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Monday 2nd February 2015
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

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Don't Underestimate the Benefits of Training

The director of sow nursery production with HyLife in Canada says improved training programmes have helped his company reduce dramatically staff turnover and improve the morale of employees.

Richard Taillefer, the director of sow nursery production with HyLife, spoke on 'Building an effective team' at the recent Banff Pork Seminar.

He said that, once employees have been hired, it is important to take the time to provide the training that will ensure they are comfortable with what they are doing and allows them to feel that they are contributing to the team from the first day of their employment.

Mr Taillefer said that the company's increased focus on training had resulted in a reduction of one-third in the turnover of pig technicians.

Also on the topic of gaining knowledge, a new web site from Swine Innovation Porc planned for launch shortly aims to provide pork producers information they can use when planning to convert pregnant sow housing from conventional stalls to group housing.

In the UK, Benchmark Holdings Plc – parent company of 5m Publishing and ThePigSite – has acquired the issued share capital of Improve International Limited, the provider of veterinary continuing professional development.

Also in the news in the last week, it is reported that no action has been taken against European Union countries that have not yet fully complied with the EU-wide ban on sow stalls – a year after warning letters had been sent out and two years after it became law.

Staying in the EU, the number of incidents of illness caused by the food-borne pathogen, Campylobacter, appears to be stabilising across Europe, according to a new report. The European Food Safety Authority report notes a decline in Salmonella, while Listeria and E. coli on the rise, however.

Do you feel well informed about the use of antibiotics on farms? Our short survey will help give an insight into what you – producers, vets, politicians, industry organisations and consumers – understand and know about the use of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Pioneers in the Piggery
A farming couple in Australia attribute the success of their pig farm to the constant search for innovation and improvement. Focus on pork quality, animal welfare and environmental impact are at the heart of that success, which they want to hand on to the next generation, as they explain to the National Australia Bank (NAB).

Effects of Group Housing after Weaning on Sow Welfare and Sexual Behaviour
An Australian-Danish study has found that sows housed in groups at weaning and re-grouped after insemination experienced higher stress than sows housed in individual stalls at weaning and mixed in groups after insemination, leading to less successful mating within five days of weaning for the group-housed sows.

Effects of Generic Ractopamine on Growth Performance, Carcass Characteristics, Meat Quality and Cutability of Finishing Pigs
Production and cutability were improved in finishing pigs fed 10mg per kg of generic ractopamine but the treatment had no significant effects on meat or fat quality, according to new research from the US.

The Link Between Feed and Salmonella in Pigs
At the 2014 Teagasc Pig Farmers Conference, a paper by first-named author, Anne Marie Burns, showed Salmonella detected in either feed or pig faecal samples on nine out of 10 high-seroprevalence pig farms in Ireland. It also confirmed the occurrence of monophasic Salmonella Typhimurium on Irish pig farms and the indication of its role in the transmission of Salmonella from contaminated feed to pigs.

The Right Approach? Tackling the Fumonisins Challenge in Pig Production
Fumonisins – a group of toxic and carcinogenic fungal metabolites commonly found in corn (maize) and its by-products – pose a significant threat to swine production, according to Shu Guan, Biomin Technical Manager.

Xylanase Characteristics: Key to Unlocking Consistent, Reliable Gains from NSP-degrading Enzymes
The factors affecting efficacy in non-starch polysaccharide (NSP)-degrading feed enzymes remain subject to considerable confusion, despite increasingly widespread use within the poultry and swine sectors, writes Dr Craig Wyatt, AB Vista Poultry Technical Manager.
Company News

Benchmark Holdings to Acquire Improve International Limited
UK - Benchmark Holdings Plc has acquired the entire issued share capital of Improve International limited, the Swindon-based veterinary continuing professional development provider.
David Harwood: A Farm Vet's Story
UK - What started as a personal memoir for David Harwood will soon be widely available, as the veterinarian prepares to release 'Rural Tranquillity to National Crisis: A Farm Vet’s Story', documenting his long career in an ever-changing industry.
Speakers Named for Iowa 'Partnering for Growth' Forum
US - Among the speakers named on the programme for the Iowa Biotechnology Association's upcoming forum on 'Partnering for Growth' is Hank Harris of Harrisvaccines.
Second Edition of ‘Mycotoxins in Focus’ Comes to VIV Asia 2015
THAILAND - The 'Mycotoxins in Focus: Trends, Facts, and Effects' conference organised by Biomin is set to provide an insight into the latest mycotoxin trends and prevalence to delegates at VIV Asia 2015 in Bangkok.
Split-Sexing of Finishing Pigs: the Benefits
IRELAND - Are you split-sexing the finishing pigs on your farm? If not, maybe this performance data will make you reconsider, says Hermitage Genetics.
Market Reports

Irish CSO Reports - Livestock Slaughterings - December 2014
BPEX UK Pig Meat Market Update - February 2015
AHDB BPEX Pig Market Weekly - 30 January 2015
USDA Livestock Slaughter - 27 January 2015
USDA Cold Storage - 27 January 2015

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

CME: Appreciation of US Dollar a Key Issue for Livestock Companies
Dispute Must Be Resolved Now To Protect US Exports
CME: Flow of Hogs to Harvest Driven by Interplay of Incentives
Hog Outlook: Slowdown at Seaports Drags Down Meat Prices
Corn Co-products from Wet Milling May Be Included in Pig Diets
Farm Prices Threatened by Crippled Sea Ports
National Pork Industry Forum Set
US Pork Producers ‘All In’ on Trans-Pacific Partnership
CME: What Was Behind Pork, Hog Market Trouble This Winter?
Entering New Normalcy of Hog Marketing
US Hog Markets


Various Factors Limiting Western Canadian Swine Barn Expansion
Evaluation of New Manure Separation Technology Launched
Improved Training Programmes Boost Morale at HyLife
Lower Dollar to Bring Only Limited Benefits for Pork Exports
Sow Body Condition Affects Milk Production
Improved Pork Industry Profitability Helps Boosts Banff Pork Seminar Numbers
The Pork Industry and Social Licence
New Web Site to Help Convert Sow Barns to Group Housing
Big Picture Positive for Canadian Pork Producers
Second PED Outbreak in Ontario in a Week
Pork Commentary: Banff Pork Seminar Report

   United Kingdom

Groceries Code Adjudicator’s Powers Welcomed by Farmers Union
Animal Welfare at Slaughter Improving in UK
BPEX Launches Refreshed Web Site


Critical Issues Discussed by International Feed Regulators
Canadian, US Pork Producers Discuss Swine Health and Disease Monitoring
Do You Feel Well Informed about Conditions to Use Antibiotics on Farms?
Food Insecurity in Conflict Areas Must Be Addressed
Drought Triggers Insurance Pay-out in Sahel Ahead of Humanitarian Aid


Danish Crown's DC Pork CEO Steps Down
Danish Pig Industry Adapts to New Challenges


Chinese Food Prices Rise Slightly

   Russian Federation

All-Round Improved Sales for Cherkizovo Group in 2014
Two New ASF Outbreaks Reported in Russia

   European Union

EU Farm Ministers, Commission Call to be United Faced with Russian Ban
Campylobacter Cases in EU Stable, Listeria Rising
EU Pig Prices: Market Balance, Positive Perspective
EU Ag Council Discuss Impact of Russian Ban on Pig Meat Sector
EU Countries Still Not Complying with Sow Stall Ban after Two Years
Increase in EU Pigs Killed in October


Urgent Help Needed in Malawi after Floods Destroy Food Production


Minister Launches Public Consultation Process on Ag Climate Change Discussion Document


Norway Issues New Protective Measure against Classical Swine Fever


HKScan Completes Meat Plant Reorganisation Talks


More African Swine Fever Outbreaks Found in Lithuania


New Outbreak of AfricaaSwine Fever Reported in Poland


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