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Monday 3rd December 2012.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor


Editorial: Gene Technology for Future Health Management?

The way in which herd and flock health is managed could change radically over the next 20 years, thanks to developments in molecular technology. This was one of the conclusions from a recent meeting in Brussels on 'Advances in Diagnostics'.

"This application of molecular technology means that we can now understand diseases and animal health at a more fundamental level than ever before - at the gene level - and that will have a major impact on the way we approach animal health in the near future," said Dr Kirk Adams, director of product management at Life Technologies, who sponsored the meeting.

With the election of 2012 over, it may be a good thing that the forthcoming debate in the US over the so-called 'fiscal cliff' of automatic budget cuts and tax increases coincides with the ongoing debate over the US Farm Bill.

Carl Zulauf, a professor in Ohio State's Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics has said that while it is risky to simplify the policy environment in any country as large and diverse as the US, "many issues confronting the US at present can be viewed as a debate over the components, administration, and funding of a US safety net modernised for the 21st century".

Despite the drought, the agricultural crop sector continues to record-breaking crop values in the US, according to an Iowa State University Extension report.

Even though maize and soybean output fell dramatically in 2012, both will set records in terms of the value of the crops due to the high prices being received.

A decade ago, the maize crop was worth $20 billion; the 2012 corn crop is valued at over $80 billion. In 2002, the national soybean crop had a production value of $15 billion; it is valued at nearly $45 billion for this year.

Another farm has been found with foot and mouth disease in Taiwan following routine surveillance testing, and the clinical disease has been reported at a farm in north-eastern China.

Classical Swine Fever has been reported three farms in south east Latvia.

In Russia, the first outbreak of African swine fever has been reported in the Moscow region.


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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

Converting a Setback into an Opportunity
While for some producers the sow stalls ban is a set-back, it may be a beneficial reality check for others, turning a setback into an opportunity, according to Michael McKeon of Moorepark. He was speaking at the Pig Farmers' Conference organised by Teagasc in the Republic of Ireland in October 2012.

Strawing Up
Outdoor pig production does not allow for close supervision of farrowing or observation of young piglets; it is therefore more difficult to manage pre-weaning mortality than in indoor systems, according to BPEX in No. 2 in its series, 'Action for Productivity'.

Campylobacter: Prevalence on Pig Livers and Antimicrobial Susceptibility
Around one in 10 of the pig livers tested by researchers in Germany was found to be Campylobacter-positive, with C.coli as the predominant species. These isolates from pigs should be considered as potential sources of human infection, the scientists concluded after studying antimicrobial susceptibility and similarity to human isolates.

Investigation of Strategies for the Introduction and Transportation of Replacement Gilts on Southern Ontario Sow Farms
Scientists in Canada have highlighted that the overall biosecurity strategy on a farm is more important than the implementation of individual practices in considering the control of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) and other diseases in breeding pigs.

Atrophic Rhinitis: Cost Assessment of the Disease and Vaccinal Prophylaxis
Progressive atrophic rhinitis (PAR) is a disease that extends throughout the world. It can generate serious financial losses due, in large part, to decreased growth induced in affected animals, according to Carlos Casanovas Granell, Swine Vet Consultant. The aim of this article is to assess the additional costs for a farm affected by PAR and determine the viability of prevention via vaccination of breeders.

Emerging Diseases
The increasing demand for animal protein and the rapidly growing markets in Latin America and Asia are driving an increase in the production and trade of food animals globally. Many experts believe that these conditions will increase the risk of pandemics, the emergence of diseases in new locations and the development of novel genetic forms of existing pathogens. West Nile virus in European horses, Bluetongue and Schmallenberg viruses in production animals, and a novel strain of Escherichia coli O104:H4 bacteria in the food chain in Germany last year, are perhaps examples of this theory in practice.

Company News

Genesus: New China Contract
CHINA - Genesus continues to grow sales in China as its producers look to bring the latest genetic technology to their businesses and country, says Jim Long of Genesus.
Pfizer Held Seminar on Future of Iberian Pigs
SPAIN - Pfizer Animal Health with Nutersa, swine consulting company in the area, held the Technical Seminar on 'Present and future of the Iberian pig'.
China: Hog Markets
CHINA - With over 51 per cent of the world's pig being raised in China that makes the Chinese are the pork powerhouse of the world and the breeding stock increased by over a million on last year, writes Ron Lane, Senior Consultant for Genesus China.
Gene Technology to Manage Animal Health
BELGIUM - The way in which herd and flock health is managed could change radically over the next 20 years, thanks to developments in molecular technology. This was one of the conclusions from a recent meeting in Brussels on 'Advances in Diagnostics'.
Market Reports

BPEX / AHDB Country Report - France
BPEX / AHDB Country Report - Denmark
Irish CSO - Livestock Slaughterings October 2012 Review
BPEX UK Pig Meat Market Update - December 2012
USDA Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade - November 2012
Irish CSO: Agricultural Price Indices - 2012 - Preliminary Estimates
UK Total Income from Farming 2011 – 2nd Estimate
USDA Agricultural Prices: November Farm Prices Received Index Down 6 Points


Global Pig Industry News

   United States

Five Milestones that Shaped the US Pork Industry
Focus on Soybean Oil
Production Underway at Animal Nutrition Centre
Approaches to Swine Nutrition Become More Sophisticated
Stopping Flies Before They Mature
US Exports Less Beef, More Pork So Far in 2012
CME: Sow Slaughter Stays Down
Post Election: 2012 US Farm Bill and the Fiscal Cliff
Investigation Finds Drug Traces, Resistant Bacteria in Pork
NPPC: Advocacy Group Uses Junk Science to Scare Consumers
Feed Price Impact Lessened by Hog Price
Industry Accused of Using Funds to Lobby Government
ARS Study Finds Most E.coli in Water Are from Towns
US Agricultural Trade to Hit Record Levels
2012: US Crop Year-End Review
FDA Widens Irradiation Use for Meat
Secretary Vilsack Responds to Soaring US Exports
Pork Commentary: Small Pig Prices Surge Higher

   United Kingdom

Cranswick Revenue and Profits Rise
Creep Helps Reduce Pig Feed Costs
Banks Made Aware of Weather Impacts on Businesses
Pigs Rehomed after Being Found Emaciated
Steady Increase in UK Pig Meat Prices
Farming Can Meet GHG Reduction Target
Composts, Digestates Unsuitable as Bedding
Pig & Poultry Live 2013
Total Income from Farming Rising

   Netherlands

Jobs to Go at VION Food Netherlands
Pig Genome Reveals Genes That Made Domestic Pigs Longer

   Australia

CFI Approval Given to First Piggery

   Canada

Call for Pork Producers to Provide Input for Building Codes, Standards
Gut Microbes May Be Tool for Control of Brachyspira
Research Released into Role of Nutrition in Fighting Disease
Premises Identification Valued During Health Crises
Average Litter Birth Weight Impacts Growth Performance

   China

OIE: Foot and Mouth Disease Reported in East China
Zhongpin Enters into Merger Agreement

   Haiti

FAO, Haitian President Urge Increased Investment in Haiti

   Spain

Government Presents Guide to Pig Protection
Spanish Water Reserves More Than Half Full
Ham Labelling Causes Disharmony
Fattening Process Bypassed Through Piglet Slaughter

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Price Pressure Continues Throughout EU
EU Pig Meat Export, Import Volumes Fall
Ministers Discuss CAP Reform, Lactic Acid for Beef

   Mexico

Mexico Welcomes Export Opportunities to China
Japan Authorises Mexican Meat Hygiene Facility

   Brazil

Brazil Needs to 'Ensure Food Supply'
Brazil's Pork Exports Continue Upward Trend
Changes to Brazilian Import Guidelines

   Russian Federation

First Case of ASF in Moscow Region
Cherkizovo's Revenue Passes US$1-Billion Mark

   Ireland

Irish Pig Slaughterings Rise
Irish Agricultural Production Costs Rise

   Paraguay

Training for Livestock Farmers Offers Certification

   France

France Rises as Pork Supplier in 2012

   New Zealand

Raw Pork Imports Threaten New Zealand's Producers

   Latvia

More Classical Swine Fever in Latvia

   Taiwan

Foot and Mouth Disease Reported Again in Taiwan

   Denmark

Danish Pig Numbers Stable

   Belarus

Belarus Stops Pork Imports from Moscow, Latvia

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