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Monitoring Welfare Procedures for Slaughter of Cattle
Essential checks should be made during the slaughter of cattle to assess the consciousness, unconsciousness or death of an animal to ensure welfare standards....
Life Cycle Assessment of Pork Production
Per kg pork produced, the global warming potential, eutrophication and acidification values in Germany were calculated to be 3.22kg carbon dioxide equivalents, 23.3g phosphate equivalents and 57.1g sulphur dioxide equivalents, respectively....
From Competitive Exclusion to Competitive Advantage
In the battle to manage bacterial enteric disease in broiler operations, producers in the UK have a range of options at their disposal, says MSD Animal Health in the UK. ...
Ante- and Post-mortem Meat Inspection of Pigs - a Welfare Diagnostic Tool
Tail-biting has a significant and greatly underestimated economic impact on the profitability of pig farming, Dr Dayane Teixeira and Dr Laura Boyle of Teagasc, Moorepark told the Teagasc Pig Farmers Conference in October. In their study, the estimated...
Colibacillosis and its Impact on the Poultry Business
Dr Tibor Cserep, DVM MRCVS, Technical Manager for MSD Animal Health, explains the poultry health problems caused by E. coli and how the company's vaccine, Nobilis E.coli inac, can provide an effective solution to protect broilers, breeders and layers...
‘Wet Milling’ Technology Advances Science of Worm Control in Pigs
A new process from MSD Animal Health improves suspension, stability and bioavailability of field-proven compound....
Factors Affecting the Transportation of Market-weight Pigs
Experiments in Canada reveal that pigs take longer to load into and double-decker trailers than pot-bellied trailers but the reverse occurs at unloading and there were differences in behaviour during lairage. Ramps and tight turns slowed the pigs' movement....
Labelling and Veterinary Involvement Key to Improved Food Chain Transparency
In order to assess animal well-being objectively, there is a need to split the moral and biological component according to Professor Frauke Ohl of the Utrecht University. ...
Identifying Cause of Death of Hogs During Transport
Slow, low stress handling and keeping hogs cool during loading and transport continue to be the most practical recommendation for reducing deaths in transport, according to Kathy Zurbrigg and Tony van Dreumel following research reported in the Prairie...
Pessimistic Picture for Welfare Friendly Products in Spain
A study into the attitudes of retailers in Spain to animal welfare and welfare friendly products painted a pessimistic picture. ...
Aqua Nor 2013: The Growth of Organic Fish Production
There is a growing demand for organic seafood around the world. While some will question the economic feasibility of producing organically, organisations and farmers at Aqua Nor 2013, in Trondheim, Norway, discussed how organic aquaculture has grown and...
Gas Mixture for Smart Box Device for Piglet Euthanasia
Among the findings of research for Pork Checkoff reported by Dr Chad Hagen of Value-Added Science and Technologies, LLC was that piglets succumbed to the gas effects quicker with flow rates that produce a rapid build-up of carbon dioxide concentration....
EU Regulation Changes View on Stunning at Slaughter
A basic requirement for humane slaughter of animals, including poultry, is that they should be stunned before slaughter by exsanguination, writes Chris Harris. ...
Soybean Hulls in Pig Diets Reduce Cost but Hit Carcase Yield
Finishing pigs fed soybean hulls will have reduced carcase yield and thus lower hot carcase weight, according to new research from Kansas State University. ...
Multi-stage Carbon Dioxide Gas Stunning of Broilers
New research from the Netherlands indicates that a method involving several stages of carbon dioxide can offer reliable and effective stunning. ...
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