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Monday 8th June 2015.
Lucy Towers - TheFishSite Editor

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World Pork Expo Roundup

Last week saw over 20,000 pig producers and other professionals gather in Des Moines, Iowa, US, for the 2015 World Pork Expo trade show.

Covering the event for ThePigSite, Sarah Mikesell spoke to some of the most important figures in the North American pig industry about some of the current major issues. 

Jim Long, president of Genesus, spoke about how the Russia import ban and the huge sow liquidation in China will support EU and North American markets.

Mr Long said that all indications show that over 7 million sows have been eliminated from the herd. In context, 7 million sows is equal to Canadian and US sow production combined.

"I believe we are going to get a boost in the marketplace in both the EU and North America from China needing to import pork. I don't believe that China will ever be able to recover their production base," Long said. "So this will be a long-term opportunity."

Speaking on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv), former president of the National Pork Producers Council and current chair of the trade committee, Dr Howard Hill, explained that the recent outbreaks are likely due to contamination from trucks but that many producers still believe contaminated feed has been partially to blame.

The PED situation has improved slightly with US producers not experiencing the significant losses like in 2014.

"We do have outbreaks this year, but most of the outbreaks have occurred in finishers rather than sow farms like they were last year," said Dr Hill.

Despite the fluctuations in the pork supply due to PEDv, pork production is up two to four per cent which has pressured hog prices, and supply is not expected to be an issue in 2015.

Discussing the use of antibiotics, Ron Prestage, veterinarian and National Pork Producers Council President, explained how by the end of 2016 retailers and food companies must, by law, eliminate antibiotics from their supply systems.

The US Food and Drug Administration announced the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) final rule which brings the use of VFD drugs (animal drugs intended for use in or on animal feed that require the supervision of a licensed veterinarian) under veterinary supervision so that they are used only when necessary for assuring animal health.

The VFD final rule provides veterinarians in all states the ability to authorise the use of medically important antimicrobials in feed when needed for specific animal health purposes.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

PRRSV in GB Pig Herds: Farm Characteristics Associated with Heterogeneity in Seroprevalence
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) antibodies were detected in 66 per cent of more than 100 herds surveyed in Great Britain.

What is Really Going on in the US Pork Industry?
Ahead of the World Pork Expo, ThePigSite asked the President of the US National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), Dr Ron Prestage, for his views on the current state of the US pork sector.

PED Update in US and Canada: What a Difference a Year Makes
While new outbreaks of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) continue to be reported each week in the United States, the pace is slowing – as a result of the change in season and the winter of 2014-15 produced fewer outbreaks than the previous year.

Company News

US Hog Markets: Pork Expected to Benefit from Strong Dollar
US - Country of Origin Labelling, The Bird Flu, and the rising US Dollar. These seem to be the newsworthy events shaping our hog markets, write Allan Bentley and Doug Hayes.
Reduce Stillbirths by Being Pro-active During Farrowing
GLOBAL - One of the most important things in keeping pigs alive is just by being present. The second half of this is using your time effectively, write Lorne and Vick Tannas, swine specialists and nucleus support for Genesus farms in China.
AB Vista Re-Organises Sales Team to Embrace Market Growth
EUROPE - AB Vista is re-organising its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) sales team into four regions to support the continued expansion of its business across this critical region.
First Commercial Quantitative PCR Test for Lawsonia Developed by BIVI
US - The Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) Health Management Center has developed and will offer, starting July 1, the industry’s first commercially available quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for Lawsonia (ileitis) using fecal samples.
World Pork Expo: Genesus' Jim Long - China's Huge Sow Liquidation Will Support EU, N. American Markets
ANALYSIS - Jim Long, president of Genesus, said Russia's shut down of pork imports from the EU will create a surplus of pork, but China looks primed to take it off the EU's hands and will likely be looking for even more supplies, reports Sarah Mikesell live from World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.
World Pork Expo: Steve Meyer's US Economic Outlook
ANALYSIS - Steve Meyer, vice president of pork analysis with Express Markets Inc. Analytics, shared an outlook for the US pork industry on the opening day of World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.
First EuropeanPRRSpective Symposium Highlights PRRS Costs and Control
EUROPE - A major pig health conference took place in Nantes, France on April 21st with new evidence showing that the PRRS disease syndrome does more damage to the costs of pork producing herds across Europe than previously estimated.
Boehringer Ingelheim Announces New PRRS Website
GLOBAL - Boehringer Ingelheim has announced its the new website on PRRS information.
Ceva Swine Division Names Technical Specialist
US - Ceva Animal Health has announced Andrew J. Holtcamp, DVM, has joined Ceva’s swine business unit as technical service manager.
Pork Commentary: Russia Road Trip Part 2
RUSSIA - This past week we spent in Russia meeting with customers and other industry participants, writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc.
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Global Pig Industry News


New Canadian Trials to Demonstrate Feed Efficency
COOL Ruling Could Benefit Canadian Genetics Suppliers
Canada, Mexico Seek WTO Authorisation for Retaliation Over COOL
Iowa Senators Warned Over COOL Repercussions
Passage of TPA Critical to US Involvement in Trans-Pacific Partnership
Pork Producers Encouraged to Specify Level of Cleanliness of Swine Transport Vehicles
Manitoba Pork to Focus on Resolving M-COOL During Trade Mission to World Pork Expo
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   United States

US National Pork Board Announces Antibiotic Stewardship Plan
Pork Producers to Score US Politicians on Trade Promotion Votes
Hog Outlook: Domestic Pork Demand Strong, Exports Weak
World Pork Expo: PEDv Update - Not Nearly As Severe in 2015
World Pork Expo: What You Need to Know About US Antibiotic Use
CME: US Pork Exports at a Record High
US FDA Decides to Restrict Animal Antibiotic Use
World Pork Expo: Update on Global Pork Trade Issues
20,000 Expected to Pass Through World Pork Expo 2015
Scientists Examine Natural Enzyme as Antibiotic Alternative in Pigs
Pork Checkoff Announces Exciting Lineup at the World Pork Expo
CME: Food Service Sales Present Good Outlook for Meat Markets
US Pork Industry Continues to Adjust from PED
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FAO Food Price Index Near Six-Year Low


19 More African Swine Fever Outbreaks in Latvia


WH Group Sells Campofrio Stake for $354 Million

   United Kingdom

Concerns Over Changes to Reporting of Veterinary Medicine Use
Call for Global Agreement on EU Inspection Rules
UK Pig Industry Disease Charter Launched
Northern Ireland Minister to Promote Pork Industry in China

   European Union

EU Ministers Debate Future of Organic Agriculture
EU Pig Prices: Stable Price Level - Waiting for Increase
Informal Agreement Reached on EU Animal Health Law


Polish Pig Breeding Herd Down on the Year

   Russian Federation

Russian Pork Imports Fall


Two More African Swine Fever Outbreaks in Lithuania


Seven New African Swine Fever Outbreaks in Estonia


OIE Certifies Mexico as Classical Swine Fever Free


Australian Fined Thousands for Illegal Pork Imports


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