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Monday 9th July 2018.
Emily Houghton - ThePigSite Editor

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Editor’s weekly picks

DEFEND Europe’s pig herd against ASF

Scientists from The Pirbright Institute are spearheading a 31-member consortium named ‘DEFEND’ which has been awarded €5.6 million by the European Union Horizon 2020 programme to study two viral diseases that are emerging into Europe; African swine fever (ASF) and lumpy skin disease (LSD).

ASF and LSD represent an immediate and serious threat to the pig and cattle industries in Europe and eastern and central Asia. ASF is a highly contagious disease of pigs which causes a haemorrhagic syndrome with up to 100% mortality. Since 2007 it has moved through Eastern Europe due to the spread of infection by wild boar and the absence of a vaccine.

“DEFEND will give us the opportunity to coordinate one of the largest groups of ASF and LSD disease experts and will help us to focus research in a way that will have real impact on the ground. By partnering these 31 varied and specialised organisations we hope to streamline the journey from scientific discoveries to policy implementation that will ultimately help to control these devastating diseases,” says Dr Pip Beard, leading the DEFEND consortium.

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Bureau story triggers historic decision to cut antibiotic use in Mumbai

The Bombay High Court in Mumbai has ordered veterinary drug stores across the state to stop selling antibiotics for use on livestock unless the farmer has a prescription, to prevent the growing problem of drug resistance. Madlen Davies, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, reports.

The order was passed after a Bureau investigation earlier this year revealed at least five companies across India were marketing products containing colistin to farmers to make chickens and pigs grow fatter, a practice known as growth promotion.

Veterinary pharmacies now face fines or having their licenses suspended or revoked if they do not comply with the order.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Two amputations a week: the high cost of working in a US meat plant
Amputations, burns and head trauma are just some of the serious injuries suffered by US meat plant workers every week, according to data analysed by the Guardian and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Africa’s “porkpreneurs”: Stepping up to the challenge of pork imports
In recent times, pork has gained the prominence and prestige of a major industry in Africa, as a provider of employment and food security. Efua Okai discusses the "porkpreneurs" emerging in the African pork industry and how farming is changing lives

Company News

Technology from Hesse for organic enjoyment from Bavaria
The organic sector is booming, and at Packlhof, about 35 kilometres south of Munich, the reason for this is immediately clear to everyone
Jim Long Pork Commentary: US June hogs and pigs report no doubt more pigs!
There is no doubt that the USDA is showing significantly more pigs in inventory. There will be no lack of pork in the near future.
New DanBred breeding goals released
Since LP5 (Living Piglets on day 5 after farrowing) was introduced as a breeding goal, it has contributed to a significant and positive genetic gain and corresponding reproductive ability in the commercial herds
Ceva 'Spotlight The Future' newsletter July 2018
In the second edition of our new swine production and industry newsletter we look forward to IPVS and share insight on the importance of water measurement in swine production.
Møllevang and PIC enter into a strategic relationship
Møllevang, one of Denmark’s leading pig breeding companies, and PIC, the global leader in swine genetics, are pleased to announce that, effective today, the two companies have entered into a strategic relationship.
Nutriad host traditional herring party at VIV Europe
At the VIV in Utrecht (Netherlands) multinational feed additives producer Nutriad once more hosted a traditional herring party. A large group of industry professionals and academics joined the Nutriad team to make this traditional event a great success.
Two tactics to reduce stillborns and improve piglet survival
Piglet survival sets the stage for a hog system’s success. Two midwestern sow operations recently discussed how each achieves high piglet-survival rates by using different techniques to attend farrowing.

Global Pig Industry News


Foot-and-mouth disease: does feed pose a risk?
APHA produces latest ASF update
Pirbright lead €5.6 million consortium to DEFEND against ASF
Do you know your tech? Innovations in swine management could change the way you farm forever


Bureau story triggers historic decision to cut antibiotic use in Mumbai

   United States

Plea from Farmers for Free Trade as trade war heightens
CoBank quarterly economic outlook – trade war takes a toll on ag economy
Eight pork cuts that meet the USDA’s guidelines for ‘lean’ meat

   United Kingdom

NFU President writes to Prime Minister ahead of Chequers meeting
New figures show continued focus on farm safety is needed
Agreement heralds development of new livestock traceability service
Still struggling with BPS applications?
The world of opportunity: Early bird tickets take flight for OFC
Detect foot-and-mouth before it even hits your herd


$18.5 million allocated to fund Swine Innovation Porc for next five years
Animal health unaffected by US antibiotic use regulation changes


Will Ireland’s meat sector survive a hard Brexit?


China’s slumping pork prices: Impacts on the stakeholders

   European Union

The impact of vitamins on swine production

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