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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: OIE at 85 tackles challenging issues

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has celebrated its 85th anniversary with a commitment from the delegates for greater transparency over animal disease outbreaks – a most welcome step forward. And at the OIE's General Assembly, fifty-eight per cent of the member countries identified at least one emerging or re-emerging disease in their territory that they believe to be associated with climate change.

There are early indications that the effects of influenza A/H1N1 on the pig industry may be easing – and not a moment too soon. Curiously, a newsletter for the fresh food industry has found evidence that US consumers backed away from pork before the first H1N1 case was reported in their country. So it seems that not only has H1N1 nothing to do with pigs, it was not the main cause of a drop in pig meat purchases.

And finally, researchers from Norway have helped shed light on how feed can be contaminated with Salmonella. It appears that some serovars have a strong affinity with the biofilms that may build up in feed mills. The work may help to reduce the risk of this foodborne pathogen entering the food chain in future.

Jackie Linden

Progressis - PRRS Vaccine
* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 7 new features this week:

Milk & Meat in Our Diet: Good or Bad for Health & Wealth?
Professor Ian Givens of the University of Reading outlined the evidence concerning the health benefits (and otherwise) of animal products in the human diet in the 21st century at this year's meeting of the British Society of Animal Science. Jackie Linden summarises his main points for ThePigSite.
Animal Antibiotics, Resistance and Human Health
Antibiotics are a vital component to rearing healthy livestock, but many researchers argue that mismanaged use is having a detrimental effect on the industry, writes Adam Anson for ThePigSite.
Lameness as a Welfare Concern
This paper was presented by John Deen of the College of Veterinary Medicine in the University of Minnesota at the 28th Centralia Swine Research Update. He discusses the seriousness of lameness in sow herds and how lame sows are more likely to be culled.
PCV2 and M-Hyo Vaccination Timing Affects Nursery Pig Growth
The timing of vaccination against porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (M-Hyo) can affect pig performance, particularly post-weaning, when diet changes are also imposed. E.M. Kanel and colleagues at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, explained these effects in a paper presented at Kansas Swine Day 2008.
Improve Digestibility of Feed by up to 10 Per Cent
A producer found his pigs less agressive with improved performance and less feed wastage after using a Bygholm Sieve to check the particle size of his home mill-and-mix feed. He describes his experience in BPEX KT Farm Case Study 9.
Before Vaccinating against Respiratory Diseases, Calculate
Decisions to vaccinate growing pigs against respiratory disease is usually based on past experiences of clinical problems – or perhaps as a result of adverse British Pig Health Scheme (BPHS) reports – and therefore, the need to protect the next batch of pigs, according to John Richardson from Intervet/Schering Plough Animal Health.
The Best Invest
Future efficiency, expansion and success all relate directly to investment. In simple terms, the more you put in, the more you get out. In order to remain competitive, UK pig producers need to channel their investments. Glenn Dames, Managing Director at JSR Farms, takes a detailed look at how the best invest.
Never Stop Improving
* Company News

UK Trial Shows Reduced Mortality in Vaccinated Pigs
UK - Boehringer Ingelheim are a company dedicated to innovation in swine health and were the first company to launch a PCV2 vaccine for piglets.
BIVI: Executive Veterinary Program Completed
US - Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., (BIVI) announces Drs. Keith Bretey, Erin Johnson, Jeff Okones and Brian Payne, all professional service veterinarians for the company’s swine division, completed the Executive Veterinary Program (EVP) for Swine Health and Production program at the University of Illinois.
* Global Pig Industry News

   General

 » FMD NEWS: Taiwan Reports New Case of FMD in Pigs
 » Climate Change Brings Heightened Disease Risk
 » AMI Says Industry Made Progress on Food Safety
 » 85th OIE Anniversary Marked with New Transparency

   Australia

 » Update on Proposed Aussie Pig Levy Amendments
 » Pork Industry Critical of H1N1 Flu Coverage
 » Aussie Pigs Could Catch the H1N1 Flu, Says Expert
 » Australia’s Pork Industry Gets a Boost
Ingelvac PRRS KV is indicated for the control of Porcine Reproduction and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) in breeding sows and gilts.
   Italy

 » Help for Ailing Italian Pig Industry

   France

 » France Wants Help with Exports
 » Climate Change and Disease Challenges Linked

   United States

 » NPPC Urges Passage of Panama Trade Agreements
 » Kirk to USMEF: Trading Partners Must Play by Rules
 » New Finding: How Fumonisin Harms Farm Animals
 » Pork Checkoff Presents PORK Academy at Expo
 » National Pork Board to Meet During World Pork Expo
 » CME: What's H1N1 Doing to the Meat Industry?
 » Opportunities for US Feed Grains Created in China
 » Weekly Review: Pork Demand at Consumer Level Up
 » CME: US Meat Sector Sees Another Tough Week
 » Commercial Red Meat Production Down
 » Weekly Outlook: Hog Producers Can't Get a Break

   New Zealand

 » PM Needs to be Prime Mover on Sow Welfare

   Canada

 » Free Trade Deals with Columbia and Peru Applauded
 » Pork Commentary: On The Road in Russia
 » Awareness and Funding for Food Banks Raised
 » Identifying with Those Who Rely on Food Banks
 » Pork Producers Appeal for Special Assistance
Intervet - Research makes the difference
   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Prices are Still Going Upward
 » European Commission Proposes New Labelling Rules

   United Kingdom

 » NFU Continues Fight against Pollution Rules
 » 3 Cases of Piglet Anaemia Noted in UK Monthly Report
 » Plenty of Pigs Being Offered on Contract
 » Pig Campaign Wins Major International Awards
 » Salmonella's Sugar Craving Paves Way to Vaccine

   China

 » China Invests in Pig Breeding
 » Chinese Pig Industry Faces Serious Challenges

   Ireland

 » Ireland Needs Better Pig Meat Traceability

   Denmark

 » ICoMST: Meat – Muscle, Manufacturing and Meals

   Romania

 » PM: Romanians Can Consume Pork Safely

   Norway

 » Study Finds Clue to Salmonella Persistence in Feed

   Netherlands

 » Energy from Pig Slurry Helps Fight Climate Change
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That's all for this week!

Ed.
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