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ThePigSite Newsletter - 6 April 2010

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Tuesday 6th April 2010
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial - EU Vets Review Pig Castration

The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) has reviewed and updated its first position paper on pig castration, which was published in 2001.

In its review, FVE concluded that "surgical castration without anaesthesia and analgesia should be avoided. Surgical castration, when necessary, should be performed by veterinarians under general or local anaesthesia with additional prolonged analgesia." This also implies that adequate anaesthetics and analgesics "should be authorised for piglets in all countries".

On immunocastration, the FVE review stated: "Depending on the acceptance by the consumer, immunocastration could be a socially viable alternative and should be considered."

Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) of Northern Ireland has published a report on its comparison of terminal sires. The previous preferred sire in Northern Ireland, the Landrace, fell out of favour as the breed was thought to be susceptible to post-weaning multisystemic wasting syndrome (PMWS), and the Pietrain and Tempo became more popular choices.

A trial conducted at AFBI and co-funded by DARD, Pig ReGen Ltd and the British Pig Executive (BPEX) compared progeny from sires of the Tempo, Landrace, Pietrain (Austrian) and Pietrain (Belgium) breeds.

The researchers found a similar margin over feed using the Tempo and Pietrain Austrian genetics. However, the meat from the Pietrain Austrian pigs had more drip loss than that of Tempo pigs. This study also suggests that the carcass weight of Tempo and Pietrain pigs could be increased to 88kg with no detrimental effects on grading although increasing carcass weight appeared to reduce meat quality.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Costs of Future Welfare, Environmental Regulations to Dutch Pig Farmers
New regulations on animal welfare and ammonia emissions due to come into effect in the Netherlands in 2013 will cost €240 per fattening pig place and €500 per sow, according to a new report from the Agricultural Economics group of Wageningen University Research. And with fewer than 60 per cent of farms in a financial position to make the necessary investments, pig numbers could fall significantly. The report is summarised by Jackie Linden, editor of ThePigSite.
Impacts of Increasing Meat Consumption
Continuing along the existing global trajectory of increasing meat and dairy consumption is likely to lead to further agricultural intensification of both crop yields and farm animal production systems plus, in the case of the ‘Western high-meat’ diet, massive land use change, according to the report, Eating the Planet from Compassion in World Farming.
Energy-Efficient Fans for Swine Production
Advice on comparing and choosing the right fans for pig houses from Professor Jay Harmon, Dr Mark Hanna and Dr Dana Petersen of Iowa State University Extension.
Scientific Opinion on African Swine Fever
Awareness of both pig farmers and veterinarians of the risk of African Swine Fever (ASF), especially in limited and free-range production sectors should be increased. This is one of the recommendations made by the European Food Safety Authority in its Scientific Opinion on African Swine Fever.
BPEX Export Bulletin - March 2010
The British Pig Executive's (BPEX) Export Bulletin for March 2010 reports pig industry trends from around the world.
Ivomec Premix - Better products mean better results
* Company News

New JSR Web Site Focuses on Science, Education
UK - The JSR farming group has launched a new web site for both its operational companies; JSR Genetics Ltd, the highly successful international pig genetics company, and JSR Farms Ltd, which operates and manages 3,600 hectares of land extensively throughout East Yorkshire.
Hermitage Opens 'State of the Art' EU Licensed Boar Stud
IRELAND - According to Dr John Mabry, director of Iowa Pork Industry Centre and a professor at Iowa State University, who oversees the Hermitage genetics programme, the new Hermitage AI centre at Callan in Ireland, which cost over £2 million, is the only one in the world like it.
VIV Europe to Welcome Global Animal Industry
NETHERLANDS - VIV Europe is about to open its doors for the international animal protein industry. VIV Europe 2010 takes place in Utrecht on 20 to 22 April.
* Global Pig Industry News

   General

 » FMD NEWS: Developing New Vaccines Against FMD

   United States

 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Hogs & Pigs Report: Finally Some Good News
 » Weekly Outlook: Pork Outlook Brightens
 » Hogs and Pigs Report Seen as Positive for Smithfield
 » CME: Expected Reaction to Hogs & Pigs Report Seen
 » AVMA Briefs Congress on Importance of Antibiotics
 » H1N1 Flu Virus Does Not Affect PCV2 Replication
 » Study Shows Biofuel Mandates Could Push Prices Up
 » Industry Speaks out Against Ethanol Tax Credits
 » Pork Prices Increase as Herd Numbers Decline
 » Higher Corn, Soybean Acreage Means Lower Prices
 » AFBF Urges Congress to Nullify EPA’s GHG Scheme
 » CME: US Meat, Poultry Sectors Face Harsh Reality
 » US to Get Tough on Trade Barriers
 » Weekly Outlook: Different View of USDA Reports
 » March Inventory Survey: Fewer Hogs Than Expected
 » NPPC Hires New Top Lobbyist
 » CME: Pork Cutout Value in a Steady Downtrend
SowComfort - Never before has standing been so easy!
   Netherlands

 » New Report Estimates Cost of Future Regulations

   United Kingdom

 » AFBI Studies Use of Lupins in Pig and Poultry Diets
 » Guide to New Standards for Manipulable Material
 » Crisis Aid for UK Farmers
 » Proposals to Simplify Livestock Movements Rules
 » Future of Industry to be Debated at BPEX Conference
 » The Stage is Set for Better Spring and Summer
 » Comparison of Terminal Sire Pig Genetics Available
 » New Technology Able to Trace Pork Back to Farm
 » UFU Praises Tesco Pork Labelling Initiative

   China

 » Pork Price Plunge in China Persists
Intervet - Research makes the difference
   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Inconsistent Trend Throughout Europe
 » MEP Talks About EU Food Quality, COOL Agreement
 » Public Favour Agricultural Policy, Support for Farmers
 » EFSA Highlights Dioxin Dangers in Food and Feed
 » New EU Organic Logo Launched
 » Europe's Vets Review Position on Pig Castration
 » CAP and Agriculture Held in High Regard

   Viet Nam

 » Canada Helps Viet Nam Improve Safety in Processing
 » Viet Nam Finds Swine Virus in Children’s Vaccine

   Russian Federation

 » Russia Lifts Ban on Eighteen US Pork Plants
 » Cherkizovo Doubled Sales in 2009

   Canada

 » Hands-On Exposure to Livestock Production Offered
 » Key to Maximising Value of DDGS in Swine Rations
 » Hog Quality Competition Raises Public Awareness
 » Action to Maintain Confidence in Canadian Pork
 » Pork Commentary: USDA March Hogs and Pigs Report Bullish
 » Pork Commentary: Market Rallies after USDA March Report
Biomin - the natural way
   Ukraine

 » Ukraine Bans Pork Imports from Russia

   Thailand

 » Betagro Signs Pork Deal with Khon Kaen Municipality

   South Africa

 » Zimbabwe Bans Imports on Disease Fears

   Pakistan

 » Pig Virus in Rotavirus Vaccine Raises Questions

   Japan

 » Tanaka Precious Metals to Supply Pork Detection Kits
Alphamune G - Shielding, Earning
That's all for this week!

Ed.
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