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Monday 31st March 2014.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

US Pig Numbers: PED Costs Half a Piglet Per Litter

The pig herd in the United States has dropped by three per cent over the last year, according to the latest figures from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

In the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report, released last week, the pig herd was shown to be 62.9 million – down three per cent on March last year and five per cent since the last report in December.

The breeding inventory, at 5.85 million head, was up slightly from last year, and up two per cent from the previous quarter.

Feeding herd figures showed a downward trend, likely linked to losses from Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED).

Market hog inventory was down by four per cent from last year and the December 2013-February 2014 pig crop by three per cent.

While three per cent more sows farrowed, the average pigs saved per litter was 9.53. Last year, it was 10.08.

On the figures, industry analysts, Ron Plain and Scott Brown, comment that the situation was more bearish than the average of pre-release trade predictions.

On PED cases in the US, there are some signs of a slow-down in new case submissions and no new states have reported positive results in the latest weekly report.

In Canada, the total number of confirmed cases of PED has reached 44, 41 of these in the province of Ontario, where he latest confirmed case was announced late last week.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Effects of Added Zinc in Diets with Ractopamine on Growth Performance, Carcass Characteristics and Zinc Concentrations in Plasma, Loin and Liver of Finishing Pigs
As in previous studies, the addition of ractopamine hydrochloride (RAC) improved the growth and carcass performance of finishing pigs, according to C.B. Paulk and co-authors at the 2013 Kansas Swine Day. Adding zinc to the finisher diets containing RAC did not improve overall performance.

Impact of Nursery Feeding Programme on Subsequent Growth Performance and Carcass Quality of Growing-finishing Pigs
Overall growth performance between weaning and market bodyweight, carcass characteristics and meat quality were not adversely affected by feeding simple nursery diets, or nursery diets without antibiotics, according to new Canadian research.

Effects of Yohimbine on Physiological Recovery Parameters of Anaesthetised Sows
A new study at Iowa State University shows that yohimbine can be used by veterinarians to ensure a quicker recovery from anaesthesia in sows with minimal complications.

Highly Pathogenic PRRS Virus Infection Results in Acute Lung Injury of the Infected Pigs
Noting that the pathological changes in lung vascular system are of particular significance, Chinese researchers report that the immune responses triggered by highly pathogenic Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) virus infection are closely related to acute lung injury.

Water: The Forgotten Nutrient in Pigs
Practical advice on water quality and requirements of pigs of different ages from Susan Dawson, veterinarian with Portec Veterinary Services in Western Australia.

Using Livestock Manure Properly to Ensure Food Safety
Tips on protecting crops from potential contamination by pig manure from Wayne Du, Pork Quality Assurance Program Lead at Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and published in 'Pork News & Views'.

Company News

Pre-Expo Tours Provide Snapshot of US Agriculture
US - The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has developed two tours in conjunction with the 2014 World Pork Expo for visitors who want a further glimpse into US agriculture.
Prevent Contamination of Liquid Feed and Keep Pigs Healthy
GLOBAL - Hygiene is a key priority in liquid feed installations, says CID Lines.
Redesigned GC1140 Fully Insulated 360º Gravity Inlet
US - The redesigned GC1140 Attic Vent from Double L Group, Ltd. has a new 360 degree airflow heavy-duty, radius corner design that increases fuel savings, air distribution, and air mixing.
ESPHM 2014 to Take Place in Sorrento, Italy
ITALY - The organising committee for the 6th European Symposium of Porcine Health Management (ESPHM) has announced that the symposium will take place from 7 to 9 May 2014 in Sorrento, Italy.
Market Reports

China Wholesale Prices - 31 March 2014
BPEX Export Bulletin - Week 13
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 27 March 2014
USDA Agricultural Prices - 28 March 2014
USDA Hogs and Pigs - 28 March 2014
NAB Australian Rural Commodities Wrap - March 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 26 March 2014
Irish CSO Reports: Livestock Slaughterings February 2014

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

United States Hog Inventory Down
PED Update in US: Welcome Downward Trend in Case Submissions
Hog Outlook: US Swine Breeding Herd Inventory Up
Probiotics for Pigs: Less Manure, Better Health
Hog Futures: Lean Hogs Closed Up on Thursday
Wyckoff's Weekly Livestock Outlook: Mixed Picture Across Markets
Hog Futures: Lean Hog Market Hit Two-week Low
CME: Anticipation Ahead of Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report
Alliance to Discuss Sustainability at Summit
PEDV Will Cause Significant Shortfall, Other Meats to Fill the Gap
Hog Futures: Lean Hogs Closed Down on Tuesday
EPA's Proposed Clean Water Act Rule Pleases Farmers Union
Connecticut Stands up for Family Hog Farmers’ Rights
Cold Storage Report Analysis; Anticipating Hogs and Pigs Report
Hog Futures: Lean Hogs Closed Down on Monday
Pork Industries Collaborate with Feed Industry, Others on PEDV
Farmers Union Outlines Future Funding Priorities
Pork Commentary: Hog Market – Beyond Belief


Peter Kendall New President of World Farmers Organisation
Producer Groups Lose Latest Appeal over COOL in US
Is Eating Red and Processed Meat as Harmful as Some Say?
Africa’s Youth Key to Strengthening Agricultural Economy
Beer Marinade Could Reduce Levels of Harmful Substances in Grilled Meats
Call for National Strategy to Close North American Swine Disease Portal

   United Kingdom

More Price Information for GB Pigs
£4 Million Investment for UK Food Production Innovation
Water Abstraction Proposals Throw up Mixed Bag for Farming
New Rules for Pig Meat Inspection
Charles Sercombe Back in the NFU Livestock Chair
UK Vets Concerned at Call for Sick Animals to be Slaughtered
Government Advisor Explores Role of Science in Farming
UK Pigs Test Negative for Swine Fever


Uganda Top Pork Consumer in Sub-Saharan Africa


Consultations over Disease Prevention Strategies Underway
Ontario PED Case Count Reaches 41
Pork Producers Encouraged to Consider Western Livestock Price Insurance Programme
Pork Producers Advised to Treat Assembly Yards as PED Positive
PEDv Needs to be Stopped and Eliminated in Canada, Says Pork Council
Truckers Returning to Canada Advised to Use Accredited Truck Wash Stations
Pork Industry Responds Proactively to Positive Environmental Sample
Tracebacks from PED Infected Farm in Manitoba Complete


More PED Outbreaks in Japan


Dead Pigs Found Every Day for Five Years in Sichuan Reservoir
Fall in Prices of Chinese Agro-foodstuff

   European Union

New Plans for European Organic Farming
Eco-friendly Pig and Poultry Production
Antimicrobial Resistance Commonly Detected in Bacteria in Humans, Animals and Food
EU Pig Price Quotations Inconsistent
Organic Production, Meat Labelling Discussed by EU Agriculture Council
Strong Demand for Better Welfare of EU Pigs
European PCV2 Research Award Goes to Werling


Pork Price Fixing to Ease Shortages in Thailand

   Russian Federation

Russia Looks for New Supplies of Pig Meat as Ban on EU Imports Hits Home


Spain Exported Less Pig Meat in 2013

   North Korea

FMD Reported in North Korean Pigs in January


More Irish Pig Meat Exported to Russia in 2013


JBS Reports Rise in Sales, Earnings

   Viet Nam

Viet Nam Hosts Livestock, Dairy and Aquaculture Expo
Viet Nam: Hog Markets


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