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ThePigSite Newsletter - 10 October 2016

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Monday 10th October 2016.
Lucy Towers - Editor

Lucy Towers


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African Swine Fever Reaches Moldova

Moldova has now confirmed its first outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF). The outbreaks were reported on two backyard pig farms in Donduseni.

These farms are located in northern Moldova, close to the border with Ukraine.

Of the 13 pigs susceptible, 11 cases were reported. The outbreaks are thought to have been caused by swill feeding.

Following the earlier suspicion of the outbreak, the Romanian National Newspaper reported that Romania would ban imports of animal products from Moldova and Ukraine in order to prevent the spread of ASF into the country.

New ASF outbreaks were also confirmed this week on pig farms in Poland and South Africa.

In other disease news, Senecavirus A has been confirmed in Ontario, Canada. The finding came after US authorities turned away at least eight truckloads of pigs which apparently showed signs of the disease (formerly called Seneca Valley Virus).

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is now testing all swine at federal processing plants that are symptomatic.

Also in the news this week, the AHDB reported that, as expected, Russia has appealed against the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) judgement that its ban on imports of EU pig meat products was against WTO rules.

Appeals can take up to three months to complete. If the original judgement is upheld, Russia will have to remove the ban within a ‘reasonable period of time’ or face retaliatory measures.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Comparing Methods for Preventing PED Virus in Feed
Infection with porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) causes diarrhea, vomiting, and high mortality in suckling pigs. Contaminated feed has been suggested as a vehicle of transmission for PEDV. The objective of this study was to compare thermal and electron beam processing, and the inclusion of feed additives on the inactivation of PEDV in feed, writes Michaela P. Trudeau et al. University of Minnesota.

Enable Right Result First Time by Adding VetMAX Xeno IPC to qPCR Workflows
Recommended in the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnostics (AAVLD) guidelines, VetMAX Xeno IPC offers veterinary labs rapid, reliable, and easy-to-use solutions for qualifying the effectiveness and accuracy of their qPCR workflows.

Company News

Most Complete Respiratory Vaccine Leads to Superior Pig Health and Performance
US - When it comes to raising pigs, it is important to create a system to produce pigs of uniform size that grow at a similar rate. But, what happens when pigs are showing different feed conversion rates, different signs of disease, and as a result, different rates of growth? Your bottom line starts hurting.
PEDV: Not If, But When for Canada
ANALYSIS - For several years, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) has been a focus for Canadian veterinarians as they awaited its movement across the US-Canadian border.
Zoetis Calls on Veterinary Students to Apply for 2017 Scholarships
US - Zoetis Inc. is partnering with the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) to invite second- and third-year veterinary students in the US and Caribbean to apply for the 2017 Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship Award.
National Panel Ranks Hypor Maxter Pork First for Flavour and Quality
GLOBAL - A new pork product line launched in October 2015, that is produced nearly exclusively by the Hypor Maxter sire and sow lines has ranked first in a national consumer trial that compares hams for palatability and quality.
Hog Market Report - USA
US - The week ending Sept 24th was the 3rd largest weekly kill ever in the United States, followed by week ending Oct 1, which was the 4th largest weekly kill. I think that says a lot about prices, both why we are here and where prices are going, writes Allan Bentley.
What is the Prevalence of PRRS in Brittany?
FRANCE - A recent survey shows 60-70 per cent of farms in Brittany, France, test positive for porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRS).
Vaccination Is Solution for Ileitis, Antibiotic Stewardship
ANALYSIS - The growing global demand for antibiotic justification and stewardship has MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the US and Canada) turning to prevention options rather than treatment, writes Sarah Mikesell for ThePigSite.
Lifetime Nutrition Key to Optimising Pig Performance
GLOBAL - Continuing to improve nutrient utilisation and performance through in-feed applications is a key focus for modern swine production systems.
Hypor and Hyvar Cooperate to Better Serve Belgium Pork Producers
BELGIUM - In a move forward that will increase genetic progress in Belgium, Hyvar Select is transitioning Hypor’s parent stock business back to Hypor.
Pork Commentary: US September Hogs and Pigs Report
US - The US Hog Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report is stating the obvious. There are more pigs. We can see this every day in the marketplace, with lean hogs in the low 50’s and some early weans under $10, writes Jim Long, President-CEO Genesus Inc.
Global Pig Industry News

     United States

CME: Major International Buyers Increase US Pork Imports
Hog Outlook: US Pork Imports Down in August
Iowa Pig Farmers Bracing for Economic Challenges
Hogs and Pigs Report Paints Disturbing Live Hog Price Outlook
CME: How Much Corn is Available for Livestock Feed?
CME: Hog Futures Post Weekly Declines

     European Union

EU Pig Prices: German Slaughter Companies Are Exerting Pressure on the Prices
EU Pork Demand Still in Decline


Polska Meat Stock Exchange Debut to Finance African Expansion
Poland Reports New ASF Outbreak


African Swine Fever Breaks Out in Moldova


New Programme Assists Pork Producers Purchase New Equipment
Senecavirus A Confirmed in Ontario

     South Africa

More ASF Reported in South African Pigs


New Research Finds Cinnamon Cools Pigs' Stomach, Improves Overall Health
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Russia Appeals WTO Ruling on EU Pork Import Ban
Small Farms Need Decent Incomes to Help Eliminate Hunger


International Pig Genetics Infiltrating French Market at SPACE 2016

     United Kingdom

New Investigation Finds LA-MRSA in UK Pork


Dutch Pork Exports Fall Back Slightly


Germany Reports Further Drop in Animal Antibiotic Use


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