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Monday 5th August 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

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Sow Stalls in Decline in US, EU

Consumer concerns have prompted a large hog operation in Utah, Circle Four Farms, and 459 other farms operated by the world’s largest pork supplier to phase out sow gestation stalls, it has been reported in the last week.

Officials from the parent company, Smithfield Foods, said the company made the decision "based on input from its customers". When completed in 2017, it is estimated that the US conversion will cost about $300 million.

Smithfield's international hog operations will complete conversions to group housing on company-owned farms by 2022.

In other related news from the company, Smithfield Foods has released a video aimed at consumers about group-housing systems for sows.

Executive vice president and chief sustainability officer, Dennis H. Treacy, explained: "We think this is both an entertaining and informative look at how we are caring for pregnant sows, with actual footage from our sow farms that helps to explain how the group housing system ensures the safety, comfort and health of the sows during the gestation process."

A Florida court has ordered the state to pay former pig farmer who was one of two producers who went out of business after the voters in the state approved an amendment banning sow stalls in 2002. The court ruled compensation to the value of $505,000 plus interest.

Turning to the European Union, the European Commission has published the latest position relating to compliance with the partial stall ban across the region.

Thirteen Member States are now fully compliant - Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Malta, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and the UK. Infringement procedures are still going on against nine Member States, while the six remaining countries are under investigation.

Returning to biosecurity - our theme of last week - Russia is considering a ban on backyard pig farming as a means to control African Swine Fever.

The cause of the recent rapid spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea Virus (PEDV) across the United States has not yet been identified with certainty but veterinarians and officials are now investigating animal transportation as a major factor.

Based on a wide survey, it emerged that "a substantial number" of trailers transporting animals for the breeding herd are not washed between every load.

In a related study, a number of feed practices may be indicators of risk in PEDV transmission. That is the conclusion of a study by the USDA Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health following a survey of pig veterinarians in the US.

The total number of pig farms and diagnostic case submissions testing positive for PEDV has risen to 403, according the latest figures dated 31 July. Sixteen states are now known to have been affected, with Tennessee and Texas reporting their first positive results in the last week.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Pioneering New Performance Indicators
In his presentation to the 2013 London Swine Conference, Egidijus Mickevicius (Technical Services, Canada, Hypor Inc.) focused on two new key performance indicators - the percentage of litters with fewer than seven piglets born and with 12 or more piglets born. These measures have important implications for feed costs per piglet weaned.

Nutritional Value of Soy Products Fed to Pigs
A review of the nutrient composition of a range of soybean ingredients for pigs by H.H. Stein, J.A. Roth, K.M. Sotak and O.J. Rojas (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) in the latest issue of 'Swine Focus'.

Evaluation of a Commercial-Scale Air Treatment System
A commercial scale bio-trickling air treatment unit was effective in reducing the levels of ammonia, dust and odour from growing and finishing rooms by 77, 92 and 75 per cent, respectively, report B. Predicala, A. Alvarado, M. Girard, M. Belzile, S. Lemay and J. Feddes of the Prairie Swine Centre in in 2012-2013 annual report.

Danish Pig Research Centre Annual Report 2012: Farrowing Pens
The latest annual report from the Pig Research Centre (PRC) describes the work carried out there to improve the design of traditional farrowing crates for improved sow welfare as well as into 'free farrowing' alternatives.

Preliminary Analysis of PED Epidemiological Survey
Although no risk factors point directly to the source of the porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) outbreaks, a number of feed practices may be indicators of risk. That is the conclusion of a study by the USDA Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health (CEAH) following a survey of pig veterinarians in the US, as summarised by Harry Snelson (Director of Communications for the AASV).

Emerging Threats Quarterly Report – Pig Diseases - January-March 2013
Among the highlights of the latest quarterly surveillance report from AHVLA are testing of Strep suis for penicillin sensitivity, Border disease in a commercial herd and severe outbreaks of erysipelas.

Comparing PCR and Serology for PRRS Virus Detection in Boar Studs
The detection rate for porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) RNA varied depending on the sample type and virus isolate used under the conditions of this study at Iowa State University. Serum and blood swabs had the best overall performance with the highest detection rates and agreement between kits. Testing pooled samples compromised detection rates when low positive samples were included.

Mycotoxins and Their Control with Feed Additives
Following the recent publication of 'Mycotoxins Quo Vadis? Why Feed Additives?', first author, Dr Radu Marti, tells ThePigSite why he wrote the book and how it can help animal feed and health professionals.

Digestive Physiology of the Pig Symposium
The 12th International Symposium on Digestive Physiology of Pigs that was held in Keystone, Colorado, US from 29 May to 1 June 2012.

Comprehensive Economic Analysis of Improvest Adoption by the US Pork Industry
A panel of independent economists has assessed that producers who use Improvest can expect the optimal market weight of their animals to increase by an average of about 10 to 12 pounds per head on a liveweight basis (four to six pounds per carcass) compared with physically castrated males, according to Dr Brian Buhr (EconAnalytics LLC), Dr Glynn Tonsor (Agri-Food Analytics LLC), Dr Kelly Zering (North Carolina State University) and Dr Dennis DiPietre (KnowledgeVentures LLC) as well as Bobby Cowles, DVM, MS, MBA and Paulo J.U. de Moraes, DVM, MBA of Zoetis Inc.

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Company News

BIVI Hires Veteran Marketer Del Birkhofer to Lead Swine Team
GERMANY - Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) names Del Birkhofer to executive director of the Swine Division.
Market Reports

BPEX Export Bulletin - Week 31
UK Farming and Food Brief - July 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 2 August 2013
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 1 August 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 1 August 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 31 July 2013
USDA Agricultural Prices - July 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 30 July 2013

Global Pig Industry News

   Russian Federation

ASF in Tambov, Smolensk, Volgograd, Moscow, Tula Regions
Zhukovsky Appointed as Head of Cherkizovo Group Pork Division
Russia May Ban Backyard Pig Production


VION Food Netherlands Concentrates Pork Production


CPF Reviewing Pork Markets in Viet Nam, China

   United States

Utah Farm Phases out Sow Stalls
Hog Outlook: June First Profitable Month Since July 2012
Smithfield Foods: Closing of $900M Senior Notes Offering
Nutrition Agreement Makes Farm Bill More Difficult
USFRA to Attend Ag Media Summit
Land O'Lakes Reports Rise in Sales During Q2 and
H1 of 2013

PED-positive Farm Count Exceeds 400
Smithfield Releases Video on Group Housing System
Court Urged to Uphold Court Ruling on Collective Bargaining
U of M Research Shows Antibiotic Use in DDGS Inactivated
Perspective on PED, Transportation of Live Animals
Smithfield Foods 2012 Injury Rate at Lowest Level
CME: Corn, Soybean Maintained Condition
NFU Joins Suit to Support COOL
Wyckoff's Weekly Grain Forecast: Bearish Tone Amid Cooler Midwest Weather
Pig Farmer Receives Compensation after Florida Sow Stall Ban
Demand Prospects for Old Crop and New Crop Soybeans
CME: June Commercial Hog Slaughter Lower Than
a Year Ago

Good News about Costs of Production and Cold Storage Inventories
Poll Shows Consumers Think Retailer Should Stop Selling Meat from Antibiotic-fed Animals
Heat Stress Brings Metabolic Changes


Maple Leaf Foods Reports C$14.7M Loss
H@ms Co-op Announces Risk Management Program
Federal Funding Commitment Helps CSHB Maintain Initiatives
CSHB Provides Update on Diagnostics for PED
Farmers Urged to Address Excess Phosphorus
Response to Lower Feed Costs Expected to Influence 2013 Profitability
Hoof Trimming Prevents Lameness, Increases Longevity of Sows
Survey Shows Feral Wild Boar Present in 110 of 296 Saskatchewan RMs


Pork Commentary: Feed Costs Plummeting


Mexico: Hog Markets


China and Slovakia Sign Agricultural Agreement

   European Union

EC Publishes Position of Stall Ban Compliance
EU Pig Prices: Unchanged and Increasing Prices
Rubber Slat Mats Could Improve Animal Well-being
EU Trade Barriers Lifted with Four Latin American Countries


Chinese Food Prices Continue Rising


Female Farmers Hold Key to Land Preservation

   United Kingdom

Tesco, Sainsbury Row on Price Match Campaign
Better Supervision Improves Piglet Survival
Pig Farm Responds to Animal Rights Allegations
UK Food Economy Task Force Launched
Cranswick Reports Rise in Sales


Azerbaijan Not Threatened by African Swine Fever

   Hong Kong

Switch to Pork Raises Price Fears


Complaints about Syndicate Targeting Pork Traders


French Pig Meat Buyers Hold Back


Travelling Danes Expose Themselves to Salmonella Risk

   South Africa

Progress in Farming Sector Assessed by Committee


Atria Optimistic of Growth


Brasil Foods Sees Revenue Rise


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