Science, Technology and Health Information
Without a doubt rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters are loved by virtually everyone and quite often we have all had at least one of theses fluffy creatures as a pet in our lifetime. In 2014 1.08% of households in the UK owned a rabbit meaning that 1,200, 000 rabbits cost their owners at total of £53,000,000 in food costs alone. If you also take into account that every rabbit hutch requires bedding too, that needs to be changed completely once a week with possibly some top ups. Calculating the costs could lead you into believing that setting up a pet pack bailing business could be pretty profitable. If it is your own business you can sell on a wholesale basis to pet shops and on your own premises. When setting up any manufacturing business it is often more economical to purchase second hand equipment because it has generally been traded in because the company it has come from has expanded. Buying second hand is good because you can get a ready made high quality machines at a fraction of the price. Companies like Challenger Group resell used machinery and can provide advice as well as servicing your equipment to make sure it is in full working order. Now we have got the serious stuff out of the way – did you know that there is an island in Japan nicknamed, ‘Rabbit Island’, because it is populated with hundreds of free roaming rabbits. Apparently they were introduced after the Second World War and have been increasing in population ever since. Funnily enough there is another island that is full of cats and is nicknamed – yes you’ve guessed it, ‘Cat Island’! Here is a video of the friendly rabbits enjoying being fed by the locals. If you do decide to set up a Pet Pack Bailing Business good luck and maybe you could export to Japan.
Farm Health Online – Animal Health and Welfare Knowledge Hub – Pig Behavior
A good understanding of animal behavior is required if we are going to achieve our objective of enabling animals in our care to express their basic behavioral needs. Natural behavior can be defined as the repertoire of different behaviors animals show when kept in environments where they can carry out behaviors created in the evolutionary process. Motivation and innate behaviors are important aspects of natural behavior, and hindering them may lead to abnormal behavior and stress. Studies of domestic pigs that have escaped back into the wild have shown that their behavior closely resembles that of the European wild boar from which they originated. An understanding of the natural behavior of pigs can therefore help us to identify and improve pig welfare and to design systems that enhance positive welfare conditions. Despite domestication, pigs have inherited many of the behaviors and ethological needs of their wild ancestors and welfare problems arise when these natural behaviors and needs cannot be met. Pigs have evolved as opportunistic omnivores who use rooting behavior as a tool for finding food and the correct balance of nutrients. Pigs seem to prefer long straw provided via a rack, spending longer periods in contact with the straw and exhibit less negative behavior to others compared to when chopped straw is given via a dispenser. Rooting behavior appears to be an important part of the behavioral repertoire, a rewarding experience and perhaps a behavioral need. The welfare consequences of rooting deprivation depend on the motivation of the behavior. Levels of rooting behavior are flexible in response to nutritional needs. Manipulation of edible substrates may substitute for rooting behavior in outdoor sows.
Why You Should Avoid Eating Pork
Many religious people follow this guideline, but Dr. Joseph Mercola says that regardless of your faith, you must take extreme precautions when including pork in your diet. This is because pork consumption has been associated with diseases like liver cirrhosis, liver cancer, and multiple sclerosis. In the United States, pigs mostly consume grains and seed oils, which greatly increase their omega-6 content, as well as arachidonic acid, the highly inflammatory byproduct caused by the metabolism of omega-6 fatty acid. Pigs raised on pasture and fed acorns had at least 8.7 percent PUFAs in their lard, while those who consumed a tropical diet that is rich in coconuts only had 3.1 percent PUFAs. Another problem with pork consumption is that Americans usually eat processed pork, which is preserved by smoking, curing or salting, or adding potentially harmful chemical preservatives. Smoked ham Sausage Bacon Processed lunchmeat Other forms of processed pork. Despite the connection between processed pork and diseases, Dr. Jaminet believes that liver cancer and other conditions are more strongly linked to consumption of fresh pork. This is because fresh pork contains an infectious pathogen that leads to many diseases. Even prolonged cooking of pork cannot kill the retroviruses and parasites that the meat harbors. Dr. Mercola does not advise consuming pork – it is NOT included in his nutritional plan. A study in Emerging Infectious Diseases raises concerns about Trichinella spiralis infection in pastured pigs, which they acquire from exposure to wild hosts. If you are determined to eat pork he recommends buying pork that has been raised on vegetables, not grains.