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ASF kills more pigs in Timika, Central Papua

ASF has killed over 400 pigs in Timika, Central Papua as of February 4. Tests on samples sent to the Veterinary Center in Jayapura...

Suspected ASF outbreak in Central Papua

The Livestock and Animal Health Service Agency in Central Papua, Indonesia is investigating the cause of death of dozens of pigs in the regency....

Achieving performance, health, and sustainability – copper source matters

AXEL MINETTO and DR ALESSANDRA MONTEIRO* report trials that show a monovalent source of copper has shown improved pig performance, and a strong antibacterial...

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus can mutate

Porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) is caused by a virus in the Coronavirus family. Sound familiar? Another branch of the family was responsible for Covid-19,...

Slight decreases in China’s pig, pork production in 2024

China’s pig production in 2024 will decline by around 1% to 695 million heads due to a lower sow inventory in 2023, the USDA...

Closed-house systems keep Thai pigs comfortable

Heat stress in pigs is not a serious problem in Thailand because most farms use closed houses. Worawut Siripun, Deputy Secretary of the Swine...

Maintaining a healthy gut to optimize growth performance of weaned pigs with Bacillus subtilis probiotics

BALACHANDAR JAYARAMAN and JOHN HTOO* investigate the effects of a Bacillus subtilis probiotic specifically developed for swine, in weaned pigs challenged with K88 strain...

The link between gut health and performance

STEPHANIÉ LADIRAT* discusses that a combination of bioactive molecules from plants (phytogenics) and algae (phycogenics), and organic acids, in a double encapsulation technology supports...

Understanding pigs’ needs makes them happy

Farmers must understand what pigs need to make them happy. Farmers must provide a comfortable and healthy environment, with access to adequate food, water,...

West Bengal latest to ban farrowing crates

West Bengal is the 21st Indian state to ban the use of farrowing crates in pig farming, noting these are cruel to animals. The...

Requirements to raise happy pigs

A happy pig is a pig living in their comfort zone. “We raise this kind of pig to be healthy and grow at their...

Happy pigs may taste better

A common consumer perception is that meat from happy pigs tastes better. Dr Karl Alexander Fabros, Senior Technical Consultant–Swine Asia at Elanco, said it...

Profitable to raise happy pigs

Raising happy pigs has benefits, not least of which is better quality meat. Dr Karl Alexander Fabros, Senior Technical Consultant–Swine Asia at Elanco, told...

Feeding a stimbiotic improves liveability

USAMA AFTAB, GEMMA GONZÁLEZ-ORTIZ and MICHAEL BEDFORD* discuss that  a stimbiotic improves the gut health of monogastrics by stimulating and accelerating the microbiome’s ability...

Thai agriculture to grow 2-3% in 2023

Good weather, sufficient water supply, and reasonable prices of agricultural goods will help fuel growth in Thailand’s agriculture sector. The Office of Agriculture Economy...

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