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Monday 20th October 2014.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

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Support to Fight African Swine Fever in EU, China

African swine fever (ASF) is a serious pig disease with severe economic consequences. It was first detected in the European Union in Lithuania at the beginning of 2014. Despite the stringent veterinary and sanitary measures adopted to control it, the disease has spread further to Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, causing heavy losses for farmers and operators involved in trade in pigs and pig products.

The disease seems to have been introduced into these EU states from the Russian Federation and possibly Belarus, where it has been present for several years, and where the relevant sanitary authorities have been unable to eradicate it or prevent its further spread.

At its regular meeting in Luxembourg last week, the EU Agriculture Council held an exchange of views on the ASF situation in the European Union.

Several ministers highlighted the risk of a further spread of the disease in the region and supported the member states directly affected. That support will take the form of coordination of veterinary and sanitary measures to eradicate and prevent the spread of ASF to other countries as yet unaffected by the disease and ensuring that the costs incurred in doing so are covered by the EU and that there is compensation for pigs, feed, medicines, disinfection etc. in case of an outbreak.

The Commission confirmed that the conditions have been met for the EU to contribute at a rate of 75 per cent to the veterinary measures in the member states directly affected by the disease, and showed openness on additional new measures.

Germany is stepping up measures to keep out ASF. Hobby farmers and pet pig owners are being urged to play their part in keeping the disease out of the country and a politician has called for research to be stepped up to control ASF.

Government efforts so far have been focused on warning visitors and travellers not to dispose carelessly of food items from countries affected by the disease.

In the last week, new outbreaks or signs of ASF have been reported in Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine.

ASF in not only a concern in Europe, of course. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization has set up its first project to deal specifically with the threat of an incursion of the disease – in China.

The main aims of this project are to improve the overall national level of preparedness for ASF through capacity-building activities on risk assessment, diagnostic capacity and epidemiology and awareness campaigns for farmers and veterinarians. or now, government efforts are focused on warning visitors and travellers not to dispose carelessly of food items from countries affected by the disease.

On other news in the last week, global pork markets are showing signs of cooling down, according to Rabobank's latest report on the sector.

According to the report, the peak of the 2014 porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv) outbreak is past but the global pork industry faces another challenge from the Russian import ban affecting EU, US, and Canadian markets, which is resulting in a rapidly changing trade landscape.

Beneficiaries of the ban include Brazil, which has seen a 30 per cent per kilo price rise, while the EU has seen prices drop by nine per cent with no sign of recovery. Even taking into account the positive impact of declining feed costs on margins, it will be a disappointing year for the EU pork industry, forecasts Rabobank.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

No Easy Alternatives to Surgical Castration of Piglets
Four alternatives to surgical castration of piglets were outlined by scientists from Aarhus University. In the latest Annual Report from the Danish Centre for Agriculture and Food, DCA, they conclude that none of the four alternatives is easy to implement in Danish pig production here and now.

Challenges Associated with Reproductive Failure in Sows
It is critical to evaluate both infectious and management-related causes of reproductive failure in sows, Glen W. Almond of North Carolina State University told the 2014 London Swine Conference.

Digestible, Metabolisable and Net Energy in Diets Containing Wheat Bran Fed to Growing Pigs
The digestibility of energy, protein and fibre declined with increasing inclusion of wheat bran in the diets of pigs in an experiment at the Hans H. Stein Monogastric Nutrition Laboratory at the University of Illinois.

Risk Factors Associated with Persistence of Salmonella Shedding in Finishing Pigs
The duration of Salmonella shedding was found by Michigan State University to depend on pig, farm and cohort risk factors.

Development and Validation of Isolation and Diagnostic Testing Detection for PEDv
Researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed have developed an effective PCR test for the porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) virus.

High-nutrient Specification Diet in the Grower Phase Does Not Improve Performance of Low Birthweight Pigs
A higher-specification diet post-weaning did not improve the performance of low birthweight pigs in this UK study but previously restricted normal birthweight piglets were more efficient when fed the higher-spec feed.

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Global Pig Industry News

   United States

PED-Positive Farm Samples in US: 8,622
Minnesota Extension Supports Pig Industry by Helping Stop Disease Spread
Study into Antibiotic Resistant Populations Associated with Feed Additives
US Pig Farm Samples Positive for Porcine Delta Corona Virus: 396
Pig Virus Risk Could be Reduced by Trailer Heating Systems
CME: USDA’s Estimated Cutout Value
Market Analyst: Whipsaw Price Action Across Markets
CME: Significant Upward Revision for 2015 US Pork Production

   United Kingdom

Antibiotic Usage Monitoring Spreadsheet for UK Pig Farmers, Vets
Animal Welfare Research Training Scholarship Available
Recognition for Professionalism in Agriculture
Drop in Standard Pig Price in UK
NFU Releases New Video on Protecting UK Wildlife and Environement
AHVLA Report: Klebsiella Mastitis in Sows in August 2014
Chilled Fallen Stock on Pig Units Offers Better Management, Biosecurity
Applications Open for New British Pig Executive Chairman

   European Union

EU Research Turns Food Waste into Feed
African Swine Fever Situation Explored at EU Agriculture Council
Copa-Cogeca Urges EU to Reject Plans to Slash Agriculture Spending in 2015


Manure Sampling Key to Understanding PED Status on Manitoba Farms
Feral Wild Boar Raise Disease Concerns for Canadian Pork Producers
PED: Prevention Is Most Effective Approach
Investment into Canadian Agri Traceability Services
No Sign of PED Virus on Fifth Manitoba Pig Farm


Chinese Food Prices Show Slight Fall
New Strategy for the Prevention and Control of African Swine Fever in China


Germany Steps up Measures to Keep out African Swine Fever


Global Pork Markets Cool Down
Market Analyst: How is Ebola Affecting Livestock Markets?
World Food Day Calls for Innovation on Family Farms
CME Group Cuts Workforce by Five Per Cent
Ebola Threatens Global Food Security


Brazilian Pork Export Volumes Continue Downward Trend
BRF at Top of Sustainability Rankings

   Korea, South

Highlights from the World Organisation for Animal Health Conference


No Further PED Detected in Ecuador

   Russian Federation

Russia to Increase Output of Agricultural Products by 2020
Russia to Import Pork from China after a Decade


Ukraine Gives Crimea Temporary Ban on Animal Produce
New Case of African Swine Fever Reported in Ukraine


African Swine Fever Reported in Lithuania
Two New Outbreaks of African Swine Fever in Lithuania


Classical Swine Fever Confirmed in Columbia


Three New Outbreaks of African Swine Fever In Poland


Ugandan Study Raises Concerns over Pig-Human Tapeworm


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