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Monday 25th November 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

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How Much Does the EU Sow Stall Ban Cost?

The total ban on sow stalls could be costing the UK pig industry one piglet per litter, a BPEX conference was told last week.

Aggression and stress seen in yarded systems in the first 30 days of pregnancy could be one of the factors holding back UK litter numbers, according to ACMC managing director, Matthew Curtis.

Speaking at the levy board’s Breed +3 event in Wetherby, Yorkshire, Mr Curtis said that Europe’s system of housing sows in stalls for up to 30 days post-service is a production advantage.

He suggested that, were the UK to operate under a partial sow stall ban, the ‘relatively low’ average piglet output per UK sow per year would be move higher up the European chart.

At the same event, John Richardson of Production Performance Services Limited outlined some measures to prepare the gilt for a long and productive life.

His message was that farm data taken from Agrosoft and Easycare showed how UK replacement rates were higher in the UK than the major Dutch and Danish rivals as well as Spain and France.

Using data sets, he showed how around one-third of sows in the UK are culled before the third litter and that over 80 per cent of sows on most farms have burnt out before parity six.

The reasons for this are varied. However, problems with backs and legs are primary concerns, as is infertility - all indications of the case for increasing attention to good gilt management early on, he said.

While specific problems will hamper sow longevity on different farms, Mr Richardson advised producers to target the retention of young sows as an overreaching goal.

In Ireland, the deadline for conversion to loose housing of sows under the country's Sow Welfare Scheme has been extended again - this time from the end of September to the end of February 2014. That will be more than one year after the introduction of the European Union partial stalls ban.

Agriculture minister, Simon Coveney has said that a small group of producers have been unable to complete their conversion work by the September deadline.

Also on pig welfare, Eurogroup for Animals and the Dutch steering group ‘Boars 2018’ are to cooperate closely in Europe over the coming years to push for the realisation of the EU target to bring an end to the castration of pigs across the EU by 2018.

The Five Freedoms represent the foundation on which farm animal welfare stands but how can we encourage constant improvement as a guiding principle for all those involved in the meat, dairy and egg sectors? Certification, monitoring and awards can all help as part of building business sustainability.

UK animal charity, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is calling on its supporters to contact their Members of the European Parliament, urging them to add their signature of support for clearer labelling of welfare standards on meat.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Development of Ante- and Post-mortem Meat Inspection of Pigs as a Welfare Diagnostic Tool (PIGWELFIND): Research Update
Tail-biting has a significant and greatly underestimated economic impact on the profitability of pig farming, Dr Dayane Teixeira and Dr Laura Boyle of Teagasc, Moorepark told the Teagasc Pig Farmers Conference in October 2013. In their study, the estimated cost of tail-biting per pig was €1.69.

Meteorological Effects on Seasonal Infertility in Pigs
A study at Leeds University in the UK shows it is important for farmers to provide outdoor sows with methods to keep themselves comfortable throughout the year and, crucially, not only during the summer months. Painting outdoor huts white and insulation help to keep sows both comfortable and productive, while wallows and sprinklers need to be provided early in the year and throughout the summer months.

The Use of In-feed Antibiotics in Quebec Pigs
At the 2013 London Swine Conference, Robert Desrosiers of Boehringer-Ingelheim Canada described the use of in-feed antibiotics in Quebec pigs, the provincial legislation and the local efforts made to address the issue of antibiotic usage and resistance.

Swine Influenza Virus
Madonna Gemus, extension swine vet with Michigan State University, explains that the best means to control influenza disease are reducing the incidence of flu transmission, vaccination and best management biosecurity practices in 'MSU Pork Quarterly'.

Risk Factors of Lameness in Sows in England
The prevalence of lameness in sows in England was 4.5 per cent, according to a survey as part of a new study by the Royal Veterinary College. Lameness was less prevalent in high-producing sows and in herds with fewer sows per stockperson.

Heat Stress and Reduced Plane of Nutrition Decrease Intestinal Integrity and Function in Pigs
Reduced pig performance during the warm summer months has been linked in a US study to intestinal inflammation resulting from a combination of heat stress and lower feed intake when temperatures are high.

Effects of Enzymatically Hydrolysed Blood Cells on Growth Performance and Intestinal Characteristics of Weaned Piglets
Enzymatically hydrolysed blood cells may be a novel protein source for weaned piglets, say researchers at China's Northeast Agricultural University.

Effect of Physical and Inhaled Euthanasia Methods on Hormonal Measures of Stress in Pigs
In a US study, similar plasma concentrations of stress indicators were observed in young pigs with physical euthanasia methods and the gradual displacement administration of carbon dioxide or a mix of 70 per cent nitrogen and 30 per cent carbon dioxide.

Company News

Sow Longevity in the Swine Industry
CANADA - Sow longevity in the commercial swine industry, like in many other livestock industries, has long been recognised as an economically important but complex trait, writes Genesus geneticist, Dr Pius B. Mwansa.
Cold Weather Semen Storage
UK - As the weather turns colder pig farmers should review their storage of semen, says ACMC veterinary consultant, Paul Thompson.
Genesus Appoints New Sales & Technical Representative
US - Genesus is pleased to announce the appointment of Joel Newman as Sales & Technical Representative.
Osborne Introduces New Hog Feeder
US - Osborne Industries, Inc., has introduced all-new stainless steel, rectangular hog feeders to their quality line of swine management equipment.
Market Reports

China Wholesale Prices - 25 November 2013
BPEX Export Bulletin - Week 47
USDA Cold Storage - 22 November 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 22 November 2013
USDA Livestock Slaughter - 21 November 2013
BPEX / AHDB 2012 Pig Cost of Production in Selected Countries
UK Slaughter Statistics - October 2013
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 21 November 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 20 November 2013
NAB Australian Rural Commodities Wrap - 15 November 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 19 November 2013

Global Pig Industry News


Hong Kong Approves Meat, Poultry Imports from Mexico
Support Builds Among US Legislators for Changes to Mandatory COOL

   United States

The Maschhoffs Planning to Acquire Poultry Processing Company
NFU Promotes United Nations' 'Year of Family Farming' Campaign
Members Appointed to Serve on USDA Advisory Committee
CME: Pork Demand Very Strong in 2013
Canadian Pork Council in Washington to Discuss COOL
Hog Outlook: October Pork Prices High for Second Consecutive Month
Livestock Production Adds Value to Corn, Says Purdue Economist
New Pork Task Force to Develop 2020 Plan
Demand for Details on Food Labels Includes Good and Bad
CME: September Pork Exports Down from August
Council Calls on Oklahoma Authorities to Investigate Farm for Animal Abuse
Cracker Barrel Shareholders Vote to Support Eliminating Pig Cages
Is Income Set to Become Dominant Driver of Global Food System?
Alberta Fights for Livestock Industry in Washington
Wyckoff's Weekly Hog Outlook: Mixed Bag at Start of Week
Hogs Provide Near $7 Per Bushel Corn Value
Tyson Reports Rise in Sales and Profits
CME: Hog Slaughter Lower Than a Year Ago
EPA Decision to Lower Ethanol 2014 Requirements Commended
US Pork Exports Down Slightly
Congress Urged to Demand Fair Treatment from Countries Getting US Trade Benefits
Pork Exports Continue to Struggle in September
Hog Outlook: September Pork Exports Higher
Pork Commentary: Early Weaned Pigs Reach $82


Chinese Holiday Season Brims with Visions of Pork
China's Farm Produce Prices Rebound
Tianli Reports Return to Profitability
Shanghai Courts Get Tough on Food Safety Violations
China: Hog Markets


Ireland Extends Deadline for Conversion to Group Housing
DNA Results Confirm Half of Pig Meat Tested Not Irish, Says IFA

   United Kingdom

BPEX Pig Unit Sale Completed
Honour for BPEX Master Butcher
Pigs Supplies Short; Buyers Are Looking
Sow Housing Rules Could Cost One Piglet Per Litter
Pig Association Explains Why the ‘Pig Idea’ is a Non-starter
Shoppers Should Know How Animals Are Killed, Says RSPCA
New Studentships Use Science to Boost Industry Efficiency, Know-how
Farm Business Innovation Designed to Inspire
UK Antibiotic Use in Animals Stable
Six Meals Wasted a Week Per Household
Finishing Performance Closes Gap
Minister to Speak at AHDB Outlook Conference 2014
Building Animal Welfare into Business Sustainability


Increased Participation in CSHIN Improves Confidence in Data Quality
Six Million Dollars Invested on Support Programme
Council Appears Before Parliamentary Trade, Ag Committees
Future Looks Bright for Canadian Pork Industry
Promotion of Pig Movement Reporting to Begin in Early 2014
Kill Statement Information Can Boost Returns for Hog Producers


Pork Production Records Increase in Domestic Demand

   European Union

Farmers Welcome Commission Proposal to Reform Promotion Policy
Greener and Fairer Agricultural Policy Approved
EU Pig Prices: Neighbours Unimpressed by German Discount
Eurogroup for Animals and Pig Farming Sector Join Forces
European Parliament's Approval of Budget


IPVS 2014 Calls for Abstracts
Rise in Mexican Pork Exports During First Nine Months of 2013


Danish Crown Results Satisfactory in Difficult Market


Nicaragua Looks to Push Domestic Pork into International Markets


Tax Cuts to Fight Fraud in Pork Market


African Swine Fever Kills Exotic Pig Breeds in Zambia


Cabinet Approves Legislation on Animal By-products


Little Info Available on Impacts of Certification Initiatives


Dogs, Chicken and Pigs Main Antibiotic Resistance Factors


Philippines Acts to Help Farmers and Fishermen after Typhoon


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