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Pig Breeding & Genetics

US proposes relaxing restrictions on pigs from Malta

USDA seeks to recognize Malta as free of SVD, ASF and FMD
The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing to recognize the Republic of Malta as free of certain significant livestock diseases - swine vesicular disease (SVD), African swine fever (ASF), foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), and rinderpest.
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Pig farms need an animal well-being crisis plan

It is important to have policies to help prevent animal abuse from happening, but a management plan is necessary in case abuse does occur
All pig producers should have not only active animal welfare policies, but also an animal welfare crisis management plan, said Jeff Kayser, director of production, Suidae Health and Production.
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Hypor adding pig performance feeding stations

Investment will help Hypor increase its pig testing capacity and make faster genetic improvements
Hypor is growing the number of pigs it tests by 25 percent with the addition of several pig performance feeding stations at its nucleus facility in Abernethy, Saskatchewan.
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Single fixed-time insemination of sows, a new trend

This is a new trend with many advantages over traditional artificial insemination that go beyond semen savings.
In simple terms, the successful artificial insemination of sows depends on the hygienic deposition of enough sperm at the appropriate time so as to have an adequate sperm reservoir in the oviduct at the time of ovulation. However, what is the optimal time of insemination?
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Infographic: Top 10 pig producing states’ inventories

Iowa, the largest pig producing state, saw its pig numbers decline about 3 percent when compared to March 2015
The states of Iowa, North Carolina, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma and Kansas accounted for nearly 87 percent of all pigs in the U.S. inventory, according to the USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report, released on March 25.
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US hog inventory up slightly from March 2015

USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report shows market hog inventory up but breeding inventory down
The United States inventory of all hogs and pigs on March 1 was up slightly from the same date in 2015, according to the USDA’s Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report, released on March 25.
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Charbonneau installed as president of AASV

American Association of Swine Veterinarians names officer team for 2016
Dr. George Charbonneau was installed as the president of the The American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) at the association’s 47th annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, as AASV named its officer team for the year.
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TPP ratification progressing in some nations

Malaysia’s government has ratified Trans-Pacific Partnership, while Australia, New Zealand and Japan also move forward
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal that was signed by the 12 participating countries has already been ratified by one country, while it is going through the process in three others.
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