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Co-operation to Prevent Zoonosis

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

HUNGARY - A conference was held early last month to facilitate the control of diseases transmissible from animals to humans.

 

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Review Vaccination Procedures, Says ACMC

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

UK - It is well worth while periodically reviewing vaccination procedures with the pig farm staff actually giving the injections, including their technique, accurate dosage — ensuring automatic syringes are set correctly — and route of administration (site of injection), advises ACMC veterinary consultant, Paul Thompson.

 

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Hog Outlook: PEDV Impact Pushing Summer Hog Futures Contracts

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

US - Canada has announced its second case of the PED virus, also in Ontario. The US ended 2013 with PED on 2,000 farms and has added another 600 this month. The impact of the virus is pushing summer hog futures contracts close to record highs, write Ron Plain and Scott Brown.

 

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CME: Weights Real 'Supply Story' for Hogs in 2014

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

US - We’ve sort of been beef-centric in The Daily Livestock Report in recent days — at least when we weren’t talking about the Farm Bill. And for good reason. When prices of any products of interest reach record levels, the occasion is worthy of attention, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

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African Swine Fever Outbreak in Ukraine

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

UKRAINE - The Ukrainian veterinary authorities have reported an outbreak of African swine fever at a pig farm in Lugansk.

 

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Advance Warning Gives Pork Producers Advantage in Addressing PED

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

CANADA - A Manitoba swine veterinarian says the advantage Canadian swine producers have had over their US counterparts in dealing with Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea is they've had considerable advance warning that the virus is coming, Bruce Cochrane writes.

 

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Russian Ban Could Hit Pig Prices

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

RUSSIA - Russia has turned down a proposal by the European Commission to exclude pig meat export certificates for the six regions of Lithuania most at risk from African swine fever.

 

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Environmental Agency Awards Almost $9M to Improve Water Quality

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

US - US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy has announced grants to four research institutions for innovative and sustainable water research to manage harmful nutrient pollution. Nutrient pollution is one of America's most widespread, costly and challenging environmental problems, and is caused by excess nitrogen and phosphorus in waterways.

 

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Recognition for Exceptional Contribution to Scottish Pig Industry

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

UK - The 2014 Ed Rainy Brown Memorial Award has been presented to an inspirational figure in the Scottish pig industry, Sandy Howie.

 

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Global Feed & Food Congress to Take Place in Turkey in 2016

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

TURKEY - The 5th Global Feed & Food Congress (GFFC) will be held in Antalya, Turkey, on 18 to 20 April 2016.

 

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HS2 Proposal 'Fails to Consider' Question of Business Sustainability

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

UK - Consultation on Phase Two of the HS2 high-speed rail project has failed to consider the fundamental question of whether farming businesses will be sustainable through the disruption and uncertainty caused by its construction, the NFU has said.

 

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Denmark to Export Organic Pork to China

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

DENMARK - Friland A/S, which has been part of Danish Crown since 1999, has received approval from the Chinese authorities to export organic pig meat to the country.

 

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MEP Calls for Complete Country-of-Origin Labelling for Pork, Chicken

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

EU - A UK Member of the European Parliament (MEP) has demanded that all meat should have full country of origin labelling, adding pork and chicken to the existing coverage for beef.

 

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ESPHM Delegates Invited to Register for Social Event

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

ITALY - The Symposium Party for the European Symposium of Porcine Health Management (ESPHM) will be held on 8 May; delegates are invited by the organisers to register for this social event.

 

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PED: New Virus Strains Detected in US Pigs

Sun, 02 Feb 2014

US - The viruses from five cases of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) recently investigated by Iowa State University have a different gene sequence from those investigated since April 2013, showing greater similarity to strains isolated in China between 2004 and 2012.

 

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PED-Positive Submissions: Another Record Increase Set in US

Sun, 02 Feb 2014

US - The total number of swine accessions and diagnostic case submissions testing positive for the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) virus now stands at 2,692, writes Jackie Linden. The increase in the number of swine samples testing positive for the virus has set another new record for the latest week.

 

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PED Virus Survives More Than One Week in Drinking Water

Sun, 02 Feb 2014

US - The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv) retained infectivity in drinking water for more than one week, according to new research.

 

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Ontario Counts Five PED Outbreaks in Pigs

Sat, 01 Feb 2014

CANADA - As of 31 January, five outbreaks of Porcine Epidmeic Diarrhoea (PED) have now been confirmed in the province, in addition to positive tests for the virus at three pig handling facilities.

 

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African Swine Fever Control Measures in Force

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

EU - The European Commission has confirmed the demarcation of the area of Lithuania affected by African swine fever infected and where emergency restrictions now apply.

 

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Pig Meat, Poultry Sustainability Schemes Set for 2014

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

IRELAND - 2014 is set to be the year of sustainability for Ireland’s farming sector. New pig meat and poultry sustainability schemes, similar to the current dairy and beef schemes, are at an advanced stage.

 

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Forecast Shows Weather Still Affecting Farm Incomes

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

UK - Weather conditions have again had a significant impact on farm incomes, according to new figures out this week.

 

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Brazilian Pork Association Forecasts Stable Pig Meat Output in 2014

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

BRAZIL - The Brazilian Association of Producers and Exporters of Pork (ABIPECS) estimates that production this year will be stable, with 3.46 million tonnes compared to 3.43 million tonnes in 2013.

 

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Angola, Brazil, FAO Sign South-South Cooperation Agreement

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

ANGOLA & BRAZIL - Angola, Brazil and FAO are to work closely together to strengthen food security in the Southern African country by boosting its agricultural and veterinary research.

 

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Federal Govt Provides Emergency Access to PED Vaccine for Hogs

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

CANADA - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced yesterday (30 January) that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is prepared to issue permits to authorise veterinarians to import the iPED+ vaccine for use in Canadian pig herds.

 

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DAPP Rises, Helping Contract Prices

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

UK - The (long live the) DAPP rose to 167.89p which will help contract prices. Spot base up 2p to 160p - more in places, writes Peter Crichton in his Traffic Lights commentary for 30 January 2014.

 

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Europe Failing Consumers over Animal Welfare

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

EU - Lamentable efforts at enforcing recent animal welfare legislation means that Europe is ill-serving its consumers and undermining the excellent standards being met on those Scottish and UK farms producing pigs and eggs.

 

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Govt Funding Looks to Tighten up More Abattoirs

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

MEXICO – The quantity of goods carrying the Federally inspected slaughter (TIF) logo is set to further lift after the government confirmed 650 million pesos for abattoirs.

 

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Pork Council to Mobilise PED Strategic Task Force

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

CANADA - Canada’s first case of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) virus was found on an Ontario farm last week. The Canadian Pork Council has taken steps to mobilise a PED Strategic Task Force that will bring key players together to standardise efforts across Canada.

 

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Pork Producers Advised to Ensure Biosecurity Plans Active, Ongoing

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

CANADA - Ontario's chief veterinary officer is encouraging pork producers to ensure biosecurity plans are active and ongoing as they work to protect their herds from Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

African Swine Fever Confirmed in Lithuania

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

LITHUANIA - African Swine Fever (ASF) has been confirmed in wild boar in Lithuania, the first case of the disease in the European Union.

 

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New Staff Appointment for JSR’s Agricultural Consultancy Business

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

RUSSIA - The JSR Group has welcomed a new staff member to its agricultural consultancy business, Checkfarm, to help oversee its farm management services in Russia.

 

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Novus Celebrates 30 Years of ALIMET Production

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

US - 30 Years ago, this week, the first load of ALIMET® shipped out of the Chocolate Bayou Manufacturing Facility near Alvin, Texas.

 

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New Administration Option Now Available with Zoetis RespiSure-ONE

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

US - Zoetis is giving swine veterinarians and pork producers another on-label vaccination option by making RespiSure-ONE available for a two-dose protocol.

 

Spain: Hog Markets

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

SPAIN - Spain closed last year with market prices that supposedly would be the lowest in the year, writes Fernando Ortiz, Genesus Ibero-America Business Development.

 

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Feed Survey Reports Slight Increase in Global Feed Production in 2013

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

GLOBAL - Results from the 2014 Global Feed Tonnage Survey released this week revealed a one per cent increase in feed production, with global feed tonnage reporting in at 963 million metric tonnes, up from 954 million metric tonnes last year.

 

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Feed Regulators and Industry Discuss Critical Issues

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

GLOBAL - The 7th Annual International Feed Regulators Meeting (IFRM) organized by the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) brought together feed industry representatives and government officials from around the world together with IFIF and the FAO to discuss critical issues facing the feed sector.

 

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Truck Traffic Poses Greatest Risk for Spread of PED

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

CANADA - The manager of the Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network says truck traffic coming from the US and now local truck traffic from infected areas in Ontario pose the greatest risk for the spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea, according to Bruce Cochrane.

 

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Meat Export Federation Supports Farm Bill

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

US - The US Meat Export Federation (USMEF), an organisation charged with increasing the value and profitability of the US beef, pork and lamb industries by enhancing demand in international markets, strongly supports The Agricultural Act of 2014 – the farm bill that was advanced from conference committee earlier this week and approved by the House of Representatives on a vote of 251 to 166.

 

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Campaign Group Urges Greek Presidency to Prioritise Animal Welfare

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

GREECE - Eurogroup for Animals has launched a Memorandum outlining its position on animal welfare related policies that will be discussed as part of the Greek presidency of the Council of the European Union and it will be formally presented to the Presidency on 30 January 2014.

 

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Jobs Go as Pork Processor Shifts to Otago

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

NEW ZEALAND - South Canterbury's award-winning pork producer, Havoc Pork, is closing its Waimate processing operations tomorrow (Friday, 31 January).

 

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2014 Veterinary Society Congress Extends Deadline for Abstracts

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

MEXICO - Last week, the Scientific Committee for the 23rd International Pig Veterinary Society (IPVS) Congress, to be held 8 to 11 June 2014 in Cancun, Mexico, announced that the deadline for abstract submission is 31 January at 11:59 PM Mexico City local time.

 

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Deputy Minister Responds to Pig Allegations

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

SOUTH AFRICA - Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant was under the impression that fresh water was always provided to the pigs on his farm in Warrenton, in the Northern Cape, his spokesman said on Wednesday.

 

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House Passes Farm Bill, Union Praises Efforts

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

US - The US House of Representatives passed the H.R. 2642, the Agricultural Act of 2014, by a 251-166 vote yesterday (29 January) morning.

 

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Farmers Union Encouraged by President's Address on Energy

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

US - The National Farmers Union (NFU) is encouraged by the president’s commitment to our country’s energy future, said NFU President Roger Johnson following President Obama’s State of the Union address.

 

Wrong Picture Painted over Antibiotic Use

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

US - The animal agriculture industry has wrongly been painted as being irresponsible in its use of antibiotics, writes Chris Harris from the International Production and Processing Exhibition (IPPE) in Atlanta.

 

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Pig Producers Urged to Review Defence Against Disease

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

UK - BPEX is urging pig producers to review biosecurity to protect their herds against devastating diseases, including African Swine Fever (ASF) and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) virus, which have both spread to new countries this week.

 

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CME: Canada, Mexico Play Huge Role in US Pork, Beef Markets

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

US - The timely completion of US farm legislation (ie. The Farm Bill) appears to be in grave doubt. The houses of Congress had passed different versions of the legislation and a conference committee was charged with reconciling those differences and arriving at a final bill that would then go back to each chamber for a simply yes-no vote. No further modifications would be allowed, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

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Alliance Launches New Interactive, Mobile-friendly Web Site

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

US - The Animal Agriculture Alliance has unveiled a new website, the product of an almost nine-month redesign effort focused on providing Alliance members, media and consumers with the most relevant, up-to-date and pertinent information in an easily navigable and mobile-friendly format.

 

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Rotting Zebra Bacteria Can Kill Anthrax

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

NAMIBIA – A zebra carcass has yielded a team of bacteriologists with a possible solution to anthrax bacillus.

 

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Union Calls on Congress to Pass 2014 Farm Bill This Week

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

US - The National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson, under direction from the NFU Board of Directors, sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker of the House John Boehner calling for the 2014 Farm Bill to be called up and voted on this week.

 

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Pork Producers Assured PED Controllable

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

CANADA - The manager of the Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network says, by maintaining the focus on biosecurity, there is opportunity for pork producers to protect their herds from Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea, according to Bruce Cochrane.

 

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New Test Now Offered at Texas Medical Laboratory

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

US - The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory in Amarillo now offers a polymerase chair reaction (PCR) test for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV).

 

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Employment Law Workshops for Pig Producers

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

UK - To help avoid potentially expensive pitfalls, BPEX is holding workshops to help pig producers understand employment law, with the next one planned for 27 February in Bury St Edmunds.

 

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New English Web Sites Provides Wider Access to Information

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

CANADA - A project manager with CDPQ says a new English version of the organisation's web site will allow the rest of Canada easier access to swine research being conducted in Quebec, Bruce Cochrane writes.

 

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Deputy Minister Ordered to Clean up Pig Sty

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

SOUTH AFRICA - The SPCA in Kimberley has warned the deputy minister of mineral resources, Godfrey Oliphant, to clean up his pig farm at Warrenton, in the Northern Cape, or face losing the animals.

 

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Tips for Livestock Farmers as Weather Turns Harsh

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

US - When Minnesota's weather turns extreme, the pressure is on for livestock farmers.

 

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Initial Read of Farm Bill Conference Report Pleases Farmers Union

Tue, 28 Jan 2014

US - The 2014 Farm Bill Conference Committee has released its latest report "The Agricultural Act of 2014".

 

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EU Pig Prices: Trend Continues to Stay Positive

Tue, 28 Jan 2014

EU - The trend continues to be positive on the European slaughter pig market this week.

 

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Pig Health Scheme Extended until 2015

Tue, 28 Jan 2014

UK - The BPEX Pig Health Scheme (BPHS) has been extended for a further 12 months, the BPEX board has confirmed, following discussions at its last meeting.

 

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Mexico Declared Free of Aujeszky's Disease

Tue, 28 Jan 2014

MEXICO - For the hog production sector, valued at 473 million pesos, the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) has declared Mexico free of Aujeszky's disease.