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Monday 4th April 2016.
Lucy Towers - ThePigSite Editor

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New EU Animal Health Law Aims to Reduce Disease, Improve Ag Competitiveness

The EU has adopted a new Animal Health Law which will come into force on 20 April 2016. The new law aims to help prevent animal diseases, reduce the use of antibiotics and therefore, keep EU livestock production competitive.

The EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner, Vytenis Andriukaitis, said the law will pave the way for a more efficient system to combat transmissible animal diseases.

"The new law provides a single, comprehensive animal health framework to replace the series of complicated rules which have accumulated over the years.

"Compared with the system currently in place, the new Animal Health Law provides simpler and clearer directions for national authorities so they can focus on the main priorities when combating animal diseases.

"The adopted legislation also clarifies the division of responsibilities between animal keepers, traders, veterinarians, and national authorities and puts in place better notification and surveillance tools to fight animal diseases," said Mr Andriukaitis.

In market news, the European Commission cleared the creation of a joint venture between the French company Avril Pôle Animal and the German company Tönnies.

The joint venture will process, package and sell fresh pork from France at retail level.

In disease news, more African Swine Fever (ASF) has been reported in wild boar across Europe.

Lithuania reported six cases, Latvia 24 cases, Poland three cases, Estonia 25 cases and Russia eight cases.

Ukraine also reported an ASF outbreak in farmed pigs.

An outbreak of classical swine fever was also discovered in wild boar in far eastern Russia

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Improving the Iron Status of Young Pigs with Phytase Superdosing
Traditionally in swine nutrition much focus is placed on energy, protein and/or amino acid requirements for the young pig, however improving their trace mineral status of is also vital for optimal growth and efficiency.

Feeding Mycotoxin Contaminated Grains to Swine
Mycotoxins are chemicals produced by moulds or fungi infecting grains. There are over 400 known mycotoxins; however only a small number of these probably affect pig performance on a regular basis.

Company News

AB Vista Appoints Two New Staff to Enhance Its Global Technical Services
GLOBAL - AB Vista has welcomed two new staff to its UK headquarters, as the company strengthens its technical services to the global feed industry.
Pork Commentary: Prestage Foods to Build New Pork Plant
US - The race to add more packing space in the United States continues. Last week Ron Prestage DVM announced on behalf of the Prestage family, their plan to build a 650,000 sq. foot $240 million pork processing plant in Mason City Iowa.
Forbes Names Zoetis One of America’s Best Employers
US - Zoetis Inc. (NYSE:ZTS), the global leader in animal health, today announced that it has been named one of America’s Best Midsize Employers in 2016 by Forbes Magazine.
Combined Mycotoxin Threat to Livestock Rated High in the US, According to BIOMIN Survey
US - Increased occurrence and co-occurrence levels in the 2015 corn harvested in the United States pose a higher risk to livestock production in 2016, according to the latest BIOMIN Corn Survey.
Welfare in the Spotlight at 2016 Official Vet Conference
UK - 'Animal Welfare - the Role of the OV' is the theme of the 2016 Official Veterinarian (OV) Conference set to take place between the 29th and 30th September 2016. The programme includes lecture streams and round-table discussions on themes relating to both Large Animals and Small Animals, in addition to a series of lectures aimed at Equine Practitioners.
Market Reports

USDA Bi-Weekly International Meat, Poultry & Egg Review - 31 March 2016
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 4 April 2016
AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 4 April 2016

Global Pig Industry News

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Slight Upward Trend Now Stopped
New EU Animal Health Law to Improve Ag Competitiveness
EU Live Pig Trade Declined in 2015
Avril Pôle, Tönnies Joint Venture Approved
Germany and Spain Leading EU Pork Exporters

   Russian Federation

Classical Swine Fever Reported in Russia

   United States

Hog Outlook: Low Feed Costs Expected this Year
US Hog Slaughter Numbers Expected to Balance Slaughter Capacity this Fall
CME: Pork Cutout Value Showing Strength
US Pork Producers Could See Modest Profits in 2016


Can We Use Genetic Variations to Reduce the Use of Antibiotics?


New Guides Educate on Good Welfare in Pig Production


AASV: Research on Euthanasia Offers Producers Humane Option
Improving Farming Boosts Peace Efforts
Industry Insights: Global Trends in Ag Equipment
ASF Continues Spread Through Eastern Europe


Canada Funding More Research to Reduce Farm Greenhouse Gases
New PED Outbreak Reported in Ontario
Pork Producers Committed to Animal Comfort and Safety During Transport

   United Kingdom

English Pig Abattoir Number Stabilising
Vets Concerned Over Move to Industry-Led Welfare Codes
Getting UK Pig Producers Through Tough Times
New Innovations Headline at 2016 Pig and Poultry Fair
Producer Impact of Responsible Sourcing Key Theme at Pig & Poultry Fair


ASF Reported in More Ukrainian Farmed Pigs


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