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ThePigSite Newsletter - 9 December 2013

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Monday 9th December 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

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Putting a Value on Excellent Pig Husbandry

The top 25 per cent of farms in Denmark can achieve around DKK12 (Danish Krone) per pig through careful weaning management compared to the average Danish pig farm.

The most important aspect of the production unit to manage is the feed conversion rate, according to Kristian Jensen from the pig advisory service of mid-Jutland.

For the top 25 per cent of farms in Denmark, feed conversion can be worth DKK9 per pig from the weaning unit while reducing mortality in the unit by just under half a per cent compared to the average farm can be worth about DKK1 per pig and the greater weight at sale, which can be around 1kg more than on the average farm in Denmark, can be worth DKK2 more.

Mr Jensen said that, when the pigs are then taken into the finishing unit, similar productivity gains are seen in the top 25 per cent of farms in Denmark and these gains are achieved by first ensuring that the pigs are started well in the unit.

Reducing the costs of feeding is one of the main ways when it comes to finishing pigs to build up a greater margin so the type of feed and how it is fed are issues that need particular attention.

After feed conversion, Mr Jensen said it is also important for the farmer to concentrate on the mortality rates in the herd as this can also be worth around DKK5.50 more per kilo in the finished pig. Achieving a slightly higher slaughter weight also adds value to the pig, he added.

English pig producers cannot influence national feed costs or pig prices so they should focus on the parts of their business within their control, such as the numbers of pigs reared and sold per sow per year, John Richardson of Production Performance Services Ltd told a BPEX event for UK pig farmers.

A new analysis puts the cost of a serious disease outbreak in the UK at £300 million overall or 30 to 40 pence per kilo on the pig price.

That - and the suspicion that poorly processed swill was the likely cause of the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreak in the the UK in 2001 - is why the country's pig industry so set against an end to the ban on swill feeding of pigs as a solution to cut food waste.

In the last week, Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) has announced what is describes as an improved approach to scanning surveillance to better detect new and re-emerging animal diseases and threats in England and Wales.

The new system aims to improve both geographical and species-specific coverage of disease surveillance across the region by making better use of the expertise and resources of private vets, universities and the livestock industry. This follows recommendations of the independent Surveillance Advisory Group to enhance the surveillance system.

While the National Farmers Union of Wales, NFU Cymru, has welcomed the move, the Royal College of Pathologists has warned that it puts at risk the health of livestock and means new and re-merging infections could be missed.

Over €160 million has been committed by the EU to support eradication and monitoring programmes that aim to eliminate animal diseases and zoonoses and further strengthen the protection of human and animal health.

Among the 142 programmes selected for EU funding are salmonellosis, Classical Swine Fever, African Swine Fever and Swine Vesicular Disease in Italy.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Responsible and Prudent Use of Antibiotics on Irish Pig Farms
Denis Healy, a veterinary inspector with the Irish agriculture department, explained the concept of antibiotic resistance and what pig farmers and their vets need to do to minimise risks to the Teagasc Pig Farmers Conference in October 2013.

Transitioning Quality Pigs from the Sow to the Nursery Phase
Tips on weaner management - especially of the smaller and poor quality pigs - from Michigan State University Extension Educators, Beth Ferry and Thomas Guthrie in 'MSU Pork Quarterly'.

Porcine Pleuropneumonia Caused by Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae
The aetiology, clinical signs and control of porcine pleuropneumonia (PPP) are outlined by Marcelo Gottschalk of the University of Montreal and André Broes of BiovetInc (both in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada). They say that while PPP is generally well controlled in the US and Canada. it remains a concern for some producers and their veterinarians.

EU-funded Research into Precision Livestock Farming
Two projects funded by the European Union into Precision Livestock Farming - one complete and one on-going - are described in a new European Commission report, 'A Decade of EU-funded Animal Production Research'.

Lack of Interference of Virginiamycin with Ileitis Immunisation
There was no evidence that the administration of virginiamycin in the feed reduced the efficacy of ileitis immunisation in this US study.

Behaviour and Handling of Physically and Immunologically Castrated Market Pigs
Immunological castration resulted in similar or even improved animal welfare compared with boars subjected to physical castration in an experiment at Texas Tech University.

Livestock and the Promise of Genomics
Using examples in cattle and pigs, leading academics at the University of Alberta in Canada explain how the application of genomics offers huge potential to help feed the growing global human population with animal products sustainably.

Characteristics of Organic Pig Farms in Selected EU Countries and Their Influence on Piglet Numbers
Piglet mortality was higher on farms with larger average litter size, especially where there was a wide range in numbers born, according to a new study from the EU that examined the production records of a number of organic pig farms.

Company News

Efficiently Filtering PRRS Viruses
SPAIN - The porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) confronts pig producers throughout the world with big problems, says Big Dutchman: the pandemic disease severely affects the health of their animals.
Informed Caregivers Can Help Reduce Pre-weaning Mortality Rates
US - As you prepare to turn the calendar to 2014, the end of the year is a great time to review your protocols, records and finances to look for ways to improve your operation. Zoetis says taking a closer look at your pre-weaning mortality rate could help you find ways to improve your bottom line.
Temple Joins Genesus Team
CANADA - Genesus has announced the appointment of Xavier Temple in the role as a Business Development Representative.
Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Erber Group Campus
AUSTRIA - Biomin, as part of the Erber Group, began its move to a new campus location in Getzersdorf with a groundbreaking ceremony on 13 November 2013.
Economic Analysis Reveals How Pork Producers Can Profit from Intact Boars
US - Experts point to cost savings and increased revenue potential from intact males using Improvest, according to Zoetis.
Market Reports

China Wholesale Prices - 9 December 2013
BPEX Export Bulletin - Week 49
GB Animal Feed Statistical Notice - October 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 5 December 2013
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 5 December 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 3 December 2013

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

October's US Pork Export Value Highest of 2013
Hog Outlook: October Pork Exports Down Compared to Year Ago
CME: Growth in October Beef, Pork Exports
Members of Pig Group Study Agriculture in the US
Nebraska Pork Producers Take Proactive Approach to PEDV
FMD NEWS: USDA Discovers Weapon to Fight FMD
PED-Positive Submissions: First Detection on South Dakota Pig Farm
New Strategy Aims to Cut US Salmonella
Wyckoff's Weekly Hog Outlook: Mixed Futures at Start of Week
Study Examines Nutritional Value of Alternative Animal Protein Sources
Conference Committee Must Act Now to Pass Farm Bill this Year
CME: Hog Slaughter Slowly Approaches Last Year's Levels
Time to Pay for Pork Quality
CME: Weekly Cow, Sow Slaughter Likely to Stay Light
Pork Commentary: US Pork Cut-outs Remain Strong

   European Union

Commission Disappoints Animal Groups over Pig Welfare Law
Call for Fair Practices All Along Food Chain
EU Commits Funds to Fight Animal Diseases in 2014
EU Pig Prices: Prices Moving Upwards

   Russian Federation

Russia: Hog Markets


Africa Steps up Focus on Statistics for Better Ag, Nutrition
Antimicrobial Resistance: Our Race Against Bacteria
UK Pig Industry Boost from Proposed Trotters-to-China Deal
Pig Semen Deal with China Could Be Worth £45M to UK Firms
Partnership to Create Benchmark for Feed Safety Assurance Schemes


Washing Trucks Using Fresh Water Reduces Risk of PEDV Spread
Manitoba's Top Quality Hog Carcass to Be Named
Traceability Offers Marketing Advantage for Canadian Pork
Growing Forward 2 Offers Practical And Flexible Options
Alberta Pork Plays Part in PED Prevention
Ontario SPCA and Ontario Pork Partner up for Pig Welfare
Efforts Spent on Updating Canada's Pig Code of Practice Could be Beneficial
Christmas Holiday Giveaway Promotes Holiday Pork Recipes
More Veterinary Participation in Networking
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Committee Close to Finalising Revised Pig Code of Practice
Banff Pork Seminar 2014: Today’s Challenges, Tomorrow’s Opportunities

   United Kingdom

Supermarkets Step up Support for British Pork, Ham, Sausages
Cuts to Farm Animal Health Surveillance Could Risk New Diseases
Focus on Figures You Can Control to Boost Pig Margins
'Growing Your Business' Focus of 2014 British Pig & Poultry Fair
Pork Flavour of the Month with Shoppers
Improved Approach to Detecting Animal Disease
DAPP Nudges Ahead; Tulip Stands on Again
Autumn Statement Could Have 'Positive Effect' on Farming, Says Union
Animal Disease Surveillance to be Updated
Trees Can Improve Environment, Yields and Welfare
New Pork Marketing Campaign to Focus on Younger Consumers
Increasing Government Support for UK Agriculture
Return to Swill Feeding Could Cost the Pig Industry £300 Million
First Recruits for Pig Industry Scholarship
Union Responds to House of Commons' Findings on Ag Policy


Study Shows Eating Bacon Increases Longevity


Sichuan Menus May Soon Feature British Pork
China's Farm Produce Prices Rise Slightly


Italian Pig Farmers Urge Institutions to 'Adopt' Pigs to Protect Ham


Mexico Elected to Lead FAO Livestock Development Committee


HKScan Acquires Associate Company Höglandsprodukter AB


British Pork Likely to Replace Tandoori Chicken in Punjab


Value of Feed Conversion in Finishing Pigs


Argentina Confirms CSF, PRRS-free Status


China, Romania Agree on Pig Deal


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   South Africa

South Africa Hosts Global Conference on Agriculture


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