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Monday 24th August 2015.
Lucy Towers - ThePigSite Editor

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New Pea Variety Could Improve Pig Protein Intake, Reduce Costs

Scientists at the UK's John Innes Centre have developed a new variety of pea that will help pigs absorb more protein from their diet.

Peas contain several inhibitors that stop proteins being absorbed fully. The research undertaken by Dr Claire Domoney’s group at the John Innes Centre used non-GM methods to develop peas that do not have these inhibitors.

As well as helping animals get more from feed, better protein digestion decreases the nitrogen content of livestock manure. 

The new peas will also cut costs for farmers because fewer of the novel peas will give the same or higher nutritional benefit than standard peas.

In disease news, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) activity in the US has remained at a low level this summer.

Dr Paul Sundberg, the executive director of the National Swine Health Information Center, said the effectiveness of action taken to prevent PED will be put to the test as the country enters the cooler autumn and winter months.

African Swine Fever has been reported over the last week in wild boar and pig operations in Ukraine, Latvia, Russia, Lithuania and Estonia.

All 310 pigs on a farm in Ukraine's Sumy region were destroyed following an outbreak in three of the farm's pigs. Similarly, 14 pigs in Lithuania were killed after findings of the disease, four in Russia and eight in Latvia

There were also three further ASF outbreaks on pig farms in Estonia. In response, 11,366 pigs were destroyed.

There will be no newsletter next Monday due to the UK Bank Holiday. The newsletter will instead be emailed on Tuesday 1 September.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Risk Factors for PRRSV Infection and Resulting Challenges for Effective Disease Surveillance
Of 147 pig herds surveyed in the UK, 35.1 per cent tested positive for the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) and a number of risk factors were revealed, along with the prevalence of other viruses.

New Advances in Co-products in Animal Feed
Wheat distillers dried grains with solubles (wDDGS) is a promising type of crop co-product which can be used in animal feed.

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Comparative Efficacy of PCV2 Vaccines in Piglets
Several commercial PCV2 vaccines are available for piglet in Europe. The objective of the present study was to compare the efficacy of two PCV2 vaccines: CIRCOVAC® (Merial, France) and a subunit vaccine, writes A. Callen et al, Merial.

Company News

Russia Hog Market
RUSSIA - Current average live weight price remains strong at 116 Roubles/kg ($1.79/live kg) With corn currently at 10,540 Roubles/tonne ($213/metric tonne), profitability remains very high at between 3,479 Roubles per pig ($48.3) for the average producer and well over 5,000 Roubles ($78.2) for efficient producers killing pigs at heavier weights, writes Simon Grey, Genesus General Manager Russia, CIS and EU.
Genesus Seeks a General Manager (China)
CHINA - Genesus is looking for a General Manager to lead Genesus China Sales, existing production and business development within a major joint venture project.
Ceva Appoints New Swine Product and Field Trial Officer
UK - Nigel Bennet has been appointed Product and Project Field Trial Officer for Swine at Ceva Animal Health.
Pork Commentary: Road Trip Starts
US - As we write this week’s commentary, we are flying over the mid-Atlantic, writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc.
Market Reports

AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 24 August 2015
USDA Cold Storage - 24 August 2015
USDA Bi-Weekly International Meat, Poultry & Egg Review - 21 August 2015
USDA Livestock Slaughter - 21 August 2015
USDA United States and Canadian Hogs - 21 August 2015
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 20 August 2015
UK June Agricultural Price Index
UK Slaughter Statistics - July 2015
USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook - 19 August 2015

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

Disappointment with US First Half Pork Exports
Hog Outlook: Retail Pork Price Makes Gains in July
UAVs Are Not Just for Crop Farmers
US Antibiotic Resistance Results Encouraging
US Pork Exports Begin to Recover
CME: Hog Weights Key to Supply Pressure Expectations
Meat Waste has Greater Environmental Impact
Increased Crop Yields Result in Lower Hog Production Estimates
Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
Retaliation Likely Without Full Repeal of M-COOL
PEDv Activity Remains Low in US


Strong US Dollar to Benefit Canadian Pork Producers
CME: Canadian Hog Supplies Growing at Slower Rate Than US
Canadian Pork Exports Fall
Pork Offers Endless Options for Any Chef

   United Kingdom

Strong UK Production Continues
Pig Real Welfare Bureau to Close
UK Pork Retail Sales Continue to Disappoint
Free Foot Dip Signs Available in UK
Restaurants Sourcing More British Pork After New Labelling Rules
New Pea Variety Could Benefit Pig Protein Intake


Pig Farm Hit by Latest Outbreak of African Swine Fever in Ukraine


Pig Processors Ignore Government Plea for Pig Price Improvement

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Frustration Throughout Europe


More Outbreaks of African Swine Fever Found in Latvia


Agritechnica Is Coming to Germany in November 2015
Research Model Shows Hazardous Antibiotic Levels in Environment

   Russian Federation

Further African Swine Fever Cases Found in Russia


African Swine Fever Kills More Backyard Pigs in Lithuania


African Swine Fever Found on More Pig Farms in Estonia


Small Fall in Danish Sow Herd


Will Pigs Derail China's Monetary Easing?


India Sees Sharp Rise in Exports of Livestock Products


Ireland Launches Pig, Poultry Investment Scheme


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