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Monday 27th April 2015
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

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New Ruling Set to Improve Welfare for Europe's Pigs

European Union laws on the welfare of pigs and other livestock during transportation should also apply when they are exported to third-countries, the European Court of Justice ruled last week.

Protection for animals under EU law should not stop at its outer borders, according to the Court. The requirements relating to watering and feeding intervals and duration of journeys and resting periods also apply to those stages of the transport taking place outside the EU.

Under Community treaties, Member States are required to pay full regard to animal welfare requirements within the borders of the EU.

After a court in Bavaria, Germany, raised the issue, the Court of Justice ruled that the same rules should apply, in the case of transport between Member States and third countries, to those stages of the journey taking place outside the EU.

So for a long journey for horses, cattle, pigs, sheep or goats to be authorised, the organiser of that journey must submit a realistic journey log indicating that the provisions of the regulation will be complied with, including for the stages of the journey taking place outside the EU. If the journey log does not satisfy the requirements, the authority is now empowered to require changes to those arrangements.

Also in the last week, it was reported that the federal agriculture department has launched a new initiative to make animal welfare a high priority in Germany.

This week, the Danish Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries will be holding an international conference on pig welfare.

Lithuania, Estonia, Poland and Latvia have all reported new cases of African swine fever in the last week – all in wild boar.

In the US, the number of new positive results for porcine epidemic diarrhoea continues to fall, following the seasonal pattern.

However, the first PED-positive result has been found in the state of Maryland, according to the most recent weekly report, and a senior official in the American Association of Swine Veterinarians has said the eradication of the disease on a national scale is still a long way off.

As next Monday is a public holiday in the UK, the next issue of ThePigSite weekly newsletter will be sent out on Tuesday 5 May.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Increasing Creep Feed Intake by Stimulating Exploratory Behaviour Using Enrichment
Providing pigs with a large feeder so they could eat together appeared to attract the pigs more than rope as an enrichment toy in this experiment at the Prairie Swine Centre. Authors Yolande Seddon and Jennifer Brown noted in the Centre's annual report 2013-14 that neither feeder size nor enrichment affected growth rate except in the short term, however.

Factors Associated with the Use of Antimicrobials for Treatment of Swine Dysentery in the Grower-Finisher Phase of Production
This work reported to the Centralia Swine Research Updated 2015 by Krysia Walczak of the University of Guelph reveals that the disease did not show sustained within-herd transmission.

Tail Lesions on Carcasses of Irish Slaughter Pigs
Chronic tail biting appears to be a more common behaviour among Irish pigs than previously thought, according to Nienke van Staaveren and Laura Boyle in a recent newsletter from Teagasc.

Fatal Disease Associated with Swine Hepatitis E Virus and PCV2 Co-infection in Four Weaned Pigs in China
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) and porcine circovirus 2 (PCV2) are prevalent in China but this is the first time that a co-infection has been recorded. Observing severe pathological changes post-mortem, the researchers warn the virus combination could adversely affect the pig industry.

Characterisation of Histopathologic Lesions among Pigs with Overgrown Claws
From this study from the US, it appears that claw overgrowth in sows is not related to inflammation of or changes to the laminae, unlike in other species.

Effects of Feeding High-protein or Conventional Canola Meal on Growth, Carcass Characteristics and Cutability of Pigs
Based on their results for pig performance and carcass quality, researchers at the University of Illinois-Urbana concluded that conventional or high-protein canola meal could fully replace soybean meal as protein supplements in grower and finisher diets.

Company News

Nutriad Sponsors Important Pig Feed Conference in Viet Nam
VIET NAM - Nutriad was recently a gold sponsor of the 2015 Pig Feed Quality Conference in Ho Chi Minh City.
Awards for Harrisvaccines
US - Harrisvaccines, Inc. has won Best User of Technology, Technology Company of the Year at the 2015 Technology Association of Iowa Prometheus Awards.
Electronic Sow Feeding System for Healthy, Happy Sows
GERMANY - Börde Porc has installed the 'Call-Inn pro', a functional electronic sow feeding and management system from Big Dutchman.
Breathe Easy: Ceva Supports Swine Practitioners to Improve Pig Respiratory Health
EUROPE - Around 140 expert swine veterinarians from all over Europe attended a practical symposium organized by Ceva to help reduce respiratory disease in pigs.
Breathe Easy:Ceva Supports Vets Improve Swine Respiratory Health
FRANCE - Around 140 expert swine veterinarians from all over Europe attended a practical symposium organised by Ceva to help reduce respiratory disease in pigs at the European Symposium for Porcine Health Management (ESPHM).
MSD Animal Health to Present Important New Data at the European Symposium of Porcine Health Management
EUROPE - MSD Animal Health is presenting the results from more than 35 studies at the European Symposium of Porcine Health Management (ESPHM) in Nantes, France from 22 to 24 April 2015.
Market Reports

BPEX Weekly Export Bulletin - 27 April 2015
USDA Livestock Slaughter - 24 April 2015
AHDB BPEX Pig Market Weekly - 23 April 2015
USDA Cold Storage - 23 April 2015
Irish CSO Reports - Livestock Slaughterings March 2015
Australian Rural Commodities Wrap - April 2015

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

Hog Outlook: High Amounts of Pork in Cold Storage
CME: Low Pork Prices Not Yet Reaching Consumers
Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
CME: Cold Storage Report Gives Bearish Meat Market Outlook
US Pork Management Conference to be Held in June
US National PED Eradication Far Off
No Supply Fears, Pork Needs to be Pushed
The Next Big Disease: Reducing the Risks Following PED
Vet Supports Environmental Credentials of Meat Production
US Hog Markets


Lithuania Reports More African Swine Fever
More African Swine Fever Outbreaks in Lithuania


Canadian Reporting of Live Hog Movements Increases
Canadian Farms Convert Pig Barns to Comply with Housing Laws
Canadian Pork Industry Backs Regulation Against Antimicrobial Resistance
Canadian Pork Industry Moves Towards Group Sow Housing
Pork Producers Urged to Consider Benefits of Live Swine Movement Reporting

   United Kingdom

No Improvement in UK Pork Sales Despite Lower Prices
Scottish Farming Union Sees GM Feed Proposals as Unworkable
APHA Report: Porcine Circovirus, PRRS, Swine Influenza
How Can Horticulture Help Safeguard Pig Health?
Supermarkets Shun Cheap Imports for British Pork
Political Parties Commit to Food and Farming
CME: Market Uncertainty Causes Hog, Cattle Futures Decline


Global Researchers Collaborate for Sustainable Intensification in Africa
Could the Apple Watch Fit Farming?
High-flying Pork Prices Come Back Down to Earth
US Pork Exports Down 10 Per Cent: A Small Miracle

   European Union

European Court Rules Laws on Animal Welfare in Transport Apply Beyond EU Borders
Pork Private Storage Runs out of Steam
EU Pig Prices: Upward Trend Continues
BRF Agrees Joint Venture to Access UK Foodservice Sector
More Freedom for EU to Decide on Use of GMO's for Food and Feed


Irish Pig Producers Want Income Crisis Tackled


Further African Swine Fever Reported in Poland


Research Importance Highlighted at Western Australia Pig Event


African Swine Fever Outbreaks in Latvia


Brazil Pork Exports Down on the Year


Conference to Discuss the Latest in Danish Pig Welfare


Further African Swine Fever in Estonia


Germany Focuses on Farm Animal Welfare


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