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Monday 1st December 2014.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

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Focus on Denmark

With the International Pig Seminar taking place at the Agromek show in Herning last week, attended by Chris Harris, our focus has been on the Danish pig meat sector.

Since the financial crisis of 2008, investment in the Danish pig sector has been low.

At present, the sector is being hit by the loss of the Russian market because of the sanctions imposed following the EU’s stance over Ukraine but it is also being challenged by the threat of pig diseases, which led to the establishment of wash-down posts for pig transport truck along the border with Germany.

The sector has also been hit by the threat of MRSA and antibiotic resistance, and now it faces new animal welfare measures that are to be introduced by the government.

“Animal welfare is still an issue and has been brought up by the new minister of agriculture and next year we will halve the use of antibiotics on the farm,” Martin Anderssen from the Danish Pig research Centre said during his presentation at the Seminar.

He explained that the main problems with under-investment had been in the finisher production units.

Dr Bent Nielsen, head of SPF Health Control and the Pig Diagnostic Lab at the Danish Pig Research Centre, told delegates at the International Pig Seminar about the wide range of health and biosecurity measures in the pig sector in Denmark.

The stakes have never been higher; last year, he said, Denmark exported 2.5 million weaners to Poland and had 244 transport journeys to Russia and 143 to Lithuania – all centres for African swine fever.

Denmark is also facing a number of other challenges regarding live exports, according to Martin Anderssen from the Danish Pig Research Centre.

He said that in 2010, Denmark slaughtered 20.2 million pigs in domestic slaughterhouses but by last year, the figure had dropped to just over 19 million. At the same time, the number of piglets going for export has risen from 7.5 million to 9.7 million.

“In 20 years, we won’t have slaughterhouses in Denmark,” he said.

The Danes are also in the process of setting more demanding standards on animal welfare.

While the EU regulations allow the use of traditional sow stalls for four weeks after service, the Danish pig sector is to demand that all sows must be loose in the service area in newly built facilities after 1 January next year - and all facilities will have to fall into line by 2035.

The new standards were explained at the Agromek Seminar by Asger Kjaer Nielsen, quality manager at the Danish Pig Research Centre.

There are further requirements over sprinkling systems, additional hospital space, covered creep area and specifications on rooting materials, and the Danish sector is experimenting with loose lactating sows and free farrowing, he added.

Earlier this year, the new agriculture minister in Denmark, Dan Jorgensen, called a welfare summit that laid down a series of objectives to improve animal welfare in pig production.

Meat company, Danish Crown Group, has announced its annual reports this week, commenting that it has posted satisfactory results for the year despite market disruption caused by the political situation in Russia.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Shunt Fostering on a Three-Week Batch System Outdoors
The aim of shunt, cascade or two-stage fostering is to provide extra suckling capacity when born alive is higher than the number of functioning teats in that batch, according to BPEX in no.10 in its Work Instruction series.

Managing Pile-ups
Sylven Blouin explained to the 2014 London Swine Conference how Agri-Marché manages piglet flows as sows become more prolific.

Strategies to Improve Sow Productive Lifetime
Changes in vulva development during days 95 to 115 of age, presumably driven by oestrogen production from tertiary follicles, may be a useful tool to identify which gilts to keep for breeding, according to this report for Pork Checkoff.

Post-harvest Grazing of Hogs in Organic Fruit Orchards for Weed, Fruit and Insect Pest Management
Where pigs were allowed to graze under apple, cherry and pear trees, there was significantly less insect damage to the fruit the following season, US-based researchers have reported.

Survey of Current Swiss Pig Feeding Practices and Potential for Ammonia Emission Reduction
A survey in Switzerland reveals that ammonia emissions from pig production could be reduced at low cost, in particular, by lowering crude protein levels in feeds for finishers and dry sows.

Company News

SowMAX Had Producers Talking at EuroTier
ANALYSIS - Recently, I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days at EuroTier 2014 in Hannover, Germany, and I asked the same question to the Hog Slat sales teams, "What items are selling in your market?” writes Hog Slat's Scott Bauck.
Mexico Hog Markets
MEXICO - USA pork meat imports still increasing and affecting the Mexican pork industry, write Carlos A. Peralta - President and R. Carlos Rodríguez Vice president.
AFIA to Host Eighth Pet Food Conference at IPPE
US - The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) will host a one-day Pet Food Conference at the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, Georgia, on Tuesday 27 January 2015.
IPPE Tops 486,000 Net Square Feet, More Than 1,200 Exhibitors
US - With two months remaining until the trade show, the 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) has surpassed 486,000 net square feet of exhibit space with more than 1,200 exhibitors.
Pork Commentary: US Supply and Demand
US & CHINA - The most recent US hog numbers show a decrease of 5.2 million hogs – fewer hogs marketed in 2014 year to date compared to 2013 (99.520 – 94.320 million), writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc.
Novus International Honours Distinguished Science Fellow
US - Colleagues, friends and family recently gathered to honour the career and scientific achievements of Dr. Julia J. Dibner, retiring Senior Research Consultant and Distinguished Science Fellow at Novus International, Inc.
Zoetis Enhances Veterinary Education in China
CHINA - Zoetis, the Chinese Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), and Kansas State University (KSU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together and promote the Doctor of Veterinary Program (DVM) in China.
Central AI Delivers the Best Genes the Fastest
THE NETHERLANDS - Through centrally-located AI stations, Hypor delivers the best genes to its global network of strategically-located and interconnected, satellite nucleus farms.
MSD Animal Health Receives Approval for Porcilis PCV M Hyo Vaccine in Europe
EU - MSD Animal Health says the European Commission has approved its PORCILIS® PCV M Hyo vaccine that protects piglets against Porcine Circovirus and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae infections.
Last Week for Abstract Submissions to European Pig Health Event
FRANCE - Abstract submissions for the European Symposium on Porcine Health Management (ESPHM)close on Monday 1 December 2014.
Market Reports

China Wholesale Prices 28 November 2014
BPEX Weekly Export Bulletin 28 November 2014
Irish CSO Reports Livestock Slaughterings November 2014
China Wholesale Prices 27 November 2014
BPEX Weekly Export Bulletin 27 November 2014
Australian Rural Commodities Wrap - November 2014
BPEX Weekly Export Bulletin 21 November 2014

Global Pig Industry News


Vets Welcome New Biosecurity Bills
Primo Meat Company of Australia Bought by JBS


Global Livestock Sector Addresses Hunger, Malnutrition

   United Kingdom

SFP Payment Start Welcomed by NFU
Friday Not Black But Difficult
British React to Disease Threat
Movement Licences Now Available Following Bird Flu Outbreak
'Don’t Downgrade the Role of Vets in Animal Safety' Urges BVA
Abstract Deadline Ahead for British Animal Science Conference
Livestock Outlook Conference Scheduled for February 2015


Finland Considers Boar Eradication


Revered Paper Attacked For Antibiotics Prejudice

   European Union

EU Farmers Reimbursed €868 Million
European Pig Farmers Urged to Prepare for Winter
Potential of Probiotics for Sustainable Animal Production
Still Much to be Learned About PED
EU Pig Prices to Stay Settled


PED Expected to Result in Volatile Hog Markets
Drive Toward Heavier Hog Weights Improves Profitability
Hog Industry Expansion Should be More About Science Less About Politics
Concern Over Changes to Temporary Foreign Worker Programme
Canada's Pork Body Aims to Strengthen Further Trade with China

   United States

PED Back with Vengeance over Winter?
CME: What is Happening with PEDv?
Hog and Pork in US Heading for Profit
Annual Sales up Six Per Cent, Reports Hormel
Disaster Assistance Offered to Thousands of US Farmers
Lowest October Cold Storage Since 1996
CME: Smaller US Pork Inventories
US Breeding Pigs to Require Identifier Tag in January


Danes Choose Favourite Dish: It's Fried Pork
How is Danish Pig Sector Improving Welfare?
Danish Pig Sector Seeks to Increase Investment
Denmark Faces Challenge over Live Pig Exports
Danish Pig Industry Steps Up Biosecurity
Danish Crown Rides out Market Turbulence


BRF Adopts New Animal Welfare Practices
First Shipment of Brazilian Pork Heads for US


Nutreco Expects Renewed Takeover Offer in December

   Russian Federation

High Pork Prices Made a Good Quarter for Cherkizovo


Pork Production Down Seven Per Cent in Chile


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