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Tuesday 28th May 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

European Pig Vets Discuss Swine Flu

Two keynote addresses on swine flu were among the highlights of the European Symposium on Porcine Health Management (ESPHM) held in Edinburgh, Scotland, last week.

Dr Kristien Van Reeth of the University of Ghent in Belgium addressed the topic ‘Influenza pandemics: Does the Greater Threat Come from Pigs, not Birds?’

She stated that it is impossible to make predictions about which animal influenza viruses may cause future pandemics, although we can improve our insights into the mechanism of the species barriers relating to flu virus transmission.

Veterinary scientists can bring a unique perspective to research, she said, adding the successful surveillance relies on the co-operation of pig veterinarians and producers.

Practical on-farm solutions to tackle swine influenza were described by Dr Giampetro Sandri of Gruppo Veronese in Italy. He presented the results of a 10-year monitoring programme in large pig units in the region of Verona. Most outbreaks were seasonal with a peak incidence in autumn and winter, and most cases were acute and epizootic. Three serotypes have been involved: H1N1, H3N2 and H1N2.

Dr Sandri considers high biosecurity and regular vaccination very important to control the disease.

“I would not want to risk not vaccinating,” he said.

News of porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDV) in the US has shaken the market there, despite pork being still safe to eat and no threat being posed to people, according to market analysts, Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

The impact of PEDV is also being felt over the border in Canada, where pork producers are advised to step up their focus on biosecurity in the wake of reports of possible outbreaks in the US.

Also from Canada, a new survey of swine veterinarians shows the number of farms across the prairies infected by swine dysentery caused by Brachyspira appears to be gradually increasing.

Reports have been received by the OIE of PRRS in Belarus and FMD in Taiwan.

And finally, a case study involving beef producers in Idaho has revealed less-than-ideal refrigeration conditions for animal health products at retailers and on-farm.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Danish Pig Research Centre Annual Report 2012: Nutrition 2
The Pig Research Centre reports on its latest work on fermented rapeseed meal, commercial diets, particle size and xylanases for weaners and for finishers, restricted feeding, liquid versus dry, rye, benzoic acid and conjugated linoleic acid.

Microbial Community Analysis to Identify Risk Factors in Manure Foaming
Foam production in deep-pit manure storage is correlated with distinct bacterial populations present in the manure, according to research from the University of Illinois.

Effective Heat Detection
Advice of optimising heat detection in sows and gilt from BPEX in no. 29 in its 'Action for Prodictivity' series.

Family Conversations on Succession: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
It is important for farm families to begin communicating early - before a crisis occurs; communicate effectively with active listening skills, and communicate often, to avoid misunderstanding. That is the top tip offered by JoAnn Alumbaugh (Alumbaugh Communications, Linden, Iowa) to the 2013 Kansas Swine Profitability Conference.

Effect of Oral Vitamin D3 Supplementation on Growth and Serum 25-hydroxy Vitamin D Levels of Pigs
Piglets given vitamin D3 orally at two days of age were heavier at weaning and seven days post-weaning and suffered less of a post-weaning check than those receiving no supplement, according to new research from the US.

Gas Alternatives to Carbon Dioxide for Euthanasia: A Piglet Perspective
A two-step procedure in which pigs are anaesthetised with a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen before being euthanised by immersion in carbon dioxide appeared to be more humane than carbon dioxide alone, according to new research from West Lafayette, Indiana, US.

Fly Monitoring
Guidance of monitoring flies around farms and other facilities from the UK's Environment Agency from its publication 'Fly management: how to comply with your environmental permit'.

Prevalence of Tuberculosis in Pigs Slaughtered at Two Abattoirs in Ethiopia
Researchers have found that six per cent of pigs at two abattoirs in Ethiopia were positive for Mycobacterium tuberculosis and therefore that pigs may be a source of infection in humans.

Finisher Challenge Champion
BPEX Farm Case Study no. 36 'Improving finisher herd performance' describes how three management changes made by a farmer in Essex improved the growth rate, feed conversion and mortality in the finishing unit.

Company News

Hypor Extends Genomic Selection to Customer Level
NETHERLANDS - Global pig genetics specialist, Hypor, is leading the way forward in pig breeding by standardizing the use of Genomic Selection in its breeding program.
Santrev Resources for Reliable System for Piggeries
AUSTRALIA - After 40 years’ experience in all aspects of poultry housing and chicken farm development, Santrev is now using their vast network of resources to offer the same high quality and reliable system for piggeries.
TOPIGS Research Delivers Improved Fertility and Mothering Ability
US - Applying genomic selection for traits like litter size, mothering abilities and number of still born piglets results in extra genetic progress.
Phytogenic Feed Additives (PFA) in Pig Production
GLOBAL - In praxis feed producers or farmers find themselves confronted with an unprecedented number of products with widely varying composition and claimed effects.
Single-dose Inseminations Are Possible
US - From reduced concentration sexed semen programs with JSR, to single-dose inseminations with new product technologies! ASIC’s AMG™ Series Catheters proved that single-dose inseminations ARE possible if they were timed based on OVULATION; and not estrus.
To Protect or Not to Protect? That is the Question
CANADA - Organic acids have been used in pig production for more than 40 years but it became a common practice in the eighties, writes Robert Gauthier, D.M.V., ACPV from Jefo.
Genesus Exports Canadian Breeding Pigs to Philippines
PHILIPPINES - On 30 April 2013 a full air charter shipment of 1,098 breeding pigs supplied by GENESUS Genetics of Canada arrived successfully at General Santos Airport located on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.
Pigs Perform Better in Clean Air
US - Pigs perform better in clean air. Would you like clean air in your barn? Now you can have clean air in your barn using EPI air technology.
Achieving High Productivity Under Group-housing Systems
UK - In many countries throughout the world pig producers are coming under increasing pressure to house their pigs under welfare-friendly systems. Much of this has focussed on the sow.
Once Innovations Animal Specific LED Lighting Systems for Swine Facilities
US - Once Innovations, the leader in lighting designed for the agricultural industry, has introduced its latest AgriShift MLS 14 Watt Swine Light.
Nutraferma Launches UltraPro+ Protein Product
US - Nutraferma, a leading innovator of biotech solutions, has launched UltraPro+, a high-quality functional protein ingredient for piglet diets. UltraPro+ is rich in balanced peptides from animal proteins and fermented soy. UltraPro+ also contains beneficial direct-fed microbials and metabolites from patented strains of Bacillus subtilis and Aspergillus oryzae.
Irlbeck Named World Pork Expo General Manager
US — The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has named Alicia Irlbeck as the new general manager of World Pork Expo, the world’s largest pork-specific trade show.
Taking Pigs to Heavier Weights Can Make Profit Possible
UK - A recent trial conducted by scientists at JSR Genetics has revealed that it is possible to take pigs to heavier weights without this having a negative impact on profit margins.
Market Reports

China Wholesale Prices - 21 May 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 22 May 2013
UK Slaughter Statistics - May 2013
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 23 May 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 23 May 2013
Economic Report NAB Post-farmgate Agribusiness Survey - March Quarter 2013
USDA Livestock Slaughter - May 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 24 May 2013
Irish CSO: Livestock Slaughterings - April 2013
BPEX Export Bulletin – Week 21
China Wholesale Prices - 27 May 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 28 May 2013

Global Pig Industry News

   United Kingdom

ESPHM: European Pig Health Meeting Opens in Edinburgh, New Book Launched
ESPHM: Discussion on the Swine Flu Threat
Simplicity the Way Forward
BPEX Releases Two New Publications
Planning Procedure Continues for Foston Farm
Event to Drive Pig Industry Innovation
Pig Industry Award on Offer
Good and Bad News from EU Manure Investigations
PhD Student Wins Top Award for Work with Pigs
Managing Pig Health: John Carr Explains Passion for Project
Call for More Science in Large-scale Livestock Debate
UK Agency Welcomes Abattoir Inspection Changes
Harper Adams Launches Scholarship Scheme to Support Pig Industry
Imports 25p a Kilo Cheaper

   United States

Pork Commentary: US Cash Hogs Continue to Push Higher
Weekly Roberts Market Report
Study Reveals Poor Storage Conditions for Health Products
Corn, Soybean Prices Continue to Retrace 2012 Drought Rally
New Crop Corn Improves Prospects for Pork Profits
Groups Want 'Comprehensive' FTA with EU
CME: News of PEDV Upsets Trading
Weekly Roberts Market Report
Tips to Keep Sows Eating Through Summer
AFBF Welcomes Senate Judiciary Passage of Immigration Reform Bill
US Red Meat Production Up
PED in the US Prompts Calls for Better Biosecurity
Jenny-O Turkey Results Hit Hormel Profits
Continued Improvement in Live Hog Prices Projected
USDA Keeps COOL; Complies with WTO Ruling
CME: Pork Exports Slumping; Beef, Poultry Exports on Softer Footing
Study Raises Concerns over Campylobacter AMR in Pork
Young Scientist Winners Crowned
Producers See Financial Gains in Learning about Ventilation Systems
Hog Outlook: More Pork in Cold Storage in April Than Previous Month
Iowa Swine Day 2013 to Address Valuable Production Topics


Disease Control Discussed at SENASA Training


New Round of Pork Purchasing Looms; Policies Help Prices Recover
China's Pork Price Rebounds After Government Boost


Live Pig Prices Up in Most Regions
AveSui 2013 Ends Successfully


New Technology to Transform Pig Waste to Gas
Cutting Red Tape for Australia's Food Industry


African Livestock, Poultry Exhibition Opens

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Market at Equilibrium – Most Quotations Unchanged
EFSA Guidance for Environmental Risk Assessment of GM Animals
Commission Reviews Pig Meat Inspection Rules
EC Invites Opinions on Ending Boar Castration
Labour Costs in Pig Processing Plants Vary Across EU
EU Pig Prices: No Movement in European Slaughter Market


Survey Shows Brachyspira Infection Gradually Increasing
Canada Set to Retaliate over US COOL Stance
CPC Shocked and Appalled by US Flouting of WTO Ruling on COOL
Amended US COOL Regulations Go from Bad to Worse
International Rules Must be Followed for World Trade to Work Properly


Bahrain MPs Vote to Ban Pork in Kingdom


Ukrainian Pork Production Forecast to Grow 25 Per Cent by 2020


Four Cases of MRSA Found in Norwegian Pigs


Future of Zoonosis Linked to Farming and Environment
Risks of African Swine Fever Spread Assessed
Report Looks at Feed Enzyme Market
Insects as Sustainable Food and Feed Source
Farm Animal Diversity Declines as Accelerating Losses Threaten Humanity


Time to Resourcify: Conference Examines Food Supply Options


IFAD Loan to Revive Small-scale Agriculture in Seychelles


Both Houses Pass Animal Health, Welfare Bill


FMD NEWS: Peru Declared FMD-free


OIE Reports PRRS Outbreak in Belarus


Livestock Growth to be Slow but Steady


Pork Commentary: Russia Report
Russia: Hog Markets


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