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Monday 17th August 2015.
Lucy Towers - ThePigSite Editor

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Latvia Reports 53 New Outbreaks of African Swine Fever

In disease news, Latvia has reported 53 new outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the past week.

The affected premises included four backyard pig operations. Two pigs died, and there were 6 cases in all across the four pig outbreaks. Another 24 pigs were destroyed to prevent the disease spreading.

There were also 68 cases in wild boar, of which 56 died and the rest were destroyed.

The outbreaks occurred in various locations across the east of the country.

Ukraine has reported a further four outbreaks of ASF. An infected farm in Kharkivtsi village had imported pigs from the Kyiv region in July and as a result of the outbreak, all 277 pigs on the farm were destroyed.

In Semenivka village one pig was found with ASF and in the Chernigov region, two village pigs were also infected.

There were also two cases in wild boar that were found in the Tarasovschyna forest nature park.

In other disease news, there is a suspected case of LA-MRSA on a pig farm in Gran municipality, Oppland, Norway.

The farm is now under restrictions and is not allowed to transport any animals in or out of the yard until further notice.

In other news, an interesting article by Dr Bob Carling discusses how farmers can use pigs to control and prevent troublesome nutsedge plants which are becoming resistant to chemical treatments.

To read more of the article, please click here.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Lifetime and Reproductive Performance of Sows on Southern European Union Commercial Farms
Based on analysis of sow records, researchers have found that a large number of piglets born in the first litter is associated with high lifetime productivity.

Rates of Swine Flu Findings Higher in Younger Pigs
Influenza A viruses (IAVs) are distributed worldwide in birds, pigs and humans, and cause important endemic disease affecting hosts in all countries. This study from Andres Diaz and colleagues published in PLOS One aimed to find out more about the epidemiology of the disease, to help devise more effective control measures in future.

Using Pigs to Root Out Nutsedge
Dr Bob Carling discusses how farmers can use pigs to control and prevent troublesome nutsedge plants which are becoming resistant to chemical treatments.

Evaluation of PCV2 Infection Dynamics of Different CIRCOVAC® Vaccination Programs in Piglets
Porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) is one of the most prevalent viruses that cause great economic losses in the worldwide pig industry. The widespread use of vaccines has reduced the presence of clinical outbreaks associated to this virus, writes S.Oliver-Ferrando et al, Merial.

Company News

Canada Hog Markets: Waiting for the Other Shoe to Fall
CANADA - As we work through the “dog days” of summer it is often a time of anticipation for farmers. Is the crop going to be good, fair to middling or a disaster? This is considered in the context of the individual, his local area and then across North America as to how it may bear on grain prices and in turn feed prices, writes Bob Fraser – Sales & Service, Genesus Ontario.
Are You Prepared for PEDv? Zoetis Ready to Bring Vaccine to Europe
EUROPE - Showing its commitment to supporting European pig farmers and veterinarians, Zoetis is making its Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) virus vaccine available to the European market.
HarrisVaccines Ranks 867th on the INC. 5000 List
US - Inc. Magazine today ranked Harrisvaccines No. 867 on its 34th annual Inc. 5000 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at an important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 5000.
Cut the Conflict on in Your Pig Operation
US - The people working on your operation are essential to your success. So when conflict interferes with their performance, are you prepared to lead them through it? writes Kerry Jones, consultant and coach for PeopleFirst™ from Zoetis.
Pork Commentary: US dollar Index and Canadian Dollar
GLOBAL - One of the factors affecting US pork export sales is the increase in value of the US dollar reflected in the US Dollar Index – a benchmark relative to other major currencies, writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc.
Measuring Lactation Feed Intake
CANADA - One of the most important farm inputs is Lactation Feed Intake, write Lorne and Vick Tannas, swine specialists and nucleus support for Genesus farms in China.
Market Reports

AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 17 August 2015
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Global Pig Industry News


More Latvian Backyard Pigs Infected with African Swine Fever

   European Union

Climate Change Helping Wild Boars Gain Ground
Most EU Food Waste Avoidable
Nomad Foods Expands Reach with Findus Sverige Acquisition
Russian Ban on EU Agriculture – 12 Months On
EU Pig Prices: Europe Disturbed by German Discount Prices


More African Swine Fever Found in Ukraine
African Swine Fever Cases Continue in Ukraine
More African Swine Fever Found on Ukrainian Pig Farm

   United Kingdom

UK Working Together to Fight PEDv
Seminal Scottish Feed Mill Opens with Eye on Farmer Costs
Scottish Union Calls for Set Agricultural Wages Under General Law

   United States

Hog Outlook: Hog Producers Receive Welcome Surprise
CME: Feed Costs to Remain Low
US Agricultural Input Costs Up in 2014
CME: US Meat Export Volumes Down
National Swine Health Information Center Ready to Begin Its Work
Christensen Farms Takes Action Over Animal Abuse Claims
Is US Agricultural Productivity Growth Falling?
Retaliatory Tariffs on US Exports to Canada and Mexico Threaten Entire US Economy
Lower Belly Stocks Exert Positive Price Influence
Pork Continues to be the Fastest-Growing Protein in US Foodservice


Early Disease Detection Protects Countries From Disaster


Training Boosts Uganda's Foot and Mouth Resilience


Free Trade Deals Creating New Opportunities for Premium Pork Products
Success of TTP Important to Canadian Pork Producers
Social Media Effective in Building Awareness of Pig Reporting Requirements
Role of Bacon in Diet Expands


How to Reduce Piglet Mortality with Sows in Loose-Housed Systems
New Structure Unveiled for Danish Crown Pork


MRSA Suspected in Another Norwegian Pig Herd


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