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Newsletter 9th January 2006

Monday 9th January 2006
Merial Intervet Schering-Plough Animal Health

Big Dutchman
PIC - Tailored to local markets Alpharma Animal Health
Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica UK Arato - High Quality Pig Drinkers DuPont Animal Health Solutions JSR Genetics
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Welcome to our first newsletter of 2006.
As we commence the new year the team at would like to take the opportunity to wish all our global readers every success for 2006 and to thank our growing list of Sponsors, Partners and Advertisers who enable us to continue to provide our free-to-access information service.

During 2005 ThePigSite has continued to be recognised as the leading global reference point for all those involved with swine at all levels of investment or interest, with overall readership increasing by 30%, non of which could have happened without the support of the sponsors, partners and advertisers on the site. As such, we would like to take this opportunity of thanking them for their much appreciated support:

Our Main Sponsors now represent some of the world's leading companies in their field and are to be particularly thanked for their support (in no particular order):

Intervet kindly sponsor Intervet part of Akzo Nobel, was founded in 1969 and developed into a modern animal health company with a strong focus on the market and its customers. Intervet is a global leader in the field of pig vaccines with a presence in more than 58 countries. The extensive Porcilis range of pig vaccines includes among others, vaccines against the key swine diseases (APP, PRRS, Parvovirus, Erysipelas). Intervet joined the site in 2004 and are based in Boxmeer, Netherlands.
PIC International kindly sponsor PIC International, recently acquired by Genus, is the global market leader for improved pig breeding stock. PIC aims to make pork production more profitable for its producer customers, provide better meat for processors and packers while providing the taste and safety in pork that consumers demand. With offices in over 30 countries around the world, PIC uses its global resouces to focus on individual market requirements.
Schering-Plough Animal Health kindly sponsor Schering-Plough Animal Health joined the site in 2003 and are committed to helping the swine producer and large animal veterinarian maintain a healthy and productive herd. SPAH's comprehensive line of swine products has been proven safe, reliable, and effective. Schering-Plough Animal Health are headquartered in New Jersey, U.S.A.
Merial kindly sponsor Merial is the world's leading and most successful animal health company producing a wide range of pharmaceuticals and vaccines to keep livestock and pets healthy and productive. An innovation-driven leader, Merial has the largest research & development investment in the animal health industry with seventeen research and development centres around the world. Merial is jointly owned by Merck & Co., Inc. and Aventis S.A.
Alpharma Animal Health kindly sponsor Alpharma Animal Health Division joined the site in 2004 and is a global leader in the development, registration, manufacturing and marketing of pharmaceutical products and technologies for food producing animals. These products maintain good health and robust growth, enhance production efficiency and treat disease. Alpharma AHD are based at Fort Lee, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Big Dutchman kindly sponsor Big Dutchman joined the site this year and is the supplier of housing equipment for the industry, and it makes no difference whether the farm is raising eighty, three hundred, or twenty thousand animals. Big Dutchman has planned and carried out feeding systems and housing equipment for modern pig management across five continents and in more than 100 countries since 1938 and has everything to meet every producers needs.
Boehringer Ingelheim UK kindly sponsor Boehringer Ingelheim, is the largest family owned pharmaceutical corporation - and joined the site in 2003. Vetmedica is the animal health division of Boehringer Ingelheim. They produce a range of products for both the prevention and treatment of a number of diseases in pigs, such as their new oral vaccine Enterisol® Ileitis, which provides a long-lasting immunity and protects from damage caused by ileitis.
JSR Genetics kindly sponsor JSR Genetics joined the site in 2003, is a member of the JSR Farming Group and one of the world's leading pig genetics companies. It was formed when three leading genetics houses were merged - JSR Healthbred, JSR Newsham and The Cotswold Pig Development Company - and provides pig producers around the world with a range of products, services and a wide choice of top quality breeding stock and semen. JSR Genetics are based at Driffield, Yorkshire, U.K.
Arato kindly sponsor Arato manufacture pig drinkers such as the innovative Arato V drinker. The benefit of the V drinker to you is clear: less work and lower costs coupled with better performance from your animals. With the V drinker from Arato, you get an outstanding product at a favourable price. Arato Pig Drinkers and other products are available world-wide.
Dupont Animal Health Solutions (DAHS) kindly sponsor Dupont Animal Health Solutions was formed in 2004 following Dupont's strategic acquisition of the animal health assets of leading biosecurity companies Antec International and BioSentry. Antec International was a founding Sponsor of our site. DAHS is managed in four key global locations - Sudbury U.K., Atlanta U.S.A., Sao Paolo Brazil and Taipei Taiwan.
Park Tonks kindly sponsor Park Tonks Ltd. is a U.K. formulator and manufacturer of nutritional supplements for animal health and features ApeelMatrix and Viramatrix - supplement feeds providing natural health benefits for growing pigs.
Park Tonks are based at Gt. Abington, Cambridge, U.K. and were a sponsor on the site during 2005.


In addition we also wish to recognise and thank our site Partners who continue to provide valuable support and make their technical knowledge and services known to our site readers:

2005 was a very busy year for which saw the site go from strength to strength. Visitor traffic has boomed and as can be seen from above - several new sponsors, partners and advertisers joined the site.

Web site traffic up 30%

The site continued to attract significantly greater numbers of visitors as the year progressed with the average number of monthly visits to the site increasing from just over 140,000 in 2004 to over 182,000 in 2005 - an increase of 30%.

For a detailed look at the site's traffic information click here.

What's in store for 2006?

Within the next quarter ThePigSite is due to be completely upgraded. We have been working on this project for the last 4 months, and the upgrade will result in some revised layouts and functionality, easier navigation and quicker loading pages along with better search functionality and completely new forum software. There will also be significant benefits for sponsors, partners and advertisers who will be able to access detailed statistics on the performance of their marketing.

* This Week's News

Sorry, there is no news summary this week. However all the news over the festive period can be reviewed here. This includes the final Hogs and Pigs report for the US, swine fever in South Africa, the EU antibiotics ban and much much more...

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

U.S.D.A Quarterly Pigs and Hogs Report: December 2005
This quarter's quarterly Hogs and Pigs report from the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The article provides the report text and graphs, and helps explain what it all means. Link also to the full PDF report.

Got Sow Milk? Low milk supply hinders piglet growth and survival
By Sarah Fischer, Ontario Pork - For pre-weaned piglets, getting a full belly can be quite a challenge. Starvation is the cause of nearly half of all piglet deaths - a problem stemming from poor sow lactation. Now, researchers are seeking ways to combat this problem by increasing sows' milk producing capabilities.

Marketing 'Niche Pork'
By Dr Morgan Morrow, North Carolina State University - Consumers have recently shown a surge of interest in purchasing pork and other agricultural products that are not produced by corporations or those using large-scale farming techniques, for example, the use of antibiotics or pesticides. Producers who market this “niche pork” have a long way to go before they can satisfy consumer expectations, particularly in terms of product identification and traceability.

Humidity Control Strategies for Winter Conditions
By Marina Lambert, Stéphane P. Lemay, Liliane Chénard, Ernest M. Barber, Trever Crowe and published by the Prairie Swine Center - Most control systems used in swine facilities are temperature controlled, relying on a constant minimum ventilation rate (MVR) for relative humidity (RH) and contaminant controls during the cold season.

UK Pig Disease Quarterly Surveillance Report (to September 2005)
By Veterinary Laboratories Agency - This report monitors trends in the major endemic pig diseases and utilises the farmfile and VIDA (Veterinary Investigation Disease Analysis) databases. The report is compiled using disease data gathered by the network of 15 VLA regional laboratories which carry out disease investigation in the field.

The Indiana Hog Industry: Trends and Economic Importance
By Indiana Pork Producers Association - The Indiana hog industry represents a major contributor to the overall Indiana economy, contributing $738 million in farm cash receipts to the state economy in 2004, 12 percent of the total farm cash receipts.

That's all for this week, back to normal service next week!

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