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Monday 27th October 2014
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor



Boehringer Ingelheim



MSD Animal Health

Big Dutchman

Novus International



Challenges to Pig Trade

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has found that amendments made by the United States to its Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) rules have made them more restrictive for countries such as Canada and Mexico rather than simplifying them.

In its latest ruling on the case brought by Mexico and Canada and backed by other meat exporters, the WTO has been backed by the meat industry in the US, who said that “USDA’s mandatory COOL rule is not only onerous and burdensome on livestock producers and meat packers and processors, it does not bring the US into compliance with its WTO obligations".

However, the US farmers said that there was strong consumer support for the USDA's COOL regulations.

The WTO ruling stated that the dispute concerns whether the measure taken by the United States in 2013 complies with the DSB recommendations and rulings in the original US–COOL dispute.

Canada and Mexico challenged the treatment given to imported Canadian cattle and hogs, and imported Mexican cattle, under the United States' amended COOL rules for beef and pork.

In the two years since joining the WTO in August 2012, Russia has become one of the most active members of the body dealing food safety and animal health issues – the Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Committee.

Russia has given 52 regular and emergency updates of the disease situation in Russia and laid out technical assistance it has been giving to developing countries on SPS issues.

Russia had been the subject of five specific trade concerns so far and raised two of its own concerns.

In its exchanges, Russia has acknowledged that there is a political background to some of the issues but has now called for cooperation, rather than confrontation, and said political disagreements spoil the environment for finding a solution.

At a recent meeting, Russia and the EU gave updates on the latest situation over African swine fever in Eurasia and Europe.

While both parties described the measures they had taken to tackle the spread of the disease, which is found in wild boars and domestic pigs, they blamed each other for failing to deal properly with the risks.

Animal diseases can also pose a serious threat to trade and with its considerable and valuable trade in live pigs and pig meat, Denmark has every reason to take the dual threats of African swine fever and porcine epidemic diarrhoea seriously.

With African swine fever just 10 hours driving time away, the Danish pig industry is to intensify disease protection measures at its land border with Germany by building a state-of-the-art vehicle wash at Padborg.

According to the Danish agriculture organisation, Landbrug & Fødevarer (Agriculture & Food; L&F), 22,000 trucks cross the Danish border every year with piglets and pigs that are sold abroad.

These vehicles carry a risk of transmitting infectious diseases to Danish pig herds and so the Danish Pig Research Centre (PRC) has this week announced its decision to invest in a new truck wash at the border.


EuroTier 2014, hall 11: Gold and silver medals for Big Dutchman

EuroTier 2014, hall 11: Gold and silver medals for Big Dutchman

Big Dutchman Pig Equipment GmbH is one of the most innovative suppliers of housing and feeding systems for modern pig production. This was proved once more in the run-up to EuroTier 2014 which will be taking place in Hanover, Germany, from 11 to 14 November: An international expert committee awarded the company with one gold and one silver medal. During the world's leading trade fair for animal production, Big Dutchman presents its product range in hall 11.

The gold medal has been awarded to the PEF processing system for liquid feed: High-voltage pulses make the roughage in the fibres of the entire maize plant digestible for pigs – for the first time ever.

The silver medal goes to the level-controlled agitator for liquid feeding systems. The agitator automatically adjusts its position to the filling level in the mixing tank.

Other liquid feeding highlights are the SwapTank system, which saves one entire tank, and TwinSpin, a new tube system which keeps the feed homogeneous even over long distances. The first retrofit PRRS filter and the BestReader for ear tag reading are also featured among the novelties.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Making the Most of the Suckling Period
Know why you do what you do and do it well, Dale W. Rozeboom of Michigan State University told the 2014 London Swine Conference.

Better Welfare for Danish Pigs, Naturally
In March 2014, Denmark's Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries entered into an agreement with the agricultural industry and other stakeholders on improving pig welfare. A report in the Danish Centre for Food and Agriculture (DCA) Annual Report explains why the Centre supports the historic new agreement on several fronts.

Life Cycle Analysis of Water Use in US Pork Production
A study at the University of Arkansas reveals that two-thirds of the water used in pig production in the US is linked to the production of crops for feed.

Presence of Six Potentially Pathogenic Viruses in Pigs Suffering from PMWS
This Slovakian study examined the role of multiple virus infections in young pigs of different ages with post-weaning multisystemic wasting syndrome (PMWS). They found that the presence of PRRSV exacerbated the symptoms of PMWS and that a PCV2 vaccination reduced viral co-infections.

Carbon Dioxide System for on-farm Euthanasia of Pigs in Small Groups
A detailed description of an effective carbon dioxide application system and method are provided by researchers at North Carolina State University so farmers can construct the low-cost system.

Drivers for Animal Welfare Policies in Africa
A new study from Lesotho calls for improved understanding of animal welfare in African countries or there could be deleterious effects in future on economic growth as well as national and international trade.

Company News

Gonadotropin Improves Oestrus in Late-puberty Replacement Gilts in Thailand
THAILAND - Gonadotropin (Fertipig, CEVA Animal Health) stimulated oestrus in late-puberty gilts in Thailand, according to researchers based in Mahasarakham and Bangkok.
Osborne Signs Distribution Agreement with Plasson Do Brazil
US & BRAZIL - Osborne Industries, Incorporation, has announced it has reached an agreement with Brazil-based manufacturing company, Plasson do Brasil, to distribute Osborne’s pig management equipment in Brazil.
Biomin Says Dramatic Change Needed for Sustainability
GERMANY - The 6th World Nutrition Forum in Munich organised by Biomin ended two full days of stimulating sessions with plenty of food-for-thought on issues of sustainability across a range of topics – from the animal sciences to management, economics and philosophy.
Chelated Trace Minerals in Swine Rations Allow Increased Efficiency
US - New research shows MINTREX® increases digestibility and retention of trace minerals in pigs, reports Novus International.
First Retrofit PRRS Filter for Houses with Decentralised Fresh Air Distribution
GERMANY - Big Dutchman has developed an innovative fresh air filter which significantly reduces the risk of infection from diseases such as Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS).
Winners of the 2014 European PRRS Research Award
GERMANY - Boehringer Ingelheim funds three research projects against swine disease PRRS with €75,000 total and three winners have been chosen for this year's awards out of more than 30 high-quality proposals.
Market Reports

USDA Livestock Slaughter - 23 October 2014
USDA Cold Storage - 22 October 2014
Irish CSO Reports - Agricultural Price Indices - August 2014
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 16 October 2014

Global Pig Industry News


Two New Cases of African Swine Fever Detected in Polish Wild Boar

   United States

USDA Moving in Right Direction on COOL, Says Farmers Union
Hog Outlook: Record High Retail Price of Pork
Market Analyst: Major Contrast in Livestock Markets
International Meeting Focuses on Controlling PED Spread
Insect Meal Could be the Future of Animal Feed
CME: Reductions in Stocks of Frozen Meat and Poultry
US Pig Farmers, Workers Encouraged to Get Flu Vaccination
Choice Genetics USA Exits Bankruptcy
CME: Celebrations for Long Serving USDA Chairman
‘Usual Suspects’ Play Role in Fall Hog Prices
Food Labels Can Reduce Environmental Impacts of Livestock
CME: Another Fall in Hog Prices


Swine Traceability Fundamental in Tracking PED
No New Cases of PED Reported in Canada
Swine Delta Coronavirus Found at Alberta Pig
Handling Centre

Pork Producers Told: Step up Communication to Reduce PED Risk
Controlling PED Key to Economic Stability and Staff Morale
New Investment into Feed Enzyme Research in Canada

   United Kingdom

National Office of Animal Health Appoints New
Chief Executive

Delivering Sustainable Intensification for the Future
Rare Breed Pigs to Help Dorset's Endangered Species
Vets Urge Investment in Northern Ireland’s Animal Health Research
UK Pig Meat Export Mission to Philippines
£5-million Boost for Food Security
Antiparasitic Technology Awarded UK Animal Health Patent
UK Pig Industry Tackles Antibiotic Use


Danish Crown to Test Antibiotic-free Pig Production
Danish Pig Industry Steps up Border Disease Measures


Brittany Pork Company to Receive EU Pay-out
Strong Interest in US Pork at Paris Food Show
European Pig Health Meeting: Call for Abstracts


Indian Feed Association Acts as Platform to Resolve Livestock Issues
India’s Vegetable Oil Imports up 21 Per Cent in September


Pork Prices Forecast to Rise in Japan


Bachoco Reports Strong Performance in Third Quarter


Russia Most Active in WTO over Animal Health and Food Safety
Canada Calls for US to Comply with WTO Ruling
WTO Finds US COOL Restricts Beef, Pork Trade
Second Successive Year of Grain Surpluses


Four New Outbreaks of Classical Swine Fever Reported in Latvia

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Continuing to Stabilise
New Director for Agriculture at EU

   Russian Federation

Russia Extends EU Food Import Ban on Safety Grounds
Thai Pork Plants Approved to Export to Russia


Belarus Officials Allay Fears over African Swine Fever


Nutreco Sees Revenues Fall
Nutreco Agrees to Offer from SHV

   Viet Nam

Cargill Vietnam Wins Industry Award for Best Pig Feed


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