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Monday 8th April 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor


PRRS Continues to Challenges US Producers

Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) remains one of the most difficult disease challenges facing US pork producers, according to the National Pork Board.

Several strategies have been used to address the syndrome, including the establishment of more than two dozen regional PRRS elimination projects across the country.

The Russian veterinary authority reports two new outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) in two village pig herds in the Republic of North Ossetia–Alania in March, involving a total of 163 pigs. This is the first report of ASF report in domestic pigs in the country since mid-December 2012. Quarantine zones were lifted in several previously affected parts of the country during January.

Also in Russia, there have been three new outbreaks of foot and mouth disease in Zabaykalsky Krai, affecting the goat/sheep, pig and cattle populations. This region borders China and Mongolia.

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has transferred one million doses of Classical Swine Fever (CSF) vaccine to Guatemala's Ministry of Agriculture and Food Safety. Several CSF outbreaks were reported in Guatemala in between the end of 2011 and September 2012; OIE has not published any reports of the disease there since October 2012.

The Canadian pork industry's experience with porcine circovirus (PCV) has demonstrated the value of investments in preventive medicine.

The Canadian Swine Health Board was created in 2007 to deal with swine health issues including new and emerging diseases as part of the federal government's response to a PCV outbreak that had devastated the Canadian swine industry. Board chair, Florian Possberg, says the organisation has requested a further extension of the funding agreement and a further reallocation of unspent federal funds.

An overview of the pig industry in Latin America has been prepared by Genesus. The report covers nine countries - Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela - describing the pork industry there "still in its early stages of expansion (with few exceptions)".


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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

Pleurisy
Production losses from pleurisy can typically be as high as £3.72 per pig, according to BPEX in its updated 'Action for Productivity' series, no. 28. The costs to the producer and the processor are outlined, together with advice on how to minimise these losses.

Power Ultrasound for Curing Pork
Ciara McDonnell was awarded 'Best Presentation on Food' for her PhD on the use of power ultrasound for accelerating the curing of pork at the Teagasc Walsh Fellowships seminar. The meat curing industry would benefit from a novel processing technology such as this that could produce high-quality products under accelerated processing conditions.

Early Detection and Interventions of Reducing Lameness in Gestating Sows
An outline of research on sow foot health at the Prairie Swine Centre by Drs Jennifer Brown, Yolande Seddon and Fiona Lang as well as Nika Zillman and Megan Bouvier in the latest 'Centred on Swine' newsletter.

Prolonged Duration of Farrowing is Associated with Subsequent Decreased Fertility in Sows
Sows with prolonged farrowing had higher returns after first insemination after weaning, according to new research from Finland. There were no effects on other parameters of fertility measured, nor of sow housing system (crate versus pen).

Effects of Heat Stress and Plane of Nutrition on Metabolism in Growing Pigs
Reduced feed intake alone does not explain the changes in performance of pigs weighing around 35kg, according to researchers at Iowa State University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Heat-stressed pigs had distinctly different post-absorptive bioenergetic variables from the pair-fed controls.

Rational Engineering of Recombinant Picornavirus Capsids to Produce Safe, Protective Vaccine Antigen
A huge step in foot-and-mouth disease vaccination has been achieved by researchers in the UK, using the protein shell of the virus (capsids) to create a more stable, safe and less expensive treatment for foot and mouth disease (FMD).

Evaluating the Contract Finishing Opportunity - Part 1. Is Contract Swine Production Good for You?
Contract swine production can be an attractive opportunity to the right individual, family or operation if it fits with the person, the farm and financial situation. Chrisian Boessen of the University of Missouri explains the pros and cons of contract growing for producers.

Spatial Ecology of Free-ranging Domestic Pigs in Western Kenya
Following a first study of the natural ranging behaviour of free-range pigs, researchers say that the wide areas covered by the animals has important implications for the control of porcine and zoonotic diseases.

Company News

Provide Cover for Summer Infertility
UK - Many pig producers will be taking in batches of replacement gilts in split weights, according to ACMC's veterinary consultant.
European Pig Meat Industry Facing Its Challenges
EU - The European pig meat industry is facing its challenges with issues such as regulations on sow pens impacting production, according to Frederique Clusel, group director of Swine Business for Zoetis for EU Africa and Middle East.
New House Inaugurated with Piglet Rearing Equipment
GERMANY - The agricultural cooperative, Uchtdorf, based in Uchtdorf (Tangerhütte) in Saxony-Anhalt has invested in a new house for piglet rearing.
Market Reports

QMS Monthly Market Report - March 2013
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 4 April 2013
BPEX Export Bulletin – Week 14

Global Pig Industry News

   United Kingdom

Farmers Blast EU Policing of Pig, Poultry Rules
Pigs R Us Returns to Cookstown
Producers Urged to Join Welfare Debate
On-Farm Burial of Carcasses Allowed Due to Bad Weather
Conference Examines Science Behind Large-Scale Production
Spot Price Moves Ahead
Required Publications for Compliance with Farm Assurance Standards
Food Companies Pledge Total Traceability for Pork Products

   China

Chinese Producers Anticipate Loss for 2013
Chinese Food Prices Keep Falling
China Adds to Pork Reserves to Stabilise Prices

   United States

March Quarterly Hogs & Pigs Report Analysis
Nationwide Coalition Urges USDA to Protect Integrity of COOL
CME: Markets Still Reeling from USDA Reports
Conagra Reports Decline in Profits
PRRS Remains Among Most Difficult Challenges Facing US Pork Producers
CME: Bearish Hogs and Pigs Report Analysis
CME: Spring Beef, Pork Prices Impacted by Export Challenges
NFU Announces Beginning Farmer Institute Participants
Hog Outlook: NPB Works to Modernise Names for Retail Meat Cuts
Pork Cuts to Get New Consumer-Friendly Names at the Meat Case

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Price Increases Ahead
New Director-General for Agriculture and Rural Development

   Russian Federation

Moscow Meat Plant's Halal Products to be Tested for Pork Abroad
FMD NEWS: OIE Reports FMD Outbreaks in Zabaykalsky Krai
OIE Reports Two More ASF Outbreaks in Russia

   Guatemala

USDA Donates One Million Doses of CSF Vaccine

   Canada

New Light Shed on Nutritional Value of Oil Reduced Corn DDGS
CSHB Initiatives Demonstrate Value of Investment in Preventive Medicine
Producers Discuss Options for Addressing Economic Challenges
CPC: Repercussions of Purchasing, Sourcing Requirements

   Ireland

Last Extension to Sow Welfare Scheme Application Deadline
Grant Extension Welcomed by Pig Producers

   Global

Latin America: Hog Markets
Tim Hortons Eliminates Sow Stalls from 2022

   Brazil

Marfrig Sees Large Revenue, Profit Growth

   Malta

2012: Pig Population Drops in Malta, Rises in Gozo

   Thailand

New Farm Boosts Betagro's Pork Market Share

   Denmark

EPP-Congress 2013: Optimise the Potential
Food Waste Has Environmental Downside
Danes Delay Boar Castration Ban

   Australia

Qantas Airline Stops Serving Pork

   Fiji

Concerns over Future of Fiji's Pig Industry

   France

French Study Use of Boar-Taint Pork

   Korea, South

Plummeting Pork Prices Hurt Farmers

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