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Monday 15th June 2015.
Lucy Towers - TheFishSite Editor

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Tensions Rising over Spread of African Swine Fever in EU

Tension and anxiety is rising in Russia over the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) in Eastern Europe and the Baltic states.

According to figures from the Russian veterinary authority, Rosselkhoznadzor, the number of cases in Europe has reached 482, with 85 in Lithuania, 66 in Poland, 288 in Latvia and 43 in Estonia.

Russia has reported 18 cases of African swine fever since the beginning of the year and the veterinary authority said that the disease is in decline.

Just this week there have been 23 new cases of ASF. The outbreaks were reported in Poland, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania and all cases effected wild boar only.

To be able to understand the spread of the disease in Eastern Europe, Rosselkhoznadzor said that it was necessary to realise that there were 4.5 million wild boar in the region and with the high density of livestock, it makes it difficult to control and eradicate the disease.

It added that many of the farms also did not have a high level of biosecurity measures in place.

The situation has been further complicated because of the different approaches from the various veterinary services in the different EU countries

“At the present stage in the development of ASF and the nature of its distribution, a number of EU countries have shown a lack of preventative measures to stop the spread and eradicate it,” Rosselkhoznadzor said.

Rosselkhoznadzor also stated that the introduction of temporary restrictions on the import of pig meat products from the EU was “a timely and reasonable step”.

In other disease news, MRSA has been detected in Haugesund, north of Stavanger, Norway. In total, six pig herds tested positive for MRSA and these farms were among those which had received pigs from manufacturer in Haugalandet who had MRSA in late May.

Canada has also reported another outbreak of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) in nursery pigs on a farm in Wellington county, Ontario.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

North American Pig Market Hit by Trade Rows, Disease and Currency Volatility
North America currently accounts for more than half of the world exports of pork but in recent months, the sector has been facing a succession of challenges that have been threatening to rock the market, writes Chris Harris.

A Good Start in the Pigs Life Means a Good Finish
It is’s vital that the pig gets off to a good start in life as this will go with the pig throughout its life, through to slaughter. One kg extra weight at 6 weeks means 1-3 kg more weight at slaughter, 3-4 days less to finish and $ 2-3 more profit margin, said Hubert van Hees. Nutreco R&D, speaking at the 2nd UK Trouw pig nutrition conference, writes Stuart Lumb for ThePigSite.

Developing the Pig Farmer - Pork Processor Relationship
Pork processors want and need a consistent supply of dependable high quality pork to supply to their distributors and retailers. In order to achieve this, many processors have contracts with multiple pig farmers who together supply the needs of the processor, writes Ronnie P. Cons.

Company News

New Boehringer Ingelheim Vaccine Protects Against Two Types of Salmonella
ANALYSIS - Salmonella has taken a back seat to other diseases like PEDv, SIV and even Avian Influenza, but Salmonella is an important disease to monitor and protect your herd against, reports ThePigSite's Sarah Mikesell.
New Video Helps Pig Producers Control PRRS
GLOBAL - To help vets and producers control Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRS), veterinary pharmaceutical company, HIPRA has issued the first of a series of educational videos.
Harrisvaccines CEO is an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Award Winner
US - EY has announced that Dr Hank Harris of Harrisvaccines, an Ames-Iowa based animal vaccine producer, received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2015 Award in the manufacturing category in the Upper Midwest.
Merck Animal Health Supports Young Researchers at International Symposium on Neglected Influenza Viruses
US - The 3rd International Symposium on Neglected Influenza Viruses (ISNIV) held in Athens, Georgia was an opportunity for young and upcoming scientists to be recognized. Two Junior Investigator Best Speaker awards and two Junior Investigator Best Poster awards were presented by Merck Animal Health to encourage ongoing research into important aspects of influenza research that may have implications for human as well as animal health.
China Hog Markets: Sow Inventories Fall, Prices Rise
CHINA - China is the pork powerhouse of the world with over 51 per cent of the world’s population of pigs raised there, writes Ron Lane, Business Director Asia Pacific.
Hog Slat's GrowerSELECT Focuses on Quality, Value
GLOBAL - GrowerSELECT is a private label brand from Hog Slat and Georgia Poultry, initially created to supply repairs for the OEM brands that Hog Slat sells, and from there has been developed into a complete system.
Pork Commentary: World Pork Expo
US - Last week we participated at the World Pork Expo, which is held annually in Des Moines Iowa.
HIPRA presents TRUE FUSION for Gilts
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Tensions Rising over Spread of African Swine Fever in EU

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Further African Swine Fever Found in Poland
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