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  • New report tracks progress in responsible pig farming

    The U.S. pork industry is releasing its first-ever farming responsibility report: 2012 Pork Industry Progress Report, Responsible Farming. Our Heritage. Our Future. The 36-page report details the evolution of modern pig farming over generations and tracks advancements that have been made in ...

  • Ice pigging technology offers dairy industry significant savings

    New analysis published today by the Carbon Trust quantifies the benefits of introducing ‘ice pigging’, an innovative way of cleaning pipework using ice slurries, into commercial dairies to improve profitability and reduce environmental impact. The industry trials, funded by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, were carried out at production facilities of Yeo Valley, a leading ...


    By Carbon Trust

  • Feed Mixing the Easy Way - Animal Individual Feed Preparation by Means of WEDA’s New Mill Control

    Nowadays, the composition of feed should be matched exactly with the individual needs of suckling piglets, fattening animals, and sows. Only if the mixture is the right one, a positive development of the animals is guaranteed. Independent of the kind of feeding system employed it is therefore decisive that the individual feed components can be mixed efficiently. With the help of the mill control ...

  • Social genetic effect: reducing biting behaviour

    “Pigs selected on indirect genetic effects for growth display less biting behaviour,” concluded Irene Camerlink after researching Indirect Genetic Effects. The Wageningen UR researcher also has sound advice to pig farmers who want to reduce biting behaviour, such as tail biting, faster: “environment enrichment”. Indirect Genetic Effects (IGEs) are the heritable effects ...

  • Comparing N2O emissions from organic and mineral fertilisers

    A recent study compares the effects of organic, 'natural' fertilisers, such as compost, with mineral, synthetic fertilisers, such as urea, on N2O emissions from Mediterranean soil. It suggests that there is little difference between the fertilisers, but that pig slurry offers the best overall balance in terms of emissions and crop yield. Nitrous oxide (N2O) is a powerful greenhouse gas (GHG). ...

  • The Farming Life and Danske Bank Awards

    When you consider that it accounts for one in every three pounds spent on the UK high street and that its influence over UK farming is significant, then it is worth noting that Tesco continues to sponsor the Arable/Horticulture Farmer of the Year category at the 2014 Farming Life and Danske Bank awards. According to Farming Life, it’s to demonstrate its support for local farmers and ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Families on city fringes prosper thanks to small livestock project

    A project that supplied chickens, turkeys, sheep and pigs to smallscale farmers, most of them women, has proven that with training, veterinary support and a nearby market, livestock are an excellent way to lift people out of poverty. The three-year Italian-funded project, implemented by the Ministry of Animal Resources and Fisheries with FAO technical support, helped 200 farm families near the ...

  • Swine Flu outbreak illuminated by Avian Flu research

    A new study by University of Maryland researchers suggests that the potential for an avian influenza virus to cause a human flu pandemic is greater than previously thought.  Results also illustrate how the current swine flu outbreak likely came about.  As of now, avian flu viruses can infect humans who have contact with birds, but these viruses tend not to transmit easily between ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • Rising Animal Health – Sinking Costs: Sustained feeding with “FermCube“

    WEDA Dammann & Westerkamp relies on the advantages of fermented feed in pig managements. With their unique, self-sufficient modular system “FermCube”, the Lower Saxonian manufacturers of house equipment offer with immediate effect a compact fermentation unit as a container solution – including complete process control and process monitoring, as well as mixing technology and ...

  • Livestock Recommendations - Farming Regulation Task Force

    At the Oxford Farming Conference the Secretary of State announced:  From 2016, the introduction of a generic 10 mile rule for CPH allocation across farmed species, alongside a new solution for dealing with land being used for temporary grazing within 10 miles of the home holding;  From 2017, the abolition of all CTS Links and Sole Occupancy Authority (SOAs) licences; ...

  • Higher milk yield by giving cows a name: fact or fiction?

    Fact! Increased human attention to the individual animal improves milk yield and cow behavior. On farms where cows were called by name, milk yield was found to be higher than on farms where this was not the case. Increased human attention to animals and predominant positive contact are the key factors in improving the quality of human-animal interactions. Human-animal interactions can ...

  • Levucell SB improves sow’s feed intake in lactation: Results of a meta-analysis

    Results of a meta-analysis show that probiotic yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae boulardii CNCM I-1079 (LEVUCELL SB), helps increase sow feed intake during lactation.1 The study was presented by Lallemand Animal Nutrition at the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) and American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Joint Annual Meeting, July 12-16, 2015, in Orlando, Florida. Optimal feed intake in ...


    By Lallemand Animal Nutrition

  • Cranfield launches European project to promote the use of trees in farming

    The first meeting of ‘AGFORWARD’, an exciting EU funded research programme on agroforestry, was held at Cranfield University this week.  The 4-year 6 million Euro project will be working with farmers and land owners in 15 countries across Europe to identify how agroforestry practices – farming with trees – can create  profitable, productive, and environmentally ...


    By Cranfield University

  • Dieter Lutticken Award 2009 for development of in vitro bovine respiratory tract organ culture model

    The Dieter Lütticken Award 2009, a prestigious international annual award dedicated to alternatives in animal testing for veterinary medicines, goes to Dr. A.W. (Dan) Tucker, senior lecturer in veterinary public health at the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom). He will receive the € 20,000 award, which is sponsored by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, for the development of ...

  • Ministries Need to Collaborate to Ensure Continued Productivity of Farmland and Forests in ECA

    As economies in the ECA region grow, farm and forest productivity will need to keep pace with rising consumer and industrial demand for food and wood.  But doing so by pushing natural resources beyond their limits can be disastrous. Governments in the region have taken steps to address this issue, but they – ministries of environment in partnership with others such as agriculture, forestry ...


    By The World Bank

  • How green was my vertical farm?

    By 2050, 80% of the earth’s population will live in cities and 3 billion more people will need to be fed. The simple fact is we are running out of available land to grow enough food to feed them. If we can’t grow our cities outward to find more arable land, the only solution is to grow them upwards. This may change the way we design cities forever. The problem is real and ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

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