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ThePigSite Newsletter - 5th January 2009

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Monday 5th January 2009
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 7 new features this week:

Balancing Pig Welfare, Castration and Boar Taint
The welfare of pigs and the question of whether they should be castrated have caused controversy across Europe, writes ThePigSite senior editor, Chris Harris.
Danish Industry Facing Difficult Economic Times
Danish pig producers could see a turn around from the losses of the last two years with profits in 2009, writes ThePigSite senior editor Chris Harris.
Gut Permeability: the Relationship Between a Healthy Gut and a Healthy Pig
Dr Daniel Nelson, Technical Service Manager, Swine, for Alpharma Animal Health, explains why pigs consuming bacitracin perform more efficiently than their non-supplemented counterparts, especially during periods of stress. The paper was presented at Alpharma's Swine Enteric Health Symposium 2008.
Farm Characteristics Affect PRRSV in UK Pig Herds
Charlotte M. Evans and colleagues at the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Warwick in the UK have published a paper on their studies investigating the farm characteristics associated with the heterogeneity in seroprevalence in Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome virus (PRRSV) in British pig herds.
Worrying Trends and New Developments at Agromek
As Christmas approaches, the shops in Denmark are brightly lit, with windows full of traditional red and green decorations, writes Stuart Lumb. Despite the Christmas festivities, sales are sluggish. Shop keepers are gloomy and so are Danish farmers, which is not good for the nation's economy.
Litter Swapping
A practical introduction from BPEX to the swapping of complete litters, rather than cross-fostering individual piglets.
US Pork Outlook Report - December 2008
By the USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) - This article is an extract from the December 2008: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report. After strong exports for most of 2008, a weaker 4th quarter is expected.
Other articles that appeared over this period are:

US Feed Outlook
An Uncertain Future
NADIS Pig Health Bulletin - Vitamin E and Selenium Deficiency
Outlook for the US Pork Industry
United Kingdom Pig Meat Market Update - December 2008
Joint Ill
Oats in Swine Diets
Poland - Agricultural Situation 2008
USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report - December 2008 [Updated]
An Industry in Change
Is There an 'Optimum' Production System?
* Company News

Improved Breeding Herd Health with Circovac
EU - Latest findings from Merial demonstrate improved reproductive performance in sows vaccinated with Circovac PCV2 vaccine.
New Discovery Further Supports Sow Vaccination
UK - New research from Merial may explain why pig producers across the country are seeing fantastic improvements in mortality, growth and feed conversion rates in pigs of all ages right up to slaughter following vaccination with Merial’s PCV2 vaccine CIRCOVAC.
Imugene, Merial Establish Strategic Alliance
US - Merial is to develop vaccine candidates from Imugene's portfolio through to commercial sales.
New Pig Breeding Base in Bulgaria
BULGARIA - JSR Genetics, a leading British-based international pig genetics company has taken further steps into Eastern Europe by setting up a new distributor in Bulgaria, Serbia and Macedonia.
Alpharma Announces Video Contest Winners
US - Students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison are to receive the $5,000 grand prize in Alpharma's Student Video Contest.
ACMC: Multipliers Wanted
UK - Against a background of a contracting UK pig industry, Yorkshire-based international pig-breeding company, ACMC, is finding increasing demand for high-health replacement gilts both domestically and abroad.
Ukraine Farmers Use Nedap Velos
UKRAINE - The Donetsk Region in the south-east of Ukraine is all about primary production.
Alphamune G - Shielding, Earning
* Global Pig Industry News

   New Zealand

 » NZ Consumers Reject Imported Pork
   United States

 » USMEF: US Pork Exports Defy Expectations
 » Pew Comments on FDA Decision on Antibiotics
 » Cargill Adopts USDA Swine Premise Tag
 » Comment Period on Animal Welfare Act Extended
 » NPB: Hormel Foods Commitment Applauded
 » AVMA Comments on Regulation of GM Animals
 » USDA Amends Regulation on Imports
 » Hog Farmers Unfazed by Hog Rules
 » Weekly Review: Pork Demand Weak All Year Long
 » Total Red Meat Production Below Previous Year
 » Hogs & Pigs Report a 'Mixed Bag'
 » December Quarterly Hogs & Pigs Report Summary
 » US Swine Economics Report

   Ireland

 » IFA: Pig Producers Expect Processing to Begin
 » €50 to Secure Irish Pig Production
 » Co-funded Disposal Scheme for Irish Pigmeat Agreed
 » Document for Pigmeat Recall Compensation

   United Kingdom

 » SSP Brand Offers Retailers Supply Confidence
 » Pig Farmers Call for Better COOL Review
 » QMS: Monitor Farms Reward Investment
 » Private Storage Aid for Northern Irish Pigs
 » Organic Farmers Call for Rule Bending
 » Unapproved GM Rapeseed Found in Trial
 » Pig Industry's Leading Light Passes Away
 » Higher Welfare Pork Launched
 » NADIS Pig Veterinary Report & Forecast - December 08
 » United Kingdom Slaughter Statistics - December 2008
 » What an Excellent Start to the Year!
JSR Genetics - Genetics you can trust
   Canada

 » Pork Commentary: Mexico Strikes Back
 » Questions Surrounding COOL Still Unanswered
 » Collaboration Throughout Pork Industry Urged
 » Straw Houses - A Better Option for Sows?
 » Space Requirements for Gestating Sows
 » Livestock Producers Urged to Plan for FAD Outbreaks
 » Pork Producers Applaud Elimination of KVD
 » Non-Competitive Feeding Offers Advantages
 » Canada's Pork Producers Look Forward to 2009

   Denmark

 » Action Leads to Profound Consequences

   China

 » China Revs Up to Import More Danish Pork
 » Livestock Prices Set to Go Down in 2009

   Philippines

 » Govt Says No Ebola Virus Found on Philippine Farms
 » FAO Asked to Investigate Ebola in Pigs
 » Ebola Virus Found in Pig Farm
 » Provinces Eyed as Key Pork Export Sources
 » DA to Seek FMD-free Certification for Luzon

   Russian Federation

 » Russia Raises Pork and Poultry Quotas
 » Pork, Beef, Poultry Imports Fall in December
 » No New ASF, CSF Cases in Russia

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Prices Going Down
 » Campofrio-Groupe Smithfield Merger Completed
 » European Parliament Draft Report on Food Labeling
 » EFSA Evaluates Salmonella Contamination
 » Pig Meat Production Forecast to Tumble in 2009

   Germany

 » Progress in Opening Pork Exports to China

   Australia

 » NSW Government Alarms Aussie Pig Farmers
 » Sow Numbers Getting Elevated
 » Pig Returns Forecast to Remain High
 » DDGS Granted First-ever Clearance in Australia
 » Pig Meat Rates Stall Producer Exodus

   Cambodia

 » Pig Shipment Set to Boost Production

   Romania

 » Authorities Recall Processed Pork Products

   Mexico

 » COOL: Mexico Joins Canada in WTO Complaint

   Korea, South

 » Food Labeling Extended to Pork
Novartis Animal Health
   Fiji

 » Pork Products in High Demand

   Malaysia

 » Pig Reared in Johor Free from Beta-Agonists
 » PAS’ Help Sought to Stop Pig-Rearing Project

   Malta

 » Latest PCVD Group Meeting

   India

 » India Plans on Looking to Germany for Pig Meat

   General

 » Mexico Lifts Ban on Some US Meat Plants
   Uganda

 » Ugandans Advised to Keep More Pigs



That's all for this week!

Ed.
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