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Monday 30th November 2015.
Lucy Towers - ThePigSite Editor

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China to Open Door to Northern Ireland Pork 

China has been in the news this week after its certification agency, the CNCA, provisionally approved exports of pork from Northern Ireland.

This announcement comes after numerous visits and negotiations between the two countries this year.

Northern Ireland has been seeking approval from China for several years, said Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill. This announcement is therefore a step forward and a boost to the local agri-food industry.

The opening of the market will also benefit NI pig producers and processors as products such as pig trotters, which are not popular on the domestic market but popular in China, will add value to the carcase.

China was also in the news for making progress on farmed pig welfare.

Thanks to the work of Compassion in World Farming and the Chinese International Cooperation Committee on Animal Welfare, more and more Chinese pig farmers are now starting to introduce good welfare and environmental practices as they intensify production.

In other welfare news, the German government has announced it is to spend more than €33 million on animal welfare programmes.

The 2015 Federal Government Animal Welfare Report states that the government has already started to put plans into place to ban castration of piglets without anaesthetic by 2019.

The sector started the moves to phase out the practice two years ago and according to the report alternatives to castration including leaving entire boars and immunocastration are being considered to castration under anaesthetic, when castration without anaesthetic is banned.

The report says that any alternative methods will have to be discussed and clarified with the rest of the food chain and several workshops and seminars involving politicians, welfare groups and consumer groups have been held to discuss the alternatives to castration without anaesthetic. 

In disease news, Israel has reported an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) on a pig farm in Hazafon. In total, 172 pigs were effected.

African Swine Fever (ASF) continued its spread this past week with new outbreaks reported in Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine. In Ukraine, the outbreak effected three village pigs in Mykolayivka.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Pathogenesis of PRRSV-induced Increase in Susceptibility to Streptococcus suis Infection
Both porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome viruses (PRRSV; high and low virulence) used increased the susceptibility of weaned pigs to a challenge with Streptococcus suis.

Pig Pen Design is Key to Optimum Performance
Silence, or something close to it, is a wonderful thing to hear in a sow gestation barn. It’s the sound of productivity, and one that many pork producers incorrectly assume they can’t achieve.

Using Genetics to Increase Litter Size and Survival of Piglets
CANADA - Over the past few decades, genetic selection for prolificacy in pigs has resulted in significant improvement in litter size at birth and at weaning.

Company News

Russia Market Report
RUSSIA - Since my last report there has been a drop in price which is today at 91 Rubles or $1.38 per live kg, writes Simon Grey, General Manager Russia, CIS and Europe.
Mycotoxin UK & Ireland Wheat Survey 2015
UK - Mycotoxins are highly toxic secondary metabolic products of moulds. Mycotoxin producing moulds damage crops and can cause great economic losses at all levels of food and feed production. Moreover, many of the mycotoxins impair health, cause diseases and may even result in death in humans and animals when contaminated food or feed products are consumed.
VFD Seminar Agenda Announced for 2016 IPPE
US - The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) will host a Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) seminar on Jan. 26, 2016, as part of the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, Georgia.
MSD Animal Health Launches High Quality Congress Website to Support Farmers
GLOBAL - MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the USA and Canada) has launched of a High Quality Congress website to support producers of aquaculture, poultry and swine.
2016 IPPE Offering Free Bus Service
US - Free bus service will be available for the upcoming 2016 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE).
Pork Commentary: Our Week Was Interesting
US - This past week we had an interesting week travelling in Texas, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.
Hog Slat Feed Bins Are Built Like a Tank
GLOBAL - Feed storage can be costly, so Hog Slat designs its feed bins to offer producers the longest-lasting feed storage product possible.
Market Reports

AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 30 November 2015
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 26 November 2015
USDA Bi-Weekly International Meat, Poultry & Egg Review - 26 November 2015
USDA Cold Storage - 24 November 2015

Global Pig Industry News


More ASF in Ukrainian Village Pigs

   United Kingdom

China Sets its Sights on Northern Ireland Pork
Pig Farmers - Check Your Ventilation Systems as Winter Approaches
Commitment to Pig Welfare Recognised by Scottish SPCA
Northern Ireland Pig Herd Growth Up on Expectations
Defra Budgets Cut, but Ag Research Protected

   United States

CME: Hog Price Decline to Impact Producer Returns
US Collaborates on Ag Research with Ireland, Northern Ireland
Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
PED Risk Expected to Increase as Natural Immunity Dissipates
CME: Pork Cold Storage Above Year Ago Levels
Good News: Hog Market Finding its Bottom
Weekly Outlook: Hog Prices Drop to Six Year Lows
Former US Ag Secretaries Urge Congress to Pass TPP
US Looks to Increase Agricultural Exports to China


Climate Disasters Pose Growing Threat to Food Security
Conserve Diverse Breeds to Adapt to Climate Change, FAO Urges


Latvia Reports 14 New ASF Outbreaks


Early Socialisation Reduces Piglet Stress at Weaning
What to Consider When Renovating Sow Barns
Pork Producers Advised to Watch for Mycotoxin Contamination of Feed Grains
Antibiotic Free Pork Demand Unlikely to Overtake Commodity Pork, says Vet
Saskatchewan is Ready to Capitalize on Excess Pork Processing Capacity


Germany Presses Ahead with Research into Alternatives to Piglet Castration

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Quotations Are Crashing
EU Pig Prices: Quotations Go Down Further
China Continues to Drive EU Export Growth
EU Farmers to Get Money Back as Crisis Fund Not Spent


Polish Meat Processor Expands to UK


EU Animal Welfare Regulations: Imprecise Language Leads to Mixed Interpretations


Israel Reports New FMD Outbreak on Pig Farm


China Making Progress in Welfare in Pig Production


ASF Reported in Lithuanian Wild Boar


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