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Monday 7th December 2015.
Lucy Towers - ThePigSite Editor

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Sow Housing Changes Discussed in New Zealand and UK

The welfare of sows has been in the news this week after New Zealand and the UK recognised the need to move away from current housing systems used during the pregnancy and farrowing stages.

New Zealand announced on Thursday that a ban is now in place on the use of sow stalls during pregnancy.

"After 3 December, all people responsible for the welfare of pigs must ensure that mated sows and gilts are not confined in stalls during pregnancy. The use of mating stalls for service is permitted, for no longer than 1 week," said Dean Baigent, Director of Compliance at the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries.

In the UK, the Government’s Farm Animal Welfare Committee (FAWC) released a new report that favours a move towards free farrowing systems and away from farrowing crates.

Although the report says that these systems should be the aim, it also says that their commercial development is not yet sufficiently advanced to recommend compulsory replacement of farrowing crates.

The report was welcomed by the National Pig Association for containing sound common sense.

In particular the NPA welcomed the report’s recognition of attempts already being made by pig farmers to develop and trial workable free-farrowing systems. And it applauded the committee’s conclusion that future developments must be science-led and must be commercially viable.

“It could prove a useful roadmap for the nation’s pig farmers as they strive continually to improve the internationally-recognised high-welfare credentials of the British pig industry,” said the NPA.

In market news, BRF has announced it is to acquire Dutch company Eclipse Holding Cooperatief, which operates the Argentinian hog business Campo Austral, for $85 million.

Campo Austral has fully integrated hog business operations in Argentina, including the cold cuts market.

In disease news, Russia has reported five new outbreaks of African Swine Fever in backyard pigs and wild boar. ASF has also been reported in Latvia, where 18 wild boar were found to be infected.

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) could worsen in the US over the winter of 2015/16, said Joel Harris from Harrisvaccines, speaking to ThePigSite.

"The concern is that since we have such a replacement rate of sows, going into this winter almost half of the sows in the US will have a lower or no immunity to PED," Mr Harris said.

"Although we may not see as big of an outbreak as the initial one in 2013, I think going forward we will see these blips of more cases confirmed and some losses."

However, Mr Harris did say that the industry has done a great job working together to keep PED at bay, with increased biosecurity, truck washing and animal welfare measures playing a big part.

"Vaccination is a tool that's been successful in a lot of cases; producers and veterinarians are looking at what their options are going into the winter".

In other disease news, researchers from Iowa State University, US, have pinpointed a mystery virus that causes tremors in piglets.

The virus, which comes from a family known as ‘pestiviruses,’ infects young pigs and can cause them to shake involuntarily.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Determination of Infectious Titer and Virulence of an Original US PEDv PC22A Strain
Porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) is a highly contagious enteric disease of swine characterized by acute watery diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration, and weight loss. It was first observed in farm pigs in England in 1971, write Xinsheng Liu et al, Ohio State University.

Fermentation and Enzyme Addition Increase the Digestibility of Fibre and Phosphorus in Pigs
A combination of fermentation and enzyme addition increases the nutritional value of alternative sources of feedstuffs for pigs. Particularly the digestibility of fibre and phosphorus is improved.

Cost-Effective Genomic Selection for Pig Feed Efficiency
For the pig industry, feed is the largest cost of production, accounting for about 65% of the total cost. Breeding feed efficient pigs is an important tool for a pig breeding company to assure its continued competitiveness and success, writes Chunyan Zhang, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Alberta and Genesus Inc.

Company News

Viet Nam Hog Markets
VIETNAM - At the end of October and according to the General Statistics Office, Vietnam had about 3.0 to 4.0 per cent more pigs on farm as compared to last year at this time (farmers are beginning to expand the herd, preparing for the Lunar New Year in mid-February), write Ron Lane and Meggie Vo.
Video Tutorial Helps Establish Gilt Management for PRRS Control
GLOBAL - To help vets and producers most effectively prevent the spread of PRRS into their breeding herds, veterinary pharmaceutical company, HIPRA has issued the fourth of its recent series of educational videos that looks at gilt management.
US PEDv Update: Expected to Worsen in Winter 2015-2016
ANALYSIS - Winter 2015/2016 could be worse than last year for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) in the United States.
Genesus's Genetics Win Maple Leaf Lethbridge Customer Awards
CANADA - The Swine Team of David, Will and Joe Wipf who run Elmspring Colony’s 600 sow farrow to finish unit have won the Maple Leaf Foods High Index award for 3rd time in 4 years.
Pork Commentary: Thanksgiving – A Good Week for Family Not So Good for Hog Markets
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Market Reports

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BRF Acquires Argentinian Hog Business

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CME: No Drop Credit Improvement Continues to Effect Cattle Values
Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
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   United Kingdom

UK Fresh Pork and Bacon Sales Under Pressure
Government Committee Report Favours Move to Free-Farrowing
Farmers Notice Increase in Severe Weather Events
Should Food Production Change to Combat Climate Change?
Pig Production Costs, Prices Steady in Third Quarter
Philip Cain Receives IAgrM National Farm Management Award
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   New Zealand

New Sow Welfare Standards Now in Effect


More ASF Outbreaks in Latvia Wild Boar


Spanish Pork Exports Continue to Increase


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