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Monday 5th October 2015.
Lucy Towers - ThePigSite Editor

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Chinese Tote Bags Thought to Have Brought PEDv to US

An investigation by the USDA has found that Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) may have entered the US through reusable containers used to transport bulk material, such as feed or pet food, from China.

The USDA APHIS investigation into the root cause of the US Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease (SECD) outbreaks, including PED, which started ravaging pig farms across the country back in 2013, looked at a variety of possible scenarios.

Although the investigation report did not conclude with definite proof for any of the scenarios, a small number of them were deemed plausible.

The most likely scenario is that Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers (FIBC) coming from China to the US were contaminated with the virus back in China.

It is likely that the virus was then spread onto US farms, as the bags are designed to be reused and may have transported feed or ingredients to a feed mill.

Once the contaminated material reached here, it would be easy for feed destined for farms around the country to become contaminated.

In other disease news, African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreaks have been reported in Zimbabwean and Estonian pigs.

ASF was also found in more wild boar in Latvia.

There was also an outbreak of classical swine fever in eastern Russia.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Infectious Agents Associated with Respiratory Diseases in 125 Farrow-to-finish Pig Herds
A cross-sectional study was carried out in 125 farrow-to-finish pig herds in France to assess the relationships between pathogens involved in respiratory disorders as well as pneumonia and pleuritis at slaughter.

How to Straw Up at Farrowing to Protect Your Piglets
This guide from AHDB Pork explains how to protect piglets from the cold by strawing up farrowing arcs.

How Do We Value the Natural World?
Dr Bob Carling writes about the influential ideas of economist Nicholas Stern on the value that we place on biodiversity.

Collection of Oral Fluid Samples to Survey for PRRSV in Belgian Farms
The use of oral fluid (OF) samples for the detection and monitoring of PRRSV has gained in popularity over the last years. It is a less labor-intensive and more cost-effective method than the traditional serum sampling. Yet, interpretation of the results from PRRSV endemically infected and/or vaccinated farms can be difficult, write S. Van Poucke, E. de Jong, C. Goodell, E. Van Driessche and T. Meyns, Merial.

Company News

Canada Hog Markets - The Black Cloud that Lingers
CANADA - As we close the 3rd QTR hog market margins continue to hold up very well with the this quarter being a tremendous reversal of fortunes with OMAFRA’s Ontario Monthly Hog Market Facts showing Net Returns on their Farrow to Finish Swine Budget of $34.05 for July and $38.70 for August. As opposed to an average Net Return of $4.90 for the first half of the year, writes Bob Fraser – Sales & Service, Genesus Ontario.
BIOMIN Inaugurates New Global Headquarters in Austria
AUSTRIA - BIOMIN has just opened its new global headquarters in Getzersdorf, Austria.
Pork Commentary: Lots of Pigs!
US - The US Department of Agriculture September 1 quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report says the US has reached a new record in the number of hogs and pigs on farm, writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc.
Market Reports

AHDB Pork UK Pig Meat Market Update - 5 October 2015
Australian Rural Commodities Wrap - September 2015
AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 5 October 2015
USDA Bi-Weekly International Meat, Poultry & Egg Review - 1 October 2015
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 1 October 2015
USDA Agricultural Prices - August 2015

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

CME: Pork Exports Remain Relatively Light
Hog Outlook: No Big Surprises in September Hogs and Pigs
Added Enzyme Makes Phosphorus in Rice Co-Products More Digestible in Pig Diets
Negotiations on TPP Restart Amid Canadian Concern
US Pork Producers Advised to Focus on Biosecurity, Immunity
Millions of Dollars of Funding Allocated to Support US Farmers
Chinese Tote Bags Thought to be Cause of US PED Outbreaks, says USDA
Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
PEDV Answers Raise More Questions
US Hog Numbers Remain Same; Weights to Track Similar
CME: US Pig Herd Sets Record Size
Farmdoc Weekly Outlook: Limited Pork Expansion

   Russian Federation

Attack Over Plans to Restock Pig Farms in African Swine Fever Hot Spot
Classical Swine Fever Reported in Eastern Russia


More ASF Found in Estonia Pigs

   Viet Nam

Policy Changes Needed to Maintain Viet Nam's Farming Transformation


Canada Abstention from Trans-Pacific Partnership "Not A Viable Option"
Weak Canadian Dollar Expected to Maintain Hog Industry Profits
Farm Tours Connect Farmers and Customers in Saskatchewan
Pork Producers Recognise Need to Share PED Information
US Price Reporting Key to Smooth Operation of Canadian Hog Markets


Danish Pork Exports Continue to Grow


More ASF Detected in Latvian Wild Boar


Norwegian Livestock Antibiotic Use Low but Growing in Pets


More ASF Detected in Zimbabwe Swine

   European Union

EU Air Quality Policy Will Hit the Livestock Sector Hard
EU Pig Prices: Quotations under Pressure – Pricing under Fire
New Copa President Outlines Top Priorities for Farmers


New Sustainability Guide for Brazil's Livestock Industry Open for Consultation

   United Kingdom

UK Government Pushes for More Local Food Labelling
British Farmers Urged to Work in Space


Germany Setting New Standards in Animal Welfare Initiative


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