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Monday 10th August 2015.
Lucy Towers - ThePigSite Editor

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Pulled Pork Campaign Delivers Results for British Pork Sector

Whilst UK dairy and sheep farmers are suffering with low prices, pig farmers are experiencing some great results following the AHDB Pork Pulled Pork Campaign.

Funded by levy payers' money, the first phase of the six week campaign has generated an additional £7.8 million worth of total fresh pork sales, according to independent research company Kantar Worldpanel.

Kirsty Walker, head of marketing at AHDB Pork, said: “It’s clear from the results that the first phase of the campaign has driven an increase in pork shoulder sales by encouraging 206,000 more households to buy shoulder during the campaign period. This delivers on the overall objective for this first phase of starting to rejuvenate the image of pork by getting more people to try it."

AHDB Pork chair, Meryl Ward commented: “It’s great to see a campaign being evaluated in such a professional way, which clearly demonstrates value for money in this first phase. It is also particularly pleasing to see that a significant amount of the sales increase, 42 per cent according to Kantar Worldpanel, came from shoppers adding pork shoulder to their baskets without cutting down on other meat purchases. I hope that retailers are particularly are happy with this result.”

In African Swine Fever (ASF) news, increasing reports from countries across Europe experiencing ASF in their pig operations is a worrying sign that the disease is not under control.

Estonia reported more cases in farmed pigs this week. Four cases were detected at a farm in Tarvastu parish, Viljandi county and all 2149 pigs on the farm were destroyed in response.

A backyard swine operation in Rakke parish, Lääne-Viru county, also reported a case of ASF and all three pigs at the site were destroyed.

Earlier in the week, two backyard pig holdings with nine susceptible pigs and two pig farms with a total of 1664 susceptible pigs were also effected.

In Russia, a farm in Krasnodar Krai discovered 10 cases of ASF in its pigs out of a susceptible population of 608.

There were also five outbreaks in village pigs in the regions of SaratovskayaKurskaya and Bryanskaya, leading to the death of over 100 pigs.

Ukraine also had another two cases of ASF in pigs in the village of Lisne, Chernigov region and Lithuania found one pig sick with the disease in a village in Kaunas province.

There were also  outbreaks in wild boar over the last week with Lithuania recording just one outbreak, Poland three, Estonia 40, Russia four and Latvia 36.

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PRRSV-induced Immunosuppression Exacerbates the Inflammatory Response to Porcine Respiratory Coronavirus in Pigs
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Cambodian Case Study: Intergrated Pig and Fish Farming
With increasing an increasing demand for pork, pig farming in Cambodia is developing. Reporting for 5m Publishing, Stuart Lumb gives a run down of a farm near Phnom Phen in Cambodia which is farming both pigs and fish.

Preventing Summer Infertility in Your Pigs
Summer infertility in pigs can largely be attributed to heat stress but other factors tailor in, with awareness and management key to maximising production. Melanie Jenkins reports.

Positive Impact of Piglet PCV2 Vaccination on Fattening Pig Performance
PCV2 is not only involved in PMWS (Post Weaning Multi-systemic Syndrome) or PCVD-systemic disease (PCVD-SD) but also in a large array of pathological presentations including subclinical infections (PCVD-SI), write I. Corrégé, G. Perreul, B. Boivent, O. Merdy, F. Joisel and A. Hemonic, Merial.

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Mexico Hog Markets - And the Road Still Winding...
MEXICO - In July, the farm grain prices finished as follow: i) corn at $235 vs $246 USD/MT previous month ($3,900 vs. $3,860 Mx/MT), -4.4 per cent previous month in USD and 1 per cent above in Mexican Peso), ii) Sorghum $223 vs $233 USD/MT ($3,697 vs $3,660 Mx/MT), and 4 per cent reduction in USD and basically non-movement previous month in Mx.), and iii) soybean meal $420 vs $430 USD/MT ($6760 Mx/MT both months), writes Genesus Mexico, Carlos A. Peralta, President.
Pork Commentary: Some Sign of Life?
US - Last Friday the USDA pork cut–outs closed at 87.48¢ a pound. We expect this reflects an increase in demand for pork, writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc.
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Global Pig Industry News


Estonia Reports Further ASF in Farmed Pigs
More African Swine Fever Affecting Pig Farms in Estonia

   Russian Federation

ASF Found in More Russian Pig Operations
More Pigs Dead From African Swine Fever in Russia

   United States

CME: Pork Bellies the Bright Spot This Summer
Hog Outlook: Strong Dollar Impacting on Trade
Cargill Reports Fourth-Quarter Losses After Soft Beef Results
Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
CME: Slightly Positive Month for Pork Exports
New Pig Model to Provides Insights into Cancers
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Tyson Foods Reports Soft Pork Segment Results
MCOOL, VCOOL: Both Create a Hot Issue

   United Kingdom

Success for UK Pulled Pork Campaign
UK Farming Unions Call for Price Discussions with Ministers
UK Farming Unions Hold Urgent Summit Over Low Industry Prices
UK Pig Industry Views Sought on PEDv


Poland Reports Another African Swine Fever Outbreak
Another African Swine Fever Outbreak Reported in Poland
Further African Swine Fever Found in Polish Wild Boar

   European Union

EU Sow Price Fall Slows


After Huge Agricultural Expansion Brazil Must Farm Smarter
Brazil Foods Reports Revenue Growth
Brazilian Minister Reaffirms Commitment to Animal Health


Chinese Government Downplays Spike in Pork Price
Chinese Jitters Create Risk for Pork Exporters


FAO Food Price Index Hits Lowest Level in Almost Six Years
2015 Grain Harvest to Take Bronze
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African Swine Fever Killing More Wild Boar in Latvia


Japanese Pork Imports Fall


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Lithuanian African Swine Fever Outbreak Hits Backyard Pigs
Another African Swine Fever Outbreak Found in Lithuania


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