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Monday 12th May 2014
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
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World's Top Pig Vets Updated on Italy's Pork Industry, Global Disease Issues and Biting Insects

At the European Symposium on Porcine Health Managment (EPSHM) in Sorrento, Italy, last week, Davide Calderone representing the host nation's association of pig producers and pig meat processors, ASSICA, explained the key features of the Italian pig industry.

Pigs are reared to heavy weights and for longer than most other European countries - 170kg and nine months of age - making them ideal for the production of traditional cured meats such as Parma ham and San Daniele ham as well as other deli products for which Italy is renowned.

This heavyweight pig has hams of the size required for these special products. (If you want to find out the minimum weight of a Parma ham, click here.)

Production has risen by almost 30 per cent since 1985 from 930,000 tonnes to 1.2 million tonnes in 2012, according to Mr Calderone. 2013 figures are not yet available but he said the trend has continued in the last year.

Over the same period, the production of cured hams that has helped to push up the total volume as this sector has increased its share of the total from 18 per cent in 1985 to 25 per cent in 2012.

Some of the most challenging issues in pig health today were addressed at the ESPHM - including antibiotic use, Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) and tail biting - and there were also excellent reviews on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea and African Swine Fever.

The Poster Prize at the Symposium was awarded to Jesus Borobia-Belsue for his report on skin irritation among pigs and farmers as well as carcass downgrading across Northern Ireland caused by midge-bites.

Also in the news last week, McDonald’s has announced its '2014 Best of Sustainable Supply' winners in a report highlighting how suppliers achieved significant results by identifying opportunities and applying sustainable solutions in diverse places around the world.

In Canada, the province of Manitoba has confirmed a second on-farm case of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus in a finisher barn.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Controlling High Backfat (P2) in Finisher Pigs
An overview of the factors contributing to increased backfat and measures to manage P2 levels from the Department of Agriculture and Food at the Government of Western Australia.

Corn Grown under Drought-Stressed Conditions Does Not Have Lower Energy Content Than Corn Grown in a Previous 'Normal' Year
Researchers at Iowa State University have found that corn (maize) grown during a year of low rainfall had the same energy, protein and fat content as that grown during a normal year in a series of digestibility trials with pigs.

Economic Impact of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) on Nursery and Grower-Finisher Production in Ontario
Researchers at the University of Guelph in Canada have calculated the total cost associated with PRRS outbreaks in Ontario - based on the cost of mortality and impaired performance - to be up to C$4 million annually or C$4.50 per nursery pig and C$1.87 per grower-finisher pig in the year following an outbreak. The data were presented at the 33rd Centralia Swine Research Update in January 2014.

Emerging Threats Quarterly Report – Pig Diseases - October-December 2013
This report from the Animal Health Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) in Great Britain includes reports on a single episode of piglet deformities on outdoor unit, the increased incidence of Glassers disease and swine influenza outbreaks in combination with salmonellosis. Overviews are also included of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea in North America and African Swine Fever in eastern Europe.

Company News

HOGISTICS Gives Producers a New Edge in Finishing Management
US - HOGISTICS™, a new tool enabling pork producers to more accurately predict optimal market hog weight and weight distribution, is now available from Zoetis. Hogistics uses a farm’s historical production data to provide more precise information for making more accurate marketing decisions so pork producers can capture more profit.
Ceva Proposes New Respiratory Health Programmes
FRANCE - With 90 per cent of swine farms worldwide affected by respiratory disease and an urgent need to preserve the future of antibiotics by reducing their widespread prophylactic use, the adoption of targeted, preventative health programmes has become critical.
New Respiratory Health Programmes Allow Swine Experts to “Breathe Easy”
GLOBAL - With 90 per cent of swine farms worldwide affected by respiratory disease and an urgent need to preserve the future of antibiotics by reducing their widespread prophylactic use, Ceva says that the adoption of targeted, preventative health programmes has become critical.
Gain Time by Cleaning
BELGIUM - After the animals are moved out of their pens, it’s time to start the cleaning protocol, says CID Lines. The sooner you start the better!
EU Registration - A Worldwide Quality Benchmark
EU - The EU registration for mycotoxin deactivation products is not only the legal basis for official mycotoxin claims, according to Biomin. It is also a detailed evaluation with high standards for the efficacy and safety of a product.
Positive EFSA Opinion on FUMzyme Mycotoxin Biotransformation
EU - Biomin reports that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published a positive Scientific Opinion on the safety and efficacy of FUMzyme® – the first purified enzyme to biotransform fumonisins into non-toxic metabolites – thereby marking a momentous development for mycotoxin risk management.
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Global Pig Industry News


ESPHM 2014: Winning Poster on Costly Dermatitis in Pigs
ESPHM 2014: Pig Vet Meeting Addressed Challenging Issues
ESPHM 2014: Italy's Pig Sector Held Back by
Health Concerns

   Viet Nam

Cargill Completes Expansion of Animal Feed Plant in Central Viet Nam
Viet Nam: Hog Markets

   United States

Hog Outlook: US Pork Exports Leap in March
USDA Monthly Supply and Demand Report a Mixed Bag for Grain Markets
US Pork, Beef Exports Increase Pace in March
CME: Lean Hog Futures Drifting Lower
Connecticut Legislature Defends Family Farmers
Hog Futures: June Lean Hogs Closed Down Thursday
Retail Meat Prices: Up, Up and Away
Hog Futures: Lean Hogs Closed Down on Wednesday
Nutritional Values of Oilseed Meals as Part of a Pig Diet Established
Swine Virus Seminar includes TVMDL Amarillo
CME: Pork, Beef Industries Concerned about Demand for Products
Hog Futures: June Lean Hogs Closed up Tuesday
Global Climate Change Impact on Volatile Weather Events


Pork Industry Increasingly Dependent on Foreign Workers
Second Case of On-farm PED Confirmed in Manitoba
Farmers Expect to Plant More Oilseeds, Pulses and Fewer Cereals
Pork Producers, Manure Applicators Improve Communications in Response to PED


Pork Value Chain Symposium Attracts International Speakers
Joint Action Needed to Tackle Massive Global Food Losses

   European Union

Council Adopts Provisions for Animal, Plant Financing
Zinc Content in Animal Feed Reduced
EU Counters PEDv with Stricter Import Rules
EU Pig Prices Unchanged for Most Part

   United Kingdom

Food for Thought for Pig Producers
DAPP Improves to 163.9p; Spot Base Remains at 167p


China Consumer Prices up in April
China Adds to Pork Reserves to Stabilise Prices


Classical Swine Fever Outbreaks Affect Wild Boars in Latvia


FAO Food Price Index Fell in April
McDonald's Highlights Sustainable Suppliers
Disease Continues to be Focus of Global Pork Markets, Reports Rabobank


Australian Pork Industry Calls for Origin Labelling Reform


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