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Tuesday 30th August 2016.
Lucy Towers - Editor

Lucy Towers




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WTO Rules Against Russia’s Embargo on EU Pigs, Pork

In the news this week, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has declared that Russia’s ban on the import of pig and pork products from the EU is illegal and in breach of WTO rules and should be lifted.

Russia originally placed the import ban on the EU in 2014 following concerns over the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF), saying that the EU was not doing enough to stop the spread. At the time, ASF outbreaks were only being reported in a few countries, close to the border with Belarus.

The WTO Panel has therefore found that the EU-wide import ban violates the rules of the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (the SPS Agreement).

Individual bans placed on imports from Poland, Lithuania, and Estonia also received the same criticism from the panel.

Despite the WTO’s findings, most of the products involved in this trade ban still cannot be exported to Russia due to Russia’s politically motivated trade ban on EU agriculture products.

Copa and Cogeca also noted that: “Russian authorities are likely to appeal against the ruling in the next 60 days which means that farmers may not see the benefits of it before 2018.”

###pnew vaccine has been developed for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) in Canada.

The vaccine has been developed by scientists at the University of Saskatchewan and has demonstrated the ability to protect up to 100 per cent of piglets.

Scientists at The Pirbright Institute in the UK have been busy developing a new inexpensive test for diagnosing Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD).

The scientists used a truncated bovine integrin αvβ6 in their diagnostic tests which all FMD virus types would bind to.

The researchers have been able to create large amounts of bovine integrin αvβ6 in the lab using a rapid technique called ‘transient cell transfection’. This could make diagnosis of FMD strains cheaper and easier, as only one integrin would be needed to identify all strains of the FMD virus, compared to the many antibodies that were needed previously.

In other news, a further case of swine dysentery has been detected in Yorkshire, UK. It is the second case to be reported in Yorkshire in a few weeks.

AHDB Pork is advising producers to increase vigilance for the development of clinical signs of disease within their herd.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Toxins Attack Piglets During Post-Weaning Dip
Many articles are written about the stressful period piglets experience right after weaning, though too often on-farm discussions focus on issues such as diarrhea or oedema that occur anywhere from 1 week to 1 month post-weaning. Antibiotics and/or high levels of zinc oxide are often applied in these cases. However, public concern and stricter rules regarding the former have propelled efforts to curtail antibiotic use in farm animals worldwide.

Beneficial impact of a PRRSV vaccination program combining a modified live vaccine and PROGRESSIS® on virus circulation and technical performance
PRRS is one of the most significant pig diseases in the modern swine industry. The addition of a killed vaccine (KV) (PROGRESSIS, MERIAL, France) vaccination at D90 of gestation in farm where sows are regularly vaccinated with a modified live vaccine (MLV) have been shown to contribute to the stabilization of the sows, leading to a better control of PRRS virus circulation in the pig flows, writes Luk Willems, DVM, Clinique Vétérinaire de L’Elorn, France.

Company News

Science to Play Key Role in Response to New Challenges in Mineral Nutrition
EU - The industry must adopt a science-based approach to re-evaluating nutrition strategies, particularly in light of proposed European Union limits on Zinc and Copper in animal feed, according to animal nutrition technology company, AB Vista.
Closed to Risk: How One Pig Farmer is Managing Price Volatility
GERMANY - Creating a closed system has helped one German pig producer reduce costs and limit risks to his farm, making sure his business is sustainable for the next generation.
A New Way to Treat Swine Respiratory Disease - Part 1
GLOBAL - There is now a new product available to treat respiratory diseases in swine.
The Next Step in Pig Genetic Improvement – Sequencing the PIC Genome
UK - In 2013, PIC was the first swine genetics company to utilise tens of thousands of genotypes per animal to increase annual genetic improvement across all lines and traits.
Market Reports

AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 22 August 2016
UK Slaughter Statistics - July 2016

Global Pig Industry News

     United Kingdom

Scientists Develop New Inexpensive Test for FMD
Further Swine Dysentery Detected in Yorkshire
Rodenticide Webinars Help UK Farmers Get Up to Speed

     United States

CME: Rapid Increase in Hog Slaughter Puts Pressure on the Market
Hog Outlook: Canadian Swine Herd Up From Last Year
US Ag Exports Expected to Rise by $6 Billion in 2017
New Prestage Foods Processing Facility gets Green Light in Iowa
Radical Trade Changes Between US, UK Not Expected Following Brexit
CME: Meat Supplies in Cold Storage Large
Eight Human Cases of influenza A H3N2 Confirmed in Michigan
CME: Volatility Remains in US Hog Markets


Rabobank: Largest Increase in US Meat Consumption Since '70s
Trade Deals Could Buffer Financial Losses in Agriculture from Climate Change
Rabobank: US Pork Exports Depend on Mexico, Ractopamine
New Tool Helps Livestock Farmers Improve Productivity


New Research Expected to Improve Slatted Concrete Flooring
New Vaccine Developed for PED Virus
New Vaccine Effective in Protecting Neonatal Piglets from PED
Western Canadian Swine Herd is Healthy and Strong


Spanish Pork Exports Increase 29 Per Cent


India Adds Three More Pig Breeds to Indigenous Breeds List


German Pork Exports Register Steady Growth

     European Union

EU Pig Prices: Market Balanced - Quotations Still Steady
Pigmeat Leads in Rising EU Agri-Food Exports
WTO Rules Against Russia's Embargo on EU Pigs, Pork


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