Pig meat is the most widely-consumed meat in the world. Previous growth in production has relied, in part, on more intensive systems. In meeting rising demand, these systems face challenges such as the ongoing threat of zoonotic diseases, the need to improve feed efficiency in the face of rising costs, the need to reduce the environmental impact of pig production and increasing concerns about animal welfare.
This volume looks at animal health and welfare. Part 1 reviews the main diseases affecting pigs as well as ways of managing diseases and boosting pig immune function. Part 2 reviews what we know about pig behaviour and appropriate welfare standards. It also assesses the welfare of different groups of pigs, from gilts and sows to weaned piglets and finishing pigs, as well as transport, lairage and slaughter.
With its distinguished editor and international team of expert authors, this will be a standard reference for researchers in swine science, producers, government and other organisations involved in supporting pig production. It is accompanied by two companion volumes which focus on safety, quality and sustainability as well as animal breeding and nutrition.
"This new book addresses the most important topics in pig production today: food safety, meat quality and sustainability. Consumers have concerns in all these areas and the chapters in this book, written by acknowledged international experts, will provide solutions to problems and highlight new opportunities. It is destined to be a standard text." Jeff Wood, Emeritus Professor, University of Bristol, UK
Dr Julian Wiseman is Professor of Animal Production at the University of Nottingham, UK. He has published widely in the area of non-ruminant nutrition, presented papers at some of the leading international conferences in this area and has written or edited a number of books on animal nutrition. He is co-organiser of the annual Nottingham Feed Conference.