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Wednesday 25th July 2018.
Emily Houghton - ThePigSite Editor

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The age of digital epidemiology: tracking ASF worldwide

The International Disease Monitoring (IDM) team is an important group within DEFRA’s Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA). Their function is to keep an eye on exotic new and notifiable animal diseases around the world and make assessments of the risks that they pose to the UK’s livestock industries. They provide advice and recommendations to APHA and wider government on this subject as well as publishing information for the general public.

African swine fever is a concern on the mind of the pig industry, with new cases emerging in Europe weekly. This said, the movement of the disease is being tracked and predicted on a daily basis using epidemiological tracing technology by government agencies, specifically the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) in the UK.

In the case of African Swine Fever (ASF) the official reporting system provides the basis for regularly updated maps of the westward spread of disease across Europe from the Caucasus area over the past 11 years.

Jo Wheeler, Veterinary Advisor at APHA writes.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

The age of digital epidemiology: tracking ASF worldwide
African swine fever is a concern on the mind of the pig industry, with new cases emerging in Europe weekly. This said, the movement of the disease is being tracked and predicted on a daily basis using epidemiological tracing technology by government agencies, specifically the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) in the UK. Jo Wheeler, Veterinary Advisor at APHA writes

Company News

Jim Long Pork Commentary: Market update
The future of U.S. markets especially this fall looks far from optimistic. December hogs in the 40’s would mean lots of people losing upwards of $30-40 per head.
Genesus and Kaiyong Group form a strategic alliance
Genesus is very proud to announce a strategic alliance with Kaiyong Group in Gaoping City, Shanxi Province, P.R. of China.
MSD Animal Health teams with Penn Vet to host swine university to educate young veterinary professionals
MSD Animal Health, a division of Merck & Co., Inc. is proud to host Swine University, in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet), to help educate young veterinary professionals on swine health management and respiratory and reproductive topics.
PCR falls short in monitoring PRRSV transport biosecurity
Transport biosecurity is a growing priority as evidence shows that contaminated livestock trailers are a significant risk in spreading viruses between herds. But reliable tests to confirm biosecurity compliance and effectiveness to inactivate viruses has been a challenge.
Genesus Global Market Report: EU and Spanish Pork markets
With 49.6 million market hogs and about 4.25 million tons of pork produced in 2017, Spain is the fourth largest producer of pork in the world.
Wageningen University and Nutriad present results on butyrate research
Feed additive producer Nutriad, a pioneer in sodium butyrate applications for the animal feed industry, co-financed a research project on the use of butyrate as feed additive.
Pay more attention to your sow herd’s lifeline
One of the most important yet often overlooked segments of the sow herd is the gilt-developer unit. Gilts are the lifeline of a sow herd, and their quality often predicts the future production of the entire herd.
Jim Long Pork Commentary: National Pork Industry Conference report
Last week we attended the National Pork Industry Conference held in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Our report:
Processing fluids helping to fine tune diagnostics in swine herds thought to be PRRS-negative
Collecting aggregate samples of processing fluids during tail docking and castration is proving to be an excellent way to monitor herds for porcine reproductive and respiratory disease (PRRS) virus, Will Lopez, DVM, Iowa State University, told Pig Health Today.
PIC is introducing the PIC®800
PIC, the global leader in swine genetics, is pleased to announce the introduction of the PIC800, the new gold standard for Duroc terminal sires.
2018 Leman Conference features ‘science-based solutions’ for pork production
Nearly a thousand swine veterinarians, producers and industry leaders from the US and 20 other countries are expected to attend the 2018 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota, Sept. 15-18.

Global Pig Industry News

   United Kingdom

Police strategies need to deliver for farmers and rural communities
Mixed outlook for practical rat control from farmers
29 workers killed on farms this year
Farm safety experts pledge to halve accidental deaths


Most countries still using crucial antibiotics to make animals fatter
How can precision feeding save you money and time?

   United States

White House announces Trade Aid for farmers
Gene editing for the future: Are you doing it right?


Thai giant holds off on one pig project, develops another


Bulgaria to build a fence at Romanian border


PigTRACE: Tag prices increasing, half duplex tags available
AgriRisk Initiatives Program is now available under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership
Performance response of piglets to acid-preserved, high-moisture wheat
Minister MacAulay concludes first part of "Growing Canadian Agriculture" tour


Animal welfare cast in bronze by Pork CRC

   European Union

EU pig prices: market situation unchanged

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