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Monday 16th June 2014
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Pig Industry's Contribution to Global Greenhouse Gases

Livestock produce 7.1 giga-tonnes of greenhouse gases (GHG) per year, equivalent to 14.5 per cent of the total human-induced emissions, writes Chris Harris from the World Meat Congress, which is taking place in Beijing, China, this week.

However, a new programme from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, the Global Livestock Environment Assessment Model (GLEAM) could help livestock producers reduce the global footprint of production, Neil Fraser, chair of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock told the Congress.

The major causes of GHG emissions from the sector are from land use for feed, which accounts for 33 per cent of the total. Among livestock production, the beef and dairy sectors produce the most GHG emissions, while the poultry and pig sectors produce the least - just nine per cent (0.7 giga-tonnes) of the livestock CO2-equivalent emissions.

Also on environmental aspects of sustainability, Jamie Burr from Tyson Fresh Meats spoke to pork producers at the World Pork Expo recently about the Four Pillars of Sustainability initiative in the US and the future focus on producer accountability.

"We are addressing a changing market place where consumers are further removed from production agriculture and are increasingly concerned about where food comes from," said Mr Burr. "We need their trust. American producers are trying to take public trust to the next level. Sustainability is not something new to the pork industry."

Pork Checkoff has been focusing on The Four Pillars of Sustainability: carbon, water, air and land footprints.

Delegates at the World Meat Congress have also heard that animal welfare issues could become a new trade barrier following a landmark ruling by the World Trade Organization.

Speaking at the International Meat Secretariat Veal Committee meeting running up to the full congress at the week end, Jacques Servière, senior scientist at INRA and IMS Scientific Advisor said that there is a going public awareness of animal welfare issues in the production of meat.

"A large number of people are beginning to be interested in animal welfare," Dr Servière said, adding "Animal welfare should now be regarded as a new moral trade barrier."

Also on the subject of sustainability, farmers are seeing the value of switching to outcome measures to increase profitability as part of building on their sustainable farming practices.

"Farmers are business-focused – they are constantly looking for efficiencies that can increase their profitability and overall sustainability of their business. To do that, they need to identify aspects in their operation that can be improved," said Ruth Layton. She is Veterinary Director within the Sustainability Science Division of Benchmark Holdings plc – a sustainable food chain business with practical research farming operations in the UK and Brazil.

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Ceva Santé Animale Seeks to Bolster International Ambitions

FRANCE - The management of Ceva Santé Animale has announced a reshaping of its capital structure through a new round of financing, which strengthens its position as majority shareholder and welcomes new investors to support the group in a new phase of development.

The new capital structure paves the way to the entry of Temasek who will invest alongside the management as well as French and international financial investors, such as Euromezzanine and Sagard, historical partners of the group, and CDH Investments.

This transaction will support Ceva's ambition to become the first independent player within the top five global animal health companies by 2020.

Marc Prikazsky, Chairman & CEO of Ceva Santé Animale, with the support of the group's advisors (Lazard and Weil), has just closed the negotiations to set up the new round of financing of the group's 4th LBO.

The management retains the position of majority shareholders and has selected long term strategic partners eager to support the group's future growth.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Research Update: Enrichment Devices for Nursery and Grower-Finisher Pigs
The results of the latest tests by Ontario Veterinary College of a variety of pig toys in nursery and grower-finisher pens were presented at the 33rd Centralia Swine Research Update.

Growth Rate and Feed Intake of Purebred Berkshire Pigs Housed in Hoop Buildings in Iowa
Castrated male Berkshire pigs grew faster and consumed more feed but the gilts were more efficient at converting feed to gain in this research at Iowa State University investigating the growth patterns of this rare breed kept in simple housing in Iowa in summer and winter.

Plum Juice Concentrate as a Feed Additive for Pigs
Supplementing the diet with plum juice concentrate at up to three per cent had no significant effects on pig performance, carcass characteristics, pork quality or microbial shedding in trials at Auburn University.

Model of PRRS Virus Control Strategies on a Swine Farm in the US
Repeated mass application of a PRRS modified-live virus vaccine, together with herd closure or gilt acclimatisation, was the best policy to control porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS), according to a study using models at the University of California Davis.

Fate of Antimicrobials and Antimicrobial Resistance Genes in Simulated Swine Manure Storage
One resistance genes respond primarily to chlortetracycline and seemed to be lost when the parent tetracycline compound was degraded, while another resistance gene responded to a range of antimicrobials in manure but persisted after tylosin degraded, according to a new study from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Study of Pig Tracheal Epithelial Cells Infected with Swine Influenza Virus and/or Streptococcus suis
This Canadian study reveals that how a co-infection with the H1N1 flu virus can exacerbate respiratory disease caused by Strep suis.

Minimum Inhibitory Concentration and Minimum Bactericidal Concentration Results for Brachyspira Species: What is the Difference?
Selected antibiotics commonly used in pigs have bactericidal properties approximately double the MIC value, according to research by David Burch and others in the UK presented at The European Symposium on Porcine Health Management (ESPHM) 2014. They also establish the antimicrobial resistance - defined by different measures - of Brachyspira hyodysenteriae, the pathogen causing swine dysentery.

Company News

Biosecurity = Bioexclusion + Biomanagement + Biocontainment
CANADA - One component of the biosecurity formula is bioexclusion, according to Genesus. Bioexclusion, also known as external biosecurity, involves preventing the introduction of new diseases into a population from an outside source.
20 Years of Innovations Yield Big Gains in PRRS Control in Pigs Today
US - At World Pork Expo, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI, St. Joseph, MO) discussed the advancements made in combating PRRSV since the release of Ingelvac PRRS® MLV vaccine.
Novartis Introduces Florvio Concentrate Solution
US - Novartis Animal Health has introduced Florvio™ (florfenicol) 2.3 per cent Concentrate Solution for fast-acting and effective treatment of swine respiratory disease (SRD).
International Production & Processing Expo Grows Fast
US - Trade Show News Network (TSNN) has announced that the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is among the top 25 fastest-growing US trade shows in terms of net square footage.
Area Regional Control, Bioportal Data Help in Swine Disease Management
US - Many of the key lessons gained from area regional control (ARC) programme targeted at PRRS virus over the last six years are now being used to help producers manage, monitor and share information on other swine diseases, including porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) and influenza, says Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. (BIVI).
Feed Fungal Profiles May Be Impacted by Climate Change
GLOBAL - We appear to be facing shifts in mycotoxin patterns as the world experiences climate change, according to Dr Paula Kovalsky, Biomin Product Manager.
Novus Welcomes Summer Interns Around the World
US - The Novus internship programme kicked off last week with nearly 30 summer interns planned to join offices around the world, throughout the summer months.
New Boars Boost Slaughterweight
UK - Using higher quality boars is helping a Yorkshire farmer increase the slaughterweight of his finishing pigs by over 17 per cent while maintaining grading, thus improving returns without expanding his herd, according to ACMC.
Ceva Santé Animale Seeks to Bolster International Ambitions
FRANCE - The management of Ceva Santé Animale has reshaped its capital structure through a new round of financing, which strengthens its position as majority shareholder and welcomes new investors to support the group in a new phase of development.
WORLD PORK EXPO: Positive Producer Outlook
US - The 2014 World Pork Expo attracted nearly 20,000 pork producers and other professionals from 32 countries to Des Moines, Iowa, for the world’s largest pork-specific trade show.
Danisco Presented Advanced Solutions to Pork Industry Issues at World Pork Expo
US - Danisco Animal Nutrition, a business division of DuPont Industrial Biosciences, showcased advanced phytase and natural betaine solutions at the World Pork Expo, which may help pig producers deal with various issues.
Market Reports

AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 12 June 2014
USDA WASDE - 11 June 2014
BPEX Export Bulletin – Week 23
China Wholesale Prices - 11 June 2014
Irish CSO Reports: Agricultural Price Indices - April 2014

Global Pig Industry News


WORLD MEAT CONGRESS: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Livestock
WORLD MEAT CONGRESS: Animal Welfare to be New Moral Trade Barrier
China Reports Slight Dip in Pork Prices
Partnership Formed Between COFCO Meat, Consortium of Investors

   United States

Oklahoma Reports First Positive Result for Porcine Delta Corona Virus
US Industry Investigates Collection of Pig Health Surveillance Data
Hog Outlook: Strong Demand also Driving Record Hog, Pork Prices
Hog Futures: August Lean Hogs Closed up Thursday
NPPC Wants Full Market Access Offer from Japan
Hog Futures: August Lean Hogs Closed up Wednesday
Council Calls on Japan to Alter Position on Trans Pacific Partnership
More Details on PED Reporting Requirements in US
Hog Futures: August Lean Hogs Closed Down Tuesday
NFU Calls for Department of Justice to Block Tyson’s Buyout of Hillshire
Call for US Govt Action to Avoid Retaliatory Trade Response to M-COOL
WORLD PORK EXPO: What’s the Pork Checkoff Up To?
US Pig Vehicle Drivers Gain Exemption from Break Rule
Wyckoff's Weekly Hog Outlook: Solidly Higher Prices Across Markets
Tyson Moves Ahead with Takeover as Pilgrim’s Pride Pulls Out
Hog Futures: August Lean Hogs Closed up Monday
Mississippi Scientist Studies Pig Aggression
Accurate Information on PED Key to Protecting US Markets for Pork
Cargill Moves to Group Housing for Company’s Sows
Where is Pork Export Market Heading?
US Breeding Farms Count Cost of Group Housing Sows
Choice Genetics USA Files Plan of Reorganisation to Exit Chapter 11
Pork Commentary: World Pork Expo Report - Part 1


Necrotis Enteritis Detected in Piglets in Rogaland


Schools Agriculture Programme Supported by Australian Pork Industry
Australian Scientists Preparing for Deadly Pig Virus

   European Union

EU Agriculture, Fisheries Committee Meets This Week
35th Anniversary for EU Food Safety Alert System
European Vector Disease Database Underway
Nutreco Halts Iberian Feed, Pork Divestment
EU Pig Prices Witness Brisk Demand


India's National Bank Reduces Rates by 20 Basis Points
Indian President Commits to More Govt Investment in Agriculture

   New Zealand

System Turning Manure into Drinking Water Awarded New Zealand Patent
New Zealand's Pig Sector Stable

   United Kingdom

Better Demand Despite Tough Retail Trading
Top Scores in UK Animal Health Certificate Exams Rewarded
UK Pig Association to Play Leading Role in PED Contingency Planning
BPEX Category Report Published


US, Canadian Pork Industry Officials Discuss M-COOL
at Expo

Animal Feed in Europe: Key to Performance, Health and Welfare
Data Dilemma: Charting the Progress on Antimicrobials
Outcome Measures Drive Producer Profitability, Sustainable Practices


Canada's First Stainless Steel Electronic Sow
Feeding System

Canadian Minister to Discuss Pork Trade with China
Opportunity for Pork Producers to Communicate with Public
Agri Teaching in Canadian Classrooms Receives More Funds

   Russian Federation

Russian Pig Meat Output Up 17 Per Cent
FMD NEWS: FMD Outbreaks in Russia Affect Cattle, Pigs
Russia: Hog Market


Spanish Scientists Seek Haemophilus parasuis Virulence Factors
Secret of the Pig's Immune System Revealed by Spanish Study


PED Outbreaks Across Colombia Affect Backyard, Commercial Farms


Ministry in Japan Announces Measures Against Pig Epidemic


Trade Suspected of Bringing Pig Diseases to Croatia


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