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ThePigSite Newsletter - 9th February 2009
Monday 9th February 2009
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 8 new features this week:

Structure of the UK Pig Industry
More than one quarter of British sows are now kept outdoors, according to a survey of producers of Assured British Pigs, and around 35 per cent no longer routinely clip the teeth or dock the tails of piglets. ThePigSite editor, Jackie Linden, summarises the findings of the latest survey into housing, feeding and husbandry practices on pig farms in the UK, where pressure to raise animal welfare standards is particularly strong.
Not All DDGS Are Created Equal
As the US uses more and more corn for the production of ethanol, the supply of feed grains is becoming tighter, writes senior editor, Chris Harris, for ThePigSite.
A Biological Revolution in the Name of Profit
Ongoing advances in genetic technology mean that scientists can increasingly understand, identify and link animal traits with their DNA counterparts. Advocates claim that the commercial application of this technology leads to greater economic efficiency, but for some producers, profit alone is not enough, writes Adam Anson, reporting for ThePigSite.
Danish and US Breeding Herds Decline (February 2009)
By Chris Harris, Senior Editor, ThePigSite. Our snapshot of the ongoing global pig industry trends as reported in February 2009 Whole Hog Brief. To read the full detailed analysis including all the commentary and graphical data, subscribe to the publication.
Biological Effects of Bacitracin as a Therapeutic Agent and Growth-Promoting Compound
Dr David Francis of South Dakota State University and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Vaccinology describes an experiment in which he and co-workers found that cultivation of a wide variety of E. coli and Salmonella strains in the presence of sub-inhibitory concentrations of bacitracin favoured selection of tetracycline-sensitive organisms over those resistant to tetracycline. The paper was presented at Alpharma's Swine Enteric Health Symposium in 2008.
Hypor Weaning Capacity
Work by Dr George Foxcroft and his team at the Swine Research and Technology Centre, University of Alberta, has shown that crowding of large numbers of embryos in the uterus and the consequent restriction of nutrient supply can result in low-birthweight litters. Piglets from these litters are less viable, grow more slowly and have poorer carcass quality. This work confirms that the negative effects could easily outweigh the benefits of increased litter size, says Hypor.
Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus
Dr Jeff Zimmerman, DVM, of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University gave this presentation - subtitled The Disease that Keeps Bugging Us) - at the London Swine Conference 2008.
Cost/Benefits of Disease Eradication
Almost always, the long-term benefits of eradication outweigh the short-term costs but each producer must consider his/her return on investment, including a thorough risk assessment, writes JoAnn Alumbaugh for She uses a number of examples, including the success of eradicating hog cholera and the current problems with PRRS and PCVAD.
SowComfort - Never before has standing been so easy!
* Company News

Motivating Seminar During AgriHort 2009 in Kiev
UKRAINE - Ukraine pig farmers face many challenges in the current economical and political climate, says Nedap Velos.
Boehringer Ingelheim Invests Further in Animal Health
US - Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica has announced it will expand its operations in St Joseph, Missouri, with a $150 million project.
Further Expansion at Big Dutchman Asia
MALAYSIA - To enhance its sales and technical support in the region, Big Dutchman Asia (BD Asia), Shah Alam, Malaysia, is further expanding its Poultry Division.
* Global Pig Industry News


 » FMD NEWS: Disease Spreads in Viet Nam
 » When Will US, EU Accept Irradiated Food?
 » Understanding Phosphorus in Soils is Vital
 » Changes in VIV Calendar in Asia-Pacific

   Russian Federation

 » Investment in New Facilities has Boosted Output
Nuflor - for long acting, broad spectrum activity
   United States

 » Agriculture, Climate Change & Carbon Sequestration
 » 2009 ISU Animal Industry Report Available
 » Ag Secretary Reacts to Improper Conduct at Vet Labs
 » CSREES Find Green Waste Management Process
 » HOD Revises Antimicrobials in Livestock Feeds Policy
 » Piglet Feed Supplements Support Immune Systems
 » USDA: National Pork Producers Delegate Body
 » Hog Producers Could Break Even in 2009
 » Weekly Review: Need for Hog Herd Reduction
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Market Preview: Questions to Answer Before Expanding

   United Kingdom

 » Britain Sees Improvement in Pig Incomes
 » EU Welfare Labelling: Good, Bad or a Waste of Time?
 » BPEX: Healthy Pork Message Gets Through
 » Parliament Promises to Look at Pig Industry Again
 » Creep Heating Costs Cut by Over Ā£3,000 a Year
 » A Look at Life's Brighter Side


 » Oz Pork Producers Reminded of Swill Feeding Ban
Circovac - Nothing ptorects earlier

 » Irish Pork Trade to South Africa Resumes

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Trend Reversal Being Anticipated
 » EU Says Livestock Emissions May Mean Less Meat
 » OIE: Vet Education on the Move to Protect World
 » Maximum Levels of Vitamin A in Feed Recommended
 » EC Welcomes Parliament's Vote on Animal Feed Law
 » EC Orientation Debate on Animal Cloning

   New Zealand

 » New Pig Farm Creates Job Opportunities


 » Branding Canadian Offers Marketing Advantages
 » Pork Commentary: Iowa Pork Congress Report
 » Producers Advised to Connect with Consumers
 » Shortage of Feed Cause for Anxiety in Canada
 » Considering Risk Management Strategies Key
 » Expectations as a Result of Pork Export Market
Porcilis PRRS - The PRRS vaccine that pays off

 » China Largest Pork Importer in History in 2008
 » Investigation into Pig Deaths Launched


 » New Meat Plant in Kapuvar


 » Polish Pig Production in Free-Fall


 » Minister Drawn into Gas Stunning Controversy


 » Close Monitoring for Ebola Virus in the Philippines
 » Corn Shortage Likely to Up Pork and Chicken Prices
 » Salmonella Infection in Samar Hogs Under Control

   Solomon Islands

 » PM Encourages Poultry and Pig Farming


 » Bahrain: MPs Call for Ban on Pork
Ingelvac PRRS KV is indicated for the control of Porcine Reproduction and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) in breeding sows and gilts.

That's all for this week!

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