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Monday 20th June 2016.
Lucy Towers - ThePigSite Editor

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British Pig Genetics in Demand in India

A high-level delegation from the Punjab government has paid a visit to the UK to assess British pig production and genetics as the Indian state intends to develop its burgeoning pig sector.

AHDB Pork senior export manager Jonathan Eckley said: “They are seeking our pig genetics and management systems as they want to improve productivity, welfare and product quality. Punjab has been taking the lead in the modernisation of Indian agriculture and already produces 76,000 tonnes of pork on a yearly basis.

In other news, a debate on welfare and economics in livestock production, at the Animal Welfare Foundation Discussion Forum in London, UK, warned that moves for a total ban on the use of antibiotics in livestock production need to be reined back as vets need to be allowed to use all means available to ensure animal health and welfare.

Speaking at the forum, pig veterinary consultant, Mark White said that it was the duty of the vet to ensure the health and welfare of animals and to do this it is necessary to have all techniques available.

He warned that while the profession recognised the need to reduce the use of antibiotics, the call to stop using them altogether for treating livestock was unwise.

The pig sector in the UK, he said, has already reduced the use of antibiotics by 40 per cent since 2014 but before their use is ended completely, other techniques have to be established to ensure the welfare of the animals.

Also speaking at the forum, David Main, professor of animal welfare at Bristol University, explained that improving welfare in livestock production depends on the system and changes in management.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Efficiency of Energy Utilization by Growing Pigs Selected for Potential Growth Rate
The normal variability in growth rate that exists within a group of pigs causes inefficiencies in nutrient utilization and contributes to variation in carcass composition.

Comparison of Time to PRRSv-Stability and Production Losses
To control PRRSv, herd closure (pig introduction into breeding herds is interrupted to allow the pathogen to die out) combined with whole-herd exposure to a live PRRSv (modified-live virus, MLV vaccine, or live-resident herd virus, LVI) is a commonly attempted strategy to control and eliminate the virus from infected breeding herds.

Maximizing Crossbred Pig Performance
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, writes Dinesh Thekkoot PhD, Genesus Inc.

What’s Wrong With My Pigs? Ear Necrosis
Porcine ear necrosis syndrome (PENS) in pigs has been reported as an increasing health problem in many countries with intensive pig farming. PENS exhibits as tissue damage to the tips of ears. Researchers have found it occasionally in pigs at three weeks, but it is most common in pigs 5 to 16 weeks of age

Company News

How Pig Processors can Tackle Food Waste
GLOBAL - In the face of a growing world population, tackling the huge amount of food that goes to waste is a vital step to securing sustainable food supplies. In the first of a series of articles on reducing waste across the pig supply chain, VOSP looks at what processors can do to make a difference.
Swine Industry Veteran Wes Johnson Joins Ceva
US - Longtime industry sales veteran Wes Johnson, has joined Ceva Animal Health’s swine business unit as strategic account manager with a keen focus on the custom vaccine business. In his new role, Johnson will focus on helping to launch the company’s customized swine vaccines to key accounts, as well as growing and managing Ceva’s portfolio of swine products.
Utilising Advancements in NIR Technology to Optimise the Feed Production Process
GLOBAL - Understanding the variability in feedstuffs could be the key to unlocking greater returns from feed formulation, according to Dr Hadden Graham, Global Technical Director at AB Vista.
South East Asia Hog Markets
SOUTH EAST ASIA - Paul Anderson, Genesus General Manager South East Asia, provides an overview of the hog markets in a selection of South East Asia countries.
IPVS: MSD Animal Health Explains How to Build Consumer Trust in the Pork Industry
IRELAND - The 24th International Pig Veterinary Society (IPVS) Congress was held in Dublin, Ireland, from June 7-10, 2016, simultaneously with the 8th European Symposium of Porcine Health Management. MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the USA and Canada) sponsored the event and presented the latest state-of-the-art technologies in pig health. They were also on hand to help the pig industry and to deliver high quality animal protein to the global market, writes Nuria Martínez Herráez, Editor of ThePigSite's Spanish sister site ElSitioPorcino.
Preventing PCVD on Your Pig Farm Whilst Increasing Uniformity
GLOBAL - Porcine Circovirus Associated Disease (PCVD) is a devastating disease that causes wasting in piglets and can lead to serious production and economic losses for the farmer.
Nutriad Supports IPVS 2016 in Ireland
UK - Multinational feed additives producer Nutriad, headquarter in Belgium, exhibited at the IPVS Conference in Dublin (Ireland) from 7th to 10th June and supported the event as a Gold Sponsor.
Pork Commentary: World Pork Expo Report
Last week we attended the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc.
Market Reports

Animal Feed Statistics for Great Britain - April 2016
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 14 June 2016
AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 14 June 2016

Global Pig Industry News

   South Africa

South Africa Halts Pig Imports Following ASF Outbreaks


Researchers Report Growing Interest in Electronic Sow Feeding
US Pork Industry Opposes Proposed Ban on Packer Ownership of Livestock
Severity of PED Outbreaks in Manitoba Variable
Precision Sow Feeding Offers Range of Benefits
Opportunity Exists to Better Protect Canadian Swine From Cross Border Disease Spread

   United States

Hog Outlook: Pork Retail Price Fell in May
CME: Modest Rise in US Pork Prices
Producer Optimism Shines through at the 2016 World Pork Expo
Researchers Investigate Economic Impact of Climate Change on Farms
US Pork 2016 Export Data Shows Impressive Progress
CME: Supply/Demand Estimates for US Pork
Meat and Poultry Industry 'Essential to US Economy'
CME: US Feeder Pig Imports from Canada Increasing
CME: Few Changes Made to WASDE Livestock Estimates


Growket is a new Company of Symaga Group

   United Kingdom

British Pig Genetics in High Demand in India
Pig Producers Should Not Underestimate Value of Abattoir Feedback
AHDB Pork Offering Environmental Permit Training to Refresh Pig Teams
What is Role of Welfare in Livestock Production?


Zinc Deficiency in Animal, Human Diets Should be Avoided


Livestock’s Contributions to Climate Change: Facts and Fiction
Opportunities and Challenges for the Sub-Saharan Africa Meat Market
Webinar on the African Swine Fever Regional Strategy for Africa
New E-Learning Course Aims to Help Prevent Child Labour in Agriculture
First Ever Global Standard to Measure Food Loss and Waste Introduced

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Quotations Unchanged to Increasing
EU Weaner Prices Increasing Slightly


Brexit Will Have Negative Effects on Ireland's Agriculture Sector


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Antimicrobial Resistance
Official Vet Conference September 2016

Thermo Fisher - PRRSV Screening Alternatives Webinar
Livestock Event 2016 - 6th & 7th July Birmingham NEC, B40 1BT
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Porcilis PCV ID
Hog Slat - Grower Select
Voice of Sustainable Pork - Boar Taint Vaccination
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Circovac - Vaccines against PCV2 and PMWS.
Biomin - Naturally Ahead
Penning Systems Pig Production - The Best Invention Since Pig Equipment
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