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Monday 13th July 2015.
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ASF Spreads in Russian, Ukrainian and Latvian Pig Herds 

It is disease news making the headlines again this week after more outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) were detected on pig operations in Ukraine, Latvia and Russia.

In Ukraine, ASF was found on a backyard pig operation in Gornostaypil village, Ivankivskyi, Kiev.

Of the 67 pigs on the farm only one pig became ill and died. It is not yet known whether the other pigs on the farm have been slaughtered to prevent the spread of the disease.

Latvia reported one outbreak of ASF in a backyard pig operation in Cibla county. Of the five pigs susceptible, only two cases were reported. However, all pigs on the farm were slaughtered to prevent the spread.

Russia also confirmed to the OIE that six village farms in the Kurskaya, Kaluzhskaya, Orlovskaya, Volgogradskaya and Saratovskaya regions had ASF outbreaks.

In total across the six village herds there were 25 cases. All susceptible pigs at the farms were slaughtered to prevent any further spread of the disease. 

ASF was also reported in wild boar throughout the past week. Lithuania reported three new outbreaks, Estonia 17, Poland five, Ukraine one and Latvia 15.

There has also been another outbreak of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) virus in Canada. The outbreak was reported on a farrow to finish farm in Oxford County, Ontario.

In other news, UK pork exports have grown by 44 per cent in the last five years, largely down to increased trade with China.

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss revealed that the UK's pork exports now generate £214 million a year, £30 million of which is shipped to China.

"I want to do all we can to increase access to growing markets like China. Opening new export markets is a central part of our ambition for the UK food and farming sector to lead the world," commented Ms Truss.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Alternative Farrowing Options in the Swine Industry
Over the past decade there has been increased awareness from the public on animal welfare issues related to sow farrowing and lactation, and this factsheet from Monique Pairis-Garcia at Ohio State University described some alternative options to the traditional farrowing stall.

Improving Pig Welfare: Addressing Tail Docking
In pigs, an intact, curly tail may well be the most important animal-based welfare indicator, says the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). It stands for both high quality management and respect for the integrity of the pig. It is obvious that a farmer who gets his pigs through to slaughter without tail docking or signs of tail biting must be managing a very good system. What is unfortunate, though, is that management of this quality is a rare occurrence, writes Melanie Epp from the 2015 International Conference on Pig Welfare, Denmark.

Do Not Forget About the Basics: Heterosis
Crossbreeding is incorporated into most commercial breeding programs in the swine industry, unlike other animal production industries (e.g. dairy and beef to a certain extent). One of the greatest benefits to crossbreeding is the phenomenon of heterosis, or hybrid vigor, writes Nick Boddicker, Ph.D.

Field Efficacy of a PCV2 Vaccine in a High-health Danish Farm Under Subclinical PCVD Conditions
PCV2 is a widespread virus, present in the swine population all over the world. Even in subclinical conditions, it has been proven to decrease pig performance in the whole production cycle, hence decreasing profitability, writes P.Mortensen et al, Merial.

Company News

Diagnotics Play Critical Role in Herd Health Management
ANALYSIS - Dr. Paul Thomas, veterinarian with AMVC Management Services, said diagnostics play a critical role in the total herd health program by helping to identify, manage and treat disease challenges.
Russia Hog Market - Russian Pig Business a Good Business to Be In
RUSSIA - Current live-weight price is 113 Roubles/kg ($2.09). Current grain prices put cost of food per kg for the efficient producers at 47 Roubles / kg ($0.87). Assuming feed at 60 per cent of cost for newish farms with high levels of borrowing, cost of production is about 79 Roubles / kg ($1.46) making profit on a 120kg live weight pig 4,072 Roubles ($75.60), writes Simon Gray, General Manager Russia, CIS and EU.
SowMAX Eliminates Guesswork of Sow Feeding
ANALYSIS - Feeding lactating sows is a tough job - feed her too much, and the feed can spoil and must be discarded. Feed her too little, and she will not get all the nutrients she needs to produce milk and maintain proper body condition.
Pork Commentary: JBS Swift Purchases Cargill Pork
US - The big news last week was the purchase of Cargill Pork by JBS Swift. JBS Swift’s move continues its relentless growth in the US meat protein sector.
Market Reports

AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 13 July 2015
USDA WASDE - 13 July 2015
USDA Bi-Weekly International Meat, Poultry & Egg Review - 10 July 2015
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 9 July 2015
UK June 2015 Farming and Food Brief
Irish CSO Reports - Agricultural Price Indices May 2015

Global Pig Industry News


PED Outbreak Confirmed in Oxford County, Ontario
Pork Producers to Study Forward Pricing Programs as a Business Risk Management Tool
Sow Housing Conversion Web Site to Help Producers
Two-Cell Manure Storages Reduce Costs of Separating Phosphorus
Saskatchewan Chef's Competition Organised to Celebrate Agriculture
Producers Look to TPP to Enhance Pork Export Opportunities
Trade Promotion Authority Expected to Speed Up Trans-Pacific Agreement

   Russian Federation

Six New African Swine Fever Outbreaks in Russian Pigs


More African Swine Fever Found in Lithuania
Further Outbreak of African Swine Fever in Lithuania

   United States

Hog Outlook: WASDE Increases Expected 2015 Pork Production
Action to Address COOL Must Appease Canada, Mexico
CME: Pork Exports Strong, Beef Exports Down on Year
Swine Health Centre Prepares US Against New Pig Diseases
CME: Consumer Confidence High
Cargill-JBS deal changes pork industry landscape

   European Union

Could Feeding Livestock Hemp Contaminate Food with Cannabis?
EU Pig Prices: Starting to Recover

   United Kingdom

Cost and Convenience Beats Origin for UK Shoppers
Farm Fatality Figures Still “Quite Horrifying”
What Threat do Wild Boar Pose to UK Farmers?
Pork Exports Rocket After UK Trade with China Opened
Getting Ventilation Right is Essential in Heatwave


New Sow Feeding Concept Shows Promise


Irish Pig Herd Expanding
New Strategy for the Irish Agri Food Sector to Improve Exports, Jobs


Food Security in a Transparent World


Two More African Swine Fever Outbreaks Found in Polish Wild Boar
More African Swine Fever in Poland


Alltech Acquires Norwegian Agriculture Company
Nofima Project to Help Prevent Meat Discolouration


Southern African Drought Hammers Red Meat Production


French Plans to Support Agri-food Sector to 2025


Latvia Reports ASF Outbreaks in Farmed Pigs and Wild Boar


German Pig Breeding Herd Declining


More ASF Outbreaks Reported in Estonia


ASF Detected in Another Ukraine Pig Operation


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