some strains can go undetected in pigs

Scientists have shown for the first time that two different strains of the H3N8 influenza A virus (IAV) are able to infect and replicate in pigs; one isolated from seals and an avian strain circulating in poultry in the US. The study, which was led by Dr Maria Montoya from The Pirbright Institute in Surrey and CReSA in Barcelona, also revealed that the standard Haemagglutination...
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US researchers hope new tests for pig viruses will prevent an epidemic in pork industry

Pork products are costing about 10 percent more than they did last year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and economists expect the prices to continue rising because of diarrhea viruses that are currently devastating the pork industry. That's why researchers at the  Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory  at Kansas State University have developed...
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Scientists gain insights into pig disease which costs farmers millions

Scientists working to control one of the most widespread and damaging pig diseases have demonstrated that its causative virus infects immune cells, evading detection by the host immune system, and rendering the host more susceptible to infections. The research published in PLOS One also shows that once the PCV-2 virus – which can cause Post Weaning Multisystemic Wasting...
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Merck Animal Health and Utrecht University collaborate to discover Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus Vaccine

Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside the USA and Canada) hasentered into a research agreement with Utrecht University to test leads towards a vaccine for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus. Research has already begun under the agreement, which will last 12 months. “We are pleased to partner with Utrecht University on our search for a PEDV vaccine,” said Dr. KJ Varma,...
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New project hopes to tackle problem of aggression in pigs

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has awarded funding of £580,000 to a research team at Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) for research into ways to reduce pig aggression. Aggression between pigs, particularly when they are mixed in unfamiliar groups, is a serious welfare problem and also has a significant production cost in terms of reduced growth rates. ...
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PROHEALTH: £10 million research project into sustainable farming

PROHEALTH, led by Newcastle University, has been awarded the largest ever EU grant in animal health to explore new ways to ensure the sustainability of modern animal production.  The consortium of 22 academic, industry and private enterprise organisations from 11 countries has been awarded 11.9 million Euros (more than £10 million) to identify new solutions to reconcile modern animal...
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New EU project aims to reduce tail biting and docking in pigs

Scientists from eight countries are starting a research project on how to prevent one of the major behavioural problems on commercial pig farms: tail biting. The aim of the collaboration is to yield new knowledge which will help to remove the need for tail docking, the currently widespread preventive practice of cutting off part of the tails of young piglets.. Why do pigs’ tails get...
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Probiotics reduce harmful pathogens in piglets

A new study by researchers at Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany has found  that piglets fed probiotic Enterococcus faecium showed reduced numbers of potentially pathogenic Escherichia coli strains in their intestines. In 2006 the European Union prohibited the feeding of antibiotics to livestock as growth promoters. Antimicrobials are thought to promote growth in livestock because...
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IKEA ball pit inspires environment enrichment device for pigs

For welfare reasons European legislation rules that sows and gilts should have permanent access to rooting material, and finisher pigs should have permanent access to rooting and playing material. However, pigs are both intelligent and destructive creatures, so the provision of environmental enrichment that fully satisfies their behavioural needs is necessarily not easy or cheap.  A...
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New project aims to end tail docking in pigs

A project which aims to end tail docking of pigs was launched this month. A group of seven European research institutions, including Scotland’s Rural College and Newcastle University, have been awarded €2.5M for their collaborative project ‘FareWellDock’. They hope that by decreasing tail biting risk through environmental enrichment and developing better early warning tools of impending...
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PMWS calculator allows pig farmers to see how much disease costs

BBSRC-funded researchers at  the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) studying post-weaning multi-systemic wasting syndrome (PMWS) have devised a PMWS calculator to allow farmers to see just how much the disease, present in 99% of pig farms, has cost them. Earlier this year research from the team showed the cost of PMWS to the British pig industry was running to millions of pounds every...
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Moredun Scientific to develop model of pig respiratory infection

Moredun Scientific has been awarded a SMART proof of concept grant from the Technology Strategy Board to develop an experimental model of the bacterial infection which causes porcine enzootic pneumonia in pigs. Mycoplasma hyopneumonia infection has been identified as the primary contributor to porcine enzootic pneumonia. An experimental model which can mimic infection by M....
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