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Tuesday 31st May 2016.
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Antibiotic Reduction Has Not Affected Profits, say Dutch Pig Farmers 

Since 2009, farmers in the Netherlands have been working to lower their use of antibiotics in livestock production.

The work has so far been successful, with usage lowered by 58 per cent thanks to a combination of increased monitoring and the implementation of mandatory animal health plans and herd inspections.

“This approach led to a significant reduction in the number of resistant bacteria in our livestock population,” said Minister for Agriculture Martijn van Dam, speaking to a closed meeting in Amsterdam, about the 'One Health' approach .

Perhaps of most interest to producers, though, is the fact that reduction did not affect profits. In fact, according to Mr Van Dam, Dutch farmers have been able to maintain both production levels and profit margins. Overall, mortality has not increased since that time either.

In other news, AHDB Pork reported that EU exports of all pig meat products were up by more than a quarter in the first three months of 2016, compared with a year earlier.

This increase is due to growing demand from Asian markets, including China, Hong Kong, Japan and the Philippines. South Korea was the only major market to take significantly less product.

In disease news, an outbreak of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) has been reported on a batch-farrow sow barn in Manitoba, Canada.

According to Farmscape, this is the first outbreak in western Canada in over a year and a half and it also comes just weeks after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency began enforcing regulations calling on Canadian swine transports returning from US farms to be cleaned in the US.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Stochastic Model of PRRS Control Strategies on a US Swine Farm
This article looks at the effectiveness of different combinations of control strategies for PRRS at the individual herd level. The goal is to determine the most effective strategy for PRRS virus control

Creep Feeding in the Farrowing Room: Do the Outcomes Depend on Weaning Age?
Creep feed could benefit older weaned piglets by supplementing nutrients in sows’ milk. Additionally, it could aid the transition to solid feed at weaning, perhaps more of a benefit to the younger weaned piglet.

Tryptophan:Lysine Ratio Requirement for Nursery and Finishing Pigs
Tryptophan (Trp) is an essential amino acid that has a large impact on feed intake regulation by manipulation of metabolic pathways.

Company News

MSD Animal Health to Present Important New Data at the 24th International Pig Veterinary Society Congress
IRELAND - MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the USA and Canada) is pleased to announce that it is proud to be a sponsor partner of the 24th International Pig Veterinary Society (IPVS) Congress in Dublin, Ireland, from June 7-10, 2016.
Mexico Hog Market
MEXICO - Mexico’s pork industry is projecting to expand a little bit further on international markets with a clear focus in Asia. With 1.4 million tons of pork production projected for 2016 (USDA projection), Mexico is still far to be self-sufficient. It is estimated that consumption of pork in Mexico would increase 3.3 per cent during 2016, to stand at 2.2 million tons (carcass). Since 2012 Mexico has expanded pork exports about 30 per cent (2012, 70,000 tons – 2015, 100,000 tons), writes Fernando Ortiz, Genesus Ibero-American Business Development .
Mars Exploration and Agribusiness May Learn From Each Other, Says Dr Gernot Groemer
There may be opportunities for the cross-fertilisation of ideas between the Mars exploration research efforts and the agriculture sector, according to Dr Groemer, president of the Austrian Space Forum who heads the PolAres Mars simulation programme.
Pork Commentary: Can We Capture Pork & Quality Premium?
US - Last week we visited the headquarters of the “Certified Angus Beef” program in Wooster, Ohio, writes Jim Long, President-CEO Genesus Inc.
Maximizing Crossbred Pig Performance
GLOBAL - Crossbreeding is the most widely used production system in the swine industry, and thus the genetic improvement goal is to improve crossbred performance under commercial conditions.
Grain Particle Size for PIC Pigs
GLOBAL - Particle size, depending on the phase of production, can be managed to maximise nutrient digestibility or to maximise longevity. Research has shown that for every 100 micron reduction in grain particle size, feed efficiency improves 1.0 to 1.2 per cent.
Hybrid Pharmaceutical Twin-Screw Extruder Designed to Deliver True Drug Formulation Flexibility
GLOBAL - The Thermo Scientific Pharma 16 Twin-Screw Extruder allows simple switching between hot melt extrusion and continuous granulation operation
Market Reports

USDA Cold Storage - April 2016
AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 31 May 2016
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 31 May 2016

Global Pig Industry News


PED Reported in Manitoba Sow Barn
Containing PED Spread Top Priority Following Case in Manitoba
Researchers Seek Alternatives for Piglet Starter Diets
New Research Equipment to Assist in Improving Swine Trailer Design

   United States

Hog Outlook: Hog Price Peak May Come Early
CME: Mixed Picture for US Pork Export Sales
Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
CME: Summer Hog Future Contract Down
CME: Cold Storage Report Neutral for Pork Markets


Iron Delivery to Piglets Just got Easier
Amazon Soy Moratorium Extended Indefinitely
World Animal Health Organisation Sets Out Action on Antibiotic Resistance

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Quotations Partly Unchanged and Partly Increasing
Strong Exports Support EU Market
EU Pig Production Growth Slowed in February


Brazil's Pig, Poultry Production Costs Rise Again

   United Kingdom

Give Piglets the Best Start in Life
Scottish Shoppers Urged to 'Do More With Pork'


Using Fewer Antibiotics Does Not Affect Overall Profit, Dutch Pig Farmers Find


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