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Monday 2nd December 2013
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

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Is Any Progress Being Made on Control of Serious Pig Diseases?

As with so many important questions in life, the answer is "yes" and "no".

On the positive side, FAO says it and its partners are making progress on Global Platform for African Swine Fever (ASF) in response to the 'untold losses' from the disease affecting poor farming families each year.

A month ago, experts from Africa, China, Europe, Japan and the US gathered at FAO headquarters in Rome to discuss progress on the Global Platform in an effort to coordinate better prevention and control. The forum was sponsored in part by the United States Department of Agriculture. Members of the private sector, international organizations, research centres and national governments also contributed.

"ASF is particularly widespread in Africa but there have been outbreaks in the Caucasus and eastern Europe in recent years. It has now become a global problem," said forum coordinator and FAO Animal Health Officer, Daniel Beltran-Alcrudo.

There is currently no vaccine against this viral disease, which causes high death rates in pigs and wild boar.

The Global Platform will also address other pig diseases, and Mr Beltran-Alcrudo added: "Many of the measures that can be put in place to counter ASF are valid for other diseases and can help farmers improve biosecurity and prevent pathogens from entering farms. Rather than fighting these diseases separately, it makes sense to capitalise on their similarities and design disease control efforts to improve overall pig health."

However, there is bad news on ASF in Russia, where the disease is now reported to be spreading at a rate of 300km a year.

While for the pig producers in Siberia, the disease is only something they are hearing about, they are already preparing for the infection to enter their region.

In Omsk, one of the major pig-producing areas, fears that if the disease spreads to the region, it will have a devastating effect on pig production and the supply of meat in the area.

Veterinary authority, Rosselkhoznador, said that an outbreak there could mean the region would be "practically without meat".

In the region that is the heart of the current outbreak, Voronezh, Rosselkhoznador inspectors have been testing the markets at the instruction of the deputy prime minister, Arkardy Dvotkovich, in a bid to prevent unsafe meat from entering the market. Other cases of ASF have been reported recently in wild boar in Rostov and Smolensk.

A single outbreak of Classical Swine Fever has been reported at a farm in South Korea.

In the US, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) cases are escalating. At the last count, the total number of swine accessions and diagnostic case submissions testing positive for the virus now stands at 1,279 across 19 states.

Despite increases in sow numbers in the US and litter sizes, a leading industry analyst is now predicting the losses from PED will amount to a three per cent reduction in pigs produced from the current estimate for 2014. This will mean higher prices for those producers who are not affected.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Impact of Influenza A on Pork Production
Our understanding of the importance of influenza A infection in pig production has evolved rapidly over the past 15 years. Greg Wideman of South West Ontario Veterinary Services explained the impacts of those developments to the 2013 London Swine Conference.

Optimising Output Per Sow (OPTIPIG)
Speaking at the Teagasc Pig Farmers Conference in October 2013, Dr Keelin O'Driscoll and Dr Peadar Lawlor of Moorepark explained how their new research project could help Irish farmers to achieve an additional net profit of around €70 per sow and year.

Mathematical Modelling of the Dynamics and Control of Salmonella
Among the conclusions from new research reported by BPEX in no. 21 of its 'Research into Action' series was that pen floor type had a greater effect on Salmonella infections in finishing pigs than the standard of cleaning.

Development of Integrated Livestock Breeding and Management Strategies
Among the projects described in 'A Decade of EU-funded Animal Production Research' from the European Commission is one on the development of integrated livestock breeding and management strategies to improve animal health, product quality and performance in European organic and 'low input' milk, meat and egg production.

Regeneration of Toxigenic Pasteurella Multocida-induced Severe Turbinate Atrophy in Pigs Detected by Computed Tomography
Using the technique, computer tomography, researchers in Hungary have found that even quite severe damage to the turbinate bones in the nose of pigs with atrophic rhinitis may be repaired by the time the pigs are slaughtered.

Life Cycle Assessment of Pork Production: A Data Inventory for Germany
Per kg pork produced, the global warming potential, eutrophication and acidification values in Germany were calculated to be 3.22kg carbon dioxide equivalents, 23.3g phosphate equivalents and 57.1g sulphur dioxide equivalents, respectively.

Influence of Dietary Restriction Before and After 10 Weeks of Age on Osteochondrosis in Growing Gilts
Restricted feeding after 10 weeks of age reduced the prevalence of osteochondrosis in breeding gilts in a Wageningen University trial.

Health and Welfare of Organic Pigs in Europe Assessed with Animal-based Parameters
Assessing the welfare of breeding and feeding pigs in several European countries, a multinational group identified a number of management and welfare indicators with potential for use in the assessment and improvement of organic herd health planning.

Company News

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Commission Clears Acquisition of Life Technologies by Thermo Fisher
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UK Total Income from Farming 2012 - 2nd Estimate
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Global Pig Industry News

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Commission Proposes Tripling Spending to Support Ag Exports
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   United Kingdom

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Time to Back Family Farms
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FAO Reports Global Progress on African Swine Fever
Global Risks and Costs of Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreaks

   South Korea

Classical Swine Fever Outbreak Reported in South Korea

   United States

Deaths from PEDv Expected to Fuel Higher Live Hog Prices in 2014
PED-Positive Submissions: Rate of Increase in Positive Cases Accelerates
Hormel Reports Rise in Earnings
Fudge, NPPC, Ohio Pork, Walmart Provide Ham, Turkey
Farmer, Rancher and Consumer Groups Celebrate New 'COOL'
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Animal Healthcare Products Continue Sales Recovery in 2012
CME: Pork Inventories Lower Than a Year Ago
Big Producers Make up Pig Losses with Heavier Weights
Latest USDA Monthly Livestock Data Deemed Mostly Neutral for Hog Futures
Pork Commentary: Snapshot US Industry

   Russian Federation

African Swine Fever Spreading Rapidly at 300km per Year
More African Swine Fever Cases Reported in Rostov

   Burkina Faso

Families on City Fringes Prosper Thanks to Small Livestock Project


Typhoon Damages Livestock, Poultry Worth P2.7 Million


Mexican Agricultural Exports up in October


Animal Behaviour Key When Selecting Feeding Systems for Group Housed Sows
Transport Vehicles Pose Greatest Risk for Spreading PEDV
Genomics Offers Potential Tool for Limiting Swine Disease
Saskatchewan Ag Minister Applauds Tentative Canada-EU Deal

   Dominican Republic

Husbandry Authority Prohibits Pig Imports from US


Red Tractor Fuelling UK Troops Abroad


China Reports Slight Drop in Farm Produce Prices
China to Standardise Livestock Production


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