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Monday 28th September 2015.
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US Records Highest Hogs and Pig Inventory Since 1988 

The US has recorded its highest inventory of all hogs and pigs since 1988. On September 1, 2015 the inventory stood at 68.4 million head, according to the latest USDA Hogs and Pigs report. 

This was up four per cent from September 1, 2014, and up two per cent from June 1, 2015.

The country's breeding herd was also up one per cent and the the highest market hog inventory was recorded since 1988.

Ron Plain also noted that the report said producers farrowed 1.6 per cent fewer sows this summer than last. USDA said producer farrowing intentions for September-November are for 2.5 per cent fewer sows to farrow than last autumn and December-February farrowings are expected to be down 0.7 per cent compared to last winter.

Pigs per litter during June-August was up 2.3 per cent and the summer pig crop was up 0.6 per cent compared to a year ago. 

World leaders met at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit last week to adopt the Transforming our World: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

At the meeting, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva stressed that sustainable agriculture is key to meeting the SDGs.

The second SDG which is to 'end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture' is of the greatest importance as the progress of this goal is crucial to the progress of the other goals.

In disease news, African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreaks seemed to have slowed down somewhat this week. The OIE only reported outbreaks in wild boar in Lithuania, Russia and Latvia.

Veterinarians Dr John Carr and Dr Mark Howells, explain that biosecurity is extremely important on your farm to keep ASF out. They also take a look at perimeter fencing on farms and how this should be designed and maintained to work effectively. 

Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) was detected again this past week in a Cambodian village swine herd.

In other disease news, scientists have shown for the first time that two different strains of the H3N8 influenza A virus (IAV) are able to infect and replicate in pigs; one isolated from seals and an avian strain circulating in poultry in the US.

The study also revealed that the standard Haemagglutination Inhibition test (HAI) used to detect flu in livestock and a vital tool for flu surveillance, was ineffective for the H3N8 strain in pigs.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

How Should the Valuable Resource that is Livestock Slurry be Stored?
New research from the UK's Rothamsted Research and the University of Milan, Italy, considers the impact of mechanically separating livestock slurry into a liquid and solid fraction during storage on ammonia and greenhouse gas emissions.

Enzootic Pneumonia in Your Pig Herd
Enzootic pneumonia (EP) is the most common respiratory disease seen in pigs in the UK. This article from AHDB Pork explains how to control the disease.

Three Ways to Keep Newly Weaned Pigs Hydrated
When moved to the weaning facility, one of the first things a pig should do is look for water and take a drink. Unfortunately, the stress of movement, new surroundings and new penmates can delay adequate hydration. Without prevention or support, this dehydration can delay performance and cause significant setbacks in young pigs.

Improved Reproductive Performance after PROGRESSIS® Vaccination at End of Gestation in a PRRSV Infected Farm
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) is endemic in swine producing countries worldwide and causes important losses due to reproductive and respiratory disorders. Additionally, the virus variability and the immune evading properties of the virus are leading to increased difficulties in the control of the disease, write H. Knockaert, S. Willaert, P. Van Oyen, S. Van Poucke and T. Meyns, Merial.

Company News

BIOMIN Opens New Panama Plant
PANAMA - BIOMIN has further expanded its global production network with the opening of a production plant in Panama. The inauguration marks the latest milestone in the firm’s local presence that stretches back nearly two decades. The new plant will allow for growth and quicker delivery to BIOMIN distributors and customers in new and existing markets throughout the Americas.
Mexico Hog Market
MEXICO - Grain prices are still steady with the same decreasing trend in USD as it was mentioned in previous months. These prices have adjustments in Mexican Pesos, writes Carlos A. Peralta – President, Genesus México.
BIOMIN Hosts Biennial Asia Nutrition Forum Across Seven Cities
ASIA - BIOMIN, a leading global animal health and nutrition company, has announced the dates for the biennial BIOMIN Asia Nutrition Forum across seven countries in October.
New Targeted Vaccine to Improve Control of Enzootic Pneumoniae Avialable in Europe
EU - A brand new vaccine, Hyogen, launched by global animal health company, Ceva Sante Animale will help to improve the welfare of European pigs. The vaccine which protects against Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae, uses a unique field relevant strain and novel adjuvant that can boost innate and adaptive immunity.
Pork Commentary: Is There Sow Herd Expansion?
CANADA - There are obviously lots of hogs coming to market. Almost 10 per cent more than a year ago. There appears to be little PED factor. Billion-dollar question – are we expanding?
Pig Health, a Sow’s Legacy – Part 2
CANADA - This report is the second 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.
Market Reports

USDA Hogs and Pigs - 28 September 2015
AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 28 September 2015
USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook - September 2015
USDA Livestock Slaughter - August 2015
USDA Cold Storage - 24 September 2015
Irish CSO Reports - Livestock Slaughterings August 2015
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 24 September 2015
UK Farming Statistics - July Agricultural Price Index
UK Slaughter Statistics - August 2015

Global Pig Industry News


Sustainable Agriculture Key to Meeting Sustainable Development Goals by 2030
The Increasing Ineffectiveness of Antibiotics - The Role of Agriculture
H3N8 Flu Virus Raises Concern as Some Strains Go Undetected in Pigs

   United Kingdom

Encouraging Results for Carcase Cooling Container Trials
Search Begins for New NFU Director General
More Info Needed as Growing Consumer Demand for Local Produce
Farmers Union Anger at SEPA Charging Proposals
‘How to’ Videos for Real Welfare App

   United States

Hog Outlook: USDA Hogs and Pigs Reveals Latest Figures
CME: Producers Still on Look Out for Deadly Diseases
Despite Higher Numbers Live Hog Prices Improve
CME: Hog Numbers Increase Expected
Winter of 2015 Expected to Show What to Expect From PED
CME: US Meat in Cold Storage Sets New Records
Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
Seneca Valley Virus Could Cost Producers Billions
Increasing Soybean Meal May Help Battle Infections in Weanling Pigs


Brazil Ag Inspector Strike Hits Exports
Good Weather Helps Brazil to Record Grain Crop
Brazil Pork Sales to Eastern Europe Growing in 2015

   Russian Federation

More Wild Boar Dead from ASF in Russia

   European Union

African Swine Fever – Keep it Out
Photography Competition Highlights Innovation in Farming
Mixed Trends in EU's Pig Herds
EU, Iceland Enhance Meat Trade
EU Pig Prices: Steady Quotations


Canadian Pig Code of Practice Reflects Producers' High Standard of Animal Care
Researchers Look to Harness Pig Genomics to Select for Disease Resilience
Regulation, Market Prices, Profitability Identified as Key Pork Industry Challenges
Opportunity Still Exists for Washington to Avoid Canadian Trade Retaliation
Palatability Key to Maximizing Feed Intake When Weaning Piglets


Further PRRS Outbreaks Reported in Cambodia


More ASF Confirmed in Latvian Wild Boar


ASF Detected in Lithuanian Wild Boar


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