NOVEMBER 29, 2018

| by Beth Clark, Meghan Feeks

Interview with PROHEALTH researcher Beth Clark appears in Pig Health Today

Pig Health Today published a video interview with PROHEALTH researcher Beth Clark of Newcastle University. The interview was recorded by Meghan Feeks at the occasion of the EAAP 2018 conference.

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NOVEMBER 28, 2018

| by Tony McDougal

Poultry World articles on presentations from PROHEALTH Industry Workshop

Poultry World features several articles on presentations given at the Industry Workshop on poultry organised by PROHEALTH alongside the project's final meeting in Ghent, Belgium on 27 November 2018:

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NOVEMBER 23, 2018

| by C.W. Tallentire, S.A. Edwards, T. Van Limbergen, I. Kyriazakis

The challenge of incorporating animal welfare in a social life cycle assessment model of European chicken production


Purpose There is increasing public concern over standards of farm animal welfare, yet the majority of sustainability studies of livestock have thus far focused only on environmental performance and profitability.

Where social analysis has been carried out, there has yet to be a consistent methodology developed that incorporates animal welfare into social life cycle assessment (S-LCA).

A framework was developed to assess animal welfare, using conventional broiler chicken meat production in Europe as a case in point.

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NOVEMBER 23, 2018

| by E. Merlot, H. Pastorelli, A. Prunier, M.-C. Père, I. Louveau, L. Lefaucheur, M.-H. Perruchot, M. C. Meunier-Salaün, D. Gardan-Salmon, F. Gondret and H. Quesnel

Sow environment during gestation: part I. Influence on maternal physiology and lacteal secretions in relation with neonatal survival


In pig husbandry, pregnant females are often exposed to stressful conditions, and their outcomes on maternal and offspring health have not been well evaluated. The present study aimed at testing whether improving the welfare of gestating sows could be associated with a better maternal health during gestation, changes in the composition of lacteal secretions and improvement in piglet survival. Two contrasted group-housing systems for gestating sows were used, that is, a French conventional system on slatted floor (C, 49 sows) and an enriched system using larger pens on deep straw (E, 57 sows). On the 105th days of gestation ...

NOVEMBER 19, 2018

| by T. Giles, T. van Limbergen, P. Sakkas, A. Belkhiri, D. Maes, I. Kyriazakis, J. Mendez, P. Barrow, N. Foster

Differential gene response to coccidiosis in modern fast growing and slow growing broiler genotypes


We analysed intestinal tissues from groups of fast growing (Ross 308) broilers with natural or experimental coccidiosis, by genomic microarray. We identified genes that were differentially expressed (DE) in all groups and analysed expression of a panel of these, by qPCR, in Ross 308 and slow growing (Ranger classic) broilers, infected with 2500 or 7000 oocysts of Eimeria maxima for 6 or 13 days post-infection (dpi). Four genes (ADD3, MLLT10, NAV2 and PLXNA2) were upregulated (P <0.05) in Ross 308 but were not DE in Ranger Classic at 6 dpi with 2500 oocysts. Six genes (PTPRF, NCOR1, CSF3, SGK1, CROR ...

NOVEMBER 16, 2018

| by H. Quesnel, M.-C. Père, I. Louveau, L. Lefaucheur, M.-H. Perruchot, A. Prunier, H. Pastorelli, M. C. Meunier-Salaün, D. Gardan-Salmon, E. Merlot and F. Gondret

Sow environment during gestation: part II. Influence on piglet physiology and tissue maturity at birth


Sow environment during gestation can generate maternal stress which could alter foetal development. The effects of two group-housing systems for gestating sows on piglet morphological and physiological traits at birth were investigated. During gestation, sows were reared in a conventional system on a slatted floor (C, 18 sows), demonstrated as being stressful for sows or in an enriched system in larger pens and on deep straw bedding (E, 19 sows). On gestation day 105, sows were transferred into identical ...

NOVEMBER 13, 2018

| by PROHEALTH Consortium

Join us at the final PROHEALTH events

PROHEALTH Industry Workshops and Scientific Symposium, Ghent, Belgium on the 27-28 November 2018

As the PROHEALTH project is drawing to a close do not miss the opportunity to join our consortium at the PROHEALTH Industry Workshops and Scientific Symposium. The events will be held in Ghent, Belgium on the 27-28 November 2018. We have invited keynote speakers from within and outside of the consortium to chair and present their expert knowledge in the field of sustainable pig and poultry production.

The Industry Workshop held on the 27 November has been organised into two parallel sessions on poultry and on ...

NOVEMBER 13, 2018

| by PROHEALTH Consortium

PROHEALTH event at the European Parliament

Pre-conference dinner with key European stakeholders

PROHEALTH is delighted to have the chance to present its final results in front of high profile European stakeholders, including representatives of the European Parliament and its Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) panel and its Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI), as well as of the European Commission specialized agencies, researchers and investors. The framework for this exchange will be formed by a dinner event organised at the premises of the European Parliament in Brussels on Monday, 26 November. At this event, PROHEALTH coordinator Prof. Ilias Kyriazakis (Newcastle University) and Dr. Theo Kanellos ...

NOVEMBER 13, 2018

| by PROHEALTH Consortium

PROHEALTH Policy Briefs and Best Practice Guidelines

Coordinator Ilias Kyriazakis shares his thoughts on the main achievements of PROHEALTH as it draws to a close after 5 years of public-private collaboration


PROHEALTH: sustainable control of pig and poultry production diseases, was the largest ever project funded by the European Union on animal health and welfare. The project started in December 2013 and is concluding in November 2018 with an ...