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Monday 20th April 2015
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
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Insect Protein to Help Support Sustainability in the Pig Sector?

Making research in agriculture and the agri-food sector a priority, promoting innovation and improving the exchange of knowledge are going to be essential in developing food production to feed a growing global population.

These are the basic targets of a consultation paper that has been published by the European Commission looking at how science and innovation can help the EU ensure safe, nutritious, sufficient and sustainable food globally.

The consultation paper is linked to the theme at this year's Universal Exhibition (Expo Milano 2015), which is 'Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life'.

European legislation should be adapted to allow insect products as a sustainable and innovative source of animal proteins for food consumption and animal feed, said insect producers at a meeting in Brussels formally establishing the International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed (IPIFF).

"Our planet faces huge challenges because of the growing population and increasing competition for scarce resources, and we believe that insects are part of the solution," said the organisation's president. "That's why we joined forces to create IPIFF, so that we can speak to the EU institutions and partners from the food and feed chain with one voice. As a pivotal actor in this process we will strive to make insect protein available to EU farmers, companies and consumers."

Insects perform as well as soybeans as a source of protein in nutritional tests, according to research presented by Maureen Wakefield at the British Society of Animal Science conference last week, reports the newest member of ThePigSite editorial team, Alice Mitchell.

And in Belgium, attitudes towards the use of insects in animal feed and resulting livestock products are generally favourable, recent scientific research has shown. The idea of using insects in animal feed was rejected by only 17 per cent of a sample of 415 farmers, agriculture sector stakeholders and consumers from Flanders.

ThePigSite also offers the latest news on new outbreaks of porcine epidemic diarrhoea and African swine fever.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Managing Large Litters
Tips on management interventions to increase the survival of piglets from large litters are explained by Kathryn Reid in the latest Teagasc Advisory Newsletter.

Environmental Enrichment for Growing Swine
Delegates to the Centralia Swine Research Update 2015 heard the results of an experiment with Ontario farmers on the practical use of two types of toy that attracted plenty of interest from nursery and growing pigs.

Dietary Omega-6 to Omega-3 Fatty Acid Ratios Affect Protein Deposition in Nursery Pigs
Overall, reducing the omega-6:omega-3 fatty acid ratio improves the efficiency with which piglets can utilise nutrients for growth, according to new research reported in the annual report of the Prairie Swine Centre 2013-14.

Evaluation of Time and Temperature Sufficient to Inactivate PED Virus in Swine Faeces on Metal Surfaces
In a new study at Iowa State University, heating scraped, unwashed aluminium trays to 71°C for 10 minutes or allowing them to sit for seven days at room temperature may be sufficient to prevent transmission of the porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) virus present in pig faeces.

Effect of Feeding a Diet Formulated for Developing Gilts Between 70kg and 140kg on Lameness Indicators and Carcass Traits
Feeding replacement gilts a specially formulated developer diet improved their walking ability, reduced humeral condyle joint lesions and improved toe evenness in this experiment compared with those fed either a finisher or standard diet feed for pregnant sows.

Effects of Pelleting Conditioner Retention Time on Nursery Pig Growth Performance
Diet form had a greater effect on feed conversion than conditioner retention time, according to this new study from Kansas State University.

Company News

Zoetis Appoints Paul M. Bisaro to Board of Directors
US - Zoetis Inc. has announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Paul M. Bisaro, Executive Chairman of Actavis plc, to the company’s Board of Directors.
MSD Animal Health Launches Vaccination Device for Pigs
GLOBAL - MSD Animal Health has announced the launch of the IDAL 2G vaccination device for pigs.
What to Expect on Innovation
THE NETHERLANDS - Hypor explains the importance of Innovation in its balanced approach to pig genetics.
IPPE Ranked in Top 50 US Trade Shows
US - The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) has been recognised as one of the Top 50 US trade shows.
Market Reports

BPEX Weekly Export Bulletin - 20 April 2015
USDA Livestock & Poultry: World Markets & Trade - 17 April 2015
QMS (Quality Meat Scotland) April 2015
USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook - April 2015
UK Slaughter Statistics - 16 April 2015
AHDB BPEX Pig Market Weekly - 16 April 2015
USDA Feed Outlook - 15 April 2015
Agricultural Price Indices - 14 April 2015

Global Pig Industry News

   United Kingdom

Highlighting Potential Welfare Improvements in UK Pigs
New Replacement for 'Freedom Food' Label
New Projects Announced in Animal Disease Research
APHA Report: PRRS, Bowel Oedema, Bacterial
Joint Infections

Insects Equal Soy Nutrition in Animal Feed
Restaurants Falling Behind in Customer Trust of Meat
Consultations on Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets
New Chair of Animal Disease Surveillance Board
UK Pork Exports to China Overtake Whisky
New Research to Combat Painful Joint Disease in Pigs
Meat Trade has More Positive Feel as Major Processor Goes up 2p
Cranswick Investments Boosting Profits
Environmental Stress Triggers Costly Pig Disease

   United States

CME: Asian Demand Influencing World Meat Markets
Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
Hog Outlook: Retail Pork Prices Declining Month by Month
CME: Speculation about Pork Exports
USDA Revises Safe Ingredients List for Meat Production
Improved Immunity, Stepped Up Biosecurity Credited for Reduced PED Losses
CME: PEDv Piglet Losses Down This Year
Hog Price Rebound Factors Supplies
FDA Reports Positive Trends in Antimicrobial Resistance
Chile Approves US Chilled Pork Imports
More Than Meets the Eye When Diagnosing Animal Health Problems
Pork Commentary: Hog Prices Poised to Go Higher


Rise in Chinese Pork Prices
China Steps up Monitoring of Farm Products
Swine Disease Control in Asia Training Held in Beijing


Manitoba Agrees to Allow New Hog Barn Construction
Interest Builds Among Western Canadian Pork Processors in Expanded Pork Production
Canada’s Food Production Growing but Wasting More
New Canadian Humane Society Helped Prevent Animal Protection Lapse
Increased Saskatchewan Hog Production Expected to Come From Empty Facilities
Consumers, Media, Regulators Increasingly Interested in Antibiotic Resistance

   European Union

Copa-Cogeca Sets out Priorities to Improve EU Pig Meat Market
Residue Levels in Food Falling Across EU
EU Pig Prices: Quotations are Going Up – Positive Outlook
EU Should Allow Insects as Sustainable Animal Feed Source
EU Share of Philippines Pork Market Increases
EU Pig Price: EU Pig Markets Stable
EU and Spanish Hog Markets


More African Swine Fever Reported in Poland


Insects as Animal Feed Seen as Favourable


What Are Priorities for Future Sustainable Food Production?


More ASF Detected in Estonia


Nine New ASF Outbreaks Reported in Latvia
Latvia Unlikely to Eradicate ASF in the Near Future


Classical Swine Fever Found in Mongolia


Law-breakers Add to African Swine Fever Challenges in Madagascar


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