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ThePigSite Newsletter - 26 January 2015

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Monday 26th January 2015.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

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Weekly Overview: New Warning of PED Spread and Why There's Less Pork at Chipotle

Recent outbreaks of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) in Ukraine should serve as warning to the pig sector in Europe, a leading veterinarian has warned.

The North American strain of the PED virus, which has swept across the US since April/May 2013, has now been detected at a sow unit in central Ukraine.

Speaking to ThePigSite, pig veterinarian, Dr John Carr, said he has detected three cases of PEDv in Ukraine. The total number of cases is much higher, he said, and it is widespread across the east and west of the country.

With the virus now in Ukraine, the rest of Europe is on high alert.

"As this is the China/US strain of the virus, not the ordinary strain of Europe, it will act as a novel virus and European pigs will have no previous protection," said Dr Carr who stressed the need for heightened biosecurity measures, particularly vehicle disinfection before entering the farm.

An upturn in the number of PED outbreaks in the United States occurred in November, as the colder winter weather began. This was to be expected as the virus survives better at low temperatures as thorough disinfection is much harder to achieve. The number of new outbreaks reported by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) each week has returned to a level of 100 to 120 from the late summertime range of 60 to 80.

In Canada, a new case of PED in Ontario brings the total number of outbreaks there to 70 in the last year.

New funding is being made available to assist Saskatchewan pork producers in improving biosecurity to help prevent the spread of PED.

The Governments of Saskatchewan and Canada have allocated C$150,000 in funding through Growing Forward 2 to administer the Saskatchewan Swine Transport Biosecurity Program. This aims help the province's hog producers improve biosecurity and so help prevent the spread of PED.

New research from the University of Minnesota shows that sows previous infected with a relatively mild strain of the PED virus confer protection to their piglets against a more severe strain.

PED outbreaks are also continuing across much of Japan.

In other news, restaurant chain, Chipotle has taken pork off the menu of about one-third of its 1,700 restaurants because one supplier was not following the company’s strict welfare standards.

A spokesperson for Chipotle Mexican Grill in the US said the company would not compromise on its standards after a routine audit at the one supplier revealed that pigs there had access to neither an outdoor area nor to deeply bedded barns.

And finally, antibiotic resistance is developing quickly and many critically important drugs risk becoming obsolete. Disastrous consequences lie in wait, therefore, unless these drugs are used prudently, according to an investigation by 5m Publishing.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Quantifying the Prevalence of Lameness and Hoof Lesions in Canadian Nucleus Herds
A Canadian survey of genetic nucleus herds showed moderate levels of lameness and a high prevalence of hoof lesions, report Yolande Seddon and Jennifer Brown in the 2013-14 Annual Research Report from the Prairie Swine Centre in Canada. The authors comment that more objective methods of lameness evaluation are needed to monitor prevalence across herds effectively.

Monitoring Farrowings and Farrowing Intentions in 'Hogs and Pigs' Report
More pigs and more pig meat look likely to appear on the US market in 2015 than last year, forecasts Lee Schulz in the current 'Iowa Farm Outlook'.

Unravelling the Complexities of Animal Welfare in Developed Markets
Welfare issues will not derail the positive outlook for pork industry, Dr Glynn Tonsor of Kansas State University told the 2015 Banff Pork Seminar in Canada.

New Research on Calcium Provision in Growing Pigs
Work at the University of Illinois funded by AB Vista aims to improve our understanding about the digestibility of calcium in growing pigs.

Variation Immune Response and Viraemia in Experimental Challenges with Porcine Circovirus
Researchers at the University of Nebraska showed that the growth rate of pigs infected with porcine circovirus 2 (PCV2) was more closely but inversely related to the replication rate of the virus than to antibody levels.

Comparison of Impact of Behaviours Performed by Entire Male and Female Pigs Prior to Slaughter on Skin Lesions
A new study from Ireland shows that entire males were more aggressive and performed more mounts than female pigs and that, as a result, the boars had more skin lesions. It was found that carcass lesion score is a sensitive indicator of aggressiveness and welfare of pigs.

Company News

What Makes Hog Slat's Grow-Disk Chain Superior?
GLOBAL - Hog Slat's Grow-Disk system offers a superior feed chain, and its molded plastic disks physically move feed to a feeder or sow drop, writes Hog Slat's Scott Bauck.
Spain Hog Markets
SPAIN - The price of hog in Spain, this week, is €1.03/kilo of live weight (54¢$/lb.), against the €0.99/kilo (52¢$/lb.) of Germany, writes Mercedes Vega, General Director for Spain, Italy & Portugal.
Nutriad Launches New Website
BELGIUM - Nutriad has launched a new corporate website which conveys the vision of a leading producer of state-of-the-art feed additives.
Boehringer Ingelheim, Sanofi in Contract Manufacturing Alliance
GERMANY - Boehringer Ingelheim and Sanofi have entered into an alliance to extend Sanofi’s manufacturing capacity network for therapeutic monoclonal antibodies.
Erich Erber Honoured by Receiving PhD hc from Kasetsart University
THAILAND - In a dignified ceremony graced by the presence of HRH Princess Chulabhorn, 2,450 students of Kasetsart University (Bangkok) received their degrees, and Erich Erber, the founder of Biomin and Erber Group received a doctorate.
Big Dutchman Acquires Controlling Interest in Proline Group
ASIA & OCEANIA - The Big Dutchman group based in Vechta, Germany, has acquired a controlling interest of the Canada-based Proline Group to strengthen further its position in Asia.
Novus Highlights Mineral Solutions at IPPE 2015
US - Novus is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of its highly-effective chelated trace minerals, MINTREX, and will host several events at IPPE to commemorate the occasion.
Pork Commentary: Bloom off Rose in US Markets
US - This week we will be at the Banff Pork Seminar. If you are there come visit us at the Genesus Reception in the St. James Pub downtown Banff Tuesday 9 pm until close and/or visit our exhibit at the seminar site.
Market Reports

BPEX Weekly Export Bulletin - 26 January 2015
BPEX UK Pig Meat Market Update - January 2015
AHDB BPEX Pig Market Weekly - 22 January 2015
UK November Agricultural Price Index - 22 January 2015
USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook - January 2015

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
CME: Cold Storage Report Has Bearish Implications
Hog Outlook: Dispute Causing Serious Problems for US Meat Exporters
Sows Exposed to Mild PED Virus Protect Offspring from Severe Form
2015 World Pork Expo Set for 3-5 June
CME: Export Demand Very Important for US Hog Industry
PEDv on the Agenda for Southern Indiana Pork Conference
Opinions Sought on Kansas Feral Hog Control
Chipotle Pulls Pork off Menus
NFU Urges President to Reconsider Massive Trade Agreements
Issues Stemming from January USDA Reports
Pork Prices to Struggle in Competition for the Consumer
High-protein Soybean Aimed at Feed Market Released


New Task Force to Improve Agriculture Risk Management Programmes
Social Media Changes How Farmers Communicate with Consumers
Aherne Prize Winners Announced at Banff Pork Seminar 2015
New Case of PED in Ontario
Canadian Efforts to Contain PED Highly Successful
Pig Nutritionists Work to Improve Feed's Nutritional Value
US Producers Still to Feel Impacts of Retaliation Against US M-COOL
Lectureship Award to Knol at Banff Pork Symposium
New Funding Available to Help Pork Producers Improve Biosecurity
Banff Seminar Hears That Pork Sector Must Adapt, Evolve
Commitment to Doing What's Right Vital for Pig Farmers
Secure Winter Wheat for Feed Before Demand Spikes
Exports Key to Adding Value to North American Pork Production
Canadian Pork Council Chair to Step Down

   New Zealand

New Zealand's Farmers Call for Drought Declaration
Fall in Fuel Prices Should Mean Lower Costs for Farmers


Ukrainian PEDv Outbreaks a Warning Sign for European Pig Farming

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Balanced Situation, Quotations Unchanged
Processed Meats Require COOL, Says EU Food Safety Group

   United Kingdom

NI Minister Updates Pork Industry on Securing Exports to China
AHVLA Report: Piglet Diarrhoea, Colitis, Oedema Disease, Actinobacillus
Employee Motivation Day Set to Build Success in Agriculture
PEDv Disease Threat Heightened in UK


Vion Foods' CEO Steps Down


More PED Outbreaks in Japan


What’s Left If We Lose Antibiotics?
Could EU Pig Meat Exports to Russia Resume?
More Efficient Food Systems Needed

   Korea, South

Korean Pork Chain Fully Traceable


China-UK Agricultural Cooperation Strengthened


Farm Finance Debt Restructuring Loans Available in Western Australia


Finland to Export Pork to China


Latvia Reports 11 New Cases of African Swine Fever in Wild Boar
Another Classical Swine Fever Case in Latvian Wild Boar


Further ASF Reported in Lithuania


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