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Monday 19th May 2014.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

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UK Pig Industry Shows Cautious Optimism

Levels of profitability in the British pig sector have been good for most of the last year.

Mick Sloyan, Director of the British Pig Executive (BPEX), offered his views of the industry at the British Pig and Poultry Fair last week.

At the previous event – two years ago – the UK industry was struggling to cover its cost of production.

“How the situation has changed!” said Mr Sloyan. In the last year, margins have been maintained and even improved with pig prices rising and feed costs have fallen over the last year. Producers have taken the opportunity to invest, making their businesses more profitable for the future and UK pig meat exports have risen substantially, particularly to Asia.

The disease risks should not be under-estimated, Mr Sloyan stressed, as the EU is 'squeezed' between African Swine Fever to its east and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea across the Atlantic. BPEX is among the stakeholders working on a plan to address the risks in the UK.

Also at the Fair, BPEX launched a new strategy - 'Going for Growth’ - which sets out its strategic priorities for the next five years, covering welfare, environmental impacts, production efficiency, traceability and marketing.

On Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea, the latest report from the US indicates that the total number of farm samples that have tested positive for the PED virus now stands at 6,461, with 30 states thought to be affected, according to the most recent report.

Canada is continuing to fight the PED virus using enhanced biosecurity.

A similar virus, Porcine Delta Corona virus (PDCoV) has now been detected on a total of 142 pig farms in 14 US states.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Heat Lamp Versus Heat Mat as Localised Heat Source in Pig Farrowing Crates
Research at Iowa State University reveals that savings can be made on heating costs by using heat mats rather than heat lamps for piglets in the farrowing room. Heating system did not affect piglet mortality or performance.

Concentrations of Digestible, Metabolisable and Net Energy in Soybean Meal Produced in Different Areas of the US and Fed to Pigs
Although the gross energy was the same for soybean meal from all the areas of the US tested, the concentrations of Digestible Energy, Metabolisable Energy and Net Energy were lower when they were sourced from the western states than from other areas, according to new research from the Hans H. Stein Monogastric Nutrition Laboratory.

Genetic Diversity of Haemophilus parasuis
New research by the University of Guelph in Canada and presented at the 33rd Centralia Swine Research Update in January 2014 sheds further light the pathogen most associated with Glässer’s disease.

Effects of Chromium-loaded Chitosan Nanoparticles on Growth and Pork Quality of Finishing Pigs
Feeding chromium in this form to fattening pigs had positive effects on growth, carcass characteristics and pork quality, and had benefits for lipid metabolism, according to this new Chinese work.

Levamisole Stimulates Immunity to E. coli in Weaned Pigs
New research from Croatia indicates that levamisole - a medication usually used for de-worming animals - can help prevent diarrhoea caused by enterotoxigenic E.coli in weaned piglets.

Company News

TOPIGS Starts in the United Kingdom
UK - TOPIGS has recently started to operate in the United Kingdom.
Genus Reports Strong Overall Global Growth
GLOBAL - In an interim report for the period since 1 January, Genus - which includes PIC and Génétiporc - reports that overall demand for its products and services grew faster than in the first half of the financial year, boosted by its acquisition of Génétiporc and strong growth in Asia.
Two Merit Awards for Novus at Best of NAMA
US - Novus International was recognized with two merit awards at the Best of NAMA in Jacksonville, Florida in April during the annual convention of the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA).
New Managing Director for TPI-Polytechniek
NETHERLANDS - After 18 years, Jeroen van der Heijden resigned as managing director of TPI-Polytechniek BV as of 1 January 2014.
Vostermans Introduces Full Line of Multifan Fans and Drives
NETHERLANDS - At VIV Europe 2014, Vostermans Ventilation introduces the complete line of Multifan Fiberglass Cone Fans, the Multifan V-FloFan and the Multifan Intelligent Fan Drive.
VAV Optimises Its Conveyor Chains Programme
NETHERLANDS - VAV is a Dutch distributor of spare parts for conveyor systems used in areas such as the feed mill industry, processing industry and dry bulk handling industry.
State-of-the-art Attapulgite Products Used in Animal Feeds
GREECE - Geohellas S.A. is a Greek technical clays company established to exploit the unique attapulgite deposits in Europe. Attapulgite is a rare magnesium aluminosilicate mineral with a very high water absorption capacity and is used for its anti-diarrheal actions in humans and animals.
Beat the Cold – Improve Productivity with Termotecnica Pericoli
ITALY - Termotecnica Pericoli is synonymous with heating and environment, climate management, so it is natural that when it comes to pig comfort during cold months, one looks to them for viable solutions, with their newly released new agriTERM with capacities, from 10kW to 100kW designed to suit your specific requirements.
Ceva's Vetrimoxin®LA: First Line Reference
FRANCE - Ceva is committed to promoting the responsible use of antibiotics by professionals, veterinarians and pharmacists who in turn work with farmers and owners of companion animals across the world.
Vo Joins Genesus as Marketing Representative in Viet Nam
VIET NAM - Genesus Inc. is pleased to announce that Meggie Vo has joined Genesus in Viet Nam as Marketing Representative. She is initially in charge of business development and client contact for the entire Country.
Mexico: Hog Markets
MEXICO - Dr Carlos Peralta, President and Dr R. Carlos Rodríguez, Vice President, Genesus Mexico, provide the latest update on the Mexican hog market.
Zoetis Conducts First Ever Shareholders Meeting
US - Zoetis Inc. marked another milestone in the company’s launch as an independent public company today, conducting its first-ever Annual Meeting of Shareholders.
Pork Commentary: US Pork Exports Remain Strong
US - Despite record high hog prices being reached in March, US pork exports in the first quarter (Jan – March) this year were more than 10 per cent higher than a year ago. Mexico (up 28 per cent), China (up 82 per cent), and South Korea (up 18 per cent), writes Jim Long.
World Pork Expo Seminars Provide Information, Insights
US - World Pork Expo is a hub of information for pork producers and related professionals, and at the forefront are more than a dozen free seminars scheduled for Wednesday, 4 June, and Thursday, 5 June.
Market Reports

China Wholesale Prices - 16 May 2014
Economic Report NAB Post-farmgate Agribusiness Survey - March Quarter 2014
USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook - 15 May 2014
UK March Agricultural Price Index - 15 May 2014
Irish CSO Reports: Agricultural Price Indices - March 2014
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 15 May 2014
Total Factor Productivity of the UK Agricultural Industry 2013 – 1st Estimate
China Wholesale Prices - 14 May 2014
USDA Feed Outlook - 13 May 2014

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

CME: Retail Meat Prices for April Reveal More New Records
Hog Outlook: Retail Pork Prices Record High in April
Two New Appointments at Perdue Foods
PEDv Causes Spike in Pork Prices in Oklahoma
Antibiotic Use in Livestock Explained to US Consumers
Hog Futures: June Lean Hogs Closed Down Thursday
Ag Economist Offers Insights to Latest US Farm Bill
Record First Quarter for Smithfield Foods
Hog Futures: Lean Hogs Closed Up Wednesday
Researchers Find New Gene Expression Mechanism of PRRS Virus
Kansas Reports First Detection of Porcine Delta Corona Virus
PED Update in US: Iowa Still Most-Affected State
Positive News about Demand for US Pork
US NFU Tells Livestock Committee Consumers Want Origin Labelling
PORK Academy Features Full Slate of Producer Seminars

   United Kingdom

Cranswick Reports Good Growth in Profits
Livestock, Pets Linked to Emergence of Zoonotic Diseases
DeviGainPG Awarded Best New Product at Pig Industry Event
AHVLA Reports Finisher Deaths Due to Septicaemic Pasteurellosis in March
New Record for UK Pork Exports
DAPP Improves to 164.01p; Base Price at 166p
Optimism and Belief in UK Pig, Poultry Sectors
NFU Asks Members to Report Breaches of Code of Practice
BRITISH PIG & POULTRY FAIR: Optimism in the Pig Industry
BRITISH PIG & POULTRY FAIR: Dealing with the Media


Talks Help Cook up Rebound in Pork Prices


New Biosecurity Plan Aims to Keep PED out of British Columbia
Researchers Examine Pig Behaviour to Assess Pain
Help for Ontario's Pork Producers
Exhibit Could Help Solve Lake Winnipeg's Environmental Issues
Canada-South Korea FTA to Restore Market Access for Canadian Pork
PED Changes Approach to Swine Manure Management
Biosecurity Key to Keeping Canadian Pig Farms Free of PED


Food, Agriculture Sustainable Business Principles Launched
US, EU Fight Antimicrobial Resistance Together
EU Grants Duty-free Quotas to Ukraine for Meat, Cereals


CReSA Awarded Porcine Circovirus Research Project


Government Subsidy for Indian Pig Sector
Nagaland Minister Call for Self Sufficiency in Meat Production

   European Union

EU Committee to Discuss Animal Welfare During Transportation
EU Pig Price Quotations Getting Nowhere
Study Identifies Needs of Young Farmers


Suspected African Swine Fever in Polish Wild Boar


Philippine Agri-fishery Performance up in Terms of Value


Potential of Insects as Sustainable Resource for Animal Feed


JBS Profits Hit by Taxes and Costs
Brazilian Pig and Poultry Promoted in South Korea
Brazilian Pork Exports Increased Almost 20 Per Cent in April

   Russian Federation

No Further Outbreaks of African Swine Fever in Russia


Denmark to Export Sausages to China
Solid Half-year for Danish Crown in Difficult Market

   New Zealand

Egg, Dairy Prices Push up NZ Food Prices in April


PigGas: Environmental Winner for Australian Pork Industry


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