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Significant Advance Made in Disease Control - 2 April 2013

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Tuesday 2nd April 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
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Significant Advance Made in Disease Control

A new synthetic vaccine could signal a new era in vaccine development. These latest developments are the result of collaborative research between Professor David Stuart, University of Oxford, and Dr Bryan Charleston, Head of Livestock Viral Diseases Programme at The Pirbright Institute.

They have developed an entirely synthetic foot-and-mouth disease vaccine that triggers response through minute protein shells.

According to its developers, this is 'the holy grail' of vaccines as it means that treatments can be developed without relying on the growth of live infectious virus. This will help reduce diseases spreading to disease-free areas and could also alter how viruses from the same family are fought, such as polio.

The new edition of 'Hogs and Pigs' quarterly report on US pig output has been published.

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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

French Retailer with Hands-on Approach to Traceability
Just when traceability scares have retailers across the world running for cover, one French retailer can justifiably feel that more than 40 years of working alongside food producers has been vindicated, writes Peter Crosskey.

Influence of Paylean (Ractopamine Hydrochloride) on Pork Quality
An overview of the effects of ractopamine hydrochloride on fresh pork quality and cooked pork palatability by Dr Jason K. Apple of the University of Arkansas. Its inclusion in the late-finishing diet has no detrimental effects on muscle pH, fresh pork colour, firmness/wetness, water-holding capacity or marbling/intramuscular fat content but some experiments have revealed changes in fatty acid composition of the carcass fat and adverse effects on pork tenderness.

Using Translactational Analgesia to Reduce Piglet Pain at Castration
In the latest issue of the Prairie Swine Centre's 'Centred on Swine', researchers there explain the background to their work examining the feasibility of administering pain medication to the sow on the welfare of her piglets during and after castration.

Improving Key Performance Indicators: Breeding Herd KPIs
Knowing how your breeding herd performs helps you to identify where and how to concentrate your time, effort and investment to improve performance and reduce the cost of production, according to BPEX in its recently updated 'Action for Productivity' No. 26.

Piglet Birth Weight and Litter Uniformity: Effects of Weaning-to-Pregnancy Interval and Body Condition Changes in Sows of Different Parities and Crossbred Lines
Litter uniformity was compromised in a Dutch trial by severe sow body condition loss during lactation and improved in sows with a prolonged weaning-to-pregnancy interval.

Tackling Pig Manure Challenges with Enzymes
Economic analyses show the large potential for phytase in feed to reduce overall manure management costs resulting from environmental regulations, according to Gwendolyn Jones of Danisco Animal Nutrition.

Company News

ABCA Shares Nutritional Innovations and Insight at VIV Asia 2013
THAILAND - To inaugurate its launch in Asia at VIV Asia 2013 in Bangkok, leading agricultural feed solutions supplier ABCA brought together a global panel of industry experts to speak about “The Next Paradigm Shift” in the animal feed circle.
Novus at 2013 Excellence in Best Practices Awards Gala
US - Novus International, Inc. was presented the Animal Feed Ingredients Product Differentiation Excellence Award for its trace minerals product line MINTREX® at a gala hosted by Frost & Sullivan, a global research organization, on Tuesday, 12 March 2013, in San Diego, California.
Neogen Reports Increase in Quarterly Net Income
US - Neogen Corporation announced that its net income for the third quarter of FY 2013, which ended 28 February, increased 27 per cent to $6,652,000, or $0.27 per share, compared to the prior year's third quarter net income of $5,244,000, or $0.22 a share. Year to date, nine-month net income increased 22 per cent to $20,158,000, or $0.83 per share, compared to $16,485,000, or $0.69 per share, in the prior year.
CID Lines' VIV Asia Stand Well Received
THAILAND - This year's edition of VIV Asia took place in Bangkok, Thailand on 13 to 15 March. CID Lines attended the exhibition with a great booth construction, on which they received many compliments from visitors.
Global Feed to Meat Industry Propelled VIV Asia to New Heights
THAILAND - The global cattle, meat, poultry meat and egg industries contributed to making VIV Asia 2013 an unparalleled success, say the trade show's organisers.
Zoetis Looks to the Future
GLOBAL - Zoetis is the new name for Pfizer Animal Health following an initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange on 1 February 2013.
Mycofix App Now Available for iPhone and iPad
GLOBAL - Biomin has launched the Mycofix app, which is now available for iOS and Android devices.
Merial and SVC Conclude Contract for Localization of FMD Vaccine
SOUTH KOREA - Merial Korea (GM Jong-Young Kim), the animal health division of Sanofi Group in Korea, announced the creation of a consortium with SVC, Inc. (Special Vaccine Company, Inc.) for the production of foot and mouth disease vaccine for use in Korea.
Market Reports

NAB Rural Commodities Wrap - March 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 26 March 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 27 March 2013
USDA Agricultural Prices - 27 March 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 28 March 2013
USDA Hogs and Pigs - March 2013
Irish CSO: Livestock Slaughterings - February 2013
BPEX UK Pig Meat Market Update - April 2013
BPEX Export Bulletin – Week 13

Global Pig Industry News


Pork Commentary: Road Trip to Estonia


Further Classical Swine Fever Outbreaks Reported in Latvia


Pig Prices Continue Falling, Inputs Recede Further
Brazilian Pork Output Increased in 2012

   United States

2013 Corn and Soybean Acreage and Yield Prospects
CME: Large Frozen Meat, Poultry Stocks at February End
Feed Costs Continue to Plague Producers’ Chances for Profits
2012: Record Year for Land O'Lakes
CME: Corn, Wheat & Soybean Acres Expected to Rise
Swine Economics Report
Allendale, Inc Releases Hogs & Pigs Report Estimates
CME: Total March Hogs & Pigs Inventories Expected to be Higher
Coalition Urges US, Other Countries to Welcome Japan into TPP
New Jersey Becomes 10th State to Ban Sow Stalls
NZ Court Decision Opens Access for US Pork
Organisations Join to Promote Animal Well-Being
CME: Total 1 March Hog, Pig Inventories Larger than a Year Ago
Feeding Corn Germ to Pigs Does Not Affect Growth Performance
Hog Outlook: USDA Report Reveals Modest Growth in Sow Numbers
Another Surprising Corn Stocks Estimate
More Hogs Than Expected, Summer Rally Possible


Pork Commentary: Alberta Pork Congress
Modified US M-COOL Could Increase Discrimination against Imports
CPC Supports 2013 Federal Budget
Potential for Addressing Manure Nutrient Challenges
Alberta Pork Concludes Biosecurity/Code of Practice Sessions
Report Confirms Ag Sector’s Continued Growth, Economic Value
Pork Producers Call for Emergency Meeting to Discuss Crisis

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Stability in Slaughter Pig Markets
Will Retailers be Responsible for New EU Meat and Food Labelling Laws?
EU Institutions Urged to Include Report Findings in Final CAP Agreement
EFSA Studies Health Risks in Mechanically Separated Meat


Variability in Corn DDGS Prompts Need to Measure Nutritional Profiles
New Vaccine Close to 'Holy Grail' for Global Disease Control
Study Shows MRSA Transmission from Animals to Humans


Ukraine Bans Brazilian Pork


China's Farm Produce Prices Drop Again
Working Together to Ensure Food for All
Meat Processing Company Rebuilds Public Trust
No Bird Flu Virus Found in Dead Pigs

   United Kingdom

Pig Wasting Syndrome Costs Farmers Millions
Red Tractor Pig Standards Review Group Launched
Buy British to Show Support for Livestock Farmers Hit by Snow
Ethics, Antibiotics, Consumer Opinion Shaping Buying Decisions
New Report on Farming's Impact on Antibiotic Resistance


Revolving Pig Farming Project Gets Big Boost


FMD NEWS: Antelope in Latest Botswana FMD Outbreak


Record Numbers Log on for Pig Farm Tour 

   Dominican Republic

Groups Collaborate in Food and Rural Development Scheme


Landbank Lends to Small Farmers

   Russian Federation

Russia: Hog Markets
Russia to Develop Organic Certification Standards


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