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ThePigSite Newsletter - 26 April 2010
Monday 26th April 2010
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial - Pig Meat the New EU Focus for Salmonella Reduction

It looks likely that Salmonella-reduction measures may be introduced soon in EU pig production and processing. This follows a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) assessment of the public health risks from Salmonella in pigs and the impact of possible control measures. The report suggests that pigs and pig meat may be responsible for 10 to 20 per cent of all human cases of salmonellosis across the EU and that controlling Salmonella more effectively within the pig meat food chain would have a direct impact on reducing the number of human cases.

UK clean pig slaughterings were eight per cent higher than in March 2009 at 705,000 head, while pig meat production was 59,000 tonnes, a rise of 11 per cent on the same period.

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service reports that the rise in pig meat prodction in Russia is slower than the reduction in imports, hinting at possible shortages and higher prices to come.

Meanwhile, in China, the price ratio between pigs and grain has been lower than the break-even point for pig production for 10 straight weeks due to a consistent fall in pork prices. It is thought that the Chinese government is now purchasing pork in a move to control this situation.

In the last week or so, foot and mouth disease has been reported in China, South Korea and Japan, and some pigs in South Korea have tested positive for H1N1 influenza. PRRS seems to be emerging again in Viet Nam.

Despite many European airports being closed and travel chaos resulting from the eruption of an Icelandic volcano last week, VIV Europe 2010 went ahead in Utrecht as scheduled. Although we at ThePigSite were unable to get there and attendance was down significantly, reports are reaching us of a remarkably successful event. Congratulations to those of you who made it so.

Please note that, owing to a public holiday next week, your next newsletter from ThePigSite will come out on Tuesday 4 May.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 7 new features this week:

Conference Looks Back to the Future
BPEX hosted a successful conference recently entitled 'Back to the Future'. In this article, Jackie Linden, editor of ThePigSite, selects the highlights of two presentations on the Danish pig industry, focussing on the product and on current areas of pig research.
China's Growth Influences Global Meat Sector
The growth in the Chinese economy and its gross domestic product could have a major impact in the meat industry worldwide, writes ThePigSite senior editor, Chris Harris.
Good Practices for Biosecurity in the Pig Sector
Issues and options in developing and transition countries are covered in a new Animal Production and Health paper from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and World Bank. The right approach to biosecurity will depends on the farm situation, particularly the scale of production.
Using Existing Knowledge on Tail Biting to Prevent Future Outbreaks
Key points to control tail-biting are to identify and reduce risk, monitor carefully and react fast. This is the advice to emerge from a project by the University of Bristol, University of Newcastle, RSPCA, BPEX and pig producers between 2006 and 2009.
US Pork Outlook Report - April 2010
Lower hog supplies are expected for the remainder of 2010 and 2011, according to the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) April 2010 Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook.
United Kingdom Pig Meat Market Update - April 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.
USDA Sees Pork Higher, Beef and Broiler Meat Stable
US - World trade in beef remains virtually unchanged from the October forecast, according to the Livestock and Poultry: World Markets and Trade report from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
Alphamune G - Shielding, Earning
* Company News

Boehringer Ingelheim Net Sales Grew 10 Per Cent
GERMANY - In 2009, Boehringer Ingelheim grew faster than the pharmaceutical market for the tenth time in succession. It also continued a high level of investment in R&D and the market launches of five innovative medicines are planned.
BPEX to Launch Campaign at Pig Fair
UK - BPEX will launch its biggest project yet at the British Pig and Poultry Fair, 11-12 May 2010.
Intervet/Schering-Plough Opens New Vaccine Plant
NETHERLANDS - Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health announces that it will open today a state-of-the-art production center for veterinary vaccines against bacterial infections.
ACMC Tip: Inter-Batch Hygiene
UK - Often rooms in piggeries which are managed on an all-in, all-out, system look clean during a superficial inspection.
Meriden's Quality Commitments
UK - As part of Meriden's commitment strategy, Meriden explains its quality accreditations.
* Global Pig Industry News


 » FMD NEWS: Cattle and Swine Infected with FMD
 » Global Meat, Egg Sectors to Face More Challenges

   European Union

 » EFSA Assesses Risk of Salmonella from Pig Meat
 » EU Pig Prices: Prices Move Sideways
 » World Veterinary Day on 24 April
Novartis Animal Health

 » Action Plan Strengthens Meat Packing Industry
 » 'Product of Canada' and 'Made in Canada' Guidelines
 » Study Expected to Lead to Improved Biosecurity
 » DDGS Availability Offers Attractive Feed Cost Savings
 » Moratorium Could Limit Hog Producers' Ability
 » Pork Producers Pushed Back to Profitability
 » Pick Pork Grill Team Ready for Barbecue Season
 » Pork Commentary: US Hog Prices on Relentless March

   United States

 » Market Preview: Better-than-Ever Hog Prices
 » Weekly Outlook: Corn and Soybean Prices
 » Animal Health Research Facility Opened
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Smithfield Foods Provides Peek into Q4 Earnings
 » AFBF Disapproves of EPA Blog on 'Going Meatless'
 » AMI: Consumer Video on Salt's Role in Meat Products
 » NZ Pork Buyers Impressed with US Industry
 » CME: Beef and Pork See 'Long Dry Spells'
 » Virginiamycin May Reduce Feed Costs
 » CME: Total Frozen Meat, Poultry Stocks Still Low
 » Everyday is Earth Day for Pork Producers
 » USGC Discusses Turkey's New Biosafety Law
 » Japan Purchases Less US Pork
 » Record Commercial Red Meat Production in March
 » NPPC Applauds Obama Pick for USDA Post


 » 2009 Pig Stocks Up 6 Per Cent Compared to 2008
   Viet Nam

 » Blue Ear Spreads in Viet Nam; Bird Flu Found
 » PRRS Strikes Six Areas; Ton of Pork Seized


 » Ukrainian Census Reveals More Pigs, Poultry


 » Industry Pushes Benefits of Growing Pig Feed Grain


 » Pig Production Down for 10th Consecutive Week
 » Chinese Government Purchases Pork

   United Kingdom

 » Trailer Launch Boosts School Visits
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - April 2010
 » New Grant to Improve UK Farm Animal Welfare
 » Pig Farmers Top in Reducing GHG Emissions
 » Anxious Times as Premium Reaches 25p
 » New Education Initiative at FAI Farms


 » Joint Note Published on Human-Animal Health Risks
JSR Genetics - Genetics you can trust

 » Optimism Expressed for RP's Livestock Sector
 » Government Prods Pork Imports, Cites Shortage

   Korea, South

 » Korea Finds H1N1 Flu on Two Farms


 » First Cloned Pig in Japan Euthanised
 » FMD Halts Pork Exports From Japan

   New Zealand

 » New Pig Welfare Code Draws Big Public Response

   Russian Federation

 » Russia Struggles with Self-Sufficiency in Pork
Biomin - the natural way
That's all for this week!

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