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ThePigSite Newsletter - 27 July 2015

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Monday 27th July 2015.
Lucy Towers - ThePigSite Editor

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Tail Biting and Antibiotics Top of the Pig Health and Welfare Council Agenda

Tail biting among pigs and the use of antimicrobials and antibiotic resistance are key areas to be targeted by the UK Pig Health and Welfare Council this year.

The Council has called for more data and information from pig units that do not dock tails of piglets in order to discover what allows them to rear pigs with intact tails and have low incidence of tail biting.

The council has also called for more information in cases where tail biting has occurred to encourage better methods of managing tail biting and to roll out to the industry a programme of best practice.

In a similar way the council hopes to gather more information on the use of antimicrobials in the treatment of illness among pigs.

The council’s report says it wants to establish a standardised format of antimicrobial usage data, which can be used by everyone across the whole of the UK pig production sector.

In disease news this week, African Swine Fever (ASF) has spread to more farmed pigs in Russia, Ukraine, and Estonia.

Two farms in the Viljandi province and one small holding in the Valga province of Estonia reported outbreaks of ASF. 

In Russia, three ASF outbreaks were found in backyard pig operations in the Orlovskay region and 15 other cases of ASF were discovered in wild boar from other locations in the east of the country.

Two backyard pig operations in Ukraine have reported ASF this week. The farms are located in Fayivka village and Ichnya town, both in the Chernigov region.

Latvia reported 26 new outbreaks of ASF in wild boar. The outbreaks were detected in various locations across the east of the country.

Poland and Lithuania also confirmed new outbreaks of in wild boar. Poland confirmed two outbreaks in the Podlaskie province and Lithuania eight.

There have also been reports in a Ugandan newspaper of ASF spreading through pig herds in the Masaka district.

At a meeting in Moscow this month, international scientific experts stated that that control of ASF in Europe is down to measures which effectively control the wild boar population.  

The scientists concluded that “now African swine fever is presenting a serious challenge to the pig industry in many countries, there is a clear need to create conditions for coordinated work, exchange of experience and the joint development of effective methods of combatting dangerous diseases”.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Effects of Group Housing on Sow Welfare: A Review
This new review by researchers in Australian and Denmark reveals that competition for feed is at the root of much aggressive behaviour in sows and that famliarity between sows and genetic selection can help. The paper highlights a number of areas where our knowledge on the subject is incomplete.

Predicting Phosphorus Utilisation Efficiency as Part of a Strategic Feeding Programme
This factsheet presents research findings from a BPEX-funded PhD project carried out at Newcastle University and is published as number 25 in the 'Research into Action' series. The project investigated the ability to estimate the phosphorus (P) requirements of growing and finishing pigs and to predict the consequences of different management strategies on phosphorus excretion to the environment and on efficiency of use.

Reduction of Mortality and Antibiotic Use by Piglet Vaccination Against PCV2
PCV2 infections are widespread and therefore vaccination is regularly implemented to control infection. However, under field conditions, the infection status at the moment of vaccination may be variable and is generally unknown, write V. Gardeyn, K. Van Der Straeten, T. Meyns, H.Smits and S. van Poucke, Merial.

Company News

What to Do If I Suspect a Foreign Animal Disease On-farm?
ANALYSIS - Dr. Patrick Webb, Director of Swine Health Programs with the National Pork Board, explains the steps that a producer or veterinarian should take if he/she sees symptoms of a foreign animal disease on their swine operation.
MagixX-Pig+ Exhaust Air Treatment System Passes DLG Test
GERMANY - With a dust separation rate of up to 94 per cent in the summer and an average ammonia separation rate of 84 per cent, the Big Dutchman exhaust air treatment system MagixX-Pig+ recently successfully passed the SignumTest of the German Agricultural Society (DLG). A combination of two chemical cleaning stages and a biological filter ensure ideal exhaust air treatment.
Outstanding Weaned Piglet Results for Xuanwei Farm of Shennong
CHINA - PIC China congratulates the Yunnan Shennong Agricultural Industry Group in setting a new milestone in China by attaining 30 pigs weaned per sow per year.
French Prime Minister visits Ceva Santé Animale
FRANCE - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has visited Ceva’s headquarters in Libourne, to meet Dr Marc Prikazsky and other business leaders from the local Aquitaine region.
USA Pork Market
US - The announcement of JBS purchasing Cargill is behind us. That should put JBS in the #2 spot for packers, which is above Tyson. This also means that, between Brazil and China, they have control of about 50 per cent of the packing capacity in the US, writes Alan Bentley, Sales & Service, Genesus.
AB Vista Appoints New Business Manager for South Korea
SOUTH KOREA - AB Vista has appointed Paul Han Sun Gun as business manager for Korea, a new position created to strengthen the team in the growing Asia region.
Strong Double-Digit Growth for Ceva in First Semester 2015
FRANCE - Consolidated sales of the Ceva Group reached €424 million at the end of June 2015, representing growth of 16 per cent and +12 per cent at constant perimeter and exchange rates.
Pork Commentary: National Pork Industry Conference
US - Last week we attended the National Pork Industry Conference (NIPC) held at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc.
Market Reports

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Global Pig Industry News

   United Kingdom

Farmers Escape Rat Rule For Now
Prime Minister Pledges Support to Grow British Agriculture
Partnerships Needed for Successful, Sustainable UK Farming Sector
UK Exit from EU 'Would be Catastrophic' for Welsh Farmers
Tail Biting and Antibiotics Head Pig Sector Health and Welfare Targets

   United States

Hog Outlook: Commercial Pork Production Increasing
Hormel Foods Buys Organic Brand
CME: US Cold Storage Stocks Significantly Higher Than 2014
US Meat, Poultry Production Down in Second Quarter
Soybean Meal Positively Affects Pigs with PRRSV
Study Finds US Consumers Use COOL in Purchase Decisions
All Sizes of Family Run Hog Farms Important
US Pork Industry Well Positioned for Antibiotic Use Changes
CME: June Meat Retail Prices Mixed
US Pork Council Weighs in on Indonesia’s Pork Import Restriction
Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US


Further African Swine Fever in Ukrainian Pigs
Ukrainian Village Swine Hit by More African Swine Fever

   Russian Federation

Russian Pigs Hit by More African Swine Fever

   New Zealand

New Zealand to Stop Animal Antibiotic Use by 2030


Poland Confirms Two More African Swine Fever Outbreaks


Canadian Beef, Pork Plants Capitalise on New Ukraine Free Trade Agreement
Warm Summer Weather and Biosecurity Focus Hold PEDv at Bay
Scientists Investigate Reducing Antimicrobials Cost and Use to Treat Brachyspira
TPP Negotiations Down to Delicate and Most Defensive Positions

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Unclear Picture - Germany Plays a Special Role
International Cooperation Needed to Fight African Swine Fever
Suffocating French Farmers, Road Blockades and New Hashtags
Urgent Action Needed to Offset Severe Impact of Russian Ban on EU Pork
EU and Spanish Pork Markets
EU Exports Down Despite Chinese Growth


More African Swine Fever Outbreaks in Latvia


Spain, Algeria Reinforce Cooperation on Agriculture


Ugandan Pigs Suffering from African Swine Fever Outbreaks


More Pig Farms Hit by African Swine Fever in Estonia


China’s Shrinking Hog Herd to Ignite Global Pork Trade


Further Lithuanian Wild Boar Affected by African Swine Fever


Mexico, France Strengthen Agricultural Ties


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