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ThePigSite Newsletter - 13 April 2009
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

US sows - numbers down and welfare going whither?

Back from Easter Holidays, we are faced with the news that the total stock of all pigs in the US has dropped by three per cent since March 2008, according to the latest US Hogs and Pigs Census. At 6.01 million, the breeding herd is also down by three per cent over the same period.

A new report from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology attempts to give a scientific assessment of the welfare of pregnant sows kept in stalls compared to those that are group-housed. Faced with a lack of good data, the authors of the report conclude what many of us in the industry fear – that there is a danger of regulation moving ahead of the science. Making decisions based on limited evidence may have significant consequences to the health of sows and piglets, the cost of pork production and the availability and price of pork products, without achieving its main purpose – the significant improvement of sow welfare.

Jackie Linden

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

Scientific Assessment of the Welfare of Dry Sows Kept in Individual Accommodations
The authors of the latest CAST report into alternative sow housing systems warn that there is a danger of regulation moving ahead of the science. Jackie Linden draws together the main highlights of the report for ThePigSite.
US Breeding Herd Tumbles (April 2009)
By Chris Harris, Senior Editor, ThePigSite. Our snapshot of the ongoing global pig industry trends as reported in April 2009 Whole Hog Brief. To read the full detailed analysis including all the commentary and graphical data, subscribe to the publication.
Arcobacter: Genome of Foodborne Pathogen Exposed
Mapping of the genome of Arcobacter butzleri by scientists at the USDA Agricultural Research Service is a first step in control of this foodborne pathogen. Previously thought to be a member of the Campylobacter family, it has been found in farm animals and a variety of retail meats, including chicken, beef, pork and lamb, with a high prevalence in poultry.
Food Safety Crisis 101: Maple Leaf's Keys to Restoring Confidence
It was arguably the largest food recall in Canada's history. So, what did Maple Leaf Foods Inc. learn from the listeriosis crisis? Rory McAlpine of Maple Leaf Foods Inc. shared his company's experiences with delegates at the Banff Pork Seminar 2009.
Swine Dysentery Eradication – Medication Programmes
Now is the time to start eliminating swine dysentery, writes veterinarian, David Burch.
Net Energy Content of Canola Meal and Full-Fat Canola Seeds for Swine
Inclusion rates up to 22 per cent canola meal and 15 per cent full-fat canola seeds in rations had no detrimental effects on the performance of growing pigs, according to research carried out by Carlos A. Montoya, Kathryn Neufeld, Pam Kish and Pascal Leterme for Prairie Swine.

This week's other features are:

United Kingdom Pig Meat Market Update - April 2009
Pig Meat Export Bulletin - April 2009
* Company News

Big Dutchman Appoints New Distributor
AUSTRALIA - Big Dutchman Asia has appointed Stockyard Industries as its new distributor.
Search for Top Pig and Poultry Trainees Begins
UK - The search for the top trainees in the pig and poultry industries has begun with the launch of the 2009 Pfizer Trainee of the Year Awards.
Happy Piglets at High Power, IL
US - As you can see, there are some very happy, healthy piglets suckling on a sow at High Power Pork south of Carthage, Illinois.
New Manager for Hypor in China
CHINA - Hypor is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. David Wahl to the position of General Manager, China effective 1 April 2009.
* Global Pig Industry News


 » Hepatitis E Virus Transmitted in Urine and Meat
Draxxin - Treat em' once. Treat em' Right
   United Kingdom

 » Pig Producers See Brighter Future
 » Understanding Antibiotic Resistance in Salmonella
 » Prices Stay Firm Despite Short Week
 » QMS Welcomes Assurance Support in SRDP
 » Mayne Elected BSAS President
 » UK Pig Industry May be Lacking Confidence

   United States

 » Groups Call for Resolution to Mexican Trucking Issue
 » AMI Cites the Ups and Downs of US Meat Inspection
 » Call to Press Russia to Relist US Pork Facilities
 » Ethanol Super-Plant Can Clean Up Hog Farms
 » FSIS Revises List of Approved Meat Additives
 » Foodborne Illness Prevention Reaches Plateau
 » Chance for Pork Producers to Get Certified in 2009
 » February Pork Exports Maintain Strong Momentum
 » Weekly Outlook: Pressure for 2009 Growing Season
 » Weekly Review: COOL Leads to Reduced Imports
 » Market Preview: Meat and Crop Supplies Vetted
 » Weekly Roberts Report
Alphamune G - Shielding, Earning

 » Pork Commentary: Now or Never for Market Move
 » Will M-COOL Lead to Lost Pork Export Opportunities?
 » Task Force Identifies Loophole in Antibiotic Laws
 » Producers Vote to Restructure Manitoba Pork Council
 » Disease Programme Targets PCVAD
 » Input Provision by Swine Producers Encouraged

   New Zealand

 » Risk from MAF’s New Pork Import Standards
 » Pork Health Standards a Swine of a Decision

   Russian Federation

 » Good Year for Cherkizovo Despite Challenges
 » ASF Eradicated in Rostov


 » Domestic Animal Feed is Safe
 » New Explanation for the Rise in Antibiotic Resistance
Genepacker 120 Gilt from JSR Genetics

 » Ukraine - Agricultural Situation - 2009


 » Variations in Antibiotic Resistance in E. coli Uncovered

   European Union

 » EFSA RE-Evaluates Ractopamine Safety


 » Long-Term Salmonella Concerns at Raisio
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