January conclusion: what’s new in the world of pigs?

Danish Genetics uses a new sperm testing method

Until now, semen doses of boars at KS stations were analyzed under a microscope. From now on, Danish genetics will use a high-precision software tool – the so-called CASA (Computer Assisted Semen Analysis) – to test all boars to identify semen quality.

Japanese encephalitis vaccine under development in Australia

La Trobe University Australian researchers have developed an animal vaccine against Japanese encephalitis following last year’s outbreak. The vaccine should be ready for commercialization in the coming months and will be manufactured at Apiam Animal Healthit is ACE Laboratory Services. APIAM works with the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Drugs Authority to apply for a permit that will allow them to distribute the vaccine to farmers.

Dutch pork companies team up to launch new platform

A total of 17 Dutch companies active in the pig sector have signed a strategic partnership agreement, combining their strengths and knowledge in international pig production. For this purpose, Dutch agribusiness in the world was established, aiming to make Dutch knowledge in all aspects of the pork production chain available to the global market. The founders of this initiative are Mark Schipper of Group of Skippersand Gudo Gebbink of Royal Agrifirm Group.

VIV Asia 2023 presents the conference program

VIV Asia announced its conference program, which it says will provide attendees with insight into the latest innovations and technologies, as well as best practices from leading industry and research experts. With more than 200 speakers from all over the world and more than 100 lectures and sessions, various relevant topics will be covered. While some conferences require an entry fee, most of the program is free.

Topigs Norsvin launches new data exchange platform

Norswine of Topig launched a new data exchange platform created to facilitate the growing need for secure and reliable online information exchange between Topigs Norsvin and its global business partners. The open data platform uses ePIGS, the international agricultural industry exchange standard for pigs from AgroConnect.

AP introduces the first all-steel pig barns in the United States

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A new 12,000 head sow complex is under construction, with the first pre-engineered steel barns in South Dakota in the United States. Steel buildings are said to provide a more biosecure, fireproof and energy-efficient environment for pigs, as well as being more durable and faster to build. The entire steel building, designed by C-Lines, is supplied by PA, AGCO‘s brand of pig equipment.

Boehringer Ingelheim announces call for proposals GRANTS 2023

Veterinarians, producers, researchers and academics can now apply for one of 3 awards of US$35,000 for research related to swine health and production under the Growing Research and New Technology for Swine program (GRANTS) sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim. The deadline to apply is April 14.

Novus appoints distribution partner in China and acquires Agrivida in the United States

Novus International has partnered with Co-Innova animal nutrition technology to serve as a distributor in China for its Mintrex bis-chelated trace minerals and other products. The company also acquired a biotechnology company Agrivida, appropriating the exclusive Interius technology developed by Agrivida to incorporate food additives into grains. The move comes 2 years after Novus entered into a commercial partnership with Agrivida to support the sale of the start-up’s flagship product, Grainzyme.

Alltech Crop Science acquires Ideagro

From left to right: Mike Castle, COO, Alltech; Pedro Palazon, CEO, Ideagro; Dr. Mark Lyons, President and CEO, Alltech; Andy Thomas, CEO, Alltech Crop Science; Christopher Speight, Chief Financial Officer, Alltech. Photo: Alltech

Alltech Crop Science acquired Ideagro based in Spain. This partnership aims to accelerate soil and crop research and improve biological and other microorganism-based offerings for Alltech Crop Science customers worldwide.

Purina announces new feed additives for the swine industry

Purina Animal Nutrition announced 2 new products. Purina EnduraSow feed additive has been formulated to support sow reproductive performance and efficiency, and Purina EnduraPig feed additive for piglet respiratory health and immune function during the post-weaning period.

Evonik and Dr. Eckel to cooperate on plant genetics

Evonik and Dr. Eckel Animal Nutrition have entered into a partnership effective January 1, 2023. This agreement will allow Evonik’s Animal Nutrition business line to expand its product portfolio in the area of ​​gut health solutions to include the phytogenic class of products. Evonik plans to launch the first product resulting from the partnership with Dr. Eckel in Europe in the first quarter of 2023.

DSM partners with Foundation Earth to promote eco-labeling of food

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Royal DSM and Earth Foundation have joined forces for eco-labelling. DSM will undertake full life cycle assessments for participating brands, allowing companies to access an aggregated environmental impact score on their products, as well as a displayable eco-label. Agribusinesses joining Foundation Earth can now access DSM’s Sustell service to measure and improve the environmental impacts of animal protein products.

Nutreco and BiomEdit Collaborate on Microbiome Technology

Nutrition and BiomEdit have entered into a strategic research and commercial partnership to provide farmers with innovative feed additives developed using microbiome technology. The collaboration focuses on the development and commercialization of Biome-actives developed using BiomEdit’s microbiome science and bioinformatics platform.

BASF and Cargill extend their partnership to the United States

BASF and Cargill announced their expanded cooperation, adding the United States to their existing food enzyme development and distribution agreement. With the expanded geographic reach, the companies aim to bring the voice and business knowledge of US protein producers to the next generation of enzymes.

Cloudfarms and JBS Live Pork advance data management on sow farms

Cloudfarms and JBS live pig have partnered to advance production data management on sow farms in the United States. JBS has already implemented Cloudfarms swine data management system on its 90 sow farms in the United States. In a next step, JBS will deploy the Cloudfarms mobile application.

CP Foods turns to sustainability

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Charoen Pokphand Foods is moving towards a more sustainable food system by moving away from the use of coal, emphasizing animal welfare and the responsible use of antibiotics. The company’s premium products, ‘Cheeva Pork’, are certified as being 100% grown without the use of antibiotics or supplemental growth hormones. The company has also leveraged blockchain technology in its digital food traceability system for fresh pork and chicken products.

INFINITE TIME Malaysia recognized for its new pig welfare policy

Chain of stores based in Malaysia INFINITE TIME was recognized for publishing a new animal health and welfare policy that protects the “five freedoms” of pigs and other farm animals in the company’s supply chain. The policy, written with support from Lever Foundation, will require animal protein suppliers to end the use of cages and crates, limit storage densities, provide appropriate environments and meet additional standards set by animal welfare experts.

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