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ThePigSite Newsletter - 21 December 2009
Monday 21st December 2009
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial - One in Three EU Breeding Pigs Carries Salmonella

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published the results of an EU-wide survey on Salmonella in breeding pigs. It indicates that Salmonella is commonly detected in holdings with breeding pigs in most EU Member States.

The survey was carried out in 24 Member States, Norway and Switzerland and all but two countries found one or more types of Salmonella on the farms surveyed with breeding pigs. On average, Salmonella was found in one out of three holdings although the survey says that figures vary greatly between the various countries.

Also in the EU in the last week, progress was discussed in the development of a labelling scheme describing animal welfare at an Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting. The feasibility study on animal welfare labelling showed that the best option for EU action empowering consumers to make informed purchasing decisions is a Community Animal Welfare Label modelled on the EU organic label.

The first cases of influenza A H1N1 in a pig has been found in Thailand. The authorities tried to allay fears of a human pandemic by highlighting that few live pigs are kept in the city.

Because of the coming holidays, there will be no newsletter from ThePigSite next week although we will endeavour to keep you up to date with news on the web site. The next newsletter will be on Monday 4 January.

Warmest seasonal greetings and best wishes for 2010 to you all.

Jackie Linden

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Experts Discuss Diagnosis of PCVD
At this year's PCVD Forum sponsored by Merial, two European experts in the field of diagnosis discussed methods for testing porcine circovirus disease (PCVD), writes Jackie Linden for ThePigSite.
AgriLive: The Red Meat Debate
Climate change dominated a debate led by a panel of red meat industry experts at AgriLive in the UK, as issues such as declining livestock numbers, cheaper imports and profitability were pushed aside, reports ThePigSite junior editor, Charlotte Johnston.
A Review of Biosecurity Methods
This article stresses on the importance of maintaining biosecurity on the farm. "A mixture of attitude, routine communication and a little common sense should be a part of biosecurity rules and procedures that can be easily maintained on a farm," writes Beth Ferry, Aoe pork educator from Cassopolis.
Safety Measures to Prevent Barn Explosions during Pit Pumping
Larry Jacobson, agricultural engineer at the University of Minnesota Extension, provides suggestions on how to prevent explosions or flash fires while pumping manure pits.
ISU Takes Protection of Organic Products to Next Level
A natural, vegetable-based nitrate makes the organic pork product look and taste like traditionally cured product, according to Professor Joseph Sebranek of Iowa State University (ISU). His work is summarised in the Food Safety Consortium newsletter.

Plus, there are 4 new reports:

US Feed Outlook - December 2009
US Pork Outlook Report - December 2009
United Kingdom Pig Meat Market Update - December 2009
Ukraine - Livestock and Products Annual 2009

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* Company News

AgFeed, Hypor Form Pork Joint Venture in China
CHINA - AgFeed Industries Inc. of China has formed a joint venture with Hypor B.V.
Chinese Research Wins APVS Award
CHINA - A team of researchers from the China Agricultural University in Beijing have won an award for their evaluation of the performance of the boar taint vaccine, Improvac (Pfizer Animal Health), under Chinese production conditions.
Cablevey Feeding Systems on Show in the US
US - US feeding systems manufacturer, Cablevey Feeding Systems, will have a strong presence at the leading US pig and poultry industry shows in 2010.
How DON Affects the Gastrointestinal Tract
FRANCE - A scientist from INRA shares how the mycotoxin DON cripples the immune system by targeting the animal's first line of defence – the intestine.
* Global Pig Industry News

   United Kingdom

 » University of Oxford Offers Masters Degree in Welfare
 » Early Christmas for Sparks at BBC Good Food Show
 » NADIS Veterinary Report & Forecast - December 2009
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - December 2009
 » NFU Lobbies Against Environment Agency Price Hikes
 » HSA Opens Welfare Award Nominations
 » Scotland Plans to Devolve Health, Welfare Budget
 » Demand Nudged Ahead of Supply
 » Organic Component in Pig Diets to Increase
 » Web Site Launched to Meet Food Security Challenge
 » Warwick University Offers New Data on PRRS
 » Scottish Govt Approves QMS Levy Increase Plans

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   United States

 » Weekly Outlook: Crop Supplies and Consumption
 » Market Preview: Mexico and Japan Pork Markets
 » CME: Will Supplies Fall or Will Demand Increase?
 » Hog Industry Liquidations Will Harm Consumers Too
 » NASS to Make Changes to Quarterly Report
 » Imported Cooked Pork Skin Regulations Amended
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » USDA Revises Veterinary Accreditation Programme
 » CME: Can Firms Be Made More Competitive?
 » CME: China Calling for Pig Herd Reduction
 » Inhumane Treatment of Animals Condemned
 » CME: November Pork Demand Markedly Lower
 » October Exports Lower Than Twelve Months Earlier


 » EuroTier 2010: Top Event for Animal Farmers

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Steady for the Most Part
 » Council Discusses Animal Welfare Labelling Scheme
 » Salmonella Found in One-Third of EU Breeding Pigs
 » Acquisition of Seara by Marfrig Approved in EU

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 » Pork Commentary: Lean Hog Prices Continue to Rise
 » U of M: Farm and Food Discovery Centre Construction
 » Second Tender Under Hog Programme Complete
 » Canadian Hog Farmers Take Cash to Slash Herds
 » Loan Loss Reserve Programme Loan Uptake Slow
 » Improved Hog Prices Projected in 2010
 » Investment Plan for Ontario Meat Packing Industry
 » Further Reduction of US Hog Herd a Requirement

   New Zealand

 » New Zealand Works with China on Food Safety
 » Pig Code Delayed, Ag Minister Disappointed


 » New US Pork Cut Finds Success in Japan

Novartis Animal Health

 » Feed Grain Potential for Pigs Explored
 » Animal Influenza Diagnosis and Surveillance Improved


 » Minister Defends Pork Brand Promotion
 » Evidence of Negligence on Pig Farms Found


 » Thailand Pig Infected with A/H1N1 but Recovers
 » A/H1N1 Could Not Spread Further Among Pigs
 » A/H1N1 in Bangkok Pigs No Cause for Alarm


 » Pork in Taiping Found to Contain Beta-Agonist
 » Pig Farmers in Perak Get March Deadline

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   Korea, South

 » HAM-burger Popular in South Korea Debut


 » €1.185M Funding For Animal Welfare Organisations

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