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Monday 3rd March 2014
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor


Government Support for Agriculture; ASF and PED Updates

Retiring National Farmers Union of England & Wales president, Peter Kendall, has said that UK farming needs a long-term strategic plan and that the government should view agriculture as key in a broad spectrum of policies beyond just farming and food production.

He was speaking at the annual NFU conference held last week in Birmingham, from where Chris Harris reported for ThePigSite.

Mr Kendall added that immigration regulations including seasonal workers, how imports are monitors for disease, how research councils target research and development funds, planning policy and the Treasury’s approach to taxation all affect on the agricultural sector.

Also at the conference, farming minister George Eustice outlined the details of a £10-million Farming Recovery Fund to offer farmers support with uninsured losses and to help them get back into production after recent severe flooding.

New Zealand High Commissioner, Sir Lockwood Smith, called on the EU and New Zealand to open negotiations on a free trade agreement, explaining that his country is one of only six members of the World Trade Organization that had not opened free trade negotiations with the EU.

In the US, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke to farmers and industry at the 2014 Commodity Classic about the recently passed Farm Bill and more importantly - how USDA plans to implement it.

Turning to news on pig diseases, 310 farms in the US received positive results for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) in the most week reported (23 February). Since that report was compiled, another state - North Dakota - has reported its first PED case, bringing the total number of states affected to 26.

Four provinces in Canada have reported cases of PED in pigs: Ontario, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and, most recently, Quebec.

On African Swine Fever, a second wild boar found dead in Poland has tested positive for the virus in the last week and another nine wild boar in two regions of western Russia have also been found dead of the disease.

In calling for everyone to be on the alert for ASF, the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe has reinforced its support for a ban on swill feeding of pigs in the EU.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Effects of an Algae-Modified Montmorillonite Clay in Diets Contaminated with Deoxynivalenol on Nursery Pig Growth Performance
Algae-modified montmorillonite clay, a new mycotoxin binder, did not offset reductions in weaner performance caused by high levels of deoxynivalenol in pelleted diets, researchers told the 2013 Kansas State University Swine Industry Day.

Performance and Carcass Characteristics of Growing and Finishing Pigs Fed Diets Containing High Protein or Conventional Canola Meal
Conventional canola meal replaced all of the soybean meal in grower-finisher diets without adverse effects on performance in a trial at the Hans H. Stein Monogastric Nutrition Lab at the University of Illinois Urbana-Chanpaign, while replacing more than 66 per cent of soybean meal with high-protein canola meal led to poorer growth.

Understanding and Reducing Aggression Using Pre-exposure Before Sows Are Mixed in a Grouped Gestation System
Allowing sows to get to know on another - by being neighbours - in the service area seemed to make them more aggressive when they were later mixed in group housing for their pregnancy, according to new research from Purdue University.

Space Allowance and Pen Size Affect Welfare Indicators and Performance of Growing Pigs under Comfort Class Conditions
Dutch researchers report adverse effects of increased group size or stocking density on the performance and welfare of pigs housed in a system offering more space than a commercial farm.

Anti-idiotypic Antibodies Reduce Efficacy of Attenuated Vaccine against Highly Pathogenic PRRSV Challenge
The results of a study in China have led the scientists there to recommend against the use of an attenuated vaccine against Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) when a certain type of antibodies is present in the pigs or the animals' health could deteriorate.

Digestibility of Amino Acids in Alfalfa Meal, Sugar Beet Pulp and Wheat Bran for Growing Pigs
New research from Germany has evaluated the digestibility of amino acids in a number of high-fibre and less common feed ingredients in pigs for the first time.

Estimated Prevalence and Impact of Periweaning Failure to Thrive Syndrome in Canada and United States
Based on a survey of 55 pig veterinarians, the average prevalence of Periweaning Failure to Thrive Syndrome (PFTS) was 4.3 per cent and it was found in five Canadian provinces and 11 US states.

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Global Pig Industry News

   China

FMD NEWS: China Vaccinates Livestock Against FMD in Tibet
Qingdao Price Index up in January

   United States

USDA Secretary Speaks at Commodity Classic about Implementing Farm Bill
Arkansas Pig Farm Water Report up for Discussion
Hog Outlook: Last Week Fabulous for Hog Prices
PED Update in US: 310 Farms Positive for PED Virus
Washington State Requires PED-Free Certification for Pigs
What Will Antibiotic Guidelines Mean for US Livestock Farmers?
North Dakota Confirms First Case of PED
Purdue Extension Pork Conference to Offer PED Update
Annual Net Earnings Rise 27 Per Cent at Land O'Lakes
Challenging Health Concerns from Intensive Animal Production
Luciano Named President of ADM
Many Factors Work Together in Pork Supply Chain
CME: January Frozen Meat, Poultry Inventories Lower Than a Year Ago
Potential Growth in Corn Used for Ethanol Production
Pork Commentary: Lean Hog Futures, Cash Move Higher

   United Kingdom

Animal Welfare Honours to Professors from Oxford, Cambridge
Quarterly Pig Meat Sales up Three Per Cent in UK
TV Campaigner Honoured for Work to Educate Public on Farm Animal Welfare
DAPP Slips Again; Continental Prices under Pressure
Forum to Explore Animal Welfare and the Law
Call for Pig Producers to Prioritise Vehicle Cleanliness
New NFU President Elected
Call for EU-NZ Free Trade Agreement
UK Vets Warn of Animal Health Dangers from Receding Floodwater
Recovery Fund for Flooded Farmers
Government Promises to Back British Farm Exports
Call for Supermarkets to Sell More British Produce
Princess Royal Praises Collaborations to Safeguard Livestock
Consumer Pressure Remains on Retailers to Back British Farming
UK Farming Needs Long-term Strategic Plan
Farming Weathers Recession to Deliver for Nation’s Economy
Positive Signals for Scottish Pig Producers
New Programme for Royal Bath and West Show

   Spain

Researchers Deliver Probiotic in Pork Sausage

   Singapore

Trans-Pacific Trade Talks in Final Stretch, Says Singapore Diplomat

   South Korea

South Korean Pork Sales Jump on Concerns over Fine Dust

   Canada

Success Rates Using Artificial Insemination in Swine Production
Maple Leaf Witnesses Drop in Sales
Quebec PED Risk Analysis Shows Cost Could Hit Millions
New Rules for Pig Industry Strengthen Canada's Livestock Sector
Pork Producers Encouraged to Focus on Biosecurity to Avoid PED
Decision on US M-COOL Expected in Summer
Officials Focus on Limiting Spread of PED Until Warmer Weather
Canada: Hog Markets

   Denmark

Danish Weaner Exports Continue to Rise

   Brazil

BRF Outlook Good as Income Soars

   Russian Federation

Cherkizovo Rises as Second-Largest Pork Producer
in Russia

Nine More Cases of African Swine Fever in Russian Wild Boar

   Australia

Australian Pork Producers Oppose Raw Pork Imports

   Global

Strong Growth Forecast for Organic Minerals in Animal Feed
Plasma Product Did Not Carry PED Virus, Says
Suppliers Body

US Agriculture Leaders Gather for Meat Expo
El Nino to Impact Americas, Australia, India, China This Summer
WTO Decision on US M-COOL Expected in Summer

   Poland

Second African Swine Fever Case in Polish Wild Boar

   European Union

European Vets Support Swill Feeding Ban to Control African Swine Fever
EU Pig Price Quotations Steady Due to Continuous Demand

   Netherlands

Netherlands Four-day Rule Brings Productivity Penalty

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