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Monday 24th June 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

A Resurgence in African Swine Fever?

There are signs that African Swine Fever (ASF) is again making its presence felt again in eastern Europe after a quiet period over the last few months.

The disease has been reported for the first time in Belarus, where one domestic pig died and the rest of the small village herd was destroyed in order to contain the disease. The outbreak was in the region of Grodno, which is in the west of the country and borders Lithuania and Poland. The disease gets ever closer to the EU.

In Russia, a total of 17 new ASF outbreaks have been reported since 6 June in Voronezh Oblast, which lies in south-west Russia near to the border with Ukraine. There were two cases among 47 wild boar and 32 deaths of domestic pigs among 147 susceptible animals in small, village herds.

Also in Russia, the Volgograd veterinary authorities have reported a new case of ASF following the study of samples taken on a farm in the village of Nekhevskaya.

As with other pig diseases, tight biosecurity can play a vital role in controlling the spread of infection.

The Canadian Swine Health Board says animal health officials have stepped up their focus on the cleanliness of trucks returning to Canada from the US in an effort to contain the spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDV).

And finally, in the latest development of the merger between Smithfield and Shuanghui, it is reported that the Chinese partner has received US$7.9 billion in loans from Bank of China and Morgan Stanley for its acquisition of America’s largest pork producer, Smithfield Foods.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Smaller Pig Producers Course 5: Greasy Pig Disease
For NADIS, Mark White, BVSc LLB DPM MRCVS, outlines the causes, prevention and treatment of this bacterial disease of the skin, typically in piglets and weaners.

Vegetative Environmental Buffers for Odour Mitigation
Vegetative Environmental Buffers (VEB) can play a useful role in livestock and poultry odour mitigation, according to John C. Tyndall and G.L. Drake Larsen of Iowa State University. They cover VEB design considerations and the financial aspects of using VEBs in a factsheet for Pork Information Gateway.

FAO Food Outlook June 2013: Pig Meat
Pig meat is expected to remain the world's top meat this year with an increase of 1.5 per cent to a little over 114 million tonnes, according to the latest 'Food Outlook' report from the FAO. It forecasts pig meat trade down by four per cent from 2012.

Cleaning and Disinfection with Virkon S Reduces Lawsonia intracellularis Survival and Transmission to Naive Pigs
Washing pens followed by disinfection with potassium peroxymonosulphate prevented the transmission of Lawsonia intracellularis in this Australian experiment.

Advice on floor types and maintenance to reduce leg problems and improve health and hygiene in no. 37 in the 'Action for Productivity' series from BPEX.

Prevalence and Characterisation of Verotoxigenic-E. coli Isolates from Pigs in Malaysia
Verotoxigenic E. coli (VTEC) was identified on six pig farms in Malaysia by researchers based in Kuala Lumpur. Prevalence was low but all isolates showed multi-drug resistance.

Composting Hog-Sourced Organic Fertiliser May Mitigate Phosphorus Levels
At Canada's National Centre for Livestock and the Environment (NCLE), a researcher is looking into centrifuge-type separation of pig manure combined with composting to comply with forthcoming new North American regulations. Glenn Kuhn, Swine Technical Manager with Genesus Inc. reports.

Company News

Vet Speaks at Gujarat Livestock Development Conference
INDIA - DVM Joséphine Verhaeghe was a guest speaker at the Gujarat Livestock and Dairy Development Conference in India on 11 June.
Biomin at MycoRed International Conference
ITALY - More than 300 participants from about 50 countries worldwide took part in the final ISM - MycoRed International Conference 'Europe 2013' held in Martina Franca (Apulia) from 27 to 31 May 2013.
Don’t Delay Culling Sows
UK - Cull sow prices may be down — up to £30 per head compared with last year — but pig producers have been advised not to put off replacing older, less productive animals in their breeding herds.
BIVI Swine Professional Services Promotes Jean Paul Cano
US - Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI), has promoted Jean Paul Cano, DVM, to senior associate director of Swine Professional Services.
Biomin Sponsor of International Swine Conference
POLAND - On 4 and 5 June, Biomin Poland was one of the main sponsors of the International Swine Conference organised annually by Professor Zygmunt Pejsak in Pulawy (National Veterinary Institute).
BIVI Adds Regional Sales Manager, Veterinarian to Swine Division
US - Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI), announces the addition of two new employees to its Swine Division. Gregory Lewis joins the company as regional sales manager and Nathan Schaefer, DVM, has been hired as professional services veterinarian. Both joined the company in April.
IFAMA Appoints New President, CEO
US - Novus International President and CEO, Thad Simons, has been appointed to lead the Board of International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA).
JSR’s Top Tips to Combat Summer Infertility
UK - It’s an age old problem, when the summer temperatures rise, fertility in pigs (and many other mammals) declines. It is nature’s way of limiting the number of offspring produced in the winter when the temperature is cold and food is in shorter supply.
Ceva Animal Health Launches Cevazuril in Mexico
US - Ceva has launched Cevazuril®, its new parasiticide against swine coccidiosis, in Mexico.
Market Reports

USDA Livestock Slaughter - June 2013
UK Slaughter Statistics - June 2013
QMS (Quality Meat Scotland) - June 2013
USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook - June 2013
Irish CSO Reports: Agricultural Price Indices - April 2013
BPEX Export Bulletin – Week 24

Global Pig Industry News

   United Kingdom

Feed Sows to Improve Piglet Quality
NFU President at Heart of CAP Battle
Farmers Call for Land Agents to Help British Farming
Bureau Service for Real Welfare
Scottish Red Meat Sector Worth £2.1 Billion

   United States

Hog Outlook: Highest Pork Cut-Out Price Since August 2011
NFU 'Deeply Disappointed' in House Failure to Pass Farm Bill
Smithfield CEO to Make $46.6 Million from Shuanghui Deal
House Blocks Farm Bill
Food, Agribusiness Executives Explore Food Security
Hormel Lowers Outlook
NFU Urges Ag Committee Leadership to Continue Defending PLC
Lower Recommended Pork Cooking Temperatures Well Accepted
CME: Pork Values Likely to Stay Strong
Expect Corn Projections to be Dialed Back
Anticipating USDA June Stocks and Acreage Reports
Pork Commentary: June Lean Hogs $103.30


Rise in Animal Health Research Documented
FAO Statistical Yearbook Paints Picture of Food, Agriculture
Nutreco Conference Identifies Innovative Feeding Opportunities
EU Supports Zambian Agriculture, Renewable Energy
Investor Wants Smithfield Sliced Up


African Swine Fever Found in Belarus


Ukraine Opens Doors to Brazilian Pork
Pork Prices Hit by Falling Demand


New Biomed Research Centre Opened


Health Officials Focus on Truck Traffic to Contain Spread of PEDV
Canadian Beef and Pork Consumption Rise
Canada Counts on US Interests to Resolve COOL Issue
Programme Paves Way for Risk Management Initiatives


Shuanghui Gets $7.9 Billion Loan for Smithfield Acquisition
China's Farm Produce Prices Slightly Up

   Russian Federation

OIE: 17 New ASF Outbreaks in Voronezhskaya
New Case of ASF in Volgograd


Westfleisch Sales and Production Rise


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EU Pig Prices: German Slaughter Industry Prevents Price Increase
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