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Monday 21st July 2014.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
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Meeting Aims for More Responsible Use of Antibiotics

A framework for replacement, reduction and refinement needs to be established for the responsible use of antimicrobials along the supply chain. Furthermore, the measures that should be implemented by vets, farmers, producers, retailers and the pharmaceutical industry need to be communicated to consumers.

These are the main findings of a recent top-level roundtable, Antimicrobials – Who Needs Them?, chaired by the Food Animal Initiative (FAI) together with the pharmaceutical company, Ceva.

The roundtable agreed a path establishing new and standardised measures for antibiotic use that can be implemented at producer level and that can also make changes in the way antibiotics are used at both national and regional levels.

Concern is rising over the spread of African swine fever in Europe as new cases this month have been found in wild boar in both Poland and Latvia.

At the same time, the disease is continuing to spread in Russia with new cases reported by the country's veterinary authority, Rosselkhoznador, in domestic pigs in Voronezh, Smolensk and Pskov and in wild boar in Pskov and Novgorod.

Traces of the virus have been discovered recently in meat samples at a processing plant in Velikoluksky.

At a recent meeting of the animal health committee of the World Trade Organization, Russian representatives kept up the pressure on the EU, saying that Europe had repeatedly failed to heed the warnings from Russia and Belarus over the spread of the disease.

European Commission told the committee that the EU had complete and effective control measures in place and blamed Russia for the spread of the disease in Russia and Belarus.

Last week, the veterinary authority in Poland reported that six more wild boar had tested positive for the African swine fever virus being found dead in Podlaskie, the same region as previous cases.

And finally, on porcine epidemic diarrhoea, the number of virus-positive farm samples in the United States has risen to 7,719 in the most recent report, with 15 states affected. No outbreaks have been reported in Canada since mid-June.

The disease is still spreading in Japan, however, where the loss of more than 340,000 pigs from the disease since October 2013 is reported to be behind rising domestic pork prices and increasing imports, even from the US.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Frequently Asked Questions on Hormones in Meat and Milk
Germany's Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) answers some frequently asked questions on the possibility of human health risks from hormones in meat and milk.

Investigation of Translactational Analgesia for Reducing Piglet Pain at Castration
Experiments at the Prairie Swine Centre presented at the Centralia Swine Research Update 2014 indicate that the level of Metacam transferred to piglets in milk is unlikely to reduce pain following castration.

Effects of Antibiotic Growth Promoters in Simple or Complex Diets Fed to Weanling Pigs
The most complex diet in this experiment at Hans H. Stein Monogastric Nutrition Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois increased the feed intake by weaner pigs, which led to faster growth rate but reduced feed efficiency. The addition of an antibiotic growth promoter increased daily gain only in one phase and impaired feed efficiency overall in this study.

Recommendations for Pen-based Oral Fluid Collection in Growing Pigs
For pigs familiar with a sampling rope, 20 minutes is sufficient time to obtain an effective oral fluid sample for the diagnosis of a number of diseases, according to new Iowa State University research.

Impact of Methods of Synchronising Gilt Breeding on Sow Longevity
Gilts that had had their oestrus synchronised farrowed more piglets but reared the same number in the first farrowing as the control group in a study at the University of Guelph in Canada; productive life was not affected by the treatment.

Chinese Herbs as Alternatives to Antibiotics in Feed for Pig and Poultry Production
The potential of Chinese herbs and challenges in their application are explored in this review from a Sino-Canadian research group.

Construction and Immunogenicity of a DNA Vaccine Coexpressing GP3 and GP5 of Genotype-1 PRRS virus
DNA vaccines expressing GP3 and GP5 of Genotype-I porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus showed good immunogenicity, and the DNA vaccine expressing both GP3 and GP5 produced better results in this Chinese work in mice, offering the prospect of more effective vaccines for pigs.

Sense of Community Aids Establishment of Renewable Energy Cooperatives
The establishment of cooperative biogas projects is aided by strong community spirit, regional traditions and farmers' sense of responsibility for their local area, according to a new Italian study.

Company News

France Gènes, Hypor Expand Distribution Partnership in France
FRANCE - France Gènes and Hypor will merge gilt distribution activities from 1 September 2014.
Feed Enzyme Makes Sorghum an Attractive Alternative Ingredient
US - Supplementing feed for pigs and poultry with protease enzymes helps break down complex protein structures in sorghum, making it a more viable feed component for these species, according to Novus.
Sow's Influence on Total Herd Feed Conversion
SPAIN - With feed accounting for the major cost of pig production - over 70 per cent in some countries - the relationship between feed usage and productivity was highlighted at an international conference in Segovia, Spain, reports ACMC.
PIC Adds Relationship-based Genomic Selection to Crossbred Products
US - PIC will implement Relationship Based Genomic Selection in all crossbred boar products, effective August 2014.
Return to US by Absolute Swine for Key Manufacturing
US - Absolute Swine Insemination Company (ASIC) is doing its part to help create jobs in America, by bringing its core 'membrane' technology manufacturing back to the United States.
Market Reports

China Wholesale Prices - 21 July 2014
BPEX Export Bulletin - Week 29
UK May Agricultural Price Index - 17 July 2014
UK Slaughter Statistics - June 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 18 July 2014
Irish CSO Reports: Livestock Slaughterings June 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 17 July 2014
BPEX UK Pig Meat Market Update - July 2014
Irish CSO Reports: Agricultural Price Indices - May 2014
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 17 July 2014
USDA Feed Outlook - 15 July 2014

Global Pig Industry News


Japan Increases Pork Imports as PED Outbreaks Continue


Concerns Rising over Spread of African Swine Fever in EU
Dutch Welfare Researcher Receives Humane Slaughter Award
Yum Brands' Results Helped by Higher Sales in China, India
Animal Feed Additives Market Expected to Reach $20 Billion by 2020
What Could Climate Change Mean for Agriculture?
Decline in Global Farm Prices Forecast by OECD, FAO
Pork Commentary: Global Markets

   United States

Hog Outlook: Pork Cutout Value Sets New Daily Record Highs
PED-Positive Farm Samples in US: 7,719
Hog Futures: August Lean Hogs Closed Down Thursday
Tyson Starts Purchasing Process of Hillshire Brands
Cereals in Pig Diets Indicate Best Grains for Human Nutrition
Farmers Request Clarity on Key Points of Water Rule
US Pig Farm Samples Positive for Porcine Delta Corona Virus: 344
Hog Futures: August Lean Hogs Closed Down Wednesday
CME: Trading Sessions See Nearby Hog Futures Modestly Rebound
Pork Producer Profits Have Never Been Better
Hog Futures: Lean Hogs Closed Up on Tuesday
World Pork New Product Award for PED Vaccine
Hog Futures: Lean Hogs Closed Up on Monday


Utrecht to Host Veterinary Nutrition Conference
Integrated Approach Vital to Reduce Food Waste and Loss

   United Kingdom

Dunbia Earns Visit from International Expert on Animal Welfare
Prices Remain under Pressure; Spot Base at 163p
Minister Announces 'War Cabinet' to Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance
Replace Reduce Refine – Way Forward for Antibiotic Use
MEPs Commit to Backing British Farming
UK Red Meat Production Up in June
Call for Better Data on Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Readership Awarded to Pig Behaviourist in Scotland
Jeffries Joins Moredun Scientific Board
Pig Farming App Wins Top Prize


Chinese Fast Food Supplier Hit by Meat Safety Issue


Custom Swine Manure Applicators Step up Focus
Custom Swine Manure Applicator PED Survey Results Released
Canadian Quality Assurance Programme Update Underway
Increased Manitoba Hog Production Needed to Match Processing Capacity
Maple Leaf Brandon Continues to Operate Below Capacity
Manitoba Government Urged to Ease Restrictions on New Hog Barns


African Swine Fever Outbreak in Poland Kills Wild Boars

   European Union

Call for Stronger Action to Combat Unfair Practices
EU Pig Price Quotations Going Down
EU Set to Tighten up Organic Farming Regulation
Vion Food Restructures

   Russian Federation

African Swine Fever Affects Wild Boar, Farmed Pigs
ASF Detected in Russian Backyard Pig Operation

   South Africa

Alleged Pig Neglect on State Farm


Brazilian Pork Export Volume, Value up in June 2014
AveSui, Tecno Food Brazil Join Forces to Launch FIPPPA

   Czech Republic

Lower Cereal Harvest Forecast in Czech Republic


More ASF Found in Latvia


German Sausage Companies Face Fines
Improving Pork Market Boosts Mood of German Farmers


Jharkand, Assam to Benefit from Agri Research Institutes
India Raises Farm Credit to $133 Billion During 2014-15


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