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Monday 6th August 2012.

Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial - ASF Spreads Outside Russian Federation

In the last week, it has been reported that African Swine Fever (ASF) has spread in Europe beyond the borders of the Russian Federation and into Ukraine. Of a herd of around 170 village pigs in the region of Zaporozhye in the south-east of the country, three are reported to have shown some signs of fever and died suddenly, and two more pigs were destroyed. Cause of death has been confirmed as ASF. The area is under quarantine in order to try to contain the virus. Its entry into the village has been blamed on meat brought in illegally by holiday-makers.

In the Tver oblast of the Russian Federation, meanwhile, 33,000 pigs are to be destroyed as the result of ASF. The fate of a further 90,000 pigs at the breeding complex was doubtful. At a press conference a week ago, the head of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision of Russia, Rosselkhoznador, Sergei Dankvert, said that back in 2011 an extremely difficult situation with African swine fever had developed in Tver Region.

Several pig meat companies have been in the news in the last week.

Cherkizovo of Russia reports that sales volumes in the pork division in the first half of 2012 increased by 14 per cent to 46,764 tonnes of live weight, compared to 41,070 tonnes in the first half of 2011.

In Brazil, the final stage of the asset swap agreement between Marfrig and Brasil Foods has been completed. Marfrig has now taken control of two industrial plants, three distribution centres and nine brands previously owned by Brasil Foods.

It has also been reported by Marfrig Group that it has just completed its first Scope 3 Global Greenhouse Gases (GHG) Emissions Inventory. The inventory includes all sources of emission not under the Company’s direct control, such as the production of the grains used in feed, enteric emissions by ruminants and third party transportation of product to clients, among other sources.

UK pork processor, Cranswick saw sales for the three months to 30 June 2012 increased by 7.4 per cent to £209 million, in line with the board’s expectations.

And finally, Hungary’s oldest meat processor, Gyulai Húskombinát, has requested an injection of one billion forint (around US$4.5 million) from the government to keep its operations stable at home and abroad. Talks with the government and the town of Gyula on a possible financial lifeline are reported to be ongoing.

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Scheduling All-In All-Out Swine Production
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Porcine Post-Weaning Multi-Systemic Wasting Syndrome: Genetic-Environmental Interactions: Part 2
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Comparison of Two Commercial Real-time Reverse Transcriptase PCR Assays for PRRS
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Sero-epidemiologic Study of Reston Ebolavirus in Swine in the Philippines
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Jatropha as a New Livestock Feed Resource
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   Russian Federation

Tver Region Destroys 33,000 Pigs
OIE: New Outbreaks of ASF Reported in Tver
Cherkizovo Reports Increased Pork, Poultry Sales Volume
Russian Grain Exports to be Maintained

   United States

Pork Commentary: US Drought Continues
Anticipating Size of 2012 Corn and Soybean Crops
Coalition Urges EPA to Waiver RFS Due to Drought
NPPC Wants Taiwan To Lift Ractopamine Ban in Pork
Penny Pinching Can Help Cut Feed Bill
AFBF Will Oppose Farm Bill Extension
CME: When Will Hog Operations Respond to Feed Costs?
Breeding Stock Management Course Sets Stage for Professional Swine Manager Program
NFPA Urged to Protect Facilities from Preventable Fires
Weekly Roberts Market Report
CME: Quantum Changes in Feed Costs
Lawmakers Ask EPA for Waiver of Corn-Ethanol Mandate
Drought Disaster Programme Passed by House
Low Meat Prices Not Helped by Record Feed Costs
Manure Application During Drought

   United Kingdom

Progress in Talks over Future of Halls Plant
Researchers to Study Feed Additives That Benefit the Environment
Cranswick Increases Sales
Team Red Tractor First to Olympics Finishing Line
Shoppers Urged to Help Save Britain’s Favourite Food
Sellers Struggle with Static Pig Values, Rising Feed Costs

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Positive Atmosphere Throughout EU


Government Reaffirms Support Measures for Swine
Rise in Cost of Pig Production in June
Marfrig Completes Asset Swap with Brasil Foods
Pork, Chicken Prices Begin to Rise, Beef Maintained


Rains Drive Up China's Farm Produce Prices
Ethics Plan to Raise Consumer Confidence


Green Group Says Feral Pig Plan a Good Start
Australian Pork Condemns Poor Welfare


Plans for Eradication of Swine Fever Progresses


Major Meat Recall after Salmonella Test Positive


African Swine Fever Outbreak in Ukraine
Danish Pavilion at Animal Farming Ukraine 2012


Fresh Pork Price to Rise


Three Million Syrians in Need of Assistance


Marfrig Completes Latest Carbon Emissions Inventory


Canada Hog Markets
Canadian Meat Council Calls for Voluntary US COOL
Public Input Could Help Ensure Cost Effective Swine Traceability System
Website Offers Information on Feed Grain Availability, Price
Government Seeks Feedback on Feed Regulations
Maple Leaf Net Earnings Rise


Pork Treasure Hunt in Japan


Meat Processor Demands Govt Save Its Bacon


Danish Producers Suffer High Feed Costs

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