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Monday 27th January 2014.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor


PED Crosses into Canada

The unwelcome, although not entirely unexpected, news came through at the end of last week that Canada has had its first outbreak of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED). The outbreak is in Ontario and has been confirmed after a farmer reported typical symptoms of vomiting and diarrhoea in his pigs. The virus has also been reported at a pig processing plant in Quebec.

With so much trade in pigs between with United States - where the virus has caused outbreaks in 23 states since April/May 2013 and shows no sign of abating - and the challenges in eliminating the virus, especially from animal transport vehicles, it was probably only a matter of time before the PED virus (PEDv) crossed the border into Canada.

Speaking at the annual Banff Pork Seminar, which took place last week, a Canadian vet stressed the need to maintain high levels of biosecurity.

Dr Doug MacDougald of the Southwest Ontario Veterinary Service advised pig producers to work closely with animal transport companies and wash-bays to ensure that all vehicles entering their farms are thoroughly washed and disinfected.

Enhanced biosecurity will make it possible to keep PED out of Canada, he added (before the first outbreak was announced), and to contain the infection if it does enter the country.

On the economic effects of PEDv on the US pig industry, he said that between 30 and 40 per cent of US sows have been infected with the virus and that pig losses there have already reached four million "with more coming".

In other news, a new report launched last week in London highlights that, between 2008 and 2012, the UK pig industry reduced its climate change impact by 800,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

The report, published by the British Pig Executive (BPEX) and entitled ‘Positive Progress: An Update on the Roadmap for the Environmental Sustainability of the English Pig Industry’, demonstrates that over this period, the climate change impact (per kilo of pork) has fallen by more than 26 per cent. There have also been significant reductions in measures of eutrophication, acidification and resource depletion.

Explaining how the reductions were achieved, BPEX's Environmental Programme Manager said that much of this progress had been achieved with the close co-operation of the feed industry and feed formulations have gradually changed. Further contributions to climate change impacts have been made by improved pig housing, reduced electricity consumption and in the management of slurry and manure.

And finally, food security has returned to the top of the global political agenda.

An international call has been made for closer links between agricultural and food policies in the fight against global hunger. Speaking at the agricultural ministers' conference during Green Week in Berlin, the German Federal Minister of Agriculture, Dr Hans Peter Friedrich, said that it was not enough to only look at the output volumes.

He called for the preservation of agricultural diversity and the conservation of resources worldwide.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Effects of an Altered Suckling Method on Piglet Performance During Late Lactation and the Nursery Period
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Feasibility Study of Veterinary Antibiotic Consumption in Germany
Comparing two methods of measuring antibiotic use in cattle and pigs, researchers in Germany report that over- or under-estimation of the animal's liveweight may lead to incorrect dosing and increase the risk of the development of antibiotic resistance.

Case of Exudative Epidermitis in a Young Wild Boar from a Spanish Game Estate
A case report about exudative epidermitis in a young wild boar in Spain, which presented with signs of respiratory infection in addition to the greasy brown exudate on the skin found in domestic pigs with the condition.

Effects of Immunological Castration on Changes in Dressing Percentage and Carcass Characteristics of Finishing Pigs
Immunologically castrated male pigs lost more liveweight during transport and lairage than physically castrated males, intact males or gilts, according to new research from the University of Illinois. The immunologically castrated animals has a one percentage point higher lean cutting yield than those that had been physically castrated.

Nanotechnology in the Agri-food Industry
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Company News

DNA Genetics Adds Two New Members
US - DNA Genetics is expanding its sales team with the addition of two new people.
Take Advantage of Early Registration Discount for ESPHM
ITALY - Organisers of the European Symposium on Porcine Health Management (ESPHM) are advising early registration for the conference, which takes place in Sorrento from 7 to 9 May 2014.
PED Update: Canada Positive
CANADA - The last few weeks Genesus was at the Iowa and Minnesota Pork Congresses partaking in the meetings and tradeshows. To no surprise there was a lot of discussion regarding Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PED). Many people asked about how we are handling it in Canada. My response was simple... at this time Canada does not have PED… but it is just a matter of time, writes Pat Hoffmann, Director of Health & Biosecurity.
Avoid Residues in Cull Sows by Using Antibiotics Responsibly
US - Violative antibiotic residues in meat can bring serious problems to your farm. These violations can be easily avoided. Responsible antibiotic use in pork production isn’t a single decision; it’s a comprehensive process that requires consistent care of the animals that depend on you. By asking two important questions, you can help avoid residue violations while protecting your farm and the food supply.
Novus Receives Best of NAMA – Region II Awards
US - Novus International had the great honor of receiving two Best of NAMA awards for Region II at the awards ceremony in Kansas City, Missouri.
Merck Launches New Addition to the Circumvent G2 Product Line
US - Merck Animal Health last week introduced Circumvent® PCV-M G2 - a porcine circovirus Type 2 (PCV2) and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae combination vaccine. The new vaccine is the only one-dose or two-dose, ready-to-use combination with five-month PCV2 duration of immunity, which is 25 percent longer than any other PCV2 vaccine on the market.
Novus Showcasing Science at IPPE
GLOBAL - Novus will host educational seminars at the International Poultry Scientific Forum (IPSF) and VIV Pork Summit at the International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, Georgia on 27 to 31 January.
PIC Canada: Core Supporter of Banff Pork Seminar
CANADA - Banff Pork Seminar (BPS) brings together a global perspective on the pork industry and genetics is a major player in that world. PIC, a 'Sustaining Sponsor' of BPS, delivers healthy genetic improvement to pig industries around the world.
GeneSeek Now Offers Rapid PEDV Test
US - Neogen Corporation has announced the immediate availability of a new test to rapidly and accurately detect Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea Virus (PEDV).
Novus Receives 2014 Corporate Science Leadership Award
US - The Board of Trustees of the Academy of Science – St. Louis announced the recipients of the 2014 Outstanding Scientist Awards to be awarded at the 20th Annual Awards Dinner on 9 April 2014. Novus International, Inc. is honored to be among the awardees from the Academy of Science-St. Louis Science Leadership Award in the corporate category.
Market Reports

China Wholesale Prices - 27 January 2014
Irish CSO Reports: Livestock Slaughterings December 2013
BPEX Export Bulletin - Week 4
China Wholesale Prices - 24 January 2014
USDA Livestock Slaughter - 23 January 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 23 January 2014
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 23 January 2014
USDA Cold Storage - 22 January 2014
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Global Pig Industry News

   Canada

Canadian Pork Industry Mobilises to Address First PED Outbreak
Ritz Announces Funding for International Pork Promotion
Piglet Handling Innovation Wins Aherne Award
Reorganisation Takes Place at La Coop fédérée and Olymel
First Canadian PED Outbreak: Unwelcome, Not Surprising
Harper Govt Supports Pork Producers Targeting New Markets
Banff Pork Seminar: Today's Challenge, Tomorrow's Opportunities
Strong Interest Reported in Banff Pork Seminar
Timely Identification and Response Key to Containing PED
Livestock Producers Expected to Continue to Grow CDC Falcon
Regulatory Changes Could Cut Phosphorus Levels in Manure

   Denmark

New Minister to Tackle Pig Welfare in Denmark
Russia Takes 40 Per Cent More Danish Pork
Effective Danish Effort to Reduce Use of Antibiotics

   Netherlands

Dutch Pork Exports Fall Despite Gains in Russia
Less Food Waste Leads to Higher Consumer Savings

   United Kingdom

Food Group Withdraws but DAPP Continues
Real Welfare Sample Sizes Advised to Stay Unchanged
Boost in Environmental Credentials by UK Pig Industry
Call for Submission of Views on Planning, Antibiotics and Welfare
Will Tulip Bloom in This Crisis?
Pig Processor Withdraws from Pricing Report
UK Pig Industry Slashes Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Tulip Acquires Pigs from Collapsed Producer
Biosecurity, Gentle Pig Handling Cut Contamination Risk

   Russian Federation

African Swine Fever Outbreak in Russia
Cherkizovo’s Founding Family Increases Ownership in Company
Russia Reports Outbreak of African Swine Fever

   United States

Pork Commentary: Minnesota Pork Congress Report
Hog Outlook: PED Virus Could Cut Off from 2014 Hog Slaughter
CME: Total Pork Inventories up in December
Kansas Swine Profitability Conference Planned for 4 February
Truth Behind Star of Every Big Game - Bacon
PED-Positive Submissions: Highest Environmental Sample Increase So Far
Webinar Aims to Help Judicious Antibiotic Use
NFU Reiterates Farm Bill Priorities, Urges No Changes to COOL
What's Driving Positive Pork Demand?
Pork Industry Delegates to Gather in Kansas City
Croney to Head Purdue Center for Animal Welfare Science
Allendale Inc. Releases Cold Storage Estimates
Explosion Wrecks Animal Feed Plant
CME: Beef, Pork Take Opposite Turns in Terms of Revenues

   Global

Rising Costs of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea Virus; First Outbreak in Canada
How Can Global Food Security be Achieved?
Date Set for US-Canada COOL Hearing

   European Union

Agricultural Commodity Prices Expected to Remain Firm
Applications for New Vet Medicines Doubled in 2013
EU Pig Prices: Quotations on Upward Trend

   Italy

Italy's Pig Meat Trade Gap Widens

   China

China: Hog Markets
Glimpse of China's Meat Consumption
Shuanghui International Changes Name to WH Group
China Reports Drop in Pork Price
Food Safety Stressed as Spring Festival Nears

   France

Good Practices Feed Manual Published in French
Denieul Elected President of SPACE

   Thailand

Origin of Meat Products Traced with Supermarket Code

   Germany

Improving Food and Nutrition Security
Call for Agricultural Action to Fight Global Hunger
Water Stewardship – Key to Food Security
Berlin Green Week Highlights Benefits of Biofuels

   Ghana

African Swine Fever Kills 600 Pigs in Ghana

   Mexico

Call for Abstracts for 2014 Veterinary Society Congress

   Australia

Avoiding Swill Saves Australia’s Bacon
Farm Businesses May Apply for Concessional Loans

   New Zealand

Pork Group Keen to Keep Factory

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