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ThePigSite Newsletter - 18 August 2014

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Monday 18th August 2014.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
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Prospects of Pig Exports to Russia Resuming Vanishing Fast

The increase in the number of cases of African swine fever in north east Europe is making the potential for the European Union to export pork and pig meat products to Russia recede further and further.

Even if the Russian blockade to food products as a retaliatory action against the EU and other countries around the world over actions in Ukraine, is lifted, the rise in the number of cases of African swine fever in the EU will prevent any exports resuming.

To date, the European Union has officially registered 83 outbreaks of African swine fever, including 33 in domestic pigs and 50 in wild boar, according to the figures from the Russian veterinary authority Rosselkhoznador.

In Lithuania there have been seven outbreaks, Latvia 62 and Poland 14.

"At the same time, experts believe that most of the cases in Poland remain unregistered, which significantly increases the risk of introduction of the agent of the disease in a neighbouring country,” Rosselkhoznador said.

Most of the cases in the European Union have been on the borders with Belarus, which itself has recorded numerous cases of the disease.

And in Russia itself, the authorities have admitted that they have struggled to control the disease and have recorded numerous cases of breaches of the regulations designed to keep the disease under check.

Only this week, Rosselkhoznador announced that in Tartarstan tests this year have been carried out on nearly 5000 pigs and eight wild boar.

But the Russian authorities have also been tightening up on violations of the regulations with unannounced farm inspections and making farms closed farms to prevent the disease entering farms.

In this region alone the authorities have carried out 80 visits to farms unannounced.

With the situation in Russia continuing to spiral out of control and relations between Russia and the EU in apparently terminal breakdown, the prospect of pig meat and pig exports returning appears unlikely.

Over the last week, Russia has cancelled a trip to inspect processing plants in Lithuania because of the heightened situation over ASF.

*Next week's newsletter will appear on Tuesday 26 August because of a public holiday in the UK.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Emergence of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea in North America
A good review of current knowledge of porcine epidemic diarrhoea by C. Hill, E. Raizman, T. Snider, S. Goyal, M. Torremorella and A.M. Perez for the FAO.

Digestibility of Calcium in Pig Diets
Diet complexity, phytase, phytate and fibre affected the digestibility of calcium in pig diets containing fishmeal in two studies at the Hans H. Stein Monogastric Nutrition Laboratory but fat level did not.

Feeding Amino Acids to Reduce Air Emissions and Carbon Footprint of Swine Production
No diet effects were observed for greenhouse gas (nitrous-oxide, methane or carbon dioxide) emissions in this report for Pork Checkoff by Wendy Powers of Michigan State University.

Early Detection and Interventions for Reducing Lameness in Gestating Sows
The prevalence of lameness in sows may be higher than thought, with roughly 50 per cent of low-parity sows being affected in this study, reported by researchers from the Prairie Swine Centre at the Centralia Swine Research Update 2014. They describe corrective hoof trimming, which may help farms manage and reduce lameness.

Modular Framework to Assess the Risk of African Swine Fever Virus Entry into the EU
Researchers from across Europe and the US have collaborated on a model that assesses the risk of the entry of the African swine fever virus by a range of routes into individual European Union member states.

Company News

Canada Hog Market
CANADA - On 16 July, 2014 South West Vets (the preeminent and largest all swine practice in Ontario) hosted a Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Summit in Stratford, Ontario with some 250+ producers and industry in attendance, an impressive turnout for an industry of only some 300,000 sows. They stated the following as their goal on PEDv, writes Bob Fraser – Sales & Service, Genesus Ontario.
VIV China and China International Summit Team Up
CHINA - An outstanding business opportunity for professionals persons and enterprises engaged in the animal protein production in China and abroad is being arranged in Beijing, from 20 – 25 September 2014.
World Nutrition Forum: Exploring Sustain:Ability and Limits to Growth
GERMANY - Author and sought-after expert in climate issues, energy and scenario modeling, Professor Jorgen Randers will set the tone for discussions on the planet’s sustainability and what this means for the future of agriculture and livestock.
Pork Commentary: Russian Road Trip
RUSSIA - This past week we were in Russia when sanctions were announced stopping many food products from being imported. Included on the banned list was pork from many countries including European Union, USA, and Canada. The ban was announced to be for one year.
Market Reports

BPEX Weekly Export Bulletin - Week 33
China Wholesale Prices - 15 August 2014
USDA Feed Outlook - 14 August 2014
UK Farming Statistics - Provisional Arable Crop Areas at 1 June 2014, England
UK June Agricultural Price Index - 14 August 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 14 August 2014
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 14 August 2014
Irish CSO Reports: Agricultural Price Indices - June 2014
USDA WASDE - 12 August 2014

Global Pig Industry News


Russia Approves More Brazilian Pork Establishments for Export
Spread of Aichivirus C to Major Pig Producing Regions of Brazil
Agribusiness Exports Reach $9.61 Billion in July


Russia Gives Go Ahead to Pork Imports From China
Small Fall in Chinese Food Prices
China Halts US Pork Imports Over Feed Additives


Despite Russian Ban North American Pork Producers Expected to Remain Profitable this Winter
Russian Ban on Food Imports Erodes Pork Industry Profitability
New Manure Sampling Project to Detect PEDv
Maple Leaf Food Announces New Leader of Animal Wellness
Biosecurity Increases Cost of Swine Manure Application
Hot Water Pressure Washing Effective in Cleaning Manure Equipment

   United States

Hog Outlook: US Pork Demand Continues to Increase
Pork Producers Calls for End to Japan Gate Price On Pork
Hog Futures: October Lean Hogs Closed Down on Thursday
National Pork Board Examines International Marketing Opportunities
Hog Futures: October Lean Hogs Closed Up on Wednesday
Cargill Sees Fall in Revenue and Earnings
Wyckoff's Weekly Cattle Outlook: Significant Selling Pressure Across Markets
Senator Urges Justice Department to Scrutinise Tyson-Hillshire Deal
PED-Positive Farm Samples in US: 7,987
US Pig Farm Samples Positive for Porcine Delta Corona Virus: 367
Hog Futures: October Lean Hogs Closed Down on Tuesday
USDA Reports Bearish for Soy, Slightly Bullish for Corn, Neutral Wheat
AFIA Submits Comments to FAO on Sustainability Guidelines
Hog Outlook: Monthly Meat Trade Data Now Available
Russia Embargo No Surprise; But What Does it Mean?
Hog Futures: October Lean Hogs Closed Up Monday


Ireland to Export Beef, Pork and Lamb to the Philippines
DNA Testing in Irish Butchers Shows Over Half Million Products Are Not From Ireland


India Inks Agri MoUs with 52 Nations
Odisha to Set Up Veterinary University


New Case of African Swine Fever Confirmed in Poland


HKScan Shows Weak Result Despite Strong Balance Sheet

   United Kingdom

Restructuring in the UK to Accommodate Faaborg Production
New Veterinary Vaccinology Network to Help Tackle Animal Disease Threat
New Agency to Safeguard Animal Plant Health


Classical Swine Fever Reported in Latvia
Thirteen New Outbreaks of African Swine Fever in Lativa


Two New Outbreaks of African Swine Fever in Lithuania


Animal Feed Additives Market to Reach $20 billion by 2020


Experts Meet to Solve Infectious Disease Challenges

   Korea, South

Third Case of FMD Reported in South Korea Since 2011

   Russian Federation

Cherkizovsky: Change in Name Not Quality


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