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by Roger Abbott

New products show
pig industry is looking to the future
International cooperation is needed to focus on
global pig health and training initiatives.
The range of new pig
products and innovations
in equipment, production
systems and techniques
to improve health, welfare
and general efficiency
revealed at EuroTier and
SPACE indicate that the
international pig industry
has its sights firmly fixed on the future.
Developers and researchers dug deep
to find the best ways to help pig producers
meet the increasing demands being put
on them by government, retailers and
consumers around the world.

Pig equipment trends
The latest feeding systems for pigs
kept in group housing and high-tech
animal identification systems will make it
easier for producers to keep a close eye on
individual pigs. It also bodes well that the
world demand for pig meat is expected to
continue to rise.
A s Dr. Eberhard Har tung, from
the Institute of Agricultural Process
Engineering at the Christian Albrechts
University Kiel, chairman of the EuroTier
innovations commission, said, "This year's
very versatile trends in pig husbandry are
characterized not least by the fact that
technical solutions are being offered for
questions arising in particular from more
recent framework conditions concerning
pig husbandry methods and improving
animal welfare in keeping methods."

Advanced training
However, pig industry leaders cannot
forget about the need to keep a close eye on
enhanced training schemes to ensure pig
producers and their employees know how

to operate this complex new equipment -
and how to adopt and manage the latest
production systems. More emphasis
needs to be devoted to advanced training
for animal handlers and unit supervisors,
for example, as production systems
become more efficient, sophisticated and
professional.
This is particularly important now,
because with the rise in demand for better
health and welfare in pig units, it cannot
be long before pig farmers - and all other
farmers - need a licence or qualification
before they can start producing food for
people.
Many pig producers and employees
in parts of the world today also need to
learn more about the basics of modern pig
production, especially in countries where
the industry is growing. It is both interesting
and pleasing to see that experienced Western
training organizers are being invited into
Asia to help its growing commercial pig
farmers improve the
quality and quantity
of production on their
farms and slaughter
houses.

Global pig 'Indaba'

Pork Expo, or a similar international show
for the pig world.
It should encompass the whole food
chain, animal feed businesses, pig breeding
companies, vets and pig management
consultants, as well as the producers,
slaughterers, processors, marketing,
retailers and consumers - from farm to
fork.

Pig disease prevention
The pig industry cannot afford to waste
any time. The UN Food and Agriculture
Organization recently reported that African
Swine Fever in the Ukraine posed a risk to
neighboring countries, including Latvia,
Moldova and Kazakhstan, which all have
large backyard pig populations.
The German agriculture ministry also
issued a warning about the disease in
Russia and called for controls at EU
borders to be stepped up to combat the
disease.

❱❱ More emphasis needs
to be devoted to advanced
training for animal handlers
and unit supervisors. ❰❰

Pig industry leaders
need to start looking
for opportunities to
cooperate on a global
basis to upgrade pig
production and help producers everywhere
become more professional, efficient and
"user-friendly" as far as the general public is
concerned. This international "Indaba" (a Zulu
word that means meeting, now widely used
in southern Africa to describe an important
gathering) could be launched at the World

The industry needs to work together
to ensure it can provide the advanced
training pig producers need to keep up
to date with all the modern developments
so they can operate in a professional
manner s afel y and ef fec tivel y and
enhance the image of pig keeping. PIGI

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