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ThePigSite Newsletter - 19 August 2013

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Monday 19th August 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Counting the Cost of PED

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) continues to spread across the US although, at 27, fewer new positive diagnoses were reported in the most recent report than in previous weeks. The number of swine accessions and diagnostic case submissions testing positive to PED virus (PEDv) stood at 461. Wisconsin has reported its first PEDv-positive result, taking the total number of states affected to 17.

Based on the latest figures, industry analysts, Steve Meyer and Len Steiner, have revised their latest estimate for the expected losses from PED. Losses are now more likely to run for three or four weeks - rather than the previous estimate of five weeks - but mortalities could still be in the region of 60,000 to 100,000, they say, and they are likely to hit the market from mid-December.

They add that the next USDA survey of hogs and pigs numbers and the September 'Hogs and Pigs' Report, due in the coming weeks, are likely to reflect the impacts of PED in the estimates of the June-August pig crop, the under-50 pound pig inventory and the average number of pigs saved per litter, which was at a record high in the March-May quarter at 10.31.

The National Pork Board has announced it has committed a total of $800,000 toward research, education and coordination of efforts to understand better PEDv with the goal to contain and eliminate the virus from the US.

The manager of the Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network's management team says pig health professionals there are prepared to respond in the event a PED outbreak spreads to Canada from the US.

Turning to other diseases, Georgia has become the 37th member of the European Commission for the control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EuFMD).

Japanese researchers have reported their study of the risk factors for the transmission of FMD during the 2010 outbreak there in cattle and pigs.

In Spain, the Centre for Research in Animal Health (CReSA) has evidence to suggest that systemic infections by porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) contribute greatly to porcine respiratory complex.

Using modelling, researchers in the US found that the installation of air filters to pig houses to keep out the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus could result in almost 6,000 more pigs being produced from a 3,000-sow herd. This additional output alone led them to calculate a pay-back period of around five to seven years for the investment.

Scientists at the University of East Anglia in the UK have identified a rapid response, which could help halt infectious diseases such as swine flu before they become established. Studying the H5N1 avian flu virus in Viet Nam, the team examined the application of the Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points (HACCP) system to this and other emerging disease outbreaks.

As Monday 26 August is a public holiday in the UK, the next newsletter from ThePigSite will be sent out on Tuesday 27 August.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Danish Pig Research Centre Annual Report 2012: Castration and Male Pigs
Pig Research Centre (PRC) researchers explain their work to prepare for the European Union ban on boar castration in 2018, including feeding chicory and immuno-castration as well as other ways to reduce boar taint.

Temperament Traits Related to Stress and Meat Quality: Are They Reliable and Heritable?
Initial results of work at the Prairie Swine Centre described in the Annual Report 2012-2013 indicate that finishing pigs can be selected for a reduced stress response.

Risk Factors for the Transmission of FMD during the 2010 Outbreak in Japan: a Case-control Study
Looking at the spread of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), researchers in Japan found that physical barriers helped to reduce the spread of infection in those areas where animal movements were forbidden. In shipment restriction areas, however, it was movements of people and vehicles that were most strongly associated with disease spread. Some differences were observed in the spread between farms with cattle or pigs.

Financial Implications of Installing Air Filtration Systems to Prevent PRRSV Infection in Large Sow Herds
Using modelling, researchers in the US found that the installation of air filters to pig houses to keep out the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus could result in almost 6,000 more pigs being produced from a 3,000-sow herd. This additional output alone led them to calculate a pay-back period of around five to seven years for the investment.

Effect of Dietary Citrus Pulp on Growth, Feed Efficiency, Carcass Merit and Lean Quality of Finishing Pigs
Florida-based researchers have found that a finisher diet could contain 15 per cent ensiled whole citrus pulp or pressed citrus pulp without adverse effects on pig performance or meat quality.

Neutralising Antibodies against PCV2 in Plasma Contribute to the Biosafety of Commercial Spray-dried Porcine Plasma
A type of antibody against porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) in spray-dried porcine plasma represents an effective biosafety step in the manufacturing process of the product as a feed ingredient for young pigs, according to new research from the US and Spain.

Concrete Slat Compliance. 1 – Slot Reducers
A report of BPEX trials testing new floor slot reduction and closure techniques for British pig production, published as No. 17 in its 'Research into Action' series.

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Company News

BIVI Takes Further Step to Establish Animal Health Business
CHINA & GERMANY - Research driven pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim, in partnership with Taizhou China Medical City in Jiangsu Province, China, held a ground-breaking ceremony for a veterinary vaccine manufacturing plant at the China Medical City (Taizhou China Medicine High-Tech Development Zone) last week (Friday, 16 August).
New Pig House Including Equipment for 1,376 Animal Places
GERMANY - The Meyer-Hanschen family from Twistringen (district of Diepholz in Northern Germany) can trace back the history of their agricultural holding to the year 1349. This is how long it has been family property.
Achieving 99.999 Per Cent Microbial Reduction
NETHERLANDS - The goal of disinfection is very clear: to achieve a 99.999 per cent microbial reduction. It is all about avoiding pathogens building up to dangerously high levels. At these high levels they can cause serious health problems for the animals and substantial economic losses to the farmer.
Boot, Hand Hygiene: Frequently Forgotten Measures
GLOBAL - The most discarded and forgotten measure on the farm - while it is probably the fastest, simplest and cheapest measure in order to prevent spread of bacteria - is to disinfect footwear and sanitize hands with anti-bactericidal hand soap.
JSR Farms Benefits from Improved JSR Genetics Sire Lines
UK - The pig production arm of the JSR Farming Group, a 4,000-sow operation producing 2,000 pigs per week, has increased the deadweight of its slaughter pigs and cut its overall cost of production by 2.5 per cent by switching to two new sire lines developed by JSR Genetics.
Pork Commentary: Road Trip - Austria
AUSTRIA - This past week we were in Austria - a country of a little over eight million people who have the distinction if not the honour to consume 50kg or about 119 lbs. of pork per capita per year. That is 2.5 times what is eaten in North America, people looked healthy and happy. Is there a magical reason, asks Jim Long.
Market Reports

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Irish CSO Reports: Agricultural Price Indices - June 2013
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Global Pig Industry News


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   United Kingdom

Retailers Edging Towards Next Food Scandal, Says NPA
Defra Publishes Guide to Farm Inspections in England
Shout Prices Still Below Spot Base
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Waitrose Praises NFU's 'Back British' Campaign
NFU Supports AWB Transition
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NPA Backs British Farming
ADAS to Ask Producers to Participate in Survey on Vet Meds
Karro, Cranswick Elected to Add Fuel in Pricing Debate
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   United States

Spread of PEDV in US Shows Signs of Slowing
Hog Outlook: No Changes to 2014 Pork Production/Hog Price Forecasts
CME: How Will PEDv Impact Pig Supplies?
Will Corn and Soybean Crops Reach Maturity?
PED: 27 More Positive Cases Reported
AASV: 2013 International PRRS Symposium
NPB Commits $800,000 Toward Better Understanding of PED
Plans for AASV's 45th Annual Meeting Underway
Texas A&M Establishes Bioinformatics, Genomics Systems Engineering Centre
Nebraska Not Hit by PED Yet But Bacon Prices Affected
WASDE Report Slightly Raises Hog Costs
CME: 'Greener' Light for Chicken, Pork Sectors to Expand
Registration for IPPE 2014 Now Open
ISU Economists Have Cautious Message for Farmers

   Russian Federation

ASF in Pskov and Tambov Regions


Pig Export Values up During First Five Months


China: Hog Markets
Food Prices Stay Stable in China
Tianli Posts Increased Revenue in Q2 of 2013
Heat Wave Leading to Hot Prices


Pork Producers Applaud Bruce D. Campbell Milestone
PED Response Plans under Development for Canada
Call for More Research to Validate Proposed Changes to Pig Code
Pig Code Development Committee Prepares to Review Public Comments


FMD NEWS: Georgia 37th Member of EC to Control FMD


Fences on Latvian Borders to Fight ASF Disapproved


Gularte Appointed as New President for JBS Mercosul
July Pork Export Volume, Value Up Compared to Previous Year


CReSA Studies Boundary between PMWS and PRC

   European Union

EC to Recover €180M of CAP Expenditure from Member States
EU Pig Prices: Friendly Trend Dominates Markets


CPF to Pay Interim Dividends


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