Newsletter 4 of PROHEALTH Project


PROHEALTH is the largest European animal health project ever funded to help combat production diseases of pigs and poultry. The project includes a range of participatory R&D activities, involving the development of improvement strategies, dissemination activities and digital tools and platforms for the EU pig and poultry industries.

The PROHEALTH Consortium, set up by 22 partners from 10 EU member states and 1 associate country,   has expertise in veterinary science and epidemiology, physiology and immunology, genetics, nutrition, socio-economics, welfare and production science of pigs and poultry. PigCHAMP Pro Europa leads the ‘Environment’ project, related with the role of farm environment on the temporal expression of diseases.

Within the PROHEALTH project, newsletters are regularly published with news and articles. The last one, from november 2016, includes articles about food security and farming intensity; results of three experimental studies about if genetic selection for feed efficiency make pigs more susceptible to production diseases; how genetics and management can contribute to improve piglet survival; and what consumers think about farm animal production. You can read it on line.

Besides, there are other three previous newsletters.

  • April 2016: besides the upcoming conferences, national meetings and training workshops, includes articles about the piglet neonatal mortality, the foot health in broiler breeders and the costs to poultry producers of production diseases. Read newsletter 03.
  • Noviembre de 2015: focused on the event in Warsaw, and articles about Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus; enriched housing of sows during pregnancy and its influence on sow and piglet health; Escherichia coli infections in broiler production and the role of the broiler breeders; the use of microarrays to determine farm animal health; and the cost of production diseases to pig producers. Read newsletter 02.
  • Marzo de 2015: includes articles about livestock production diseases and European food security, the called ‘Social listening’ as a tool in the service of food security, new digital devices and sensors that will provide the missing data link between farm environment and disease, and what is your biosecurity score. Read newsletter 01.