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ThePigSite Newsletter - 01 June 2015

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Monday 1st June 2015.
Lucy Towers - TheFishSite Editor

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New Research Looks to Viruses to Treat Bacterial Infection in Pigs

Pig producers could soon be using viruses to treat bacterial infections thanks to exciting new research from the University of Leicester, UK.

Prof Martha Clokie from the University is going to be leading research into certain types of viruses that could be used to treat Brachyspira and Salmonella in pigs.

Speaking at the BPEX Innovation Conference, held in Stoneleigh Park, Prof Clokie said that viruses behave as selective parasites of bacteria. So ‘friendly’ viruses, known as bacteriophages, can be used as specific and targeted treatments for certain bacteria.

Also speaking at the conference, Alison Wakeham, a senior research scientist at the University of Worcester, explained how air sampling techniques used by the cucumber farming industry may help indoor pig farmers reduce the spread of disease.

“Technology that identifies infectious diseases as soon as possible is important to prevent unnecessary losses. So, scientists have developed air sensors that sample the air and alert growers to bio-aerosols that may be carrying disease," said Ms Wakeham. 

Air sampling has potential in the pig industry and "I am sure it is only a matter of time before this technology is available in the pig sector”.

In disease news, both France and Chile have been declared free of classical swine fever and further cases of African swine fever in wild boar have been reported in Estonia, Poland and Latvia.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Are Your Piglets Iron Deficient? - Causes, Signs and Treatment
Are your piglets pale or slightly yellow and having trouble breathing? This could be due to Anemia. Piglets are born with low iron levels and for piglets reared indoors, the development of iron levels is hindered, which can lead to severe ill health of the pig or death and economic loss to the farmer.

Nutrition of the Sow During Early Gestation for Optimum Productivity
Speaking at the 2nd UK Trouw Pig Nutrition Conference, Dr Pieter Langendijk, Nutreco R&D, explains how the nutrition of the sow during early gestation can effect productivity, writes Stuart Lumb for ThePigSite.

Dynamics of Nitrogen Retention in Gestating Sows: Implications for Feeding Programmes
Gaining a better understanding of protein deposition during pregnancy will help nutritionists to formulate better diets for sows and gilts during this period, C.F.M. de Lange of the University of Guelph told the 2015 Centralia Swine Research Update.

Company News

Transferring Genetic Improvement
CANADA - The rate of genetic change in the nucleus population is the basis by which genetic improvement is measured and evaluated, writes Bob Kemp, PhD P.Ag, Vice President Genetic Programs and Research & Development, Genesus.
EU and Spanish Pork Markets
EU - The hog market scenario in Europe continues to be difficult and complex, writes Mercedes Vega, Genesus General Director for Spain, Italy and Portugal.
Experts to be Grilled at Iowa Swine Day
US - Experts from across the pork industry will gather to discuss key production issues at this year’s Iowa Swine Day, on 25 June.
Pork Commentary: Russian Pork Industry Profitable
RUSSIA - The Russian pork industry is benefiting from global trade restrictions, with high profitability leading to expansion plans, writes Jim Long, President-CEO Genesus Inc.
Market Reports

BPEX Weekly Export Bulletin - 1 June 2015
BPEX UK Pig Meat Market Update - June 2015
USDA Agricultural Prices - 29 May 2015
USDA Bi-Weekly International Meat, Poultry & Egg Review - 29 May 2015
AHDB BPEX Pig Market Weekly - 28 May 2015
Irish CSO Reports - Livestock Slaughterings April 2015

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

Pork Professionals from 41 Countries Expected at 2015 World Pork Expo
Hog Outlook: Red Meat Production Near 2008 Highs
CME: Hog Futures Rising
US Pork Checkoff Launches Summer Grilling Promotion
CME: Latest USDA Reports Give Bearish Pork Outlook

   United Kingdom

Cucumber Industry Could Aid Pig Disease Prevention
Livestock Sectors to Have Say on Centre of Excellence
UK Pork Producers Losing Money During First Quarter 2015
Virus Potential to Treat Bacterial Infection in Pigs
New Chair Elected to UK Office of Animal Health
UK Takes Precautions to Tackle PED Threat
Innovation in UK Farming: No Longer a ‘Top-Down’ Approach


Failure to Fix COOL Could Threaten Hog Markets
Canadian Pork Council Report Shows Importance of Trans-Pacific Partnership
Severe Challenges for Canadian Livestock Manure Pipeline
Grilling, Export Demand Fuels Live Hog Price Improvement
Canada Supports Safe Transportation of Livestock and Poultry
Manitoba Expected PED Free Within Months
Automated Washing of Swine Transport Vehicles Possible


Chile Free from Classical Swine Fever


Three More African Swine Fever Outbreaks in Poland


Falling Chinese Pig Herd Presents Export Opportunities

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Markets Show More Positive Movement


France Declared Free from Classical Swine Fever


Argentina Calls for Recognition of Role of Small Producers


Further Ten African Swine Fever Outbreaks in Estonia


Six More African Swine Fever Outbreaks in Latvia


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