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Monday 14th July 2014
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
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Pig Health and Welfare in This Age of Communication

A new mobile application is successfully supporting Uganda's veterinary technicians and its wider use is being encouraged in other rural areas.

The EMPRES-i Event Mobile Application (EMA) allows national veterinary authorities to use smartphones to report disease outbreaks, according to FAO.

The app was tested last year in a pilot in Uganda and participants confirmed the benefits of the surveillance of animal disease, and urged that it should be expanded across the country. FAO is encouraging other countries to use the app to improve disease reporting in the field as mobile phone coverage is often more reliable than the internet in rural areas of Africa.

Previously, one of the biggest challenges faced by Ugandan veterinary authorities in the surveillance and control of animal diseases was the timely reporting of data. The EMA allows veterinary technicians to enter key epidemiological data into a global database directly from the field using their smartphones. The data, which is automatically geo-referenced, is collected in a report which, after verification, can be published on the EMPRES-i public web site, or maintained in the internal database.

The app also allows users direct access to the database. It provides a mapping functionality, called 'near me', which generates data on disease outbreaks in the user's area.

A free online course that offers people the chance to learn more about the ethics and science of animal welfare begins today (14 July).

The five-week course from the University of Edinburgh and Scotland’s Rural College is designed for people with no previous knowledge of veterinary medicine or animal science. More than 23,000 people from 152 countries signed up for this Massive Open Online Course.

India is preoted to be launching a dedicated television channel - Kisan TV - for farmers soon, with real-time information on new farming techniques, water conservation, farming etc.

Also on pig health, the latest report on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea from the United States shows that the rate of increase in positive cases continues to decline; there were 7,603 positive swine accessions in 30 states in the latest report. Porcine Delta Coronavirus has been detected on 325 farms in 15 states.

While stopping short of a ban, new restrictions are to be put into place in the European Union on the import of live pigs from countries with PED.

Four new outbreaks of African Swine Fever have been reported in Poland and Latvia; one of the Latvian outbreaks involved domestic pigs. Latvia has also reported two new outbreaks of Classical Swine Fever.

Following industry consultation, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in England looks likely to pursue its proposal to consolidate legislation for the control an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF), Classical Swine Fever (CSF) or Swine Vesicular Disease (SVD) in Great Britain into a single piece of legislation.




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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Iowa State University Research Sheds Light on Feed Efficiency in Pigs
Research conducted at Iowa State University is dispelling myths about the practice of breeding pigs to improve feed efficiency, a measurement of how well swine convert the feed they consume into mass.

Controlling Rats in Piggeries
Rodent control using appropriate methods will help promote pig herd health and reduce loss of feed, according to the Western Australian Government.

Will Attended Farrowings Help Increase Your Bottom Line?
Suervised farrowings improve production numbers either by increasing the number of piglets born alive or allowing for improved colostrum intake by piglets, reports Beth Ferry, Extension Educator with Michigan State University in 'MSU Pork Quarterly'.

Immunological Castration and Ethanol Co-products Studied to Improve Pork Production
A report of research at the University of Minnesota into the effects of immunological castration and DDGS on the performance, carcass yield and meat quality of male pigs.

Mucosal Bacteria Associated with Periods of Reduced and Compensatory Growth in Pigs
The bacterial population in the pig's gut was affected more by time post-weaning than by the protein quality in the nursery diet, according to research at the University of Guelph presented at the Centralia Swine Research Update 2014.

Planting for Hope Midsummer Update: New Piglets Arrive and Plenty of Rain
Apollo Saku is a farmer, agricultural academic and project leader for Planting for Hope Uganda, a sustainable wealth-creation programme aimed at empowering rural communities through farming and cooperative schemes.

Company News

AI, IUI or DIUI: Which One is Right for My Farm?
US - An artificial insemination (AI) device could give you a 5,000-per cent Return on Investment (ROI), according to Absolute Swine Insemination Company (ASIC).
Topigs Forms Joint Venture with Ruibang
CHINA - Ruibang, a private Chinese company in Hebei province and TOPIGS China have agreed to a strategic joint venture.
Market Reports

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Global Pig Industry News

   European Union

New PED Restrictions on Live Pig Imports to EU
European Pig Meat Output Recovers after Sow Stalls Ban
Organic Farming on EU Agriculture Committee Agenda
EU Feed Production Slightly Higher in 2013
EU Pig Meat Production Starting to Pick Up Slowly
Welfare Campaigners Highlight Illegal Pig Farming in EU
EU Pig Prices: Inconsistent Situation Throughout Europe
EU Expects Meat Consumption to Rise

   United Kingdom

UK Government Moves Ahead on Pig Disease Control Rules
Free Online Course Offered on Animal Welfare
UK Pig Prices: Currency Changes Likely to Impact Spot Price

   Poland

Four Outbreaks of African Swine Fever in Polish Wild Boar
African Swine Fever Found in Wild Boar in Poland

   United States

Hog Outlook: Record High Base Prices for Barrows and Gilts
US Grain Prices Drop - Corn Creeps Back into Feed Rations?
Antibiotic Resistance Monitoring Subject of Public Meeting
Bob Evans Farms Hit by Weather, Sow Prices
PEDV FA Substrate Slide Now Available
Hog Futures: Lean Hogs Closed Down on Thursday
PED-Positive Farm Samples in US: 7,603
US Pig Farm Samples Positive for Porcine Delta Corona Virus: 325
Hog Futures: Lean Hogs Closed Down on Wednesday
Groups Want ‘Notice, Comment Period’ on Water Rule
Hog Futures: Lean Hogs Closed Down on Tuesday
USDA Quarterly Report Offers Bright Outlook for Pork Sector
Marketing and the Ethics of Big Food
Reduced Hog Slaughter, Higher Pork Demand Expected to Buoy up Live Hog Prices
Wyckoff's Weekly Hog Outlook: Hog Futures Higher on Monday
For US Pork Export News, Key is Value
Hog Futures: Lean Hogs Closed Up on Monday
US Pork Export Value 15 Nine Per Cent Higher in 2014 Than Year Ago
Pork Commentary: Bullish Results Hogs and Pigs Report

   Canada

Webinar on Biosecurity for PED Control
Transition to Mandatory Pig Movement Reporting Going Smoothly
Alberta Barn Fire Kills 4,200 Pigs

   Belgium

Belgium's Veterinary Sector Reduces Antibiotic Use

   Spain

Sow Lifetime Performance Now Figures in Prestigious Golden Pig Award

   India

India Soon to Launch TV Channel for Farmers
Indian Grain, Oilseeds Output Estimate 264.4MT in 2013-14
Agri Exports in India up 5.1 Per Cent in 2013-14
Oilseed Meal Exports from India Down

   Global

Leading Pig Welfare Researchers Receive Awards
Swine Manure Applicator Survey Results to be Released
China Hog Markets

   Moldova

EU Animal Health Certificates Accepted in Moldova

   Ireland

2013 a Difficult Year for Ireland's Pig Sector

   Latvia

Latvia Reports Four New African Swine Fever Cases
More Classical Swine Fever Detected in Latvia

   Russian Federation

Russia's Four-month Pork Production Approaches Record

   Uganda

Wider Use of Mobile Animal Health App Urged in Other Countries

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