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Welcome to our first newsletter of 2007.

As we commence the new year the team at would like to take the opportunity to wish all our global readers every success for 2007 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 2006 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. As ever, our readership continued to grow throughout the year, none 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 represent some of the world's leading companies in their field and are to be particularly thanked for their support (in no particular order):

PIC International kindly sponsor PIC International, now part of the Genus Group, 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.
Big Dutchman kindly sponsor Big Dutchman 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.
Schering-Plough Animal Health kindly sponsor Schering-Plough Animal Health 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.
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 (m.hyo), PRRS, Parvovirus, Erysipelas.
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.
Alpharma kindly sponsor Alpharma Animal Health is a global leader in the development, registration, manufacturing and marketing of pharmaceutical products and technologies for food producing animals.
Through prudent use, these various products maintain good health and robust growth, enhance productive efficiency and treat disease. They are integral, health-management tools, necessary to meet the world’s growing demand for a safe, abundant and affordable food supply
Dupont Animal Health Solutions (DAHS) kindly sponsor Dupont Animal Health Solutions - The combined synergies of DuPont Animal Health Solutions offers biosecurity excellence for livestock and aquaculture producers, enhanced by DuPont science. The new organization continues to maintain the well-recognized premier biosecurity products and programs and outstanding personalized service from both Antec and BioSentry.
JSR Genetics kindly sponsor JSR Genetics 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.
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 through distributors and direct from the manufacturer.


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:

Automated Production Systems Automated Production Systems Automated Production Systems offers a complete selection of swine production equipment including feeders and waters, ventilation and heating equipment, feed storage and delivery, flooring, confinement and more! AP also offers ventilation and watering equipment for dairy and horticulture applications. Make AP your source for quality equipment.
ACMC ACMC supply genetically-advanced breeding stock to farmers all over the world who want to benefit from the company's exclusive breeds! ACMC are specialists in pig breed development and genetic improvement via selective breeding.
Hypor Hypor, one of the world's leading suppliers of swine genetics, is committed to providing superior genetics which supports profitablity in the pork meat value chain. Hypor B.V. is a part of Euribrid, the breeding division of Nutreco which comprises four dedicated breeding companies, each focusing on its own specific species – broilers, layers, turkeys and pigs
CHR Hansen CHR Hansen supplies innovative, well-researched and effective products, with the specific aim of providing reliable solutions to the animal health and nutrition industry worldwide. Chr. Hansen’s products provide livestock producers with solutions that maintain a healthy and balanced intestinal microflora that can result in better profitability.
PigCHAMP PigCHAMP's line of products is an integrated and innovative suite of user-friendly and powerful management tools for the swine industry. Used worldwide by producers, veterinarians, pig health and management consultants, it is a leader in swine data collection, management and interpretation that gives you the clearest vision of your operation available today.
CID LINES CID LINES, the manufacturer of VIROCID®, has been focusing on innovative hygiene solutions for pig farmers for more than 15 years, In today's production world, an efficient and continuous disinfection is a top priority. Virulent diseases not only skim the profits away, they can even affect a whole industry. An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure!
BPEX BPEX In the UK, BPEX determines the MLC’s Pig Strategy and ensures that pig levy payers’ money is efficiently deployed in line with that strategy. Operating with maximum autonomy within MLC's statutory responsibilities BPEX comprises leading individuals across the British pig industry. BPEX supports the PMWS section on the site.
Park Tonks Park Tonks Considerable technical expertise in Pig Nutrition, focusing on weaning and stress related problems has enabled Park Tonks to develop of a number of novel products. ViraMatrix is sold worldwide with over a quarter of a million pigs fed the product since 2001. More recently ApeelMatrix was launched designed to encourage piglet feeding.
The Pig Journal The Pig Journal is published bi-annually in May and November by the UK Pig Veterinary Society. The Pig Journal provides cutting edge articles and information on Pig Production, written by many of the industries "leading lights".
Garth Partnership Garth Partnership is a team of leading pig industry professionals providing expert veterinary and consulting services to clients throughout the UK and Europe. Garth Partnership work with both farmers and vets to optimise herd performance by improving animal health, pig welfare and medicine usage on the farm.

* Holiday Period News and Features.

There is no news commentary this week (back to normal next week), however all the global pig industry news from the holiday period can be reviewed by visiting ThePigSite Latest News Section

We have 2 new features this week:

USDA Quarterly Pigs and Hogs Report: December 2006
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.
Finishing Pigs Can Thrive on Lower Phosphorus Diets
By Elizabeth McCann, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Hillsborough, NI.

That's all for this week! Back to normal next week.


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