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ThePigSite Newsletter - 11 June 2018

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Monday 11th June 2018.
Emily Houghton - ThePigSite Editor

Emily Houghton



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The months of June and July will be focussed on swine diseases – prevention, management and treatment. We will be talking to swine health specialists and industry experts to bring you the latest news and research in swine health.

Have any burning questions about your herd that you’d like a disease expert to answer? Send your questions and photos to, and they will be put to one of our specialist advisors.

Editor’s weekly picks:

Pig immunology breakthrough of the century
“It is this synergy between human and veterinary research which has advanced pig immunology to where it is now. We have now moved pig immunology up into the same level of detail that we’ve achieved with mouse and human immunology. We’re hopeful and optimistic that we will develop better strategies to dealing with infectious diseases using the tools that we have now developed.”

Last week, it was announced that immunology scientists from a number of British research institutions have made a breakthrough in swine immunology that has been over 20 years in the making. The Pig Site spoke to Dr Bryan Charleston, viral immunology researcher at The Pirbright Institute for preventing and controlling viral diseases, to learn more about what this advancement in swine immunology entails and how it will benefit the pig industry for the foreseeable future.

Click here for the full interview

A new age of farming: are we embracing our technology?
“The challenge posed by antibiotic reduction will continue to be a key focus for the pig industry until the target date of 2022, and potentially beyond. However, we have seen producers really rise to meet this challenge with the latest figures showing that usage has halved over the past two years. This data was taken from the

“AHDB’s electronic medicine book (eMB), a project which ABN has collaborated with the AHDB on, to make recording data as easy as possible for our customers.

“As the targets become harder to achieve year-on-year, we believe by enabling our customers to streamline data transfer and to monitor usage in one place, they can demonstrate the proactive changes that they’re making.”

The Pig Site speaks to Bob Dixon, ABN national sales manager, about the challenges that the livestock industry is facing, and how ABN is addressing such issues through partnership and innovation.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

A new age of farming: are we embracing our technology?
The Pig Site speaks to Bob Dixon, ABN national sales manager, about the challenges that the livestock industry is facing, and how ABN is addressing such issues through partnership and innovation

Company News

World Pork Expo: Genesus' Jim Long Comments on China, Russia, Pork Tariffs
Speaking live from the 2018 World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, Jim Long, president and CEO of Genesus, shares his international view of pig prices and demand along with the impact of tariffs on US pork
Nutriad starts distribution in Japan
Multinational specialty feed additives producer Nutriad announced it has reached an agreement with Watanabe Chemicals to distribute its’ products in Japan.
Rapid Response Corps poised to investigate transboundary swine disease outbreaks
The US pork industry learned a big lesson after the porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) outbreak in 2013.
Pig Health Today lines up video interviews with top experts at WPX
At least 30 swine-health experts from Iowa State University, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, and trend watchers will be interviewed on camera over the next three days as part of Pig Health Today’s news coverage of the 2018 World Pork Expo.
PMI reveals three trends in feed additives
USA, 6 June 2018 - From acidifiers to yeast, the feed additive market is booming, but the best is yet to come
Wageningen Bioveterinary Research and Ceva form strategic alliance to counter global threat of emerging and re-emerging diseases
Wageningen Bioveterinary Research (WBVR) and Ceva Santé Animale (Ceva) announced a new collaboration to develop veterinary vaccines for the control of (re)emerging infectious animal diseases, such as Rift Valley fever and Influenza.
Jim Long Pork Commentary: World Pork Expo week.
This week is the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa. Held every year in the first full week of June at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The Expo will have close to 20,000 people attend and visit the many Pork Industry Exhibitors, enjoy the multiple barbecues and participate in other industry related events.
All health, all the time
Pig Health Today to mark first anniversary at 2018 World Pork Expo
Genesus Global Technical Report: Another genomic tool for improving litter size
Litter size is a very important factor determining sow profitability. A major limitation for increasing litter size is embryonic loss that occurs during the 2nd to 3rd week of gestation (Geisert and Schmitt, 2002, J Anim Sci. 80, E54-E65).
Novus International announces investment review of Beaumont, Texas site for manufacturing expansion
Novus International, Inc., a global leader in animal health and nutrition solutions, confirms an in-depth investment review with its partner Arkema, Inc. to expand the manufacturing capacity at Arkema’s plant in Beaumont, Texas, USA.
Zoetis briefs pig industry on Suvaxyn® PRRS MLV
Following its launch in January, Zoetis has released the results of a series of studies around the biological properties of Suvaxyn® PRRS MLV, an innovative vaccine containing a modified live European Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) virus strain

Global Pig Industry News


World Biogas Expo 2018
Pig immunology breakthrough of the century

   United States

NFU appreciates senate ag leadership work on Farm Bill
World Pork Expo: Biomin's Digestarom focuses on growing, finishing pigs
New cross-border MCFA opportunity announced at World Pork Expo
Accurate Labels Act introduced
PMI reveals three trends in feed additives
Tonisity introduces Pink2Purple: First isotonic protein and electrolyte drink
Optimism drives farmer sentiment higher; producers weigh-in on farm bill and crop insurance
US antibiotics sales for pork rival those for people, yet diseases in herds are rising
Science advances with MCFA set to power swine production into the future

   United Kingdom

RSPCA response to EFRA report The Future of Food, Farming and the Environment
NFU responds to Efra report on the future of food and farming
NFU lifts the lid on the IPM toolbox at industry summit
Pigs as universal flu vaccine models

   European Union

EU continues to top global agri-food trade
EU budget: New Single Market programme to empower and protect Europeans
Progress made, but take-up of ultra-fast broadband still significantly behind target, say EU Auditors


Mexico to impose retaliatory tariffs on pork products


Governments highlight funded activities for Manitoba agri-processors
PEDv update: 6 confirmed cases in Southeastern Manitoba


Poultry and swine production resumes in Brazil

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