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ThePigSite Newsletter - 2 November 2009
Monday 2nd November 2009
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial - The Devil is in the Detail

Maintaining good animal welfare regimes on the farm and in the slaughterhouse requires constant vigilance and attention to detail. This was among the key messages from animal welfare expert, Professor Temple Grandin of Colorado State University. She was the keynote speaker at the conference Super Session at the Worldwide Food Expo in Chicago last week.

And following a detailed and global collaborative effort, a first draft of the genome of a domesticated pig has been produced. A red-haired Duroc pig from a farm at the University of Illinois has joined the growing list of domesticated animals that have had their genomes sequenced. The researchers announced their achievement at a meeting at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in the UK today. The results are likely to lead to greater insights in agriculture, medicine, conservation and evolution.

And finally, the shake-down in the international animal health business is also coming down to the details. Pfizer's acquisition of Fort Dodge required some products to be divested, including several that have been acquired by Boehringer Ingelheim. And the merger between Merck and Intervet Schering Plough Animal Health has received official approval from the major regulatory bodies, on condition that significant divestitures are made.

Jackie Linden

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Application of Air Filtration Systems in Swine Operations
Darwin L. Reicks from the Swine Vet Center in St Peter, Minnesota, explains how air filtration systems can help control porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS). He was speaking at the Banff Pork Seminar 2009.
Pork CRC Looks to Make Pork Even Healthier
Pork may be a way to boost the intake of thiamine, selenium and iron in humans, according to research published in the Annual Report 08-09 from Australia's Pork CRC.
United Kingdom Pig Meat Market Update - October 2009
Tony Fowler, senior economic analyst with AHDB Meat Services Economic and Policy Analysis Group, explains the latest trends in pig production in the UK and European Union.
World Pork Trade Overview - October 2009
By USDA Foreign Agricultural Service - This article provides a forecast for 2010, in which an economic recovery is expected to bolster world meat trade.
Swine Dysentery – a Question of Nutrition?
Veterinary treatment, disinfection and fly and rodent control, feed formulation and feed additives all play a significant role in the control of swine dysnetery, according to Franz Waxenecker, Director Product Development for Biomin GmbH.
Ivomec Premix - Better products mean better results
* Company News

Acquisition Puts Boehringer among Top Health Companies
GLOBAL - Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health has closed the deal to acquire a significant portion of the Fort Dodge Animal Health business from Pfizer.
Global Opportunity for Pig Industry People
GLOBAL - People with a passion for the pig industry have a unique opportunity to study and travel as BPEX and Merial Animal Health are jointly sponsoring a Nuffield Scholarship award this year.
Merck, Schering-Plough Merger Approved
GLOBAL - Merck and Schering-Plough have received approvals from the US Federal Trade Commission, Swiss Competition Commission and Canadian Competition Bureau for their proposed merger but significant divestitures are required.
New Assignment for 'Virtual Walk the Pens
US - The new assignment for Pfizer Animal Health's 'Virtual Walk the Pens' simulator has just been released. In this sixth scenario, the virtual co-worker has noticed pigs are coughing in increasing numbers. Players must must find out why!
New Hungarian Pig Farm Uses Nedap Velos ESF
HUNGARY - In early October of 2009, Nedap dealer Firma Bräuer from Austria completed a new pig farm in western Hungary. The farm, set up for 1200 productive sows, will be housing the gestating sows in large groups.
Maxgro Has Arrived in US
US - MaxgroTM, the new terminal sire line from Hermitage NGT, has just arrived in the United States.
VIV Europe 2010 Returns to its Roots in Utrecht
NETHERLANDS - VIV Europe 2010 will take place on 20 to 22 April 2010 in the Jaarbeurs at Utrecht in the Netherlands.
LIC Agrotech Holds Workshop on Orego-Stim
THAILAND - LIC Agrotech recently held a workshop entitled Orego-Stim – The Ultimate Solution.
* Global Pig Industry News


 » JBS-Bertin Merger on Track
 » Marfrig Records Improved Performance in Q3

Never Stop Improving
   United States

 » WWFE REPORT: Attention to Detail in Animal Welfare
 » WWFE REPORT: Call for Fair Meat Trade
 » Weekly Outlook: Looking Beyond Harvest
 » Market Preview: The Two Sides of a Cheaper Dollar
 » CME: Current Grain Market Situation Discouraging
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » CME: Wholesale Pork Market May Be Short-lived
 » US and Canadian Hog Inventory Down Three Per Cent
 » CME: Drop in Canadian Breeding Herd
 » CME: Positive News for US Meat Sector
 » China to Lift H1N1-Related Ban on US Pork
 » Coming Election Could Change Ohio's Welfare Rules
 » Weekly Review: Some Doubts About Consumer Demand
 » Test Maize for Moulds Before Feeding, Urge Experts
 » CME: Another Tough Month for Meat, Poultry Sectors


 » Pork Commentary: Back to Reality - And It Isn't Pretty
 » More TAP Benefits for Manitoba Pork Producers
 » Hemp Seed Evaluated as Potential Livestock Feed
 » New Livestock Traceability Rebate Introduced
 » Cull Breeding Swine Program Audits Underway
 » Producers' Traceability Costs to Be Offset
 » Maple Leaf Foods Moves into Profit
 » CPC Extends Tendering Deadline for Program
 » Transport to Slaughterhouse on Welfare Agenda
 » Hog Farm Transition Program Tendering Goes On

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   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Prices Inconsistent Throughout Europe
 » EU Moves to Improve Animal Welfare Labelling
 » Monsanto Welcomes EU Approval of its GM Maize

   United Kingdom

 » NFU Announces Kevin Roberts as Director General
 » NFU Responds to Interview on 'Saving the Planet'
 » NADIS Veterinary Report & Forecast - October 2009
 » Professor Edwards Wins David Black Award
 » Largest Percentage Increase in Pig Farm Incomes
 » Lighter Pigs May Find Premium in Christmas Run-up


 » Iceland's Pigs Infected with A/H1N1 Virus


 » Japan Lifts H1N1 Voluntary Movement Restraint


 » OIE Head Highlights Importance of Health Legislation


 » Switzerland Reports Third Case of Brucellosis in Pigs

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 » Philippines Farmers to Benefit from Free Trade Deal


 » Study: Cloned Pigs on a Human Diet


 » Pork Trade Resumes After Easing H1N1 Fears
 » Pork CRC Publishes Annual Report

   Czech Republic

 » Czech Meat Production Down in Q3 of 2009

   Russian Federation

 » Russia's Pigs under Threat from ASF, Says Minister
 » ASF Recurs in Southern Russia

   New Zealand

 » Boycott of Non-free Range Pork Urged


 » First Draft: Researchers Sequence Swine Genome

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That's all for this week!

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