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Monday 8th August 2016.
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New Project Helping Pig Producers Go Antibiotic Free

A new project, named Project Horizon, is helping producers with the challenges of moving to antibiotic-free pork production production. 

Launched by Novus International, the programme aims to provide a customised solution to dealing with the challenges that arise in the transition.

"Our objective with Project Horizon is to be the expert in managing health through nutrition, addressing heightened health and performance concerns due to the reduction or complete removal of antibiotics," said Jared Hux, senior marketing manager with Novus International.

"We want to reduce the need to use antibiotics by overcoming expected production challenges nutritionally and reducing the likelihood there will be a problem from the start."

In other news, flooding across China has killed thousands of pigs and completely destroyed farms in some of the country's main pig farming regions. 

The five provinces hardest hit by flooding produce about one third of the country’s pork, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

The official Chinese news agency, Xinhua, reported that the Chinese central government has allocated 250 million yuan ($37.4 million) to disaster relief efforts in the flood-hit province of Hebei.

The Aoxin Tianli Group, a leading producer of breeder pigs, market pigs and black pigs, as well as speciality processed black pig pork products said its pig farms in Wuhan City and some of the independently operated black hog farms in Enshi Prefecture have suffered different levels of damages.

“While we are still reviewing our losses, we expect total losses associated with the floods to be approximately $1.5 million,” said Wocheng Liu, Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Aoxin Tianli Group.

In disease news, African Swine Fever (ASF) has been reported on pig farms in Russia, Poland, Ukraine and South Africa.

In Russia, nine farms in the west of the country reported outbreaks. Just one farm was affected in Poland and South Africa and, in Ukraine, six farms reported outbreaks.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Improving Pig Feed Formulation with NIR Technology
The advent of new technologies has provided us with the opportunity to formulate feeds based on better information, and thus to enhance their value. At a time when feed production makes up 70% of variable animal production costs, such developments have real potential to optimise rations – and feed efficiency. Recent advances in Near Infrared Reflectance (NIR) equipment, for example, allow us to understand the variation both within and between raw materials more accurately, writes Dr Hadden Graham, Global Technical Director, AB Vista.

Company News

CZ Veterinaria, Boehringer Ingelheim Bring Innovative Sow Vaccine to Europe
SPAIN - CZ Veterinaria (CZV) and Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health have entered into a cooperation to provide Entericolix®, an innovative sow vaccine, to the European swine vaccine market.
CEVA Progressing Path into US Swine Market
ANALYSIS - CEVA is continuing their path into the US market by building a team that brings swine industry expertise to the business, writes Sarah Mikesell.
Zoetis Introduces TRIAMULOX™
GLOBAL - Reliable formulation of tiamulin hydrogen fumarate available to swiftly treat swine dysentery and swine pneumonia
Merck Animal Health Receives FDA Approval of Safe-Guard® AquaSol for Use in Swine
US - Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside of the United States and Canada) today announced the introduction of Safe-Guard® AquaSol (fenbendazole oral suspension) for use in U.S. swine operations.
Hypor Magnus Finishers Consistently Rank in Top 10 On Maple Leaf Foods’ Carcass Quality Index
CANADA - Five out of the top ten indexing producers supplying hogs to Maple Leaf Foods, in Brandon Manitoba, Canada, use Hypor Magnus Duroc semen, according to Hams Marketing Services’ Top 10 List for the month of June 2016.
PIC Launches New Nutrient Specifications Manual
GLOBAL - PIC is excited to introduce the new Nutrient Specification Manual. This new manual provides detailed nutritional recommendations to help producers realise the most value from pigs with PIC genetics.
Nutriad Targeting Growth in Indonesia
INDONESIA - Indolivestock, which is one of the largest livestock tradeshows in the region, was held in Jakarta from 27-29 July 2016. For the first time species specific elements were incorporated; Indo Fisheries 2016 and Indo Dairy 2016.
Project Horizon Helps Producers Transition to Antibiotic Free Production
ANALYSIS - Novus International launches Project Horizon, a commitment to helping producers navigate through the transition to antibiotic-free production.
Market Reports

Animal Feed Statistics for Great Britain - June 2016
AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 8 August 2016
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 4 August 2016

Global Pig Industry News


Poland Reports New ASF Outbreak

   United Kingdom

Range of Factors Behind Rising Farmgate Pig Prices
Ideas for Post-Brexit Farm Financing Could Benefit Pig Producers
Meat Wholesalers Not Interested in 'Business as Usual'
Search for Scotland's Future Pig Farmers Underway

   United States

Hog Outlook: Things Looking Up for Meat Demand
CME: Things are Getting Worse for Hog Producers
New US Food Safety Company Focuses on Analytics, Innovation
Cost Effective for Livestock Producers to Substitute Corn with Wheat
CME: Improved Consumer Incomes Expected in Coming Months


More ASF Reported in Ukrainian Pigs
ASF Reported on Southern Ukrainian Pig Farm

   South Africa

South Africa Reports Another ASF Outbreak


Beneficial Bacteria a Promising Alternative to Antibiotics for Growth Promotion
Canadian Free Trade Agreement in Principle Applauded


Global Dairy, Meat Price Indices Rise


Brazil Authorises US Maize Imports to Relieve Price Pressure

   Russian Federation

More Russian Pigs Farms Report African Swine Fever


Floods Devastate Pig Farms Across China

   European Union

EU Pig Markets Steady as Demand Strong


Japanese Pork Imports Increasing


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