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Monday 4th August 2014
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
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Antibiotic Resistance and Other Global Consumer Concerns

In the United Kingdom concern is mounting over the threat of veterinary medicine residues - including antibiotics - in imported foods, particularly because the inspection process to root out products with high residue levels and illegal veterinary products is due to end in the coming year.

Also in the UK, the Green Party is calling on members and supporters to sign the petition produced by the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics, calling for a ban on the routine use of antibiotics in farmed animals.

Veterinarians in Northern Ireland have reported what they believe to be the first case of livestock-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (LA-MRSA) in a pig in the UK.

Many consumers in the United States gain all their knowledge of pig welfare from animal rights organisations, without any input from farmers or producers, according to a new survey by Purdue University.

Media reports or allegations of animal abuse were shown in the study to reduce subsequent meat purchases.

England's agriculture ministry has published a report revealing that some improvements have been made in climate change impact by the agricultural sector in terms of soil nitrogen balance and artificial fertiliser use over the last decade while pig fattening herd feed conversion has deteriorated over that period.

New cases of African swine fever have been reported in Russia (in wild boar and domestic pigs in a village herd) and in Poland in wild boar near the border with Belarus.

And finally, on porcine epidemic diarrhoea, the number of US pig farms which have tested positive for the PED virus stands at 7,893 in the most recent report. California has become the 16th US state to report cases of Porcine Deltacoronavirus (PDCoV). PED continues to rumble on in Japan, with one prefecture alone reporting in the last week 42,000 pig deaths from the disease so far.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Alternative Uses for Pig Manure
Economic analysis showed that land-spreading of pig manure for its fertiliser value is the most economic use for pig manure currently but work at Teagasc in Ireland has demonstrated the technological feasibility and effectiveness of several alternative uses/treatments for pig manure.

Group Sow Housing: More Space or Less Sows?
There are many aspects to consider in the decision to move to group housing of sows. Beth Ferry (Extension Educator) and Ronald O. Bates (State Swine Specialist at Michigan State University) explain the options in the 'MSU Pork Quarterly'.

Feeding the Sow: Comparison of Gestational and Lactation Programmes
None of the sow feeding systems tested gave a clear advantage, according to P.H. Luimes and G. Simpson in a report for Ontario Pork.

Feeding Increasing Dietary Inclusions of Extruded Brassica juncea Canola Expeller-pressed Cake to Growing-finishing Pigs
Inclusion of this novel rapeseed reduced feed intake, growth rate and carcass weight in this Canadian research. Brassica juncea has less fibre but a higher level of antinutrients (glucosinolates) than conventional Brassica napus.

Risk Factors Associated with Persistence of Salmonella Shedding in Finishing Pigs
The duration of Salmonella shedding was found in this study to be affected by Salmonella serovar, pig age at the time of infection, farm site and cohort-level risk factors.

London Swine Conference 2014
Programme and link to the proceedings of the London Swine Conference 2014, which was held in London, Ontario, Canada on 26 to 27 March 2014.

Sow Postural Changes, Responsiveness to Piglet Screams and Their Impact on Piglet Mortality in Farrowing Pens and Crates
Research in the Czech Republic reveals that there was no significant difference in piglet crushing or mortality when sows farrowed in standard crates or in pens. Piglets born in pens were heavier on the day after birth and at weaning than those in farrowing crates.

Testes Size as Predictor for Semen Production and Relation to Female Reproductive Traits
Hypor tested testes size and results showed that boars with bigger testes produce semen with a higher concentration of spermatozoa than boars with smaller testes and, therefore producing more doses, although the volume produced is reduced, according to Florence Ytournel, European Geneticist with Hypor. In addition, she found, positive correlation to female reproductive traits, such as total piglets born and percentage of piglets born alive, have been found in boars with larger testes.

Company News

Effects of Heat Stress on Breeding Pigs
UK - While the recent hot weather is welcomed by many, the effects of heat stress on pigs can be profound and can compound the effects of seasonal infertility, warns ACMC veterinary consultant, Paul Thompson.
Mérieux Développement Becomes Shareholder of Ceva Santé Animale
FRANCE - Ceva Santé Animale, the global veterinary pharmaceutical company headquartered in Aquitaine, has announced the arrival of a new shareholder, Mérieux Développement, the investment company of Institut Mérieux.
JapfaHypor Genetics Company
VIET NAM - Hypor has established a successful joint venture with Japfa, an Asian feed company in Viet Nam.
New Website for Sheep Sector
UK – Today, 5M Publishing has officially launched TheSheepSite – the latest in the company's stable of agriculture- and livestock-oriented web sites.
Novus International Launches Website for Customers in China
US - Novus International officially launched a new version of its global website tailored to the needs of the China market.
Market Reports

BPEX Export Bulletin - Week 31
China Wholesale Prices - 4 August 2014
BPEX UK Pig Meat Market Update - August 2014
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 31 July 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 30 July 2014
Australian Rural Commodities Wrap - July 2014
UK Outlook for Pig Meat Supplies - July 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 29 July 2014
BPEX Export Bulletin - Week 30

Global Pig Industry News


Piglet Survival Affected by Sow's Diet

   United States

Tyson Foods Marks 10 Years of Measuring Sustainability Progress
PED-Positive Farm Samples in US: 7,893
Hog Outlook: Pork Cutout Values Continue Decline
Farm Bureau Federation Disappointed by Failure of WTO Trade Talks
US Pig Farm Samples Positive for Porcine Delta Corona Virus: 359
New Purdue Study Examines Pig Welfare Views, Pork Purchasing Choices
Wisconsin Farmers Warned to Remain on PED Alert
District Court Strikes Down Injunction Against Country of Origin Labelling
NFU: Mergers Leave Small Businesses Helpless
Jim Wyckoff: October Lean Hogs Closed Down
on Wednesday

Multiple Influences in the Antibiotic Resistance Debate Uncovered
US Restrict Imports of Fresh Pork, Products from Mexico
Texas A&M Joins Forces with FAO to Tackle World Hunger
USDA Reports Show the Good Times Lasting Longer for Pork Sector
Low-fat Ethanol Co-Product Requires Feed Formulation Change for Pigs
CME: Average Pork Price Eclipsed $4.00 Per Pound
Hog Futures: Lean Hogs Closed Down on Tuesday
Improved PED Virus Identification Test Developed in Manhatten
Tyson Sales Grow
The Maschhoffs Acquires Two Sow Farms from JBS
Hog Futures: October Lean Hogs Closed Down Monday
Pork Commentary: Hog Profits – As Good as It Gets!

   United Kingdom

Good Soil Management Practice Guide Now Available
MRSA Reported in Northern Irish Pig
Minister Welcomes Improved Export Conditions for Pork to Singapore
More Government Inspections of UK Farm Animal Welfare
Green Party Backs Antibiotic Ban Petition
Government Commits to Online CAP Application Assistance for Farmers
UK Agriculture Makes Some Progress on Climate Change
UK Pork Export Drive Gathers Pace
Concern Continues over Potential Residues in
Imported Foods

Strong Line-up for Agricultural Industry Conference
Farmers Launch Review of Local Authority Livestock Inspections


Japan Requires PED Inspection of Live Pigs Before Import
PED Affects 150,000 Pigs in Chiba Prefecture


More African Swine Fever in Polish Wild Boar
Poland Reveals Unreported Cases of African Swine Fever

   Russian Federation

More African Swine Fever in Russian Wild Boar, Domestic Pigs


South Sudan's Farmers at Risk as Emergency Funds Dry Up


Pork Producers Expected to Benefit from Canada-South Korea FTA
Swine Manure Applicators Minimise Risk of Spreading PED
Cost of Change for Maple Leaf Foods
Positive Environmental Sample of PED Underscores Need for High Biosecurity
PED Can Be Eliminated from Canadian Swine Herd

   European Union

Human Salmonella Reduced by Almost One-Half
EU Pig Prices: Limited Quantities of Live Pigs on Offer


New Livestock Land Transport Laws Enforced from 1 August 2014


Mexico Ends Special Classical Swine Fever Measures

   Viet Nam

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