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ThePigSite Newsletter - 18 May 2009

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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Effects of H1N1 Flu Rumble On

While the number of human patients with the influenza A H1N1 virus continues to rise, the effects of the infection on the pig industry worldwide rumble on despite every assurance that infection cannot be transmitted in pig meat.

The good news is that in Korea, pork sales are reportedly recovering after taking a knock last month while the New Zealand industry remains buoyant. At the other extreme, not a single pig has been sold at market in the worst flu-affected region of Mexico. An executive of one of Thailand's largest pig companies predicts it will take another six months for the industry to recover there.

The source of the H1N1 virus remains elusive. Further investigations on the pig farm in the Mexican town where the first human patient became infected have again turned in a negative result. It's to be hoped that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's recent success in studying the genetic make-up of the virus will help future efforts to solve the mystery of its origin as well as leading to improved control measures.

As there is a public holiday in the UK next Monday, the next newsletter from ThePigSite will be sent to you on Tuesday 26 May.

Jackie Linden



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 7 new features this week:

Study Reveals Secrets of Swine Influenza Virus in Thailand
Researchers based at Chulalongkorn University have investigated the pathogenesis of Thai isolates of the swine influenza virus (SIV) sub-types H1N1 and H3N2 in weaned pigs. Editor of ThePigSite, Jackie Linden, summarises their report on this hottest of topics.
How Can Heat Stress Affect your Production?
Dr Luiz Souza, post-doctoral associate in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Minnesota offers advice on strategies to protect the herd against higher temperatures, and tips to recognise the clinical signs of heat stress in order to take the best preventative actions.
Omega-3 Enriched Pork
Kees de Lange presented this paper at the Centralia Swine Research Update on 28 January 2009, discussing the health benefits of poly-unsaturated, omega-3 fatty acids for humans and how some some omega-3 fatty acids are more beneficial than others.
Piglet Processing and Swine Welfare
Dr Allen Harper, Extension Animal Scientist – Swine at Virginia Tech Tidewater AREC, considers the implications on piglet welfare of teeth clipping, tail docking, castration, iron injection and ear notching or tagging.
US Feed Outlook - May 2009
Forecasted feed grain area planted in 2009, based on the 31 March Prospective Plantings, is down by two per cent from 2008, according to the USDA Economic Research Service.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - May 2009
Pork production is expected to be below 2009 levels in first half 2010 but it could pick up in the second half of the year as returns improve and carcass weights increase, according to the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, produced by the USDA's World Agricultural Outlook Board.
Centralia Swine Research Update 2009
The 28th Centralia Swine Research Update was held at Kirkton-Woodham Community Centre in Canada on 28 January 2009.
Ivomec Premix - Better products mean better results
* Company News

Fruitful Meeting with Japanese Partners
GLOBAL - A Japanese delegation has visited Big Dutchman Asia for fruitful discussions.

* Global Pig Industry News

   Uganda

 » Pork Sales in Uganda Dip Over H1N1 Flu Fears

   Korea, South

 » Pork Sales Recovering After False Flu Alarm
 » Pork Sales Taking Time to Recover

   Philippines

 » Temporary Ban on Canadian Pork Imports Lifted

   Canada

 » H1N1 Influenza Not Considered a Food Safety Risk
 » Limited Cull Eases Overcrowding at Quarantined Farm
 » Emergency Bridge Funding to Cope with H1N1 Urged
 » Potential for Recovering Phosphorus from Manure
 » Public Awareness of Traceability Heightened
 » Saskatchewan Ag Minister Re-Affirms Safety of Pork
 » Key to Quick Response to Animal Health Emergencies
 » DDGS Scores Well in Canadian Swine Rations
 » CFIA Cracks the H1N1 Genetic Code
 » Pork Commentary: WHO - Thanks for Nothing

   Namibia

 » Ten New Cases of ASF in Namibia SowComfort - Never before has standing been so easy!
   Denmark

 » Danish Farms to Thrive on New Green Growth

   China

 » Govt to Invest $439m on Pig and Cow Breeding
 » Zhongpin Sees Profits Soar
 » Bailout Plan for Pig Farmers as Price Plummets
 » Shanghai Eases Embargo on Pork
 » Plummeting Prices Cause Pain to Pork Producers

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Market Situation is Easing
 » Support for Animal Proteins in Pig Diets
 » EFSA Evaluates Bacteriophages

   Thailand

 » Swine Flu: What Does it Do to Pigs?
 » Betagro Says Industry Needs Six Months to Recover

   Ghana

 » Pork Sellers Complain About Low Patronage Mycoplasma Hyopneumoniae information centre
   United Kingdom

 » Sources of Campylobacter Infection in Scotland
 » First Ever Pig Health Service Launched
 » Major Success for Groundbreaking New Event
 » ARM Buildings Running Flat Out to Meet Demand
 » Downward Pressure from Retailers May Be a Blip
 » NADIS Veterinary Report & Forecast - May 2009

   United States

 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Weekly Outlook: USDA Reports Confirm Expectations
 » CME: Highlights from Latest USDA Reports
 » 'Back to Basics' Approach is Working for Tyson
 » Smithfield Foods Putting H1N1 Flu in Rear-view Mirror
 » March Pork Exports Remain Solid with Exceptions
 » CME: International Pork Shipments VERY Good
 » Novel Flu Strain Not from Mexican Hog Farm
 » Weekly Review: Meat Production Forecast to Drop
 » Market Preview: Pork Exports – A Glimmer of Hope

   Mexico

 » Four Nations Lift Temporary Bans on Pork Import
 » Six Months Needed for Pork Demand to Recover
 » Pork Sales Slump in Mexico
 » Smithfield's Veracruz Pigs Are Free of H1N1

   India

 » Swine Flu Queries Flood Delhi Pork Shops Intervet - Research makes the difference
   Spain

 » New Survey on Prevalence of Arcobacter in Foods

   New Zealand

 » NZ Pork Sellers Not Worried by H1N1 Flu
 » Industry Supports Investigation of TV Pig Farm

   France

 » France Plans National Research Consortium

   Russian Federation

 » Russia to Increase Meat Output
 » Cherkizovo's Q1 Result Hit by Seasonal Factors

   Australia

 » Australia Watching Flu Risk for Indonesian Pigs

   Italy

 » Italian Pig Breeding Sector Ailing Never Stop Improving

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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