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Monday 24th March 2014
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor


Towards More Sustainable Pig Feeding

Some significant steps in improving sustainability in the feed industry were in the news last week.

The first global guidelines on sustainability for the feed industry were published last week week

The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) has released for public consultation the Global Feed Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) guidelines developed by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)-led Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance Partnership (LEAP) are now available for public review.

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and the European Compound Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC) jointly developed the Feed LCA recommendations and they form a significant part of the draft guidelines.

In less than two years, IFIF says, the methodology has been developed to introduce a harmonised, science-based, practical and international approach to the assessment of the environmental performance of feed supply chains, while taking into account the specificity of the diverse production systems that exist globally.

In a separate initiative, FEFAC has issued an update on its 'roadmap' for sourcing soybeans responsibly, showing where progress has been made and where more needs to be done.

The roadmap contains the key issues for the EU feed industry linked with the supply of responsible soy to Europe, as well as a project plan for the setting up of an independent benchmark systems of existing certification schemes against the set of the Federation's minimum import criteria, for which it will launch a tender procedure and cooperate with IDH (the sustainable trade initiative).

Fostering mainstream market solutions for the supply of responsibly produced soybean products to EU feed markets is the main objective, given that none of the currently available certification schemes has yet achieved 'critical mass'.

Feed grain imports can significantly improve the efficiency of the pork value chain in China, says Rabobank. Combining technology from the Netherlands and the US would save China more than 174,000 tonnes of nitrogen fertiliser inputs, 11 million tonnes of corn and nearly 1.75 million hectares of land greatly limiting environmental damage, according to its latest report.

Saturday 22 March was World Water Day. Water and agriculture are inextricably interlinked and interdependent. Agriculture is a major user of both ground and surface water for irrigation, accounting for about 70 per cent of water withdrawal worldwide.

Turning to news of African Swine Fever, (ASF) the European Food Safety Authority has found hunting and artificial feeding unlikely to be effective to control the disease in wild boar in Europe and recommends a feasibility study on fencing. It appears that ASF has been beaten in Benin and Poland has not reported any new cases for a month.

For Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED), 4,757 farms in 27 states of the US have tested positive for the virus, as have 37 Canadian farms. There are also reports of PED in Japan and Colombia.

An emerging porcine pathogen, Swine DeltaCoronaVirus (SDCV), first identified in North America on a pig farm in Ohio last month, has now been found on several farms in Ontario, Canada. It is related to the more familiar coronaviruses causing Transmissible Gastroenteritis (TGE) and PED and also causes diarrhoea in pigs but poses no threat to people.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Amino Acid Digestibility in Soybean Products, Rapeseed Expellers and a Fermented Mixture of Co-products for Weaner Pigs
A study at the Hans H Stein Monogastric Nutrition Laboratory at the University of Illinois shows similar digestibility of crude protein and amino acids for all processed soy products tested and these were generally higher than for the rapeseed products tested. A fermented mixed product based on rapeseed had the lowest digestible amino acid content.

Effects of Corn Particle Size and Diet Form on Finishing Pig Growth Performance and Carcass Characteristics
At the 2013 Kansas Swine Day, University researchers reported a study showing that finishing pigs performed better on the pelleted diet than meal, as expected, but there was no advantage in fine-grinding the corn in pelleted diets. Carcass parameters were not affected by dietary treatment.

Gait Analysis as an Objective Tool to Measure Hoof Lameness Phases in Multiparous Sows
A study at Iowa State University Research has found that a pressure mat gait analysis walkway system has potential for sow lameness detection.

Ad libitum Feeding During the Peripartal Period Affects Body Condition, Reproduction and Metabolism of Sows
Ad-lib feeding sows in poor or moderate body condition around farrowing had beneficial effects on sow backfat and piglet performance to weaning, according to a new study from Belgium.

Growth Performance of Heavy Pigs Fed Diets Decreasing Crude Protein and Indispensable Amino Acids
Heavy pigs reared for dry cured ham can be fed diets with reduced levels of crude protein and essential amino acids, without any detrimental effects on performance, according to recently published work in Padua, Italy.

Foaming Manure in Hog Barns: Explosion, Fire and Asphyxiation Hazard
Ontario's agriculture ministry explains the causes of foaming pig manure and warns farm staff of the potential dangers.

Spillover of pH1N1 to Swine in Cameroon: Investigation of Risk Factors
Following a study of the transmission of the porcine influenza virus of the H1N1 sub-type in Cameroon, US-based researchers concluded that allowing domestic pigs to roam freely is a significant risk factor for the spill-over of the virus from people to pigs.

Effect of Cross-fostering and Oral Supplementation with Colostrum on Performance of
Newborn Piglets

Colostrum supplementation of piglets within four hours of birth appears to be a good management strategy to improve litter performance, according to a new study from Barcelona, Spain.

Company News

Genus Announces New Non-Executive Directors
UK - Genus, a leading global animal genetics company, is pleased to announce the appointments of Professor Duncan Maskell and Lykele van der Broek to the Board as Non-Executive Directors with effect from 1 April 2014 and 1 July 2014, respectively.
Using Absolute Catheter in Spain
SPAIN - A testimonial letter from Gestion Veterinaria Porcina in Madrid to Absolute Swine Insemination Co (ASIC) explains the veterinarian's enthusiasm for the company's Absolute catheters.
Zoetis to Participate in Jefferies Animal Health Summit
US - Zoetis will participate in the Jefferies Animal Health Summit on Thursday 27 March at the Jefferies Conference Center in New York, NY.
CID Lines Receives Visit from Danish Importer
BELGIUM - CID Lines recently hosted a visit by 34 sales representatives from its Danish importer, DLG.
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Irish CSO Reports: Agricultural Price Indices - January 2014
BPEX Export Bulletin - Week 12

Global Pig Industry News

   Global

New Opportunities in East Africa for NGOs
Feed Industry Best Practice Manual Launched in Spanish
Good Feed Practice Manual Launched in Spanish
World Water Day: Agriculture and Water Inextricably Interlinked
Feed Acid Market Estimated at US$2.6 Billion by 2018
First Global Feed Sustainability Guidelines Released
Better Meat Quality with Duroc Genetics

   European Union

How Will Changes in EU Meat Inspection Work?
Agricultural Marketing to be Discussed at Next Council Meeting
EU Pig Price Quotations Bursting
EU Audits ASF Controls in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania
EU Updates Control Measures on African Swine Fever
Feed Industry Aims for More Responsible Soybean Sourcing
New Board Announced for Vion Food Group
Report Finds African Swine Fever Spread Hard to Control in Wild Boar
EFSA Assesses Control Measures to Prevent Spread of ASF
Farmers Respond to First Package of Agricultural Policy Reform

   United Kingdom

Positive Outlook for UK Pig Industry
Firm Outlook for UK Pork Sellers
Winter Crop Areas up But Livestock Down
Advice on Growing Your Business at 2014 British Pig & Poultry Fair
Fewer Breeding Pigs, More Finishers in UK's 2013 Livestock Census
2014 Budget: Good News for Agriculture But Not for Long
BPEX Enhances Historical UK Pig Price Reporting
Researchers Reveal More PMWS Virus Secrets
New Method for Nutrient Digestibility Studies Saves Time, Money
Research Council Celebrates 20 Years of Advances in Animal Welfare
Updated Animal Health Surveillance Announced

   China

Development Model to Improve China’s Pork Value Chain
More Dead Pigs Found in Chinese River

   United States

Consumer, Commercial Food Sectors Hit ConAgra Results
America's Love of Pork Continues to Burn Strong
More Time for Comment on Food Safety Modernisation Act
Organic Sector Continues to Grow
CME: Analysts Anticipate Numbers in Upcoming Hogs & Pigs Report
Hog Outlook: Retail Pork Price Declined in February
Changing PRRS Pattern in the Midwest
PED Update in US: 27 States Affected
US Meat Export Federation Makes Use of Social Media
Hog Futures: Lean Hogs Closed Down on Thursday
Call for Action on Pig Carcass Disposal from PED in North Carolina
Hog Futures: Lean Hogs Closed Down on Wednesday
Permission Granted for JBS Pork Plant Expansion in Kentucky
US Animal Health Industry to Comply with FDA Guidance on AGPs
Carthage to Hold Annual Swine Conference in September
Hog Futures: June Lean Hogs Closed Up on Monday
Taking a Closer Look at the Impact of PEDV
Study Looks at Calcium in Canola Meal as Part of Pig Diet
North Dakota Sets Seminar on Pig Health at Fairs, Sales
Pork Commentary: All Superlatives Are Understatements in Hog Market

   Canada

Swine DeltaCoronavirus in Ontario Shows Need for Top Biosecurity
Swine DeltaCoronavirus Detected on Canadian Pig Farms
Strict Biosecurity Gives Canadian Pork Producers Edge in Addressing PED
Canada Reports 37 Confirmed PED Outbreaks
Manitoba Pork Producers Welcome Canada-South Korea Trade Deal

   Congo, Democratic Republic

Congolese Farmers Concerned over Oil Exploration

   Norway

New Survey of MRSA in Norwegian Pigs to Begin

   Colombia

Colombian Pork Industry Unites to Beat PED
Classical Swine Fever under Control in Colombia

   Benin

African Swine Fever Beaten in Benin

   Japan

Third PED Outbreak Reported in Kochi Prefecture
Suspected PED Outbreak in Fukuoka
New PED Outbreak on Kyushu Confirmed

   Denmark

Agreement for Improved Welfare of Danish Pigs

   Australia

New Addition to Pork CRC Board

   Malta

Malta's Plans to Export Pork Put on Back Burner

   Netherlands

Fewer Dutch Pigs Castrated

   Brazil

Brazilian Pork Exports Dropped in Volume, Value in February

   Poland

Poland Clear of African Swine Fever for One Month

   Spain

Role of Viral and Host MicroRNAs in Aujeszky's Disease Virus Revealed

   Russian Federation

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