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Monday 11th May 2015
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

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Politicians Make Progress on Agricultural Sustainability

Agriculture ministers from around the world have backed a plan to increase food security and sustainability and reduce food waste.

Following the G20 meeting of agriculture ministers in Turkey, the ministers said that the pressures on natural resources and biodiversity and the impacts of climate change have produced a need for a rise in productivity while at the same time moving towards food systems that are more sustainable.

By keeping closer tabs on water use, pork producers can cut costs by reducing water waste and by reducing the volumes of manure that must be handled, according to new research from the Prairie Swine Centre in Canada.

In a move likely to be welcomed by the pig industry, the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued new guidelines for naming new human infectious diseases. Among the recommendations is an end to the use of names such as 'bird flu' and 'swine flu', which have unintended negative impacts by stigmatising certain communities or economic sectors.

Key players in the Danish pig industry have good intentions when it comes to animal welfare but financial considerations often get in the way of implementing change, according to a new report by researchers from the University of Copenhagen and Aarhus University.

In news of African swine fever in the last week, new outbreaks have been reported in Latvia, Ukraine and Poland – all in wild boar – and on a farm of 1,000 pigs on Boavista Island of Cape Verde.

The number of pig farm samples that are confirmed positive for porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDV) in the United States in the last week reported was 17, continuing the downward trend expected as temperatures rise. In Canada, a veterinary epidemiologist has reported that western Canada's pork industry has continued to keep the virus at bay.

A disinfectant based on hydrogen peroxide has been tested against the PED virus at Michigan State University, and confirmed to be effective under simulated commercial conditions.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Pain Control in Pigs
An overview of recent pain control research in pigs at the University of Guelph, presented by Dr Robert Friendship at the 2015 Centralia Swine Research Update.

Interaction Between Pig Density and Dietary Energy on Performance and Returns
There were no interactions between dietary energy concentration and the stocking density of pigs from 75 to 118kg. That is one of the main conclusions of this work by G. Rozeboom, D.A. Gillis, M. Young and A.D. Beaulieu reported in the Prairie Swine Research Centre Annual Report 2013-14.

The Indigenous Portuguese Bísaro Pig
Despite being one of the most emblematic Portuguese indigenous breeds, the Bisaro pig is very little known in Portugal.

Immune Response of Piglets on a PRRSV Vaccination
This work sheds light on the development of the immune system in piglets following vaccination against Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome virus (PRRSV). Three feed additives had no effects on the pigs immune responses.

Nutrient Value of Spray Field Forages Fed to Pigs and Use of Feed Enzymes to Enhance Nutrient Digestibility
Bermuda grass, forage sorghum and sweet sorghum can partly be utilised in pig feed to provide energy, according to new research from North Carolina State University, although nitrogen digestion was low.

Susceptibility of 45 Recent French Field Isolates of Streptoccocus suis to Florfenicol
Under the conditions of this French study, Streptococcus suis isolates collected from piglets in western France between 2011 and 2014 were sensitive to florfenicol.

Company News

World Pork Expo Offers More
US - Preparations are gathering pace for the World Pork Expo, which take place in Des Moines, Iowa from 3 to 5 June.
How To Maintain and Troubleshoot Hog Slat's GROW-DISK Feeding System
GLOBAL - Appropriate maintenance and troubleshooting of a GROW-DISK chain feeding system will lead to smooth operation and a longer lifetime of the components.
Porcine Circovirus: Focus of Latest 'At The Meeting' Swine Health Series
US - In the latest 'At the Meeting' (ATM) audio program on swine health from the Morrison Group, leading swine veterinarians take on the historic and novel work regarding porcine circovirus (PCV2), including prevention, new diagnostic methods and vertical transmission’s impact on pig production and sow herds.
World Pork Expo Offers Diverse Musical Events
US - A diverse range of musical acts has been announced for the World Pork Expo event in Iowa between 3 and 5 June 2015.
Delacon Appoints Regional Manager for North America
NORTH AMERICA - To strengthen its operations in the US, Delacon has appointed Sonny Pusey as Regional Manager North America (USA, Canada).
Novus to Sponsor International Food, Agribusiness Conference
US - Novus International, Inc. has announced its support as a Platinum Sponsor for the 25th Annual International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) World Conference held this year in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Solid Quarterly Performance Reported by Zoetis
GLOBAL - The CEO of Zoetis Inc. describes the company's first-quarter performance as "solid", with a six per cent increase in operational revenue linked to the strong markets in the Americas.
Renewed Focus into NSP Research a Year on from Inspire Forum
UK - While the feed industry is yet to fully understand non-starch polysaccharide (NSP) enzymes despite 25 years of research, AB Vista says renewed focus is seeing more exploration than ever before.
Improving Carcass Yield is Key to Improving Pork Profitability
CANADA - Improving carcass yield is a key factor in improving profitability and competitiveness of pork production, and pork quality is fundamental for a better consumers’ eating experience, writes Chunyan Zhang, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Alberta/Genesus.
Market Reports

BPEX Weekly Export Bulletin - 8 May 2015
AHDB BPEX Pig Market Weekly - 7 May 2015
Animal Feed Statistics for Great Britain - March 2015

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
Hog Outlook: Domestic Meat Demand Strong But Exports Weak
CME: US Restaurant Performance Decline
March US Pork Exports Show Positive Momentum
Strong Quarter for Tyson Foods
CME: US Pork, Beef Exports Grew in March
Pork Checkoff Supports Lean Meat in Dietary Guidelines
Study Evaluates Disinfectant against PED Virus
Political Situation Closely Watched by US Hog Farmers
Meat Labelling: What Does It All Really Mean?
Smithfield See Sales Rise Income Slip
USDA Report Shows Little Economic Benefit to COOL
CME: Livestock Futures Rebounding After Last Week's Falls


What's in a Name? No More 'Swine Flu'
G20 Action Plan for Food Sustainability
FAO Predicts World Food Import Bill to Fall to Five-year Low
Findus CEO Steps Down
Pork Commentary: China’s Swine Sector Continues to Liquidate


Another African Swine Fever Case in Poland


African Swine Fever Case in Ukraine

   United Kingdom

Livestock Movement Licences Changed in Wales
BPEX Pig Field Trials Underway
Livestock Industry Invited to Review UK Research Centre Proposals


Herd Expansion Could Result in 2016 Hog Excess
New Research to Optimise Nutrient Management from Hog Manure
Pork Producers Urged to Document Euthanasia Plans
Western Canada Keeps PED at Bay
Watching Water Use Could Save Costs on Pig Farms
Research to Look at Pig Manure Nutrient Management

   New Zealand

Animal Welfare Amendment Bill Passes Final Reading

   European Union

EU Pig Prices Stabilising after Recent Falls
EU Must Foster Global Food Security, Say MEPs

   Cape Verde

African Swine Fever Outbreak Reported in Cape Verde


Improved Welfare Expected to Affect Future Danish Pig Markets


Two Further Pig Farms Suspected of LA-MRSA


Aussie Pork Industry Wins Carbon Reduction Contracts


More African Swine Fever in Latvia


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