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stimulate them to eat several times per day
during the lactation period. Properly conditioned sows are better able to care for their
litters, will come out of lactation in better condition and may return to estrus quicker."
EU partial sow stall ban
could provide boost for
The forthcoming partial ban on sow stalls
in the European Union going into effect on
January 1, 2013, could provide a boost in sales
for pig breeders with gilts that are already
well adapted to the new group housing system, which has been in operation in the UK
for more than a decade.
International pig genetics company
ACMC said it is expecting sales of its AC1
gilt and grandparent stock to increase substantially in 2013 after the new welfare codes
come into force in mainland Europe. "It's
been found that the quiet temperament of the
AC1 gilt means it is well adapted to this system," said Matthew Curtis, managing director
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▶▶ US hog supplies to drop, prices to increase in 2013. U.S. hog farmers have
slaughtered 73.3 million hogs in the
first eight months of 2012 (the most in
three years) to help control costs in the
wake of increased feed prices, leading
to predictions of lowered pork supplies
and increased prices in 2013, according
to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
▶▶ Harrisvaccines gains USDA licensure of
swine flu vaccine. Harrisvaccines has announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture
licensure of the company's swine flu vaccine, approved by the department's Center
for Veterinary Biologics, for disease caused
by swine influenza virus H3N2.
▶▶ Hillshire Brands to find alternatives to
sow-stall use. Hillshire Brands, owner of
Hillshire Farms, Ballpark, Jimmy Dean and
State Fair meat brands, has announced
it is actively engaged in discussions with
its suppliers on alternatives to traditional
gestational housing, and intends to have a
solution in place by the end of 2022.
▶▶ Iowa State University aims to improve
swine dysentery diagnosis. Iowa State
University veterinary researchers are
working on developing improved methods for diagnosing swine dysentery, a
disease which has re-emerged in recent
years with increasing case numbers
since 2003, according to the university.
▶▶ US pork supply reaches record on high
feed costs. U.S. pork inventories rose
31 percent at the end of August, to a
record 580.8 million pounds, as farmers culled their herds due to high feed
costs, according to the U.S. Department
of Agriculture. The number is up significantly from the 442.9 million pounds
stored at the same time in 2011, and up
5.7 percent from the end of July.