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ThePigSite Newsletter - 18 May 2015

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Monday 18th May 2015
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

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Looking Forward to the Future of the Pig Industry

Cutting-edge technology to safeguard pig health was promised by the British Pig Executive (BPEX) at its Innovations Conference at the UK's National Agricultural Centre last week.

The programme attracted very good attendance as Meryl Ward (chairman of BPEX) and Jane King (CEO of the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board, AHDB) opened the meeting.

First topic on the programme was electronic identification in pigs using special ear tags. Charlie Purser of PureSpekt gave an overview of how the technology works, while Richard Riley of JSR and Katrina O'Kane of supermarket chain, Morrison's, confirmed their experience with the pilot tests, which demonstrated that the concept works.

Novel diagnostic methods for diseases from other sectors were explained by Neil Boonham of Fera Science and Professor Alison Wakeham of the University of Worcester. It emerged that some of the techniques used in the diagnosis of problems in cereals, trees and glasshouse crops could be applied also to pig diseases, allowing remote and/or earlier detection.

In a session on innovations in the supply chain, the audience learned about the application of LED lighting, control of odour and pathogens in public buildings and air ionisation, which helps to reduce dust levels. Applied to pig housing, all these technologies could contribute to better health and welfare of pigs as well as the people who look after them.

Using viruses fight infections may sound like a risky option but the University of Leicester's Professor Martha Clokie explained about the concept of bacteriophages and how these viruses, which target specific bacteria, could be applied to pig production in the future by being used in the diagnosis and treatment of bacterial pathogens.

Last but not least at the BPEX Innovations Conference, Bent Anderson of ChemVet explored the use of probiotics and autogenous vaccines as means to prevent pig diseases. These products are already applied in the pig sector to some extent but he explained that they could help further reduce antibiotic development by reducing the use of antimicrobials in the treatment of disease.

Just last week, the German Federal Cabinet has approved a new Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy (DART 2020).

As next Monday is a public holiday in the UK, the next newsletter from ThePigSite will be sent out on Tuesday 26 May.

With this newsletter, I say farewell to ThePigSite and its many readers around the world. It has been the greatest pleasure to serve and work with you over the last seven years and I send thanks and best wishes to you all as I move on to pastures new.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Contemporary Market Weights
Ronald O. Bates of Michigan State University and Thomas Guthrie of Michigan State University Extension demonstrate that marketing decisions should be based on lean growth potential, marginal feed efficiency through heavier weights, the packer grid in which market pigs are priced and space availability within the production system.

Feeding of Fermented DDGS in a Liquid Feed System to Weanling Pigs
The success of feeding fermented distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to weaned pigs in the nursery phase depended on the addition of enzymes and microbial inoculants as well as the pigs' initial feed intake in this University of Guelph experiment. C.F.M. de Lange also stressed to the 2015 Centralia Swine Research Update the importance of controlling the fermentation process for a consistent product.

Persistence of PRRSV and PCV2 in Bacterial Biofilms
This pilot project from Canada indicates that porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) and porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) can survive for several days in bacterial biofilms.

Individual Variation in Eating Speed of Dry Sows
Ever wondered how fast sows eat? This study from Norway and Australia reveals quite wide variation in speed for both wet and dry feed, and also the role of body size in feed consumption rate.

Impact of Dietary Organic Acids and Botanicals on Intestinal Integrity and Inflammation in Weaned Pigs
Feeding a microencapsulated mixture of organic acids and plant botanicals increased the rate of development of intestine of young piglets and also their growth rate, this study from Italy reveals.

Demonstrating Farrowing Alternatives for Small Farms: Insulated Tents for Sows and Pigs
Researchers at Illinois State University and Iowa State University report their experience of using a modified yurt (tent) for crate-free farrowing.

Company News

MSD Animal Health Announces Expanded ZUPREVO Label to Include Metaphylactic Use in Swine
EU - MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the United States and Canada) has announced the expansion of the ZUPREVO® (tildipirosin) label following approval from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP) of the European Medicines.
JSR Announces New Genetic Partnership
UK - JSR Genetics and Topigs Norsvin have reached an agreement to form a genetic partnership for Great Britain. JSR Genetics will become the exclusive distributor of Topigs Norsvin genetics in Great Britain and the AI activities of AIM UK in Great Britain will be integrated into the JSR AI network.
Osborne Industries, Inc. to Present at VIV Russia International Summit
RUSSIA - Osborne Industries, Inc., says company representatives are slated to present at the VIV Russia International Summit, preceding the VIV Russia tradeshow in Moscow, Russia, on 18 May 2015.
Hog Slat's Poly Lamp Improves Plastic Heat Lamp
US - Hog Slat’s introduction of the Poly Lamp improves several features of plastic heat lamp shades used in swine farrowing houses.
Market Reports

BPEX Weekly Export Bulletin - 18 May 2015
USDA Feed Outlook - May 2015
Irish CSO Reports - Crops and Livestock Survey, June 2014
AHDB BPEX Pig Market Weekly - 14 May 2015
USDA WASDE - 13 May 2015
Irish CSO Reports - Agricultural Price Indices March 2015

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
CME: Exports a Key Driver of Summer Livestock Markets
CME: Nearby Hog Futures Improve
House of Brands for Tyson Foods
Smithfield Named Top Performer in Meat Industry Water Management
CME: Pork Supplies Up
US Agriculture Predicted to Create Thousands of Jobs in Next Five Years
Don’t Get Greedy on Hog Market Top Side
CME: High Meat Demand Despite High Prices
Pork Commentary: US Lean Hog Price Races Higher


African Swine Fever in Three Lithuanian Wild Boar
More African Swine Fever in Lithuania


Can Pork Consumption Fix India’s Cheap Protein Link?
Gadvasu Offers Piggery Training in Punjab


Combatting the Global Rise in Antibiotic Resistance
Strong Take-up for German Welfare Scheme


First Quarter Brazilian Pork Exports to Russia Grow


Canadian Pork Producers Meet to Shape Industry's Future
Increased Pig Producer Interest in Advance Payments Programme
WCSHIN Provides Tools to Track Swine Health in Western Canada
Canadian Vets Encouraged to Join Swine Intelligence Network
Pen Enrichments Stimulate Pigs Natural Behaviour
Legislative Changes Needed for Canadian Hog Mortality Insurance
US, Canada Ministers Looking to Work Together on COOL
North American Pork Production Profitability Up
Canada – The Sustainability of a Land-Based Operation

   United Kingdom

CCTV as Welfare Check in New Pork Quality Scheme
NFU Welcomes Defra Minister Re-appointment
Free UK Meat Event to Discuss Supply Chain Improvements
BPEX Pulled Pork Advert Released
New Government Should Set Positive Agenda for Farming
More Form Filling to Secure Organic Stewardship Payments

   European Union

First Steps in CAP Simplification Announced
EU Pig Prices: End of Fall in Prices – Markets Balanced
New CEO for Findus Group Southern Europe


New Foot and Mouth Outbreak in Chinese Pigs
Price of Chinese Farm Produce Drops Slightly


How to Assess Environmental Impact of Meat Production


Belarus Bans All Kiev Pork, Pig and Pork Product Exports Following ASF Outbreak


African Swine Fever Outbreaks in Estonia


Six New African Swine Fever Outbreaks in Latvia


Icelandic Vet Strike Halts Livestock Slaughter


Sow Mixing Has Minimal Impact on Reproduction, Welfare


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