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Review Health Protocols to Maximise Returns

With swine producer margins tighter than ever, it is important for pig producers to review current protocols and set goals that can maximise return on investment, said Abbey Harding, a consulting veterinarian with Lowe Consulting.

Speaking to Sarah Mikesell, reporting for ThePigSite at the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) annual conference, Dr Harding recommended veterinarians should work with producers to evaluate existing protocols that might have been going for the past 8 or 10 years but have not been reviewed for operation and production efficiency recently.

For example, it is looking at vaccine and/or biosecurity protocols that might not be adding the most value to an individual operation. The goal is to use your employees, staff and resources to their full potential to maximise return on investment.

"In this low-margin time where markets and pig prices are today, it's ever important for our producers to really look at the whole group of pigs and what their goal is with end of production to maximize your existing resources and be as efficient as possible to maximize your return on investment," said Dr Harding.

In other news, Genesus has produced its first ever hog market report for South East Asia. Reporting for Genesus, Paul Anderson General Manager South East Asia, explained that pig production in Vietnam is developing and prices are stable. 

In Thailand, production has been affected by a Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak. The outbreak has resulted in a pig price rise - April pig prices were around 78 Thai baht/kg.

Taiwan has a growing number of large scale farmers who now control almost 70 per cent of the market. Total pig numbers have not changed much in the last 10 years and live pigs are sold at around 2.2 US$/kg.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Disease Impacts on Performance of Grow-Finish Pigs
All agree that during the time pigs are infected and sick that performance is reduced. The interesting part is what happens after the pigs recover from infection, writes Bob Kemp, PhD P.Ag. Vice President Genetic Programs and Research & Development, Genesus.

Company News

New Real-time PCR Kit Accurately Detects African Swine Fever
GLOBAL - Recent outbreaks of African Swine Fever Virus (ASFV) in Eastern Europe have led to the growing need for more accurate diagnostics to help identify and monitor the highly contagious pathogen for which no treatment or vaccine currently exists. Scientists from Thermo Fisher Scientific have presented research data from a new duplex real-time PCR kit that demonstrates the ability to accurately detect the virus with high sensitivity and specificity in animal samples.
Zoetis Champions Swine Health in Canada with Pigcare.Ca
CANADA - Zoetis is proud to announce the launch of, the new online community for Canadian swine producers, designed to promote animal health and provide resources which respond to the varied needs of a strong community, a vital component of the country’s agricultural landscape.
South East Asia Hog Markets
SOUTH EAST ASIA - Welcome to the first Genesus global report for South East Asia, this is in-line with the continued growth of Genesus in this region, writes Paul Anderson, General Manager South East Asia.
Russia Hog Market Report
RUSSIA - Russian pig price is currently recovering from the lows of a few weeks ago. Prices have increased by 10 Roubles per kg in both of the last 2 weeks and this week are at 112 Roubles per live kg, writes Simon Grey, Sales & Service Genesus Russia.
Brazilian Swine Producers Use Diagnostics to Pinpoint Diseases
ANALYSIS - Despite lacking of some swine diseases seen in other parts of the world, the demand for swine diagnostics in Brazil is growing as producers want to pinpoint disease challenges and better understand herd health.
Pork Commentary: US Market in Swine Purgatory
US - The US Market is in what appear to be a swine purgatory. Week upon week of prices in the 65¢ lb lean range. Just above cost of production, 65¢ it's not hell but it's not heaven, it's purgatory, writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc.
BIOMIN Commits to New Project Aimed at €3B in EU Crop Losses Due to Mycotoxins
EU - Mycotoxins, fungal metabolites that afflict cereals and other crops, cost the European agriculture industry around €3 billion each year and pose harm to human and animal health through the feed and food chain. BIOMIN has joined a scientific research consortium that aims to cut this figure considerably.
Making Room for Feed Additives in Piglet Diets
GLOBAL - Organic acid use in piglet diets can be considered routine nowadays. Yet, high levels of organic acids in feed formulation take up a lot of otherwise useful space in the feed. Replacing a portion of organic acids with a more powerful additive can create room to further enhance feed formulation or add more economical raw materials at no additional cost.
Hypor Invests in New Technology for Canadian and US Swine
CANADA - Hypor is growing the number of pigs it tests by 25 percent with the addition of several Pig Performance feeding stations at its nucleus facility in Abernethy, Saskatchewan.
Tight Margins Call for Goal-Minded Planning
ANALYSIS - With swine producer margins tighter than ever, it's important for producers to review current protocols and set goals that can maximize return on investment.

Global Pig Industry News


Canadian Dollar Value Biggest Factor Affecting Live Hog Prices
CFIA Policy Change Jeopardises Canadian Biosecurity
Nutrition Plays Key Role in Reducing Dependence on Antibiotics

   United States

Hog Outlook: Hog Sale Cash Receipts Down From 2014 High
Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
CME: US Pork Production Down Only Slightly From Year Ago
CME: Significant Pork Supply Increase
CME: No Big Surprises in Pork Exports
Pre-World Pork Expo Tours Provide Insight into US Ag
CME: Lean Hog Carcass Price Still Close to Early March Level

   United Kingdom

More Transparency Needed in Supply Chain to Create Fairness
UK Farm Profitability Fell Sharply in 2015, Latest Figures Show
Improved Trade Balance Set to Reduce UK Pork Supplies
New Study Examines Threat of Novel Swine Flu Viruses in Pigs and Humans
New On-farm Assessments to Improve Farmed Pig Welfare


Brazil Looks to China to Expand Pork Business
Pig Production Costs Now Falling in Brazil After Record Highs


Practical Training Held on Wild Boar Management

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Quotations are Bobbing Up and Down – Recovering Soon?
Cost-Effectiveness of EU Animal Disease Programmes Unclear


EU to Give More Money to Combat El Niño Food Security Issues


Chinese Pork Imports Continue to Boom


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