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ThePigSite Newsletter - 20 July 2009
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Minister Offers Advice in NZ Welfare Debate

A recent television programme in New Zealand has sparked concern among the public and officials about the way food is produced and the treatment of animals for food.

Today, Minister of Agriculture and Minister for Biosecurity, David Carter, addressed the New Zealand Pork Industry Board Conference, highlighting that consumers have genuine concerns about the way their food is produced, and that the local pig meat industry needs to pay attention to their concerns.

"These consumers are completely rational people whose conscience affects their purchasing decisions. This is their right and as an industry, you ignore them at your peril. Proof of this was the decline in pork purchases in New Zealand immediately following the TV programme," he told the conference.

Mr Carter added that the pig meat industry faces a further challenge: the way it responds to animal rights activists. These groups often aim to discredit the industry, and the industry has to know how to respond, he said.

"Your industry can treat these welfare issues as an opportunity or as a challenge. I suggest opportunity," he said, adding that the issue will not go away any time soon.

Following a fact-finding tour of Russia, Jim Long of Genesus highlights in his Pork Commentary that Russian producers are making more than US$100 per pig. As a result, investment is pouring into the industry, stimulating rapid expansion.

By contrast, Glen Grimes says that the US sow herd needs to contract by five or even 10 per cent to make the industry there competitive again.

Jackie Linden

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Recognising and Treating Pig Infertility Recognising and Treating Pig Infertility
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 7 new features this week:

US Pig Herd Needs to Reduce
The US pig herd needs to reduce sow numbers by at least five per cent, and maybe up to 10 per cent to remain competitive, writes ThePigSite senior editor Chris Harris.
Learning Pig Health and Welfare Virtually
Learning what can go wrong on a pig farm and how to cope with outbreaks of sickness is an essential part of production management, writes ThePigSite senior editor, Chris Harris.
Herd Health Always an Economic Concern
Porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) is a common disease in some areas of the world, and while it is not so common in the US, Dr Joseph Connor, DVM, MS, president of Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd., said that not vaccinating against the disease can have huge effects on the pig herd, writes ThePigSite senior editor, Chris Harris.
Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
Despite the finding of MRSA in pigs and pork in Canada, the potential role on human health is unclear, according to Dr Scott Weese of the University of Guelph, speaking at the 28th Centralia Swine Research Update.
Fine Tuning Nursery Management to Optimise Production Costs
Peter Wilcock of AB Agri Ltd in the UK explains the main areas of management that should be looked at to improve nursery performance and optimise lifetime production costs. He presented his paper at the London Swine Conference 2009.
Piglet Coccidiosis
Piglet coccidiosis is caused by a protozoan parasite called Isospora suis. Although Eimeria debliecki has been known to cause clinical disease in piglets, it seems that the only important pathogenic species known to cause clinical disease in piglets is Isospora suis, writes Dr. Justin Tan Yu- Wen of Meriden Animal Health.
US Pork Outlook Report - July 2009
By USDA, Economic Research Service. This article is an extract from the July 2009 issue of Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report. Pork prices are expected to remain weak throughout 2009.

Other new features:

US Feed Outlook
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - July 2009
Novartis Animal Health
* Company News

JSR Conference Celebrates 20th Anniversary
UK - The Annual JSR Technical Conference, this year entitled ‘Opportunities in Turbulent Times’ is taking place on Tuesday 15 September at Nottingham University, the Sutton Bonington Campus.
A Big Dutchman Opts for Big Dutchman
NETHERLANDS - Since 2001, Dutchman, Egbert Selten, has been proud owner of a pig farm in Narrandera, Australia.
Dutch Productivity ‘Target for UK Pig Producers’
NETHERLANDS - Managing sows for high productivity — averaging 28 to 30 pigs/sow/year – was the focus of a visit to the Netherlands sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health for UK breeding farm managers.
* Global Pig Industry News

   United States

 » FDA Seeks Ban on Unnecessary Animal Antibiotics
 » Ethanol By-Products and Antibiotics Cause Concern
 » New Guidelines for Foodborne Outbreak Response
 » Farmers Union Testifies on Food Safety
 » Challenge of Continuously Improving Food Safety
 » AMI: Voicing Opposition to Animal Antibiotics Ban
 » NPB Meeting to Elect Officers and Work on Budget
 » NPPC: Resolve Issues Before Passing Food-Safety Bill
 » Weekly Outlook: USDA Projects Ample Crop Supplies
 » Weekly Review: May Pork Exports Sharply Lower
 » Market Preview: Pork Exports Have Ups & Downs
 » May Decline in Pork Exports Less than Feared
 » CME: Tyson Cuts Officially Announced
Draxxin - Treat em' once. Treat em' Right

 » New Tool to Evaluate Swine Housing Costs Expected
 » Producers Await Government Response to Recovery Plan
 » Traceability Consensus Expected to be Challenging
 » Quick Response to Transition Plan Proposal Urged
 » Skills, Safety, Environment: Canadian Funds
 » Reward for Biosecurity and Disease Monitoring Urged
 » Potential Advantages from Straw Based Sow Housing
 » Coordinated Approach to Addressing Disease Urged
 »  Pork Commentary: Russia Again

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Desired Price Increase Fails to Appear
 » Can the EU Uphold Zero Tolerance to GM feed?

   United Kingdom

 » NPA: Disease Cost Levy is a Very Blunt Tool
 » Removing Boar Taint Roulette May Mean Higher Sales
 » Environment Information Hub for Producers
 » Call for Collaboration
 » NPA Launches Campaign to Keep Out Weaner-dealers
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - July 2009
 » 2009 Defra Review: Reduction of Disease Risks
 » A Dampish Day for Spot Sellers...

   Korea, South

 » Opposite Directions for Pork and Chicken Sales
Alphamune G - Shielding, Earning

 » Grain & Feed Storage – Options for Livestock Farmers


 » Pigs Have the Fastest Returns


 » New Organisation for Agriculture & Food in Denmark


 » Meat Export to EU May Run into US$30 Million Annually

   New Zealand

 » Pork Industry Urged to Act on Animal Welfare


 » Belgian Producers Block Distribution Centres
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That's all for this week!

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