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Monday 20th January 2014
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Sow Stall Ban in Australia to Cause Exodus; US Herd Set to Expand Again

The Australian pork industry is preparing for an exodus of old piggeries unwilling to meet the 2017 deadline for phasing out stalls for pregnant sows.

According to a media report, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and Australian Pork Limited are saying little on the watchdog's investigation of claims of being sow-stall free.

The Chief Executive of Australian Pork said consumers do not accept highly confining stalls, and the industry had spent millions of dollars in researching better methods, such as loose housing arrangements. He said the pork industry standard allows sows to go into stalls for five days after mating, while Coles allows one day.

Also in Australia, a recent Victoria state Department of Environment and Primary Industries survey of more than 600 restaurants, hotels and other food outlets in the state found 71 of them supplied their waste to pig owners, representing a disease threat to Victoria's pigs.

The president of the pig section of the Victorian Farmers Federation said: "The risk is that a fair proportion of this food waste contains meat, which cannot be fed to pigs or other livestock. It's called swill and anyone feeding it to livestock faces an A$17,280 fine."

But the fine is a pittance compared to the risk swill-feeding poses to Australia's pig, beef and sheep industries; ABARES estimates an outbreak of the exotic Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) would cost the country's livestock industry A$52 billion.

The UK's National Pig Association has recently voiced similar concerns on the risks of swill feeding.

Looking at food waste from a different point of view, research by the publicly-funded Waste and Resources Action Programme (Wrap) has estimated that British families throw away the equivalent of six meals a week in food waste.

One year on from the 'Horsegate' scandal in the European Union, Members of the European Parliament have called on EU countries to fix penalties for food fraud at more than double what the fraudsters gain from the crime.

Finally, turning to news from the United States, it appear that a slow expansion in the US industry has started, driven by lower feed costs, which should lead to more rapid growth of pork supplies in the latter half of this year, according to Purdue Extension agricultural economist, Chris Hurt.

Stable cash prices were evident in the US hog market last week, reports market analyst, Jim Wyckoff.

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv) continues to spread in the US pig herd. The latest weekly report gives another record-breaking figure for new virus-positive test results and the latest findings in South Carolina bring the number of states affected to 23.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Effects of Swine Manure Applications on Soil Nutrient Levels and Phosphorus Loss Risk
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Stimulation of Oestrus and Ovulation in Lactating Sows
A Kansas State University study showed that sows could show oestrus when suckling just 12 hours per day and with boar access. These sows expressed lactational oestrus and their subsequent reproductive performance and litter weights were similar to sows weaned in a conventional way at 21 days, the researchers told delegates at the 2013 Kansas Swine Day.

Seroprevalence of Porcine Proliferative Enteropathy among Wild Boars in the Republic of Korea
Around one in four of the wild boar tested in South Korea tested positive for antibodies to Lawsonia intercellularis, the pathogen linked to porcine proliferative enteropathy (ileitis) in domestic pigs.

Comparison of Meat Quality of Loins and Butts in Different Two-way Crossbred Pigs
Soth Korean researchers have found a number of significant differences in meat composition and quality attributes in crossbred pigs from Yorkshire sires and different breeds of dam - Landrace, Berkshire and Chester White.

How Do Resources Influence Control Measures During a Simulated Outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in Australia?
In this work from Australia using modelling, a stamping-out policy was found likely to be the most effective in eradicating Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), were there to be an outbreak with the current resources. With fewer resources, the model indicated other methods would be more effective.

Evaluation of Three Enzyme Immunoassays and Toxigenic Culture for Diagnosis of Clostridium difficile-associated enteritis in Piglets
The enzyme immunoassays and toxigenic culture protocol tested in this research from Brazil were found to be unsuitable for the diagnosis of Clostridium difficile infection in individual piglets.

Impact of Diet Deprivation and Subsequent Over-allowance During Gestation on Mammary Gland Development and Lactation Performance
Research from Canada shows adverse effects of under-feeding during pregnancy followed by over-feeding in lactation on mammary gland development, bodyweight and backfat in gilts and young sows, while piglet performance was unaffected by the dam's feeding programme.

Company News

Zoetis Breaks New Ground in Sustainable Pork Production
US - IMPROVEST® life cycle assessment and Environmental Product Declaration represents the first to be awarded to an animal health company, according to Zoetis.
Pericoli Helps Beat the Cold, Improve Productivity
ITALY - Termotecnica Pericoli has for many years understood that the core feature of any heating system is in the 'heat exchanger', the point at which the burnt fuel (energy) is converted into a usable source of heat.
Genesus Successfully Delivers Imports to China
CHINA - Genesus has successfully delivered two imports to Fujian Province, China, in the last two months.
New Staff Appointment for JSR
UK - The JSR Group has welcomed a new staff member to its international accounts team, with an aim to further establish itself as one of the world’s leading pig genetics businesses.
Ceva Appoints New Strategy and Business Development Director
FRANCE - Jérôme-André Gauthier has joined the Executive Committee team at Ceva Santé Animale as the latest member and has been appointed as the new Strategy and Business Development Director, with effect from 1 January 2014.
Market Reports

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USDA Feed Outlook - 14 January 2014
GB Animal Feed Statistical Notice - November 2013
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Global Pig Industry News

   United States

PED-Positive Submissions: New Cases Breaks Record Again
Pork Producers Start to Expand National Herd
Cautious Optimism Following Omnibus Spending Bill Passage
Hog Outlook: November 2013 Pork Exports Down Compared to Year Ago
Future of Animal Agriculture to be Debated at NIAA Event
Recognition of Damage Caused by US M-COOL Builds in United States
SFP: Managing Manure Throughout Colder Months
CME: USDA Begins Reporting on Pork Formula Sales
Pig Health Foundation Invites Research Proposals
Wyckoff's Weekly Hog Outlook: Prices Stable
Women Participants Gain Skills, Guidance at Conference
Report Suggests 2014 Could be Banner Year for Pork Producers
Meat Labelling Arguments Heard in Appeals Court


Food Waste Threat: Potential Nightmare to Livestock Industry
Australian Pork Industry Warns of Exodus of Old Piggeries
Reminder to Victoria's Pig Farmers about Illegal Swill Feeding


Alberta Signs Deal to Unlock Agricultural Opportunities in India
Best Ways to Produce More, Using Less
Problem of Food Waste: Food for Thought
Trade Advocacy Missions Build Awareness of Issues of Mutual Concern
World Food Prices Stay High But Steady
Pork Commentary: Global Hog Price Update


Pork Producers Advised to Get Vaccinated Against Seasonal Flu
Consumers Demand Assurances Food Production is Safe, Humane
Updated Pig Code of Practice Approaches Completion
Canada: Hog Markets

   United Kingdom

Red Tractor Pork Promotion Starts on Wednesday
Programme Announced for UK Animal Welfare Conference
Union Builds on Consumer Demand for Scottish Meat
Institute Receives Funding for Research into Aggression in Pigs
High-scoring Pig Health Scheme under Spotlight Today
Welfare Group Calls for Pre-Slaughter Stunning for All Animals
Protecting Our Water, Soil and Air
Pig Association Warns Asda Against Lagging Behind on British

   Russian Federation

Russian Show to Feature Modern Reproductive Technologies


Danish Crown to Close Boning Plant in New Structural Plan

   European Union

European Parliament Calls for Crack-down on Food Fraud
European Parliament to Hold Vote on Animal Health
EU Pig Prices: Markets Unsettled; Positive Market Sentiment


Malaysian Consumers Call for Ban on Antibiotics in Feed


Survey Reveals Better Ways to Control PRRS in Cambodia


Ukraine Cancels Import Licensing for Poultry, Lard
Cargill Acquires Five Per Cent Stake in Ukrlandfarming


New President Sets out Key Priorities for Irish Farmers
Irish Pig Prices Up in 2013


Cost of Foot-and-Mouth Disease to Philippines Pig Industry


Antibiotic-resistant Germs in Livestock Populations


Brazil's December Pork Export Volume, Value Down from Year Before


Chinese Pork Prices Down Compared to Previous Week
Shuanghui to Start Float on HK Exchange Next Week


Veterinary Society Congress Accepting Abstracts


Zambian Govt Partially Lifts Ban on Movement of Pigs


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