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Monday 21st December 2015.
Lucy Towers - ThePigSite Editor

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Infrared Cameras Used to Measure Sow Temperature Can Lower Piglet Mortality

New research from Aarhus University, Denmark, has now refined a method that uses infrared cameras to remotely and more accurately measure the sow’s body temperature. 

Knowing whether or not a sow has a high temperature is important to detect if she is becoming ill, especially if she has just given birth.

The new development should help with the early detection of fever in sows and therefore can reduce piglet mortality and the consumption of antibiotics.

In disease news, the US-based Swine Health Information Center reports a dramatic decline in the number of cases of Seneca Valley Virus.

And, across Europe, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania have all reported more outbreaks of African Swine Fever in wild boar. 

We would like to wish all readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The newsletter will return on Monday 4th January 2016.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Twelve Years Usage of a Natural Growth Promoter – the Asian Experience
With costs of pig production under increasing pressure, the nutrition of young pigs is of increasing interest, as this period is critical to the subsequent performance of the animals through to market, write Ryan Von de Leon and Christian Lückstädt

Understanding the Lag of Genetic Improvement Transfer from Nucleus to Commercial Units
The pig industry’s production system or pork value chain is usually viewed as a three-tiered pyramid. This pyramid is comprised of nucleus units (selection herds), multiplier units and commercial units, writes Dr Pius B. Mwansa, Genesus Geneticist.

Company News

USA Market Report
US - I have been receiving numerous calls about low sow prices and if there is any relief in sight. My response has been, “You can count on death, taxes, and poor sow prices in December!” Demand and holidays interfere, so in return sow processors cut their kill numbers, writes Alan Bentley, Genesus.
Chris Fleming Joins Genesus
US - Chris Fleming has joined Genesus Genetics, as a Sales and Technical Representative in the Eastern United States.
Pig Respiratory Research Award Application Deadline Extended to January 15
UK - The deadline for submitting proposals to the Awards for Advancing Research in Respiratory Disease (formerly PRRS Research Awards) has been extended through January 15, 2016. The awards are open to research projects related to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS), porcine circovirus Type 2 (PCV2), Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae and influenza A virus in swine (IAV-S).
Pork Commentary: Country of Origin Retaliation Amount $1.1 Billion
CANADA - Last week the World Trade Organization (WTO) set the retaliation amount that Canada and Mexico can place on American products in response to US Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) law at $1.1 billion.
Market Reports

AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 18 December 2015
USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook - 16 December 2015

Global Pig Industry News

   United Kingdom

UK Herd Figure Only Revised Slightly Higher
Britain’s Pig Farmers Disappointed as Supermarkets Choose Imported Gammon
UK Pork Imports Up Again in October
Pig Industry Scholarships A Real Success
How Can Food Be Produced in Face of Climate Change?


Latvia Reports 12 New ASF Outbreaks
Latvia Reports 42 New Outbreaks of ASF

   European Union

Income Per EU Agricultural Worker Down by 4.3 Per Cent
Food Safety Concern as Campylobacter Infections Still Rising in EU
EU Pig Prices: Brisk Market – Price Increase Failing to Appear


Farmers Urged to Check Animals in Extreme South Australian Heat

   United States

National Pork Board CEO Steps Down
Repeal of US M-COOL Expected to be Finalised by Tuesday
PRRS Gate-Keeper Found Using Gene-edited Pigs
Replacing Meat with Veg Worse for Planet, Study Says
Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
US Reports Decline in Incidence of Seneca Valley Virus
CME: Little Change in Weekly Hog Slaughter
Profit Luster Gone, Expansion Plans Still in the Works


Canada Prepared to Halt Retaliation Once COOL is Repealed
Formulating Rations for Pigs Individually Cuts Overall Costs
Winter Wheat Popular Among Livestock Producers this Year
Repeal of COOL Unlikely to Alter US Demand for Canadian Market Hogs


Infrared Cameras Used to Measure Sow Temperature Can Lower Piglet Mortality


Climate Smart Agriculture: Key to Africa’s Development
Breakthrough Climate Agreement Supports Food Security

   South Africa

South Africa Faces Worst Drought in Thirty Years


Estonia Reports 36 New ASF Outbreaks


Irish Pork Exports Continue to Grow


More ASF Reported in Lithuania


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