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ThePigSite Newsletter - 07 November 2016

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Monday 7th November 2016.
Lucy Towers - Editor

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EU PIG to Improve Connection Between Producers and Science 

The UK’s Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is to lead an exciting new project that aims to improve the pig industry in Europe.

EU PIG is a four-year €2 million project to look at health management, precision production, animal welfare and meat quality.

The project will be led by AHDB alongside a consortium of 19 organisations from all across Europe that represent 13 Member States and funded by the European Commission’s research and development programme, ‘Horizon 2020’.

In other news, the UK’s annual David Black Award was presented to Dr Susanna Williamson, the veterinary lead for the Pig Expert Group at the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).

According to Dr Williamson, a partnership in the pig sector from stockmen and farmers through to vets and workers in the abattoir is needed to meet the threats to the industry and build a sustainable future.

She said that the industry needs to do more to secure exports in the future and she added that the success in developing a plan for dealing with the threat of PEDv (porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus) has come about by partnership.

“By sharing expertise and knowledge the chance of the disease entering the country has been minimised,” she said.

Dr Williamson, who is also the president of the Pig Veterinary Society, received the award for “a significant and lasting contribution to the British pig industry”.

In disease news, two new outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) have hit central UkraineTwo commercial farms located in Sokolivka and Tetiyiv, both in the Kiev area, were confirmed with having ASF on 4 November.

Earlier in the week, six ASF outbreaks were also reported on commercial and backyard farms in the areas of Khar’kov, Odessa, Nikolayev and Poltava.

Russia also reported an outbreak this week on a commercial farm with over 43,000 pigs. The farm, located in Krasnyansky had to destroy over 18,000 pigs as a result of the outbreak.

Also in the news this week, read more from ThePigSite’s visit to Denmark:



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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Dual-Strain Probiotic Boosts Performance on Energy-Reduced Diets
New research shows that a dual-strain probiotic feed supplement can help pig producers reduce feed costs, without compromising performance.

Copper Is Key for Piglet Performance
The element is essential to a functional immune system and optimal health. Adding supplemental copper to nursery pig rations can improve daily gain and feed conversion ratios.

Company News

SonicClean: Ultrasonic Waves Against Biofilm
GERMANY - Big Dutchman presents a new cleaning system for the liquid feeding of pigs
Russia Hog Market Report
RUSSIA - The current pig price in Russia is 102 Roubles ($1.61) per kg live. This means good producers are making in the region of $50 for a 120kg pig, writes Simon Grey, General Manager Russia, CIS, and Europe.
Alarm Ahead of the Damage
GLOBAL - If the ventilation in a barn fails, alarm systems only issue warnings when the temperature at animal level has already reached a critical level.
Boost Swine Performance on Energy-Reduced Diets
GLOBAL - New research shows that BioPlus® YC - Chr. Hansen’s dual-strain probiotic feed supplement for swine - can help pig producers reduce feed costs, without compromising performance.
Free Webinar: PRRSV Testing Choice Can Impact Herd Health, Economics
GLOBAL - Porcine Reproductive Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) infections can contribute to significant economic loss, but those risks can be greatly minimized when reliable diagnostic tools are used for the monitoring and surveillance of PRRSV in pig herds.
Special Focus on Latin American and Caribbean 2017 IPPE Attendees
GLOBAL - In addition to encouraging domestic attendance, the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) actively seeks to bring in a diverse international audience from around the world.
Pork Commentary: Entrepreneurial Journey
CANADA - Many of us are entrepreneurs. Every day, we stake our future on managing people, capital, and production. Most (if not all) of us have borrowed money and staked the destiny of our families and businesses on our decisions, writes Jim Long, President-CEO Genesus Inc.
EstrusControl: New Tool Reliably Analyses the Heat Cycle of Sows
GERMANY - Checking gilts for heat is time-consuming and therefore often an issue on pig farms.
OptiSec: New Slurry Drying Procedure Shows Convincing Results
GERMANY - On the occasion of EuroTier 2016, Big Dutchman presents a new procedure for residue treatment in pig production called OptiSec slurry drying system.
Porc-Ex Breeding to Market Genesus Swine Genetics
DENMARK - Porc-Ex Breeding and Genesus Inc. are pleased to announce that Porc-Ex Breeding will begin marketing Genesus Swine Genetics.
Fostera® PCV MetaStim® Now Available from Zoetis Canada
CANADA - Zoetis has announced the availability of Fostera® PCV MetaStim®. The monovalent killed virus vaccine that helps protect against porcine circovirus associated diseases (PCVAD) caused by porcine circovirus Type 2 (PCV2) has been updated with the commonly used adjuvant known as MetaStim.
Big Dutchman Innovation Sets New Hygiene Standards for the Feeding of Suckling Pigs
GERMANY - Big Dutchman has enhanced the well-known CulinaCup system for the feeding of suckling pigs and developed an automatic feeding system.
Two Kinds of Diarrhea, One Solution
It is often assumed that if an animal has diarrhea, it’s caused by a pathogen. E. coli, Salmo­nella, Rotavirus and other bacteria can and do cause many intestinal infections. However, sometimes nutrition can be indirectly to blame.
WeatherFlow – Wind Meter for Your Smartphone
The old saying, “You can’t improve what you can’t measure” applies to measuring wind speed in a hog or poultry house. Gauging wind speed of tunnel ventilation or velocity out of an inlet without an anemometer (wind meter) is like trying to regulate building temperature without a thermostat.
Global Pig Industry News


Danish Crown to Raise Price Paid to Pig Producers
New Label Expected to Drive Welfare Improvements on Danish Pig Farms


New ASF Outbreak Hits Central Ukraine
Ukraine Reports More ASF Outbreaks

     United States

Hog Outlook: Hog Slaughter Up 5.5% From Last Week
Prohibited Pork Products Seized at Orlando Airport
US Slaughter Hog Glut Causes Deeper then Expected Price Declines
CME: Barrow and Gilt Weights Below Last Year's Levels


Animal Diseases Can Enter US in Feed Imports, Warns Expert
Eastman Re-Launches Eastman ProturalTM - a Superior Zootechnical Swine Feed Additive
Can We Manage Pigs Without Tail Docking?

     European Union

£2 Million Project to Improve EU Pig Health, Production
EU Pig Prices: Market Stabilises - Prices Unchanged
Spain, Italy Called on to Reduce Growing Livestock Antibiotic Use


Antibiotic Benchmarking Offers Opportunity to Monitor, Manage Use on Pig Farms
Manitoba Pork Hoping for Streamlining of Swine Barn Construction Permit Approval Process


Far East Buoys Brazilian Export Market


Chinese Pork Import Boom Continues into Q3

     United Kingdom

David Black Award for Vet Developing PEDv Protocols
Red Tractor Proposes Antibiotic Revisions to Standard
Fall in UK Farm Incomes Continues


Sushi Itto Shifts to Sow Stall Free Supply Chain

     Russian Federation

Commercial Russian Pig Farm Reports ASF


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