African swine fever (ASF), a disease fatal to domestic pigs and wild boar, continues to be found in individual specimens of boar either hunted down or found in Latvia’s inland forests, reported news wire BNS Monday. Altogether Food Research and Safety Institute BIOR laboratories have confirmed 12 new cases in the past ten days, from the Daugavpils district of southern Latgale province as well as from northern Vidzeme province, according to Food and Veterinary Service (PVD) spokeswoman Anna Joffe. This brings the tally so far this year to a total of 167 ASF-infected wild boar. Since September 17, following implementation of strict PVD quarantine and sanitary requirements on domestic pig farms located in the state-of-emergency territories, now expanded almost to the Riga suburbs, no further cases of ASF have been confirmed amongst domestic pigs in Latvia.
Reflecting on 2014 and where it compares to the most profitable year ever depends on if you were hit with porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) and how active you were in hedging production. Looking back 16 months ago most producers would not have been able to hit their 2014 profitability targets. The average 12-month return was between $10 and $15 per head profit. Many producers did hold off from hedging all production at that level and we should see a range of profitability between $20 and $30 per head for most producers in 2014.
With that said, I believe producers’ financial position by year-end 2015 will be much better than in 2007 prior to expansion, high corn costs and H1N1. With the current cost structure and depending on when a producer placed hedges, you can safely anticipate profits of $30 to $40 per head-plus for 2015. With that level of profitability, most operations will have little if no operating debt in 2015. The question remains: how or where should you deploy the excess capital and what are the risks associated with that decision?
Corn and soybean futures were lower near midday on Monday as the 2014 harvests wind down.
Weekly export inspections were better than expected for soybeans and wheat, while the corn numbers fell short.
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A nationwide outbreak of foot and mouth disease; an invasion of a devastating wheat disease; our honeybees completely wiped out. These are just three possible disastrous scenarios facing Australia; they’re considered in the Australia’s Biosecurity Future report published today by CSIRO and its partners.
Intensifying and expanding agriculture, biodiversity loss, and more people and goods moving around the world are the “megatrends” driving what we have called “megashocks” — new outbreaks of diseases and pests.
These three events alone could not only cost Australia’s economy billions of dollars, but would also devastate our agricultural industries and environment and severely alter our way of life.
How well prepared is Australia, and how would our biosecurity system cope with such a situation?
For example, governments and farmers near Katherine in the Northern Territory are mounting an emergency response to deal with an outbreak of a new disease — Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus — and while this virus is not likely to create headlines, it is devastating crops, severely affecting the NT farming community financially and threatening industries elsewhere in Australia.
An ever-hungrier world
As part of the drive to help feed the world, Australia will have to increase agricultural production — both through intensification and expansion. Both of these processes could expose new biosecurity challenges.
In order to meet the demand for dairy products, the sector needs to access the most advanced technical expertise, products and cattle species available. Till recently, the external source was blocked since, in June 2001, Pakistan had imposed a ban on the import of livestock from BSE (mad cow disease) infected countries. Fortunately, now the ministry of commerce has permitted the import of livestock from the countries that have been declared as having “negligible risk” by the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) and shall be allowed if the animals are only from such herds where no incidence of BSE has been reported for the last 11 years. This fact shall be certified by the veterinary authority of the exporting country concerned. Since Pakistan has been looking for a reliable, one-stop solution provider for the dairy industry in Pakistan, it may be prudent to look at Dutch cattle, which have high international repute.
The government has issued a Statewide alert following the confirmation of an outbreak of avian flu (bird flu) in two districts.
Minister for Animal Husbandry K.P. Mohanan said here on Monday that the H5 Avian Influenza virus had been confirmed in samples sent to the High Security Animal Disease (HSAD) Laboratory, Bhopal. The strain spreads between birds and can potentially affect humans.
A communication issued by H.R. Khanna, Assistant Commissioner, Union Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (DADF), directed the State to carry out control and containment operations in the wake of the outbreak. The State has been asked to constitute teams for the purpose. A red alert has been issued in Kottayam and Alappuzha districts where the disease outbreak was noticed in ducks. Four panchayats, Aimanam, Purakkad, Kumarakom, and Thalavadi have been affected.
Thiruvananthapuram: With lab tests confirming avian influenza to be the cause of mass death of ducks in parts of Kerala, a red alert has been sounded in Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta and Kottayam districts to restrict movement of poultry and allied products.
The tests of samples of dead birds conducted in Bhopal Hightech Laboratory had confirmed that avian influenza was the cause of the death of over 15,000 ducks in parts of Kuttanad area in Alappuzha District, a top official of state Animal Husbandry Department said.
A team of veterinarians had already been deputed to the affected areas to take necessary measures to contain the spread of the disease, Director-in-Charge of the department, Dr V Brhamanandan said.
Surveillance had been stepped up around 10 km of the areas from where the mass death of ducks had been reported recently.
Also, the transportation of egg and duck meat from these places had been stopped, he said.
Over 15,000 ducks had died at Thalavadi and Purakkad in the Kuttanad area in recent days.
A bioterrorist attack or swine flu-like pandemic.
Incursion of a new wheat disease or fruit fly crippling crops.
An outbreak of foot and mouth or bluetongue disease, devastating farmers.
Some scenarios sound like a plot from a Hollywood disaster movie, but these "megashocks" could pose a real threat to Australian biosecurity, the CSIRO says.
In a report into Australia's biosecurity system, released on Tuesday, the scientific body outlines 12 potential megashocks it thinks could hit Australia in the next 20 or 30 years.
The CSIRO wants to spark debate about Australia's preparedness for future threats, saying it can't rely on past success in remaining pest- and disease-free.
The report details five trends that will put pressure on Australia's biosecurity system, such as a growing global demand for food and its impact on production, bigger urban populations, and increased movement of goods and people around the world.
Should it become complacent, Australia risks megashocks similar to the SARS epidemic or the 2001 UK foot-and-mouth outbreak, it says.
US - An outbreak of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv) has been confirmed on a farm in Waianae Valley, the first in the state of Hawaii.
The Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) has issued a quarantine order stopping the movement of pigs on Oahu after an outbreak of PEDv was confirmed on a farm in Waianae Valley. PEDv causes significant sickness in swine and causes high mortality in piglets.
A week ago, the farm called HDOA’s Animal Disease Control Branch to report many cases of diarrhea among their swine. State veterinarians took samples from the farm and sent them to the Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Confirmation of PEDv was received late last week.
Disease control measures have been instituted on the farm, which has a total of about 150 pigs. About 25 per cent of the pigs (mainly piglets) died last week. However, it appears that the remaining pigs are recovering and no deaths have occurred on the farm since the weekend. It is not known at this point how the virus may have come to Hawaii; however, the farm did not import any swine.
The CSIRO, Australia’s peak science body, has launched a study, Australia’s Biosecurity Future, about potential biosecurity threats.
The research is all about preparing for future biological challenges which could devastate Australia’s agricultural industries, economy and environment and could severely alter our way of life.
Experts warn that the 12 biosecurity megashocks identified in the report could turn into reality if we become complacent about biosecurity.
The CSIRO report says the number of factors placing pressure on Australia’s biosecurity system continues to grow.
Trends relating to agricultural expansion and intensification, urbanisation and changing consumer expectations, global trade and travel, biodiversity pressures, and declining resources could lead to a future where existing processes and practices relating to biosecurity are not sufficient.
(The article lists the 12 potential megashocks which includes: incursions of terrestrial and aquatic animal, human and plant diseases, antimicrobial resistance, decline in honey bee populations, and bioterrorism)