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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial – Russian African Swine Fever Situation Offers Bleak Outlook

Major concerns have been raised over the potential for African Swine Fever that was first discovered in Georgia and has now spread to Russia to spread to other countries in Europe.

At the recent World Pork Conference, the head of the Russian Veterinary Service, Rosselkhoznador, Sergey Dankvert said that the disease, which is in the Northern Caucasus region, is in danger of spreading.

There are fears that the disease, which has seen outbreaks reported in the Rostov region, could spread to the Ukraine and beyond.

At the same conference, Dr Alejandro Thiermann from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), warned that the spread of the disease could get out of control and he said he was concerned that it could spread to the wild boar herd in central Europe.

The concern is so great that the disease could spread to other European countries that in Denmark between 11 and 13 October, the Danish veterinary authorities held a simulation exercise, looking at what would happen if it appeared in the Baltic states.

Mr Dankvert gave no indication that the Russian authorities were likely to get a grip on the disease any time soon.

He said the main problem is that there is no vaccine to counter the disease. The preventative measures taken include the destruction of all pigs in a 20-kilometre radius of the outbreak.

US pork producers could enjoy improved profitability, according to Purdue Extension agricultural economist, Chris Hurt. He said that stronger hog prices and lower feed costs have put the pork outlook back into the black for the coming year.

In the EU last week, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dacian Ciolos, presented the major reform proposals for the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) from 2014.

The draft proposal aims to strengthen the competitiveness, sustainability and permanence of agriculture throughout the EU in order to secure for European citizens a healthy and high-quality source of food, preserve the environment and develop rural areas, said Mr Ciolos.

Welfare campaigning organisations, Eurogroup for Animals and Compassion in World Farming, have commented that they are horrified by the European Commission's failure to improve animal welfare in the proposals.

And finally turning to nutrition research, a feeding trial conducted at the University of Alberta's Swine Research and Technology Centre has shown lentils can be included at rates as high as 20 per cent in the diets of weaners without any negative impact on performance.

Jackie Linden



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 7 new features this week:

Bleak Picture for Russian African Swine Fever Situation
Major concerns have been raised over the potential for African Swine Fever that was first discovered in Georgia and has now spread to Russia to spread to other countries in Europe, writes ThePigSite Editor in Chief, Chris Harris.
CAP Proposals: Changes to Direct Payments
Commissioner Dacian Ciolos set out European Commission proposals for the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) last week. ThePigSite looks at what changes are been proposed to farmers' direct payments.
Airtight Storage of Grain Increases Nutrient Digestibility
Scientists from Aarhus University have shown that phosphorus and protein in airtight stored grain have a higher digestibility in finisher pigs compared to grain stored under traditional conditions. This is good news for the environment and the pig.
Split Suckle to Survive
Split-suckling has reduced piglet mortality for one farm, according to Farm Case Study No. 28 from BPEX.
Direct Feeding of Microencapsulated Bacteriophages to Reduce Salmonella Colonisation in Pigs
Direct feeding of microencapsulated phages is a practical and effective means of reducing Salmonella colonisation and shedding in pigs, according to new research from Purdue University.
Sialic Acid-Binding Activity of S-Protein Facilitates Infection by Porcine TGE Coronavirus
Sialic acid-binding activity facilitates the infection by transmissible gastroenteritis coronavirus (TGEV) under unfavourable environmental conditions, and this activity varies between vrus strains, according to researchers based in Hanover, Germany.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - October 2011
The forecast of total red meat and poultry production is raised, reflecting higher beef, pork and turkey production but lower broiler production, according to the latest USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.
Circovac - Nothing protects earlier
* Company News

Conference to Feature Top PCV2 Experts
UK - PCV2 will be at feature prominently on the agenda at the Pig Veterinary Society's autumn meeting on 16 and 17 November at the East Midlands Hilton Hotel. In a session sponsored by Merial Animal Health on the first day of the conference, two leading experts will present different aspects of PCV2.
TOPIGS and Schothorst Feed Research to Collaborate
NETHERLANDS - TOPIGS and Schothorst Feed Research are going to collaborate. In its stalls, Schothorst Feed Research will do research for TOPIGS. The information obtained will be used for TOPIGS’ breeding programme.
Biomin Recognised for Environmental Management
AUSTRIA - Animal health and nutrition company, Biomin, was recently recognised for its efforts related to environmental sustainability through the award of the internationally recognised ISO 14040 certification.
TOPIGS Genetics to Viet Nam
VIET NAM - Vietnamese company Thiên Thuan Tư.ng will start breeding TOPIGS genetics for the Vietnamese market. With the signing of the contract, top level genetics will now become available for Vietnamese pig producers.
Key to Accelerating Profitability in Grow-Finish Phase
US - When feed ingredient prices are high, the natural reaction among pork producers is to explore ways to reduce feed costs - especially in the grower-finisher phase. But simply incorporating lower-cost feed alternatives into diets - without fully weighing their impact on performance - could have expensive consequences.
Biomin at SPACE 2011
FRANCE - The 25th SPACE, held in Rennes from 11 to 16 September 2011, ended on a highly successful note in terms of exhibitor numbers, visitor attendance and, above all, the very positive atmosphere for business throughout the show.
Biomin.net Now Available in Japanese
JAPAN - Biomin has now launched a Japanese version of the corporate web site.
* Global Pig Industry News

   China

 » FMD NEWS: FMD Outbreak Reported in Tibet
 » Chongqing's Wal-Marts to Close for 15 Days
 » China's Farm Produce Prices Up Slightly Last Week
 » Loopholes Suspected in Wal-Mart Management
 » Wal-Mart Employees Arrested Following Pork Scandal
 » Wal-Mart China CEO Quits Amid Pork Scandal

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   United States

 » Pork Commentary: CBOT June Lean Hogs
 » CME: 'Freed-Up' Corn May Still Go to Ethanol
 » Revisiting Recent Corn Stocks Estimates
 » Market Preview: Corn Yield Reports Mixed
 » Cargill Reports Fall in Earnings
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » Passage of Currency Reform to Make FTAs Fairer
 » CME: USDA Releases Latest Grain Estimates
 » Passage of FTAs a Great Victory for US Pork Industry
 » CME: 2012 Pork Production Estimates Down
 » US Hog Margins
 » FTAs Have Potential to Impact Pork Exports
 » ISU to Report on Swine Efficiency Programme
 » CME: S Korea FTA Significant to US Pork Exports
 » Producers Could See Increased Profitability
 » K-State Swine Day Set for 17 November
 » S Korea FTA Offers Potential to Livestock Industry
 » 2011 Swine Institute to Highlight Critical Issues
 » August Pork Exports Soar to New Heights

   European Union

 » All-Island Disease Surveillance Report Launched
 » Proposals Focus on Greening the CAP
 » CAP Fails to Consider Animal Welfare
 » EU Pig Prices: Price Level Almost Steady
 » Member States Respond to CAP Reform Proposal

MSD Animal Health - It's a New Day for Animal Health
   United Kingdom

 » Market Report Forecasts No Pork Output Growth
 » Call for Intervention on Cost Recovery Plans
 » QMS Pork Campaign Raises Logo Awareness
 » New Farmer's Procurement Agreements Guide
 » Sainsbury's to Double Sourcing of UK Food
 » CAP Reforms Fail Europe's Farm Animals, Says CIWF
 » Tulip Decides to Hold Shout Prices
 » Call for Progress on Groceries Code Adjudicator

   Canada

 » Strong Hog Prices Offset Feed Cost Concerns
 » Key to Protecting Market Access for Canadian Pork
 » Canada Brand Initiative Expanded to Include Germany
 » Lentils Shown Effective in Weaner Pig Diets
 » Nutrition Award Generates Keen Interest
 » Key to Maintaining Consumer Confidence in Pork

BigFarmNet - The Best Invention Since Pig Equipment
   Australia

 » Pork Levy Increase Expected to Be Approved
 » Farmers Use Pigs to Cultivate Paddocks

   General

 » Unique Chance for Europe to Reform Farm Support

   Germany

 » Danish Crown Attracts Strong Interest in Cologne

The first and only vaccine for the control of Porcine Proliferative Enteropathy.
   Russian Federation

 » Seminar on Measures to Prevent Spread of ASF
 » Another Outbreak of ASF Confirmed in Russia

   Thailand

 » CP to Open Supermarkets in Bangkok

   Viet Nam

 » Meat Prices Fall as Supplies Grow

   Ireland

 » Producers under Pressure while Processors Profit

   Finland

 » Finland to Start Exporting Pork to China

   Denmark

 » Danish Crown Adapts Capacity; ESS-FOOD's New Face



That's all for this week!

Ed.
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