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ThePigSite Newsletter - 31 October 2016

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Monday 31st October 2016.
Lucy Towers - Editor

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Danes Investing in Truck Management for ASF Biosecurity

ThePigSite has been in Denmark this past week for the Herning Pig Industry Congress. Speaking to the press there, Vice Chairman of SEGES Pig Research Centre, Soren Sondergaard, explained some of the steps been taken by Denmark to prevent African Swine Fever (ASF) entering the country.

If ASF entered parts of Denmark it could cause a complete shutdown of pig production and processing activities in the affected area,” said Mr Sondergaard.

Around 13 million pigs currently leave Denmark each year which equates to roughly 50 truckloads a day and many of these trucks enter countries or areas where ASF is present.

Denmark is therefore investing heavily in biosecurity, with 15-18 million DKK being spent on truck washing.

To monitor the trucks’ contact with ASF infected areas, countries or specific areas with ASF outbreaks are listed as black zones. 

When trucks return from these areas they are thoroughly cleaned, disinfected and quarantined for seven days, meaning they cannot visit any other farms during this time,” Mr Sondergaard explained.

There will be more coverage from the congress published in the next week.

In other news, research conducted at the University of Illinois, US, has found that a new source of soy protein concentrate can be used in weanling pig diets without negatively affecting digestibility of energy or nutrients.

“Soy protein concentrate is typically produced by using an alcohol extraction process to remove soluble carbohydrates from soybean meal,” said Hans H Stein, professor of animal sciences at the University of Illinois.

However, a new soy protein concentrate has been developed which combines a non-alcohol extraction process with enzymatic treatment of soybean meal.”

The soy protein concentrate contained 61.2 per cent crude protein compared with approximately 47.7 per cent for dehulled soybean meal. The standardised ileal digestibility (SID) of isoleucine and leucine and some dispensable amino acids was greater in soy protein concentrate compared with soybean meal, but for crude protein and most amino acids, no difference between soy protein concentrate and soybean meal was observed.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Eight Dimensions of Pig Feed Intake
Most articles on feed intake in wean-to-finish (W2F) analyze the effects of individual factors, such as water availability, feeder space, energy diet or stocking density on average daily gain (ADG) and feed conversion (FCR). However, it is important that producers understand how different factors that affect feed intake interact with each other and how they can be handled at the "slat" level with a goal of improving pig performance. The objective of this article is to review eight factors that impact feed intake in W2F operations and how these can be managed in the barn.

Research: Validation of African Swine Fever Real-time PCR Kit
GLOBAL - African Swine Fever Virus (ASFV) is a notifiable, highly contagious disease that can cause significant economic losses. A new duplex real-time PCR kit that targets the p72 gene and an internal control has been developed and assessed for the diagnosis of ASFV.

Company News

PIC China's 2016 Symposium Celebrates 20th Anniversary
CHINA - Since 1996, PIC has had a strong presence within the Chinese swine industry. Since that time, the company has been committed to delivering the best genetics and providing technical services throughout the Chinese market.
Canada Hog Market - No Joy In Mudville
CANADA - For most hog producers in the small patch that is Southwestern Ontario, those that are also dirt farmers have had harvests that have gone quite well, writes Bob Fraser – Sales & Service, Genesus Ontario
WNF 2016 - Conference Day 2
CANADA - A recap of the lectures held at conference day 2 during the World Nutrition Forum in Vancouver.
WNF 2016 - Conference Day 1
CANADA - A recap of the lectures held at conference day 1 during the World Nutrition Forum in Vancouver.
EuroTier Seminar: Healthy Guts, Healthy Piglets
GERMANY - Join the EuroTier 2016 seminar & webinar in cooperation with Pig Progress, on 16 November from 12:45-14:15 CET.
Win a Year’s Online Bitesize CPD from Improve International at the London Vet Show
UK - Veterinary CPD provider Improve International is offering six subscriptions each day to its popular Online Bitesize CPD training programme on its stand – D25 - at the London Vet Show. Visitors will have the opportunity to test their knowledge in a short quiz with three vets and three nurses winning each day.
What is the Future of Oral Fluid Testing in Pigs?
GLOBAL - Oral fluid testing is often carried out as it is a welfare friendly, convenient and cost-effective tool for disease monitoring in pigs.
Pork Commentary: Canada Update
CANADA - Canada is our home, and like most people, our home is where our heart is, writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc.
WaveFeeder Trough for Foraging Promotes Typical Drive to Explore During Feeding
GLOBAL - Foraging for feed is a natural behaviour for pigs. With the WaveFeeder, Big Dutchman has developed a trough for foraging that allows pigs to combine their feed intake with their natural drive to explore.
Most Successful Animal Health Vaccine of All Time Reaches Milestone of Two Billion Pigs Being Protected
GERMANY - Worldwide over two billion pigs have been protected against Porcine Circovirus Disease using Ingelvac CircoFLEX®; the vaccine contributes to sustainable production and supply of healthy, nutritious pork around the world like no other vaccine
Kelly Coulson Joins Merck Animal Health’s Food Animal Marketing Team
US - Merck Animal Health is pleased to announce that Kelly Coulson has joined the company as Swine Marketing Manager, U.S. Food Animal Marketing.
What Makes Iberian Ham So Unique?
Dry, cured hams have been produced throughout southern Europe for centuries. Spain, Italy, Portugal and France have highly valued hams, employing a variety of pig breeds and curing methods. 
3-D Printer Shapes Swine Equipment
One of the newest tools utilized by the Hog Slat engineering group is a 3-D printer.  About the size of a small refrigerator, the 3-D printer generates plastic prototype parts from computer generated 3-D models.
PowerBox: First Off-Grid Power Supply for Livestock Farmers
GERMANY - At this year’s EuroTier in Hanover, Germany, BD PowerSystems will present a trendsetting innovation for the energy supply of livestock buildings: With the PowerBox, farmers gain complete self-sufficiency from public grids. The main energy source for PowerBox are solar panels.
Global Pig Industry News


Danes Investing in Truck Management for ASF Biosecurity

     United States

Boneless Hams Trading at Larger Than Normal Premium
Hog Outlook: September Pork in Cold Storage Below Last Year's Level
New Soy Protein Concentrate can be Used in Weanling Pig Diets
US Pork Industry Seeking Pig Farmers of Tomorrow
Japanese Market Sways Pork Organisation to Back Trans-Pacific Partnership
Pork Stocks in Cold Storage Build


Finisher Barn Construction Costs Estimated at $500-520 Per Pig
All Eyes on US as Nations Consider Ratification of TPP Trade Agreement
PED Strategies Also Effective for Controlling Seneca Virus A
Blunt Force Trauma Ensures Humane Pig Euthanasia, says Veterinary Council
Effects of Vibration in Transit on Pig Comfort, Meat Quality Examined

     United Kingdom

Collaborative Approach to Reduce Food Waste from Farm to Consumer


Australian Farms to Employ Autistic Adults to Further Improve Pig Welfare

     European Union

Tighter Supplies Ahead in EU but Limited Price Support
EU Pig Prices: Price Decline Slows
Evaluation of EU's Antimicrobials Plan Shows Continued Efforts Needed
Pig Meat a Top Export Performer for EU in August


Artificial Insemination Taking India's Pig Production to New Levels


Spanish Pork Production, Exports Continue to Reach Record Levels


New ASF Cases Reported in Ukraine.


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