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Monday 9th June 2014.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
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No. 1 Topic at World Pork Expo: PED

Many of the formal seminars as well as informal discussions at the World Pork Expo last week made at least mention of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED), which has been raging in the US for more than a year, causing losses estimated at seven million pigs and still counting.

If it were not for relatively low feed prices and strong pig prices - resulting from a combination of the prospect of a supply shortage and growing exports - the US pork industry would be in serious trouble.

The biggest news story from the Expo was the announcement by US Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, that reporting of PED and porcine deltacoronavirus is to be mandatory. He also announced funds of over US$26.2 million to combat these diseases.

President of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), Dr Howard Hill, has stressed that, despite reduced hog numbers resulting from PED, there will be ample supplies of pork this summer.

At a conference entitled 'PEDv is Speaking: Are We Listening?' Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. invited leading pig veterinarians, researchers and disease pathologists to provide an update on PED, recent industry collaborations, research efforts, diagnostic and management tools and field observations on the impact of the disease in Midwest production systems.

Three concepts - choice, transparency and integrity - distinguish the relationship that US pork producers have with their customers, Dallas Hockman, vice president of industry relations for the NPPC, told a press conference at the World Pork Expo. He added that producers have always had a good relationship with meat buyers in the US but the effort now is to engage the top level corporate managers in the retail and food service industries.

Looking beyond the national borders, Dr Hayes of Iowa State University expressed his optimism about US pork export opportunities at another Expo event.

Clearly dedicated to educating others about pork production, Jon Hoek (Vice President of Pig Production, Belstra Milling Company) spoke at the Expo about The Pig Adventure, a working pig farm and agro-tourism destination in Fair Oaks, Indiana.

Also announced officially at World Pork Expo was a merger of two pig genetics companies. TOPIGS International and Norsvin International AS have merged their international activities to form a new company, Topigs Norsvin.


MSD Animal Health to Host Symposium on Emerging Diseases at IPVS Congress

MEXICO - MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the USA and Canada) will host a symposium, 'Emerging Diseases: Learning from the Past to Prepare for the Future', during the 23rd International Pig Veterinary Society Congress in Cancun.

The symposium will be held on Tuesday, June 10 from 4:30 to 6:00p.m. in Room G of the Moon Palace Arena.

"Diseases such as porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) and porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) are expanding to new geographical areas and imposing significant costs on pig producers," said Narciso Bento, Global Swine Business, MSD Animal Health. "We are proud to partner with leading experts to offer this symposium at the 23rd International Pig Veterinary Society Congress, which will provide producers with important information to help them manage and prevent outbreaks."

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Emergence of Mucohaemorrhagic Diarrhoea Associated with 'B. Hampsonii' in Western Canada
'B. hampsonii' was detected on only a few western Canadian pig farms but it was more commonly diagnosed there than B. hyodysenteriae, University of Saskatchewan researchers told the 33rd Centralia Swine Research Update in January 2014.

Effect of Dietary Changes on Manure Nutrient Content and Value
Iowa State University swine field specialists describe a model that better evaluates pig feeding programmes by including the fertiliser value of the manure.

Vaccination Influences the Evolution of Classical Swine Fever Virus
A study from China indicates suggests that excessive use of attenuated vaccines against classical swine fever should be avoided.

Effect of Birth Weight and Age at Tail Docking and Ear Notching on Behaviour and Physiological Responses of Piglets
Results from this Canadian study suggest that it is better to postpone tail-docking and ear-notching of low-birthweight piglets until the third day of life than on day 1.

Effects of Transport Time and Location within the Truck on Bruises and Meat Quality of Pigs
A Canadian study indicates that the adverse effects of prolonged transport and low temperatures on meat quality can be aggravated by the location of the pig in the transport vehicle. Skin bruises were more prevalent in the winter than the summer.

Effect of New Neonatal Porcine Diarrhoea Syndrome on Daily Gain and Mortality in Four Danish Pig Herds
New research from Denmark indicates that New Neonatal Porcine Diarrhoea Syndrome (NNPDS) severely affects the well-being in piglets and reduced their growth rate if it lasted more than one day. However, it was not always associated with increased mortality.

Company News

Spain Hog Market
SPAIN - Despite the Russian border remaining closed to EU pork, the European market has not collapsed, writes Mercedes Vega from Genesus.
WORLD PORK EXPO: TOPIGS and Norsvin Merge to Form Topigs Norsvin
GLOBAL - TOPIGS International and Norsvin International AS have merged their international activities into a new company with the name Topigs Norsvin - the world’s most innovative swine genetics company, the new company says.
ACMC Tip: Extract More from Records
UK - Many pig producers who use computerised records get into the habit of looking at a standardised set of reports, says ACMC veterinary consultant Paul Thompson.
New Biomin Website Offers Fresh User Experience, Optimised for Mobility
GLOBAL - In an age of increased user mobility, the new Biomin website presents a fresh look with ease of navigation on all technology platforms — desktop and laptop computers, and mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.
Virocid Proven Effective against Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea Virus
US - Virocid® has proven effective against Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv) at 1:400 (1/3 oz per gallon) at an EPA-accredited lab, says CID Lines.
Pork Commentary: On The Way to World Pork Expo
US - As we write, we are on our annual pilgrimage to the World Pork Expo in Des Moines Iowa. Never missed it and we hope we never will!
Innovative Swine Health Solutions Focus of Boehringer Ingelheim IPVS Symposium 2014
MEXICO - Innovative swine health solutions to improve pig health and optimize pig production will be the key focus of the Boehringer Ingelheim IPVS Symposium 2014.
DuPont Virkon S Effective for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea Virus (PEDV)
US - DuPont Chemicals & Fluoroproducts has announced that leading farm biosecurity company Neogen can now offer swine producers a proven disinfectant for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea Virus (PEDV) – DuPont Virkon® S disinfectant.
Neogen Disinfectants Proven Effective Against Deadly Pig Virus
US - Neogen Corporation (Nasdaq: NEOG) has announced that independent laboratory results have shown two of its agricultural disinfectants are effective against the deadly porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv).
Recent Media Reports Re-visit Antibiotic Resistance
GLOBAL - A new report from Zoetis explores the latest developments on antibiotic use in livestock and poultry production.

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

WORLD PORK EXPO: US Pork Producers Must Report PEDv
WORLD PORK EXPO: New Tools, Strategies Discussed against PED Virus
WORLD PORK EXPO: China, Huge Export Possibility
WORLD PORK EXPO: Pig Adventures in Transparency
Tyson Wins Battle for Hillshire Brands
Hog Outlook: Pork Exports Up During April
US Agriculture Secretary Announces Mandatory Reporting of PED
OIE Recognises US Centre for Biological Threat Reduction
New Developments in Swine Disease Management
National Pork Board Elects New Officers
National Pork Board Outlines New Common Animal Welfare Audit
Hog Futures: Lean Hogs Closed Up on Thursday
US Pork Supplies Expected to be Ample Despite PED
Pork Checkoff Announces New Common Industry Audit Platform
Hog Futures: Lean Hogs Closed Up Wednesday
WORLD PORK EXPO: The Keys to Dealing with Customers
AgConnect Technology for Biosecurity on Show at World Pork Expo
World Pork Expo Steps Up Biosecurity to Guard Against PED
Agriculture Secretary to Speak at World Pork Expo
Hog Futures: Lean Hogs Closed Up on Tuesday
Jim Wyckoff's Weekly Hog, Cattle Futures Outlook
US M-COOL to be Discussed During World Pork Expo
Hog Prices Take Big Drop: What's Next?
Hog Slaughter Numbers Lowest Since July 2012; Weights Filling Gap
Hog Futures: Lean Hogs Closed Up on Monday

   United Kingdom

AHVLA Reports Clostridial Disease Causing Neonatal Enteritis in April 2014
Farmers, Growers Need Reliable Source of Water
New Panel to Advise on Animal Health and Welfare in Wales


Feed Amino Acids Market is Flourishing
FAO Food Price Index Falls for Second Consecutive Month


Significant Boost to Organic Pig Production in Denmark
No Easy Alternatives to Surgical Castration of Piglets
Rescue Plan for Slaughterhouse on Bornholm
Investigation Needed on the Effect of Glyphosate on Animal Health
Better Welfare for Danish Pigs – Naturally
Danish Crown Unable to Save 190 Jobs at Bornholm

   Russian Federation

More Cases of African Swine Fever Discovered
Further Foot and Mouth Cases in Eastern Russia
Drop in Value of Ruble Hits Cherkizovo’s Revenue


HKScan and Lantmännen Join Forces


Australian Drought Does Not Hinder Pork Consumption


Poland Confirms African Swine Fever in Four Wild Boar


Federal Funding Committed Under Growing Forward-2 For Swine Research


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