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ThePigSite Newsletter - 18 April 2016

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Monday 18th April 2016.
Lucy Towers - ThePigSite Editor

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New Approach Improves Pigs' Health, Reduces Antibiotic Use 

UK pig producers could reduce antibiotic usage and improve the health and productivity of pigs on the farm by adopting a new approach which has already proved successful in the poultry industry.

The approach, developed by St David’s veterinary team, is based on improving the animals’ natural health through a combination of probiotics, organic acids and water sanitation.

Through its Applied Bacterial Control (ABC) programme, St David’s looks closely at all husbandry factors that influence this microbiome, and develops a bespoke strategy to boost natural gut health and reduce the need for routine antibiotic treatments.

In other news, Chinese pork prices are still sky high, with the price during the last week of March 2016 still over 20/kg ($3.09/kg), reported Genesus.

As is usual, prices in the South West of the country were highest due to a high population and a lower supply of corn.

At the start of March 2016 farmers that are used to breaking even or losses were boasting profits of over 800rmb ($124) a pig.

The main reason for the continuing high prices seems to be simply the low supply of pigs/sows.

In disease news, African Swine Fever (ASF) has been reported in farmed pigs in Ukraine and Kenya. Two cases were reported in Kalagiya village in the Odessa region of Ukraine and 52 cases on a farm in a farm in Kiamumbi, Kenya. The outbreak in Kenya is thought to be due to the feeding of swill.

ASF was also reported in wild boar in Lithuania and Poland.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

What is Category Management?
The Category Management definition from the Category Management association is ‘Trading partners collaborating to determine the point of optimisation in pricing, promotion, shelving, and assortment to maximize profitability and shopper satisfaction’.

Company News

Canada Pork Markets
CANADA - Last commentary I showed the significant numbers of SEW/feeder pigs and market hogs making the trek to the US Midwest from Canada in the first six weeks of 2016, writes Bob Fraser, Sales & Service Genesus Ontario.
AB Vista Appoints Dr Eckel as Distributor in Germany and Austria
GLOBAL - Animal nutrition technology company AB Vista has announced an alliance with German-based distributor Dr Eckel, a global provider of animal feed additives.
AB Vista Appoints New Technical Services and Sales Coordinator for North American Market
NORTH AMERICA - The newest addition to the AB Vista team, Kendre Stringfellow, has been appointed as North America Technical Services and Sales Coordinator.
FAI Focussing on Animal Welfare Outcome Measures
UK - Carly Scott is a researcher at FAI farms in Oxford. Here she explains the principles behind welfare outcome measures and the work her and the Science Team are doing in this field.
China Pork Markets
CHINA - After the huge culling of sows in China in 2015 due to consistent low pork price, by as many as 10 million sows (according to RaboBank) the price slaughterhouses have been paying for animals has soared from August 2015, writes Alex Kovachevich, General Manager Genesus China.
Pork Commentary: London Swine Conference Report
CANADA - This past week we attended the London Swine Conference held in London Ontario, writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc.
Market Reports

USDA WASDE - April 2016
USDA Livestock & Poultry: World Markets & Trade- April 2016
UK Slaughter Statistics - March 2016
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 18 April 2016

Global Pig Industry News


Brazilian Pig Producers on Alert for Corn Shortage
BRF to Acquire Globosuínos Agropecuária

   European Union

More ASF Reported in Lithuania, Poland
EU Pig Prices: Markets Balanced – Steady Quotations
Concerns Over Mercosur-EU Trade Talks Continue
Farmers Warn EU Ministers of Impact of Mercosur Trade Agreements

   United Kingdom

Investors Urge Food Chains to Tackle Use of Antibiotics in Farming
Will UK Pig Prices Stay Low?
New Approach Helps Pig Farmers Improve Health, Reduce Antibiotics
ASDA Pledge to Help British Pig Farmers


North American Producers Committed To Responsible Pork Production
FAO Food Price Index Up a Notch

   United States

Hog Outlook: 2016 Pork Production Estimate Lowered
USDA Acts to Clarify Living Standards for Organic Pigs
Antibiotic Resistance Genes Increasing
CME: Lean Hog Futures Losing Ground
Agricultural, Food Groups Urge Support For TPP
CME: Bullish Adjustments to Pork Balance Sheet
USDA Issues Revised Senecavirus A Guidelines
CME: Hog Cash Prices Fail to Advance Rapidly


Swill Feeding Causes ASF Outbreak in Kenya


Canada Funds Genomics Research to Help Detect Ag Pests, Diseases
Canadian Biosecurity Successful at Containing PED
Longevity Key to Overall Profitability of the Breeding Herd
Agricultural Technology Helping Farmers Communicate with Customers
New Technologies Improve Transport Biosecurity and Animal Comfort


ASF Hits More Ukrainian Pigs


Reducing Food Waste Could Help Mitigate Climate Change


Fewer Than 250 Mature Bawean Warty Pigs Remain in Existence


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