Addressing the complexities of pig production

A recent episode of the programme ‘60 Minutes’ in the United States led to critical reactions in the US swine business. The programme addressed antimicrobial resistance in the US swine industry, but many were unhappy with the way in which that happened. Welfare expert Dr Monique Pairis-Garcia emphasises the need for collaboration.

For many of us in the United States, at least for me, the premiere of the 60 Minutes segment on antibiotic use on farm left a knot in my stomach. My reaction had nothing to do with the topic of the segment, nor my concerns with antimicrobial resistance on a whole. My reaction was based on the unending challenge with trying to describe an extremely complicated issue in a 13-minute video-clip.
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The South African Pork Producers’ Organisation (SAPPO) coordinates industry interventions and collaboratively manages risks in the value chain to enable the sustainability and profitability of pork producers in South Africa.