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Monday 7th July 2014
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
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How to Cut Pig Feeding Costs, New Approach to Animal Welfare

Want to save on feeding costs? (Who doesn't?) The answer may lie in precision feeding - meeting the exact nutrient requirements of sows and finishers through bespoke feed rations.

This was the focus of two keynote speakers at the recent BPEX Innovation Conference., who cited key benefits of lowering feed costs per pig, as well as a reduction in labour intensity and less feed wastage. As a result, overall feed savings of up to 10 per cent were identified, although the systems demand significant initial investment.

Dr Francoise Wemelsfelder, animal behaviourist and welfare scientist at Scotland's Rural College, has developed new scientific approaches to the study of animals as whole beings, bringing insights from philosophy of mind and social psychology and anthropology into the study of animal emotion.

Also in the UK, the prospects for food and farming in the United Kingdom, are promising with export markets opening up and global demand for food rising.

This was the core message from junior agriculture minister, George Eustice, at the opening of the Livestock Event in Birmingham last week.

Mr Eustice said that with a rising global population demand for food is expected to increase by 60 per cent by 2050. For the UK, recently new markets for beef had been opened in Japan, and the market for pig meat exports to China had recently opened.

The European Union has called on the World Trade Organization to rule over a dispute concerning the Russian ban on imports of pigs and their genetic material, fresh pork and certain other pig products from the EU.

The products have been banned by Russian because of a limited number of cases of African Swine Fever (ASF) in certain areas of Lithuania and Poland, close to the border with Belarus.

In the last week, Russia has reported three outbreaks of ASF in domestic pigs - two in small village herds and another in a commercial herd, involving a total of more than 23,400 animals. Three wild boar have also tested positive for the ASF virus in a second report within the last week. All these outbreaks are on the far west of the country.

Latvia has reported that more wild boar have tested positive for the ASF virus, all of them in the east of the country, in counties that have reported previous outbreaks.

There has been an outbreak of foot and month disease in pigs from a small herd in Jiangsu province in eastern China.

And finally, on porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED), the number of US farm samples testing positive for the virus has broken through the 7,500-barrier in the last week but the trend in new positive results continues downwards. In Mexico, Genesus reports that the number of new PED outbreaks has "diminished dramatically".

An increase in the FAO Food Price Index for meat in the last month has been attributed to short supplies as a result of losses of pigs from PED in several countries.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Group Sow Housing: Decisions to Consider
Ronald O. Bates (State Swine Specialist at Michigan State University) and Beth Ferry (Extension Educator) address some of the decisions pork producers face when considering the change from individual stalls to housing sows in groups.

New Class of Deworming Agent for Pigs
A team of USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists has demonstrated that when a bacteria-derived protein was fed to worm-infected pigs, the infection was nearly completely eliminated.

Sensory Characteristics of Loins from Pigs Divergently Selected for Residual Feed Intake and Fed Diets Differing in Energy
Line and diet had minimal effects on sensory characteristics, according to Emily Arkfeld of Iowa State University and co-authors.

Looking for Ways to Get Relief from PED
An overview of porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) by Maja Marien and Tim Goossens, Business Development Managers Digestive Performance of Nutriad International, who also report an experiment whose results demonstrate that ADIMIX 30 Coated is able to deliver butyrate to the areas most affected by PED.

Heat Stress in Pigs
Pigs are much more sensitive to heat than other animals so during periods of hot weather it is important to look at ways to reduce heat stress. This report, from the Department of Agriculture and Food of the Government of Western Australia, contains a warning from an American study and outlines what steps you can take to minimise heat stress in pigs.

Maternal Immunity Enhances Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae Vaccination-induced Cell-mediated Immune Responses in Piglets
Immunity from the sow does not interfere with the piglet's own response to Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae - the cause of enzootic pneumonia - following vaccination, according to new research form the University of Minnesota.

Company News

First Exome Sequence Completed in Pigs
GLOBAL - PIC, a division of Genus plc, in collaboration with Edinburgh Genomics and The Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh, UK, announced today that they have been the first to complete exome sequencing in pigs.
CEVA's CEO Says 2013 Was Fulfilling Year
FRANCE - Global veterinary health company, Ceva Sante Animale, which completed its fourth LBO deal on 30 June, published its annual report on the same day. The company's CEO describes 2013 as a "fulfilling year" and warns that 2014 may not be easy.
Brazil Exports Less Pork in 2014 But Value up 12 Per Cent
BRAZIL - For the first six months of 2014, pork export values are up significantly despite lower volumes.
Kick Salmonella off Your Premises
BELGIUM - Clean footware and clean hands are the best ways to keep Salmonella off your farm, says CID Lines.
Analysis of Absolute’s AMG Pipette Trial
US - In a trial comparing it with a US standard AI catheter Absolute Swine's AMG insemination pipette produced higher conception and farrowing rates and more pigs born in total and alive as well as saving labour, according to Laura Greiner of Carthage Veterinary Service.
Novus 2014 Food Drive Offers Local Children Freedom from Summer Hunger
US - Novus International has honoured the generosity of itsr employees by matching donations to the St. Louis Area Foodbank. The company’s matching funds bring the 2014 Food and Funds Drive total to $15,000.
Timely Tip on Fly Control on Pig Farms
UK - Besides being unpleasant to work with, flies are a known vector of important pig diseases, including PCV2, PRRS, streptococci and E.coli, says ACMC veterinary consultant, Paul Thompson.
Honouring Pig Caregivers Nominations: Deadline Extended
US - Zoetis has announced that nominations for the Honoring Caregivers award are being accepted until Monday 7 July 2014 — a one-week extension from the previous deadline.

Global Pig Industry News


FMD Outbreak in Pigs in Eastern China
China Nearly Self-sufficient in Animal Vaccines
China's June CPI Growth to Remain Flat


Consider the Whole Animal in Welfare, Says Scientist
Harmonisation of Vet Product Registration Gains Momentum
Growing Market for Global Animal Feed Additives
FAO Meat Price Index Rises on Short Supplies Due to PED
Pig Parasites Among FAO's Top Ten List of Human Concerns
Pork Producers Urged to Take Advantage of Warmer Weather to Improve Biosecurity
EU Asks WTO to Rule on Russian Pork Import Restrictions

   United Kingdom

Benefits of Precision Feeding Explored at Innovation Conference
UK Pig Industry Award Nominations Still Open
Pig Farming Basics in Lithuanian, Russian, Romanian, Polish
Memorial Service Arranged for UK Livestock Industry Supporter
UK's Female Farmers: Vital to Future of Farming
Progress on PED Diagnosis Presented
UK Agency Scheme Recognises Compliant Feed Companies
Defra-Approved Disinfectant: When and How to Use it
Changes and Opportunities at BPEX
UK Pig Prices: Spot, DAPP Higher Than Last Week
UK Leads the Way on Global Awareness of Antibiotic Resistance
UK Farming Minister Welcomes Increased Exports
Pig Industry Scholarship Doubles Intake
ForFarmers Expands in UK with Acquisition of Wheyfeed
Antibiotic Review Should Include Animal Health, Say UK Vets
Standard Pig Price Launches in UK
East Anglia Reports First Swine Dysentery Cases for Two Years
Value of Knowledge, Data Explored at BPEX Innovations Event


Canada's Pig Welfare Chair on Tour
PED Shows Need for National Approach to Animal Disease Control
Sask Pork Producers Prepare for Mandatory Movement Reporting
Canada: Hog Market


New Investment in Jamaican Pig Sector

   Russian Federation

Investigation Reveals Violations of African Swine Fever Controls
Russia Considers Future for Canadian, Brazilian Pork
Russia Reports African Swine Fever in Three Wild Boar
Russian African Swine Fever Outbreaks Affect Farmed, Backyard Pigs
Russia Reports African Swine Fever in Wild Boar, Domestic Pig


Malaysia Steps up Measures to Control Japanese Encephalitis
Disease Fears Lead to Ban on Pig Rearing in Malaysian State
Pig Farmers, Penang Govt Urged to Collaborate Against Japanese Encephalitis

   United States

PED-Positive Farm Samples in US: 7,522
Hog Outlook: Prices Move Upwards Following Inventory Publication
US Pig Farm Samples Positive for Porcine Delta Corona Virus: 318
PED Hits US Pig Numbers, Output But Solid Growth Forecast
June Quarterly 'Hogs & Pigs' Report Analysis
Tyson Foods, Hillshire Brands Agree to Merger
Hog Futures: August Lean Hogs Closed Down Wednesday
Concerns as Antibiotic Resistance Grows in Some Foodborne Pathogens
Let’s Keep COOL on Independence Day, Says Farmers Union
Continued Record Live Hog Prices Expected During Third Quarter
Retail Pork Prices Still Rising; Relief Expected in Fall, Says Economist
Hog Futures: August Lean Hogs Closed Down Tuesday
Iowa Remains Top US Pig State But Numbers Fall
Market Responds to Bullish Hogs and Pigs Report
FDA Reports Full Industry Engagement over Judicious Antibiotic Use
Pork Commentary: Bullish Hogs and Pigs Report

   South Korea

US Initiates Discussion on Pig Welfare, Sustainability in South Korea


Three Outbreaks of African Swine Fever in Latvian Wild Boar
Classical Swine Fever Found in Latvian Wild Boar, Farmed Pigs

   New Zealand

Demonstrators Target NZ Pork Board over Pig Cruelty
Further Serious Welfare Issues Alleged at New Zealand Pig Farm


Retailers Permitted to Source Products Directly from Farmers

   European Union

Tail-docking on EU Agenda This Week
EU Pig Prices: Scarce Supply Boosts Prices, Quotations Rising


Emalyn Loudon Wins Award to Study Pig Welfare in Europe


New Polish Subsidiary for EW Nutrition


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