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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial - NFU Focuses on Food for the Future

Food production should be on the front pages of all political agendas, not a footnote to them. This was a key message from the president of the UK's National Farmers Union, Peter Kendall, wrote ThePigSite senior editor, Chris Harris, who attended the Union's annual meeting last week.

Speaking at the opening of the NFU conference in Birmingham, Mr Kendall said that with an increasing global population, more food will have to be produced and the agricultural industry will be growing in importance.

He added: "If feeding nine billion people by 2050 were the whole picture, it would be daunting enough.

"What makes it different this time round is the threat of climate change, the pressure on our natural resources – water soils, biodiversity – and the fact that supplies of the fossil fuels are running out big time."

At its meeting last week, the Agriculture and Fisheries Council of the European Union agreed that consumers need more information to make purchasing decisions based on animal welfare. However, Ministers appeared to disagree over the details of what information is needed and how it should be provided.

The Australasian pig industries seemed to be taking different positions over sow welfare in the last week. While Australia's Pork CRC Chief Executive is reported as saying that the length of time a sow spends in a farrowing crate could be reduced to one week, welfare campaigners in New Zealand have criticised the pork industry association there for being reluctant to give up stalls.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 7 new features this week:

Future of the CAP Beyond 2013
With talks on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in full swing, Charlotte Johnston, ThePigSite junior editor, spoke to Tom Hind, Head of Economics and International Affairs for the National Farmers' Union (NFU) to find out what CAP holds beyond 2013.
Antibiotics Found to Aid Reduction of E. coli in Swine
A study conducted by Nancy Cornick, associate professor of veterinary microbiology at Iowa State University, examines the usage of three antibiotics - tylosin, chlorotetracycline and bacitracin methylene disalicylate.
Handling and Transport of Pigs - A Report to the Industry
Penny Lawlis, Humane Standards Officer at Ontario Ministry of agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), provides tips on improvement of transport of pigs from the producers' perspective as well as that of the pig's.
New Face of Farm Animal Care in Canada
Most livestock producers would accept that farm animal care is going to become a bigger factor in their lives, said Ed Pajor at the 2010 Banff Pork Seminar.
Successful Deep Intrauterine Insemination of Sows
The combination of the DIU catheter with a normal catheter within a double insemination procedure optimised conception rates (88 per cent) and the number of pigs born alive (12.1), according to research reported by Dr Elizabeth Magowan from Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) in Hillsborough, Northern Ireland.
Second PCV2 Vaccination Brings Benefits in PRRS-Challenged Pigs
Despite the decrease in performance related to the second vaccination of porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2), the second vaccination improved final performance and decreased the number of removals due to the health challenge from porcine respiratory and reproductive syndrome (PRRS), concluded N.W. Shelton at the Kansas Swine Day 2009.
US Pork Outlook - February 2010
Pork production in 2010 is expected to be 2.1 per cent below last year but prices could be up to 16 per cent higher, according to the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) February 2010 Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook.
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* Company News

Leman Science in Practice Award Winner Announced
US - Paul Yeske, DVM, of St. Peter, Minnesota, will be honored with the Allen D. Leman Science in Practice Award from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and Pfizer Animal Health.
Enjoy the Final 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 tenth and final scenario, water intake of the finishers is lower than usual. Players must must find out why!
Pork Commentary: Combined USA - Canada Inventory
CANADA - This week's North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long.
Production, Processing Opportunities in Asia in 2011
THAILAND - The organisers of VIV Asia 2011 say the show will offer world class opportunities for animal production and processing.
Biomin Builds on Mycotoxin Channel's Success
AUSTRIA - Offering the first-ever mycotoxin webinar series on YouTube, Biomin aims to build up this unique database with a wider range of speakers and topics in 2010.
* Global Pig Industry News

   Netherlands

 » EPP Congress 2010 in Eindhoven, Netherlands
 » New Study on Evolution of Pigs

   United Kingdom

 » NFU CONFERENCE - Call for Fairer Farm Gate Prices
 » NFU CONFERENCE - Farming for the Future
 » NFU CONFERENCE - Fighting the British Corner in Europe
 » NFU CONFERENCE - Opposition Launches New Agenda for Agriculture
 » Clarity Brought to Country of Origin on Pork Packs
 » Farmers on Get IPPC Help from SAI Global
 » Scheme Cuts Red Tape of Environment Regs
 » More Shafts of Sunlight (the Trade, Not the Weather)
 » Govt Seeks to Use More British Food Intervet - Research makes the difference
   United States

 » CME: Frozen Meat, Poultry Stocks Remain Low
 » Market Preview: Hog Prices Stuck in a Range
 » Weekly Outlook: Soft Red Winter Wheat Update
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Efforts Continue to Restore Market Access for Pork
 » Meeting Presents Facts on Use of Antibiotics
 » Smithfield Appoints First Chief Sustainability Officer
 » Renewable Fuel Standard Increases Net Farm Income
 » Fewer Sows Leads to Reduced Sow Slaughter
 » Pork Production Down Compared to a Year Ago
 » CME: FI US Hog Slaughter Lower Than a Year Ago

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Quotations Steady to Increasing
 » EU Council Agrees on Better Welfare Labels
 » Agriculture MEPs Back Study into New Quality Logo

   Canada

 » Benefits of Corn DDGS Feeding Strategies
 » Hog Market Outlook Impoves
 » Maple Leaf Reports Much Improved Quarterly Results
 » Improved Responsiveness to Programme Expected
 » More Time to Apply for Hog Industry Loan Programme
 » Canada to Resume Pork Exports to China
 » Pork to Reappear Shortly in Chinese Grocery Stores Circovac - Nothing protects earlier
   Belgium

 » Belgian Campaign Starts to End Castration

   Thailand

 » CPF Reports Net Profit Increase of 226 Per Cent

   Israel

 » Israel Slaughters More Pigs than Cattle

   Japan

 » Despite Tough Economy US Pork Fares Well In Japan

   China

 » Pigs Relax to Music Before Slaughter

   New Zealand

 » Pork Board Alleged to be Damaging Industry Prevent blockages with HelMix Pipe Module from Big Dutchman
   Denmark

 » Hauliers in Support of Danish Crown’s Future

   France

 » Canada Donates to OIE for Animal Health Activities

   Cambodia

 » Mong Reththy Issues Warning on Pork Demand

   Australia

 » Hopes to Cut Time Sows are Restrained in Stalls
 » Australian Agriculture Must Adapt to Climate Change

   Mexico

 »  Midwest Corn Growers Promote Products in Mexico Never Stop Improving

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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