Training event organized by the Zooprophylactic Institute and the Cinta Senese Consortium

SIENA. The fourth meeting of the In-Training Course “Raising the Cinta Senese. Animal welfare and breeding techniques”, organized by the Consortium for the Protection of Cinta Senese DOP: a series of meetings in which breeders can ask questions to experts, in this case from the veterinary sector, to improve knowledge of the breed and enhance its characteristics and to bring innovation in breeding techniques. This first path will continue to develop, progressively opening up to important collaborations with institutions, organizations, associations and operators also from sectors other than animal husbandry and processing.
From this perspective, the event was an opportunity to present a
path of collaboration and dialogue with the IZSLT, which will support the companies belonging to the Consortium for the Protection of Cinta Senese DOP and which will turn to the Institute for the protection of animal health and better business management, becoming virtuous examples for the entire territory of Tuscany.

The president of the Consortium for the Protection of Cinta Senese DOP, Nicolò
Savigni opened the meeting by underlining the Consortium’s commitment to responding to the knowledge and information needs of its members. «With these meetings we tried to address farmers with the aim of improving the standard level of their farms, dedicating significant resources to this training initiative».

Giovanni Brajon, medical director of the Zooprophylactic Institute
Experimental from Lazio and Tuscany, introduced the meeting
underlining the Institute’s support for the Consortium and reiterated the importance of close and determined collaboration to achieve
positive results: «days like this are the basis from which to promote innovation in the pig sector together».

Luca Toschi, director of the “scientia Atque usus” Research Center for the
Generative Communication ETS, which with its group of professionals and
professionals is collaborating with the Consortium in the creation of the
In-Training Path, updated entrepreneurs
present in the work they are carrying out to document and enhance the history of companies. A fundamental aspect, alongside that of training. «I thank all those who are supporting us, telling the Consortium their stories: the stories of their companies, their families, their territories, the communities of which they have been and are part. Those stories today – in a world that culturally, economically and socially lives hand to mouth, that burns infinite resources making not just ours
environment, but also our personal and collective lives too often
unsustainable – are fundamental. Our products, in fact, stand out and are increasingly appreciated precisely because of the history of which they are the result. Because their strength lies in the quality of life that made them possible, in the quality of life that they urge, suggest, invite people to live: our products are not just bought, they are lived. They represent a style, a precise idea of ​​quality of life. They are individual and collective stories which, with infinite differences, have written and intend – planningly, programmatically – to write an increasingly common story. A story that we are trying to document, progressively expanding the involvement of companies. Of course, but also of those who choose our products, who study them,
they help make them better in all aspects. Because the story
it is History when it is not nostalgic but marks the reasons and objectives of
an undertaking, a project, in fact, which today more than ever can only be

Luigi Martorelli, veterinary doctor, started the actual training session
and its own, with a report on the Cinta’s diet, delving into the composition of the diet suitable for the different stages of the life of pigs, from sows to piglets, up to a proposal for fattening pigs.
«Examining the tag and the centesimal analysis of the feed is crucial to understand the quality and adequacy of the nutrition we offer to our animals» explained Martorelli «to choose the best nourishment for our pigs, and help guarantee their well being”

Marco Sensi, veterinary doctor, continued with a reflection
on the managerial approach to the health of Cinta Senese breeding,
underlining how systematic attention to animal health is fundamental for improving production performance and controlling costs. «With a good health status, we can not only improve production performance, but also guarantee product quality and optimize production costs.» Sensi also highlighted
the importance of collaboration with specialist figures such as the Institute
Zooprophylactic and other veterinary professionals, who work with
breeders to continuously improve the health status of their

Dario Deni, moderator of the meeting, opened the members’ reports
of the Experimental Zooprophylactic Institute who collaborate on the training day, with a report on the Cinta Senese intervention protocol, then leaving the floor to Alessia Mariacher, who illustrated the main health problems in the various phases of pig farming.
The pathological conditions most associated with mortality in pig farms are enteritis, septicemic conditions, and intestinal parasite infections, pneumonia and ectoparasite infestations. From this perspective, Alessia Mariacher underlined the importance of collaboration between breeders and company veterinarians.

Gianluca Fichi addressed the topic of diagnostic methods and devices
immunizers in the pig sector, talking about the importance of
collaboration between breeders and veterinarians. «Diagnosis is a process
collaborative that involves you farmers and us healthcare professionals. The crucial first step is the careful collection of symptom observations. These data provide us with an initial indication, but the definitive confirmation comes from the laboratory.”

Francesco Mariottini dealt with Integrated Diagnostics, with a
intervention on the strategies necessary to implement effective measures
biosafety. «Biosecurity includes all those health measures which, if applied correctly, significantly reduce the risk of
introduction and spread of diseases within farms”.
Mariottini underlined the importance of a complete and integrated diagnostic approach for the health management of farms, reiterating how
also – and above all – in the livestock sector «prevention is better than

The event concluded with speeches and questions from the participants, e
with final greetings from president Nicolò Savigni. Savigni reiterated
the Consortium’s commitment to responding to the knowledge and information needs of its members and underlined the importance of an innovative approach in supporting breeders «to offer all those who wish to undertake this activity the tools and resources necessary to do so in best way, in a completely sustainable way, wasting as little as possible.”