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Monday 25th January 2016.
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PEDv Hits Two Ontario Pig Farms

The Canadian state of Ontario has reported two outbreaks of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) virus over the past week.

The first of the two was reported on 15 January at a farrow to partial finish farm in Bruce and the second at a pig finisher unit in Huron on 21 January.

No other details on the outbreaks have been released.

North America is also under threat from Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS). A professor and scientist from the University of Minnesota spoke to ThePigSite at the North American PRRS Symposium, explaining that emerging strains of PRRS can be highly virulent.

Every few years a particularly virulent strain of PRRS will arise and cause waves of disease.

"We do not know exactly how these happen, but the genetic changes have to involve mutation and recombination, and the consequences are bad," said Michael Murtaugh.

In South Korea, a further 10,172 pigs have been destroyed due to another outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in Jeollabuk-Do. 

African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreaks have slowed down slightly this week with outbreaks reported only in wild boars in Latvia,  Russia, Lithuania and Poland.

In other disease news, classical swine fever broke out this week in Mongolia. In total, 272 cases were reported in farmed pigs and all 419 pigs on the three farms were destroyed as a result of the outbreak.

Another case of LA-MRSA has also been confirmed in four pig herds on a farm in Nord-Trøndelag, Norway. 

Bjorn Rothe Knudtsen, Regional Director of Agriculture, said no further positive samples are expected as no pigs from the affected herd were supplied to any other farms.

 



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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Can PEDv Be Successfully Contained in the US?
After the US was hit hard by Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) in late 2013 and 2014, there was much uncertainty about what to expect in 2015. However, last year held few surprises for several reasons, writes Sarah Mikesell for ThePigSite.

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EU and Spanish Pork Markets
SPAIN and EU - Spain’s slaughter numbers went up 7 per cent in 2015 compared with 2014. Spain exported 45 per cent of its pork production (Germany and Spain have increased their exports, while other EU countries have declined), also heavier slaughtering weights (112kg average), writes Mercedes Vega, General Director for Spain, Italy & Portugal.
Russia Hog Market Report
The new year starts with a pig price of 96 Roubles per kg live ($1.28) meaning the majority of producers are making money, with some of the large integrators still making a lot of money, writes Simon Grey, Genesus.
Pork Commentary: Banff Pork Seminar Report
CANADA - This past week we attended the Banff Pork Seminar held in Banff Alberta at the Banff Springs Hotel and Convention Center, writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc.
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Global Pig Industry News

   Canada

New PED Outbreak Reported in Ontario
Pig Producer Stress Survey Deadline Extended
Business Risk Management a Top Priority for Pork Producers
PED Outbreak Reported in Ontario

   United States

CME: Livestock Futures Market Volatile Again
Hog Outlook: Meat Prices Head Lower
High Levels of Swine Flu Detected on US Pig Farms
CME: Volatility in Livestock Trading as Other World Markets Falter
Emerging Strains of PRRS Can Be Highly Virulent
US on Mission to Boost Food Exports to Chile, Peru
PED Slows Down and New Avian Flu Strain Takes Flight

   Brazil

Russia Drives Growth in Brazil's Pork Exports

   United Kingdom

NFU Urges Government to Renew Efforts to get Aid to Flood-Hit Farms
Funding Available for Young Farmers, Rural Workers
Land Management Essential in Managing Volatility and Food Security
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Will 2016 be Another Year to Forget for Pig Producers?
NFU Conference has Sights Set on Future of Farming
UK Pig Production Costs Still Above Average
Pig Farming a Gamble, says NPA
UK Produced More Pork than Beef in 2015

   Ethiopia

Ethiopia Faces El Niño Emergency as Livestock, Crops Lost

   Latvia

Latvia Reports 17 More ASF Outbreaks

   European Union

Poor Outlook for European Feed Industry in 2016
More Simplifying Measures for EU Farm Payments

   Mongolia

Classical Swine Fever Reported in Mongolia

   Korea, South

Over 10,000 Pigs Destroyed in New FMD Outbreak

   Ireland

Ireland's Food and Drink Exports Continue to Grow

   New Zealand

El Niño Impacts to Hit NZ Farmers for Months

   Norway

New LA-MRSA Finding in Norwegian Pigs

   Denmark

Jais Valeur Takes Over as Danish Crown CEO

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