SwineCast Industry

Is There a Re-emergence of Swine Dysentery?

Swine dysentery is on the rise

Swine dysentery is on the rise. Dr. Jeremy Pittman, Staff Veterinarian, Murphy-Brown, LLC, shares research that has addressed the reasons the disease is coming back and what approaches are being taken to keep the disease in check.

What is the Carbon Footprint of Pork?

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Dr. Lisa Becton, Director of Swine Health Information & Research, National Pork Board, provides an update on the sustainability and environmental improvements the pork industry is focused on. From the 2011 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, April 11 - 14, San Antonio, TX USA.

Pork Production: What Actually Is Involved?

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Smithfield Foods recently published several videos aimed at helping consumers understand what actually occurs in pork production. These short videos focus on pork production, finishing, feeding, animal care, and the environment.

As pork producers, we do all we can to protect and enhance the environment around us. Discover more about our environmental protection efforts, including our manure management practices, which vary based on the farm's geographic location.

The videos show how piglets begin their life on a sow farm, what happens when they are moved to a nursery farm, and then to a finishing farm. Murphy-Brown employees also talk about the company's ISO 14001-certification, the international "gold" standard of environmental management, and offer unique insight regarding how the company cares for its animals.

Swine Marketing to Meet Consumer Demand

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The Government of Ontario gave an award to Willowgrove Hill Farms for their production of DHA Omega-3 enriched pork raised without antibiotics. This is an example of a swine production farm designing a product to meet consumer desires. Pushing aside the antibiotics debate, there is a market for those operations able to economically create a series of food products without antibiotics and can market to health benefits.

DHA/EPA Omega-3 is a fatty acid that is considered a health benefit to humans, specifically at

"reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke while helping to reduce symptoms of hypertension, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), joint pain and other rheumatoid problems, as well as certain skin ailments." (WebMD.com)

China Re-opens to Live Swine Imports

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Live swine exports to China for genetics are going to resume, having been suspended since April 2009. Pending H1N1 testing, live swine will start being imported into China to help them build up their country's breeding programs.

"Unfortunately, for an industry such as purebred swine breeding stock, the big-picture political crossfire that exists between countries in general overshadowed the relevance and need for releasing the export ban," says [National Swine Registry CEO Darrell Anderson], noting the agreement for H1N1 testing was also a result of political necessity.

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