Culling Pigs in Flu Fight, Egypt Angers Herders and Dismays U.N.
As a result, Egyptian pig farmers are overwhelmingly Christian. Although some of the country’s Christians are middle class or wealthy, the Christian farmers are generally poor. On Thursday, several urban pig farmers in Cairo said they see the government’s decision as just another expression of Egyptian Muslims’ resentment against Christians. The Egyptian government denied the incidents had sectarian overtones, saying they were each part of other disputes, including a fight over land. Barsoum Girgis, a 26-year-old pig farmer, lives in a poor neighborhood, Manshiet Nasser, built along the Mukatam cliffs on the eastern end of the city where most of the ramshackle, red-brick buildings were built illegally.
Mr. Girgis makes his living through a combination of raising pigs and collecting garbage – two professions that are often tied together in a city where garbage collection can be an informal affair and where poor farmers rely on food scraps to feed their livestock. When he gets back to Manshiet Nasser, at around 9 a.m., he sorts the trash, putting aside what can be sold at the city’s booming scrap markets and what he can use as pig feed. Many of Cairo’s pig farmers live in similar conditions, sharing their small spaces in the teeming city with their animals. It remains unclear if the government will compensate the farmers for their losses.
The Health Ministry originally said the farmers would be paid, but after many in Parliament disagreed, the ministry appeared to back down. Anxious over the reports of swine flu agree, with the government’s move. Many pig farmers say they do a valuable service for the rest of Cairo that will be recognized only if they stop picking up the trash.
5154 version 7 Page 1 of 6 Monitor health and provide husbandry for pigs Level 2 Credits 4 Purpose People credited with this unit standard are able to: identify pigs; handle a pig safely for routine activities; provide feed and water for a pig; describe indications of health and ill health in pigs, and appropriate responses; carry out routine health procedures for a pig; and describe and maintain optimal environment for a pig, according to the relevant NAWAC code. Range 1.2 Pigs are identified in terms of age and sex. Range 2.2 Safe handling of pigs is described in terms of age. Safe restraint of fractious, pregnant, injured or unwell pigs is described in terms of the procedure. 3.3 Pig is fed and watered to ensure it is maintained in good health and body condition. Element 4 Describe indications of health and ill health in pigs, and appropriate responses.
Element 5 Carry out routine health procedures for a pig. Routine procedures requiring attention by qualified personnel are identified and described in terms of individual pig’s requirements. 6.2 Suitable bedding is provided and changed to ensure the health and welfare of the pig. 6.4 Features of outdoor environment are identified in terms of pig health and welfare, and management. Range 6.5 Features of good farrowing accommodation design are identified in terms of pig and litter health and welfare, safety, and management. Requirements for collection and disposal of pig wastes are described in terms of current waste management standards.
There are a number of health problems and poultry diseases that you may encounter at one time or another. Respiratory ProblemsArticles and information about respiratory problems in poultry. Symptoms of typical poultry respiratory problems include: Runny / watery eyes, swollen sinuses, wheezing, sneezing, gurgling / rattling, and difficulty breathing. Digestive System ProblemsInformation about the digestive system and the problems that can occur in poultry. Symptoms of typical digestive system problems include: Loss of appetite, a swollen crop, bad or sweet-smelling breath, diarrhea, or messy bottoms.
Reproductive System ProblemsInformation about the reproductive system and disorders of the reproductive system, including egg laying problems. Problems with eggs themselves are covered in the Egg Problems category below. Symptoms of reproductive disorders include infertility, hatching problems, laying difficulty, swollen abdomen and prolapse. For egg laying problems, see the Reproductive System category above. Typical egg problems are soft or missing egg shells, wrinkled or misshaped eggs, watery whites, double or multiple yolks and worms or blood spots inside eggs.
Skeletal and Muscular DisordersArticles and information about skeletal and muscular problems found in chickens and other poultry. Cardiovascular and OrgansArticles and information about health problems with cardiovascular and major organs in poultry.
Swine Challenges & EW Nutrition Solutions
Health and performance in pigs are closely connected to their gastro-intestinal tract. Immediately after birth is especially challenging for piglets, which are still physiologically immature and possess virtually no immune protection against the pathogens present in the new environment. The time around weaning will greatly influence the lifetime performance of the piglets. The negative impact comes from several stress factors combined with a fragile enzymatic system, unstable intestinal microflora, and an under-developed immune system. Intestinal disorders are likely to occur during both phases.
To fight the pathogens causing diarrhoea, antibiotics are commonly used. These drugs are harmful to the gut microbiota as they do not differentiate between the good and the bad microbiota. This can create an imbalance in the intestinal microflora aggravating overall piglet performance. Antibiotics are also still commonly used during the later phases like the fattening period. An effective feed formulation – together with good production management – supports the immunity and the gut health of piglets, being essential to decrease pathogenic pressure and prevent outbreaks of diseases.
EW Nutrition’s Antibiotic Reduction Program was designed to compensate for immunity gaps and to increase feed intake to stabilize the gut flora and maximize a piglet’s welfare and productivity.