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All the latest information about the pig sector, and Rotecna's activities.

Rotecna has been acquired by SKIOLD Group

Rotecna has been acquired by SKIOLD Group

20 of July of 20 - News

SKIOLD has acquired Rotecna (the “Company”) from its founder and two financial sponsors, Talde Private Equity and Oquendo Capital.


How have we dealt with the coronavirus?

How have we dealt with the coronavirus?

08 of July of 20 - News

Since the start of the Covid-19 health crisis, Rotecna has had a Monitoring and Action Committee. Besides, antibody tests have been carried out on all workers.


The Australian pig sector becomes more technical, and its production increases

The Australian pig sector becomes more technical, and its production increases

30 of June of 20 - News

In recent years, pork sales have grown by 8% and the total is expected to continue increasing.


Work routines in handling pigs

Work routines in handling pigs

25 of June of 20 - News

In the regular job of a fattening keeper, both physical and mental tasks must be performed.


R. Gallart: "In slurry management, we have to think that we do things because they work"

R. Gallart: "In slurry management, we have to think that we do things because they work"

23 of June of 20 - News

Solid-liquid separation is a system that will have to be implemented on any farm that wants to go further in the treatment of its slurry or wants to differentiate itself. 


What the Spanish swine sector has demonstred with the coronavirus crisis

What the Spanish swine sector has demonstred with the coronavirus crisis

16 of June of 20 - News

The Spanish swine sector has demonstrated its solidarity and efficiency in an unusual situation, never before seen.


Hong Kong, import dependency

Hong Kong, import dependency

03 of June of 20 - News

Pig production in this Chinese region is concentrated on 43 farms, so most pork is imported.


Abnormal behaviors in pigs: Why?

Abnormal behaviors in pigs: Why?

29 of May of 20 - News

Redirected behaviors: normal behaviors and movements that are directed towards a stimulus that is not normal.


Carlos Sánchez: “The sector is aware of the importance of biosecurity”

Carlos Sánchez: “The sector is aware of the importance of biosecurity”

26 of May of 20 - News

Biosecurity is the best tool available to the sector to reduce the risk of disease entry and its spread.


How to reduce the environmental impact of slurry though feeding

How to reduce the environmental impact of slurry though feeding

19 of May of 20 - News

We can achieve a reduction of 40-50% in nitrogen and 25% in phosphorus through feed.


Dolores García: "The pig is postulated as the experimental animal with more expectations"

Dolores García: "The pig is postulated as the experimental animal with more expectations"

15 of May of 20 - News

CREBA, which started its activity four years ago, has a modern facilities for biomedical research with pigs.


Growth and opportunities for South African pigs

Growth and opportunities for South African pigs

12 of May of 20 - News

The increase in local pork production and the rise in the price of beef and lamb has provided pork with a perfect setting for its development.


Glässer's disease, a classic in trend

Glässer's disease, a classic in trend

05 of May of 20 - News

This bacterium is capable of causing significant respiratory problems, impairment and growth retardation at levels that can be very serious.


Rotecna renews its Innovative SME certificate

Rotecna renews its Innovative SME certificate

30 of April of 20 - News

Awarded by the General Directorate for Innovation and Competitiveness, it confirms the innovative nature of the company.


The pig, an option for human medicine

The pig, an option for human medicine

23 of April of 20 - News

The latest research has shown that the pig is a great option for medicine, since due to its similarity to people, different parts of this animal's organism can currently be used in this field.


Forecast for Spanish pig production from 2020 to 2030

Forecast for Spanish pig production from 2020 to 2030

21 of April of 20 - News

Spanish pork production has increased by 2% in 2019 compared to 2018, leading the European Union's pig production ranking.


What do the grunts of the pigs mean?

What do the grunts of the pigs mean?

16 of April of 20 - News

The sounds that pigs make transmit a wide range of information such as the emotional, mood and psychological state of the animal.


The benefits of working with two transitional climates

The benefits of working with two transitional climates

14 of April of 20 - News

The inclusion of a nest in the weaning pens reduces these shortcomings because it allows us to create a thermal comfort space, free from draughts and with the ideal temperature for the piglets to grow satisfactorily.


Some curiosities about pigs

Some curiosities about pigs

02 of April of 20 - News

The other side of the pig that few know: clean, intelligent and with a great sense of smell.


Specipig, a dwarf pig for research

Specipig, a dwarf pig for research

26 of March of 20 - News

Specipigs have the same research advantages as conventional pigs, but their weight stabilizes at about 35 kg as they reach adulthood.


M.A. Higuera: "Even though the ASF expansion is slow in Europe, it is overwhelming in third countries"

M.A. Higuera: "Even though the ASF expansion is slow in Europe, it is overwhelming in third countries"

24 of March of 20 - News

Resistance to antibiotics, increasing biosecurity requirements and the entitled to welfare benefits, are some of the challenges Higuera will take on during his presidency of the European animal health and welfare group.


The pig, an intelligent animal

The pig, an intelligent animal

20 of March of 20 - News

Pigs are able to use a command to move a sensor on a screen.


Good practices to avoid tail-docking

Good practices to avoid tail-docking

19 of March of 20 - News

Minimising well-known risks such as densities, feeding, ventilation and health of the animals is one of the main facts to prevent caudophagia.


Health, the main challenge for the swine sector in Guatemala

Health, the main challenge for the swine sector in Guatemala

25 of February of 20 - News

65.7% of the Guatemalan pig sector is concentrated in technified farms, while the rest (34.3%) is on family or backyard farms.


Costa Rica advances towards the technification of the sector

Costa Rica advances towards the technification of the sector

18 of February of 20 - News

The surge in imports, the opening of new markets and the growth in pork consumption have led Costa Rica's pork sector to expand towards a more ambitious and technical industry.


Efficacy of electrolysed water as a sanitising agent in pig production

Efficacy of electrolysed water as a sanitising agent in pig production

11 of February of 20 - News

The intake of electrolysed water has interesting effects on animal health, such as improvements in intestinal problems and reduced mortality, among others.


Rotecna attends MVC fair in Moscow

Rotecna attends MVC fair in Moscow

04 of February of 20 - News

From january 28th to 30th, Rotecna’s sales team travelled to the Russian capital to present the latest launched products of the company.


Emilio Magallón: "Never before has pork had as many sanitary guarantees"

Emilio Magallón: "Never before has pork had as many sanitary guarantees"

30 of January of 20 - News

We talk to Emilio Magallón. The vet takes a look at the current situation of the pig farming sector and deals with topics of interest such as ASF, the use of antibiotics and slurry management.


Feed bases for piglets in transition

Feed bases for piglets in transition

21 of January of 20 - News

The transition diet must always be gradual and gentle, to facilitate the difficulty in adapting and the development of the digestive and immune systems. Changing from milk, whose energy and protein values are of great biological value, to feed in which carbohydrates are the main source of energy, is by no means an easy task.


Piglet feeding management with dry lactoinitiator feed

Piglet feeding management with dry lactoinitiator feed

09 of January of 20 - News

The objective of applying creep feeding techniques (supplementing the food of suckling piglets with feed), is to get them to start eating solid feed as soon as possible. This will produce more homogeneous piglets with higher weights, and most important, that can better adapt to the delicate weaning phase.


How can we fight climate change on our farms?

How can we fight climate change on our farms?

11 of December of 19 - News

The impact of climate change is accentuated and threatens to mortgage the health of children. Every day we are increasingly aware of the importance of taking steps to conserve and improve the environment. We only have one planet and we must guarantee that future generations can live on it.


France, third largest pig producer in Europe

France, third largest pig producer in Europe

04 of December of 19 - News

Spain is the leading supplier of pork for France, with more than 315,000 tonnes per year.


Biosecurity, a tool that prevents health threats

Biosecurity, a tool that prevents health threats

21 of November of 19 - News

The Spanish pig farming sector is probably one of the most relevant in the national and international market, due to the quality and variety of its products, and the important benefits it brings. Nonetheless, pig farming must face different threats and challenges. Carlos Sánchez, veterinarian of the Animal Health Prevention Service of the Generalitat de Catalunya, tells us about these challenges and threats.


Work on nests in farrowing pens

Work on nests in farrowing pens

19 of November of 19 - News

Nests permit the establishment of a comfortable area that ensures the well-being of the piglets while also creating a space that makes it easier for the operators to tend to the newborn.


Two years with no farm extensions or new farms in certain areas of Catalonia

Two years with no farm extensions or new farms in certain areas of Catalonia

12 of November of 19 - News

The Catalan Government recently approved the Soil Fertilisation and Livestock Manure Management Decree. This establishes an absolute moratorium of two years from the publication of the decree for the construction of new farms and the extension of the capacity of existing farms located in any of the 66 municipalities with a high livestock density index (LDI), i.e., over 1.2.


China remains the first pig producer in spite of the ASF

China remains the first pig producer in spite of the ASF

22 of October of 19 - News

The Asian nation is the world's largest pork producer, with just over 54 million tonnes in 2018, representing almost 48 % of world production, according to data recorded by ICEX.


Bolivia, growth of the sector in the country

Bolivia, growth of the sector in the country

10 of October of 19 - News

The biggest Bolivian city, Santa Cruz, is the largest producer of pork, with 80% of total production


Germany’s worst pig production since 2011

Germany’s worst pig production since 2011

26 of July of 19 - News

Meat production in German commercial slaughterhouses declined in the financial year 2018. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) reported that, compared to the previous year, productivity fell by 1.5%, reaching 8 million tonnes.


Advantages of fertilization with mechanically separated pig slurry

Advantages of fertilization with mechanically separated pig slurry

15 of July of 19 - News

To use pig slurry as fertiliser, we must know its nutritional composition, the value and fertiliser efficiency of each of them, the specific needs of each crop in each of its growth phases and its productivity per hectare. This will allow us to calculate the dose and application period to adjust the supply of nutrients to their extraction, after which, we must use an application method to ensure a homogeneous distribution.


Exports in Ireland, the sector support in the country

Exports in Ireland, the sector support in the country

17 of April of 19 - News

Swine production in Ireland comes in third place in the country’s gross agricultural production, accounting for 8% of the total.


Josep Casanovas: “Mistake number 1 is not to properly differentiate the clean area from the dirty area”

Josep Casanovas: “Mistake number 1 is not to properly differentiate the clean area from the dirty area”

18 of October of 18 - News

With the aim of protecting pig farms from the major impact on the sector of the entry of serious diseases, biosecurity is gaining ground as one of the topics of greatest relevance to the future of the sector. Given this scenario, veterinarian and a biosecurity advisory Josep Casanovas analyses the main challenges and errors in the field of biosecurity. On this occasion, we'll address external biosecurity, and in a future edition we will focus on it internally.


Trends in housing of fattening pigs

Trends in housing of fattening pigs

29 of August of 18 - News

The new European regulations on animal welfare, mandatory from January 2013, set out the need to build more spacious pens to create a comfortable environment and avoid stress among animals due to lack of space. Pens should also have a feeding area, a rest area and a defecation area. In terms of size, the regulation establishes a minimum space of 0.65 m2 per fattening pig of up to 110 kilos, and of 1 m2 per fattening of more than 110 kg. More spacious pens make it easier for the pigs to move more freely and develop more natural behaviour.


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