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Monday 20th July 2015.
Lucy Towers - ThePigSite Editor

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Combined Management Needed to Prevent Wild Boar ASF Spread  

A new report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has identified a combination of different management measures that should be used to contain the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) among wild boar populations in Eastern Europe.

Some of the measures outlined by EFSA include: targeted hunting, removal of carcasses in the wild and a strict feeding ban.

ASF has continued to crop up on backyard pig operations this past week. Ukraine notified the OIE of a pig in Boyarivka village, Chernigov, that died from the disease and Russia reported three more outbreaks from villages in the Orlovskaya and Kurskaya regions which affected 13 pigs in total and led to the death of all 26 pigs susceptible.

There have also been new outbreaks of ASF in wild boar over the last week. Estonia reported 24 outbreaks, Russia two and Latvia 34.

In other disease news, another outbreak of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) virus was reported in Lambton County, Ontario, Canada.

This is the second outbreak in the county over the last few weeks and once again it is affecting a farrow to finish farm.

Elsewhere in Canada, pig farms in Manitoba are nearing PEDv free status. The first of five swine farms infected with PEDv are expected to be declared virus free within the next month.

Strict biosecurity and effective biocontainment has so far helped Manitoba deal with PEDv. Speaking to ThePigSite, Mark Fynn, Animal Care Specialist at Manitoba Pork Council, said that an early focus on farm and transport biosecurity has prevented the virus from taking hold.

Mr Fynn also discusses best practice on spotting, preventing and/or dealing with PED, including a step-by-step guide as to responding to PED on your farm.

In other news, the European Commission has referred the proposed merger of the vertically integrated food companies Danish Crown and Tican to the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority (DCCA) after an investigation found that the proposed transaction would threaten to significantly affect competition in certain markets in Denmark.

The merger is not, however, expected to effect competition in the other EU Member States given the low market shares of the parties in these markets.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Effect of PRRSV Infection on the Clearance of Haemophilus parasuis by Porcine Alveolar Macrophages
Pigs infected with porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSv) showed a marked reduction in the functional ability of their alveolar macrophages to kill Haemophilus parasuis and produce superoxide anion.

Moving Towards Non-Castration: What are the Alternatives?
As Europe moves towards an outright ban on castration in 2018, researchers are working hard to find alternatives. One alternative is immunocastration, a non-hormone vaccination widely used in Brazil, Belgium and Australia. Another is the production of entire males, which with proper management has been shown to be a viable alternative. Concerns about loss of export markets, however, still have some producers worried, writes Melanie Epp for ThePigSite.

Impact of Piglet Birthweight on Profitability
People who have raised pigs have long realized that the birth weight of a piglet is associated with it potential to make a profit for the pig farmer. I will refer to this as the ‘Route to Profit’, writes Dr John Mabry, Professor of Genetics, Iowa State University.

Company News

Diagnostics Can Pinpoint Type of Swine Influenza Virus
ANALYSIS - Dr. Lisa Becton, Director of Swine Health Research at the National Pork Board, said Swine Influenza Virus (SIV) can present itself like a lot of other diseases, and diagnostics can identify the type of SIV which will help determine if the current vaccines available fit with the disease challenge.
Video Tutorial Helps Establish Biosecurity for PRRS Control
GLOBAL - To help vets and producers establish a strong PRRS control programme, veterinary pharmaceutical company, HIPRA has issued an educational video focusing on the importance of strict biosecurity measures.
Pork Commentary: US Meats Supply and Use
US - Last Friday the USDA released their July Meats and Supply Use, writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc.
Safer, Cleaner Method to Test Swine Carcasses for Trichinella
SWITZERLAND - Abattoirs and meat packers have a cleaner, safer way to test swine carcasses for potentially dangerous Trichinella at meat inspection – new PrioCHECK™ Trichinella AAD from Thermo Fisher Scientific.
Sow Removal: An Important Component of Profitability
CANADA - A breeding herd’s economic efficiency is known to have a direct relationship with sow removal or culling rates. High culling rates can be a concern to modern commercial herds because a smaller percentage of animals are producing in the most profitable parities, writes Pius B. Mwansa, Ph.D., Genesus Geneticist.
Viet Nam Hog Markets
VIET NAM - According to the General Statistics Office, Vietnam currently has about 27.2 million pigs on the farms (up 2.9 per cent from last year at this time), writes Ron Lane, Business Director for Asia Pacific and Meggie Vo, Genesus Marketing Representative in Vietnam.
Market Reports

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Global Pig Industry News


Danish Competition Authority to Assess Danish Crown/Tican Merger

   Russian Federation

More Russian Pigs Affected by African Swine Fever

   United States

Hog Outlook: Consumer Price Index on the Rise
US Looks to China to Expand Pork Exports
Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
CME: Bird Flu a Wild Card for US Chicken, Pork Markets
Organic Farming Not Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions, says Study
CME: Hog Futures Experiencing Sharp Swings
New UN Trichinae Safety Guidelines Could Improve US Pork Exports
Pork Exports Show Month Decline; Strong Over Year Ago
US Pig Farm Sued Over Hazardous Pollutant Emissions


More Estonian Wild Boar Die from African Swine Fever
Further Outbreaks of African Swine Fever in Estonia


African Swine Fever Outbreak Found in Ukraine Pig


Wild Boar Producers Urged to Join PigTrace Database
New Biosecurity Strategies Improve Cost's of Containing PEDv
A Guide to Managing PEDv on Your Pig Farm
Further PEDv Confirmed in Lambton
Inclusion in TPP Very Important for Canadian Pig Farmers
Canada-Ukraine Trade Agreement to Benefit Pig Producers
Canadian Pork Council to Conduct Pork Industry Hedging Program Analysis
Canadian Government Urged to Fully Commit to Trans-Pacific Partnership
Manitoba Pig Farms Nearing PEDv Free Status
New Laboratory to Help Canada Identify Foreign Animal Diseases
Western Canada Hog Shortage Highlights Need for Local Pricing

   United Kingdom

Collaboration Drives Pig Health and Welfare Progress
Council Votes to Keep Challenging Ammonia Targets
British Pig & Poultry Fair 2016 Opens to New Exhibitors


Greek Bailout Expected to Cost Agriculture €2 Billion


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Pork CRC Sow Welfare Breakthroughs


More Wild Boar Die from ASF in Latvia

   European Union

EU Authority Recommends Variety of ASF Control Measures
Optimistic Outlook for EU Pig Sector
EU Pig Prices: Disparity between the Live-Animals and Meat Markets
Seriously Worrying Situation in EU Milk, Pork Sectors Requires Action


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