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Editorial - Latest EU Pig Census Reveals More Sows but Fewer Pigs

Figures are now available for the May/June 2009 census of pig numbers in those EU countries that conduct a count at that time – now the top ten pig-producing Member States. There were 130.7 million pigs registered in those countries, which is almost 1.5 million (or 1.1 per cent) fewer than in the previous census in November/December 2008. However, there were 195,000 (1.7 per cent) more breeding sows at just under 12 million.

Germany remains the top EU country in terms of pigs, and both total pigs and breeding sows were up marginally compared to the previous census. Number 2 in the rankings was Spain, where both the total herd and sow numbers were down slightly. The Netherlands reported a 9.3 per cent increase in the breeding herd since the previous count. The most dramatic change was a 22-per-cent slump in the total number of pigs in Romania, continuing the decline in pig industry in that country.

And finally, one piece of good news: this week has seen a lull in the number of reports of H1N1 influenza in pigs across the world.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

UK/EU Pig Statistics - January 2009
This article provides a summary of the latest statistics relating to pigs in the UK and Europe by ThePigSite editor, Jackie Linden.
UK/EU Pig Populations - January 2010
Figures are now available for the May/June 2009 census of pig numbers in those EU countries that conduct a count at that time, and they are tabulated by Jackie Linden, editor of ThePigSite. There were 130.7 million pigs registered in the top 10 pig-producing countries in the EU-27 in the latest census, which is almost 1.5 million fewer than the same countries in November/December 2008 but there were 195,000 more breeding sows at just under 12 million.
Enzootic Pneumonia
The symptoms, treatment, prevention and control of enzootic pneumonia are described by pig veterinarian, Mark White, in the latest Health Bulletin from NADIS.
United Kingdom Pig Meat Market Update - February 2010
James Park, 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.
Kansas Swine Day 2009
Kansas Swine Day and Technology Trade Show was held at Kansas State University's (KSU) Alumni Center on 19 November 2009. A list of presentation titles is given, together with a link to the proceedings.
Biomin - the natural way
* Company News

BIVI Announces Promotions Within Swine Team
US - In response to its growing swine business and need for technical field support, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., (BIVI) announces the promotion of three professional service veterinarians.
Pig Businesses Get Back to the Future
UK - BPEX is encouraging pig producers to take stock and look forward to new opportunities for their business at its second national Knowledge Transfer conference.
ACMC Appoints New UK Sales Manager
UK - Tim Clarke has been appointed UK sales manager by Yorkshire-based breeding company, ACMC.
Improvac Approved as Safe and Effective in Japan
JAPAN - Pfizer Animal Health today announced it will begin to expand Japanese veterinary experience with Improvac®, Pfizer’s successful pork production technology embraced by pig farmers in other countries for more than 10 years.
Pork Commentary: Iowa Pork Congress Report
CANADA - This week's North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long.
Cablevey Feeding Systems Shrinking Borders
US - Leland Cook and Robert Rivers from Cablevey Feeding Systems recently took a party of guests from the Netherlands, Russia and the Ukraine on a tour of livestock farms in Iowa and poultry and swine farms in Mississippi.
VIV Europe 2010 - Preparations in Full Swing
NETHERLANDS - The organisers of VIV Europe are billing the event as the international platform for innovations in the animal protein industry. The show takes place in Utrecht on 20 to 22 April 2010.
Hampshire Boar from JSR Genetics
* Global Pig Industry News

   Bulgaria

 » EBRD Supports Bulgarian Meat Processing Sector

   Netherlands

 » ERC Boost for Research on Genomics, Probiotics

   United Kingdom

 » Top Industry Award for Northern Ireland Innovation
 » A Very Merry Christmas for Pork
 » NFU to Highlight Welfare at European Parliament
 » Cranswick Continues Positive Performance
 » NFUS Pleased with Results of FSA COOL Survey
 » VLA: Influenza Outbreaks Press On in December
 » Still Suffering from Imports...
 » Five-Year Project with University of Leeds Extended

   United States

 » Tyson Adjusts Growing Case-Ready Meats Business
 » Market Preview: Revisiting December Pig Crop Report
 » AFBF Urges Ag Committees to Back Trade Agenda
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Corn Futures Present Opportunity for Pork Producers
 »  $24M Grant from NIFA for Animal Health Research
 » CME: Impact of Chicken Situation on Pork Industry
 » High-Protein Distillers Grains Replace Soy
 » Delegates to Discuss Challenges at Annual Meeting
 » Hog Slaughter This Week Lower Than a Year Ago
 » Tyson Turns a Corner
 » New Melamine Test for Feed
 » CME: Corn and Soybean Markets Under Pressure Novartis Animal Health
   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Quotations Rise Throughout Europe
 » EU Farmers' Group Welcomes Debate on Welfare

   Philippines

 » Hog Production Inched Up in 2009; Pork Supply Tight
 » More Output from Philippines Agriculture in 2009

   Russian Federation

 » Russia's President Sets out Goal of Self-Sufficiency
 » Mixed Trading Picture for Cherkizovo in 2009

   Canada

 » Call for Research Proposals Related to Phosphorus
 » Value of Advertising and Promotion to Market Pork
 » Disappointment in Effectiveness of Loan Programme
 » Pork Producers Forced to Cut Product Costs
 » High Health Remains Pork Industry's Main Advantage Alphamune G - Shielding, Earning
   Norway

 » Several Genes Found Responsible for Boar Taint

   Belarus

 » New Rules for Pork Imports to Belarus

   Malaysia

 » Pork Among Eleven Price Control Goods for CNY

   China

 » 2010 Pork Prices to Stay Stable, Himfr Reports
 » Latest Pig Prices from China
 » China's Animal Unit to Buy Pig Vaccine Company

   France

 » New Criteria to Assess Piglet Maturity at Birth

   Mexico

 » Mexican Industry Copes with Recession, H1N1
 » Bachoco Reports Strong Pork Sales

   Greece

 » No Growth Expected for Greek Pork Sector

   Viet Nam

 » ILDEX Vietnam 2010: Solutions for Sustainable Growth

   Australia

 » Abattoir Closure Leaves Pork Producers in the Lurch Draxxin - Treat em' once. Treat em' Right

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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