End of September: what’s new in the pig world?
Numerous pig innovations have been introduced during the month when Europe is gradually waking up from Covid-19 hibernation, with shows in France and Spain. And for genetics companies, developments and expansions keep happening. Here are the highlights of the pig business for September 2021.
Hamlet Protein launches a new fiber
Hamlet Protein has launched HP FiberBoost, a pure fiber product containing functional fibers produced specifically for dietary use in piglets. The product complements the company’s fiber line and gives growers an additional option when formulating diets without zinc oxide. The product was developed to meet a market demand from customers interested in combining fiber with a source of vegetable protein of their choice.
Photo: Hamlet protein
Framelco presents Fra Digest Santé
The new product from food additive producer Framelco is called Fra Digest Health. It is a combination of lysolecithins with selected glycerides of butyric acid and lauric acid. Lysolecithins improve nutrient efficiency and butyric acid glycerides boost gut health. Meanwhile, lauric acid glycerides help control pathogens.
Nipple feeder for cup systems
Swinco’s swine nutrition experts based in the Netherlands have launched a new weaning feed, Opticare Wean Automix, for piglets in the European market, making Swinco the first in the industry to offer a teat dispenser suitable for cup systems. . The product makes it possible to continue feeding until weaning included with 1 feeding installation.
PCV2 and M. hyo vaccines can be administered together
The animal health company Ceva recently received a favorable opinion from the European Union Committee for Veterinary Medicinal Products. This means that pork producers across Europe can administer Circovac and Hyogen together, as a ‘Duo’, which the company says protects against PCV2 and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae up to 26 weeks.
Hipra app determines lung health of pigs
Using artificial intelligence, animal health company Hipra has developed a new app to determine lung health. The app routinely examines a large number of photographs of pig lungs to determine health status. The app complements the company’s Mhyosphere PCV ID vaccine, introduced in 2020, against Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae and porcine circovirus type 2. The company expects 15 million doses of the needle-free vaccine to be administered to piglets this year.
SPACE launches the show season in Europe
The 35e edition of the French livestock fair SPACE was held from September 14 to 16 in Rennes. The digital version continued on September 17. After 2 years without a physical edition due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this edition reported 1,118 exhibitors (323 international), and welcomed 74,772 visitors (4,629 international). Pig Progression editor-in-chief Vincent ter Beek also shared his thoughts on the show; To learn more about the show’s pork innovations, click here.
Asserva launches a feeding station for finishing pigs
The French livestock equipment company, Asserva, took advantage of the annual SPACE trade fair to launch the Selfifeeder GFI, a feeding station for individual feeding of finishing pigs. The station can provide feed to groups of around 40 animals with an ear tag between 20 and 130 kg and can mix 2 feed components with water in a dosage adapted to the needs of each animal.
Photo: Henk Riswick
InflaMove wins an award in Figan, Spain
Also present at a trade fair in September, after international recognition at the World Poultry Congress, the Danish company R2 Agro won an award for its product InflaMove. The nutritional product with strong antibacterial effect contains natural botanical ingredients derived from herbs, seeds and fruits. The product improves performance and increases feed utilization based on improved gastrointestinal function. In piglets, tests have shown a 6% decrease in piglet feed intake and a 5% increase in daily growth.
Nedap wins the activity sensor award for lactating sows
In addition, at the same Figan fair in Spain, Nedap received a technical novelty award for its wireless activity sensor for suckling sows in maternity hospitals – a complementary element to Nedap’s farrowing feeding concept. The sensor can measure, signal and alert staff if sows stray too long from the trough.
Photo: Henk Riswick
Choice delivers 1,000 breeding pigs to China
Swine genetics company Choice delivered 1,000 breeding pigs from Paris-Vatry Airport in France to Urumqi Diwopu International Airport in China via a Boeing 747 aircraft. The great-grandparents gilts and boars were selected to serve a customer as they expand their pig multiplication and production system.
DanBred Africa exports breeding pigs to Uganda
DanBred Africa has successfully sent over 240 breeding pigs by air freight to a customer in Uganda. Further exports are planned and the company expects its genetic offering to contribute to the success of pig production in the country.
PIC expands the largest boar breeding center in Europe
An agreement between the pig genetics company PIC and Sergal in Spain will see the expansion of the breeding / gene transfer center called Riufred, located in the Pre-Pyrenees mountains. The current expansion consists of a new building with a capacity of 264 additional boars, bringing the total capacity to 530 boars.
Topigs Norsvin invests in a new core in Canada
Dutch-based breeding company Topigs Norsvin is investing in a new central farm in Manitoba, Canada, the largest investment in the company’s history. The new nuclear farm, which is expected to become operational in mid-2022, is part of a larger plan to modernize and expand nuclear production capacity in Canada.
Bewital Agri’s new spray tower project is almost complete
Bewital Agri has started its first test production on its new spray tower in Südlohn-Oeding, Germany. The 20m long tower has been raised above the existing production facilities and will offer increased production capacity, better energy efficiency and more flexibility regarding raw materials and mixtures.
Housechem becomes distribution partner for European Protein
Housechem is now the distributor of European protein products in Thailand. European Protein uses protein fermentation to promote animal health and welfare.
Punch on the new Jefo production plant
To increase production by up to 400%, Canadian animal nutrition company Jefo has invested C $ 42.5 million (US $ 33.5 million) in a new2 factory in Saint-Hyacinthe, QC, Canada. The factory will include 2 production lines with the potential to expand to 6 lines.
Masan and De Heus join forces
Masan MeatLife and animal nutrition company De Heus Vietnam have teamed up to optimize and boost the productivity of Vietnam’s 3F animal protein value chain (feed, farm, feed). Masan will focus on the branded chilled meat business while De Heus Vietnam will prioritize animal nutrition, genetics and breeding solutions.
CP Foods relies on environmentally friendly products
Thailand’s largest agro-industry, Charoen Pokphand Foods (CP Foods), is making progress in developing low-carbon products, especially in the fresh pig, piglet and fattening feed categories. The company now has 790 certified low carbon products that have contributed to a reduction of 1.418 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.