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Tuesday 1st September 2015.
Lucy Towers - ThePigSite Editor

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Antibiotic Free Pig Production Presenting Challenges 

A research trial in Denmark is looking at the challenges of raising pigs without any antibiotics whatsoever. 

The number of pigs arriving at the slaughterhouse without having been treated with antibiotics is growing all the time, yet this achievement has by no means been painless for the producers.

The research trial, undertaken on pig farms in Bornholm, found that antibiotic free production is much more labour intensive and involves more demanding biosecurity tasks, especially time-wise as cleaning equipment and work gear must be more thorough.

Producer Karsten Westh, taking part in the trial, commented: "It’s an illusion to think that it doesn’t cost extra to produce pigs like this. We have to spend many more hours in the housing units, which obviously costs money.

"One thing we have noticed is that there is a much bigger difference in growth rates among the pigs in a single litter. This means that production is far less regular, which suggests there will be a lower through-put."

In other news, disease has been prominent in the news over the last week as fears grow over the African Swine Fever (ASF) situation in Eastern Europe, notably Estonia.

The Russian veterinary authority, Rosselkhoznador, said there are fears that the carcases of diseased animals are not being disposed of properly and infected material could be leeching into the water courses and contaminating lakes and rivers.

The veterinary agency said that in Estonia about 3000 pig carcases had been dumped in a burial ground on the shores of Lake Peipsi near Mustvee and not properly buried.

Estonia reported 16 new outbreaks to the OIE this week including 17 cases in wild boar and two cases in farmed pigs, which resulted in another 2332 pigs being destroyed.

OIE reports also showed new outbreaks in Russia and Lithuania. In Russia, four backyard pig farms lost a total of 46 pigs and in Lithuania, three backyard operations were affected.

Latvia reported 39 new outbreaks in wild boar, Russia seven and Poland and Lithuania just one case each. 

The Russian veterinary authority, Rosselkhoznador, said: “The increasing number of new outbreaks in the summer months confirms the trend of seasonal incidence of ASF among both domestic and wild animals.

“According to numerous observations, including those from Russian scientists, the highest number of outbreaks are seen in the summer months between June-August every year.”

The veterinary authority said the problem is made worse because during the summer many pigs are traded and the spring months are traditionally the time when piglets are fattened in Eastern Europe.

The increasing ASF cases in Europe have also lowered pigmeat supply, pushing pigmeat prices upwards, according to the latest Agricultural Outlook report from the OECD and FAO.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Field Testing a Filter for Disease Control on Pig Transport Trailers
Evaluation of a prototype air filtration system installed on a transport trailer showed that the use of selected microbial filters can effectively capture bioaerosols and prevent entry into the interior or the trailer, report Bernardo Predicala, Alvin Alvarado and Samantha Ekanayake of the Prairie Swine Centre in Canada in the Centre's latest Annual Report.

Risk Factors for African Swine Fever on Nigerian Pig Farms
African swine fever (ASF) is one of the major setbacks to development of the pig industry in Nigeria. This study by Emmanuel Jolaoluwa Awosanya and colleagues aimed to improve understanding of the risk factors for ASF infection in Nigerian pig herds.

How to Prevent Heat Stress in Outdoor Pig Herds
Heat stress is caused when a pig's body temperature rises above certain limits, and is a particular problem for outdoor-reared pigs, so what can producers do to help their animals stay cool?

Field Efficacy of PCV2 and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae Vaccine Combinations
The objective of this study was to investigate the efficacy of three combinations of vaccines against PCV2 and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (M hyo) under field conditions, write S. Carceles, A. Callen, H. Smits, O. Merdy and F. Joise, Merial.

Company News

Viet Nam Hog Markets
VIET NAM - At the end of July and according to the General Statistics Office, Vietnam currently has about 26.76 million pigs on the farms (up 2.5 to 3.0 per cent from last year at this time). The hog market production reached 2.05 million tonnes of pork in the first 6 months of 2015 which is an increase of 3.9 per cent as compared to the same period in 2014, write Ron Lane, Business Director for Asia Pacific and Meggie Vo, Genesus Marketing Representative in Vietnam.
Nutriad Opens New USA Plant
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Market Reports

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Global Pig Industry News

   United States

Hog Outlook: Wild Couple of Weeks for Stock Market
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Study Fleshes Out Potential for Airborne Spread of Pig Viruses
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Malta Meat Production Decreased


Canola Offering High Energy Options for Early Weaned Pigs
Pork Producers Urged to Get Involved with Canadian Federal Election
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Livestock Farmers Suffer After Monsoon Flooding in Myanmar

   United Kingdom

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Farmers Urged to Reduce Arson Risk After 300 Pigs Die in Attack
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More Pigs Destroyed After ASF Outbreaks in Estonia


More Wild Boar Dead from ASF in Latvia


Positive Outlook for Global Meat Market


Pork CRC Helping Herd Health

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: First Positive Price Development
Mounting Concern over African Swine Fever in Estonia

   South Africa

Frustration Grows as US Pork Still Banned from South Africa


Denmark Trial Studies Pigs Raised with Zero Antibiotics


More African Swine Fever Found in Lithuanian Backyard Pigs


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