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Monday 6th February 2017.
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Animal Disease Spread Shown Using Social Network Analysis

Researchers have shown that looking at movements of operators and vehicles between farms in the same way we look at contacts in social networks can help explain the spread of dangerous infectious diseases of livestock, such as foot-and-mouth disease.

The study, produced by Dr Gianluigi Rossi and colleagues from the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Lombardia e dell'Emilia Romagna, have shown that the network of contacts originated from on-farm visits by veterinarians in dairy farms of Northern Italy displays hidden features that cannot be detected by simply looking at the frequency of visits and unveils patterns of infection otherwise unexplained.

The authors discovered that veterinarians' movements produce an unexpectedly large number of potentially infectious contacts between farms that can quickly spread dangerous livestock diseases.

The research, made possible by the availability of high-resolution data in space and time on veterinarian movements in the study area, shed light on the actual significance of operator movements in disease spread, a still poorly understood topic due to the highly diverse and complex nature of such movements and to privacy issues in data collection.

It is hoped that the research can contribute to the development of more accurate tools for predicting the spread of livestock diseases and may help implement more effective biosecurity measures in farms.

In other news, a new Taskforce has been launched in the Netherlands to try and prevent and reduce food waste.

An initiative by Wageningen University & Research, in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Sustainable Food Alliance, the Taskforce Circular Economy in Food will connect initiatives against food waste.

The Taskforce is currently composed of 25 members from the entire food supply chain, from SMEs to food multinationals, and supplemented with members from public and societal organisations.

The organisations committed to the Taskforce noted that the initiatives in the Netherlands are currently fragmented and that they must be connected to implement tangible impactful changes. 

In the second half of 2017, the Taskforce will publish a national strategy and roadmap to collectively achieve a circular economy in food: an economy in which waste does not exist, agrifood residual streams are re-used in the best possible way, and raw materials retain their value.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Pig Farming - Feeding for Successful Offspring
The swine industry has made great strides in swine reproduction; most specifically in the areas of increased litter size, increased milk production and improvements in productivity traits. With such rapid growth and improvement in those areas, other areas are lacking because sows’ diets haven’t all been adjusted yet to account for the nutritional and physiological demands of increased productivity, writes Cassio Villela, Sr. Swine Marketing Specialist, Novus International, Inc.

Variation in Pig Growth Rate and Live Weight
Measuring variation in live weight in a population of pigs is conceptually very simple but problematic because it requires that large numbers of pigs are weighed periodically.

Company News

Mexico Hog Market
MEXICO - Mexican pork prices have shown a slight negative trend over the last four weeks, decreasing about 2.50 MXN pesos/kg liveweight. However, over a longer period of time (last 8 weeks), the decrease is about 2.90 MXN pesos/kg liveweight as shown in the table below, writes Fernando Ortiz, Iberoamerican Business Development, Genesus.
Nutriad Appoints Area Managers India
INDIA - Multinational feed additive producer Nutriad announced the appointment of Anand Srivastava and Rajaram Thiyagarajan as Area Managers covering the Indian subcontinent.
Dr Derek Petry Joins Genesus
CANADA - Genesus is pleased to announce the addition of Dr Derek Petry as Chief Development Officer. Dr Petry joins Genesus from Choice Genetics USA, where he served as the CEO and Global Director of R&D.
Your Questions Answered: Upcoming Mycotoxin Webinar
GLOBAL - Our upcoming live webinar on Mycotoxin On-Site Testing and Survey Results scheduled for February 8, 2017 is quickly approaching. Along with hundreds of people having already registered, we received many questions via the online sign-up form.
Prudent Antibiotic Use in Canadian Feed Applications
CANADA - Today we face an onslaught of articles and directives that deal with the use of antibiotics in a myriad of feed and water applications. This is in addition to the therapeutic applications usually administered by veterinarians.
Pork Commentary: Iowa Pork Congress Report
US - Last week, we attended the Iowa Pork Congress, held annually in Des Moines, Iowa. Iowa is the largest hog producing state and has been for decades. The Iowa Pork Congress is the largest of all state trade shows and has many exhibitors. This year, it appears attendance was hampered by a major snowstorm that hit the northern part of Iowa, writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc.
GrowerSELECT Curtain Machine Improvements
Hog Slat’s engineering department says, “In almost every case we can look at existing products and make improvements.”
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Global Pig Industry News


Pork Industry Competitiveness and Sustainability Top Research Priorities
New Government's Approach to Agriculture Cause for Optimism
Hog Markets Shift Attention from Hog Supply to Pork Demand
Increase in Employed Workers in Swine Barns Prompts Changes in Extension
Canada Adds Extra Funds for Key FAO Work on Food Safety

   United States

Rice Bran in Weanling Pig Diets Does Not Reduce Growth Performance
Combination of Strategies Effective at Mitigating Livestock Manure Odour
Planned NAFTA Renegotiation Creates Uncertainty in Pork Markets
Move to Sow Pens will Require the Right People and Greater Training
National Pork Board Searching for the 2017 America’s Pig Farmer


Pig Prices Must Rise for All Irish Producers, says IFA

   United Kingdom

AHDB Webinar to Focus on Meat Sectors' Preparation to Quit EU
Red Tractor Shows Leadership with e-Medicine Book Requirement
UK Pig Meat Sales Still Rising, Unlike Pork
Work Starts on Huge Pig Farm in Northern Ireland


Animal Disease Spread Shown Using Social Network Analysis


Dutch Taskforce Connects Initiatives Against Food Waste

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Quotations Are Pointing Upwards
EU Creates New Platform for Animal Welfare
Project Aims to Bring 'Internet of Things' to Agriculture


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