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Monday 14th December 2015.
Lucy Towers - ThePigSite Editor

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First PRRS-Resistant Pigs Bred

There was big news from Genus this week after it announced that it has produced the first ever pigs resistant to Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS), in collaboration with the University of Missouri, US.

Precise gene editing was used to breed pigs that do not produce a specific protein necessary for the PRRS virus to spread in the animals.

The early stage studies conducted by the University demonstrate these PRRS resistant pigs, when exposed to the virus, do not get sick and continue to gain weight normally.

Also in the news this past week, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) announced the amount that Canada and Mexico can claim from the US in retaliatory tariffs, due to Country of Origin Labelling (COOL).

Canada can suspend tariff concessions and other trade obligations to the US to the value of C$1,054.729 million, whilst Mexico can do so to the value of US$227.758 million.

The two countries must ask the WTO again for approval before the new tariffs can be activated, however.

Following the announcement, the US National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) renewed its call for Congress to repeal labelling requirements for beef, pork and poultry.

Canada’s beef and pork sectors welcomed the decision.

In other news, a new study has shown that feeding pigs food waste could be safely reintroduced in the EU.

Feeding pigswill is currently banned in the EU after concerns of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) spread back in 2001.

However, by using 'heat-treating' technology, which is currently used in East Asia, food waste could be safely turned into pig feed.

The report notes that using this technology would save around 1.8 million hectares of land from being stripped for grain and soybean-based pig feed production - including over quarter of a million hectares of Brazilian forest and savannah. 

In disease news, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) will become a notifiable disease in England from Friday 18 December 2015.

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Company News

EU and Spanish Pork Markets
EU and SPAIN - This is the Sixteenth week in Spain that the pork price has been going down, reaching values not seen in the Spanish market since 2009, writes Mercedes Vega, General Director for Spain, Italy & Portugal.
PIC Imports Next Generation Breeders to Stock New Nucleus Facility
PHILIPPINES - PIC Philippines chartered a B747 in November to import 862 top-indexing breeders from the US to populate its new Sire and Dam line Nucleus facility on the main island of Luzon.
Genus Produces First Pigs Resistant to PRRS Virus
US - Genus, a global pioneer in animal genetics, has developed the first pigs resistant to Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSv), through a long-standing collaboration with the University of Missouri.
Exciting Research Featured at North American PPRS Symposium
ANALYSIS - Innovative research to help stop the spread of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome virus (PRRS) and tools to identify outbreaks of PRRS and other emerging diseases were the focus of the North American PPRS symposium held in Chicago December 5-6, 2015, reports Sarah Mikesell live from event.
Pork Commentary: Huge Marketings Last Week
CANADA and US - Well, we found out how many hogs can be marketed in a week in the US when 2.424 million were handled last week. Big, big number, almost 200,000 more than the same week a year ago.
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Global Pig Industry News

   United Kingdom

PED to Become Notifiable in England
UK Red Meat Levy Boards Plan New Way to Spread Money
UK Registers Strong Growth in Straw-Based Pig Housing
Man Arrested Over Pig Deaths on Yorkshire Farm
Government Issues Support Payments to Flood Affected Farmers
Independent Review Urges Antibiotic Target-Setting for Farming
How Can Risk be Managed in Volatile Markets?

   United States

Hog Outlook: US Pork Imports Down, Exports Up in October
CME: Downward Revisions for Pork Exports
Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
CME: COOL Retaliation Decision Lends Uncertainty to Markets
Climate Change Puts Food Security Progress At Risk, USDA Says
WTO News is Bad; October Exports Were Good


'Last Resort' Antibiotic Resistance Also Found in Denmark


China to Help Africa Modernise Agriculture

   European Union

Safe Reintroduction of Feeding Food Waste to Pigs a Sustainable Option
EU Pig Prices: Lowest Point Reached – Quotations Stabilising
EU Pig Meat Storage Aid to Open 4th January
EU Funds to Support El Niño Relief as Food Security Declines
Slow Growth Forecast for EU Pig Meat
EU Agri-Food Exports at Record Level

   Hong Kong

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Sampling in Saskatchewan Detects Deltacoronavirus of Avian Origin
Hydrovac Technology Offers Potential to Reduce Time, Cost of Cleaning Swine Transport Vehicles
Proper Training, Equipment, Procedures Key to Helping Workers Deal with Euthanasia
Automated Swine Transport Wash Project Moves into Phase 2
Mobile Devices Becoming More Popular for Swine Movement Reporting
Manitoba's Presumptive Negative Status Demonstrates Ability to Contain PED


Lithuania Reports Nine New ASF Outbreaks


Estonia Reports 68 New ASF Outbreaks

   Russian Federation

Russia Reports More ASF in Pigs


Severe Flooding Hits Farmers in Britain and Ireland
WTO Decides COOL Retaliation Amounts


Concern Over Make-Up of Australian Animal Welfare Committee


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