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ThePigSite Newsletter - 4 January 2010
Monday 4th January 2010
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial - US Pundits Start 2010 Less Bullish

First and foremost, very best wishes to you for 2010.

In the last days of the old year, industry pundits noted that the USDA's December Hogs and Pigs report was less bullish than the pre-release trade forecasts.

Ron Plain and Glenn Grimes commented that the USDA's estimate of the total number of hogs and pigs on US farms at the start of December was down 1.8 per cent compared to 12 months earlier. The average of the trade estimates was for a 2.4 per cent decline. Kept for breeding was down 3.5 per cent according to USDA; the trade estimate was for a 3.4 per cent decline. The market inventory was down 2.0 per cent while the trade estimate was for a 2.3 per cent decline.

They added that the smaller herd is the result of a prolonged period of losses for the nation's hog producers. They took it as a good sign for the industry's future that the breeding herd was 0.4 per cent smaller on 1 December than on 1 September. Pork exports for January-October were down 15.7 per cent from the same period a year earlier.

The Russian government has announced it has cut its pork import quota by 11 per cent for 2010 compared to the previous year.

And finally, notifiable diseases continue to rumble on across the world. Since the last newsletter, swine fevers (both classical and African) have been reported in wild pigs in Russia and the influenza A/H1N1 virus has been found in pigs in the UK and South Korea.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

Using Pigs to Grow Tomatoes with Biogas
An innovative eco-friendly pig farm of the future is the dream of a Danish pig farmer, Soren Hansen and the concept of a PhD architecture student, Nee Rentz Petersen, writes ThePigSite senior editor, Chris Harris.
Productivity Improvements - The Betagro Way
Mr Vanus Taepaisitphongse, CEO of the Betagro group, a major force in the Thai livestock and food industries, speaking at the 2009 Asian Livestock Feed and Meat Industry Conference gave a fascinating insight into the benefits to Betagro of detailed analyses of the company's working practices, writes Stuart Lumb for ThePigSite.
USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report - December 2009 [Updated]
This quarter's quarterly Hogs and Pigs report from the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
Preparing Swine Barns to Sit Empty
Dr Mark Whitney, Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Extension provides tips on how to have barns sit empty for an extended period of time.
UK Pig Disease Quarterly Surveillance Report: July to September 2009
The latest report from the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) highlights the good news that the reduction in the incidence of PMWS and PCV2-associated disease has been sustained, and that pig prices continue to be favourable. One case each of swine vesicular disease and Aujeszky's disease were suspected but have not been confirmed.
Russian Federation - Livestock and Products Annual
Pork production is expected is rise in 2010, with imports are flat, while beef output is predicted to be lower than 2009 and increased imports, according to Morgan Haas and Mikhail Maksimenko in the latest GAIN report from USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. Meat consumption will likely fall.
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* Company News

January'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 eighth scenario, the virtual co-worker has concerns over the latest batch of in-coming pigs. Players must must find out why!
ACMC Tip: Dry Out After Disinfection
UK - Cleaning and disinfection are an essential part of successful disease control, preventing or reducing the transfer of infection from one batch of pigs to the next.

* Global Pig Industry News


 » Pork Commentary: Looking to 2010
 » Study Evaluates Effectiveness of Needleless Injectors
 » h@ms to Begin New Hog Marketing Venture
 » Improved Marketing Services and Reduced Costs
 » Banff Pork Seminar 2010 Targets Industry Renewal
 » Hog Industry Loan Loss Reserve Programme
 » Marketing Alliance Could Reduce Marketing Costs

   United States

 » November Red Meat Production Above Last Year
 » Market Preview: Lesson in Pork Sales and Margins
 » CME: Market Herd Expected to be Smaller This Year
 » US Swine Economics Report
 » Study: Benefits of Shifting Pork Production Inside
 » Glenn Grimes to Retire from University of Missouri
 » US Targets Caribbean for Meat Exports
 » Hogs and Pigs Report Close to Trade Expectations
 » December Quarterly Hogs & Pigs Report Summary
 » Hogs & Pigs Report Holds Few Surprises
 » CME: Weight Categories for Market Hogs Different
 » January's Assignment for 'Virtual Walk the Pens'

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   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Steadiness Seen over Holidays

   Korea, South

 » Number of H1N1 Infections Growing on Pig Farms
 » Korea Reports Two More Herds with H1N1 Flu Virus


 » New Hope for Rotavirus Control
 » Chinese Company Acquires Smithfield JV

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

 » Novel Method for Assessing Boar Sperm Quality


 » Immune Response Study to Help PCV2 Control


 » Introduction of Code Urged to Avoid Pork Mislabelling


 » Cheap Imports Have Hit Ukraine's Producers

Intervet - Research makes the difference

 » Dutch Eat Most Organic Pork in Europe

   United Kingdom

 » Cavanagh Appointed to Veterinary Products Committee
 » If This is a Sign of Things to Come, Roll on 2010

   Viet Nam

 » Producers under Pressure from Fall in Prices

Never Stop Improving

That's all for this week!

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