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Monday 10th February 2014
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor


Looking for Some Good News

I make no apology for starting this week's newsletter with one of those quirky pig-related news stories.

It seems that US researchers have found androstenone - one of the natural chemicals responsible for boar taint in some male pigs - can stop barking and excitable dogs. Spraying a dilution of androstenone onto misbehaving dogs stopped them barking and jumping. The research paper did not explain why the scientists considered this could be a possible treatment or what the practical application might be but it just goes to prove the truth in the saying, "Every cloud has a silver lining".

It's hard to think of a silver lining to the two leading global pig health issues today.

The discovery of African Swine Fever (ASF) in wild boars in Lithuania is plunging the European pig meat market into crisis.

One of the immediate effects was for Russia to immediately shut its borders to any imports of piglets, breeding stock or pig meat from any country within the EU. Ostensibly, the Russian authorities put the blanket ban on EU pig meat exports because the export certificates no longer fulfilled their terms and conditions. The certificates state that the European Union is free from ASF.

One of countries hardest by the new ban on pig meat exports is Denmark, which between January and September last year saw their exports to Russia rise by 40 per cent, to more than 56,000 tonnes. A statement from the Danish Agriculture Ministry said took an optimistic view that the ban was merely a technical issue.

Nevertheless, EU Health Commissioner, Tonio Borg, called on Russia to engage in constructive talks on solving the ban.

As part of the Global Framework for Transboundary Animal Diseases initiative, veterinarians from eastern European countries are to be trained in specialist laboratories to combat the spread of the ASF virus.

Russia has just recently reported another pig farm affected by the ASF virus, this time in the Bryansk region, which borders Europe. In mid-January, suspicion that a "peasant farm" had been affected arose during the epidemiological investigation of another outbreak at a breeding farm.

On Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED), the total number of pig farms and case submissions testing positive for the virus in the United States stood at just under 3,000 in the most recent weekly report. This represents another record-breaking weekly increase and the first virus-positive environmental samples have been reported in Arizona and Wyoming.

In Canada, reports of new outbreaks of PED have been scant; the emphasis has been on tightening biosecurity to prevent further spread of the virus.

MSD Animal Health announced that it has entered into a research agreement with Utrecht University on the development of a vaccine against PED.

And finally, in 2013, commercial meat production in Germany was just under 8.1 million tonnes, an increase of 0.4 per cent over the previous year, according to provisional but official German statistics. A modest gain in pork output of 0.6 per cent was achieved.




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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Study Provides Nutritional Value for Food By-products for Use in Pig Feed
The energy content of maize by-products for pigs was found in two studies at the University of Illinois to be inversely related to their fibre content. While phosphorus digestibility varied in the feed ingredients tested, it was not increased by the addition of phytase in all cases.

How Can I Keep the Livestock Watering System from Freezing in Winter?
Tips for keeping vital water supplies to farm livestock in winter from the US National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.

Evaluation of Antibiotics and Benzoic Acid on Growth Performance of Nursery Pigs
Feeding an antibiotic to weaned pigs increased growth rate and feed intake but no effects were seen with benzoic acid in the diets, according to a study carried out at Kansas State University and reported to the 2013 Swine Industry Day.

Group Sow Housing: Practical Considerations
Information for producers and their advisers to help with the transition to group housing systems by Lee J. Johnston and Yuzhi Li from the West Central Research and Outreach Center at the University of Minnesota. They cover floor space allocation, feeding systems, managing sows in dynamic groups and husbandry skills.

Oral Antimicrobials Increase Antimicrobial Resistance in Porcine E. coli
Based on a literature review, German researchers have concluded that oral administration of antimicrobials increases the risk of antibiotic resistance developing in E. coli from pigs.

Preliminary Study of the Effect of Sow Washing on-farm on Livestock-associated MRSA
A small-scale study in Belgium found that washing sows was ineffective in reducing the number of MRSA bacteria present on the animals' skin or in the nostrils before farrowing.

Variation among Sows in Response to Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome
Dutch research shows that sows differ in their response to the Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) virus, opening up the prospect of using genetic selection to increase resistance to the disease.

Company News

Long Live the Hyperprolific Sow
CANADA - Based on two presentations at the recent Banff Pork Seminar, Dr Bob Kemp, Vice President Genetic Programs and R&D with Genesus Inc. comments on the development of the gilt and first lactation female.
Shoot as Many Pigs as You Can from Farrowing Barn to Packer
US - Everything you do in your farming operations can make the difference between success and failure. Absolute Swine Insemination Co., LLC (ASIC) wants to be sure your farm is packed with the strongest and most accurate arsenal of breeding knowledge and products available today.
MSD Animal Health, Utrecht University Partner up to Discover PED Vaccine
US & NETHERLANDS - MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the US and Canada) announced that it has entered into a research agreement with Utrecht University to test leads towards a vaccine for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) virus.
2014 Profitability Looks Positive for JSR’s Spanish Partner
SPAIN - As the second largest producer of pig meat in Europe, Spain has the biggest breeding herd on the continent and Burgos-based JSR-eQ is confident of a successful year ahead, despite a gradual fall in the country’s breeding herd numbers.
2014 World Pork Expo to Take Place in June
US - The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has announced that the 2014 World Pork Expo will take place 4-6 June at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. The Expo features the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, educational seminars, swine shows and sales and more.
New Pig Enterprise in Kursk Region
RUSSIA - A major pig farm has been opened in Kursk in western Russia, using the latest equipment from Big Dutchman for its breeding enterprise.
Martel Joins Genesus Team
CANADA - Genesus has announced the appointment of Tony Martel in the role Territory Manager.
JSR Provides Answers to Pink Pork
UK - JSR Genetics' meat scientist, Caroline Mitchell, answers some frequently asked questions about pink pork.
Pork Commentary: Lean Hog Futures Reach New Contract Highs
US - Last Friday the Lean Hog Futures May-Dec 2014 reached new life of contract highs, writes Jim Long.
Market Reports

China Wholesale Prices - 7 February 2014
GB Animal Feed Statistical Notice - December 2014
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 6 February 2014
BPEX UK Pig Meat Market Update - February 2014

Global Pig Industry News

   Germany

Germany Records Small Increase in Meat Production in 2013
German Ag Census: Fewer Farms But More Are Organic

   Canada

Manitoba Tackles PED Virus
Producers Urged to Recapture the Dignity of Raising Animals
Canadian Pork Industry Prepared to Deal with Disease Threat
Prairie Swine Centre to Host Webinar on Pig Feeding Programmes
Higher Farrowing Rates Require Improved Nutrition
Biosecurity Key to Keeping Western Canada PED-free
Ageing Infrastructure: Next Challenge for Pork Producers
New Programme to Support Animal Welfare at Slaughter
Advice to Maintain Public Trust with Good Animal Care

   United Kingdom

Pig Abattoir Lorry-wash Facilities: Weakest Biosecurity Link
British Pigs Are in Demand
UK Govt Urged to Back Full Country of Origin Labelling of Meat
Veterinary Pharmaceutical Industry Event Planned for June
Pig Association Launches Keep-out-Disease Campaign
BBQ Pulled Pork Benedict Crowned Most
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Lessons Must be Learned from Severe Flooding, Says Union
British Pig Farmers Call on Govt to Improve Border Defences
Cranswick Reports Strong Performance During Final Quarter of 2013
Organic Diet Mixes for Pigs, Poultry
Places for Outlook Conference 2014 Going Fast
Northern Irish Farm Incomes up in 2013

   United States

President Obama Signs 2014 Farm Bill
Tips on Reducing Energy, Propane Costs
Boar Taint Chemical Calms Naughty Dogs
Mixed Results for 2013 US Red Meat Exports
US Pork Exports Up, Imports Down in December
Researchers Study Myelin to Help Improve Piglet Survival
PED-Positive Submissions: New Records Set; Virus Found in Arizona, Wyoming
Sanitary Practices for Transport of Food and Feed Proposed
CME: High Cattle, Beef Prices Bullish for Pork Market
Smithfield's Commitment to Renewable Energy Beginning to Show
PED Virus Hits US Pork Exports
Consumer Perception: Don't be Afraid to Flaunt Straight A's
Jim Wyckoff's Hog Outlook: Market Bulls Have Advantage
McDonald's Sustainability VP Wants to Collaborate, Not Mandate
Tips on Equipment Design to Cut Listeria in RTE Foods
Weather Outlook for February Says to Prepare for More of the Same
Nearly $1 Trillion 2014 Farm Bill Approved by US Senate
A Kinder, Gentler EPA?
Impacts of Farm Bill, Canadian PEDV Outbreak
Uni Missouri Researcher Looking to Reduce Hog Odour
Higher Quarterly Gross Profit for Tyson Foods
PEDv: Lock Your Farm Door

   European Union

Russia Urged to Engage in Talks on Ban on EU Pig Exports
MEPs Call for Tighter Country of Origin Labelling for Pigs
EU Pig Prices: Russian Import Ban Leads to Price Pressure

   Spain

CReSA Collaborates over PRRS

   Korea, South

South Korean Pig Meat Output Restored to Pre-FMD Level

   Global

Is Europe Heading for Crisis over African Swine Fever?
Pig Meat Prices Down in January, Reports FAO
US, Brazil Prohibited from Exporting Pork to Russia, Reports Rabobank
Nutreco to Sell Spanish Meat and Feed Business
Study Establishes Positive Role of Speciality Feed Ingredients
Europe Steps up Preparedness for African Swine Fever

   Russian Federation

Russia Allows Heat-treated Pig Meat Products from EU
African Swine Fever Outbreak in Bryansk
US Turkey Exports to Russia to Start Shortly; Will Pork Follow Suit?
More African Swine Fever in Russia
Cherkizovo Sales Rise
Russia: Hog Markets

   China

Iowa Leadership Team Joins China Pork Outreach Effort

   Mongolia

Mongolian Provinces to Have Pig Farms

   Denmark

Improving Health, Welfare of Organic Pigs

   France

Relation Between Organic Farming, Conventional Agriculture

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