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Monday 15th September 2014
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
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Action on Animal Welfare by Global Food Firms

Major meat and food processing companies around the world are now taking a lead in animal welfare issues. No longer are the ethical aspects of food production receiving a small mention hidden somewhere in the company's sustainability report.

Nestlé and Unilever laid out welfare codes of practice for their supply chain last week. For Nestlé, the guidelines were drawn up based on the 'Five Freedoms' while Unilever has moved to end the culling of day-old male chicks by its egg supply chain.

These commitments to improving animal welfare indicate not only that global multinationals are starting to appreciate the connection between animal welfare, health and food quality but are now also taking action on their customers demands.

Both companies in drawing up their welfare guidelines have drawn on the expertise from several animal welfare groups – once considered to be the bane of the meat processor.

Global food processing giant, Heinz, has also announced it is to strengthen animal welfare practices for its supply chain.

Market forecasting prices is never an easy business and the US hog market, which has been in the news a lot this year, is no exception. Market analyst, John Strak, explains that it is too soon to see recent market changes as setting a new pattern for the future.

A new European Union Agriculture Commissioner has been appointed: Phil Hogan of Ireland.

Top of Mr Hogan's priorities are the simplification of the greening and direct payment aspects of the Common Agricultural Policy.

Also in the EU, new proposals have been put forward that will make veterinary medicines more available in the Community to treat and prevent diseases in animals.

And finally, turning to news of pig health, new cases of African swine fever have been reported in Russia, Estonia and Latvia in the last week. Latvia has also reported three outbreaks of classical swine fever.

Uganda and South Korea have been hit by Foot and Mouth disease outbreaks.

And while mild weather is helping to keep porcine epidemic diarrhoea under control in the US, farmers in Taiwan have been warned to be on the alert for the disease as the autumn approaches.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

PED Case Study from Ontario
A case study of one of the first Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) outbreaks in Ontario, Canada, in January 2014, published by Ontario Pork. Strong communications and a multi-faceted support system are identified as crucial for success in mitigating the negative impacts of the virus on the pig industry.

Parasite Control in Youth Market Hog Projects
Advice on the control of external and internal parasites aimed at show pigs from Dr Susan Kerr, DVM, Livestock and Dairy Extension Specialist with Washington State University for Pork Information Gateway.

Lactation Success
A review of recent research on mammary gland development in the sow and gilt was presented by Chantal Farmer of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Dairy and Swine R&D Centre at the London Swine Conference 2014.

Distiller’s Dried Grains with Solubles, Housing and Breeding Herd Performance
In 'MSU Pork Quarterly', Dale Rozeboom (Extension Specialist at Michigan State University) and Thomas Guthrie (Extension Educator of Jackson, Michigan) review a recent experiment at the University of Minnesota, which found that long-term feeding of distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to sows is linked to smaller litter size but does not affect sow longevity. Compared to stalls, group-housing decreased both litter size and sow longevity.

Production Region Model Evaluation to Determine Risk of PRRSV and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae Spread between Farms
Air filtration has been shown as an effective method to reduce the risk of the airborne spread of the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (M.hyo), reports Scott Dee of the University of Minnesota in a report for Pork Checkoff.

Company News

Genesus Looking for New Director of Health & Biosecurity
CANADA - Genesus is looking for a Director of Health and Biosecurity to lead the Genesus Health and Biosecurity program and be responsible for its implementation and maintenance throughout North America. The position reports to President-CEO.
EuroTier Offers Solutions for the Future
GERMANY - The world’s leading trade fair for animal husbandry professionals, EuroTier, will be presenting solutions for the future of agriculture at the Fairgrounds in Hanover from 11 to 14 November.
Cano Named as PIC's North American Director of Health Assurance
US - PIC has announced the addition of Dr Jean Paul Cano as Director of Heath Assurance for North America.
Merck Animal Health Introduces New Vaccine to Protect against Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome
US - Merck Animal Health has introduced PRIME PAC™ PRRS+, a vaccine for reducing clinical signs of reproductive disease in female breeding-age swine and respiratory disease in pigs three to four weeks of age and older due to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSv).
Zoetis Study Tour Focuses on Tackling Emerging Infectious Diseases in Pigs
UK - The pig industry needs to be continually aware of the risk of emerging and re-emerging diseases, world-renowned expert, Dr Joaquim Segalés told a Zoetis study tour in Spain recently. The study tour was organised for UK pig veterinarians and leading producers.
EuroTier: Implications for Trans-Atlantic Trade Deal on Animal Production
US - The targeted Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union (EU) and the US will be the subject of lively debate at EuroTier 2014.
Market Reports

China Wholesale Prices - 12 September 2014
USDA GAIN: Brazil Livestock and Products Annual 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 11 September 2014
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 11 September 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 10 September 2014
USDA GAIN: Ukraine Livestock and Products Annual 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 9 September 2014

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

PED-Positive Farm Samples in US: 8,316
Registration for AFIA Equipment Manufacturers Conference
CME: Does Cheap Feed Make Cheaper Meat?
US Pig Farm Samples Positive for Porcine Delta Corona Virus Now 382
University Researchers Awarded $1.6 Million to Fight Flu in Pigs
CME: 74 per Cent of US Corn Crop Rated Good/Excellent Condition
Farm Safety Should be a Front Burner Issue
CME Report: Surge i Pork Prices
Pork Producers Expected to Remain Profitable Into 2015
October Lean Hogs Closed up Wednesday
CME Report: Pork Demand Remains Strong
Pork Exports Soften; Domestic Strong
Top Pork Countries Want Tariffs Eliminated in TPP
October Lean Hogs Closed up Tuesday
Agri Groups Release 'Waters of the US' Mapping Tool
Researchers Test Organic vs Inorganic Microminerals Fed to Pigs
CME: US Meat and Poultry Demand Strong in July
October Lean Hogs Closed Down Monday
Pork Commentary: Price Gain Reported in US Hog Market

   European Union

New EU Commissioner Told to Simplify Common Agricultural Policy
New EU Laws on Veterinary Medicines Planned
EU Pig Price: Situation Unchanged


High Building Costs Put off Saskatchewan Hog Expansion
Food Safety, Welfare Funding Available for Manitoba's Pork Producers
Increased Biosecurity Vital for Containing PED in Cold Weather
Stepped Up Biosecurity Key to Containing PED as Weather Turns Colder


Greater Supply of Brazilian Pork for Export Forecast
Brazilian Meat Prices Still on the Rise


Nine New Outbreaks of African Swine Fever Reported in Latvia
Classical Swine Fever Detected in Latvian Wild Boar
Further Outbreaks of African Swine Fever in Latvia Kills Wild Boars, Pigs

   South Korea

Two New Outbreaks of Foot and Mouth in South Korea


Heinz Strengthens Animal Welfare Policies
FAO Food Price Index Drops to Four-year Low
How Can Companies Improve Animal Welfare?
When is a Trend Not a Trend?
Progress on Buyback Programme Nutreco Shares


Maltese Meat Production Increased in Second Quarter


Economical Importance of Agriculture to Irish Counties

   United Kingdom

Phil Hogan Nominated as Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development
Will Scotland's Independence Vote Impact Agriculture?
Freedom Food to Rebrand as RSPCA Assured
UK Feed Prices on the Way Up Again?


Taiwan's Famers Urged to Watch out for PED

   Viet Nam

Viet Nam Hog Market


Danish Crown Aids Pig Producers to Boost Slaughter Numbers


India's Agriculture Developments Praised by FAO


Plummeting Demand Likely to Decrease Ukrainian Pork Production


Govt Urged to Act on 'Unjustifiable' Prices of Pork, Chicken


Foot and Mouth Disease in More Than 30 Ugandan Districts


Parma Ham Production Explored by European Pig Producers


Less French Pig Meat to China, More to Philippines


Icelandic Slaughterhouses Need Improvement in Animal Welfare

   Russian Federation

Russian African Swine Fever Outbreaks Affect Wild Boars


African Swine Fever in Estonia Kills Wild Boar


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