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ThePigSite Newsletter - 15th December 2008

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Monday 15th December 2008
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Ireland Moves Quickly to Tackle Dioxin Alert
The Irish food safety and marketing authorities have been working flat out to limit the damage to the pig meat industry caused by the discovery that some products might have been infected with dioxins through contaminated feed, writes ThePigSite senior editor, Chris Harris.
Deterioration of Concrete Tower Silos
John Johnson and Harold House of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) warn that concrete feed silos deteriorate and may collapse, with devastating consequences. They also explain how to prevent silo deterioration in the December 2008 issue of Pork News and Views.
Optimum Length of Time for a Boar to be in Stud
There are typically two conflicting perspectives: that of the boar stud and that of the semen customer, commercial pig producer, according to J.S. Fix and colleagues at North Carolina State University (NCSU) and Pig Improvement Company. They have developed a decision-making tool to determine the optimum length of time a boar should be utilized in an AI program. Their article was published in the November 2008 NCSU Swine News.
Are We Underestimating the Impact of PCV2?
David Burch, a veterinarian, with Octagon Services Ltd, Berkshire, United Kingdom, discusses the role of porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) in Asian pork production.
Our other new features this week are...

UK Pig Disease Quarterly Surveillance Report - July-September 2008
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - December 2008
Carcass Chilling Systems and Their Impact on Meat Quality
Diagnostics Never More Important than Now
Aurofac / Aureomycin - Justified, Reliable
* Company News

Reaping the Rewards of PCV2 Vaccination
IRELAND - Frank Moran, manager of a 1,100 farrow to finish unit at Glebo Farms, County Tipperary has now been using CIRCOVAC PCV2 sow vaccine for 12 months and is seeing outstanding results which are having a real impact on the unit’s profitability.
Improved Breeding Herd Health with Circovac
EU - Latest findings from Merial demonstrate improved reproductive performance in sows vaccinated with Circovac PCV2 vaccine.
ACMC: Promote British Pork as Pig Herd Dips
UK - With the pig industry increasingly dominated by imports, there is an urgent need to promote and brand British pork, which is both produced and processed in Britain, auctioneer and valuer, Peter Crichton, told an ACMC-sponsored meeting of the Suffolk Pig Discussion group.
* Global Pig Industry News

   United States

 » Potential Benefits for Ethanol, Paper and Feed
 » Recession Cuts Deep into US Meat Consumption
 » Recession May Help Drive Profits to Pork Producers
 » FDA: Ban on Animal Antibiotics Called Off
 » Dramatic Drop Seen in Corn Used for Ethanol
 » USMEF: US Pork Exports Defy Expectations
 » Pew Comments on FDA Decision on Antibiotics
 » Weekly Review: International Trade Best News for Industry
 » Weekly Outlook: Are Crops Undervalued?
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Market Preview: USDA Adjusts Corn Usage Forecast
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   United Kingdom

 » QMS: Brand Offers Pork Promise
 » Defra: Contingency Plan for Exotic Animal Diseases
 » UFU Welcomes Return of NI Pork to Shelves
 » UK Pigmeat Prospects are Good
 » Pig Industry Fights Back
 » Frisky Euro, Better Demand
 » SSP Brand Offers Retailers Supply Confidence
 » Pig Farmers Call for Better COOL Review

   Ireland

 » Teagasc: Irish Pig Producers Incur Heavy Losses
 » Producers Demand Immediate Reopening of Plants
 » New Farm Safety Action Plan Launched

   Canada

 » Pork Commentary: Manitoba Hog Days
 » Straw Based Sow Housing Increases Longevity
 » Market Place Expected to Provide COOL Solution
 » Higher Manure Handling and Labour Costs
 » Interest Among Hog Producers in APP Builds
 » Impacts of Gut Microflora and Probiotics
 » High Quality Barley Available as Feed
 » Questions Surrounding COOL Still Unanswered

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Quotations Achieve Stability
 » Why Do Pigs Die During Commercial Transportation?
 » EU Agrees on Pork Storage Aid for Ireland

   China

 » China Stops Irish Pork Product Imports
 » China Revs Up to Import More Danish Pork

   Philippines

 » Filipino Hogs Found Positive for Ebola Virus
 » Hog Checkpoints Set Up Amid Ebola Scare
 » PRRS Reported in the Philippines

   Denmark

 » Improvement in Conditions for Group-Housed Sows
 » Stress in Animals is a Popular Course

   New Zealand

 » More Animal Welfare Resources Called for
 » NZ Consumers Reject Imported Pork
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That's all for this week!

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