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ThePigSite Newsletter - 19 October 2009
Monday 19th October 2009
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial - H1N1 Found in Pigs in US, Norway and Ireland

The results of the latest EU pig meat working group suggest that for the full year 2009, finished pig supplies will fall by almost three per cent to 248.8 million head.

Looking ahead to the first half of next year, supplies and total production are expected to be relatively similar to 2009 levels at 123.9 million head and 11.05 million tonnes, respectively. The move to increased live exports from key producers such as Denmark and the Netherlands continues with the trade to Germany expected to rise by almost 10 per cent in 2010.

These predictions assume no significant changes in the pig market occur, of course. A second pig farm in Ireland has been confirmed with influenza A H1N1 this week. There is no link with the previous outbreak but a farm worker reported a mild respiratory illness shortly before the outbreak in pigs. There have also been two cases of H1N1 in pigs in Norway, and USDA reports that 'confirmatory tests' are being conducted on samples collected at the 2009 Minnesota State Fair between 26 August and 1 September. According to USDA's statement, the pigs sampled showed no signs of illness at the time and appeared to be healthy.

And finally, researchers in the UK have found that the agent causing Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE; 'mad cow' disease) is not responsible for brain abnormalities in pigs.

Jackie Linden

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

US Inventory and Herd Fall in the Fall
By Chris Harris, Senior Editor, ThePigSite. Our snapshot of the ongoing global pig industry trends as reported in October 2009 Whole Hog Brief. To read the full detailed analysis including all the commentary and graphical data, subscribe to the publication.
Mixed Fortunes of the French Industry on Show
A report from SPACE 2009 on the highs and lows of France's livestock sectors by Stuart Lumb for ThePigSite.
Breeding Techniques Have Potential to Lower Incidence of PCVAD
The incidence of porcine circovirus-associated disease (PCVAD) can be reduced by selecting for 65-day weight along with porcine circovirus (PCV2) viraemia and antibody titres, conclude Jared S. Bates and colleagues. Their experimental work is published in the 2009 Nebraska Swine Report.
Economic Disaster in the US Pork Industry and Implications for North Carolina
Kelly Zering, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at North Carolina State University explains why the current economic climate has hit the state's pig industry particularly hard. The article is published in the University's Swine News.
US Pork Outlook Report - October 2009
The decline in pig inventories is estimated to continue into 2010, according to Kathryn Quanbeck and Rachel J. Patton from the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) in the October 2009 Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook.
US Feed Outlook - October 2009
Estimates for the production of maize, barley and oats have been increased, according to the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) Feed Outlook for October 2009.
Never Stop Improving
* Company News

Meriden Appoints International Technical Specialist
UK - Meriden Animal Health Limited has appointed Dr Inga Shahin as an International Technical Support Specialist.
* Global Pig Industry News


 » ANUGA REPORT - Brazil Companies Set to Grow
 » Canadian Pork Gets Support in Global Markets

   United States

 » Weekly Outlook: Corn, Soybean Prices Boosted
 » Market Preview: Hog:Corn Ratio Put in Context
 » Livestock Producers Facing Explosion Hazards
 » August Pork Export Struggles Compared to 2008 Pace
 » CME: Total US Pork Exports in August Low
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Southeast Asian Meat Buyers Meet with US Suppliers
 » CME: Red Meat and Poultry Supplies for 2010 Muddled
 » Animal Welfare Measure Comes into Law in Michigan
 » CME: Carcass Weights Affecting Pork, Beef Supply
 » US Pork Producers Slow to Liquidate
 » Weekly Review: Record High 2009 Soybean Crop Estimated
 » Farmers Alter Practices for Food Safety Programmes
 » H1N1: NPPC Reiterates Safety of Pork Consumption
 » USDA: Confirmatory Testing of H1N1 Flu on US Swine

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Weakness Around Europe in October
 » EU Authorises Rovimix Hy-D 1.25% from DSM
 » EU Finished Pig Supplies Likely to Fall in 2009


 » Effectiveness of Pork Industry Restructuring Program
 » Full Restoration of Pork Exports to Russia Expected
 » Saskatchewan Pork Producers to Receive TAP
 » Hog Farm Transition Program Award at Month's End
 » Canadian Govt Invests in International Pork Marketing
 » KAP Calls on Manitoba to Help Hog Producers


 » New Grain Variety to Help Pigs Grow Faster
 » H1N1 Flu Outbreak Unlikely to Deter Pig Buyers

Ingelvac PRRS KV is indicated for the control of Porcine Reproduction and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) in breeding sows and gilts.

 » Villagers Want Ban on Pig Rearing


 » Bulgaria Reports Another Wild Boar with CSF

   Russian Federation

 » ASF Claims Two More Wild Boar in Russia
 » Russia Lifts A/H1N1-Related Pork Ban
 » Pork Commentary: Russian Road Trip

   United Kingdom

 » Pig Brain Defects Not Caused by BSE
 » We're Paying the Price Now
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - October 2009
 » Pork and Poultry Purchases in UK Flying High


 » Pigs in Norway Infected with A/H1N1 Virus
 » OIE Update on A/H1N1 Virus Outbreak in Norway


 » Polish Live Pig Exports Doing Better in 2009


 » Murphy Gets Penn Vet World Leadership Award 2009
 » Evolving Veterinary Education for a Safer World

Intervet - Research makes the difference

 » August 2009 Livestock Slaughter in Slovenia


 » Customer Servicing Increases US DDGS Demand


 » Minister Smith Underlines Commitment to Pig Sector
 » Follow-up on Outbreak of Pandemic A/H1N1 in Ireland

Circovac - Nothing protects earlier

That's all for this week!

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