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Monday 8th December 2014
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

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Disease Control in Farm Animals is Cheaper Than a Pandemic

Among the lessons to be learned from the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8 in Asia and Europe, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) is recommending a strengthening of animal disease surveillance worldwide.

The Organisation warns of the need to strengthen surveillance and early detection systems for diseases of domestic and wild animals throughout the world and recommends making this a major objective of official health policies.

In this context, the OIE has issued a reminder that poor management of disease control at source in animals, irrespective of whether diseases are potentially transmissible to humans, can have consequences that are often severe for the local population and economy, and even at a regional and global level.

Speaking from experience, Director General of the Organisation, Dr Bernard Vallat, said last week: “The crises of the last 20 years, such as those related to avian influenza H5N1 and H7N9, foot and mouth disease and 'mad cow disease', and now Ebola, show us that while it is true that the policies of combating diseases at their animal source are an expense for the budgets of individual states or the international community, the amount is derisory compared to the costs involved in dealing with a panzootic or a pandemic.”

Biosecurity measures, including against African swine fever, in Belarus have been strongly criticised after a meeting between the chiefs of the veterinary authorities of Russia and Belarus.

In the meeting, head of the the veterinary authority in Russia, Rosselkhoznador, Sergey Dankvert said that over the last three years, Belarus had not been properly supervising and regulating the import and export of meat and food products. This has led to the need for economic retaliation, he said.

In Sweden, the goal for this year's winter hunt is to cut the wild boar population by at least half in order to help control African swine fever.

On control of porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED), the executive director of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians is encouraging pork producers to be aware of the heightened risk of the spread of the disease as the weather turns colder.

The manager of PigTrace Canada says the mandatory reporting of pig movements in the country is already demonstrating its value in terms of tracking the movement of disease.

Meanwhile, efforts to contain PED in Canada are also reducing the threat posed by other infections, according to the executive director of the Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative.



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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Tagging Animals for Identification
Why and how to tag sows and other pigs are explained by BPEX in No.11 in its 'Work Instructions' series.

Phosphorus Digestibility in Rice Co-products Fed to Growing Pigs
Phosphorus digestibility is not not high in most rice co-products but the high concentration of the mineral in some products makes them good sources if microbial phytase is also added to the feed, according to new research from the Hans H. Stein Monogastric Nutrition Laboratory at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Sudden Death During Transport: How Hog Heart Health Affects in-Transit Losses
At the London Swine Conference 2014, Kathy Zurbrigg of the University of Guelph described a study, in which she found that the majority of pigs that died in transit had a pre-existing cardiac abnormality, similar to one found in humans.

Effect of Diet Composition and Particle Size on Nutrient Excretion of Finishing Pigs and Propensity to Cause Manure Pit Foaming
Fibre composition in soybean hulls has a greater impact on manure-foaming capability than the fibre in DDGS, report Zhaohui Luo, Pedro Urriola, Bo Hu, and Gerald Shurson of the University of Minnesota and Brian Kerr of USDA-ARS. They also found that diets of larger particle size increased the manure-foaming capability of the feed.

Marketing Pigs
Pigs need to be sold at an optimum weight in order to maximise profit. Chad Paulk of Texas A&M University explains how to calculate the best weight in a Factsheet for Pork Information Gateway.

Company News

New Maternal Line BLUP Options to Maximise Profitability
IRELAND - Hermitage Genetics can now provide alternative BLUP selection criteria according to individual customer requirements.
Implications of US-EU Free Trade Negotiations to be Discussed at IPPE
US - Implications of US–EU free trade negotiations on animal agriculture are set to be discussed at the 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE).
ACMC Tip of the Month: Movement Restrictions Impact Multi-Species Sites
UK - The recent outbreak of avian influenza in Yorkshire highlights the unexpected consequences of running multi-species sites, says ACMC veterinary consultant, Paul Thompson.
Zoetis to Participate in Animal Health Summit
US - Zoetis Inc. will participate in the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Animal & Dental Health Summit on Thursday 11 December in Boston, Massachusetts.
New Biomin Web Site Now Available in Japanese
JAPAN - Biomin has now launched a Japanese version of the new corporate web site.
Effect of Altrenogest Treatment on Homogeneity of Follicular Development in Sows
THAILAND - Treatment with Altrenogest (Ceva Animal Health Thailand) affected the number of follicles, follicular size and homogeneity of follicles in sows, according to research from Thailand in a paper presented at IPVS 2014.
Farmland Documentary Features at 2015 IPPE
US - The 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) will feature the documentary, 'Farmland'.
Hermitage Purebred Landrace GGP and GP Females
IRELAND - Secure your herd health status and increase overall sow productivity by purchasing purebred Hyperprolific Landrace GGP or GP gilts straight from the Hermitage Freneystown nucleus.
BIVI FLEXcombo Swine Vaccine Now Available in 50-Dose Presentation
US - Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) makes it easier for producers and veterinarians to vaccinate pigs against porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae with a single injection of FLEXcombo®.
Pork Commentary: Happy for Swine Producers
CANADA - This past year has been the most profitable for North American hog producers ever. As Thanksgiving was celebrated this past week, it gave us time to ponder and to be thankful for the way the year has played out, writes Jim Long President, CEO of Genesus Inc.
Market Reports

China Wholesale Prices 5 December 2014
BPEX Weekly Export Bulletin 5 December 2014
China Wholesale Prices 4 December 2014
BPEX UK Pig Meat Market Update 4 December 2014
China Wholesale Prices 3 November 2014

Global Pig Industry News

   Canada

Biosecurity Stepped up to Combat PED, Reduce Other Pig Disease Risks
Mandatory Pig Movement Reporting Helps Track Disease in Canada
News Tools to Assist in Converting from Sow Stalls to Group Housing
Cold Weather Prompts a Step up in Transport Biosecurity
Legislative Approval of Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement
Canadian Pork Industry Disappointed as US Appeals WTO Decision on COOL
US Appeal of WTO M-COOL Ruling Disappointing to Manitoba Pork
Novel Technology Adapted to Improve Competitiveness of Canadian Pork
Worker Shortage Jeopardises Canada's Pork Trade Opportunities
Canada: Hog Markets

   Turkey

Global Feed & Food Congress Launched, Registration Open

   Australia

Australian Pig Farmers Welcome Early Start to Free Trade with Korea

   United Kingdom

Call for Research to Improve Welfare of Managed Animals
Energy-saving Opportunities for Pig Producers
Discovering What is Best in Eating Meat

   United States

Market Analyst: How is the Surging US Dollar Affecting Markets?
What Factors Will Affect Live Hog Prices in US in 2015?
CME: US Hog Markets Down Due to Disruption of PED
Will Pork Demand Hold Firm in US?
What is the Pace of Corn Consumption?

   Sweden

Wild Boar Culling in Sweden

   Global

Spain and Germany Join AgriCord
Strengthen Animal Disease Surveillance Worldwide, Urges OIE
FAO Food Price Index Broadly Stable
US Appeals WTO Panel Reports in US-COOL Disputes

   Netherlands

Nutreco Recommends Takeover Bid

   China

China Extends Tax Breaks for Farmers to Boost Agriculture
China Farm Produce Prices on the Rise

   New Zealand

New Zealand Piggery Investigations Complete

   Russian Federation

Russia Targets Belarus Biosecurity Measures

   Denmark

How to Keep Pig Barn Smells and Emission Down

   Ireland

Irish Farm Incomes to 'Fall Significantly' in 2015

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Unsettled Markets
Poland and Lithuania Report ASF Wild Boar Deaths

   Brazil

Nutreco Acquires Two Brazilian Premix, Feed Companies

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