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Monday 20th May 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

New Pig Viral Disease Confirmed in US

There has been official confirmation of porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDV) in the US for the first time.

This is not a new virus, according to USDA, nor is it a regulatory/reportable disease. Since PEDV is widespread in many countries, it is not a trade-restricting disease but rather a production-related disease.

PEDV may appear clinically to be the same as transmissible gastroenteritis (TGE) virus with acute diarrhoea. Producers will need to work with their herd veterinarian with if any TGE-like symptoms appear and as always, maintain strict biosecurity protocols.

It only affects pigs; it is not zoonotic, so therefore, it poses no risk to other animals or humans nor to food safety.

The virus has been identified in a small number of herds, according to USDA. Michigan State University identified the locations as Minnesota, Iowa, Colorado and Indiana.

The virus is not a new virus as it was first recognised in England in 1971. Since then, the disease has been identified in a number of European countries and Canada, and more recently in China, Korea and Japan.

USDA, State Animal Health Officials, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians and veterinarians at the National Pork Board are actively monitoring this disease and will make recommendations to producers as necessary.

PEDV is transmitted via the faecal-oral route and may appear to be the same as transmissible gastroenteritis (TGE) virus with acute diarrhoea within 12 to 36 hours of onset. Herd veterinarians remain well versed in managing TGE-like diseases.

Laboratory testing is the only way to diagnose PEDV, adds USDA. As always, producers who see any signs of illness in their pigs should notify their herd veterinarian immediately to address the issue.

Also in the US last week, the Senate and House Agriculture Committees passed their version of the 2013 Farm Bill.

Staying with pig health news, foot and mouth disease (FMD) has been reported in cattle in Kazakhstan.

In the US, Agriculture Research Service scientists have developed a new cell line that rapidly and accurately detects the FMD virus.

Researchers in Kenya have launched research of a vaccine against African swine fever.

A project on porcine circovirus in Spain by Dr Marina Sibila and Dr Segalés was awarded at the latest edition of the European PCV2 Research Award sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health.

As next Monday (27 May) is a public holiday in the UK, the next newsletter from ThePigSite will be distributed on Tuesday 28 May.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Danish Pig Research Centre Annual Report 2012: Nutrition 1
This section of the PRC annual report describes a new tool to formulate feed for finishers, revisions to the feeding standards, phytase equivalency, on-farm feed mixing and a comparison of different mills (hammer and disc types).

Papular Dermatitis
Papular dermatitis (PD), sometimes seen at the abattoir and on farms, is a type of skin lesion most often the result of hypersensitivity to sarcoptic mange mites. The impacts of mange as well as its prevention and treatment are outlined in No. 12 in the 'Action for Productivity' series from BPEX.

Evaluation of Gas Mixture Administration Using Smart Box Device for Piglet Euthanasia
Among the findings of research for Pork Checkoff reported by Dr Chad Hagen of Value-Added Science and Technologies, LLC was that piglets succumbed to the gas effects quicker with flow rates that produce a rapid build-up of carbon dioxide concentration. A 50:50 mix of argon and carbon dioxide did not reduce piglet distress, and is not recommended for gas euthanasia of pigs.

Piglet Behaviour as a Measure of Vitality and its Influence on Piglet Survival and Growth during Lactation
Spanish scientists have developed a measure - based on behaviour on day of birth - to assess piglet vitality for both scientific and commercial purposes.

Welfare Implications Reviewed of Large Litter Size in the Domestic Pig
Two recently published papers - the result of collaborative projects by several leading European animal science institutions - review the biological and management factors associated with breeding for increased litter size in pigs and with implications for the welfare of both sows and their piglets.

Flies and Fly Problems
Information on the types of flies found on farms that may need to be controlled from 'Fly Management: How to Comply with Your Environmental Permit' from the UK's Environment Agency.

Keeping a Swine Business Going for the Long Haul: What Our Family has Done to Ensure Success
At the 2013 Kansas Swine Profitability Conference, Roy Henry of Henrys Ltd (Longford, Kansas) shared his experiences of passing a business asset from one generation to the next with minimum business interruption.

Exploring Governance Structures for Your Farm Organisation
Farm governance structure, including a clear responsibilities and reporting, are important for the efficient and effective operation of the farm business, according to Dr Michael K. Swan (Washington State University) and Dr Nicole Olynk Widmar (Purdue University) for Pork Information Gateway.

Company News

World Pork Expo Offers Two Seminar Series
US - Details have been published on seminars held in conjunction with the World Pork Expo 2013 in June.
Managing Pig Health: Second Edition Nears Release
UK - Managing Pig Health, a reference for the farm, offers a fresh and comprehensive guide to practical veterinary information for pig farmers, veterinarians and technologists around the world.
Biosecurity Advances Minimise Health Risks for JSR Customers
UK - Continual advancements in biosecurity at JSR’s AI studs mean more producers than ever are benefiting from high health status animals.
Big Dutchman Cooperates with CP Group
CHINA - On 20 April 2013, Big Dutchman signed an official partnership contract with Jiayuguan CP Modern Agriculture and Husbandry Industrial Farmers Cooperation Organization in Jiayuguan city, Gansu province.
State-of-the-art Electronic Feeding System for Sow Management
RUSSIA - At VIV Russia 2013 Big Dutchman presents its innovative electronic feeding system (ESF) CallMatic pro for pregnant sows in group housing. It ideally combines the advantages of animal-friendly housing and a feeding method ideally adapted to the requirements of each individual sow.
Jorgensen Promoted to Senior Brand Manager in BIVI Swine Marketing
US - Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) has announced the promotion of Sarah Jorgensen to senior brand manager for the company’s US Swine Business. Ms Jorgensen, who joined BIVI in February 2007, was a swine sales representative servicing key accounts.
New Partnership to Establish UK’s First Swedish Hampshire Nucleus Herd
UK - A new partnership between JSR Genetics and Swedish processors HKScan will see the establishment of a Hampshire nucleus herd in the UK, meaning future supplies of boars and semen from this exceptional terminal sire are secure.
World Pork Expo Seminars Get Down to Business
US - World Pork Expo’s three days are filled with information and insights, and leading that effort are the business seminars.
Innovation Award for Hermitage Closed Herd Breeding Programmes
UK - Hermitage Seaborough Ltd. have been awarded the ‘Pre Farmgate Innovation Winner’s Award’ for their ‘Closed Herd BLUP Breeding Programmes’, at the 2013 Pig & Poultry Marketing Awards. The ceremony took place at the London Marriott County Hall on 9 May.
Market Reports

China Wholesale Prices - 14 May 2013
USDA Feed Outlook - May 2013
BPEX Weekly Export Bulletin - Week 19
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 16 May 2013
UK March Agricultural Price Index - 16 May 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 16 May 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 17 May 2013
USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook - May 2013
BPEX Export Bulletin - Week 20
China Wholesale Prices - 20 May 2013

Global Pig Industry News


Seaweed Marketed as Sustainable Feed Ingredient
Stab­le Half-year for Da­nish Crown


Manure Handling Method, Feed Formulation Affect GHG Impact

   United States

New Jersey Legislature Passes Pig Gestation Stall Bill
Pork Checkoff's Pork Academy Features Seminars at World Pork Expo
Corn Planting Can Catch Up But Summer Supplies Will Be Tight
NFU Outlines Farm Bill Priorities for Senate
CME: Pork and Poultry Production Will Expand as Beef Declines
US Dollar Value to Impact Pork Exports and Live Hog Prices
NFU Outlines Farm Bill Priorities for House Committee on Agriculture
Product Innovation is Key at Tyson's
Establishing Nutritional Value in Copra, Palm Products Fed to Pigs
H1N1 Discovered in Marine Mammals
Allendale Releases Cold Storage, Cattle on Feed Estimates
NFU, JA Zenchu Statement on Lima Round of TPP Negotiations
House Ag Committee Approves Farm Bill
NFU Encouraged by 2013 Farm Bill Momentum
Animal Welfare Panel Formed at Tyson
Separate Farm Bills Passed by House and Senate
Poll Shows Strong Support for Country of Origin Labelling
USDA Confirms Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea Virus
Hog Outlook: Pork Prices Down in April

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Well Balanced Market Situation - Optimistic Atmosphere
EU Brings Reform of CAP Step Closer
Response to EC Package on Healthier Animals, Plants for Safer Food Chain
Antibiotic Resistance Study Finds Differences between Member States

   United Kingdom

Survey Suggests Rural Economy 'Spiralling Towards Recession'
UK Pig Meat Market Trends
New Pig Industry Scholarship
NFU President: Challenge MPs on CAP
Profit and Welfare Crucial for Pig and Poultry
Meat Processors Announce Hong Kong Trade Mission Success
Quality Assurance Standards for Pigs under Review
Shortage of Higher-welfare Pigs
Cranswick’s Growth Continues
What’s Best about Pig, Poultry Production to Attract Best Staff


Minister Calls on Companies to Share Cost Burden of Food Controls


Positive Discussion on Key CAP Reform Issues


JBS Sees Profits Rise
Pig, Broiler Production Costs Drop to Lowest Level in April
Pork Exports Fell 25 Per Cent in April


OIE: New FMD Outbreak Results in Quarantine Measures


China's Farm Produce Prices Drop


Kenyan Experts Search for ASF Vaccine


Research Project on Porcine Circovirus Awarded


Philippines Agriculture, Fisheries Grows 3.3 Per Cent in Q1 2013


Foot and Mouth Detection Improved Through Cell Line Discovery


Pig Producers Protest


Government Announces Plans to Develop Pig Sector
Mexico: Hog Markets


Pork Commentary: Crop Wildcard
More Communication Among Producers Helps Answer Consumer Questions


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