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Monday 17th June 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor


Importance of Biosecurity Highlighted

As one of the main ways of keeping diseases out of a country or under control when present, biosecurity has been in the pig industry news in the last week.

New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries has been ordered to stop biosecurity clearance. The Supreme Court has banned imports of raw pork cuts, while pig farmers are continuing their legal battle against the imports.

The Court has issued an order to the Ministry for Prime Industries to stop granting biosecurity clearance to raw pork imports entering the country from the US, Europe, Canada and Mexico.

The ban is expected to remain in place until the New Zealand Pork Industry Board makes an appeal to the Court.

It is a result of an argument made by the board that raw pork imports from countries with a potentially lethal pig disease breach biosecurity laws.

The board aims to stop raw imports coming from countries whose pigs have been affected by Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS), also known as blue-ear disease.

An order was initially made on 31 May but the order has been revoked.

The new court order remains in force pending determination of the present appeal or further order of the Court.

Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson, Damien O’Connor, has welcomed the Supreme Court's order for an interim ban on the import of raw pork products.

Pig producers in the US have been advised to use good biosecurity practices to reduce the risk of animals becoming infected with porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDV).

PEDV is similar to transmissible gastroenteritis virus and causes diarrhoea and vomiting in pigs, says Josh Schaeffer, production veterinary resident at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine.

A recently published paper reveals that there is room for improvement in the biosecurity measures taken on Spanish pig farms. Pig farmers did pay attention to biosecurity measures regarding visitors and vehicles but did not appear to assess accurately the risks posed by the introduction of new breeding animals, for example.

On a different theme, a long-term study of pigs fed a combination of genetically modified (GM) soybeans and GM corn maize has revealed differences in the animals' reproductive and intestinal tracts and liver compared with those fed a non-GM diet, report researchers based in Australia and the US.

Following up on the publication of the paper, four experts in the analysis of scientific data, statistics and risk have commented on the study, casting doubt on some of the conclusions.

 


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Africa Offers Opportunities for Livestock and Meat Investment
Increases in the demand for animal-sourced food are estimated extraordinarily high in Africa over the coming decades, according to a new report from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, writes Chris Harris.

Minimising Heat Stress in Pigs During the Summer
Advice from Dr Mark Whitney, Assistant Extension Professor at the University of Minnesota Extension, on water, cooling, nutrition, ventilation, floor space, insulation and shade to keep pigs free of heat stress during the summer.

Effects of Ractopamine Feeding Programmes on Growth and Carcasses of Finishing Pigs
A new study reveals that the beta-agonist, ractopamine, can be fed in a step-up feeding programme, even when the pigs are marketed one month after the start of the treatment. These pigs performed as well as and had similar carcass results to those on a continuous-dose regime.

Danish Pig Research Centre Annual Report 2012: Environmental Regulation
The annual report outlines the environmental regulation of pig farms in Denmark, which includes a new scheme for reporting changes to the farm or farming system. It also describes the appeals system.

Insect Control on Pig Farms
Effective control is an integral part of maintaining high health and productivity in modern pig production. No. 36 in the 'Action for Productivity' series from BPEX explains how to develop a control programme.

Evaluation of Blood Parameters as an Early Assessment of Health Status in Nursery Pigs
Certain blood indicators may be useful in monitoring health of nursery pigs, according to new research from Kansas State University.

Protect Swine Herds from PED with Proper Biosecurity Protocols
Washing, disinfection and drying of transportation vehicles returning from processing plants are recommended by Beth Ferry and Madonna Benjamin of Michigan State University Extension.

London Swine Conference 2013 Proceedings
Proceedings of the 13th London Swine Conference, which was held on 27 and 28 March 2013 in London, Ontario, Canada. The theme of the meeting was 'Managing for Production'.

Company News

Research Shows Copper Improves Pig Performance
US - Supplementing nursery pigs with MINTREX® Cu chelated trace mineral significantly improved daily gain by three per cent and feed conversion ratio by 2.6 per cent versus other forms of trace minerals, according to a recent meta-analysis of available study results.
The 'Chew On This Tour' Visits Novus International
US - The “Chew on This Tour” visited Novus International on 12 June in St. Charles, Missouri, as part of their tour to promote awareness of food insecurity.
Circovac Can Protect Piglets Up to 21 Weeks
UK - CIRCOVAC® could provide protection for piglets against PCV2 up to the age of 21 weeks, according to new research revealed recently at the AASV (American Association of Swine Veterinarians) Congress.
World Pork Expo: Upbeat Tone, Junior National Show Record
US - Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the 2013 World Pork Expo attracted nearly 20,000 pork producers and industry leaders from 39 countries to Des Moines, Iowa, for the world’s largest pork-specific trade show.
ACMC: Full Stomachs Waste Feed
UK - As part of the British Pig Health Scheme vets spend a lot of time in abattoirs observing lungs, says Paul Thompson, veterinary adviser to pig-breeding company ACMC.
Imaxio Signs Option for License Agreement to Develop Veterinary Vaccines
FRANCE - Imaxio, a biopharmaceutical company specialized in vaccines and genomics, announced that it has signed a license option agreement with a major animal health laboratory, a top ten company globally in its sector. The aim of the agreement is to develop a number of veterinary vaccines using Imaxio's immuno-enhancing IMX313 technology.
Neogen Announces Bohannon Retirement, Successor Named
US - Neogen Corporation has announced that Lon Bohannon, the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer, has announced his intent to retire effective 31 August 2013. Mr Bohannon has been employed by Neogen for 27 years and has served as the company’s Chief Operating Officer since 2000.
Full House at Genus PIC China Symposium
CHINA - PIC, a division of Genus plc and the world’s leading swine genetics company, staged its inaugural China symposium for the country's leading pig producers in Wuhan on 18 and 19 May.
Market Reports

USDA Feed Outlook - June 2013
UK April Agricultural Price Index - 14 June 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 13 June 2013
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 13 June 2013
USDA WASDE - June 2013

Global Pig Industry News

   Global

Checkfarm in Deal to Supply Global Pig Production Training
M-COOL Continues to Create Uncertainty for Producers
Newsham, Pen Ar Lam Become Choice Genetics
FAO Forecasts More Balanced Food Markets Ahead
Experts Respond to GM Feeding Study in Pigs
New Report on Animal Disease Status in Indian Ocean States
Study Shows Effects of Mixed GM Diets on Pig Health
Smithfield-Shuanghui Deal Hits Snags
US Joins Call to End Food Waste

   United States

Smithfield Sales and Profits Rise
National Pork Board Elects New Officers
Hog Outlook: USDA Lowers Forecast of 2013 Pork Production
Hog Producers Should Take Steps to Avoid PEDV
Hold Off on Expanding Hog Operations in the Short Term, Says Economist
NFU Applauds Speaker Boehner’s Farm Bill Support
CME: Four-year Hog Production Not Evident in Hog Production
Weekly Roberts Market Report
Hog Farmers Thank Connecticut Legislature for Support
NFU and JA Zenchu Statement on TPP Negotiations
'Clean' Animal-Drug Review Bill Approved
Veterinary Body Amends Policies on Castration, Transport
AHVLA: PCV2-associated Disease on Newly-established Unit
Service Recommended to Change Approach to Animal Health
NFU Congratulates Senate on Passage of Farm Bill
Smithfield Sale, PED Virus Jangles Producers’ Nerves at Expo
Difficult to Anticipate Corn Production
NFU Submits Comments on Japan’s Inclusion in TPP
Pork Commentary: World Pork Expo Report

   United Kingdom

C&D Practices under Spotlight in Online Workshop
Shout Price Hits 170p at Last
New Human Resources Toolkit for Pig Units
Farmers Talk with Minister Ahead of CAP Crunch Time
Use of Antibiotics Discussed Ahead of G8
Drive for Modulation Masks Government Failure for Fair Deal
Royal Backing for Red Meat Export Work
Meeting to Put Spotlight on Seasonal Infertility

   European Union

Europe Mops up after Floods
EU Meat Market Study
EPP-Congress 2013: Quality Pays in a Globalised World
EU Pig Prices: Quotations Increasing in the European Market

   China

Agri-food Prices Rise Marginally
China to Tighten Punishment for Work Safety Crimes
China to Hold Nationwide Safety Overhaul
FMD NEWS: FMD Outbreak in China Affects Cattle, Pigs
China: Hog Markets

   Denmark

Aarhus University Studies Effects of White Bread on Pigs

   Peru

Peruvian Agricultural Ministry Promotes Pork

   Canada

Producers Advised on Implications of Proposed Revised Pig Code of Practice
Prospect of Retaliation Aims to Resolve M-COOL Issue
CPC Welcomes Release of Potential COOL Retaliation Targets
Sustainability Changes to Impact Pig, Egg Producers
Canada Lists US Products for Retaliation of COOL Dispute

   Australia

Row Over Pig Footage Entering 'Dangerous Territory'

   New Zealand

Hopeful Reprieve for Pork Industry
Ministry for Primary Industries Ordered to Stop Biosecurity Clearance

   Brazil

Pork Exports Increase and Help with Price Recovery

   Spain

Room for Improvement in Biosecurity on Spanish Pig Farms

   Viet Nam

Registration Opens for APVS 2013

   Germany

Management Changes at VION Food Germany

   Chile

Decline in Chile's Agriculture Sector

   France

French Farmers Protest for Higher Prices
SPACE 2013: Top Livestock Event

   Thailand

Thai Swine Raisers Against Possible US Pork Import

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