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Monday 8th September 2014.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

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Weekly Overview: Is There a Future for the European Pig Sector?

The repercussions of Russia's ban on the import of European pig meat continue to cause dismay and more in the sector.

The French meat processing sector launched a fierce attack against the European Commission for doing nothing to support the pig sector during the present ban on exports to Russia.

France's meat industry organisation, SNIV SNCP, said the European Commissioner had announced support for the fruit and vegetable sectors and the dairy products sector last week but had ignored the meat sector.

In an angry statement, the union of French meat companies said the Commissioner had said the pig and meat sectors “are not affected by the crisis with Russia”.

But the union said that the Commissioner had ignored the fact that exports of pig meat to Russia reach 750,000 tonnes a year or 20 per cent of the total European pig meat exports. France’s share of these exports is 75,000 tonnes worth €150 million.

The impact of the Russian ban is being felt across the European Union, with Polish and Spanish farmers taking to the streets in protest.

The secretary-general of the European agricultural union, Copa Cogeca warned: “Additional aid is needed to prevent the market spiralling out of control, causing further damage to the economy.”

To support businesses affected by Russia's food import ban, the European Commission says it is monitoring market prices for affected products in each member state each week.

Overall, the Russian ban affects €5.1 billion worth of EU exports. The most affected areas of which are €1,233 million worth of meat exports (pork and beef) from Denmark, Poland, Lithuania and Germany, and €1,349 worth of dairy products from Finland, the Netherlands, Poland, Germany and Lithuania.

Although it is too early to assess the full economic affects of the ban on the EU, the European Commission is remaining positive that the EU can bounce back and find new markets to sell to in the medium term.

In Ireland, for example, The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine has welcomed a new agreement with Viet Nam to allow for the import of fresh and frozen pork from Ireland.

Turning to news of pig diseases, porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) has been reported in the state of Utah although the official count of affected US states remains at 30. Zoetis reports that the USDA has granted a conditional licence for its vaccine to help fight PED in pigs.

No new positive results for Porcine Delta Corona virus (PDCoV) were detected in the US in the last week, so the total number of positive samples so far remains at 381 from pig farms in 17 states.

Ukraine has reported further cases of African swine fever, as have Lithuania and Russia in the last week.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Group Sow Housing: the Facts
Housing pregnant sows in groups is not a new concept. Many North American pork producers do not favour to replace gestation stalls but this is the way of the future, according to Laurie Connor of the University of Manitoba at the London Swine Conference 2014. Dr Connor outlines the research into the quantity and quality of space required and stresses the importance of good stockmanship.

Effects of Microbial Phytase on Digestibility of Calcium in Calcium Supplements Fed to Growing Pigs
Both measures of calcium digestibility were higher for mono- and dicalcium phosphate than for calcium carbonate or products derived from seaweed or sugar beet, according to research at the Hans H. Stein Monogastric Nutrition Laboratory at the University of Illinois. The inclusion of microbial phytase increased the digestibility of calcium only in calcium carbonate.

Timing the Purchase of Your Project Pig
Tom Guthrie, Statewide Extension Educator with Michigan State University, explains how to boost your chances of winning with your show pig by optimising its growth rate up to the competition.

Comparison of Four Lung Scoring Systems for Assessment of the Outcomes Derived from Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae Infections
New research from Spain reveals that slaughterhouse pleurisy evaluation, consolidation lung lesion score and image analyses are satisfactory lung scoring methods for experimental Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae infections.

Prevalence and Financial Implications of Welfare Lesions in Irish Slaughter Pigs
More than 40 per cent of the profit margin per pig could be attributable to tail biting in this study from Ireland.

Company News

Ceva Merges R&D Activity
FRANCE - Ceva Santé Animale has appointed Dr Steve Chu to its executive committee with responsibility for all R&D activities.
Global Hog Prices
GLOBAL - Genesus has updated its weekly comparison of pig prices in several key markets for the week of 18 August.
Genesus Sends More Breeding Stock to Tecon in China
CHINA - Genesus has announced a successful shipment of high quality swine breeding stock to Tecon Group of Urumqi, Xianjiang province.
Zoetis Granted Conditional Licence for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea Vaccine
US - Zoetis Inc. has announced that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has granted a conditional licence for a vaccine to help fight porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) in pigs.
Pork Commentary: Russian Trip Over
RUSSIA - Last week we finished our trip to Russia through the Netherlands, and England. 23 days – 14 flights. The old adage “If you want to do business you better not sit in the office and wait for the phone to ring.” comes to mind.
NFU President, Celebrity Food Critic Top Bill at JSR's Farming Conference
UK - NFU President, Meurig Raymond and celebrity food critic Jay Rayner will address delegates alongside Beth Hart of Sainbury’s, at JSR’s 25th Annual Farming Conference in York on Tuesday 16 September.
Big Dutchman Pig Equipment, Feeding Systems for Moldavian Sow Farm
MOLDOVA - Luis Juvinel is the owner of a large sow farm with 3,500 sows in Moldova, and produces piglets in a closed system.
Boehringer Ingelheim Sees Advantages of Freshly Mixed Vaccine
GERMANY - Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health has decided to remain focused on freshly mixed Porcine Circovirus type 2 (PCV2)/ Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (M.hyo) vaccines and not follow the development of a PCV2/M.hyo ready-to-use (RTU) vaccine combination.
Customer Testimonial: Hypor Maxter
GERMANY - Gerd and Markus Sommer defined their target very clearly: ‘to produce many uniform and robust finishing pigs in line with market requirements with the least input’. They have succeeded in reaching this target, thanks to Hypor and its fast-growing Piétrain.
Market Reports

BPEX Export Bulletin - Week 36
China Wholesale Prices - 5 September 2014
GB Animal Feed Statistical Notice - July 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 4 September 2014
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 4 September 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 3 September 2014
BPEX Export Bulletin - Week 35
China Wholesale Prices - 2 September 2014
Australian Rural Commodities Wrap - August 2014

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

CME Report: Continued Growth for the Value of US Pork Exports
Farmers Warn of Trojan Horse Labelled COOL ‘Reform’
Meat Exports Remain on Strong Pace
Hog Outlook: Optimism About Cash Hog Prices Gaining
North American Pork Producers Expected to Remain Profitable this Autumn and Winter
PED-Positive Farm Samples in US: 8,263
No Change in US Pig Farm Samples Positive for Porcine Delta Corona Virus
CME Report: Zoetis Conditional Licensing for a New PED Vaccine
North Carolina Electricity Producers Generating Energy from Swine Waste
Smithfield's CEO Explains Role of Sustainability in Corporate Philosophy
October Lean Hogs Closed Up on Thursday
PED Virus Found in Utah
CME Report: Sudden Change of Heart in Lean Hog Futures
National Pork Board's CEO Steps Down
October Lean Hogs Closed up Wednesday
Reports from 2014 Animal Rights Conferences Released
Hog Market Goes Higher Than Justified by Supply
October Lean Hogs Closed up Tuesday


Pangasinan Seals Agreement to Develop Native Hog Production


Chinese Food Prices Rise

   Russian Federation

More Russian Classical Swine Fever
New Outbreak of African Swine Fever in Russian Boar


What Are the Implications of Climate Change for Agriculture?
West African Ebola Outbreak Sends Food Prices Skyrocketing
Russian Food Ban Has Minimal Impact on Live Hog Prices
Changing Diets Vital to Reducing Climate Change


Irish Pig Meat Heads for Viet Nam


EU Unity Pivotal During Russian Ban


Can We Affect Intramuscular Fat and Quality of Fresh Pork Meat?

   United Kingdom

Work with Your Vet to Prevent Common Problems, Urge UK Vets
Real Welfare App Trial
Updated Online Meat Industry Statistics Published
UK Pig Producer Margins Remain Positive
What is the Role of Large Biting Flies in Transmitting Viruses in Pigs?
Ban on Pig Imports from Virus-Hit Countries Must Be Upheld

   European Union

Proposal to Help EU Agriculture Hit by Russian Import Ban
EU Animal Feed Body to Work Closer with Romania, Bulgaria
Is Europe’s Pig Sector Heading for Economic Catastrophe?
EU Pig Prices: Little Price Movement - Steady Prospects


Standardised Total Tract Digestibility Improves Pig Diet Formulation
PED Risk Reduced by Hot Water High Pressure Washer


Tican Setting New Standards in Cooling
More Sows But Fewer Slaughter Pigs in Denmark
Pig Gut Heath Affected by Many Factors
Danes Investigate Whether Diet Can Prevent Boar Taint


Five Year Plan Launched for Australia’s Pork Industry


Two New Cases of African Swine Fever in Ukraine


Grandin Praises German Slaughterhouse over Pig Welfare


African Swine Fever Confirmed in Lithuania


French Government Backs Gad Josselin Takeover


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