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Monday 14th September 2015.
Lucy Towers - ThePigSite Editor

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European Commission Proposes Support Measures for Pork Sector

An estimated 6,000 European farmers brought Brussels to a standstill last week when bureaucrats formulated strategies to stabilise the sector. 

But farm leaders have warned the European Commission’s Comprehensive Package of Measures is “far from sufficient” to have a noticeable impact.

They are concerned that the €500 million promised will not compensate for the loss of €5.5 billion pulled from EU farmers through Russia’s imports ban.

As part of the proposed Package of Measures, pork products should benefit from an increase in promotion package funding, a new Private Storage Aid scheme and the opening of new markets, including bilateral trade agreements and reducing non-tariff trade barriers. 

Reporting on the global pork market, AHDB Pork revealed that the market has been at its weakest for some years.

Following the high levels seen last year, global pork prices fell to $2.51 per kg in April, 24 per cent lower than in the same month last year. Since then there has been a modest price increase in May and in June it averaged at $2.64 per kg, still one quarter less than a year earlier.

In disease news, African Swine Fever has been reported on more pig farms in Russia, Latvia and Ukraine

There were also cases in wild boar in Estonia.

ASF has resulted in over a quarter of a million pig’s lives (dead and destroyed) in Europe since the beginning of 2014 with most of the deaths in Russia. But, in 2015, the cases have increasingly been in the Baltic States and Ukraine.

Providing an update on the ASF situation in Eastern Europe, pig veterinarian Dr John Carr said that the number of cases this summer have dramatically increased with the Baltic states taking the brunt of the new cases.

There is also little information coming out of Belarus so it is hard to know the extent of the outbreaks there.

The distribution of African Swine Fever cases in Eastern Europe

The distribution of African Swine Fever cases in Eastern Europe.

The red circles indicate cases the pink area is the authors area of concern

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Role of Dietary Fibre in Diets for Growing Pigs - Part 2
Optimising nutritional efficiency has become more of a challenge as modern feed formulations contain more sources of fibre, so Zhimin Huang and colleagues from the University of Minnesota produced this report looking at improvements in artificial feed digestibility measurements.

Importance of Regular Worming in Pigs
Large roundworms (Ascaris suum) are endoparasites which cause milk spot liver and are the most prevalent of worms affecting pig productivity. This article from AHDB Pork describes how to keep worms under control in your pigs.

Making Sure Your Farm is Handled Well While you are Away
Find out how to make sure your farm maintains standards while you are away, with these guidelines from AHDB Pork.

Improvement of Commercial Swine Erysipelas ELISA Test Applicability for Vaccination Compliance Purpose
The utility of serologic tests for evaluation of Erysipelas infection and protection conferred by vaccines has been a controversial issue, writes A. Callen, I. Lazaro and S. Carceles, Merial.

Company News

Pig Health, a Sow’s Legacy – Part 1
CANADA - This report is the first of a series on the latest insights into four maternally derived factors that impact pig health: mitochondria, fetal programming, the microbiome and factors transferred in colostrum/milk. The better we understand these, the better we can support them, writes Dr Joe Rogowsky, Director of Health and Biosecurity.
USA Hog Markets
USA - We have gained $8.00 in October hogs in about 10 days. We still have an inverted basis but I don’t think that will continue - it will widen. This is as sure as death and taxes, writes Allan Bentley, Sales & Service.
Pork Commentary: European Road Trip - Week 3 Spain
SPAIN - After Russia, we travelled to Spain, the fourth largest swine producing country in the world, writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc.
Nutriad Monitoring Weather Impact on Mycotoxin Challenge
GLOBAL - Weather is the most important factor in determining whether aflatoxin contamination will be a problem.
European Medicines Agency (EMA) Approves Use of Ingelvac CircoFLEX® During Pig Pregnancy, Lactation
EU - The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has granted the use of Boehringer Ingelheim’s Ingelvac CircoFLEX® during pregnancy and lactation in sows. The vaccine is registered worldwide for the protection of pigs against Porcine Circovirus Type 2 (PCV2) related diseases. Ingelvac CircoFLEX® reduces mortality, clinical signs and lesions associated with PCV2.
Market Reports

USDA WASDE - 14 September 2015
AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 14 September 2015
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 10 September 2015
Irish CSO Reports - Agricultural Price Indices - July 2015
Irish CSO Reports - Pig Survey - June 2015

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

Hog Outlook: USDA Lowers Meat Production Estimates
CME: US Meat Consumption to Grow
Support the Pork Industry by Serving on Pork Checkoff Program Advisory Committee
Hog Supplies Versus Expectations
Aviation Administration Praised for Addressing Drone Challenges and Promises
Lower Soybean Prices Could Lower Pork Production Costs

   Russian Federation

Further Village Swine Dead in Russian ASF Outbreaks


FAO Food Price Index Registered Steady Meat Prices in August
Global Pork Prices Begin to Rise but Remain Very Weak
New Diagram to Address Antibiotics Confusion
The Horror of African Swine Fever in Eastern Europe
2015-16 El Niño Expected to be Strongest Since 1997-98
New Partnership Offers Support to Small-Scale Farms


New Ethologist Position to Enhance Study of Swine Behaviour
Canadian Pigs to Receive Fewer Antimicrobials Without Prescriptions
Scientists Target Improved Nutrition of Newly Weaned Pigs
Concern Over Planned Livestock Vehicle Wash Rule Changes
National Genetics Project to Benefit Pork Industry
New Canadian Animal Care Assessment to Start 2017

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Optimistic Mood through Increasing Quotations in Central Europe
EU Vote Supports Expansion of Animal Cloning Ban
Europe Agriculture Crisis: Will €500 Million Be Enough?

   United Kingdom

Farmers Ask for Fairer Sharing of Scotland's Record Food Returns
Farm Environment Subsidies Have Positive Effect
UK Food Export Value Falls
Strong Growth in Northern Ireland Pig Herd


Antimicrobial Resistant Bacteria Eradicated by Pig Farm Decontamination


Another 34 ASF Outbreaks Reported in Latvia


Further Backyard Pigs Dead From ASF in Ukraine
Further Village Pigs Destroyed in Ukraine ASF Outbreaks


More Wild Boar Killed by ASF in Estonia


Agriculture's Contribution to Australia's Economy Grows
Asia Food Giant to Set Up Processing Plant in Adelaide


Urban Sprawl Wrecking Italian Farmland through Landslides


Irish Pork Exports at a Record Level


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