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ThePigSite Newsletter - 8 June 2009
Monday 8th June 2009
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: ThePigSite editors cover major events

Our editors have been 'on the road' during the last week, covering two of the year's major pig events for ThePigSite.

Senior editor, Chris Harris, was in Des Moines, Iowa, US for the World Pork Expo. He reports that the US pig herd is expected to be reduced by between three and five per cent in the coming months because of the difficult economic times in the industry.

On a more positive note, new research from the University of Minnesota, Iowa State University, Boehringer Ingelheim and numerous US organisations seems to be leading to ways to contain and eradicate porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS).

A programme that formalises and verifies industry efforts to operate responsibly was publicly endorsed by Tyson Foods Inc. at WPE. The 'We Care' responsible pork initiative was developed by the National Pork Board and National Pork Producers Council to help demonstrate that producers are accountable for established ethical principles covering the environment, public health, employee care and community relations.

Editor Jackie Linden was in the Austrian city of Graz for the European Pig Producers (EPP) Congress 2009. Around 350 delegates from 14 different countries gathered for the meeting, which had as its theme, 'Pig meat: the future is about to begin'. Several presentations gave a good impression of the pig industry in Austria and the reasons for its success, which include above-average per capita consumption, a wide range of products and a natural and wholesome image.

Jackie Linden

Reports from World Pork Expo

 » Cuts Expected in US Pig Herd, Producers
 » Rising Costs Hitting Pig Industry
 » Flu Fears Hit US Exports
 » Certification in PQA Plus Called for
 » Industry's 'We Care' Initiative Endorsed
 » Research Leads to Hope of Eradication of PRRS
 » New Nutrition Guide Developed
 » Sow Retirement Programme Launched

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

Feeding and Feeder Management: Influences on Feed Efficiency
Feeder type can dramatically influence daily gain, and feeder adjustment affects both feed efficiency and growth rate, according to Bob Goodband and colleagues of Kansas State University's Applied Swine Nutrition Team. They presented this paper at the Swine Profitability Conference 2009.
Use of Infrared Thermography for Early Detection of Disease
These findings are an important first step in the development of a cost-effective system for detecting diseases such as Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae, according to R. Friendship, Z. Poljak, and K. McIntosh of Ontario Veterinary College. They presented their paper at the 2009 Centralia Swine Research Update.
Feeding Working Boars on a Commercial AI Stud
AI boars can be fed to a set feeding level to achieve targeted weight gains to influence longevity without affecting semen production and quality, reported R.C. Sulabo of the College of Veterinary Medicine of Kansas State University at Kansas Swine Day 2008.
Improve Your Marketing Return
This factsheet will help you review your contract, taking into account your location, pig production system and current grading. It is number 22 in the series Action for Productivity from BPEX.
National Swine Influenza Surveillance
John A. Korslund and Ellen Kasari, both DVMs at the USDA-APHIS-Veterinary Services, explain the current situation with swine influenza virus (SIV), as well as the operation and value of the surveillance programme in the US. The article was published in North Carolina State Extension Swine News in May 2009.
Swine Profitability Conference 2009
Proceedings of the 2009 Swine Profitability Conference 2009, held at Kansas State University on 3 February 2009.
Novartis Animal Health
* Company News

Top Pig Herds Can Still Compete
UK - While the average performance of finishing pigs on farms in Britain does not match EU competitors, the top herds can take on the best 10 per cent of units in Denmark, said John Richardson, Intervet/Schering Plough Animal Health.
Walk the Pens Virtually with a New Simulator
US -Pfizer Animal Health is launching a new on-line educational simulation that can be played from any standard computer to help demonstrate the importance of Individual Pig Care.
Award for Amphokal and Multiclean CS
POLAND - German animal hygiene company, EWABO, has received a top awards for its products Amphokal and Multiclean CS at the Pig and Poultry Farm fair that took place in Poznan, Poland from 24-26 April.
EWABO Gains ISO Certificate
GERMANY - German animal hygiene company EWABO has successfully passed all stages required for the DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 certification.
Tests Evaluation Activity of EWABO┬┤s Products
GERMANY - In the course of a consistent evaluation of biocides, several EWABO products used in the veterinary sector have been tested with the EU directives DIN EN 1656 (bactericidal), 1657 (fungicidal/levurocidal), 14204 (mykobactericidal) and 14675 (virucidal) especially in mind.
* Global Pig Industry News


 » EPP CONGRESS: Austria Welcomes EPP Congress 2009
Aurofac / Aureomycin - Justified, Reliable
   United States

 » Checkoff Selected Leadership Programme Participants
 » Tyson Foods Names Two New Top Executives
 » Expertise Provided to Chinese Swine Managers
 » NFU Renews Call for Support of COOL
 » Role of Pork Checkoff in Today's Industry
 » Antibiotics Bill Defeated in California Senate
 » Proposition 2 Grows New Offshoots
 » Study Breaks Link Between Red Meat and Cancer
 » CME: Red Meat Prices Below Year Ago Levels
 » Weekly Review: No Good News at Pork Expo
 » Market Preview: Stuff Happens!


 » Pork Commentary: Road Trip in Russia - 2nd Week
 » Enhanced Traceability Benefits Producers and Buyers
 » Food Traceability Not a Food Safety Issue
 » NPPC Concerned Over Canadian Calls for Subsidies
 » Further Changes to M-COOL Looking Less Likely


 » Danish Crown to Move Slaughtering to Germany
 » Danish Crown Under Fire

   United Kingdom

 » Country of Origin Labelling Breakthrough
 » UFU Welcomes Fall in GHG Emissions in Agriculture
 » AFBI to Host Northern Ireland Pig Event 2009
 » 160p/kg for the Right Types
Hampshire Boar from JSR Genetics

 » Pork Found in Beef Products, Reports BPOM
 » Decreasing Pork Price Causes Deflation

   Russian Federation

 » Cherkizovo Publishes 2008 Annual Report
 » US in Russia to Discuss Accession to WTO


 » China Gets Tough Over Food Safety
 » World First: Chinese Scientists Create Pig Stem Cells


 » Register Now for Australia's Nutrition Conference
 » IGA Drives Aussie Pork Message

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Irritation, Unexpected Decline in Prices
 » Place of Farming Legislation Planned for Next Year


 » Ag Department Moves to More Integrated Approach


 » Trial Vaccine for A (H1N1) to be Tested on Pigs
 » Pig Farmers Given Three Years to Relocate
 » Pigs to be Tested with Four Different Vaccines

   New Zealand

 » Pig Welfare Campaigners Target Pork Conference
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That's all for this week!

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