NOVEMBER 13, 2018

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...