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ThePigSite Newsletter - 23rd February 2009

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Monday 23rd February 2009
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Last week, ThePigSite attended the National Farmers Union Conference 2009, held in Birmingham, UK. Plans to set out a New Agenda for Farming to assist its farmer and grower members were announced and detailed at the conference. Find out more from the links below.

 » Government Calls for Partnership
 » Agriculture Must Produce More
 » Move to Country of Origin Labelling


* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Antimicrobial Resistance in Swine Production
An overview of recent susceptibility data of common pig pathogens to antimicrobial agents used in pig production has been published by F.M. Aarestrup and colleagues. They went on to discuss the development of resistance and its implications for human health. For ThePigSite, editor Jackie Linden, summarises some of the important points raised in their review.
Mycoplasma Arthrititis
Polyarthritis – infection and inflammation of more than one joint – can occur in mature pigs as a result of infection with Mycoplasma hyosynoviae, writes veterinarian, Mark White, in the January 2009 NADIS Pig Health Bulletin.
Insurance-Based Risk Management for Swine Facilities
Randy Drysdale of Farm Mutual Reinsurance Plan Inc. offered some good practical advice to farmers on minimising the risks of pig house fires at the London Swine Conference 2008. Top of his safety list are the adequate provision of fire extinguishers, using the correct grade of equipment, regular building maintenance checks and measures to prevent methane build-up.
US Pork Outlook Report - February 2009
In the first quarter, commercial pork production is expected to be 2.7 per cent lower than a year ago, with prices about 8.5 per cent higher than first quarter a year ago, according to the USDA's Economic Research Service in the February 2009 Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report. US exports in 2009 are expected to be about 15 per cent lower than last year. US pork imports are likely to be down about 2.5 per cent this year, and live imports about 23 per cent below last year.
Canadian Hog Statistics - Fourth Quarter 2008
By Statistics Canada. At 12.4 million, there were over ten per cent fewer pigs in Canada on 1 January 2009 than one year previously, continuing a three-year downward trend.
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* Company News

PCV2 Vaccines: Separating Fact from Fiction
UK - BPEX's PCV2 vaccine voucher scheme has given pig producers in England and Wales a unique opportunity to try one of the new PCV2 vaccines at a very low cost. Comparing sow and piglet vaccination against PCV2, Merial says that both have their place: the better option depends on the specific conditions on the farm.
Find out How to Change for Success
UK - The BPEX Knowledge Transfer Team is holding a meeting entitled Change for Success in Stamford on 18 March 2009.
Pork Commentary: Lean Hog Prices Rocket Higher
CANADA - This week's North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long.
Pork Commentary: Canada-USA Inventories Crash
CANADA - Supplemental (North American Pork) Commentary from Jim Long for this week.
Genus Increases Porcine Capacity in China
CHINA - Genus, a world leading animal genetics company, is pleased to announce significant advances in its strategy for expansion in China with progress being made in both the bovine and porcine sectors.
ACMC Tip: Checking Out Scour Flare-ups
UK - Many units periodically see cases of – and upsurges of – scour in the farrowing house.
Check out Scour Flare-ups
UK - Paul Thompson, veterinary consultant to pig breeding company, ACMC Ltd, offers his monthly tip on managing diarrhoea in pigs.
Pork Exports Hit £160 Million
UK - Pork exports have shown a dramatic rise over the last year according to new figures from BPEX.
HYGIENIC FLOOR SYSTEMS FOR FARROWING AND REARING PENS from Big Dutchman
* Global Pig Industry News

   General

 » FMD NEWS: Chinese Regime Covers Up Outbreak

   United Kingdom

 » New Task Force for Pig Industry
 » Accurate Labelling on British Pork Products
 » Charity Launches Pig Welfare Campaign
 » Pork Popularity Gains Momentum in Scotland
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - February 2009

   United States

 » Eat Less Meat to Go Green
 » Potential for Part-Dried Ethanol By-product as Feed
 » New Guidelines for 'Fatigued' Pigs
 » Smithfield Foods' Pork Group Restructuring Plan
 » USDA Conference to Address Antibiotic Resistance
 » More Livestock Infected with MRSA
 » Researchers Study Antibiotic Resistance in Campylobacter
 » USDA: Results of Pork Request for Referendum
 » PRRS Virus Biosecurity Protocols Published
 » Judge Rules Recumbent Pigs May be Processed
 » US and Canadian Hog Inventory Down Four Per Cent
 » Weekly Outlook: Acreage and Biofuels
 » Weekly Review: Japan Still Reigning as US Customer
 » Market Preview: Packers Feeling the Pain
Ingelvac PRRS KV is indicated for the control of Porcine Reproduction and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) in breeding sows and gilts.
   Belgium

 » Belgian Producers Angry at Vion
 » Stronger Jaws Mean More Milk

   China

 » New Pig Supply Base for Hong Kong
 » S China Discovers Poisoning by Pig Feed Additive
 » More Than 70 Ill after Eating Contaminated Organs
 » Web Site on Food Safety Launched in China

   Denmark

 » Pigs to Help in Alzheimer's Research
 » Uncertainties at Danish Crown Lead to Layoffs
 » Danish Crown’s Social Plan Aids Affected Employees

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Price Barometer Goes Up in Places

   Canada

 » US Hog Finishing Capacity Moved to Saskatchewan

   Bahrain

 » Parliament Votes on Pork Penalty
Circovac - Nothing ptorects earlier
   Romania

 » EC Denies Lift on Romanian Pork Export Ban

   Russian Federation

 » Minister Predicts Self-Sufficiency in Three Years
 » Cherkizovo Pre-Close Trading Update

   Korea, South

 » S Korea Halts Spanish Pork Imports

   Taiwan

 » Foot-and-Mouth Disease Reported in Central Taiwan

   Singapore

 » Singapore Suspends Pork Imports from Taiwan

   Ireland

 » Slurry from Pig Farms in Dioxin Scare to be Used

   Viet Nam

 » Trichinellosis Outbreak in Viet Nam
 » Blue Ear and FMD Reported in Viet Nam
Never Stop Improving
   Netherlands

 » Wageningen Helps Fight Salmonella in Pork Chain
 » Costs Rising for Dutch Farmers

   Philippines

 » Ebola Reston Found Again in Philippines
 » Livestock, Meat Industries Exported P3.3B in 2008

   New Zealand

 » NZ Welfare Group Welcomes UK TV Show



That's all for this week!

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