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ThePigSite Newsletter - 14 September 2009

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Monday 14th September 2009
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial - New Health Problems Emerging

As if the world's pig producers and processors are not already facing very difficult times, news has come this week of two new challenges to pig health.

The first comes in the form of new disease threat reported in Europe. A new and so far unexplained syndrome of diarrhoea in young piglets has been seen in Denmark and France.

Mortality rates of up to 40 per cent in suckling piglets have been observed – bringing back bad memories to farmers who have been through the devastation that followed the similar first reports of what we now know as PRRS and PMWS.

The cause of the syndrome is unknown. Farmers and veterinarians are struggling to contain the disease as no effective treatment, vaccination or control measures are known at this stage. In Brittany, 15 to 20 per cent of herds have already experienced the condition, and the disease has mainly affected high performing and well managed herds. Hyperprolificacy, overuse of antibiotics, chilling in the creep area, nutritional factors and various microorganisms have all been suggested as possible factors.

Meanwhile, Canadian producers have been warned about the increasing prevalence of a new more aggressive and toxic form of the fungus, Fusarium graminearum in feed wheat. This is the fungus that produces the mycotoxin, DON, which is so harmful to pig health.

This unwelcome news follows reports that the present losses on hogs in Canada are expected to continue well into 2010.

Jackie Linden

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Pig Signals Look, Think and Act Pig Signals Look, Think and Act
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Canadian Herd Shrinks but More Slowly (September 2009)
By Chris Harris, Senior Editor, ThePigSite. Our snapshot of the ongoing global pig industry trends as reported in September 2009 Whole Hog Brief. To read the full detailed analysis including all the commentary and graphical data, subscribe to the publication.
Economy of Adding Fibrous Feedstuffs to Sow Gestation Diets
Producers may be able to improve the profitability of their operation by using fibrous feed ingredients in sow gestation diets, according to a paper presented by by Duane E. Reese and Allen Prosch in the 2009 Nebraska Swine Report.
Antimicrobial Sensitivity Testing and Heat Treatment on Orego-Stim Powder
Results from the company's own laboratory and from University Putra Malaysia demonstrate that Meriden Animal Health's Orego-Stim Powder is highly effective against the multi drug-resistant strains of bacteria, and that it is stable in the feed following the heat treatment.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - September 2009
According to the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report from the World Agricultural Outlook Board, weak demand for cattle, hogs, turkeys and broilers continues to put prices under pressure.
Walking the Pens
* Company News

ACMC Tip: Avoid Greedy Pigman's Disease
UK - With high pig prices there is a temptation to push production as hard as possible. The advent of circovirus vaccines has allowed some producers to cut corners on stocking density, downtimes for cleaning buildings and other management tasks previously needed to control PMWS, says Paul Thompson, veterinary consultant to pig-breeding company, ACMC Ltd.
* Global Pig Industry News

   United States

 » First Humane Livestock Transportation Council Meeting
 » Antibiotic Ban Would Compromise Food Safety
 » Smithfield Reports $107 Million Loss
 » Market Preview: Sausage Market Fundamentals
 » Weekly Outlook: Corn and Soybean Storage Decisions
 » CME: Hog-Corn Ratio Slightly Higher This Year
 » NPPC Congratulates Harkin and Welcomes Lincoln
 » CME: Accuracy of Reports Dependent on Weather
 »  Call Flu 'H1N1' Not 'Swine' Flu, USDA Demands
 » CME: H1N1 Influenza Not the Same as 'Swine Flu'
 » Tyson Foods' Beef, Pork, Prepared Foods Strong
 » Weekly Review: Feeder Pig Prices Up
 » CME: Labour Day Lowers Slaughter for the Week
 » USDA Forecasts Second-Largest Corn Crop
 » July Pace Remains Sluggish for US Pork

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   United Kingdom

 » Sudden Death: Suspect Split Livers
 » Scottish Livestock Transport Under EU Threat Again
 » Producers Owed £300,000 in Tax Refunds
 » Institute for Animal Health to Focus on Virology
 » NPA Calls for Rethink on Vitamin A
 » VLA: Salmonellosis Kills Thirteen Pigs Overnight
 » Autumn Rally Beginning to Look Elusive
 » Tulip Ltd Appoints UK Chief Executive Officer


 » Evolving Veterinary Education for a Safer World

   European Union

 » Feed Shortage Ahead for EU Farmers
 » New Rules for Animal By-products
 » EU Pig Prices: Slack for Seasonal Reasons
 » New Disease Threat?


 » Pork Commentary: Having 'Jim Long Optimism'
 » Pork Producers Welcome Reopening of PSC Elstow
 » Reduced Hog Numbers Impact Feed Demand
 » Challenge to Find Low Cost Feed Ingredients
 » Swine Producers Encouraged to Analyse Feed Grain
 » Losses on Hogs Expected to Continue into 2010
 » Canadian Govt Takes Action to Improve Food Safety
 » Study: Pork Quality Varies According to Compartment

Novartis Animal Health

 » DC Future: Danish Crown on Target
 » Denmark Sets Tougher Salmonella Targets


 » Chinese Pork Industry Impresses USMEF Chairman
 » Yurun Sees Profits Rise

   New Zealand

 » New Zealand Bacon Competition Winners Announced


 » Cargill Expands Romanian Animal Nutrition Production


 » H1N1: Govt Urges Pig Breeders to Enhance Biosecurity


 » Victoria's Pigs Cleared of H1N1 Flu

That's all for this week!

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