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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: New Environmental Legislation, FMD and H1N1

At the end of last week, the US House of Representatives approved legislation that will allow farmers, ranchers and forest owners to fully participate in a market-based carbon offset programme, earning income for activities they undertake to address global climate change.

The bill was supported by a number of farmer associations, including National Pork Producers and National Farmers Union, whose chairman commented: "While not perfect, the House-passed bill is a step in the right direction. I look forward to working with the Senate as they begin considering climate change legislation."

A few days earlier, EU Environment Ministers agreed not to extend the scope of the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) Directive to cover smaller pig and poultry farms - a move warmly welcomed by farmers.

On issues of pig health, the Taiwanese veterinary authorities informed the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about an outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease (FMD) on a commercial pig farm in early June. The news came just ahead of an announcement from the OIE/FAO Global Conference on Foot and Mouth Disease, which was held in Asunción, Paraguay last week. There, it was agreed that new national and regional policies and actions need to be given a boost to achieve global control of the disease that contributes to food insecurity and poverty.

And finally, Argentina has reported finding H1N1 influenza in a pig herd - the second country (after Canada) to report an outbreak among its pig population. The source of infection is not yet known.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 7 new features this week:

Kansas Scientists Test Noni as a Feed Additive for Weaners
Noni (Morinda citrifolia) included in complex diets at levels of 0.75 to 3.0 per cent improved the performance of weaned pigs, according to Feoli and colleagues at Kansas State University. They reported four experiments in two papers at the Kansas Swine Day 2008. Jackie Linden, editor of ThePigSite, summarises the findings.
UK/EU Pig Populations - June 2009
The figures for the November/December 2008 census of pig numbers in EU countries are not yet complete but the latest available figures are tabulated by Jackie Linden, editor of ThePigSite.
UK/EU Pig Statistics - June 2009
This article provides a summary of the latest statistics relating to pigs in the UK and Europe by ThePigSite editor, Jackie Linden.
How to Make a Nursery Group a Success
There are three tips to success: encouragement of feed intake, feeder management and environmental hygiene, according to Mike Tokach and colleagues at Kansas State University's Applied Swine Nutrition Team. They were presented at the Swine Profitability Conference 2009.
Survival of Manure Pathogens in Swine Manure
Ann Huber, environmental microbiologist with the Soil Resource Group in Guelph reported her study into numbers of E. coli, Salmonella and Campylobacter in pig manure during storage at the 28th Centralia Swine Research Update. Her data enables predictions of storage conditions and times required to achieve significant pathogen reductions prior to field application.
Efficacy of Selected Disinfectants against Porcine Pathogens
Seven chemical disinfectants were tested against 10 species of porcine bacterial pathogens that are common in UK pig units under a range of conditions. The pathogens showed widely different susceptibilities to the different disinfectants. None of the compounds was universally effective. The research was conducted by J.R. Thomson and collegues at Scottish Agricultural College and published by BPEX.
Five Ways to Address Summer Infertility in Pigs
Julian Wiseman, Professor of Animal Production, at the University of Nottingham introduces the topical problem of summer infertility in pigs in a discussion with Dr Grant Walling, Director of Research and Genetics at JSR Genetics to provide expert advice on this issue.
Mycoplasma Hyopneumoniae information centre
* Company News

Mark Wilson Moves on from BPEX
UK - Mark Wilson, who created the Knowledge Transfer team at BPEX, is making a career move to a leading meat company.
Mike Varley to Join BPEX
UK - Dr Mike Varley is to join BPEX as Head of Knowledge Transfer, Research and Development.
Pfizer Launches Swine Influenza Virus Website
US - As Swine Influenza Virus (SIV) challenges swine operations across the United States, Pfizer Animal Health announces the launch of their new website for the FluSure XP™ vaccine, www.FluSureXP.com.
Pork Commentary: Hog Markets Continue to Languish
CANADA - This week's North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long.
Bryan M. Retales New Manager of TOPIGS Philippines
PHILIPPINES - TOPIGS is pleased to announce the appointment of Bryan M. Retales, DMV as manager of TOPIGS Philippines with effect from May 2009.
* Global Pig Industry News

   General

 » FMD NEWS: Disease Hits Taiwan

   United States

 » NPPC: New Director to Oversee Grassroots Programs
 » AMI, NCC Challenge 'Food, Inc.' Claims
 » Ag Secretary Announces Lab Funding Boost
 » Improved Welfare Measures Brings Praise from PETA
 » Market Preview: Summer Market Dragged Down
 » Weekly Outlook: Expectation for USDA Reports
 » US Swine Economics Report
 » New Compound Has Potential for Mycotoxin Control
 » Register for Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open Event
 » Industry Seeking Producer Input on New Direction
 » Report Evaluates Intelligent Use of Manure
 » CME: No Reductions in Breeding and Market Herds
 » NPPC: Compromise Climate Change Legislation
 » Weekly Review: Slaughter Close to a Year Ago
 » Farming Groups Welcome Clean Energy Bill
 » H1N1 Has Hit Pig Farmers Hard Intervet - Research makes the difference
   Australia

 » Swine Fever Could Devastate Aussie Pig Population
 » Report Published on Meat, Fish Retailing in Australia

   Canada

 » H1N1 Virulence Typical of Seasonal Flu
 » Manitoba Hog Farmers Plead for Gov't Help
 » Canada Issues Recommendations on Food Safety
 » CPC Calls for Special H1N1 Recovery Program
 » Contact with Gov't Representatives Encouraged
 » Cash Vital in Surviving Economic Crisis
 » WCVM Expands to Meet Demand for Vet Services
 » Super-Heated Steam Improves Drying of DDGS

   Germany

 » Westfleisch Maintains Steady Course
 » No Direct Link Between Infection, Milk Shortage

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Short Supply to Increase Prices
 » New EU Feed Rules Will Improve Food Safety
 » EU Ministers Agree To New Slaughterhouse Rules
 » European Pig Meat Supply Chain Probe
 » EU Ministers Agree Not to Extend Pollution Directive

   United Kingdom

 » East Anglia Winning War Against Swine Dysentery
 » GB Animal Feed Statistical Notice - February to April 2009
 » BPEX Campaign Scoops Cannes Lions Award
 » Meat Quality Prediction in Scotland
 » SPCA in Endorsement of Pig Assurance Scheme
 » Some Spot Buyers Went into Reverse
 » Fighting for British Pork Label
 » Aristocrat Speaks out on Intensive Farming on TV Ivomec Premix - Better products mean better results
   China

 » China Takes H1N1 Trade Related Measures
 » Top Speakers Line up for Pork Conference
 » Chinese Scientists Succeed in Pig Gender Selection
 » First Phase of Green Pig Project Completed

   Russian Federation

 » Meat and Milk Imports Fall in Russia
 » PM Putin Drops by Store and Raps Pork Prices

   Brazil

 » Bunge Inaugurates New Soy Processing Plant

   Slovenia

 » Effects of CLA on Piglet Health Studied

   Philippines

 » PRRS Kills 700 Pigs in Central Luzon
 » Finance Dept Considers Duty on Feed Wheat

   Spain

 » Project to Control Salmonella in the Iberian Pig

   India

 » Corporation Keen on Tackling Pig Menace

   Moldova

 » Moldova Withholds Trade Restrictions Due to H1N1 Never Stop Improving
   Argentina

 » H1N1 Flu Hits Pig Farm in Argentina

   Paraguay

 » OIE/FAO FMD Conference Seeks Global Control



That's all for this week!

Ed.
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