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ThePigSite Newsletter - 8 March 2010
Monday 8th March 2010
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial - Major Decisions Made in the EU

In the last week, some significant decisions have been reached in the EU.

Firstly, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on the Agriculture Committee backed a plan to launch a new European quality logo, which would be reserved 'exclusively for agricultural goods resulting entirely from production in the EU'. This will allow producers to display 'their commitment to quality, food safety and respect of all European standards'.

The MEPs were debating a number of European Commission proposals to modernise food labelling amid a future overhaul of the Common Agricultural Policy. MEPs also supported, with reservations, a mandatory 'place of farming' indication. This is equivalent to a Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) scheme.

And after years of discussion, disagreements and procrastination, the European Commission (EC) has finally come up with a proposal on genetically modified organisms: it is proposing to pass the decision to individual Member States! However, the EC did approve five GM crops for cultivation, which paves the way for the growing of GM crops within the EU for the first time, subject to national government approval.

Officials in China have reported a new outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in pigs. According to the report, the outbreak occurred at a village in Baiyun district in Guangdong province in the east of the country. A total of 1,474 pigs in a village herd were affected, and the whole herd of more than 8,300 animals was destroyed.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 8 new features this week:

Pig Meat Outlook in Australia to 2014-15
Pig production is expected to increase from the present 329,000 tonnes to 338,000 tonnes by 2014-15, according to James Fell in Australian Commodities report for March 2010 from ABARE.
Summary of the Farrow to Finish Swine Enterprise Budgets - 2004 to 2009
Doug Richards, swine grower finisher specialist at Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) indicates the latest trends in income and costs for the province's pig industry.
Corn, Oil and the Future of the Livestock Sector
Kevin Grier and Steve Meyer predicted a crisis in the North American livestock sector at the 2010 Banff Pork Seminar.
Swine Influenza
The clinical signs and methods of control of swine flu in pigs are described by pig veterinarian, Mark White, in this Health Bulletin from NADIS.
A Natural Alternative to Antibiotics in Animal Feed
Binding molecules from seaweed extracts within the molecular layers of natural clays makes the clay ten times more efficient at adsorbing the harmful fungal toxins which are commonly found in animal feed. The resulting new hybrid product has a huge potential market worldwide as a completely natural, effective alternative to the formerly used antibiotics, which are now prohibited from this use in the European Union.
Lysine Requirements Studied in Pigs 20 to 100kg
Studies reveal that lysine requirements of pigs depend on weight and gender, according to this report from the latest Australian Pork CRC Specials newsletter.
Feeding Flood-Damaged or Sprouted Crops to Livestock
A guide to feeding damaged and/or sprouted maize, sorghum, soybeans and cottonseed to cattle and pigs from Mississippi State University. The article advises caution and a full analysis.
No Effect of PRRS Vaccination Found in Finisher Performance
Sirrah-Bios PRRSV-RS vaccine administered at four days of age did not affect performance or mortality in a commercial finisher herd, reported M.L. Potter at the Kansas Swine Day 2009.
* Company News

Third Circovirus Research Award Goes to Spain, Denmark
GERMANY - The third European Porcine Circovirus Research Award has honoured Professor Joaquim Segalés from Spain and Dr Charlotte Sonne Kristensen from Denmark.
Sullivan Promoted at Boehringer Ingelheim
US – Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI), announces the promotion of Cory Sullivan to associate director of Public Relations and Communications. Sullivan, who joined BIVI in June 2008, was associate director of Human Resources and Public Relations.
Big Dutchman Signs up for VietStock Expo
VIET NAM - Livestock equipment company, Big Dutchman, has confirmed its participation at VietStock '10 Expo && Forum as 'Anchor Exhibitor'.
TOPIGS’ Pigbase Reaches 20 million Pigs
NETHERLANDS - Pigbase, TOPIGS breeding database, now contains data from more than 20 million breeding pigs.
Online Matchmaking with Suppliers from VNU
NETHERLANDS - With the launch of Animal, VNU Exhibitions has introduced online match-making for the worldwide markets for animal production and processing.
* Global Pig Industry News


 » FMD NEWS: New FMD Outbreak in Chinese Swine
 » Latin Feed Leaders to Meet at Cancun Congress
 » Denmark, UK Lead EU Pig Sector Recovery

   United Kingdom

 » Pigs Present No Extra Risk of Flu Virus Reassortment
 » Climate Change Up for Discussion
 » Encouraging News for English Pig Industry
 » Pork Retail Sales Stay Strong
 » Porks Continuing Success
 » Sold Out by Lunchtime
JSR Genetics - Genetics you can trust
   United States

 » NPB Looking to the Future at Pork Industry Forum
 » Weekly Outlook: Pork Profits Claw Back Equity
 » Evaluation of Economics of Increasing Weaning Age
 » Market Preview: Good News for Pork
 » Coalition Urges Passage of FTAs to Spur Job Growth
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » CME: Sharp Fall in February Sow Slaughter
 » China Needs to Open Market to US Pork
 » Compliance with Farm Bill Requirements Ensured
 » AMI Supports Goal to Double Exports Within Five Years
 » Businesses Bouncing Back
 » AMI President Supports Policy to Increase Ag Exports
 » Russia Agrees to Reopen Pork Market to US
 » Pork Board Honours
 » CME: Reopening of Russian Market Good News for US
 » Hog Slaughter Down Compared to Same Week Last Year

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Inconsistent Appearance Throughout
 » Commission Says Members Can Choose over GM Crop Cultivation

   Dominican Republic

 » Pig, Poultry Farmers Get 50 Per Cent Imports Tax Cut


 » Pork Commentary: June Lean Hogs Surge Past 80 Cents
 » Hog Industry Programme Uptake at 25 Per Cent
 » Be Aware of HILLRP Application Deadline
 » Ag Minister Says Hog Industry Recovery Plan Working
 » Growing Interest in Low-Cost Phosphorus Removal
 » Canadian Government Invests In Organic Sector
 » Programme Proposed to Insure Cost of Production
Novartis Animal Health

 » China to Focus on Animal Epidemic Control
 » Latest Pig Prices from China
 » China Buries FMD Pig Carcasses
 » FMD Forces Pig Price Fall


 » Incentives for Dutch Producers to Leave Industry


 » RP Misses Chance to Export Pork to Singapore

   Korea, South

 » Pork Belly Day Ignites Marketing Blitz

   New Zealand

 » Pig Welfare Code Released; Defiance Shown
 » Feedback Sought on Code; ‘Pigs in Crates Forever’?
Aurofac / Aureomycin - Justified, Reliable

 » Cancun Congress to Highlight World Livestock Report

   Viet Nam

 » ILDEX Viet Nam 2010: Solutions for Sustainable Growth

   Russian Federation

 » Three More Outbreaks of ASF in Russia

   Czech Republic

 » EU Gives Home Slaughtering Green Light
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That's all for this week!

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