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ThePigSite Newsletter - 28 September 2009
Monday 28 September 2009
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial - Australia's Pork Industry Looks Ahead

The Australian industry announced last week that it aims to be carbon neutral within five years. The industry body, Australian Pork Ltd (APL), explained that consumers want to buy sustainably produced food and it sees cutting emissions from pig farms is an important part of that. APL's research and innovation manager says that emissions will be eliminated by introducing new types of feed and making better use of pig waste.

APL has also launched its Strategic Plan 2010-2015. Its chairman explained: "The diversity of the industry in our products, in our production systems, in the size, competence and dedication of our producers are assets that we must leverage to their full value. The industry's unity around the thrust of this Strategic Plan 2010–2015, in its adoption and implementation, will be a significant step in that direction."

The USDA has published the latest Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report. It reveals that the US inventory of all hogs and pigs on 1 September 2009 was 66.6 million head, a fall of two per cent from 1 September 2008 but up one per cent from 1 June 2009.

At 5.87 million head, the breeding herd was down three per cent from last year and also down two per cent from the previous quarter. The market hog inventory, at 60.8 million head, was down two per cent from last year, and there were four per cent fewer sows farrowing during the June-August period than in the same period in 2008.

The big news from industry suppliers this week was that Boehringer Ingelheim is set to acquire certain Fort Dodge assets from Pfizer/Wyeth, including pig vaccine manufacturing facilities.

Jackie Linden

This Week's Book Focus - Special Offer

Finishing Pigs A Practical Guide to Growth, Health and Behaviour Finishing Pigs A Practical Guide to Growth, Health and Behaviour
Finishing Pigs is full of practical tips. It is clearly written and illustrated with informative photographs and beautiful drawings. After reading this book, you will be more alert and you will respond better to signals. And you will return to the barn with renewed energy!
Pig Signals Look, Think and Act Pig Signals Look, Think and Act
Veterinary surgeons and pig enthusiasts Jan Hulsen and Kees Scheepens wrote Pig Signals based on their expertise and extensive experience with farmers and their pigs. They created this richly-illustrated book as an ideal practical guide and essential reference book. It is important not to jump to conclusions, but to keep asking yourself three questions: What do I see? Why has this happened? What does this mean?

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report - September 2009
This quarter's quarterly Hogs and Pigs report from the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
Chinese Industry Needs to Modernise and Industrialise
Pig meat production in China, the world's largest meat producer, is growing and in particular the country is seeing a growth in branded products, writes ThePigSite Senior Editor, Chris Harris.
Update on New Piglet Diarrhoea in Europe
Recent reports about a possible new threat of piglet diarrhoea in Denmark and France have sparked concern in the EU pig industry. Jackie Linden, editor of ThePigSite, reviews the information currently available.
Australian Pork Industry Revving Up for the Future
The Australian pork industry is going through a substantial change. To overcome obstacles that lie within these changes, Australian Pork Limited (APL), after consultation with stakeholders, has come up with a 2010-2015 Strategic Plan. Rachel Ralte, reporting for ThePigSite, outlines the main objectives of the plan.
Nebraska Study Shows DDGS, Beta-Agonist Do Not Affect Growing-Finishing Pigs
Growth performance of growing-finishing castrates was not affected by increasing dietary distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS; 0 to 40 per cent) or supplementing ractopamine, according to Roman Moreno and co-authors in their paper published in the 2009 Nebraska Swine Report.
UK Pig Disease Quarterly Surveillance Report: April to June 2009
The latest report from the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) highlights the good news the incidence of PMWS was the lowest in England and Wales since 2002, and bad news that the diagnostic rate for PRRS this quarter is the highest rate for any quarter over the same period. There were no outbreaks of Notifiable Diseases during the quarter.
* Company News

Boehringer to Acquire Fort Dodge Assets from Pfizer
GLOBAL - Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health has entered into an agreement to acquire certain assets of Fort Dodge Animal Health from Pfizer. The acquisition will strengthen Boehringer Ingelheim's position as a vaccine supplier among the world's top animal health companies.
Hypor Lands in Viet Nam
VIET NAM - Hypor, the pig breeding division of Hendrix Genetics, announced today that their first delivery of GGPs/GPs to Viet Nam arrived on 30 August.
Breeding for Profitability More Accurate than Ever Before
EU - As described in the article Breeding for Profitability, rather than focusing on selecting for single traits, PIC measures and selects a comprehensive range of traits using accurate information and with only one goal in mind – improving profitability..
DRAXXIN Injectable Solution Now Approved for SRD Control
US - Swine producers have a new weapon in the arsenal for the control of swine respiratory disease (SRD).
Geneconverter 700 Boar from JSR Genetics
* Global Pig Industry News

   United States

 » Weekly Outlook: Soft Red Winter Wheat Basis Weak
 » Pork Checkoff's Industry Environmental Stewards
 » Market Preview: 2009 Crop Vulnerability Reinforced
 » CME: Markets Wary of Hog Supply Outlook
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » US Swine Economics Report
 » CME: Latest Pork Cold Storage Report Positive
 » Call for Data on Antibiotic Use in Animals
 » President Obama Commended on USTR Nomination
 » No Immediate Relief in Sight on China Pork Access
 » CME: Overall Hog Inventories Expected to be Down
 » K-State Swine Day to Focus on Staying Competitive
 » Weekly Review: September Hogs and Pigs Report Bullish
 » Record High Pork Production for August
 » EPA Told Changes to RFS Could Affect Ag Prices
 » CME: US Swine Herd Continues to Decline
 » Lifting of Funding Ban Could Help US Pork Producers
 » Official Recognition of Progress in Feed Analysis
 » Meat Protected from Pathogens by Apple Film


 » FMD NEWS: Experts to Meet in Melbourne
 » China Restricts EU Pork Due to H1N1 Fears

   Viet Nam

 » Growing Show for the Promising Vietnamese Market

   United Kingdom

 » Higher Risk of Abnormal Gait in Intensive Systems
 » NFU Praises Retailers' Honest Food Labelling Move
 » Livestock Manure Application Not Raised for Pigs
 » Pig Farm Receives Grant to Reduce GHG Emissions
 » Scottish Pig Herd Drops Again
 » Scottish Census Reveals Fall in Animal Numbers
 » VLA: Lack of Response to Diarrhoea Antibiotics
 » Supplies Will Tighten Soon
 » New Web Site Promotes Red Meat for Good Health

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Prices Falling Throughout Europe
 » European Pig Herd Still in Decline

   Hong Kong

 » Traders Warn of Continuous Rise in Pork Prices


 » Positive Aspects of Pork Production to be Highlighted
 » ALMA Funds 30 Industry Projects
 » The Biggest Challenge for Prairie Farmers
 » Study: Supply Management Not a Simple Solution
 » Canadian Standard for Pork Quality Recommended
 » Changes in Grain Grading Could be Forced
 » Optimism within Western Canadian Swine Industry  » Pork Commentary: The Swine Market is Bad

Aurofac / Aureomycin - Justified, Reliable

 » Marfrig in Major Expansion Deals


 » Pune Govt Prepares for Influenza


 » China Denies Imposing Restrictions on EU Imports


 » Aussie Pork Industry Aims to Be Carbon-Neutral
 » FSANZ Invites Public Comment on Food Law Changes


 » Piggeries Shut as Demand Falls Due to H1N1 Scare


 » Wageningen to Study Behaviour for Better Welfare
 » Warning over H1N1 Risk in Big Pig Farms

Novartis Animal Health

 » New Pig Research Station Opens in Belgium


 » Taiwan Set on Purchasing US Corn and DDGS

That's all for this week!

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