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ThePigSite Newsletter - May 11 2009

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Monday 11th May 2009
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: H1N1 flu and global plans for FMD and disaster relief

The new issue of Whole Hog highlights that media reports and the internet chat-line, Twitter, on the current influenza A H1N1 flu scare are having a serious effect on the pig industry and prices around the world. This has happened despite the fact that the virus has only been found on one farm so far, and reassurances from reputable food safety agencies that pig meat is quite safe to eat.

On the disease front, international experts on Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) have agreed on a plan to control the infection in Western Eurasia and stop it spreading west to Europe and North Africa, following a serious epidemic in several Middle Eastern countries. The FAO's plan was approved at a recent meeting in Rome. It offers a far-reaching strategy designed to put an end to the devastating disease in 14 West Asian and Middle East countries most directly affected.

Another much-needed advance also came from the FAO in the last week: Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS) have been published to help co-ordinate the efforts of the many agencies following major catastrophes and thus protect the livelihoods of vulnerable livestock keepers.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 8 new features this week:

Why Did My Last Good Member of Staff Leave?
Danish pig farmers, Dorthe and Asger Krogsgaard, shared their experience of retaining staff with delegates at a recent BPEX meeting, 'Change for Success' Providing good facilities and making employees feel part of a successful team are their keys to success, writes Jackie Linden, editor of ThePigSite.
Swine Flu Scare Hits Pig Prices (May 2009)
By Chris Harris, Senior Editor, ThePigSite. Our snapshot of the ongoing global pig industry trends as reported in May 2009 Whole Hog Brief. To read the full detailed analysis including all the commentary and graphical data, subscribe to the publication.
Soil Association Publishes Organic Market Report
The Soil Association has just published its Organic Market Report 2009. The highlights for the pig industry have been selected by Jackie Linden, editor of ThePigSite. Last year, sales of organic food in the UK increased by 1.7 per cent but the market will be tougher in this year of the recession, the report predicts.
Measuring Welfare: Balancing the Needs of Pigs, Producers and Public
Summarised by Jaydee Smith, Swine Production Systems Program Lead of OMAFRA, this paper was presented by John Deen at the Centralia Swine Research Update on 28 January 2009.
Sow Herd Removals
Growing concerns over welfare have made the public more aware of sow culling, mortality and longevity. These issues are covered by Ronald O. Bates, state swine specialist at Michigan State University (MSU) in the latest issue of MSU Pork Quarterly (volume 13, number 4), based on data from Japan.
Managing Highly Prolific Sows
Dr Mark Whitney, Associate Extension Professor at the University of Minnesota, offers tips on how to manage today's more prolific sows and their larger but less uniform litters. His advice is based on experience from France's Institut du Porc.
Defining the Benefits of New Genotypes
This study has been prepared by BPEX in order to help producers assess the best genotype for their herd. Trials compared the performance results of progeny from Large White, Hampshire and Pietrain boars at each stage of the production cycle and their carcass characteristics.
Pig Meat Export Bulletin - April/May 2009
The British Pig Executive's (BPEX) April/May Export Bulletin reports that pig prices may be on the rise and Russian pork consumption is falling. A major industry shake-up is taking place in the Ukraine, while an alliance between Sadia and Perdigão may take place.
Pfizer Animal Health
* Company News

Schering-Plough Flips Switch on 1.7MW Solar System
US - Animal health and pharmaceuticals giant, Schering-Plough Corporation, has switched on a 1.7 megawatt solar energy system on the roof of its centre in New Jersey.
New Standard in Canadian Housing Unveiled
CANADA - For two years, Canada has been facing difficulties in pig production. But changing circumstances motivate the innovative sector to prepare for better times. And the farm that was shared with fellow pig producers on 16 April in Manitoba, Canada, was a good example of preparing for the future.
* Global Pig Industry News

General

» FMD NEWS: International Eurasian Combat Plan
» Global Hog Markets Suffer from Unfair Concerns
» US and Canada Re-affirm Support for Pork Industry
» More Smithfield Experts Visit Farm in Mexico
» Ag Leaders Urge Trading Partners to Resume Exports
» LEGS: New Guidelines for Livestock Emergencies
» OIE Reacts to Trade Restrictions Due to H1N1 Virus
» Spirochaetes as Intestinal Pathogens

United States

» NPB Reinforcing 'Pork is Safe' Message
» NPPC Calls For Accurate Reporting On Influenza
» Second Quarter Was Better for Tysons
» CME: H1N1 Takes Toll on Meat Markets
» NPPC Asks USDA to Help US Pork Producers
» CME: Talk of Heavy Hogs Weighing on Supplies
» Latest Misnomer May Prove Limited Economically
» AFBF Seeks Section 32 Funding for Pork Purchases
» Weekly Review: 'Swine Flu' Determines Hog Values
» Weekly Roberts Report
» Weekly Outlook: Corn and Soyabean Prices Diverge
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European Union

» EU Pig Prices: German Companies Cause Uncertainty
» Salmonella: Commonest Cause of Food-Borne Outbreaks

Denmark

» Danish Crown: Interim Results Meet Expectations
» Joint Plan will Ensure Competitiveness
» Novel Pork Delicacies on the Plate
» Is This the End of Castration?
» Danish Farms to Thrive on New Green Growth

Canada

» Pork Commentary: Flu Damage
» Safety of Pork Stressed Amid H1N1 Concerns
» Maple Leaf Sees Sales Rise
» Alberta Swine Herd Investigated for H1N1 Flu Virus
» Maple Leaf's $27 Million Meat Recall Settlement
» NCLE Steps Up Efforts to Increase Public Awareness
» Call for Support for Producers by Eating More Pork
» Quick Application for Compensation Advised
» H1N1 Influenza Not Considered a Food Safety Risk

China

» Pork Supply Problems Emerge in China
» China's Pork Prices Continue to Fall in April

Thailand

» Organic Pig Farming Gains Popularity

India

» Suspect Pigs Tested as Pig Prices Plummet

New Zealand

» Pork Consumption Steady Despite H1N1 Influenza

Russian Federation

» Russia Lifts Pork Ban on Five US States

United Kingdom

» Genetic Research to Produce Tastier Healthier Meat
» Compulsory 'Place of Farming' Labelling
» Another Good Day for Sellers

Australia

» Consumers Happy to Keep Pork on Their Fork

Uganda

» Pork Sales in Uganda Dip Over H1N1 Flu Fears

Korea, South

» Pork Sales Recovering After False Flu Alarm

Philippines

» Temporary Ban on Canadian Pork Imports Lifted

Namibia

» Ten New Cases of ASF in Namibia
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That's all for this week!

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