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Tuesday 27th May 2014.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

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Europe Feels the "Pig Disease Squeeze"

For three days last week, many of those involved in the European pig industry were in the Dutch city of Utrecht for the VIV Europe 2014 trade show, from where the editors posted a number of reports.

A veterinarian from Russia expressed the view that Europe had been reluctant to act over the threat of African swine fever from its eastern borders.

Speaking at a seminar during VIV Europe, Aleksey Alekseenko from the Russian veterinary organisation Rosselkhoznador said Russia had warned the European Commission of the danger of the spread of the disease through the wild boar population before the outbreaks occurred in Poland and Lithuania.

However, he said that Europe had need taken heed of the warnings and put in place measures to prevent the possible spread.

A new report on the issue of tail-biting in pigs, its prevention and tail docking was published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) last week.

Addressing tail biting will help to reduce the need for tail docking, EFSA says, adding that it has identified a number of key relationships regarding risk factors, welfare consequences and suitable animal and non-animal based indicators.

Taking a global view, the United Nations launched six Food and Agriculture Business Principles this week, designed to help agricultural communities in underdeveloped and developing regions, in particular, produce food sustainably. While receiving general support, these new principles are not the panacea that many global leaders had hoped.

An analysis of the proposals from the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands points to some fundamental and elementary flaws and concerns in the way the principles have been presented and how these principles can be adopted by farming communities and implemented effectively.

And finally, on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED), there are signs of a continued slow-down in the United States in terms of PED-positive farm and pig samples. Mexico has now reported a total of 83 PED outbreaks to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

For the related disease, Porcine Delta Corona Virus (PDCoV; also known a Swine Delta Corona virus, SDCv), 40 pig farm samples (termed "swine accessions") have tested positive for the virus in the most recent report, bringing the cumulative total to 185 in 14 states. The virus has also been reported for the first time in the Canadian province of Alberta.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Antibiotics in Livestock and Poultry Production
Developed by the American Meat Institute (AMI) to improve the accuracy of reporting on the issue of antibiotic use in livestock and poultry production, these Top Ten tips help to clarify some of the myths and misconceptions for everyone involved in these sectors.

Performance of Evaporative Cooling Pads on a Swine Farm in Central Iowa
This study by Iowa State University found that evaporative cooling pads on a commercial breeding/gestation/farrowing facility in central Iowa showed good performance.

Aetiological Diagnosis of Diarrhoea in Neonatal Piglets in Ontario Between 2001 and 2010
Clostridium difficile appears to be an emerging pathogen, while E.coli (ETEC) and rotavirus remain causes of concern in cases of diarrhoea in young piglets in Ontario, according to University of Guelph researchers speaking at the 33rd Centralia Swine Research Update in January 2014.

Scientific Opinion: Multifactorial Approach on Measures to Assess Welfare of Pigs
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published its latest advice on tail-docking of pigs following a scientific review on tail-biting and sets out nine recommendations on the issue.

Porcine Circovirus: A Historical Perspective
A review of covering our growing understanding of Post-weaning Multi-systemic Wasting Syndrome (PMWS) in pigs and the involvement of porcine circovoruses by Professor Ellis from the University of Sakatchewan.

Evaluation of Nasal Microbiota in Slaughter-age Pigs and Impacts on MRSA
University of Guelph researchers found that farm management (liquid versus dry feeding and antibiotic use) can influence the microorganisms present in the noses of pigs but they were unable to identify any effects on the carriage of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Potential of Defatted Microalgae from the Biofuel Industry as a Feed Ingredient in Pig and Poultry Diets
Defatted microalgal biomass, a by-product from biofuel production, has potential as a new and sustainable feed ingredient for pigs, laying hens and broilers, according to Cornell University researchers.

Pig Production Systems, Biosecurity Practices and Herd Health in the Philippines
Differences were found by researchers in terms of management and biosecurity practices between smallholders and the commercial pig sector in the Philippines. Agricultural supply stores provided herd health services to the majority of farmers.

Copra Meal, Palm Kernel Expellers or Palm Kernel Meal in Diets for Weaner Pigs
Pig performance between nine and 20kg was similar on a diet containing 15 per cent palm kernel meal as the maize-soybean meal control diet, according to new research at the University of Illinois. Pig performance may be reduced, however, for diets with palm kernel expeller or copra meal.

Company News

Hermitage Genetics Genomic Selection Programme
IRELAND - In recent months Hermitage Genetics has commenced working with Max Rothschild, a well know swine geneticist from Iowa State University and former US Swine Genome Coordinator, to help further advance their genetics programme by employing genomics in two new ways to further increase the rate of genetic progress.
Canada Hog Market
CANADA - The hog business as anyone who has been in it for any length time knows is a hard game. A game often of inches where the nickels and dimes matter because there has too often not been much else, writes Bob Fraser – Sales & Service, Genesus Ontario.
Hermitage Genetics Establishes Pig Nucleus Production Centre in Russia
RUSSIA - The new Hermitage Genetics Russian production centre in the Vologda region – Sloboda Nucleus Farm - took delivery of the first batch of high health status breeding stock from Ireland on the 31 October 2013.
Maternal Line Purebred Sows in Hermitage Genetics Breeding Pyramid
A recent analysis of Hermitage Genetics PigBLUP Exchange database demonstrated the exceptional reproductive performance being achieved using Hermitage purebred maternal lines.
Danisco Strengthens Worldwide Team in Line with Growing Demand for Healthy Nutrition Solutions
UK - Danisco Animal Nutrition, a business subsidiary of DuPont Industrial Biociences, has announced a number of key global and local hires to support customer demand for its nutrition-led animal health solutions.
Pork Commentary: Calm Before the Storm
CANADA - US cash hog prices have been tracking lower over the last few weeks, writes Jim Long.
Danisco Animal Nutrition Launches New Value-Add Services
GLOBAL - Danisco Animal Nutrition, a business division of DuPont Industrial Biosciences, has announced the global launch of two exclusive, value-add services for customers.
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Global Pig Industry News

   United Kingdom

Public-Private Research Partnership for Sustainable Agriculture
Traffic Lights Spot Base: 167p
Evaluating Changes to Official Controls in Pig Slaughterhouses
National Pig Association Appoints Chief Executive
UK Farming Union Presidents Issue Joint Call-to-arms
Brown Appointed New BAFSAM Secretary General
BPEX Update on Swine Dysentery Case in East Anglia

   Russian Federation

Further Foot and Mouth Outbreaks Reported in Russia
African Swine Fever Outbreak Affects More Wild Boars


VIV EUROPE: Netherlands Cuts Antibiotic Use in Livestock
VIV EUROPE - Russian Vet Accuses Europe of Intransigence over African Swine Fever
VIV EUROPE: Opening Ceremony Sets the Scene for Trade Show
VIV EUROPE: 16,000 Visitors over Two Days

   Korea, South

Ebbs and Flows in South Korean Pork Market


M-COOL Discussed During NAFTA Agriculture Ministers Conference
Multiple Options Available for Environmental Enrichment
Swine Delta Coronavirus Now Reportable Disease in Alberta
Pork Industry Stakeholders Seek Options for Continued CSHB Operation

   United States

PED Update in US: Weekly Decline in Positive Farms, Samples Continues
Hog Futures: Hogs Closed Down on Thursday
Pig Breed Serves as Ideal Model for Human Obesity Research
Conference on Agricultural Waste and Environmental Quality Seeks Input
Forty More Pig Farm Samples Positive for Porcine Delta Corona Virus
Hog Futures: Lean Hogs Closed Up on Wednesday
Raw Material Costs Signal Warning to Hormel Despite Good Earnings
House, Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees Mark up Legislation
Hog Futures: June Lean Hogs Closed Down Tuesday
Hog Futures: June Lean Hogs Closed up Monday
NFU Continues Legal Defence of COOL
Wyckoff's Weekly Hog Outlook: Prices Continue Downward Trend
Is PEDV Really Impacting Slaughter Numbers?

   European Union

New Advice on Tail-Biting and Its Prevention in Pigs for Europe


Mexico Reports 83 Outbreak of PEDv to OIE


Canadian Minister Repeats Call for End of Country of Origin Discrimination
Global Freshwater Conservation Gains Momentum Among UN Countries
How Valuable are UN’s Food and Agriculture Business Principles?
Agricultural Cooperation Between China, Tajikistan under Discussion


Chinese Farm Produce Prices Pick Up


Charoen Pokphand Food to Stumble in Next Two Quarters


JBS Foods to Go Public


Japan Govt Mulls Tariff-funded Subsidies for Pork Industry


Irish Farmers Praised for Caring for Animals on Year-round Basis


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