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ThePigSite Newsletter - 12 April 2010

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Monday 12th April 2010
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Market Warning over Complacency in the US

US market analyst Dr Steve R. Meyer from Paragon Economics the last week issued a warning to the US pig industry not to get carried away by improvements in the markets.

He warned that there have been several cases of H1N1 flu virus in the south east of the country and said that this should serve as a reality check to the industry.

Meanwhile, Glen Grimes and Ron Plain report that the USDA has lowered their forecast of 2010 pork production by 100 million pounds following the March hogs and pigs report and raised their forecast of 2010 price by $3/cwt live. The higher expected price has caused them to lower that forecast of pork exports.

On the regulatory front, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has altered its a advice on humane handling of animals at slaughter.

The new notice includes information on conducting and documenting humane handling activities, dealing with noncompliance, Humane-handling Activities Tracking System (HATS) categories, identifying noncompliance trends and data analysis.

In New Zealand, the industry has had to face criticisms from animal welfare campaigners, who have criticised pig producers for cruelty following a TV programme about the treatment of pigs in intensive production systems.

In the UK, more than 300 pig units will be invited to take part in the biggest ever welfare survey ever conducted by the English pig industry.

BPEX’s ‘real welfare’ project is a new management tool for pig-keepers. It will help them improve the welfare of their pigs by scoring a number of meaningful welfare indicators, such as tail and body lesions, and lameness.

And it should also provide scientifically robust data to counter any unfounded claims by vegetarian and animal welfare groups.

Chris Harris

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 7 new features this week:

Antimicrobial Usage and Bacterial Resistance in the UK: 2007
The amount of antimicrobials sold per tonne of live weight of animal slaughtered for food in the UK has fallen from 80g in 2004 to 60g in 2007. This is one of the findings in Overview of Antimicrobial Usage and Bacterial Resistance in Selected Human and Animal Pathogens in the UK: 2007, which has recently been published by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) and a number of other UK agencies.
Gilt Management
Gilt management from selection to puberty is the topic of this practical guide from BPEX (Action for Productivity No. 27).
Global Recession - Tough Time for Livestock Producers
Rachel Ralte, reporting for ThePigSite, outlines the 2010 overview of the economic outlook for US agriculture, as presented by Joseph W. Glauber, Chief Economist of the US Department of Agriculture, at the 86th annual Agricultural Outlook Forum.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - April 2010
The forecast for 2010 total US meat production is raised as higher beef and poultry production more than offset lower pork output, according to the USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates for April 2010.
US and World Agricultural Outlook 2010
Income and population growth are expected to raise per-capita meat consumption and fuel expansion in world trade, according to the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) report 2010 US and World Agricultural Outlook.
Iowa State University - Animal Industry Report 2010
The Iowa State University (ISU) Animal Industry Report 2010 covers the research activities that relate to the animal agriculture industries - including poultry - in the state of Iowa, combining research reports from faculty associated with various departments on campus.
Genetiporc - How Much can you Save
* Company News

Nuffield Scholar Targets 2020 Role for UK Pig Industry
UK - Nuffield UK has announced the winner of the Merial /BPEX Scholarship Award as Helen Thoday, Knowledge Transfer Manager for BPEX in the South West.
Bettington and Buller to Lead BIVI Swine Division
US – Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc has announced the promotion of two employees in the Swine Division: Tim Bettington to executive director of the Swine Division, and Randy Buller to senior associate director of Swine Marketing. Both promotions were effective April 1, 2010.
Vaccination Controlled - But Did Not Prevent - APP
SWEDEN - Vaccination did not prevent the clinical expression of A. pleuropneumoniae (APP) infections but it did activate the immune system of fattening pigs, according to researchers based in Uppsala.
BHZP and Hypor: Next Step in Partnership
NETHERLANDS - In November 2008 BHZP and Hypor entered a strategic partnership. As a result Hypor recently acquired exclusivity for distribution of BHZP’s terminal boar lines in the Dutch market.
PIC and GFS Partnership Grows to 400 Boars
GERMANY - After signing of the contract in December 2009 and following completion of building regulations in March 2010, the joint venture between GFS (Genossenschaft zur Förderung der Schweineproduktion) and PIC Deutschland (PIC) began construction of an AI-stud in Saxony-Anhalt.
PIC Appoints new Distributor for Greece & Cyprus
GREECE - PIC is delighted to announce the appointment of NUEVO SA to be its new Distributor for Greece and Cyprus. NUEVO, based in Evia, serves the pig and poultry markets in the fields of feed, genetics, animal health and the provision of quality technical service.
Investment to Yield Improvements in Pig Performance
UK - Pig producers can continue to expect large improvements in efficiency from advances in genetics, Yorkshire-based pig-breeding company ACMC, will be telling pig producers at this year’s British Pig & Poultry Fair (Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 May).
Pfizer Deepens Swine Veterinary Operations, Services Team
US - Pfizer Animal Health announces that it has promoted one and added four veterinarians to the company’s US swine veterinary operations and services team.
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.
Chinese Pig Producer Expands Use of Performance Test
CHINA - Guangdong Huanong Wens has announced the installation of 168 Osborne FIRE Feeders to advance its genetics and pig breeding selection programme.
* Global Pig Industry News


 » FMD NEWS: FMD Simulation in Melbourne

Novartis Animal Health

 » New Report Estimates Cost of Future Regulations

   United Kingdom

 » Future of the Industry Debates at Outlook 2010
 » Comparison of Terminal Sire Pig Genetics Available
 » New Technology Able to Trace Pork Back to Farm
 » UFU Praises Tesco Pork Labelling Initiative
 » VLA: Streptococcus Suis 2, 14 Cause Disease in Pigs
 » House of Lords Addresses Future of Pig Industry
 » Biggest Ever Welfare Project in England
 » QMS Showcases Innovation of Red Meat Industry
 » Organic Market Expected To Grow
 » Lorries Play Part in Consumer Awareness

   United States

 » Weekly Outlook: Different View of USDA Reports
 » NPPC Hires New Top Lobbyist
 » CME: Pork Cutout Value in a Steady Downtrend
 » Market Preview: Managing Risk in an Unpredictable Market
 » Mycotoxin Fact Sheet Now Available at ISU
 » US-Brazil Cotton Deal has Implications on Beef, Pork
 » Ethanol Mandate Creates Chance of Corn Price Spike
 » US Hog Farmers Back to Making Profits
 » USDA Lowers Forecast for 2010 Pork Production
 » Notice on Humane Handling of Livestock Slaughter

Pfizer Animal Health

 » Pig Virus in Rotavirus Vaccine Raises Questions


 » Tanaka Precious Metals to Supply Pork Detection Kits
 » Pork Contingent Visits Japan and Analyses Market
 » Battle for Pork Market Share Fuels Branding Buildup

   Viet Nam

 » Viet Nam Finds Swine Virus in Children’s Vaccine


 » Marfrig Returned to Profit in 2009


 » Pork Commentary: Market Rallies after USDA March Report
 » Action to Maintain Confidence in Canadian Pork
 » Strong Canadian Dollar Disadvantages Pork Producers
 » Live Hog Prices Expected to Continue to Improve
 » Action Plan Investing in Meat Packing Industry
 » Global Consumption Key to Improved Live Hog Prices

Alphamune G - Shielding, Earning

 » Latest Pig Prices from China
 » China to Continue Swine Breeding Subsidy
 » Latest Pig Prices from China
 » Zhongpin to Open New Premium Pork Oil Plant Today

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Inconsistencies Press On in Europe


 » Inaugural Cuts of Famous Spanish Pork Reach US


 » Danish Crown Slaughterhouses to Be Wound Down
 » Danish Crown Cuts Jobs Across Denmark


 » Good Farm Hygiene Can Reduce Listeria in Pork


 » Pig Prices Go Up in Malaysia

   New Zealand

 » New Zealand Sees No Changes to Pig Welfare

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