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Monday 22nd September 2014
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

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US Pig Markets on the Turn?

As the northern hemisphere enters the fall/autumn, concerns are being expressed of a possible resurgence of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) in the United States and Canada.

This virus prefers cold weather and falling temperatures will test how good farm biosecurity really is, according to Dr Tom Burkgren of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians.

He added that the identification of the virus in Utah does raise concerns as it is unclear how the virus arrived there within the last month. Utah is the 31st US state to report a PED-positive result.

There has been no sign of an increase in the reporting of PED-positive samples in the US so far. Neither have there been any new cases of Swine Porcine Delta Corona virus in the US for two weeks either.

Canada has not reported any new PED cases for two months and a veterinarian with Ontario Pork reports that, since April, there have been very few incidents of environmental contamination from the virus in the province.

With the drop in PED cases, the Agricultural Institute of Colombia has reopened the country's borders for the import of breeding pigs from the United States and Canada, which had been restricted due to previous PED outbreaks.

Earlier this year, pork prices to producers shot up in the US as PED outbreaks – which have caused the deaths of an estimated eight million pigs there – were expected to leave the domestic and world markets short of pig meat.

With feed prices moderate, pig producers in the US have grown their pigs to heavier weights, leading to just a modest reduction in US pig meat production. And, of course, Russia has banned imports of meat from the US, Canada and elsewhere.

October hogs closed down $2.12 at $102.97, which another market analyst, Jim Wyckoff, thinks may signal lower prices in the near term.

Interestingly, US retail pork prices set new records last month. Market analysts at the University of Missouri report that the average price of a pound of pork in grocery stores during August was $4.20 – 7.3 cents higher than the month before and 44.3 cents higher than in August 2013. It was the sixth consecutive month with a new retail price record for pork.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Ample Feeder Space Benefits Slow-growing Pigs in Nursery Phase
Pork producers should consider increasing the feeder space allowance to achieve adequate feed intake by pigs, which can reduce the number of light-weight pigs at market time, according to University of Minnesota researchers, Yijie He, Jerry Shurson, John Deen and Yuzhi Li.

Lessons Learned from PEDv
Doug MacDougald of the South West Ontario Veterinary Services/Ontario Swine Health Advisory Board presented an update on porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDV) in Canada to the 2014 London Swine Conference in March 2014.

Alternative Curing
Traditional versus 'natural' curing, regulations, manufacturing of 'alternative' cured meat products and current research in naturally-cured meat products are outlined by Dr Amanda Gipe McKeith of Western Kentucky University in a Pig Information Gateway factsheet.

Effect of Gestation Management System on Gilt and Piglet Performance
A Spanish study reveals some differences in the body condition, behaviour and stress hormone level of gilts kept in stalls and group housing systems during pregnancy as well as i the performance of their piglets to weaning.

Testing Soybean Peroxidase for Swine Manure Treatment
Research at Iowa State University shows that the addition of soybean peroxidase to pig manure can reduce its environmental impacts in terms both of odours and harmful gases.

Company News

Strategic Porcine Multiplication Agreement in China
CHINA - Genus plc has a new strategic agreement with River Stone Farm (Shandong) Co., Ltd to become the Group's first commercial multiplier in China.
New Warehouse Opened by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica
US - Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., last month celebrated the opening of its new global packaging and distribution warehouse in the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor.
Hypor Maxter Compared to German Pietrain in Trial
GERMANY - Hypor Maxter is a fast-growing, stress-negative boar line that offers superior growth potential and meat quality, according to Hypor following a comparative trial in Germany.
New Gilts for Philippine-Based Thai Conglomerate
PHILIPPINES - One of Asia Pacific region’s largest Agribusiness conglomerates, Charoen Pokphand Philippines (CP) has taken delivery of 1,500 genetically-improved AC1 gilts at its newly-built unit at CP Farms, in Tinang, Tarlac in Central Luzon.
More Convenient Gletvax Six for Protecting Piglets
UK - A larger multi-dose bottle of Gletvax® 6, the vaccine against E. coli and clostridial scours, will now make it more convenient to protect large numbers of piglets.
Pig Farming Conference Series Ends on a High
UK - A piece of the British pig sector's history came to an end with the 25th and final annual JSR Farming Conference, reports Jackie Linden. The event series went out on a high note with five varied presentations with plenty to interest the invited delegates.
Dufresne Honoured with Allen D. Leman Science in Practice Award
US - Luc Dufresne, DVM, has been named the recipient of the 2014 Allen D. Leman Science in Practice Award, reports Zoetis.
Market Reports

China Wholesale Prices - 18 September 2014
Irish CSO Reports: Livestock Slaughterings August 2014
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 18 September 2014
USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook - 17 September 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 17 September 2014
QMS Monthly Market Report - September 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 16 September 2014
Irish CSO Reports: Agricultural Price Indices - July 2014
BPEX Export Bulletin - Week 37

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

PED-Positive Farm Samples in US: 8,386
McDonald's: Sustainability is Job #1, #2 and #3
Hog Outlook: Retail Pork Prices Set New Records
No Change in US Pig Farm Samples Positive for Delta Corona Virus
President's Council Releases Report on Combating Antibiotic Resistance
Feral Wild Boar Becoming a Pest in Canada
Cold Weather Will Test PED Biosecurity
CME: Production Costs for Farrow to Finish Forecast to Fall Further
Post Weaning Toolbox Sets Stage for Long-Term Piglet Success
International Year of Family Farming 2014
October Lean Hogs Closed Down on Thursday
US Launches National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic Resistance
Market Analyst: Split Across Livestock Futures
Pork Checkoff Announces 2014 Pork Industry Environmental Stewards
Purdue Extension Conference to Cover Latest Information on PED Vrus
October Lean Hogs Closed Down Wednesday
National Farm Safety and Health Week Focuses on 'Protecting What Matters'
CME: Seasonal Expenditures on Pork
October Lean Hogs Closed up Wednesday
CME: Hog Carcass Weights Remain Heavy
National Pork Board Selects Kincannon and Reed for CEO Search
USDA Raises Corn Crop Forecast
Hog Outlook: 2014 Pork Production Forecast Lowered
October Lean Hogs Closed up Monday
Pork Commentary: Record Corn and Soybean Yields


South America Targets Russian Market

   New Zealand

New Managing Director Announced for Moredun Scientific


US Calls on Taiwan to Set Ractopamine Residue Rules for Pork

   United Kingdom

British Vets Prefer British Meat and Fish
Garth Pig Veterinarian Retires after 36 Years
Three Per Cent Fewer Pigs in the UK
Can Farming Reverse Its Ageing Trend?
Pirbright Celebrates Advances in Research on
Virus Diseases

Confidential Reporting Service Maintaining Pig Welfare
Conference Highlights Advances in Research of Livestock Virus Diseases
NFU Outlines Priorities Ahead of 2015 General Election
Concerns Raised over Future Safety of UK Food Imports


Colombia Reopens Border to US, Canadian Breeding Pigs


African Swine Fever in Estonia Kills Wild Boar


Transport of Swine Restricted in Brazilian States


More Land, Fewer Harvests in Climate Change Impact Study

   Russian Federation

Cherkizovo Group Will Substantially Increase the Production of Pork

   European Union

Farm Bureau Leads Delegation to Reduce Trade Barriers Abroad
Commission Reviews Control Measures against African Swine Fever
Commission Further Reviews Measures to Combat African Swine Fever
EU Pig Prices: High Pressure on Supply Side


Norway's New Requirements for Imported Pig Blood


Breakthrough in Understanding Coccidiosis in Newborn Piglets


FAO to Help India Develop Agriculture, Food Security


Improved Assurance-Food Safety On-Farm Programme
Environmental Sampling Shows Few Positive Samples of PED


French Pig Meat Sector Calls of Action over Russian Ban


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