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Monday 28th July 2014
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

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Trade Issues Arise over African Swine Fever

Two panels have been set up at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to consider EU-Russia trade disputes involving pig meat.

The Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) of the WTO has set up two panels in a bid to resolve trade arguments between Russia and the EU.

One panel has been established on the Russian Federation’s complaint against anti-dumping measures by the European Union on imports from Russia. The second is on the EU’s complaint against Russia’s measures on the importation of live pigs, pork and other pig products from the EU.

The first panel will consider Russia's case over cost adjustment methodologies and certain anti-dumping measures on imports from Russia.

In the second dispute, the EU has reiterated its concern regarding Russia’s EU-wide restriction against imports of live pigs, pork and other pig products despite the EU’s measures to contain a further spread of the African swine fever.

The EU, for the second time, requested the DSB to establish a panel.

Russia said that the recurring African swine fever outbreaks in the EU showed the EU’s ineffectiveness to prevent the spread of the disease.

Russia believed that the issues related to this outbreak may only be effectively resolved through expert consultations and arrangements. A number of third-party countries will participate in the panel’s proceedings.

In new outbreaks of ASF, a total of 60 domestic pigs have died in Voronezh in the south-west of the country at two large farms, each of which has almost 20,000 pigs.

A further five pigs died in Tula. In a separate report, two pigs died at another large farm in Pskov and one in a village herd in Kaluga.

All these cases have been confirmed as positive for African swine fever.

African swine fever has been reported in the last week to have killed at least 3,000 pigs in Uganda.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Improving Herd Health by Eradicating Endemic Diseases
Depopulation/repopulation and partial depopulation are outlined as methods to eradicate endemic diseases by David Burch of Octagon Services Ltd in the UK in a submission to the European Commission's DG Agri–European Innovation Partnership (eip-agri) Focus Group for 'The reduction of antibiotic use in the pig sector'.

Comparative Digestibility of Energy and Nutrients in Diets Fed to Sows and Growing Pigs
The apparent digestibility of fibre by pregnant sows was not different from values obtained in growing pigs for most of the feed ingredients tested in this study from the Hans H. Stein Monogastric Nutrition Laboratory at the University of Illinois. Energy and protein digestibilities were higher for sows than growing pigs.

The Effect of Stockpeople on Pigs
Tips on finding and retaining staff for the farm by Madonna Gemus-Benjamin, extension swine veterinarian with Michigan State University in 'MSU Pork Quarterly'.

Benchmarking and Standardisation of Swine Production Systems
Fourteen key areas of pig house design and management were identified by pork producers and other stakeholders as areas that could potentially benefit from standardisation and optimisation efforts, researchers at the Prairie Swine Centre reported to the Centralia Swine Research Update 2014.

Brachyspira hampsonii Clade I (Canadian strain 30599) Causes Mucohaemorrhagic Diarrhoea and Colitis in Pigs
Research from Canada confirms that 'Brachyspira hampsonii' clade I strain 30599 is pathogenic and causes mucohaemorrhagic diarrhoea and colitis in susceptible pigs.

Use of Altrenogest at Weaning in Primiparous Sows
Administration of altrenogest for heat synchronisation in gilts after weaning their first litter increased the numbers of total piglets and piglets born alive in the subsequent litter in a study by North Carolina State University researchers.

Mastitis and Endotoxins in Sows: What are the Consequences for Colostrum?
It is widely accepted that endotoxins play a role in Mastitis Metritis Agalactia (MMA) complex, according to Dr Simone Schaumberger of Biomin Holding GmbH.

Company News

Today's Heavier Market Weights Pose Pig Health Challenges
US - Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv) is having a significant impact on swine operations across the country, and producers and packers are scrambling to identify ways to make up for losses from the reduced piglet population, according to Merck Animal Health.
Swine Influenza in a Third of Pig Herds in Scotland, Northern Ireland
UK - Aggregated data from surveys in Scotland and Northern Ireland show that more than a third of herds surveyed are positive for swine influenza, according to Merial Animal Health.
Use of Genomics to Improve Growth
CANADA - Growth is one of the most economically important traits in swine production, and has been for decades. Through traditional genetic selection, along with improved feed and production management, growth rate has significantly improved, writes Nick Boddicker, PhD, for Genesus.
Ceva Returns to Double-digit Growth During First Half of 2014
FRANCE - Consolidated first semester sales of Ceva Group reached €366.5m at the end of June, representing growth of 18.3 per cent versus last year.
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Producer Participation Vital in PED Manure Sampling Project
Council Calls for Public Support for Quick Adoption of FTA
Value of Canada's Consensus Based Approach to Animal Welfare
Canada's PED Situation Remains Stable Despite New Case
PED Contained Effectively by Biosecurity
Swine Manure Applicator Calls for More Open Reporting of PED
New PED Case Confirmed in Ontario


Rabobank: 'Where to Source Pork?' is the Question
Two Panels Set up on EU-Russia Disputes
Nutreco Reports Higher First Half Year Results
GLOBALG.A.P. Introduces Joint Initiative for Global Food Security

   United States

Hog Outlook: Retail Pork Prices Set New Record in June
US Pig Farm Samples Positive for Porcine Delta Corona Virus: 354
Hog Futures: October Lean Hogs Closed Down Thursday
Hog Futures: October Lean Hogs Closed Down Wednesday
CME: Decline in June Pork Inventories Compared to Previous Month
Pork Industry Enjoys Positive Market Picture
Researcher Uncovers Multiple Influences in the Antibiotic Resistance Debate
Hog Futures: October Lean Hogs Closed Down Monday
CME: Combined Meat Production in Mid-July Below Year Ago Levels
Climate: Meat Turns up the Heat
Odle Receives New Frontiers in Animal Nutrition Award
Pork Commentary: National Pork Industry Conference Report


EU, FAO Partner to Help Flood-Affected Serbian Farms Rebuild

   South Korea

OIE Reports FMD Outbreak in South Korean Province

   United Kingdom

Euro Remains Weak; Supply Still Ahead of Demand
Symposium Explores Future of Farm Animal Welfare
Floor Type Affects Gait Development in Pigs
£18 Million of Agri-Tech Funding for UK-led Projects
NFU 'Delighted' at Defra’s £400 Million Food Procurement Plans

   Russian Federation

Cherkizovo Witnesses Rise in Sales
OIE Reports More African Swine Fever in Russia
More African Swine Fever at Russian Pig Farm
Sixty Pigs Killed in Russian African Swine Fever Outbreaks


Japan Eases Curbs on Pork Imports from Mexico


New Methods of Detecting Salmonella in Pork Processing


African Swine Fever Kills 3,000 Pigs in Adjumani


Asian Genes in European Pigs Result in More Piglets


Brazil Develops Contingency Plan for Classical Swine Fever


Norway's NorgesGruppen Expresses Concerns over Danish Pork


Indonesia Plays Pivotal Role in Tanzanian Agriculture


Kazakhstan Launches Genetic Hybrid Centre at Pig-breeding Farm

   Viet Nam

Viet Nam Govt Releases Decree for Fines for Animal Health, Feed Penalties

   European Union

EU Pig Price Decline Brought to a Halt

   Hong Kong

Leaner IPO for Pork Giant


Carbon Tax Repeal Pleases Australian Farmers

   New Zealand

New Zealand Pork Industry Joins GIA Biosecurity Agreement


African Swine Fever Outbreak Affects Wild Boars, Farmed Pigs


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