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Monday 2nd September 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Valuable Lessons from PED Outbreaks

The US National Pork Board says recent experience with Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) has uncovered a range of biosecurity issues that need to be addressed.

The Board's vice president for science and technology, Dr Paul Sundberg, said: "We have discovered that we need to have better protocols for trucking biosecurity and transport, better protocols within packing plants for biosecurity, even down to IT capabilities and laboratory capabilities to report infections."

The total number of swine accessions and diagnostic case submissions testing positive for the PED virus is now 527, according the latest figures from the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) dated 28 August. The total is up 30 from the previous week. No new states reported a positive result in the last week and so the total affected remains at 17.

A review published recently by the Research Centre for Animal Health (CReSA) in Spain summarises current knowledge on the natural history of infection with porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) and related diseases. The report highlights that the perception of the importance of PCV2 has changed dramatically over the last 15 years.

In Russia, African Swine Fever has been found in six wild boars in the region of Vladimir, which lies to the east of Moscow. The animals are thought to have died a month ago.

A vaccine that protects piglets from one common swine influenza virus makes them more vulnerable to a rarer flu strain, suggests research published in 'Science Translational Medicine'.

The journal, 'Nature', says that the finding may give vaccine developers pause for thought. Much of the work to develop a universal flu vaccine has targeted the stems of haemagglutinin proteins because they are relatively consistent across many types of influenza viruses.

The new study suggests that such vaccines could also produce antibodies that enhance the ability of some viruses to infect new hosts.

The manager of the Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network reports levels of Streptococcus suis (strep suis) infection within the country's pig herds has changed little between the first to the second quarters of 2013.

Continuing research on Salmonella may enable researchers to identify and track strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria as they evolve and spread, according to a study at Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences in the US.

Also in the news over the last week, the Soil Association has published its 'Organic Market Report 2013', indicating that worldwide sales of organic food and drink reached US$63 billion – more than €45 billion – by the end of 2011. This represent growth of 25 per cent between the start of the global economic crisis in 2008 and 2011.

At the Farm Progress event in the US, an economist with Rabo AgriFinance explained how China's strategy to feed its growing population includes efforts to produce more pork, corn and rice on their own, a move toward more mechanisation and through global import marketing strategies.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Early Detection and Interventions for Reducing Lameness in Gestating Sows
Preliminary data suggest that preventative hoof trimming, using a chute, reduces the occurrence and severity of lameness in gestation, according to research reported in the latest Annual Report from the Prairie Swine Centre.

Improving Sow Comfort to Ensure Good Health and Welfare in Group Housing Systems
Rubber flooring has a protective cushioning effect that improves the welfare of group-housed sows during pregnancy, which could help extend the animals' productive life, according to Julia Adriana Calderón Díaz. She reported two experiments at the Moorepark Research Dissemination Day 'Lameness in Pigs' in July 2013.

Genetic Parameters for Androstenone and Skatole as Indicators of Boar Taint and Their Relationship to Production and Litter Size Traits
Researchers based in Denmark have found that the levels of the two chemicals responsible for boar taint in pork from entire male pigs of the Danish Landrace breed can be reduced through selection at breeding, without detrimental effects on economically important traits.

Pharmacokinetics of Flunixin Meglumine in Mature Swine after Intravenous, Intramuscular and Oral Administration
A US study suggests that intramuscular administration of the pain control medication, flunixin meglumine is more effective that the oral route.

Concrete Slat Compliance. 2 - Steel Bar Inserts
In the second part of research trialling slot reduction and closure technique for the British pig industry, BPEX has tested steel bar inserts. The results are published in no. 18 in its 'Research into Actions' series.

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Global Pig Industry News

   Russian Federation

ASF Outbreak Reported in Vladimir Region

   European Union

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Natural History of Porcine Circovirus Type 2


Prospects for Improved Grain Yields Brighten Outlook for Pork Producers
Forward Pricing Allows Pork Producers to Minimise Risk
Manitoba Pork Council Completes Detailed Producer Survey
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H@ms Marketing Services Projects Sustained Profitability Within Hog Industry
Levels of Strep Suis Infection Remain Steady

   United Kingdom

NPA Introduces Breeding Companies Imports Protocol
Tulip Has Long Way to Go to Catch up with Spot Buyers
Ian Smith Passes Away
VMD Urges Responsible Use of Antibiotics
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   United States

Researchers Track Antibiotic-resistant Salmonella from Farm to Fork
US Farm Bill Soon to be Finalised
Hog Outlook: PEDv Confirmed in More Farms
Lessons Learned from PEDV Expected to be of Value
Coalition Issues Principles for TPP Agreement
US Set to Hit Record in Agricultural Exports
PED Virus Found in Wisconsin Pigs
Hog Outlook Turns Less Optimistic
Flu Vaccine Backfires in Pigs
Dry Weather Threatens Previously Optimistic Hogs Outlook
Thirty More PED-Positive Submissions Last Week
Outlook Turns Less Optimistic for Hogs
2013 International PRRS Symposium - Registration Now Open
US Red Meat Production up in July
CME: Crop Market Corncerns to Hit Livestock Sector


Increase in Supply of Slaughter Pigs
S & P Reaffirm JBS SA and JBS USA with Stable Outlook


Pig Rearing Continues in TN District Despite Ban


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Minister Coveney Must Deliver Investment in Agriculture, Says IFA


Ban on Exports of Lithuanian Pigs Lifted


Animal Husbandry Bases Expand in Sanmenxia
Prices of Chinese Agri Foodstuffs Go Up


China, Viet Nam Agree over Cross-Border Animal Disease Controls
Food Waste Initiative Set up in Asia-Pacific
Global Organic Food Market Growing


Last Chance for Submissions to Reduce ‘Red Tape’ in Livestock Sector


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