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ThePigSite Newsletter - 23 November 2009
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial - EU Tackles Drug Resistance in Foodborne Pathogens

Better surveillance is needed to fight spread of antimicrobial resistance in zoonotic infections, particularly Salmonella and Campylobacter, according to a group of health agencies in the European Union.

The joint opinion from these agencies concludes that bacterial resistance to antimicrobials has increased in recent years worldwide, making it more difficult to treat some human and animal infections. It says surveillance activities should be strengthened and the development of new antimicrobials and new strategies to combat the spread of resistance encouraged. The opinion continues that research is needed on other strategies to control infectious diseases in animals, such as vaccination programmes.

In the UK, environmental campaigner, the Soil Association, has called on the government to act over what is calls an escalating farm antibiotic resistance problem.

And continuing on the theme of foodborne disease, a Dutch scientist has recently revealed that pigs may play a role in the exposure of humans to hepatitis E virus.

The World Trade Organization has started its enquiry into US Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) rules for cattle and pigs from Canada and Mexico.

Editor's Note: Because of technical problems, ThePigSite newsletter has been delayed and the web site was inaccessible for a period on Monday. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Jackie Linden

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 9 new features this week:

Study Finds Variation in Costs for Animal Disease Prevention
A new report Cost of National Prevention Systems for Animal Diseases and Zoonoses in Developing and Transition Countries commissioned by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has been published recently. The main conclusions are summarised by Jackie Linden for ThePigSite.
Loose Housing for Farrowing and Lactating Sows
Danish pig production could be moving towards loose housing in the farrowing unit, writes ThePigSite senior editor, Chris Harris.
Cost of Production Forecast – US versus Canada Comparison
Grant Lazaruk from Hytek Ltd explains how the pig industries in Canada and the US compare in terms of the technical aspects of pig production, processing and marketing. He was addressing the Banff Pork Seminar earlier this year.
The GM Debate and the Irish Pig Meat Sector
Peadar Lawlor and Maria Walsh, Principal Research Officer and Research Officer in the Pig Development Unit based at Moorepark Research Centre, explore the viability of the Irish pig industry in the presence of a GM feed ban.
Shipping Lighter Hogs May Save Money
According to Jaydee Smith, swine production systems programme lead at OMAFRA, shipping pigs at the right weight saves feed and reduces the amount of pork marketed.
Probiotics in Poultry and Pig Nutrition: Basics and Benefits
An introduction to the topic by Dr Tobias Steiner of Biomin Holding GmbH, including mode of action and examples of how probiotics can affect poultry and pig performance.
Heavy Pigs at Weaning Improve Growth, Efficiency and Carcass Value
Weaning weight affects subsequent performance and carcass quality, according to Hypor, which is why their breeding programme fouses on the sow's 'weaning capacity'.

Plus 2 reports:
US Pork Outlook Report - November 2009
US Feed Outlook - November 2009

Biomin - the natural way
* Company News

Successful Transition from Planned to Market Economy
HUNGARY - András Tóth from Dunasczekcsŏ in southern Hungary, owner and director of the agricultural company Duna Gyöngye as well as owner of 850 sows kept in a closed system, has the guts to convert pig houses.

VIV China Reflects Development of Chinese Industry
CHINA - The success of the recent VIV China exhibition has been attributed to the growing professionalism of China's livestock industries.
* Global Pig Industry News

   United States

 » Market Preview: New Rules for Risk Management
 » September Pork Exports Regain Momentum
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Weekly Outlook: Crop Prices Remain Firm
 » Tips Offered to Prevent Manure Pit Explosions
 » CME: Japan Remains Biggest US Pork Customer
 » CME: USDA Announces Workshop Dates and Topics
 » NPPC Urges Equal Billing for Pork Industry Workers
 » CME: Drop in Pork Prices Seen in October
 » Tyson Foods Names New Top Executives
 » Weekly Review: September Pork Exports Higher Than a Year Ago
 » US Pork Production Down from a Year Ago
 » CME: Frozen Pork Inventories See Positive Sign
 » AMI Supports FSIS Meat and Poultry Shipment Rule


 » Pig Producers Crucified by Imports and Mislabelling
 » Technology to Add €55,000 to Pig Farm Profit

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Prices Steady or Slightly Increasing
 » Warning: More Drug Resistance in Zoonoses
 » Commission to Tackle Anti-Microbial Resistance

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   United Kingdom

 » Pig Price Sampled Enlarged
 » UK's Processed Pork Exports Booming
 » Waitrose Introduces Greener British Pork
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - November 2009
 » Call for Govt to Act over Antibiotic Resistance
 » Short Supply Holds Up UK Cull Sow Prices
 » Bristol Academic to Lead Welfare Advisory Board
 » Pig Managers on Course for Success


 » Pork Commentary: Govt-Controlled Big Sky Farms and Creditor Protection
 » Stress in the Pork Industry to Be Addressed
 » Sask Pork to Focus on Range of Objectives
 » Setting Livestock Operation Separation Distances
 » CPC Tracks Loan Loss Reserve Programme Success
 » Biosecurity Benchmarking Study to Be Launched
 » Recommendations When Formulating Swine Rations
 » Animal Welfare Schedule Gets Favourable Response

Aurofac / Aureomycin - Justified, Reliable
   Russian Federation

 » New Case of ASF Reported in Russia
 » OIE Reports New ASF Outbreak in Russia
 » Russia Reports Total of Four ASF Outbreaks


 » First Step to Global Standards in Vet Training


 » Pigs Play a Role in Spread of Hepatitis E


 » Danish Crown Gets International Recognition


 » Chinese to Install Pig Feed Intake Data System
 » Pigs Get ID Chips in Southwest China
 » Pork 'Safe to Eat' Despite Infection Found in Pigs

Draxxin - Treat em' once. Treat em' Right

 » WTO Investigates Poultry, Livestock Complaints
 » WTO Establishes Panel to Consider COOL Dispute

   Viet Nam

 » Interest in US Feed Grains Grows in Viet Nam


 » Taiwanese Nutritionists Learn About DDGS


 » State Aid for German Farmers Hit by Recession

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That's all for this week!

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