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Monday 3rd October 2016.
Lucy Towers - Editor

Lucy Towers


MSD Animal Health


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New Study Helps Determine How Much Calcium Pigs Require

New research at the University of Illinois, US, has helped to determine how much calcium growing pigs require and the mechanisms by which they absorb it.

As part of the study, two experiments were conducted to determine responses to graded levels of calcium in diets fed to pigs from 11 to 25 kilograms.

The findings showed a standardised total tract digestible (STTD) calcium requirement of 0.49 per cent or less for growing pigs from 11 to 25 kilograms.

Based on these results, the requirement for STTD calcium for 11 to 25 kilogram pigs is likely around 1.35 times the requirement for STTD phosphorus,” said Hans H. Stein, professor of animal sciences at Illinois, adding that further experiments need to be conducted to verify this value.

In disease news, Russia has reported 48 new African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreaks, in backyard pigs and on commercial pig farms.

Poland has also reported an ASF outbreak this week.

In Canada, influenza has become an increasingly challenging infection to deal with within the swine herd, according to Dr Susan Detmer, veterinary pathologist with the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.

Speaking to Farmscape, Dr Detmer explained that western Canada’s swine herd is generally healthy and strong but influenza remains present and is always a risk.

We have these emerging strains that seem to be causing more respiratory illness within the nursery age group and we actually have had increased mortality within the nursery groups around four to five weeks of age and that has been actually quite dramatic on some farms with some strains of influenza. We’ve had a new strain that emerged in 2013 in Manitoba. It’s had limited spread outside of Manitoba but it is causing a huge problem within Manitoba.”

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Extensive Farming and the Future of Food Production
Farmers worldwide are facing new environmental challenges. According to Dr Juan Villalba, Associate Professor in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University and editor of ‘Animal Welfare in Extensive Production Systems’, skills learned from raising animals in more extreme environments can play an important role in responding effectively.

Weaning Pigs Agree: “Change is Hard”
How would you feel if one day someone took away your favorite beverage and replaced it with something they said was good for you? Would you squeal in frustration? Would you refuse to work? Would you sulk?

Company News

Spain Hog Market
SPAIN - At the beginning of the year, market prices for hogs were below 1 euro/kg liveweight. However, after 20 weeks of consistent price rises, the current price of 1.325 euro/kg liveweight has been maintained (with small ups and downs). A year ago, this price was 1.185 euro/kg liveweight.
Nutriad Strengthens Mexican Organization
MEXICO - Multinational feed additive producer Nutriad appointed Dr. Jorge Enrique Cruz as Technical/Commercial Manager. Dr. Cruz will be responsible for sales- and technical support to Nutriad’s commercial and distributor network in Mexico & Central America.
Bigger Not Always Better in Quest for Sustainable Pork
UK - Striving to produce heavier pigs is not necessarily the answer to increasing pig productivity and farm profitability, an expert in pig genetics has warned.
A New Way to Treat Swine Respiratory Disease - Part 4
GLOBAL - Actinobacillus Pleuropneumonia (App) is a bacteria which can cause severe respiratory disease in pigs. As one of the most dangerous pig killers, it is important that pig farmers have effective ways to control it.
Call for Entries: Awards for Advancing Swine Respiratory Disease Research
US - The Awards for Advancing Research in Respiratory Disease, with the financial support from Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI), is pleased to open the call for entries for the 2017 research proposals. Practicing veterinarians and researchers seeking a Research Award need to submit a proposal by January 2, 2017. Three $35,000 awards will be available.
Swine Flu: Selecting Optimized Diagnostic Tools
GLOBAL - A free on-demand webinar explores the importance of finding an optimal set of diagnostic tools for the ongoing identification, surveillance and characterization of swine influenza virus (SIV).
Hypor Magnus Scores Higher than Leading US Boar in Feed Efficiency and Meat Quality
US - Recent research at the University of Missouri shows that the Hypor Magnus Duroc boar is more feed efficient than the current leading boar in the US.
Pig Producers can Maximise Xylanase Benefits Through Understanding its Mechanisms
GLOBAL - Recent swine trials have shown that xylanase introduction early in the nursery period and fed through to slaughter increases overall pig finisher performance.
Pork Commentary: Road Trip to Spain
SPAIN - Last week, we were in Spain. Spain has the third largest sow herd in the world with 2.374 million sows and 27.541 million in market inventory, writes Jim Long, President-CEO Genesus Inc.
Global Pig Industry News

     Russian Federation

38 More ASF Outbreaks Reported in Russian Pigs
Ten More African Swine Fever Outbreaks Reported in Russia


Pork Council Advising Only Short Stays at Assembly Yards
Prairie Swine Centre Investigates Sow Performance in Group Housing
Influenza Becoming More Challenging for Pig Farmers
Export Demand Key to Clearing Backlog of North American Pork
Typical Seasonal Increase in Hog Numbers Takes Toll on Live Hog Prices

     United States

Hog Outlook: Hog Inventory is Up 2.6 Per Cent
CME: US Pork Exports Show Improvement
Ultra-Modern Hog Barn Demonstrates Latest in Odour Reduction Technology
New Study Helps Determine How Much Calcium Piglets Require
CME: Analysts Expect Pig Breeding Herd at Over 6 million
CME: Hog Slaughter Numbers Truly Shocking
CME: Pork in Cold Storage Increasing


Polish Pork Imports, Exports Continue to Increase
Poland Reports Further ASF

     European Union

EU Pig Prices: Balanced Markets
EU Pork Exports Recovering in July 2016

     South Africa

South African Pig Producers Allege US Meat Poses Health Risk

     United Kingdom

Increase Recorded in English Pigs and Breeding Herds


Italian Pork Imports Down


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