The average piglet birth weight from the 3 groups of vaccinated sows was statistically higher than that from the unvaccinated sows.
Three factors must be taken into account when defining the viability of the elimination of M. hyopneumoniae on each farm: negative replacements, cost and return on investment, and risk of re-infection.
The diseases shared by livestock and wildlife involve many players: mainly farmers, but also hunters and different public administrations.
Huge supplies, increasing production and an efficient, coordinated global chain fuels low cost soybean meal, cheap feed and high profits.
After reviewing some of the main hazards for pork producers in previous articles, this article is devoted to practical measures describing how to reduce risks of illnesses and injuries from those hazards.
The threat of ASF in Germany causes that nobody wants to keep greats stocks because of the risk that they become ‘unsaleable’. This attitude of selling at all costs has caused a collapse of meat prices in Europe.
Floor cooling is based on the conduction of heat from the sow to a sink while lying down.
The compounds responsible of boar taint can be reduced through feeding strategies, genetic selection and good management practices.
No single strategy will confer total protection. A well-orchestrated combination of various methods adjusted to a single production unit or system will be needed.