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ThePigSite Newsletter - 6 April 2009
Monday 6th April 2009
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Co-operation - the key to success

ThePigSite editor, Jackie Linden, attended the annual meeting of the British Society of Animal Science last week. The somewhat disappointing attendance did not detract from the high standard of many of the papers, several of which we will report in the coming weeks.

An informative and entertaining presentation was made by Professor David Hughes of Imperial College, London, at a BPEX event last month, also attended by Jackie and reported in the article 'If my business was a pig farm..' Drawing on his expertise in food marketing, Professor Hughes' key messages for pig producers were to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of your business compared to your neighbours' and other competitors, and to co-operate with others to get closer to consumers. Good advice, whatever your business.

On the disease front, there are new reports of swine fever in Russia, and foot and mouth disease in Taiwan.

Owing to the forthcoming Easter holiday, the next newsletter from ThePigSite will be distributed on Tuesday 14 April.
Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

If My Business Was a Pig Farm...
Professor David Hughes of Imperial College in London posed this question as the title of his presentation at the first National Knowledge Transfer Event organised in the UK by BPEX. Jackie Linden, editor of ThePigSite, reports on the views of the Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing's views on the future of the pig industry.
Fuel for Cars and Leftovers for Livestock
Biofuel research is not just a matter of finding the right type of biomass — maize soybean oil or other material — and converting it into fuel.
Changing from Sow Gestation Crates to Pens: Problem or Opportunity?
The industry must develop a proactive approach of research and implementation of findings to get ahead of criticism and to take advantage of market forces that care about farm animal welfare.
Managing fully controlled and automatically controlled natural ventilation (ACNV) systems is the focus this publication - number 21 in the series Action for Productivity from BPEX.
Maple Leaf's Lessons from the Listeriosis Crisis
"Do the right thing," an official from Canada's Maple Leaf Foods advised the audience at the Banff Pork Seminar 2009, describing the best response of a processor to a food contamination crisis.
Health and Performance of Pigs Treated with DRAXXIN
Thayer C. Hoover, DVM from Pfizer Animal Health reviews the literature on the efficacy of Draxxin against swine respiratory disease and the positive effects of the product of pig performance.
Our other new reports for this week are:

UK Pig Disease Quarterly Surveillance Report - October-December 2008
USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report - March 2009
Annual Pig Meat Industry Survey - 2009
Intervet - Research makes the difference
* Company News

Boehringer Ingelheim Selects Award Recipients
US - Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc., has selected four recipients of its annual Advancement in Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) Research Awards.
Pfizer Develop New Boar Taint Website Launched
GLOBE - Now, more than ever, the journey of meat from its source to the dinner table is in the spotlight.
* Global Pig Industry News


 » FMD NEWS: Pigs and Cattle from Taiwan Banned

   United Kingdom

 » Plans for Independent Animal Health Body
 » BSAS 2009 - UK Science Meeting Opens with Discussion on Food Security
 » New Fundings to Ensure Healthy Pig Sector
 » Lack of Confidence Brings Down Pig Numbers
 » How Green are Your Creeps?
 » Public Urged to Use Less Popular Cuts of Pork
 » Stand-on for Some as Short Weeks Loom
 » NADIS Veterinary Report & Forecast - March 2009
 » 2009 Royal Show to be the Last
 » Bird Flu in Pigs
 » Good Industry Response to Pig and Poultry Live 09
   United States

 » New Feed Mills Planned to Support Pork Growth
 » USDA to Purchase Pork and Turkey to Aid Sectors
 » United States Pig Herd Continues to Shrink
 » AVMA Warns of Continued Veterinary Shortages
 » US Swine Economics Report
 » Weekly Review: Hogs and Pigs Report Mixed
 » Market Preview: Pig Crop Report Revisited
 » Hogs & Pigs Report Once Again Bullish
 » March Quarterly Hogs & Pigs Report Summary
 » Weekly Outlook: Friendly Reports


 » Pork Commentary: USDA March Hogs & Pigs Report
 » Gov't Helps Farmers by Investing in Health of Hogs
 » Ottawa Commits Funding to Fight Swine Disease
 » Federal Swine Health Initiative Applauded
 » Boosting Agri-food Profitability and Innovation
 » Enhancing Canadian Pork's International Reputation
 » Maple Leaf Delays Pork Plant Purchasing Plans
 » Research: DDGS Offers Potential in Swine Rations
 » Canadian Government Ignores Animal Welfare
 » Input on Action to Prevent Swine Disease
Ingelvac PRRS KV is indicated for the control of Porcine Reproduction and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) in breeding sows and gilts.
   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Demand Gives Meat Business a Boost
 » EFSA Study MRSA Link of Humans and Livestock


 » Butchers Onboard Promoting Aussie Pork
 » Protection of Animal Health Remains Top Priority


 » Lower Price for Danish Producers


 » Ministry Calls for Tariff Cut on Feed


 » Four New Cases of African Swine Fever in Russia

   Viet Nam

 » Tariff Rises Have Helped Cut Imports
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