Animine Animine, the French supplier of value-added trace minerals for animal nutrition, has welcomed two people. Arturo Piñon, DVM, was appointed as new R&D director in November 2019. In addition, Jennifer Maurin (pictured) started as marketing director in April 2020.


Animal health company Elanco welcomed Racquel Har- ris Mason, as the new executive vice president (EVP) – chief marketing officer. The company also appointed Jose Simas as the EVP of the US Farm Animal Business.

Hamlet Protein Animal nutrition company Ham- let Protein hired Dr Diego Navarro as swine nutritionist for USA, Canada and Mexico. The hiring of Dr Navarro allows the company to share his academic insights and professional experi- ence.

VDL Agrotech Last January, Tim van Heertum started as project engi- neer at livestock solutions company VDL Agrotech. He will focus on the development of feeding machines for insects, which has many applications in pig production.

Perstorp Global feed additive company Perstorp appointed Vilson An- tonio Simon as vice president in charge of the animal nutrition business area in the Americas. He joined the company on 6 April.

Zinpro Minerals company Zinpro appointed a number of new em- ployees. Micah Boysel was promoted to central district manager – North America. For the Italian market, the com- pany contracted Piergiorgio Persona as country manag- er – Italy. For Russia and the Commonwealth of Independ- ent States, Nadezda Malova, marketing specialist, joined the team. In Asia, Dr Itsara Suannakhan was promoted to regional business enterprise manager for South East Asia and India; for the same region, Dr Sutep Luengyot- luechakul was promoted to technical and business development manager.

48 ▶PIG PROGRESS | Volume 36, No. 4, 2020 New pig lung pathogen: G. australis

Australian researchers have discovered that a previously recognised bacteri- um is responsible for the signs of lung disease found in pig carcasses, rather than a similar, internationally recog- nised infection that the animals had been vaccinated against. In an article on the website of The University of Queensland, the new bacteria was in- troduced as Glaesserella australis. The new species was long overlooked. Several years ago it was noticed that lesions, abscesses and pleurisy found in the lungs of pigs at abattoirs looked very similar to those associated with the bacterium Actinobacillus pleuro- pneumoniae, despite the fact that the animals had been fully vaccinated.

Australian Pork invoked the help of re- searchers from the Queensland Alli- ance for Agriculture and Food Innova- tion (QAAFI). They discovered one new species and another potential new species of lung-infecting bacteria, which put to rest concerns that current vaccines were simply not working. G. australis is associated with two disease scenarios. One occurs where there are no appar- ent clinical signs of disease on-farm, but at the abattoir the carcass has le- sions and abscesses in the lungs. In the other scenario G. australis causes clinical signs in pigs on-farm, at 12– 20 weeks of age, with some cases being fatal.

Glaesserella australis on blood plate with Staphylococcus aureus displaying satellitism

Pigs benefit from enriched environment

Pigs growing up in an enriched envi- ronment grow faster, have better im- munity and can cope with disappoint- ments better. That was the conclusion of a study by PhD researcher Lu Luo, attached to Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands. An en- riched pen is described as a bigger pen with straw and sawdust, for ex- ample. In a scientific trial with 32 groups of pigs, the researcher dis- covered that pigs from enriched pens

had different levels of natural anti- bodies than pigs from conventional pens, which probably makes them re- spond more effectively to infections. Another significant benefit is that the pigs from enriched environments coped better with being weaned. Af- ter weaning, they ate better and grew faster than pigs in a bare environ- ment. In addition, they displayed few- er stress symptoms and could cope with disappointment better.





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