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Monday 29th July 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
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High-level Calls for Improved Biosecurity

Pig producers are being urged to step up biosecurity in order to control disease.

In the US, the director of swine health information and research with the National Pork Board has stressed that stepped up biosecurity is the first line of defence against the spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea, which has been causing losses in the industry for the past few months.

The total number of swine accessions and diagnostic case submissions testing positive for the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) virus is now 378, according the latest figures from the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) dated 24 July.

Since the start of reporting in mid-April, a total of 14 states are known to have been affected. Those with 10 or more positive tests are: Iowa, 142; Oklahoma, 96; Minnesota, 36; Kansas, 19; Indiana, 18; Ohio, 11 and Colorado, 10.

Last week, Russian Minister of Agriculture, Nikolai Fedorov, paid a visit to Smolensk to attend a workshop on measures to contain the African Swine Fever (ASF) situation in the region.

Over the past month, the Vyazemskyi region has recorded the third incidence of the disease.

Mr Fyodorov said that the biosecurity on pig farms had to be strengthened and assistance to the private farms that cannot be adequately protected by technical measures needs to be accelerated to prevent the spread of ASF to other pig breeding areas.

At the same meeting, acting Director of the Veterinary Department of the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia, Svetlana Dresvyannikova, said that in 2011 and 2012, there were no cases of ASF in the region but since the beginning of the year, there have been three incidents.

She said a major feature of the present situation was that now the incidents of ASF are recorded at the Central Federal Register, whereas in the past they had been registered in the regions of the North Caucasus and the Southern federal districts.

This, she said, indicated that the situation with regard to the spread of the disease had become worse.

More outbreaks of ASF have also been discovered in pigs on private farms in the Volgograd and Moscow regions.

Researchers at the University of Missouri are investigating genetically engineered pigs that may lead to the development of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS)-resistant swine.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Pain Control
A thorough review of the anaesthetic and analgesic options currently available to the pig industry by Robert Friendship (University of Guelph) and George Charbonneau (Southwest Veterinary Services, Stratford Ontario), presented at the 2013 London Swine Conference.

Strategic De-stocking
A guide for producers who, for financial or other reasons, are considering to cease pig production from BPEX in no. 42 in the 'Action for Productivity' series.

Measuring the Feeding Behaviour of Livestock
Determining how much time animals spend eating could help animal caretakers identify sick livestock, improve management, and establish genetic differences within a herd. But first, a system is needed to monitor animal feeding behaviour, writes Sandra Avant, from the USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS).

Danish Pig Research Centre Annual Report 2012: Housing for Strong, Healthy Gilts
Practical tips on introducing gilts to established groups of breeding sows so they become integrated with minimal risk of injury from the Danish Pig Research Centre.

Continuity of Operations Following a Known Feral Boar Exposure in a Transitional Swine Facility
A disease outbreak will affect animals and operations differently, depending on the age or stage of production of the animals, according to new research from Texas. Important to overcoming these circumstances are preventing further spread of the disease and maintaining the right perception of the situation.

Immune Correlates of Clinical Outcomes in Maternal Antibody-positive Piglets Vaccinated with Attenuated or Killed SIV and Challenged with an Antigenic Variant
Live-attenuated virus vaccine appears to offer potential as a swine influenza virus vaccine platform for pigs, according to a recently published study at Iowa State University.

Faecal Shedding of Brachyspira on a Farrow-to-finish Pig Farm with a Clinical History of Brachyspira hampsonii-associated Colitis
Pigs that appear healthy can be colonised with what researchers describe as a 'startling diversity' of Brachyspira species - some of which are pathogenic - according to new research from Canada. Frequency of shedding peaked in the grower phase.

Company News

USDA Approves Processes for Improvest Use in Hogs
US - US pork producers and the packers that harvest the meat they produce now have the added assurance that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved two processes regarding the use of Improvest® (gonadotropin releasing factor analogue – diphtheria toxoid conjugate).
Novus, Verenium Add to Enzyme Solutions Portfolio
US - Novus International, Inc. and Verenium Corporation have announced the name of their new phytase enzyme product, CIBENZA PHYTAVERSE.
German Nucleus Farm to Play Key Role in PIC's Global Genetic Pyramid
GERMANY - To increase the supply of high health and genetically outstanding grandparent gilts PIC has designated the German daughter nucleus farm Sachsendorf/Podelzig in Brandenburg as the key site in Europe for the production of PIC's Large White (L03) gilts.
Hot Weather Monitoring
UK - Extremely hot weather can pose problems on pig farms. Producers should particularly monitor temperatures in their AI storage cabinets and water flow rates, says Paul Thompson, veterinary adviser to pig-breeding company, ACMC.
Ceva Continues to Grow Despite Market Conditions
FRANCE - Consolidated sales of the Ceva Group reached €310 million in the first six months of 2013, indicating a two per cent rise and up 4.2 per cent on the previous year at a constant perimeter and exchange rates.
Neogen Reports Increase in Annual Net Income
US - Neogen Corporation announced that net income for its 2013 fiscal year, which ended 31 May, increased 21 per cent from the previous year to $27,190,000.
Market Reports

China Wholesale Prices - 29 July 2013
BPEX Export Bulletin - Week 30
China Wholesale Prices - 26 July 2013
Irish CSO: Livestock Slaughterings - June 2013
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 25 July 2013
USDA Livestock Slaughter - July 2013
Total Factor Productivity of the UK Food Chain: 2000-2011 - Revised Estimates
China Wholesale Prices - 25 July 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 24 July 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 23 July 2013

Global Pig Industry News


Expert Predicts Drop in US Energy Prices by 2016
EU-Colombia Trade Agreement in Place
Meat Sector Goes on the Offensive
Nutreco Reports Higher Revenue
Rabobank: Positive Outlook for Global Pork Output
Smithfield Foods Announces Pricing of Upsized $900 Million Senior Notes Offering
IFIF Launches Feed Ingredient Report
More EU-China Cooperation in Agriculture

   Russian Federation

More Cases of African Swine Fever Identified
African Swine Fever Situation Worsens
Cherkizovo Reports Rise in Pork Sales
Belgium and Omsk Join Forces
Pigs on Small Farms Face Government Ban


Canadian, BC Govts Support Agriculture Innovation
Food Safety Reforms Could Give Agriculture a Competitive Edge
Draft Pig Code Raises Economic, Animal Welfare Concerns
Improved Livestock Efficiency, Increased Crop Yields Help Improve Phosphorus Balance
Minister Ritz Updates US M-COOL Issue


Brazilian Meat Production Set to Increase

   United States

Stepped up Biosecurity First Line of Defence Against PEDV Infection
NFU Signs Coalition Letter Supporting Competitive Rail Markets
New Legislation Prevents EPA from Releasing Producer Information
Hog Outlook: Sow Slaughter up During First Half of 2013
PED Testing Reveals 378 Positives So Far
Missouri Explores Breeding for PRRS Resistance
Novel Test Determines Boar Fertility
CME: Outlook for China Pork Demand Focus of Market Speculation
Farm Worker Found Guilty of Animal Abuse
CFIUS to Conduct Phase II Review of Smithfield-Shuanghui Deal
CME: Wholesale Pork Prices Trend Higher
Record US Corn Production Expected to Improve Pork Industry Profitability
Fat Digestibility in Pigs Looks at Oils in Soybeans, Corn Co-products
Heat Stress: Importance of Careful Management of Animals
Election Results Show Japan’s Support for TPP
Iowa Pork Industry Center Adds PQA Plus 2.0 Advisor Session
NPB Sees Increase in Summer Pork Sales
Agri-Pulse Update: US Farm Bill Sees Progress
Focus on Margin Opportunity to Lock in Profits
MU, K-State Research Team Collaborate to Save the Bacon
ISU Researchers Study Precision Nutrition for Niche Market Swine Operations
Opposition Voiced to FDA Salmonella Opinion Change
Pork Checkoff Increases Commitment to Combating PEDV
Wholesale Meat Prices Generally Lower Since June
CME: Pork Inventories Down at End of June
Boyle to Step Down as AMI President
Pork Commentary: National Pork Industry Conference Report


Sustainable Agriculture Saves Communities


FNSEA Welcomes New Registration Measures


Heatwave Threatens Profit for Housed Systems

   United Kingdom

Pioneering Practical Pig App from BPEX
BPEX Trainee of the Year Nominations
Who Should Set Food Safety, Health, Welfare Rules in the EU?
BBSRC Welcomes UK Agricultural Technology Strategy
Scottish Pig Industry, SPCA Welcome Welfare Label Commitment


Organisation Gets Recognition for Cooperative Work


CPF to Buy Russia Pork Producer
Thailand Successfully Opens Market for US Pigs


Weather Impacts Food Prices in China


Ukrainian Ag Sector Continues to Increase Performance

   European Union

Executive Director of EFSA Resigns
EU Pig Prices: Price Increase All Over Europe
EU Considers Meat Labelling Relating to Stunning Method


Flooded Farmers Have More Time to Apply for Assistance


SENASA Bans Pork Products from Labardén Due to Trichinosis

   New Zealand

MP Pitches into Pork Issue


Arusha Imposes Quarantine for African Swine Fever

   Costa Rica

South Central Regional Directorate Depopulates Pig Farm


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