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Monday 3rd November 2014
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor




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Prospects for Ukrainian Agriculture and Danish Pork

Ukraine not only faces political risks but also the challenges of climate change, low global development rates and declining margins in the products it is trading and the need to open up new markets in the face of intensified competition.

According to market analyst, Sergey Feofilov from UkrAgroConsult, speaking at the recent Grain Outlook Conference in London, Ukraine needs a broad range of reforms to challenge in the modern market place – not least development of the country’s export logistics.

As it stands, Ukraine is the third largest exporter of corn in the world, the sixth largest exporter of wheat, the fifth largest exporter of barley – where just four years ago, it headed the list. It is still the number one exporter of sunflower seed and sunflower oil.

The reason for this dominance in the global grain trade, which has a strong influence on the meat and livestock markets around the world, is that the soil and climate in Ukraine, particularly in the western regions, are almost ideal for farming.

Climate change has also so far been favourable to Ukraine, helping to boost yields in central Ukraine, with last season’s crop yielding around 21 million tonnes of wheat, 27 million tonnes of corn and seven million tonnes of barley.

With the total grain crop expected to reach 58.75 million tonnes, exports are expected to rise by more than 1.5 million tonnes to 33.43 million tonnes.

“There is a positive outlook with exports higher than last year and production higher,” Mr Feofilov said.

He added that the main difficulties facing the country are the cost and physical logistics of transporting and exporting the grain and other products.

Moving on to Denmark, participants at the recent Herning conference heard that there are major benefits to be gained from producing finishers in new, larger units.

This is shown by the results of research undertaken by the Danish Agriculture and Food Council. The Danish Pig Research Centre (VSP) as called on finisher producers and their banks to invest in new developments.

The Danish Pig Research Centre has also stressed that a high level of hygiene ensures that as little MRSA CC398 as possible is transmitted from livestock farms to the surrounding society.

There are several strains of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria but one strain in particular, CC398, is associated with animals and in Denmark, it is primarily found in pigs.

To limit the transmission of MRSA CC398, it is therefore crucial that everyone working on pig farms is aware of their responsibility in this regard.

The Danes seem to enjoy eating pork as much as raising pigs. In a bid to find the top national food, the choice has been narrowed down to eight dishes, representing all the regions of the country. Six of those dishes feature pig meat.


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

Pig Farming, Javanese-style
Stuart Lumb reports on his recent visit to pig farms in Indonesia, where there are more pigs than in Belgium or the UK, despite it being a predominanty Muslim country.

Improving Finishing Herd Performance
Changes made to a finishing unit in Essex helped beat disease and boost herd performance, according to Farm Case Study 36 from BPEX.

Converting to Group Sow Housing: Decisions to Consider
At the 2014 London Swine Conference, Ronald O. Bates of Michigan State University explained the decisions swine producers must make if they plan to transition to group sow housing.

Feeding Value and Energy Prediction of DDGS with Variable Oil Content
University of Minnesota researchers, Fangzhou Wu, Pedro Urriola and Gerald Shurson, together with Lee Johnston and Adrienne Hilbrands of the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris outline their recent work evaluating the effects of feeding low-oil corn distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to growing-finishing pigs.

Deep Pit Flash Fires and Explosions: Sources, Factors and Management
Robert Burns of Iowa State University has carried out a literature review on the sources, occurrence, factors and management of flash fires and explosions at swine farms with deep manure pits for Pork Checkoff.

High Specification Starter Diets Improve the Performance of Low Birthweight Pigs
Providing a high-quality diet to the lightweight piglets at weaning (28 days) allowed them to catch up with their peers by 10 weeks of age, report researchers from the UK.

Company News

EU Authorisation for FUMzyme Proves Fumonisin Biotransformation
EU - Biomin has announced the EU authorisation of FUMzyme® as 'substances for reduction of the contamination of feed by mycotoxins'.
Hypor Supples Top Genetics for Pork Production at Least Cost
THE NETHERLANDS - Hypor's balanced approach to pig breeding is founded on strengthening four key pillars: Value Creation, Collaboration, Innovation and Sustainability.
VIV China 2014: Successful Business Week in Beijing
CHINA - The concept of the China Livestock Industry Week - comprising of the VIV International China Summit and the VIV China 2014 exhibition - is likely to be used as the recipe for future VIV shows, say the organisers at VNU Exhibitions about the successful event in Beijing.
IPPE to Host Seminar on Food Safety Modernisation Act
US - The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) will host a one-day Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA) seminar at the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, Georgia on 28 January 2015.
Introduction of the Multifan Tube Fan 130
THE NETHERLANDS - Increasing demands for high capacity ventilation chimneys have led to the development by Vostermans of the Multifan Tube Fan 130.
How Will Emerged and Emerging Worlds Benefit from Future Enzyme Technologies?
UK - Danisco Animal Nutrition will celebrate 25+ years of enzyme innovation at EuroTier with a VIP seminar on how future enzyme technologies can benefit the developed and developing world.
AB Vista to Showcase a Quantum Leap in Phytase at EuroTier
UK - AB Vista will exhibit its revolutionary new phytase, Quantum Blue, on its stand at the leading animal production trade show, EuroTier.
Ceva Santé Animale Reinforces Its Production Capacity
FRANCE - Ceva Santé Animale has invested €18 million in renovating and extending its sterile products plant in Libourne. The new industrial facility was inaugurated on 3 October and will increase injectable drug production capacity.
New Tube System for Liquid Feeding: True Leap in Quality
GERMANY - Big Dutchman will present its TwinSpin tube for liquid pig feeding at EuroTier 2014.
Novus Highlights Mineral, Gut Health Solutions at EuroTier 2014
US - Novus International, Inc. is exhibiting at EuroTier 2014, highlighting its mineral and gut health solutions.
Comparison of Altresyn with Another Altrenogest Product in Synchronising Oestrus in Gilts
FRANCE - Altresyn proved to be a highly efficient product when used for managing the oestrus in replacement gilts, according to research by Ceva.
Southeastern Meat Association to Exhibit at 2015 IPPE
US - The US Poultry and Egg Association (USPOULTRY), the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and the American Meat Institute (AMI) have announced that the Southeastern Meat Association (SEMA) will exhibit at the 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE).
MSD Animal Health Highlights Steps to Quality Pork
MALAYSIA - MSD Animal Health recently hosted a High Quality Pork Congress in Malaysia.
New EU Rules on Trichinella Testing of Pork
UK - A new testing regime comes in at the end of this month as part of EU control on trichinella.
Amendments to the Certificate of Competence in Pig Husbandry
UK - The Certificate of Competence in pig husbandry skills has been overhauled to make it even more practical and relevant to everyday production.
Why Sustainability is Important to the Animal Agricultural Industy
US - The seventh annual Animal Agriculture Sustainability Summit will be held during the 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
“YouTube-Proof” Topic for Discussion at 2015 IPPE
US - The Market Intelligence Forum is returning to the 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE).
AB Vista Launches Phytase Survey at EuroTier
UK - AB Vista will be conducting a survey among visitors to this year’s EuroTier to discover the extent to which livestock producers, feed compounders and integrators are adopting the concept of phytase superdosing.
Wienermobile, Drive to Feed 'Chew on This' Return to IPPE
US - Attendees of the upcoming 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) will again have an unique opportunity to visit the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile and explore the Drive to Feed 'Chew on This' exhibit.
Zoetis: New European Research Centre Specialising in Livestock Disease
EU - A new European research centre, comprising a collaborative network of veterinarians, scientists and technical specialists with a coordinating hub in Edinburgh, Scotland, aims to identify emerging diseases in livestock and companion animals, and enhance the ability to control them.
Cash Lean Hogs Have Big Decline
US & CANADA - Strong cattle prices should support lean hog prices in the near future, writes Jim Long. We see how sow herd expansion in the US. Wildcard is PED but expect more hogs by next fall either way. The old adage 'cheap feed leads to cheap hogs' no doubt has changed.
New Hotels Added to Meet 2015 IPPE Record Demand
US - Because of high interest in the 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta in January, additional hotel rooms have been added.
Simple Pig Ear Tag Reading, Smart Data Managing
GERMANY - Small, compact and cleverly connected: Big Dutchman introduces a robust innovation to read electronic sow ear tags at the EuroTier 2014.
Market Reports

Australian Rural Commodities Wrap – October 2014
Irish CSO Reports - Livestock Slaughterings September 2014

Global Pig Industry News


What Challenges Face Ukraine?


Tracking Swine Disease is Leading to Positive Results in Canada
Supports for Canada's National Swine Health Surveillance Programme
Maple Leaf Sees Losses Reduced
C$2.46 Million Donation to Fund a New Canadian Feed Research Centre
American, Canadian Pork Producers Would Benefit from Fixing M-COOL

   United Kingdom

Parsnips Poison Pigs
British Parents Want More Lesson on Food and Farming in Schools
New Monogastric Science Research Centre Launched in Scotland
NFU Seeks Reassurance over New Farm Payments IT System
Harper Adams Pig Scholarship Opportunities
Quality Pork Limited Takes Ownership of Brechin Pig Abattoir
New CEO Joins National Office of Animal Health

   United States

User-friendly Pig Feed Formulation Tool Available
US Pig Farm Samples Positive for Porcine Delta Corona Virus: 406
Market Analyst: Record Set as Beef Prices Outpace Pork
Experts to Address Changing Ag Market Conditions on Friday
Opportunity Remains for Pork to Capture Market Share


Agriculture in China Rapidly Modernising
Shuanghui Reports Net Profits up by 10 Per Cent
US Pig and Sow Skin Imports Resume in China
Chinese Farm Produce Prices Continue to Fall


Larger Finishing Units Will Offer Better Returns for Danish Pig Producers
How the Danes Love Their Pork Dishes!
MRSA and Danish Pig Production in Perspective

   Russian Federation

Solid Nine-month Results for Miratorg


BRF Shows Strong Growth
Brazilian Pork Expo Offers Information on Health, Food Safety

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Friendly Atmosphere


Belgian Pig Meat Exports Down


Pork Prices Spike Japan


New Outbreak of African Swine Fever in Lithuanian Wild Boar


African Swine Fever Detected in Wild Boar in Estonia


Pork Volume Doubled in Belarus


Western Australia's Pork Industry Grows Positively


The Drost Project - A Visual Guide to Porcine, Pig Reproduction.
Biomin - Mycotoxins
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VIV Europe Digital 2014
EuroTier 2014
VIV Asia 2015


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Circovac - Vaccines against PCV2 and PMWS.
PIC - Never Stop Improving
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