JULY 20, 2018

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Sharing the knowledge

Recent peer-reviewed publications from PROHEALTH

As the EU-funded PROHEALTH project is approaching the end of its 5-year duration, the focus has been moved from experimentation and measurements towards analysing, synthesising and concluding. Several recently published papers present PROHEALTH studies and their findings:

  • Sakkas et al. (2018) Does selection for growth rate in broilers affect their resistance and tolerance to Eimeria maxima?, Veterinary Parasitology
  • Pandolfi et al. (2018) Connecting Different Data Sources to Assess the Interconnections between Biosecurity, Health, Welfare, and Performance in Commercial Pig Farms in Great Britain, ...

JULY 20, 2018

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A strategy for reducing antibiotic use in pig production

How results from PROHEALTH are adding value for a French premix and feed company and its customers

CCPA is a premix and feed company. Our customers are mainly feed manufacturers for poultry, pig and ruminants production, operating in France, across Europe, Asia and Latin America. Innovation and market anticipation are two main pillars of our strategy. We also produce pre-starter feeds for young animals. The main areas of application of the PROHEALTH work for CCPA is relevant for pig production. PROHEALTH innovative results have been shared with our customers during our annual pig and poultry workshops. More than 400 nutritionists ...

JULY 20, 2018

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Discover our Online Poultry Journal

Aggregated news and information from the poultry sector

We would like to introduce a new feature that has recently been added to the PROHEALTH website: the Online Poultry Journal which can be found in the PROHEALTH Knowledge Centre.

Conceived and designed by the poultry experts within PROHEALTH, the service strives to deliver a comprehensive but curated selection of news stories from across the poultry sector. The purpose of the online journal is to reduce the time and effort needed by poultry professionals and enthusiasts to regularly check different sources for updates, providing the users a ...

JULY 20, 2018

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Enriching sow environment and diet during pregnancy influences sow welfare and piglet survival

Conclusions from a PROHEALTH experimental study

Piglet mortality is a major concern for pig producers. On European farms, approximately one piglet out of five or six is born dead or dies after birth. The main cause of stillbirth is prolonged farrowing possibly due to stress or fatigue of sows; the main causes for post-natal mortality are hypothermia as a result of hypoxia and(or) starvation, crushing by the sow and infections.

There is some evidence that the environment of the sow during pregnancy can generate maternal stress which could influence piglets before and after birth. Notably, in a previous ...

JULY 20, 2018

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Managing More Survivors

Impacts of birthweight and pre-natal growth restriction on piglets

Larger litter size from prolific sows has reduced birth weight of commercial pigs and lead to increased variation of birth weights within a litter. However birth weight alone does not distinguish between small piglets and those that have experienced intra-uterine growth restriction (IUGR).

PROHEALTH work in the UK has been studying IUGR piglets on a JSR Genetics commercial farm to try and understand the impact of these animals and possible strategies to reduce their occurrence in future generations.

A significant benefit to JSR Genetics of participation ...

JANUARY 18, 2018

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PROHEALTH 2017

A successful year in science communication

As PROHEALTH has been approaching its final stages, the dissemination activities have been intensifying in order to showcase the exciting outcomes and results coming through from the ongoing research carried out by the consortium. In total, the consortium members have already made more than 100 appearances at scientific conferences, workshops and industry events and in 2017 the project has had very significant contributions to a variety of events across Europe

Third PROHEALTH National Technical Conference in Poland

May saw the hosting of the 3 National Technical Conference which took place in ...

JANUARY 18, 2018

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Will environmental enrichment improve leg health in broilers?

A systematic review

Improvements in leg health in broilers have the potential for improving overall broiler welfare markedly. One of the few realistic possibilities for the individual farmer to do this is to add enrichment to the rearing environment. Environmental enrichment is here defined as any physical change in the environment that is expected to lead to an improvement in leg health and welfare. Several enrichment alternatives and their effect on leg health have been investigated through a systematic review by PROHEALTH. Six types of enrichment were assessed in the review: light program, light intensity, stocking density, perches, separation ...

JANUARY 18, 2018

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Dodging the bullets - How Coccidia evade the immune response of broilers

Introduction

Coccidiosis in broilers due to infection with parasitic Eimeria remains a significant cause of economic loss. Eimeria have a complex life-cycle beginning when a bird ingests an oocyst (a parasite egg) which contains 8 individual parasites. Once the oocyst is ruptured by digestive acid in the bird, the 8 parasites (termed schizonts) invade the intestinal cells and multiply. Eventually this multiplication ruptures the intestinal cells, releasing many more parasites (known as merozoites) which invade new cells. This (asexual) division causes severe damage to the intestinal cells resulting in poor feed conversion and in some cases death. ...

JANUARY 18, 2018

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Production diseases and their control: what do the public think?

Results of a European public survey looking at intensive animal production systems and production diseases

The public are an important stakeholder at the end of the food chain. Yet they are largely unfamiliar with how the food they eat is produced, including products from modern animal production systems. Previous research has demonstrated that the public have concerns in relation to farm animal welfare. PROHEALTH identified that there is little research into attitudes towards production diseases, and specifically the interventions to control these diseases. To establish the acceptance and long term use of animal production systems and disease mitigation strategies, it ...

MAY 29, 2017

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SwineDialog: On the path towards the paperless barn

There is a paradigm shift in the aims of animal protein production today: the circumstances under which animals are being housed and the impact livestock farming has on the environment and on the broader public are considered to be as important as the quality of the produce reaching the consumer. The debate about antimicrobial resistance for instance is high on the global political agenda. is paradigm shift is also reflected in the increased requirements for farmers to document and to report use of medicine. Several European governments are restricting the usage of certain anti-infectives and have ...