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ThePigSite Newsletter - 2nd February 2009

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Monday 2nd February 2009
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

A conference sponsored by EBLEX/BPEX has been postponed due to severe weather conditions in the south of the UK. The Outlook Conference was due to take place in London Tuesday 3 February, but will now be rescheduled for the early Spring.

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 8 new features this week:

France Faces Structural Rigidity
"There are many structural constraints on French pig producers," Yvon Salaün told ThePigSite in Paris, at the headquarters of the French pig institute, IFIP (Institut du Porc), writes Peter Crosskey for ThePigSite. Mr Salaün is the head of IFIP's pig husbandry unit in Brittany.
Top Tips for 2009: Financial Fluency
Ten tips to provide a degree of stability in the current erratic economical environment from James Christian, Finance Director of JSR Farming Group.
Mission 2050 - Research and Industry Infrastructure in 2050
Mission 2050 is a project to replace outdated animal research facilities with a flexible new complex to study sustainable animal agriculture systems for the future. Vern R. Osborne of the Department of Animal and Poultry Science at the University of Guelph presented this conceptual framework at the 2008 London Swine Conference.
Applied Nutrition for Optimal Gut Health and Pig Performance
Dr Chad Hagen (Hagen Swine Consulting) offers suggestions how to improve feed conversion and make the difference between profitability and loss as margins in pork production become ever narrower. The paper was presented at Alpharma's Swine Enteric Health Symposium 2008.
Large versus Small Pen Groups in Finishing Pigs
"Is pig performance the same?" asks Ronald O. Bates, swine specialist at Michigan State University. He compared pigs in groups of eight or 100, and found that reduced floor space allocation or crowding in finishing reduces not only average daily gain but also feed efficiency.
Spanish Performance Supports Weaning Capacity
This article represents an interesting review of targeting an increase in weaners produced per sow per year as an indication of efficiency. It encourages producers to consider optimum productivity as a better indicator of the efficiency of production. Rather than a maximum number of weaned piglets, they should target the maximum number of good quality weaners at an optimum cost, says Jordi Mora, Production Director of Hypor in Spain.
Spotlight on Swine Influenza Virus
A surveillance programme could benefit both pigs and people, assert scientists from the US Agricultural Research Service (ARS).
Efficient Feed Usage
Number 18 in the Action for Productivity series from BPEX offers practical advice on how to get the best from the feed - from design of the feeding system to hygiene tips.
Alphamune G - Shielding, Earning
* Company News

Pfizer to Acquire Wyeth, Creating the World's Premier Biopharmaceutical Company
US - Pfizer and Wyeth today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Pfizer will acquire Wyeth in a cash-and-stock transaction currently valued at $50.19 per share, or a total of approximately $68 billion. The Boards of Directors of both companies have approved the combination.
Canadian TOPIGS SPF Boars at Varkens K.I. Nederland
NETHERLANDS - On 25 December, TOPIGS and Varkens K.I. Nederland imported 124 boars from Canada.
First Ever BPEX/Merial Nuffield Scholarship Awarded
UK - Winner of the first ever pig industry Nuffield Scholarship is Harper Adams pig unit manager Richard Hooper.
Scope for Animal Health & Nutrition Broadened
NETHERLANDS ANTILLES - Yesterday, Neogen Corporation and Chr. Hansen signed an extensive distribution agreement on natural, non-antibiotic solutions for the swine and poultry sectors.
US Distribution Agreement with Zierke Company Formed
US - TOPIGS International announces a US distributor agreement with the Zierke Company in Morris, Minnesota (US).
Outlook 2009 Postponed
UK - A conference sponsored by EBLEX/BPEX has been postponed due to severe weather conditions in the south of the UK.
* Global Pig Industry News

   General

 » Click here for this week's Foot and Mouth Disease news.

   United States

 » Meat Processing Giant Reports $198 Million Loss
 » NFU Commends USDA Action
 » Pork Board Prioritises Humane Euthanasia of Pigs
 » Study: Indiana Livestock Can't Consume all DDGS
 » USMEF Hosts European Union's PRT Team
 » New Diet a Breath of Fresh Air to Animal Facilities
 » 2009 to be a Rough Year, Say UGA Farm Economists
 » Snipping Out the Money Genes in Livestock
 » Weekly Review: Continued Weakness in Demand
 » Market Preview: Negative Market Psychology
 » Weekly Outlook: Corn and Soybean Export Progress
 » Weekly Roberts Report

   Canada

 » Pork Commentary: Minnesota Pork Congress Report
 » New Opportunities for Biofuels and Livestock Sector
 » Producers Encouraged to Focus on Maximum Profits
 » Pork Industry Gets Tentative 'Thumbs Up'
 » Canada Eyes Pork Opportunities in Booming India
 » Regulatory Changes for Addressing Listeria Expected
 » CPC Looks Forward to Clarification of M-COOL
 » Emphasis on Comprehensive Food Safety Systems
 » Cooperative Approach to Listeria Called For
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   China

 » Pork Imports Up in January-October 2008
 » New Policy Issued to Prevent Hog Price Decline

   United Kingdom

 » FSA Release Progress Update on Feed Regulations
 » BPEX: £3 Million Backing For QSM
 » NFUS Praises Waitrose's 'Buy British' Plea
 » Jamie Saves Our Bacon
 » And Everyone Asked for More...
 » NADIS Pig Veterinary Report & Forecast - January 2009
 » Old-Breed Pork Must Be the Real Thing

   France

 » Heavier Litters for Sows on High-Fibre Diet

   European Union

 » EU: Create Level Playing Field for Welfare at Slaughter

   Philippines

 » Possible Hog Cholera Infection Reported
 » Exposure to Ebola-Reston Virus Confirmed
 » DoH Issues Warning Against Salmonella-tainted Pork

   Korea, South

 » Seoul to Lift Ban on UK Pork and Poultry

   Ireland

 » IFA: Food Safety Task Force Established
 » Agri Minister Launches Animal Health Ireland

   Czech Republic

 » Q4 2008: Marked Drop in Pig Meat Production

   Denmark

 » DBMC in Support of 'Jamie Saves Our Bacon'
 » Japanese Ambassador Visits Danish Crown

   Australia

 » DPI&F's Climate Risk Group Set for Challenging Role
 » Little Concern for GM Animal Farms in Australia

   Cambodia

 » Cambodia's Pork Industry Gets Boost

   Russian Federation

 » New Vet Certificate for US Imports Wanted
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