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Monday 11th August 2014
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
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Global Trade Impacted by Political Situation in Ukraine

Russia's president Vladimir Putin has announced a ban on imports of agricultural and food products from countries including the US, EU, Canada, Australia and Norway in reaction to sanctions imposed against it by these countries.

The Russian government approved a list of food products – which includes pig meat – covered by the ban, which was effective immediately.

Imports of beef, pork, poultry, fish, cheese, milk, fruits and vegetables from the US, EU, Canada, Australia and Norway will be banned for a period of one year, Russia's Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, announced.

Brazil is understood to be in discussion with Russia with the view to filling the gap in supply left by the ban.

Pig producers in Canada have expressed concerns about Russia's imposition of the ban on its pig meat.

US pork exports remained strong in June, pushing export value to a record pace for the first six months of the year.

According to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the US Meat Export Federation, June pork exports totalled 181,531 tonnes, up seven per cent from a year ago, while export value increased 25 per cent to $585.1 million. In the first half of 2014, pork export volume (1.15 million tonnes or +9 per cent) and value ($3.4 billion, +17 per cent) broke previous records.

Russia already has a ban in place on US pork exports for other reasons, and so the latest announcement will not directly affect that sector. It may, however, lead to additional competition in other markets as the EU and Canada seek alternative destinations for their pork.

Farmers in the European Union will be protected from the worst impacts of the Russian ban, according to EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dacian Ciolos. He has said that the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) should help to protect farmers.

He said: "I understand the concern expressed in the EU farming sector. I want to underline that the Common Agricultural Policy has new and modernised tools to stand by them, as soon as it is needed, including our crisis reserve, which is already available now.

"I am confident that our resilient farm sector will reorient rapidly towards new markets and opportunities. But there must be support to help this transition happen smoothly. This requires a joined-up, European response."

New outbreaks of African swine fever have been reported in the last week in Russia, Poland, Latvia and Lithuania in both wild boar and domestic pigs. Officials from the Baltic states and Poland have agreed on measures to combat the spread of the virus.

The US veterinary authority has not yet released its latest weekly report on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea. Recent outbreaks have been reported in Japan and Mexico but there have been no new cases in Canada since 21 July.




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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Swine Fever (Classical and African)
An overview of the signs of Classical Swine Fever and African Swine Fever from the Department of Agriculture and Food in Western Australia.

Reducing the Risks Associated with Winter Manure Application
Livestock farmers need to recognise the environmental risks with winter spreading.Gerald May, Mississippi State University Extension Educator, explains how to evaluate each field and choose the best practices to reduce the risks in MSU 'Pork Quarterly'.

Effects of Immunological Castration and DDGS on Carcass Cutability and Commercial Bacon Slicing Yields of Barrows
Bacon slicing yield was lower in immunologically castrated male pigs the control diet (without distiller’s dried grains with solubles; DDGS) and 30 per cent DDGS than their counterparts that had been physically castrated, according to a recent study at the University of Illinois. Withdrawal of DDGS improved bacon slicing yields only in the immunologically castrated pigs.

Vitamin D3 Supplementation in Suckling and Weaned Piglets
In three trials, oral supplementation of piglets with vitamin D3 increased serum levels but there were no effects on piglet performance, according to R. Friendship in a report for Ontario Pork.

Are Severely Depressed Suckling Pigs Resistant to Gas Euthanasia?
Piglet vitality did not its response to euthanasia with carbon dioxide gas but it did affect responses to argon, according to an Iowa State University study. Argon was associated with a more prolonged euthanasia process.

How Commercial and Non-commercial Swine Producers Move Pigs in Scotland
Scotland's commercial pig producers are not isolated from the non-commercial sector and may frequently interact, directly or indirectly, according to this new study - an important fact to bear in mind with regard to biosecurity and the control of future disease outbreaks.

Creep Feeding in the Farrowing Room: Do the Outcomes Depend on Weaning Age?
On leaving the nursery, piglets offered creep feed for one week prior to weaning were heavier than those that had no access to feed, regardless of weaning age (three- versus four-week weaning), Janice Shea and Denise Beaulieu of the Prairie Swine Centre told delegates at the Centralia Swine Research Update 2014.

Company News

Clavijo Named to PIC Technical Services Team
US - PIC is pleased to announce the addition of Dr Maria Jose Clavijo to the Technical Services Team as a Technical Services Specialist.
Osborne FIRE Feeders Advance Boar Testing at DNA Genetics
US - DNATM Genetics recently completed the installation of 80 FIRE® (Feed Intake Recording Equipment) Pig Performance Testing Feeders to advance their swine genetic tests at a new, state-of-the-art facility in eastern Nebraska.
Market Reports

Animal Feed Statistics for Great Britain - June 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 7 August 2014
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 7 August 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 6 August 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 5 August 2014

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

Smithfield Reports Strong Growth in All Sectors, Achieves Record Sales
US Pork Exports Maintain Record Pace in June
Veternarian Mobile App Being Adopted Nationwide
Hog Futures: October Lean Hogs Closed Down on Thursday
Land O'Lakes Reports Record Sales
New Senior Notes Offerings by Tyson Foods
Stuart Products Introduces New Vitamin Supplements
Obama Signs in Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act
Hog Futures: October Lean Hogs up on Wednesday
Hog Futures: October Lean Hogs Closed Down on Tuesday
CME: Is the Worst of the Short Hog Supply Situation Behind Us?
NFU Continues Fight for Farmers Over COOL Debate
Hog Futures: October Lean Hogs Closed Down on Monday
Hog Supply Situation Plays Out as Expected
Pork Commentary: US Hog Market Retracts

   European Union

Common Agricultural Policy Should Protect Farmers from Russian Ban
New Consumer App Promises to Cut Food Waste
EU Pig Prices: Little Price Movement This Week for Slaughter Pigs
Poland, Baltics Agree Measures to Combat ASF

   Global

OIE Discusses Disease Eradication for the Americas
Food Security Summit on Agricultural Solutions in
Asia Pacific

FAO Food Price Hits a Six-month Low in July

   Russian Federation

Inspections Prevent the Spread of ASF in Russia
More African Swine Fever in Russian Swine and Wild Boar
Russia Bans Agriculture and Food Imports

   Australia

Australia Counts the Cost of Russian Food Import Ban
Project Investigates Piglet Diarrhoea Risk Factors

   Poland

Further Outbreaks of African Swine Fever in Poland

   Canada

Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network Activities Suspended
Pork Producers Concerned Over Russian Ban on Food Imports
Solid-Liquid Manure Separation Viable If Economics Work
Pork Producers Invited to Participate in PED Manure Sampling Project
Weaned Pigs Perform Well on High Canola Meal Diet

   Mexico

Mexico Hog Markets

   United Kingdom

Save on Feed Without Reducing Pig Growth Rate
Farming Growth Plan Needed to Reverse Declining Self-Sufficiency
AHVLA Reports Rare Piglet Deformities in June 2014
Fair Pigs Tested Positive for Influenza in North Dakota

   Ireland

Advice Line from Irish Government for Farmers Hit by Russian Ban

   Lithuania

More African Swine Fever in Lithuanian Swine

   Germany

Antibiotics Use Falls Again in Germany

   Latvia

New Outbreak of African Swine Fever on Latvian Farm
Further Cases of African Swine Fever in Latvia

   Hong Kong

WH Group Shares Start Trading on Hong Kong Stock Exchange

   South Korea

Decrease in Sales for CJ CheilJedang in First Half of 2014

   Philippines

Philippines Bans Hog Products from South China Province

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