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ThePigSite Newsletter - 30 March 2015

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Monday 30th March 2015.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
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Weekly Overview: Strong Recovery in US Pig Population

At a little under 66 million head, there were seven per cent more pigs in the United States on 1 March 2015 than a year ago.

The latest quarterly Hogs and Pigs report shows the breeding herd at 5.98 million, two per cent higher than the year before while there were eight per cent more market hogs.

The pig crop – the number of animals produced during the December 2014 to February 2015 quarter – was up nine per cent from the previous year, and there were two per cent more farrowings and a new record was set for the number of piglets reared per litter.

A new study estimates that global use of antibiotics will be 67 per cent higher in 2030 than in 2010 as agriculture intensifies to meet the growing demand for animal protein.

The authors of the study, including Simon Levin of Princeton University, estimate that between 2010 and 2030, the global consumption of antimicrobials will have increased from 63,151 to 105,596 tons.

A consumer survey in the United Kingdom for the National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) shows that more than 80 per cent of shoppers believe that it is possible for animal medicines and vaccinations to harm people by getting into food.

NOAH's chief executive said that these fears can be traced back to the 'horse meat scandal' two years ago and describes the results as "very worrying".

Turning to news of pig diseases, a USDA report says that the number of Foot and Mouth disease (FMD) cases in South Korea is rising, despite government efforts to control the disease in pigs and cattle.

Although vaccination efforts and culling of affected animals seems to have proven effective in controlling mass spreading, it has not resulted in eradication.

Since the first outbreak of FMD in December 2014, there have been 151 confirmed cases and nearly 140,000 animals have been culled.

And finally, on porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED), 17 pig farm samples have been confirmed positive for the virus in the US in the latest report and there is one dual infection (PEDV and porcine deltacoronavirus). One new outbreak was confirmed in Ontario, Canada, in the last week.

Owing to the forthcoming Easter holiday period, the next newsletter from ThePigSite will be sent out on Tuesday 7 April.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

How to Mix Gestating Sows Housed in Groups
Tips on mixing sows and gilts in static and dynamic groups from Ronald O. Bates of Michigan State University in the Pork Information Gateway 'How-to' series.

Neither Photoperiod in the Farrowing Room Nor Time of Weaning Affect Nursery Performance
Neither photoperiod in the farrowing room, nor the time of weaning affected the growth rate of piglets in the nursery, according to J. Shea, L. Eastwood and A.D. Beaulieu in the Prairie Swine Centre Annual Report 2013-14.

Economic Impact of PRRS: The Difference Between All-In/All-Out versus Continuous Flow Nursery Management
Delegates to the recent Centralia Swine Research Update heard that an outbreak of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) can have a considerable economic impact on mortality and growth in the nursery and that these are greater for a continuous flow nursery than one that operates an all-in/all-out system.

Low Crude Protein Diets Modulate Intestinal Responses in Weaned Pigs Challenged with E. coli K88
A new Canadian study helps to explain why feeding a low-protein diet to weaned pigs helps to reduce the multiplication of E.coli bacteria that are linked to diarrhoea.

Digestibility of Energy, Fibre and Metabolisable Energy Value of Rapeseed Meals for Growing Pigs
Comparing different rapeseed meals for growing pigs, University of Illinois research reveals that canola meal and double-zero rapeseed meal had similar energy and digestibility values, while double-zero rapeseed expeller meal was more digestible and had a higher energy content than the other two products.

Company News

How To Select an Ag Replacement Motor
GLOBAL - Today’s livestock operations rely on electric motors to function. Unfortunately, like all things mechanical, motors wear out and have to be replaced, writes Hog Slat's Scott Bauck.
Mexico Hog Market
MEXICO - USD revaluation in front of worldwide currencies. What will be the effect on the Mexican market? write Carlos A. Peralta, President and R. Carlos Rodríguez, Vice-president, Genesus.
Sow Group Housing Conversion Answers Animal Welfare Concerns
US - Murphy-Brown’s North Division completed one of the largest stall to group housing conversions in the industry, writes Hog Slat's Scott Bauck.
80 Per Cent of Livestock Producing Regions Face High Threats from Mycotoxins
GLOBAL - Mycotoxin-related threats to livestock production are severe or high in 80 per cent of regions worldwide according to the latest BIOMIN Mycotoxin Survey. Those areas registered three or more major mycotoxins at concentration levels known to cause harm in animals. The survey results provide insights on the incidence of the six major mycotoxins in the agricultural commodities used for livestock feed.
CME: Latest USDA Report has Bearish Implications for Pork
US - USDA released on Monday, March 23, the results of its monthly survey of refrigerated warehouses and we think the results have bearish implications for beef, pork and chicken, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.
Pork Commentary: Looking for the Pony in the Manure Pile!
CANADA & US - By nature, swine producers are more optimistic than the general population, writes Jim Long President, CEO of Genesus Inc.
AB Vista Appoints Trio of Team Members for India Business
INDIA - AB Vista is welcoming three new staff to its expanding business in South Asia as the company continues to grow in the region.
Market Reports

USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs - March 2015
Irish CSO Reports - Livestock Slaughterings February 2015
AHDB BPEX Pig Market Weekly - 26 March 2015
USDA Cold Storage - 24 March 2015
BPEX Weekly Export Bulletin - 23 March 2015

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
CME: High US Pork Availability Led to Price Decline
New PEDv Disinfectant Promising for Pork Producers
Hog Outlook: Breeding Herd Up in on 1 March
Pre-World Pork Expo Tours Offer a View of Midwest Agriculture
Canada Remains Top Destination for High Value US Ag Exports
CME: Hog Supply Up in 2015 Post-PEDv
FDA Releases Farm Feed Guidelines
Pigs Gain the Same with New DDGS Products as with Standard Diet
Beef Remains a Solace for Pork Market

   Korea, South

South Korea Imports New Vaccine after FMD Outbreaks
New FMD Outbreaks Reported in South Korean Pigs


LocalPork Project: Locally Adapted Pork Production in Brazil


Genome of Highly Endangered Pygmy Hog Sequenced
Global Antibiotic Use in Animals Estimated to Rise 67 Per Cent by 2030
Antimicrobial Resistance – Who is Responsible?
Agriculture Must Adopt Better Water Management to Ensure Sustainable Food Supplies


Feeding Lower Cost Nursery Diets Reduces Costs Without Compromising Performance
Canadian Winter Wheat Gains in Popularity for US Livestock
Pork Producers Advised of Heightened PED Threat with Spring
New PED Outbreak Reported in Ontario
Scientists Research Automated Disinfection of Livestock Trailers
New Pig Display at Royal Manitoba Winter Fair
Producers Urged to Register with PigTrace Canada
Mixing Sows According to Parity Improves Overall Performance

   United Kingdom

Confusion Increasing over Animal Medicines in Livestock
UK Pork Trading Slow in Early 2015
Agricultural Innovations Developed by New Funding
Opportunities for Red Meat Exports to China in Spotlight
Locally Grown Lupin Could Replace Imported Soya in Animal Feeds
Agriculture Industries Call for Future Growth, Sustainability


African Swine Fever Outbreaks in Poland


Tican-Danish Crown Slaughterhouse Merger Approved

   European Union

EU Pork Exports Down in January
EU Pig Prices: Prices Stable - Friendly Outlook
New European Joint Venture for Sow Meat Deboning, Sales
Should We Allow EU Animals to be Fed Insects?


Paraguay Aims for Classical Swine Fever Free Status


Resource Efficiency Theme to Anuga FoodTec


Cyclone Pam Destroys Agriculture, Kills Pigs in Vanuatu


FMD Control a Shared Duty to Reach FMD Free World by 2020


More ASF Found in Lithuania


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