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Monday 23rd March 2015
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

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Prospects for the European Pig Sector

In 2014, pig meat production in the European Union started recovering from the low 2013 level supported by lower feed costs and increased productivity.

The latest Short Term Outlook report from the European Commission, covering this year and next, highlights the variation in pork output developments among the 15 original members of the Union and also the increases experienced by some of the 13 newer members, despite the appearance of African Swine Fever a year ago.

After several years of contraction in the number of pigs, preliminary December 2014 livestock survey data indicated an overall increase by 1.2 per cent, while piglet numbers were up by an average 2.4 per cent.

Despite the current low prices, a higher pig herd and increased productivity following the implementation of welfare rules in the sow sector should create conditions for a continuous recovery in production over the projection period at around 23 million tonnes, according to the report.

The absence of the Russian outlet since February 2014 has caused EU pig meat exports to drop by 13 per cent in 2014, despite some success in re-orientation to alternative markets, for example, in Asia. A month ago, the European Commission opened a private storage aid scheme for pig meat to stimulate pig prices and stabilise producer margins.

Significant trade and investment barriers are being built by Europe’s leading trading partners, according to a new report from the European Commission, and these barriers are often difficult to overcome.

The report that looks at the trading relationship with leading trading partners – Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Japan, Russia and the United States – shows that they maintain a variety of barriers that significantly hinder international trade and investment opportunities of EU companies despite the prospects of a global economic recovery.

The Commission report hopes that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations will offer the opportunity to settle at least some of the issues.

In global animal health news, outbreaks of African swine fever have been reported in the last week in wild boar in Lithuania, Latvia and Russia as well as in Zambia, where pig movement controls have been imposed in two regions.

In the most recent report from the United States on new cases of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea shows an above-average increase in the number of new positive cases in the most recent week, with the first cases being registered in the state of Georgia earlier this month.

In Canada, investment in improved facilities for cleaning and disinfecting pig transport vehicles appears to be paying off.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Daily Walking Swine Breeding-Gestation and Farrowing Barns
Advice on how to check and inspect breeding pigs by Don Levis of Worldwide Swine Consultancy in the 'How Ro' series from Pork Information Gateway.

Bovine Colostrum for Piglets: Can It Mitigate the Post-Weaning Growth Lag?
Piglet growth was not affected by the addition of cow colostrum to the creep or first nursery diets, according to J. Wu, J. DeNure, D.A. Gillis and A.D. Beaulieu of the Prairie Swine Centre in Canada. However, colostrum did increase the proportion of piglets identified as “eaters”.

Effects of Xylanase on Concentration of Digestible and Metabolisable Energy in Rice Co-products Fed to Weaning Pigs
Several co-products from rice processing can be used as feed for pigs weighing around 14kg. The addition of a feed enzyme increased the energy content of some of the rice products tested.

Behavioural Evaluation of Analgesic Efficacy for Pain Mitigation in Lame Sows
Based on the study of pig behaviour, Iowa State researchers report that meloxicam appeared to mitigate pain sensitivity in sows, while flumixin was no different from the untreated controls.

Growth, Behaviour and Meat Quality of Heavy Pigs Subjected to Different Photoperiods
Pigs reared for Parma ham production with 16 hours of light per day spent more time resting and were heavier than those with just eight hours of light per day, according to researchers at the University of Bologna. There were no differences between the groups in terms of meat or ham quality.

Centralia Swine Research Update 2015
Proceedings of the Centralia Swine Research Update held in January 2015.

Company News

Over 500 Customers Attend Ceva’s “State of the Art” Seminar in Bangkok
THAILAND - Over 500 customers attended Ceva’s “state of the art” seminars held in conjunction with VIV Asia and opened by Thailand’s former Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Yukol Limlamthong.
Diagnostics at Work: Blood Sampling in Pigs
GLOBAL - Blood samples can be tested for the presence of antibodies to a range of pathogens, explains Life Technologies.
Clint Lewis Named 2015 Agribusiness Leader of the Year
US - Clint Lewis, Executive Vice President and President, US Operations at Zoetis, was recently named the 2015 Agribusiness Leader of the Year by the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA).
Surveying the Global Mycotoxin Threat
GLOBAL - Biomin has launched an infographic providing a global view of mycotoxin occurrence and the main trends from its latest Mycotoxin Survey.
Lithuanian Version Launched of Biomin's Corporate Web Site
LITHUANIA - Biomin has now launched a Lithuanian version of the new corporate web site.
Expert Panel Calls for Closer Collaboration Between Human, Animal Health
THE NETHERLANDS - Experts in animal and human health called on the medical, veterinary, public health and related healthcare communities to collaborate more closely to prevent and combat diseases, reports Zoetis.
Two Kinds of Diarrhoea in Weaned Piglets, One Solution
US - Some cases of diarrhoea are caused by osmotic diarrhoea rather than a pathogen directly, says Novus International's swine technical manager.
Pork Profits in 2015
US - In recent weeks, live hog prices reached five-year lows, according to Megan Grubner of Harrisvaccines.
Market Reports

USDA Livestock Slaughter - 20 March 2015
AHDB BPEX Pig Market Weekly - 19 March 2015
Australian Rural Commodities Wrap - March 2015
USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook - March 2015

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

Hog Outlook: February Hogs Sold for $3.12 Less Than Cost of Production
Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
97 Per Cent of All US Farms are Family-Owned
CME: US Pork Production up 43 Per Cent from 1991 to 2014
US Hog Prices Expected Lower This Year
CME: Total Meat Output Jumps Significantly Higher
Hog Markets Could Use a Little Good News
Pork Commentary: US Hog Market Languishes


Punitive Trade Barriers Hit European Exports
FAO Boosts Animal Disease Control, Food Security in Response to Syria Crisis
Five Countries Are Home to Half World’s Hungry
Agriculture Bears Major Brunt of Disaster Impacts


Brazilian Pork Exports Fall 24 Per Cent So Far in 2015


Canadian Swine Health Surveillance Network Almost Fully Operational
Pilot Project Helps Truck Wash Facilities Improve Service
Piglets Remain Most Popular Attraction at Food Discovery Centre
Government Invests in Biosecurity to Support Livestock Industry
Fish Oil Boosts Nutritional Value of Low Cost Nursery Pig Diets
Canada Reports Increase in Number of Pigs
Audits Show Truck Washes Doing a Surprisingly Good Job

   European Union

Scientists Promote Climate-Smart Agriculture to Tackle Climate Change
EU Agriculture Council Discuss Harmonisation of Organic Farming
Increased EU Pig Production and Drop in Prices Forecast
Calls for a Sustainable Food System in Europe
EU Pig Prices: Markets Are Balanced Again


African Swine Fever Restricts Pig Movements in Zambia


Premier Stresses Economic Targets, Agricultural Reform
Chinese Food Prices Continue to Fall


Australia's Vets Welcome New Biosecurity Bills

   United Kingdom

Ten Per Cent More Pigs in Scotland in December 2014 Census
Chancellor's 2015 Final Budget Brings Good News for Farmers
Planning Application Withdrawn for Foston Pig Farm
PRRS Diagnoses Highest for a Decade
Plea to Back Centre of Excellence for Agri Research
Commitment to Animal Welfare Highlighted by Scottish Charter

   South Africa

South Africa Makes Progress in Eliminating FMD

   Russian Federation

More ASF Reported in Russia


Four New ASF Outbreaks in Latvia


More ASF Reported in Lithuania


Agriculture Helps Irish Economic Recovery


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