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Monday 12th September 2016.
Lucy Towers - Editor

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New Multi-Million Pound Project to Examine Resilience of the UK Pig Industry

Scientists at the University of Lincoln are to lead the most comprehensive study of the UK pig industry ever conducted.

The four year PIGSustain project, which has been awarded more than £2 million, will bring together all existing data with new scientific studies to accurately build an overview of the entire industry. 

The academics leading the project will then produce a systems model, which will be used to predict how major economic and environmental changes will affect the industry, from farmer to retailer, and provide the kind of informed advice which has not previously been available to key decision makers.

PIGSustain will also gather information on emerging pig diseases. This is of importance as it is possible for pigs to translate animal diseases into human forms.

As part of the project’s work to track the health and welfare of pigs on farms year-round, a new monitoring system which can be installed within pig pens will also be devised.

In other news, the International Committee of Taxonomy of Viruses has officially approved the naming of a new virus, which was first discovered in a diseased pig in 2011, as influenza D.

The committee announced a new genus, Orthomyxovirdae, with a single species, Influenza D virus, because of its distinctness from other influenza types - A, B and C.

A researcher from South Dakota State University, US, who discovered the virus, later found that cattle are the primary reservoir for influenza D. 

The goal is now to compare the virulence among the bovine and swine influenza D strains and also to determine whether influenza D, which has 50 per cent similarity to human influenza C, can cause problems in humans.

In disease news, Russia and Poland have both reported further cases of African Swine Fever on backyard pig farms.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Feed Intake, Growth, and Feed Conversion: What Does it All Mean?
Feed intake and growth are two key traits for the bottom line of a commercial grow-finish or farrow-to-finish producer. However, the metric commonly used to measure herd performance is the ratio of these two traits or feed efficiency, measured as feed intake over weight gain, writes Nick Boddicker, Ph.D.

Back to the Basics of Feeding Pigs
Reliable nutritional information, whether from book values or laboratory analysis, is important to determine what diet will meet a pigs’ requirements to grow, reproduce, produce milk, fatten or maintain its weight depending on stage of life, writes Anita Heeg, Feed Ingredients and By Products Specialist, in Pork News and Views.

Company News

BIOMIN Sponsors Nutrition and Gut Health Summer Academy at Vetmeduni Vienna
AUSTRIA - Gut health is becoming increasingly important in farm animals, and throughout the first week of August, 19 young researchers and professionals working in the area of animal nutrition and animal gut health took part in the ‘Summer School in Nutrition and Animal Gut Health’ program.
Staff Hold the Key to Pig Farm Sustainability
UK - Most successful pig producers will say that skilled, enthusiastic and committed staff are the most important part of their businesses. Yet for many, finding and retaining employees is the toughest challenge they face.
Iowa Swine Day: Last Place Award Honours Outstanding Achievement
US - AB Vista and TechMix’s Last Place Award made a welcome return to Iowa Swine Day this year, following its debut in 2015.
Nutriad Strengthens Digestive Performance Team
BELGIUM - Nutriad, Belgium based multinational feed additives producer, appointed Daniel Fernando Ramírez as Business Development Manager Digestive Performance. The digestive performance platform focuses on the digestive system as the key towards healthy and performing animals.
A New Way to Treat Swine Respiratory Disease - Part 2
GLOBAL - Gamithromycin has been shown to have stronger potency against the four major pathogens causing respiratory diseases in pigs.
Genomics Expose the Role of Phytogenics in Gut Health: BIOMIN
GLOBAL - Omics tools allow a deep insight into the cellular metabolism of animals, and are said to be helping BIOMIN strengthen its market position. We caught up with Franz Waxenecker, development director at that Austrian firm, to get an understanding of hows omics work.
Pork Commentary: Russia Roadtrip Week One
RUSSIA - This past week we were in Russia. Interesting time for sure. The Russia industry protected by limited pork imports is having a good run. Prices are around 110 rubles a kilogram currently or 70¢ USD live weight a lb. Profit range $40 to $70 USD per head, writes Jim Long.
BIOMIN Introduces 7th Center for Animal Nutrition
AUSTRIA - BIOMIN has recently introduced its seventh Center of Applied Animal Nutrition (CAN)—this time in Tulln, Austria. In vivo research will focus on piglet and broiler nutrition.
MSD Animal Health Supports Young Veterinarian in Tropical Animal Health Research
ETHIOPIA - MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the US and Canada) today announced it will sponsor veterinarian, Wudu Temesgen Jemberu, who will present data on the economic impact of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in Ethiopia at the combined meeting of the Association of Institutions for Tropical Veterinary Medicine (AITVM) and the Society of Tropical Veterinary Medicine (STVM), in Berlin, Germany, September 4-8, 2016.
Market Reports

AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 5 September 2016

Global Pig Industry News

     Russian Federation

Russia Reports More Cases of ASF

     United States

Hog Outlook: Smithfield Fire Halts Slaughterings
CME: Pork Exports Follow a Predictable Path
CME: Fire at Smithfield Closes Hog Slaughter Plant
New Virus Found in a Pig Officially Named Influenza D
2016 America’s Pig Farmer of the Year Finalists Announced

     South Africa

Indigenous Breeds are Key to Sustainable Pig Farming


Brazilian-South Korea Pork Export Negotiations Near End


Canadian Pig Herd Continuing to Increase
Pork Demand Key to Live Hog Prices this Winter
Pork Producers Encouraged to Participate in Behaviour Survey
Pork Producers Encouraged to Prepare for Flu Season
Fines for Not Reporting Swine Movements Expected Only in Extreme Cases

     United Kingdom

Farming Industry Gets Behind Red Tractor Week
Free Online CPD Offered at the 2016 Official Veterinarian Conference
UK Gaining Foothold in Australian Pork Market
Image of Red Meat Improving
New Multi-million Pound Project to Examine Resilience of the UK Pig Industry


G20 Challenged to Fight Antibiotic Resistance
Food Security and Agriculture Essential in Preventing Conflicts


ASF Detected on Another Polish Pig Farm


Study Finds High Rates of ESBL E coli on Chinese Pig Farms

     European Union

EU Pig Prices: Market Balanced
EU Pig Production Fell Slightly in May


Irish Pork Exports Continue to Grow in 2016


India Plans to Upscale Livestock Production


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