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ThePigSite Newsletter - 8th December 2008
Monday 8th December 2008
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

50 More Years of Breeding Excellence
Dr Grant Walling, Research and Genetics Director for JSR Genetics, looked into his crystal ball and gave his predictions concerning genetic progress in the next five decades. He gave the presentation at the company's 19th Annual Technical Conference, which marked the 50th anniversary of the founding of JSR Genetics.
US Raises Concerns over EU Stance on GM Food and Feed
While the European agricultural industry is a heavy consumer of genetically modified products - largely in animal feed - the industry is restricted in what it can grow, writes Chris Harris, ThePigSite senior editor.
GM Restrictions: A Boon to the European Livestock Sector?
Several feed organisations in the EU have warned of the dangers posed by a lack of soya supplies, writes Rachel Ralte reporting for ThePigSite.
UK Pig Herd Goes Down and Down (December 2008)
By Chris Harris, Senior Editor, ThePigSite. Our snapshot of the ongoing global pig industry trends as reported in December 2008 Whole Hog Brief. To read the full detailed analysis including all the commentary and graphical data, subscribe to the publication.
Sow Mortality Kills Profits
Clostridium novyi can cause sudden sow deaths around farrowing. This article from Alpharma in the series Defining Sow Productivity explains how infections can be controlled and mortality rates cut with the company's product, BMD.
Swine Diseases Have Changed
Changes in the pig industry have led to changes in the type and pattern of diseases, making multiple infections more common. DuPont Animal Health Solutions explains the changing face of disease control and emphasises the need for high levels of hygiene and biosecurity.
Our other new features this week are...

Circovirus Present in Boar Semen
Pig Meat Export Bulletin - November 2008
NADIS/BPEX Commentary - Respiratory Diseases
What is Really Needed to Make Biogas Work?
Improving Efficiency
FarrowSure Gold - Count on it
* Company News

CIRCOVAC for Sows and Piglets Approved in Mexico
MEXICO - It has been announced by Merial Mexico that on 21 October 2008, CIRCOVAC for Sows and Piglets received registration approval from the Mexican Secretary of Agriculture, Ranching, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food Supply, SAGARPA. This is the first registration in the world of a Porcine Circovirus type 2 (PCV2) vaccine for both Sows and Piglets
Voting Starts for Alpharma Video Contest
US - The videos are posted and voting can now begin in the Alpharma Student Video Contest. Anyone can visit the Web site to view the videos and cast a ballot. Voting ends on December 19, 2008 with the producers of the video with the most votes receiving a $5,000 cash prize.
Bedding Down with Mycotoxins?
UK - Mycotoxins in straw could pose a particular threat to the health of pig herds this year, according to James Hall of pig-breeding company ACMC.
TOPIGS Canada Purchases Maple Leaf Agri-Farms
CANADA - TOPIGS Canada Inc. has announced that it has completed the purchase of the swine genetics business operations and assets from Maple Leaf Agri-Farms.
Nedap Velos: Bavarian Farm Provides Feeding for 750 Sows
GERMANY - A new farm in German Bavaria for 750 breeding sows was opened in early November. The complete project was delivered turn-key by Graakjaer.
Novartis Animal Health
* Global Pig Industry News

   United States

 » Producers Burdened with New Disposal Cost
 » Conserve Energy in Hog Barns This Winter
 » No More Pig Virus Tests for Solvay Drug
 » Smithfield's Pork Unit Performs Exceptionally Well
 » What Does 2009 Hold for Feed Prices?
 » Record Pork Export Levels Continue
 » Using Futures Markets Can Improve Margins
 » $500 Million Animal Health Lab to Set up in Kansas
 » Iowa Discovers New Value in Hog Manure
 » Weekly Review: Weakness of Economy Big News
 » Market Preview: Chicken Integrator Struggles
 » Weekly Outlook: Soybean Exports
 » Weekly Roberts Report


 » Canada to Consult WTO on COOL Regulations
 » Canada Hopes for Quick Resolution of COOL
 » Pork Commentary: Darkest Before the Dawn
 » Change in Pork Production in Demand
 » Banff Pork Seminar to Focus on Cost Saving
 » Study: Change in Habits Due to Listeriosis Outbreak
 » Canada-US Pork Industry Relations Strong
JSR Genetics - Genetics you can trust
   United Kingdom

 » New PRRS Virus, Possible Vaccine Failures Reported
 » Uncertainties in Tackling GHG Emissions Accepted
 » E. coli Kite Mark to Show Manure Pollution Risk
 » Cruelty of Pork Suppliers Unleashed
 » Pigs Short, Euro Rampant

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Lateral Movement in Markets
 » EU Approves RR2Y Soybeans for Import


 » Milk Crisis Spills Out on All Food Sectors


 » Pork CRC Helps Cut Costs and Push Production
 » Woolworths Supports Aussie Pork Farmers
 » Heated Competition Fuels Pig Market

   New Zealand

 » NZ Pork Industry to Turn Waste into Biogas


 » DA: Enough Pork Supply in Bicol During Christmas


 » US, Mexican Facilities Approved for Meat Export
 » The Role of Farms and Forests in Changing Climate

   Viet Nam

 » Standards Set for Animal Feeds


 » Deadline for Pork Sellers to Move into Market


 » Bid to Cut Emissions as Consumption Increases

   Russian Federation

 » Russia Suspends Imports from US Plants


 » Recall of Irish Pork and Bacon Product
 » Update on Irish Pork and Bacon Products
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That's all for this week!

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