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Steroidome and metabolome analysis in gilt saliva to identify biomarkers of boar effect receptivity

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G. Goudet (INRA) et al., 70th Annual Meeting of the European Federation Animal Science (EAAP), 26-30 août 2019, Ghent, Belgique, poster

Our objective was to develop alternatives to hormonal treatments to synchronize oestrus of gilts. Before puberty gilts exhibit a pre-puberty period during which boar exposure could induce and synchronize first ovulation. To develop practical non-invasive tools to identify this period an  improve detection of the gilts to stimulate, we searched for salivary biomarkers of the pre-puberty period. Saliva samples were collected from 30 Large-White × Landrace crossbred gilts from 140 to 175 days of age. Gilts were exposed to a boar twice a day and subjected to oestrus detection from 150 to 175 days of age. Among the 30 gilts, 10 were detected in oestrus 4 to 7 days after introduction of the boar and were considered receptive to the boar effect, 14 were detected in oestrus more than 8 days after boar introduction, 6 did not show oestrus and were considered non-receptive. Saliva samples from 6 receptive and 6 non-receptive gilts were analysed for steroidome using GC-MS/MS and for metabolome using 1H-NMR spectroscopy. Four saliva samples per gilt were analysed: 26 days and 11 days before boar introduction (BI-26 and BI-11), the day of boar introduction (BI), 3 days later for receptive gilts (BI+3) or 7 days later for nonreceptive gilts (BI+7). Data were analysed using repeated measures one-way ANOVA and orthogonal partial least squares discriminant analysis. Thirty steroids and 35 metabolites were detected in gilt saliva. The concentrations of 6 steroids were higher (P<0.05) in receptive gilts than in non-receptive gilts at BI-26, BI-11 and BI. The concentration of 2 metabolites were lower (P<0.05) in receptive gilts than in non-receptive gilts at BI-11. These candidates could be potential salivary biomarkers to detect receptive gilts. However, their low and variable concentrations in saliva require expensive analysis and limit their use in pig farms.

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2019

Ecology of Salmonella and antimicrobial resistance in a pig slaughterbouse

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Arnaud Bridier (Anses) et al., 13e SafePork, 26-29 août 2019, Berlin, Allemagne

Salmonella: a public health issue
• 1st pathogen in terms of deaths related to contaminated food in France
• > 90 000 salmonellosis per year in Europe
• Multi resistance to antibiotics in the food chain
• Role of cleaning and disinfection (C&D) procedures in the selection of antibiotics resistant bacteria ?

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2019

Measuring particles in pig housing

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Solène Lagadec (CRAB) et al., 70th Annual Meeting of the European Federation Animal Science (EAAP), 26-30 août 2019, Ghent, Belgique, p. 484, poster

Livestock contributes to the emission of particles in the atmosphere. Literature shows drastic differences between emission factors by animal category related to the measurement methodologies applied. Based on this observation, a project involving research and development organizations has been developed in order to develop a measurement protocol strictly adapted to pig building conditions. The project is organized in 3 steps: (1) identification of specific conditions related to pig building; (2) analysis of metrology equipment able of adapting to these conditions; and (3) development of a protocol adapted to the equipment identified in the previous step. Conclusions of the first step (1) are the following ones: ammonia concentration inside piggery vary between 0 and 50 ppm, relative humidity between 70 and 100% and temperature between -10 and +40 °C. TSP, PM10 and PM2.5 should be measured continuously in the ambience, in the extracted duct and outside. Massic concentrations but also concentration in number of particles per volume unit should be measured. In order to analyse morphology of particles, sampling should be possible.
Analysis of measurement equipment – step (2) – led to choose the optical measurement methodology applied in the GRIMM 1.109 (Intertek). Nevertheless, in order to validate collected data, gravimetric method with simple filter will also be applied. For particle measurements, 24 h sampling period should be achieved in the middle of the corridor (1-1.50 m high). This duration has been chosen in order to integrate diurnal and nocturnal changes inside piggeries.
To calculate the emission factor per fattening pig, three periods (between 14-18 days, 45-50 days and 78-82 days) were identified for measuring particles. The project is currently in progress with the second phase consisting of the implementation of this protocol in commercial pig farms in Western France.

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2019

Antimicrobial usage evolution between 2010, 2013 and 2016 in a group of French pig farms

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Anne Hémonic et al., 70th Annual Meeting of the European Federation Animal Science (EAAP), 26-30 août 2019, Ghent, Belgique, visuels d'intervention

Monitoring antimicrobial usage in pig farms is a key element of a reduction plan. The objective of this study was to analyse the antimicrobial usage evolution in the same farms between 2010-2013-2016 and to identify the factors of variations. The study monitored antimicrobial usage by weight group in 2016 in 33 farrow-to-finish farms in the West of France. The antimicrobial usage had ever been registered twice for 23 of them in 2010 and 2013 and once for 10 of them in 2013. It was quantified by the number of Course Doses per produced pig per year (nCD/pig). Farmers were asked about the factors that could explain the evolution between 2013-2016. On average, antimicrobial usage significantly decreased over six years (-38%). However, a high variability of individual evolutions was observed: among the 23 farms with three annual data, 43% decreased their use between 2010-2013 (-3 nCD/pig on average) but had a stable use between 2013-2016 (-0,2 nCD/pig). 26% decreased their use between 2010-2013 (-4 nCD/pig on average) and also between 2013-2016 (-2 nCD/pig). 9% increased then decreased their use during the two periods (+4 then -7 nCD/pig). One farm had the opposite trajectory (-9 then +2 nCD/pig) and another always increased its use (+2 then +5 nCD/pig). Among the 33 farms with data in 2013-2016, 36% decreased their use (-2 nCD/pig on average), 39% had a stable use and 24% increased their use (+3 nCD/pig). For sows, suckling piglets and fattening pigs, most of the farms had stable usage between 2013-2016. Only antimicrobial usage for weaned piglets was more frequently reduced. Increases were explained by occurrence of sanitary problems (mainly urogenital, digestive and respiratory problems on sows, piglets and fatteners respectively). Decreases were explained by vaccination, stop of preventive treatments and improvement of herd management. This study highlights the variability of individual trajectories in antimicrobial usage, due to sanitary issues that may be different according to each weight group. It usefully complements the monitoring of average evolution at the country level.

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2019

Early disease detection for weaned piglet based on live weight, feeding and drinking behaviour

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Michel Marcon et al., 70th Annual Meeting of the European Federation Animal Science (EAAP), 26-30 août 2019, Ghent, Belgique, visuels d'intervention

Early disease detection is one of the key to effective disease control in farms and reducing antibiotics usage. A batch of 153 weaned piglets was used to test a first machine learning algorithm in order to predict the individual health state of each animal. In order to build the early disease detection algorithm, nine boxes of 17 piglets has been set up with automata. In real time within this section we knew the number of times each animal went to the drinker or the feeder, the quantity of water and feed it took and its weight. As the golden standard to know either a piglet seems healthy or not, the clinical signs will be observed by trained operators on each pig every workday and recorded on a standardized grid (diarrhoea, cough, lameness…). Then, data collected from this batch of 153 piglets were used to create an algorithm with the software R, based on bagging and random forest machine-learning method. The database was split into learning (70%) and testing (30%). We obtained a global success of 86% of good prediction. 
In order to validate the accuracy of the model, a second batch of 153 piglets was used. Every day, a list of predicted sick pigs was printed automatically, indicating the individual identification of the animal, and its pen. Then, the results of these predictions were compared with the golden standard (observations of clinical signs by trained operators). Out of 3,437 observations (including predictions that the piglet is not sick), the algorithm correctly predicted the status of the piglets 2,462 times. Artificial intelligence has made 72% of good predictions. Regarding the true positive results, 96 alerts out of 117 were actually associated with observations of animals suffering mainly
from diarrhoea within two days (82% of success). Now, the aim is to improve this algorithm in different ways: to test accelerometers to check the activity of each piglet; to be more accurate on recording cough by a microphone (SOMO, Soundtalks); to test if some trajectories of behavioural change are linked to specific diseases (lameness, digestive or respiratory disease) and not only to generic disease. These studies will be part of the Healthylivestock project (EC funded H2020 research project).

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2019

Effect of a beneficial flora colonization of pen surfaces on health and performance of pig weaners

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Eric Royer (ancien Ifip, aujourd'hui Idele) et al., 70th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP), 26-30  août 2019, Ghent, Belgique, visuels d'intervention

The objective was to test the effects of a positive biofilm formation on the surfaces of post-weaning piglet facilities.
In total, 494 piglets were used in two experiments using a sanitary challenge. 48 h (d-2) before introduction of piglets, 2 identical rooms of 14 pens were sprayed either with water (Control) or a mix (LP) of selected bacteria strains.
Rooms were exchanged between Exp.1 and Exp.2. In Exp.1 rooms were sprayed again at d 15 and in Exp.2 at d 5, 12, 19, 26 and 33. Environmental challenge for piglets was stronger in Exp.1 than in Exp.2. Wiping samples indicated significantly (P<0.05) higher loads of aerobic bacteria (Lactobacillus spp., Bacillus spp.) in LP pen surfaces in Exp.1 at d 0, 5, and 14 and at d 0, 5, 7 and 35 in Exp.2, suggesting the development of the positive biofilm. Percentage of piglets with regular consistency of faeces was continuously higher in LP rooms in Exp.1 (from d 8 to 21) and Exp.2 (from d 5 to 28). Furthermore, mean scores were significantly improved at d 8 in Exp.1 (3.13 vs 4.50; P<0.01) and in Exp.2 at d 9 (2.19 vs 3.19; P=0.01) and 28 (2.03 vs 2.50; P<0.01). Disease outbreaks occurred two days later in Exp.1 (d 9 vs 7) and five days later in Exp.2 (d 12 vs 7) in LP rooms. However, total numbers of deaths from diarrhoea were similar in both treatments in Exp.1 and 2. In Exp.1, LP piglets had numerically better overall ADFI (794 vs 781 g/d; P>0.10) and ADG (510 vs 499 g/d; P>0.10), and had slightly higher weight at d 42 (29.8 vs 29.4 kg; P>0.10). In Exp.2, ADFI (259 vs 219 g/d; P<0.001) and ADG (211 vs 154 g/d; P<0.001) were significantly increased in the LP treatment in phase 1 (d 0 to 15). Weight was significantly higher for LP piglets at d 15 (11.9 vs 11.0 kg; P<0.001), although it was similar at d 41 (P>0.10). In conclusion, the spraying of a beneficial flora on surfaces may result in a protective positive biofilm that would help the piglets to deal better with the weaning challenges.

PDF icon Eric Royer (ancien IFIP, aujourd'hui Idele) et al., 70th EAAP, 26-30 octobre 2019, Ghent, Belgique
2019

Livestock farming systems and the French society: key controversies

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Elsa Delanoue, sociologue (Idele, Ifip, Itavi), 70th Annual Meeting of the European Federation Animal Science (EAAP), 26-30 août 2019, Ghent, Belgique, visuels d'intervention

For several years, French livestock farming has been frequently questioned by society. Those questions concern its environmental impact, sanitary risks or animal treatment and ask, more generally, livestock farming’s place among a society that is more and more concerned about its alimentation. To understand this phenomenon, analyse representations on livestock farming that coexist within the society and enlighten agricultural actors on those social evolutions at work, the project ACCEPT, funded by the CASDAR and led by the French Pork and Pig Institute (IFIP), has been carried out between 2014 and 2018. With the aim of identifying the subjects of controversy about breeding in France, all animal productions considered, and to describe the diversity of actors and arguments, both qualitative and quantitative studies were conducted: around seventy interviews were conducted, in France and five other UE countries, with the main stakeholders (livestock farming professionals, farmers, companies, journalists, NGOs, consumers) and more than 2007 French citizens were questioned on a online survey. The analysis of discourses led to classify the debates on the French livestock farming in four major areas: environmental impact, animal welfare, risks to human health and socioeconomic model of livestock farming. It reflects expectations for different types of system: some want a gradual disappearance of intensive farming systems for the benefit of under official quality signs or implementing alternative practices; others want the development of intensive farming to produce more and become more competitive; and between them many want a gradual improvement in the intensive system, with stronger environmental and animal welfare requirements. We consider that we face a global controversy on livestock farming: indeed, beyond specific controversies on practices, debates regarding the very legitimacy of livestock farming or the consumption of animal products gather all the different topics, and are linked with larger society problematics (consumption habits, growth models, globalization, etc.). This feature may complicate the resolution of the controversy and make it hazardous and longer.

PDF icon Elsa Delanoue, sociologue (Idele, Ifip, Itavi) et al., 70th EAAP, 26-30 août 2019, Ghent, Belgique
2019

Dissecting total genetic variance into additive and dominance components of purebred and crossbred pig traits

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Llibertat Tusell et al., Animal, 23 mai 2019, 11 pages

The partition of the total genetic variance into its additive and non-additive components can differ from trait to trait, and between purebred and crossbred populations. A quantification of these genetic variance components will determine the extent to which it would be of interest to account for dominance in genomic evaluations or to establish mate allocation strategies along different populations and traits. This study aims at assessing the contribution of the additive and dominance genomic variances to the phenotype expression of several purebred Piétrain and crossbred (Piétrain × Large White) pig performances. A total of 636 purebred and 720 crossbred male piglets were phenotyped for 22 traits that can be classified into six groups of traits: growth rate and feed efficiency, carcass composition, meat quality, behaviour, boar taint and puberty. Additive and dominance variances estimated in univariate genotypic models, including additive and dominance genotypic effects, and a genomic inbreeding covariate allowed to retrieve the additive and dominance single nucleotide polymorphism variances for purebred and crossbred performances. These estimated variances were used, together with the allelic frequencies of the parental populations, to obtain additive and dominance variances in terms of genetic breeding values and dominance deviations. Estimates of the Piétrain and Large White allelic contributions to the crossbred variance were of about the same magnitude in all the traits. Estimates of additive genetic variances were similar regardless of the inclusion of dominance. Some traits showed relevant amount of dominance genetic variance with respect to phenotypic variance in both populations (i.e. growth rate 8%, feed conversion ratio 9% to 12%, backfat thickness 14% to 12%, purebreds-crossbreds). Other traits showed higher amount in crossbreds (i.e. ham cut 8% to 13%, loin 7% to 16%, pH semimembranosus 13% to 18%, pH longissimus dorsi 9% to 14%, androstenone 5% to 13% and estradiol 6% to 11%, purebreds-crossbreds). It was not encountered a clear common pattern of dominance expression between groups of analysed traits and between populations. These estimates give initial hints regarding which traits could benefit from accounting for dominance for example to improve genomic estimated breeding value accuracy in genetic evaluations or to boost the total genetic value of progeny by means of assortative mating.

https://www.feed-a-gene.eu/sites/default/files/documents/tusell_2019_JAS_dissecting_total_genetic_variance_into_additive_and_dominance_components_of_purebred_and_crossbred_pig_traits.pdf

2019

Attitudes of Eastern European consumers towards surgical castration and immunocastration of piglets

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Igor Tomasevic (University of Belgrade, Faculty of Agriculture, Belgrade, Serbia) et al., 65th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICOMST), 4-9 août 2019, Potsdam/Berlin, Allemagne, p. 12-13, poster

Castration of male piglets is a common practice in pig husbandry performed to avoid boar taint, an offensive odour connected mainly with the presence of skatole and androstenone (Claus, Weiler, & Herzog, 1994) that can be perceived during the cooking and/or heating of pork from uncastrated male pigs. Taking into account relatively high animal welfare standards and discrepancy in public interest in farm animal welfare and ethical issues across European countries, generalisation of findings from Western European consumer studies to Eastern European countries would be quite questionable.

Evenmore so because a general insight into Eastern European meat consumers’ perceptions and behaviour is largely unavailable (Font-i-Furnols & Guerrero, 2014), except for a few studies published recently (Tomasevic et al., 2018). The aim of this research was to investigate the attitudes of Eastern European consumers regarding surgical and immuno-castration.

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2019

Drivers of (dis)liking: Systematic pairwise preference tests to reveal the relationship between boar taint and consumer acceptance

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Daniel Mörlain (University of Göttingen, Department of Animal Science) et al., 65th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICOMST), 4-9 août 2019, Potsdam/Berlin, Allemagne, poster, p. 66-68

To improve animal welfare, in 2010 a European Declaration proposed a total ban on castration. Entire male pigs, however, can develop an off-odour, called boar taint. To prevent consumers complaints, a quantitative relationship of boar taint compounds (or intensity) with consumer dissatisfaction needs to be established. Pairwise preference tests (Prescott et al, 2005) were deemed a more straightforward approach than sequential monadic testing to establish rejection thresholds.

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2019

Influence of reduced levels or suppression of sodium nitrite on the growth of psychrotrophic Clostridium botulinum group II type B in cooked ham and frankfurters

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Sarah Lebrun (Université  de Liège) et al., 65th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICOMST), 4-9 août 2019, Potsdam/Berlin, Allemagne, poster, p. 28

Sodium nitrite (NaNO2) is commonly used in meat products manufacturing for its antimicrobial effect on Clostridium botulinum, responsible of botulism (a deadly paralytic disease) by production of neurotoxins. Its use can nevertheless be associated with nitrosamines production, which are considered as carcinogenic substances (EFSA, The EFSA Journal, 2013, 14: 1-31). The objective of the present study was to compare the growth and toxinogenesis of psychrotrophic C. botulinum Group II (non-proteolytic) type B in cooked ham and in frankfurters in function of the NaNO2 incorporation rate (0, 30, 60 and 80 mg/kg) in order to evaluate the risk associated with this pathogen in two common cooked meat products.

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2019

Validation of a pan-European computed tomography procedure for determining the new EU lean meat content of pigs

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Gérard Daumas (Ifip), Mathieu Monziols (Ifip) et Daiva Ribikauskiene (University of Applied Sciences of Lithuania), 65th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICOMST), 4-9 août 2019, Potsdam/Berlin, Allemagne, poster

A new EU regulation on carcass classification applies from July 2018. The new reference to calibrate the pig classifi cation methods is a lean meat percentage based on total dissection of a half-carcass (LMPtd). Manual dissection can be replaced by an unbiased computed tomography (CT) procedure. 
Daumas and Monziols (2018) calibrated a simple, accurate and robust CT method in order to make it useful internationally and at least in Europe. A trial for approval of grading methods in Lithuania gave the opportunity to validate this CT procedure

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2019

Addition of vitamin E in pigs feed: could prevent cured-meat promotion of colon carcinogenesis in rats

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Aurélie Promeyrat et al., 65th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICOMST), 4-9 août 2019, Potsdam/Berlin, Allemagne, poster

Based on epidemiological studies, excessive consumption of cured meats induces a slight, but significant, increase in the risk of developing colorectal cancer [1]. Among the various hypotheses, recent studies have proposed the central role of heme iron in this positive association. Heme iron catalyzes the formation of genotoxic and cytotoxic nitroso-compound (NOCs) and lipid peroxidation end products (alkenals). Based on the important role of peroxidation and nitrosylation in the effect on cancer risk, our recent studies has made possible to propose a limitation of this effect via the enrichment of cured meat products with vitamin E during their manufacture [2]. In addition, supplementation in pig diet would also appear interesting to protect cured meat from the formation of carcinogenic substances, NOCs and alkenals [3]. In the present study we assess for the first time the effect of adding vitamin E in pig feed on preventing the promotion of colorectal carcinogenesis in rats fed a sausage-based diet from supplemented animals compare to sausage-based diet from control animals .

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2019

Addition of algae in pig feed: influence on technological quality and composition of meat and offal

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Aurélie Promeyrat et al., 65th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICOMST), 4-9 août 2019, Potsdam/Berlin, Allemagne, poster

Nowadays, algae progressively emerges in farms as a new generation of natural ingredients that improves immune function and animal health [1].
But, what are the effects of algae addition on meat and offal ? This study assesses the impact of pork feed supplemented in algae on meat quality, its composition, including nutritional compounds in offal.

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2019

Influencing wavelength comparison in pls models for the prediction of pork meat quality by vis-nirs

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Antoine Vautier, 65th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICOMST), 4-9 août 2019, Potsdam/Berlin, Allemagne, poster

For the needs of a running project dealing with hyperspectral imaging, we wanted to define the spectral range specifications of the device being built. The reference data we expect to predict on pork meat cover a wide diversity of parameters: pH, drip loss, cooking yield and intramuscular fat. In previous studies focusing on VIS-NIRS (Visible and Near Infra Red Spectroscopy) prediction of the meat quality, we mainly used the 350-1800 nm spectral range of a Labspec4 spectrometer (ASDI). Because this spectral range seems to be too wide for a single ready-to-use hyperspectral camera, we decided to take another look on our previous NIRS studies and investigate which wavelength are the most predictive. The objective was to make a comparison of the influencing wavelength that are included in the PLS prediction equations, for each of the meat quality parameters we had studied.

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2019

Estimation of the tissue composition of bellies by a magnetic induction scanner

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Gérard Daumas et al., 65th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICOMST), 4-9 août 2019, Potsdam/Berlin, Allemagne, poster

The objective of the study was to develop models and assess the estimation error of bellies composition using a magnetic induction device.
Magnetic induction, which principle takes advantage of the dielectric properties of tissues, was successfully tested by Swan et al. (2001) on bellies, hams and shoulders. Simoncini et al. (2012) estimated fat and muscle composition of hams with a more recent device.
In the following, we draw conclusions based on experimental data on the extent to which such a device can be used to grade bellies.

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2019

Salt intake from processed meat products: benefits, risks and evolving practices

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Gaëlle Petit et al., Comprehensive reviewsin food science and food safety, 2019, volum 18, 25 juillet, p. 1453-1473

Currently, there is major consumer concern about dietary salt intake worldwide. However, even with the development of contemporary preservation practices, sodium chloride is still essential in processed meat products. Despite a long history of use, salt is now seriously controversial in food due to health concerns that are mostly related to high blood pressure and cardiovascular risks. Changes in meat processing methods have reduced those potential risks, but different perceptions continue to shape how consumers and society view dietary salt. The current consumer demand for additive-free food, such as the clean-label movement, has renewed consumer willingness for naturalness in food products.

2019

Santé des animaux : les limites de la sélection génétique face aux maladies

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Marie-José Mercat, Réussir Porc/ Tech Porc (FRA), 2019, n° 270, juillet-août, p. 44-45

Des leviers génétiques existent pour sélectionner des animaux résistants à certains variants d’agents infectieux comme E. coli.

Mais une résistance globale aux maladies, ou simplement à tous les variants d’E. coli, semble illusoire.

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2019

Evolution of steroid concentrations in saliva from immature to pubertal gilts for the identification of biomarkers of gilts receptivity to boar effect

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Gylène Goudet et al., Livestock science, 2019 volume 228, octobre, p. 5-17

Estrus synchronization is necessary for management of gilt reproduction in pig farms. It is usually achieved by using synthetic progestagens, but there is increasing demand for non-hormonal alternative tools with the prospect of sustainability of livestock production. Moreover, in organic farms, synthetic hormones are not allowed. Before reaching puberty, gilts exhibit a “waiting period” during which external stimulations, such as boar exposure, could trigger and synchronize the first ovulation. However, practical non-invasive tools for detection of the “waiting period” in pig farms are lacking. During this period, estrone levels in urine are high, but urine sampling is difficult in group-housed females. Our objective was to identify among steroids potential biomarkers of this “waiting period” through saliva monitoring from immature to pubertal gilts using gas chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry.

Starting between 144 to 147 days of age, six Large White gilts were submitted to ultrasound puberty diagnosis 3 times a week until first ovulation. Urine and saliva samples were collected to analyze weekly estrone and steroidome respectively, until puberty. Urinary estrone concentration significantly increased 2 weeks before first ovulation occurring between 182 and 192 days of age. The period with increasing estrone levels was considered as the “waiting period”. Steroidome analysis allowed identifying and quantifying 28 steroids in 500 µl of gilts saliva. Significant decrease of dehydroepiandrosterone and significant increase of 5α-dihydroprogesterone and 17β-estradiol were detected 2 weeks before puberty, suggesting that these steroids could be potential biomarkers of the “waiting period”.

These results show that painless sampling of saliva could be a non-invasive welfare-friendly tool for the identification of the physiological hormonal status of the gilts and possibly the optimal time for application of the boar effect, a solution to synchronize puberty without exogenous hormones.

2019

Les meilleures pratiques d’élevage de mâles entiers décryptées

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Patrick Chevillon, Réussir Porc / Tech Porc (FRA), 2019, n° 270, juillet-août, p. 38-40

La commission européenne veut accompagner l’arrêt de la castration chirurgicale en finançant un guide des meilleures pratiques de production de mâles entiers.

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2019

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