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Wednesday 15th August 2018.
Emily Houghton - ThePigSite Editor

Emily Houghton


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Editor’s weekly picks:

The inner workings of a global swine semen facility

Around 50 years ago, John Luscombe was well-known in the UK industry in his capacity as a pig lecturer at Harper Adams Agricultural College. In his book, Pig Husbandry, Luscombe wrote: “AI is extremely useful in introducing new blood without disease risk and also in obtaining the use of top quality boars at moderate cost”. Other producers will wholeheartedly agree with those words, I’m sure. However, Luscombe continued: “I cannot see AI ever being run on economic lines in direct comparison with the costs of keeping a boar”. Luscombe would have to eat his words, as AI has certainly come a long way in the last 50 years.

Glenmarshal Sires Ltd (GS) was established in 1996 by Trevor Shields to distribute the genetics from the Glenmarshal Herd of Pedigree Pigs which he had established in 1976.

A purpose-built, EU-licenced AI centre was built at that time near Kilkeel in County Down, Northern Ireland. Boar accommodation initially had capacity for 32 boars but, following a number of phases of expansion, the centre now holds 140 boars.

Stuart Lumb provides an insight into the facilities and processes of a boar stud and artificial insemination (AI) centre based in Northern Ireland.

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Introducing the new rules on gene-editing in pork production

The recent ruling has been met with outrage, disappointment and concern from the farming industry as the regulation of gene-editing and subsequent labelling of products is to be governed under the badge of GMO (genetically modified organism).

Representatives of the pig industry, including producers, breeders, genetics companies and breeding forums, have voiced their concern over how pork products will now be marketed to consumers and, most importantly, what impact this change will have on demand.

The Pig Site spoke to Ana Granados, European Forum of Farm Animal Breeders (EFFAB) and Farm Animal Breeding and Reproduction Technology Platform (FABRE TP) director, about her views on the recent changes.

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Predicting the impacts of the first ASF outbreak in China

As diagnosed by China Animal Health and Epidemiology Center at 5pm on 2 August 2018, the first suspected case of African swine fever (ASF) has been found in the Liaoning Province of northeastern China. The case was further confirmed by Liaoning Bureau of Animal Health and Production at 11am on 3 August 2018, and it is thought that the infected pig farm has a total stock of 383 pigs with 47 having died from ASF. At the time of reporting, 913 live pigs have been culled in the surrounding area of Shenyang City.

Angela Zhang, IQC Insights, provides a current and future outlook for the economic and health status of China’s pig herd following the disease outbreak.

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Our door is open! If you have any story ideas or burning questions for us, please get in touch – we’ll be happy to put your questions to one of our experts.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

The inner workings of a global swine semen facility
Stuart Lumb provides an insight into the facilities and processes of a boar stud and artificial insemination (AI) centre based in Northern Ireland

Company News

Hypor building for the future
With Hypors’ continued growth in the Americas and around the world, we are enlarging our global nucleus population and reinvesting in our production assets.
Genesus Global Market Report: Canada – Party’s over, now what?
Two months ago Bob Hunsberger, Wallenstein Farm Supply, projected profits for the next 12 months at $10.35 per pig and producer profitability levels $13.29 per pig average producer and $34.30 per pig excellent production at the time. I asked them if we were out of the woods or just whistling pass the graveyard?
PCV3: A challenge independent from PCV2
Anyone involved in raising pigs is aware of porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2), but new on the scene is porcine circovirus type 3 (PCV3). Although the two viruses are both circular DNA viruses in the same family, they are separate and distinct.
Jim Long Pork Commentary: USDA projects record corn yield
Last Friday the USDA came out with a yield prediction of 178.4 bushels per acre. If this is correct it will be a record yield.
Ceva 'Spotlight The Future' newsletter August 2018
In the third edition of our new swine production and industry newsletter we look why age and bodyweight are the most important indicators for economic success.
New antimicrobial regulations present an opportunity for Canadian hog producers
As of 1 December , 2018, all medically important antimicrobials for veterinary use will be sold by prescription only in Canada. MSP[RS] provides an insight into how producers can continue to beat disease in young pigs whilst meeting consumer demand
Treating swine drinking water
Adjusting pH: Part three in the Hogslat series on proper terminal line disinfection and water disinfection
Market not looking very shiny?
Jim Long commentary: A year ago, US 53-54 percent lean hogs were 86¢ lb but last week they were near 66¢ lb. That’s $40 per head less. A huge difference. Pushing close to $100 million less per week for the US industry

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

Pork struggling in USDA outlook for 2018/2019
New research shows efficacy of intravaginal gel in synchronising ovulation in sows

   European Union

EU pig prices: small quantities on offer are pushing up the prices
Introducing the new rules on gene-editing in pork production
EU pig prices: inconsistent quotations – markets pick up courage again


Pork producers encouraged to engage with the public


Could anthrax be the silent killer lurking in your herd?


Pirbright scientists help combat African swine fever – a disease with no vaccine

   United Kingdom

UK Government report on the ASF outbreak in China


APRIL offers $70,000 for IPP delegates

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