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Monday 9th November 2015.
Lucy Towers - ThePigSite Editor

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David Black Award Winner Calls for Science Based Approach to Biosecurity

The UK's new David Black award winner called this week for a more science based approach to biosecurity.

Andrew Knowles, who picked up the British pig industry David Black award for his contribution to the sector on Wednesday 4 November at a ceremony at the House of Lords in London, said he was concerned that the industry was not taking the same approach to questions of biosecurity as the pig industry in other countries in Europe.

He added that pig farmers on the continent “get much more support and advice”.

“The UK industry’s approach to biosecurity must be based on fact and science,” Mr Knowles said.

“Let us remember who our customer is, but let us not base our approach on myth, perception and wrong thinking.”

In other UK news, the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is one of four government departments which has provisionally agreed to cut its spending by an average of 30 per cent over the next four years.

The cuts caused concern at the British Veterinary Association and the NFU.

BVA President Sean Wensley said: "In recent years we have already seen the impact of significant cuts to Defra's budget on veterinary fees for TB testing and other OV services and on disease surveillance.

"Our major concern is that more cuts in these areas could further erode the UK's preparedness for a disease outbreak, which could have massive implications for animal and human health, animal welfare and the reputation of UK agriculture.

NFU President Meurig Raymond also warned that any cuts to the budget must not impact the department’s responsibilities for driving through its food and farming strategy, animal health, flooding and its payment functions.

Mr Raymond said: “Our priority is for farming businesses to be productive and profitable and we are concerned that cuts of up to 30 per cent could damage front line delivery services that underpin this aim. That is why we believe that Defra should first seek savings in ‘back office’ functions rather than reducing spending on areas that are key to our members, such as animal health, flood protection and a fully functioning Rural Payments system."

In disease news, new research on behalf of the Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative has shown that the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus can survive over the Canadian winter in earthen manure storage.

MLMMI executive director John Carney stated that the work proved that the virus could live at least 28 days in the cold - very worryingly even in Manitoba's minus 30 winters.

Uruguay has reported an outbreak of brucellosis on a pig farm in Canelones, El Colorado. Of the 663 pigs susceptible, 41 cases were reported.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Maximizing Sow Productivity using Phytogenics - A Nutritional Approach
While genetic improvement has been the main driver for improved prolificacy of sows and production of high lean progeny, better nutrition offers a way for further gains, writes Jose Soto, Biomin.

Pig Genomics: Past, Present, and Future
Genomics is often a discussion point whenever swine producers are talking about genetics, and understandably so since genomics has promised great improvements to the swine industry, writes Nick Boddicker, Ph.D. Genesus.

Ring Trials Pathogen Detection in Oral Fluid by Serology or PCR in a European Informal Network
Members of 18 diagnostic laboratories from 13 EU countries, regrouped in an informal ‘European network of diagnostic laboratories on swine oral fluid’, performed two ring trials on the detection of PRRSV, PCV2 and SIV, coordinated by Labocea (France) and funded by Merial, write L. Mieli et al.

Amino Acid Nutritions of the Prolific Sow
Over the 20 last years, the increase in sow’s prolificacy has been associated with a decrease in average birth weight and an increase in within-litter variation of individual birth weight (Quiniou et al., 2002), writes Nathalie Quiniou Ifip-Institut du Porc, France.

Company News

China Market Report
CHINA - Looking at the size of the breakdown of the inventory for August, 2015, the adjusted information from MOA is indicating 387.50 million on-farm pigs and a 38.63 million sow herd (as compared to July at 385.57 million on-farm pigs and a 38.78 million sow herd), writes Ron Lane, Business Director Asia Pacific.
Research on Swine Respiratory Diseases Beyond PRRS Now Eligible for Funding
US - Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) continues to challenge the swine industry, both in management and profitability, but it’s not the only respiratory disease attacking producers’ bottom lines.
First Official Veterinarian Conference Calls for Increased Communication
UK - A call for increased information flow between the Animal and Plant Health Agency, private vets and farmers on bovine TB testing, the complexities of arranging the export of travelling horses and challenges around the certification of Pet Passports in the digital age were just some of the topics discussed at the first conference aimed at Official Veterinarians (OVs), which took place 22-23 October 2015 in Swindon.
Pork Commentary: IV Congreso Nacional de Productuores Porcicolas
MEXICO - This past week we attended the OPORPA Swine Association of Mexico’s annual congress in Riviera Nayarit, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. This congress was held at the 5 star Paradise Village all-inclusive resort.
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Defra Cuts Could Hurt UK's Animal Disease Preparedness
Agriculture Secretary Calls for Level Playing Field on Welfare Practices
NFU Welcomes New Defra Campaign to Back British Farming
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David Black Award Winner Calls for Science Based Approach to Biosecurity
UK's Agri-Environment Scheme Too Confusing, say Farmers
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Biocontainment of Disease Key to Long Term Swine Industry Viability
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