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ThePigSite Newsletter - 09 March 2015

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Monday 9th March 2015
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor





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Time for an Update on PED

Porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) may no longer be hitting the headlines but the disease continues to cause devastation on the farms it touches and impact the markets.

In the United States, PED has been confirmed in the last week in the state of Georgia for the first time.

Results from two samples from pigs at the Georgia Junior National Livestock Show held in February tested positive for the PED virus (PEDv). These latest cases bring the total number of US states affected by PED to 35.

They are not included in the latest update from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), which covers the week 22 to 28 February.

In that weekly report, the number of pig farm samples that are confirmed positive for PEDv was 78, with five premises confirmed with the similar but milder porcine deltacoronavirus (PDCoV) and 11 with the dual infection (PEDv and PDCoV).

The total numbers of premises with confirmed positive status for the current week are 969, 42 and 44 for PEDv, PDCoV and the dual infection, respectively.

In Canada, one new outbreak of PED was confirmed last week in Ontario, bringing the total number of farms in the province affected since January 2014 to 77.

PED outbreaks continue to be regularly reported by the Japanese press.

US hog market analysts have been drawing comparisons between this year and last in terms of the scale of the losses and the resulting market conditions.

Chris Hurt of Purdue University described the "boom and bust" market. A year ago, the new PEDv was the talk in the livestock media, fear set in among some pork buyers and hog and pork prices exploded to record highs with the national live price reaching $100 per hundredweight.

In recent weeks, live hog prices reached five-year lows near $45 per live hundredweight.

Steve Meyer thinks that these lower prices are not fully justified by supplies.

Looking ahead to the upcoming 'Hogs and Pigs' report, he thinks the biggest question facing this market is whether hog numbers return to expected levels or stay at five per cent or so above those levels through April.

And finally, turning to the UK, the total English pig herd increased by two per cent in the year to December 2014. Fattening numbers were also up two per cent but there were four per cent fewer sows at just 313,000. The number of in-pig gilts was 12 per cent below the level a year earlier.

On pig herd productivity in Great Britain, the number of pigs sold per sow per year increased by 0.4 to 22.7. With carcass weights also rising, the amount of pig meat produced per sow rose by three per cent or 50kg to 1.82 tonnes in 2014.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Will Hogs Provided with Whey Compensate in Their Feed and Water Intake?
Growing pigs provided liquid whey in their drinking water decreased intake of dry feed, and thus overall nutrient intake was unchanged, according to M. Deibert, D. Wightman and A.D. Beaulieu of the Prairie Swine Centre in its Annual Research Report 2013-14.

Australian Agricultural Commodities Report: Pig Meat
Pig meat production is projected to rise gradually over the short to medium term, reaching 410,000 tonnes in 2019-20, according to John Hogan in the 'Agricultural Commodities' report from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) for the March quarter 2015.

Comparison of Slice Characteristics and Sensory Characteristics of Bacon from Immunologically Castrated Barrows
Immunological castration was as effective as physical castration at eliminating boar taint in bacon, even when feeding distillers dried grains or when slaughtered at five or seven weeks after the second dose.

Emerging Threats Quarterly Report – Pig Diseases – October-December 2014
Among the significant developments reported in Great Britain were diseases associated with deficient home-mix diets, a continued upward trend in PRRS and the first diagnosis of oedema disease in East Anglia this decade. There is also an update on outbreaks of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea in Europe.

Establishing Bedding Requirements During Transport for Finishing Pigs
A new study at Texas Tech University reveals that moderate levels of straw bedding minimise the mortality of pigs during transportation in cold weather, while less bedding was beneficial under mild and warm environmental conditions.

Efficacy of TOXY-NIL PLUS in Fattening Pigs Diets
Nutriad shows how TOXY-NIL PLUS can bring substantial cost savings in mycotoxin-contaminated diets due to higher final weight of pigs and improved feed conversion rate.

Company News

Novus Receives Two Regional Awards at Best of NAMA
US - Novus International, Inc. has recently received two regional National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) awards, which recognise the best work in agricultural communications.
Nutriad Across the Globe
GLOBAL - Nutriad addresses how to deal with the great differences in pig farming methods across the world.
Catalonia Pig Farmers Happy with Liquid Feeding System
SPAIN - The Cassanyé family from Lleida is entirely satisfied with the liquid feeding system that supplies all their pigs, which was installed by Big Dutchman.
How-to Guide: Taking Oral Fluid Samples from Pigs
GLOBAL - Oral fluid samples can be used to not only monitor illness, but also to estimate pathogen levels (prognostic profiling), explains Life Technologies.
Registration Open for Zoetis 'A Challenge for Tomorrow' Seminar
US - Registration is open for 'A Challenge for Tomorrow', a seminar offered at no charge by Zoetis.
Ceva Posts Strong Double-digit Growth Again in 2014
FRANCE - Consolidated sales of the Ceva Group reached €766 million at the end of 2014, representing growth of 23 per cent and 14.1 per cent at a constant perimeter and exchange rates.
Nutriad Appoints Commercial Manager Asia
ASIA - Multinational feed additive producer, Nutriad, has appointed Ab Greven as Commercial Manager for its Palatability Business Unit in Asia Pacific.
Vetagro Products Improve Growth with Lower Environmental Impact
ITALY - AviPlus-S significantly improves the digestive efficiency and growth of swine, while reducing the environmental impact, says Vetagro.
Innovative Fan from Termotecnica Pericoli Adds Depth
ITALY - A new innovative fan from Termotecnica Pericoli adds depth, making your production a little easier and more efficient.
Innovative Development of Organically Bound Trace Elements
THAILAND - Aminotrace is the innovative development in organically bound trace elements, says Schaumann.
Ceva Holds “State of the Art” Summit at VIV Asia 2015
THAILAND - Ceva’s poultry, swine, services and equipment teams will focus on what is “State of the Art” in animal production during the VIV Asia international trade show.
Webinar to Discuss Optimising Performance through Micronutrients
US - Novus International is to sponsor a webinar to discuss optimising performance through micronutrients on 12 March.
Hypor’s Boar Value Report Delivers You the Advantage You Need
THE NETHERLANDS - This Boar Value Report from Hypor is one of the steps taken to ensure MAX’ing Capacity so you can 'Expect More'.
Biomin to Launch Mycofix 5.0 Mycotoxin Risk Management Solution to Date
THAILAND - Biomin will unveil Mycofix 5.0, a fully re-formulated, all-in-one mycotoxin risk management solution for livestock at the VIV Asia 2015.
Dealing with Gilt Pool Management, Gilt Pool Size
CHINA - Overproduction drives up variable costs by reducing feed efficiency, herd health and poorer quality pigs, write Lorne and Vick Tannas, swine specialists and nucleus support for Genesus farms in China.
Boehringer Ingelheim Launches Tool for PED Management
US - Boehringer Ingelheim has launched SOURCE, a six-step protocol and web site resource centre to help producers manage the porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) virus.
Market Reports

BPEX Weekly Export Bulletin - 9 March 2015
USDA United States and Canadian Hogs - 6 March 2015
AHDB BPEX Pig Market Weekly - 5 March 2015
Animal Feed Statistics for Great Britain - January 2015
Irish CSO Reports - Livestock Slaughterings January 2015
USDA Agricultural Prices - February 2015
USDA Cold Storage - February 2015
BPEX Weekly Export Bulletin - 3 March 2015
BPEX UK Pig Meat Market Update - March 2015
AHDB BPEX Pig Market Weekly - 3 March 2015

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
US Pork Exports up 10 Per Cent to $6.67 Billion in 2014
Hog Outlook: Job Increase to Benefit Domestic Meat Demand
PEDv Outbreak Confirmed in Georgia
Reduced Losses from PED Negatively Impact Live Hog Prices
CME: Lean Hog Futures Posted Sharp Declines
CME: 2015 Total Meat Production Up So Far
Progress Report on Judicious Use of Antimicrobials in US Released
CME: Is Meat and Poultry Demand Softening
Are Lower Hog Prices Justified by Supplies?
US Pork's Boom and Bust Price Pattern


Sow Behaviour, Lameness Study Wins Pork
Innovation Award


Automation Offers Potential to Improve Truck Washing
CME: Canadian Pork Industry Finds Some Stability
Ontario Reports New PED Outbreak
Western Swine Health Intelligence Network Officially Operational
Investment in On-farm Food Safety Projects
Truck and Trailer Wash Standards Still Highly Variable
Incorporation of New Pig Code Requirements Underway
Increased Sow Milk Yields Offer Potential Improved Piglet Growth
Canadian Pork Producers Support Retaliatory Tariffs on US Imports Over M-COOL
Pork Commentary: Hog Market Shows a Pulse

   European Union

EU Officially Opens Private Storage Aid for Pigmeat

   United Kingdom

Productivity of British Sows Improves
More Pigs in England in 2014
UK Pig Prices Down at End of February
Meryl Ward Appointed New BPEX Chairman
Tulip Named Processing Business of the Year
UK Consumers Want British Pork


More ASF Reported in Latvia's Wild Boar


Surprise Flood Ruins 45,000 Hectares of Spanish Farmland
Spain: Hog Markets


Chile Close to CSF-Free Status


New Model Measures Danish Agricultural Efficiency


Food Price Index Dips to Lowest Level Since July 2010
Cargill Completes Investment in South African Animal Feed Facility


Pig Digestive Physiology Meeting to be Held in Poland


Further ASF in Lithuanian Wild Boar

   Russian Federation

Cherkizovo Sees Profits Rise


Farms Forced to Close In Lake Tai Clean-up


Norway Confirms Further Cases of LA-MRSA in Pigs

   South Korea

South Korea Reports 77 New FMD Outbreaks


EU Storage Scheme Welcomed by Irish Pig Farmers


Joost Sliepenbeek New CFO at Vion Food


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