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Monday 9th February 2015
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

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Moves to Stop Things Going Wrong in the Pig Sector

An all-seeing eye and independent monitoring would ensure the best possible animal welfare conditions in UK slaughterhouses, said MP Henry Smith in a debate in the House of Commons last week.

Mr Smith, a self-confessed vegetarian, said that he was calling for CCTV cameras to be installed in slaughterhouses as a matter of animal welfare. He said that the vets, who are on site in slaughterhouses, are not everywhere at once, and too many incidents have been missed.

The debate, which had been scheduled for some time, followed the recent incident in a Yorkshire slaughterhouse where animal welfare campaign group, Animal Aid, had taken video footage of the ill-treatment of sheep during Halal slaughter.

A new analysis of antimicrobial data in Europe confirms the link between humans and animals in the transmission of resistance.

The study by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) shows that there are also important differences in the consumption of antimicrobials in animals and in humans between European countries.

This is the first integrated analysis of data from humans, animals and food in Europe includes data on antimicrobial consumption by animal species, data on antimicrobial consumption in hospitals in more European countries and monitoring of resistant bacteria in the normal flora from both healthy and diseased people.

The strongest associations between consumption and resistance in food-producing animals were found for the antimicrobials studied in relation to indicator E. coli. Positive associations were also noted for Salmonella spp. and Campylobacter spp.

The retailer is taking an increasing role in reducing the use of antibiotics on farms as consumers become ever more aware of antibiotic resistance.

And finally, turning to news on porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED), new outbreaks are reported each week in the United States at a higher rate than in the warmer summer months but fewer than last winter.

Two new outbreaks were reported in Ontario, Canada, last week, following another two the previous week. Experts are warning producers to be on the look-out for signs of the disease and to ensure pig feeds are free of blood products of porcine origin.

One of our new features this week covers first-hand experience from a leading pig veterinarian of a PED outbreak in Ukraine last year. Around 30,000 piglets were lost in the outbreak and performance took almost five months to return to normal.



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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Clinical Signs of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea in Ukraine in 2014
Dr John Carr, pig veterinarian, describes the clinical signs of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) in Ukraine in 2014 associated with a Chinese/US PED virus. Around 30,000 piglets were lost in the outbreak and performance took almost five months to return to normal.

Markets Promising for New-look Canadian Pork Industry
The Canadian pork industry has undergone tremendous transition, emerging with a new-look, streamlined profile and globally competitive, market analyst Kevin Grier told the 2015 Banff Pork Seminar.

Salmonella Reduction in Pig Herds and Pork: The Danish Experience
The success of the Danish programme is more due to improved slaughter hygiene than to reductions in primary production although more Salmonella in herds makes it more difficult for the slaughter house, according to Jan Dahl, DVM, Chief adviser with the Danish Agriculture & Food Council. He was addressing the 2014 Teagasc Pig Farmers Conference.

Methods for Inactivating PEDV in Hog Trailers
A summary of four studies conducted between September 2013 and July 2014 to evaluate the efficacy of different aspects of commonly used trailer sanitation protocols for inactivating porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDV).

Mortality, Morbidity and Fertility after Accidental Electrical Shock in a Swine Breeding and Gestation Barn
Researchers at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana report on the accidental electrocution at a pig breeding farm, in which six sows were lost but the event had no long-term effects on the litter size of the other sows in the house.

Superdosing to Eliminate Dietary Phytate an Opportunity for Performance Gains in Swine
The use of phytase feed enzymes is increasingly moving beyond the simple release of phosphorus (P), with more complete phytate elimination through superdosing offering considerable performance gains, according to AB Vista.

Saskatchewan Pork Industry Symposium 2014
The latest Saskatchewan Pork Industry Symposium was held in Saskatoon on 18 and 19 November 2014.

Company News

Disease Genetic Research Making Headway
CANADA - Investment in swine health research and specifically in the genetics of swine diseases has increased substantially in the last several years, writes Bob Kemp, PhD PAg, Vice President Genetic Programs and R&D, Genesus Inc.
Paul Anderson Joins Genesus
ASIA & EUROPE - Genesus has appointed Paul Anderson to the role of International Sales Manager.
Hypor Adds Litter Uniformity Trait to Boost Pig Profitability
THE NETHERLANDS - Hypor has added a new trait to increase total system profitability: litter uniformity.
Market Reports

AHDB BPEX Pig Market Weekly - 9 February 2015
GB Animal Feed Statistical Notice - December 2014

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
CME: Final US 2014 Meat Data Message Positive
New Legislation Aims to End Welfare Issues for Farm Animals in Research
Hog Outlook: US Pork Exports Down in December
US Pork Exports Break Record for Value in 2014
US Farmers Say Agriculture Has Done Its Part to Reduce Deficit
Increase of 37 Per Cent in Tyson's Quarterly Operating Income
Genetically Engineering Animals to Ease World Hunger?
Cargill Completes Sow Stall-free Conversion Ahead of Schedule
USDA Invests $18 Million to Train New Farmers, Ranchers
CME: At What Point Must Relative Meat Prices Return to Normal?
Fresh Call to End Port Dispute Hitting Meat Exports
Pork Demand Driven by Competing Meat Prices
Pork Commentary: Iowa Pork Congress Report

   Philippines

Philippines Agriculture to Continue Growth in 2015
High Prevalence of Hepatitis E Found in Pigs in Philippines

   Canada

Piglet Iron Supplementation Protocols Need Reevaluating
Ontario Reports Two New PED Outbreaks
Canada Calls for Legislative Fix to Country of Origin Labelling
Good Faith, Dialogue Key to Maintaining Trust of Consumers
Call for Added Vigilance as PED Risk Rises with Cold Weather
Pig Producers Advised to Avoid Porcine Blood Plasma Products
Provincial Pork Organisations Support National Swine Research Initiatives
Observational Skills Key to Good Stockmanship
Rick Bergmann Appointed New Canadian Pork Council Chair
Swine Barn Air Filtration Evaluation System Expected by Mid-2016
US Support for Resolution of COOL Builds
Swine Producers Encouraged to Watch for Subtle Signs of PED
Two New PED Outbreaks in Ontario

   United Kingdom

Should CCTV Be Installed in Slaughterhouses?
Government Challenged on Animal Welfare Ahead of Election
Strong Christmas Trading for Cranswick
Pregnant Women Advised to Avoid Sows at Farrowing
Decline Predicted in Profitability of UK Farming
Tulip UK Steps up Pork Export Drive to China

   Latvia

More ASF and CSF Detected in Latvia

   Global

FAO Food Price Index Falls Again
Call for Concrete Proposals in World Trade Talks
Nutreco Sees Revenue Rise
What Role do Retailers Play in Reducing the Use of Antibiotics on Farms?

   Poland

More ASF Reported in Poland

   Mexico

Bachoco Posts Five Per Cent Increase in Net Sales

   China

Call for More Attention to Environment in Modernisation of China's Agriculture
EU Maintains Two-thirds Share of Chinese Pork Imports

   Viet Nam

Study Finds Pig Value Chain in Viet Nam Fair

   Uganda

Even Smallholders Can Benefit from Pig AI in Uganda
Uganda's Pig Farmers Benefit from Feed Assessment Training

   Denmark

New Action Plan to Strengthen Danish Organic Production
Pigs as Models to Help Prevent Human Obesity Problems

   Brazil

Brazil Seeks More Agriculture Trade with China

   Australia

Revolutionary Feed NIR Calibration Delivery Platform Now Available

   European Union

Analysis of Antimicrobial Data Confirms Human-Animal Link

   Russian Federation

Six New Outbreaks of ASF in Russia

   Serbia

New Owners for Serbian Mitros Meat Plant

   Belgium

Ghent to Host International PRRS Congress in 2015

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