NOVEMBER 19, 2015

| by Gent University

Long and short term evolutions in post-mortem lesions in slaughter pigs in Belgium between 2011 and 2013

Long and short term evolutions in post-mortem lesions in slaughter pigs in Belgium between 2011 and 2013

NOVEMBER 09, 2015

| by PROHEALTH consortium

Production diseases: The cost to pig producers

Results of an extensive literature analysis

Production diseases are costly to pig farms, but exactly how costly? To answer this question, PROHEALTH conducted an extensive literature analysis to establish the overall estimated cost of different production diseases. These are diseases that are persistent in animal production systems. Interventions to prevent them and to treat sick animals require labour and other expensive resources. Alongside the costs of such interventions, these types of diseases can also reduce productivity and so result in further income losses. This can have a substantial impact on the profitability of a farm, as well as affecting animal health ...

NOVEMBER 09, 2015

| by PROHEALTH consortium

Using microarrays to determine farm animal health

How PROHEALTH investigates gene pathways

The PROHEALTH consortium came together with the aim of understanding what factors contribute to production diseases in pigs and chickens across the European Union. One very important aspect of this is to pinpoint which genes are altered when animals are diseased or when they are placed in different farm environments. Many of these changes go unnoticed until they result in poor performance and low productivity. This knowledge could be used to establish best practice, to ensure healthy animals and ultimately increase the amount of money a farm earns from its produce.


Why measure genes?

All living things contain ...

NOVEMBER 09, 2015

| by PROHEALTH consortium

Escherichia coli infections in broiler production and the role of the broiler breeders

Results of PROHEALTH study on vertical transmission

Infections with Escherichia coli in avian species have been associated with several types of infections in organs other than the digestive systems. While the majority of E. coli strains are considered opportunistic pathogens, disease outbreaks are precipitated by predisposing factors such as concurrent virus infections or inappropriate husbandry practices. There is also the possibility that some types may act as primary pathogens.

Two major disease syndromes have been suggested, based upon the assumed routes of infection and lesions observed: (1) air-borne respiratory tract invasion followed by air sacculitis, polyserositis (inflammation of several serous membranes) and ...

NOVEMBER 09, 2015

| by PROHEALTH consortium

Enriched housing of sows during pregnancy influences sow and piglet health

Conclusions from PROHEALTH experimental studies

Piglet mortality within the first 28 days after birth is a major concern for pig producers. On European farms, one piglet in seven dies in the period between birth and weaning, with over 50% of these deaths occurring in the first 72 hours. The main causes of piglet death vary according to age. For example, during the first 48 hours after birth, the main causes of death are hypoxia (oxygen starvation in body tissues), under-feeding and the resulting hypothermia (too low a body temperature). If piglets receive insufficient colostrum from the sow during their first few ...

NOVEMBER 09, 2015

| by PROHEALTH consortium

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus: A threat to European pig farms?

Why PEDV is important and what can be done to fight it

Porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDV) may cause acute diarrhoea, dehydration and high mortality rates in piglets ranging from 50-100%. It is transmitted via the faecal-oral route, making farm biosecurity paramount in disease prevention and control. There are typically two forms of the disease: epidemic and endemic. The epidemic form is characterised by severe diarrhoea and/or vomiting, accompanied by anorexia and significantly reduced appetite. It affects pigs of all ages, but nursing piglets are most severely affected. Mortality rates typically decrease as animals get older, with self-limiting clinical signs lasting ...

NOVEMBER 09, 2015

| by PROHEALTH consortium

PROHEALTH event in Warsaw, Poland

Successful launch of a series of national events

Over 180 attendees, including 140 poultry and 40 swine stakeholders participated in the first PROHEALTH event ‘Pig and Poultry Diseases: Biosecurity and Health’. It took place on the 4th September in Poland, following the European Association for Animal Production 2015 Annual Meeting and was hosted by the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, one of the project partners.

Professor Szeleszczuk, an internationally renowned expert in avian diseases from Warsaw University, put together an exciting programme consisting of a full-day of talks on poultry topics, with a parallel session in the afternoon dedicated to topics ...