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ThePigSite Newsletter - 7 December 2009
Monday 7th December 2009
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Editorial - Pig Farming and Climate Change

Today sees the start of the United Nations' summit on climate change in the Danish capital, Copenhagen. Its official title is COP15, referring to the 15th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The media is sure to be full of reports and opinions on the progress of the conference until its final day on 18 December and beyond. There is a good deal of scepticism about what this high-level conference will bring, and it certainly seems unlikely that any agreement will emerge that mentions pig farming directly. However, as an activity with many and complex environmental impacts, agriculture will feel the repercussions of any agreement in the coming months and years.

That's not to say that pig producers and processors should not urgently address their impact on the environment and indeed, many countries and individuals are working hard to reduce emissions from farms and processing plants.

Just last week, the British pig meat industry set out the challenges facing the sector in tackling environmental issues, climate changes and the carbon footprint of production in two reports. One of these examines the environmental impact of pig production and lays down guidelines to meet the challenges, while the other looks at how the British Pig Executive (BPEX) is working to enhance the environmental sustainability of pork production.

BPEX Head of Marketing, Chris Lamb, commented: "The launch of the two reports is only the start and we are looking forward to tackling the challenges of engaging on this subject and cutting the industry's impact on the environment."

Last week, we reported that researchers at Eindhoven University in the Netherlands have succeeded in growing artificial pork in a laboratory. The leading scientist said that artificial culture could mean that the meat of one animal could be increased to a volume equivalent to the meat of a million animals. One of the advantages, he said, was the reduction in environmental impact.

Jackie Linden

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

How PCV2 Interferes with the Immune System
Dr Kenneth McCullough, head of research at Switzerland's Institute of Virology and Immunoprophylaxis explained how PCV2 affects the pig's immune response at this year's PCVD Forum organised by Merial. Jackie Linden reports for ThePigSite.
EU Producer Prices Decline Again (December 2009)
By Chris Harris, Senior Editor, ThePigSite. Our snapshot of the ongoing global pig industry trends as reported in December 2009 Whole Hog Brief.
Proper Disposal of Dead Animals on Michigan Farms
The Bodies of Dead Animals Act (BODA) is important for many reasons, not least to protect human as well as animal health, according to Dale W. Rozeboom from Michigan State University's Department of Animal Science.
Maximising Weaning Weight
Hypor females have the potential for high milk production and large litter size, resulting in large numbers of heavy piglets at weaning. Attention to these factors that influence weaning weight will help to maximise weaning capacity.
Improving Key Performance Indicators: Breeding Herd
Farrowing rate, farrowing index and non-productive days are interconnected and important key performance indicators for the breeding herd. BPEX explains why in number 26 in its series Action for Productivity.
European Union - Livestock and Products Annual 2009
Total EU pig production in 2009 is expected to be the lowest since 2000. However, current high pig prices indicate that the pig cycle will bottom out in 2010, according to the latest GAIN report from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
Genepacker 120 Gilt from JSR Genetics
* Company News

December's Assignment for 'Virtual Walk the Pens'
US - This month's new assignment for Pfizer Animal Health's 'Virtual Walk the Pens' simulator has just been released. In this seventh scenario, the virtual co-worker has concerns over the vaccination programme of in-coming pigs. Players must must find out why!
ACMC Tip: Dealing with Backlogs and Stocking Rates
UK - Significant increases in stocking densities have been seen in finishing pens, especially among larger pigs, as various abattoirs have 'rolled back' their weekly kills.

* Global Pig Industry News

   United Kingdom

 » Hilton to Supply Danish Food Retailer
 » Water Industry Regulator Recognises Farmers' Role
 » Record Early SPS Payments For England
 » Pandemic H1N1 Flu Virus Found in Pigs in Norfolk
 » Pig Industry Cuts its Environmental Impact
 » Pigs Harder to Move North of Watford
 » Ufac Appoints New Marketing Manager
 » Another H1N1 Case Suspected in Northern Ireland

Biomin - the natural way
   United States

 » Report: Plant Workers Affected by Brain Tissue
 » Market Preview: Hard Lessons for Industry Economists
 » Weekly Outlook: More to Corn, Soybean Demand?
 » CME: Hog Slaughter Higher Than a Year Ago
 » Senator Introduces Food Safety Legislation
 » CME: Feed Prices and Supplies Cause Concern
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Optimism about Growth in Pork Exports to Japan
 » CME: November Hog-Corn Ration Up from October
 » Weekly Review: Pork Demand Higher Than a Year Ago
 » Tyson Names New Leaders for Key Operating Units
 » Climate Legislation Threatens Pork Production

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Unchanged Prices Throughout Europe
 » EFSA Opens Discussion on Allergenicity of GM Feed
 » Caution Advised over Use of Cobalt in Feed


 » China Lifts Bans on US, Canada, Mexico Pork
 » Diseased Meat Shop Closed in Tongzhou
 » Zhongpin Receives Government Cash Subsidies

Novartis Animal Health

 » Proceedings Begin Over Pork Dioxin Crisis


 » A/H1N1 Influenza Breaks Out in Finland


 » Pork Commentary: Swine Forecast Webinar 2010
 » CPC Supports Free Trade Discussions with Ukraine
 » Ukraine's Potential for Canadian Pork Export Market
 » Producers Advised to Focus on What is Controllable
 » H1N1 Not Feared as Pathogenic But Still a Concern


 » High Aussie Dollar Hitting WA Pork Exports


 » Mexico Reports March 2009 Outbreaks of CSF

Alphamune G - Shielding, Earning

 » Dutch Scientists Grow Meat in a Petri Dish
 » Better Welfare for Pigs in Trial Housing

   New Zealand

 » Clear Labelling Standards Urged in Pork Industry
 » Confusion 'Likely to Continue' for Pork Products


 » Epileptic Seizures Linked to Pork Worms


 » Alleged Increase in Pig Cruelty


 » Italy Reports H1N1 Outbreak in Swine

Draxxin - Treat em' once. Treat em' Right

That's all for this week!

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