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Monday 29th June 2015.
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Latvia Bans Cut Grass as Feed Following ASF Outbreak

Following last week's editorial covering an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in a backyard pig operation in Latvia, news has arisen linking the cause of the outbreak to cut grass.

The cause of ASF on the Latvian pig farm is now thought to have been due to the feeding of grass. It is reported that the cut grass, which was fed to pigs at the backyard operation, contained dark stains. These marks are assumed to have come from ASF positive wild boar.

Following this finding, Latvia has now banned the feeding of cut grass to pigs.

This week, an outbreak of ASF was discovered in farmed pigs in Ukraine.

The backyard pig operation is located in Peresazh village, close to the boarder with Belarus. Despite the farm containing 180 pigs, 170 of which were piglets, only five cases of ASF were reported and this has resulted in only three deaths. 

It is still unclear as to whether the other pigs on the farm have been slaughtered as a precautionary measure to prevent further spread. The source of the outbreak is also not yet known.

Over the past week, ASF has also been reported in Estonian and Lithuanian wild boar.

In other disease news, South Korea has reported a further 64 new outbreaks of Foot and Mouth Disease with the majority effecting pig operations in the north west of the country.

Also in the news this week, Russia has extended its ban on imports of agricultural products from the EU to 5 August 2016.

The list of banned products is thought to remain the same.

Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, stated: "We took these decisions a year ago and are extending them in response to recent decisions of the European Union and a number of other states."



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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Water Availability and Crowding
Optimum and minimum space allowance for grower-finisher pigs and the interactions with the provision of drinkers are explained by the Prairie Swine Centre.

Tips for Managing Newborn Piglets
The first few hours of a piglet's life are critical for its survival. This feature gives some tips for ensuring newborn piglet health, aiming at reducing early piglet mortality and increasing weaning weights.

High Quality Fishmeal the Best Protein Source for Weaned Piglets
A recent study commissioned by the International Fishmeal & Fish Oil Organisation (IFFO) at the China Agricultural University compared the effect of a number of different dietary protein sources on the performance of young piglets.

Company News

How to Replace, Reduce and Refine Antibiotics On Farm
ANALYSIS – Pressure is mounting on the animal health industry to reduce, replace and refine the usage of certain antimicrobial medicines, writes Michael Priestley.
Canada Hog Markets: Lessons from Show Season
CANADA - I have had opportunity to participate in two pork shows in the month of June, the Ontario Pork Congress (OPC) in Stratford Ontario just last week and the World Pork Expo (WPE) in Des Moines Iowa two weeks ahead of that, writes Bob Fraser, Sales & Service, Genesus Ontario.
Diagnostics Important to Identify Type of PRRS on Sick Farm
ANALYSIS - Dr. Lisa Becton, Director of Swine Health Research at the National Pork Board, said the role of diagnostics with Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRS) is important in helping producers to identify the specific type of PRRS on a sick farm.
Experts Discuss Recent Findings in PEDv Monitoring, Risk Factors and Immunology
US - With the recent increase in porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) cases reported this spring, the latest At The Meeting (ATM) with the Morrison Group audio program provides an update on developments in case reporting, effective control steps and immunology in the last year.
Controlling Costs, Improving Herd Health are Keys to Success in Tough Times
US - During the 2015 World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, veterinarians from two leading swine health and production companies shared their recommendations on how producers can best manage their herds for profitability during tough times.
First HIPRA SENG Vaccine Reaches China
CHINA - Last April, HIPRA presented RHINISENG®, the innovative vaccine for the prevention of Progressive and Non- progressive Swine Atrophic Rhinitis, in China.
Pork Commentary: Ontario Pork Congress Report
CANADA - This week we were at the Ontario Pork Congress in Canada, writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc.
Market Reports

AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 29 June 2015
USDA Hogs and Pigs - 29 June 2015
USDA Bi-Weekly International Meat, Poultry & Egg Review - 26 June 2015
UK Slaughter Statistics - 26 June 2015
USDA Livestock Slaughter - 26 June 2015
Irish CSO Reports - Output, Input and Income in Agriculture - Final Estimate 2014
Irish CSO Reports - Livestock Slaughterings May 2015
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 25 June 2015
UK Organic Farming Statistics 2014
USDA Cold Storage - 23 June 2015

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

Hog Outlook: US Hog Inventory Up from Last Year
CME: Pork Supply High, Beef Supply Low
CME: US Hog Inventories, Breeding Herd Up
Hog Supplies Plentiful
Hog Outlook: Breeding Herd Predicted Higher
CME: Cold Storage Inventories Up on the Year
Senate to Hold Hearing Over Impact of COOL Retaliation
It's Time to Check Iron Levels of Baby Pigs
Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
Livestock Drivers get Waiver from US Hours-of-Service Rule

   Lithuania

More African Swine Fever in Lithuania

   Canada

Government Funding for Reducing Spread of Livestock, Crop Diseases
Farmers Converting From Sow Stalls to Group Housing Invited to Join Project
Antibiotics Access Changes to Challenge Smaller Pork Producers
Swine Diseases to Pay Attention to This Summer
Increasing Hog Supplies Expected to Pressure Third, Fourth Quarter Prices
Pre-Clinical Tests Show New Vaccine Effective Against PEDv
Blood Plasma Processing Changes Restore Confidence

   Brazil

Chinese Inspectors Begins Visits to Brazilian Slaughterhouses

   Global

Russia Extends Ban on Imports of Agricultural Products to 2016
Report Shows Implications of Climate Change for Food Industry
New RSPCA Assured Food Label Enters the Market
Is Animal Welfare Becoming a Commercial Issue?

   Latvia

Mowed Grass Blamed for Latvian ASF Outbreak

   Ukraine

African Swine Fever Outbreak in Ukrainian Farmed Pigs

   United Kingdom

MRSA Found in UK Pork: But Where Did it Come From?
UK Government to Release Huge Data Set to Improve Farming
Further Decline in UK Organic Pig Production
New UK Research into Improving Animal Health Announced

   Denmark

Danish Pork Exports Increase in Early 2015

   Netherlands

Dutch Vet Shares Insight into Curbing Antibiotic Use
Chinese Pork Production Provides Opportunity for Global Food Supply

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Crash in Germany

   Poland

Poland's Agriculture Industry - Pig Production Down, Dairy Booming

   Estonia

More African Swine Fever Reported in Estonia

   Korea, South

64 New Outbreaks of Foot and Mouth Reported in South Korea

   Australia

China, Australia Free Trade Agreement to Benefit Agriculture

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