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ThePigSite Newsletter - 17 May 2010
Monday 17th May 2010
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial - This Week's Buzzword: Sustainability

Representatives from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and other EU bodies met in Italy last week with the aim to combine science and innovation to make a more sustainable food chain.

Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle, EFSA's Executive Director, said: "Europe has a thriving food industry backed by centuries of tradition and know-how. Innovation can bring major benefits for both the consumer and the environment and it is important to assess the risks and benefits of new technologies. For EFSA, that can mean new applications to assess efficacy, and the need to either develop new risk assessment methodologies or refine existing ones. It can be challenging insofar as data in areas of new science such as nanotechnology or GMOs can be limited and there may be significant areas of scientific uncertainty to address and communicate; but we are committed to meeting those challenges and to ensuring that European legislation is grounded in the best science."

In the UK, supermarket chain, Sainsbury's, has extended its carbon initiative to pigs and poultry. Last year, CEO Justin King, announced that following the success of the Sainsbury's Dairy Development Group (SDDG) carbon initiative, the retailer is going to extend the model across other products, and the first monogastric models have been produced.

Another supermarket chain, Waitrose, has signed a multi-million pound deal to supply pork in a more sustainable way, including using locally grown wheat and barley for its pigs raised in East Anglia.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 9 new features this week:

Improving the Outlook for UK Pork Industry
While UK sales of fresh and frozen pork followed a fairly stable trend last year with a slight dip in the middle of the year, sales of processed pork rose in the middle of the year, writes ThePigSite senior editor, Chris Harris.
Re-Examining Agricultural Regulations in a Changing Climate
Reporting for ThePigSite, Rachel Ralte provides an outline of agricultural necessities as presented by Dr Nina Fedoroff, Science & Technology Advisor to US Secretary of State and to the USAID Administrator, at the 86th annual USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum earlier this year.
Danish Breeding Herd Holds Steady (May 2010)
By Chris Harris, Senior Editor, ThePigSite. Our snapshot of the ongoing global pig industry trends as reported in May 2010 Whole Hog Brief. To read the full detailed analysis including all the commentary and graphical data, subscribe to the publication.
Meat Quality Issues Discussed at Kansas Conference
Needle-free jet injection systems may increase the occurrence of injection site abscesses in pork carcasses that will need to be trimmed in pork processing plants, according to one paper presented at Kansas Swine Day 2009, and another revealed that glycerol and ractopamine (singly or combined) had no significant effects on the quality of pork loin chops.
MICs and MBCs of Tiamulin against Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae (App) in Broth and 100 Per Cent Serum
The mean MBC was only 1.74 times the MIC for tiamulin against App, which is surprising as it is considered primarily a bacteriostatic antibiotic, according to Andrew Pridmore (Don Whitley Scientific Ltd), David Burch (Octagon Services Ltd) and Peter Lees (Royal Veterinary College) in their poster at the Fifth International Conference on Antimicrobial Agents in Veterinary Medicine (AAVM) in 2010.
How to Determine the Optimal Productive Life of a Terminal Sire in a Company-Owned Boar Stud
A spreadsheet is described by Justin Fix and Professor Todd See of North Carolina State University to assist in managing the productive life of their terminal boars through estimation of the net present value of future profits. The article is published in the University's latest Swine News.
United Kingdom Pig Meat Market Update - May 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.
US Feed Outlook - May 2010
The 2010/11 US corn crop is projected to be higher than a year earlier, according to the USDA Economic Research Service.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - May 2010
The pork production forecast has been raised for next year, according to the USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates for May 2010.
Ivomec Premix - Better products mean better results
* Company News

JSR to Build New Nucleus in China
CHINA - JSR Genetics, the UK-based international pig breeding company, has agreed a joint venture to build and stock a state-of-the-art nucleus on a greenfield site in China.
Two New Appointments at BPEX
UK - Two new members of staff have joined BPEX, both with a remit involving pig health.
Easy Bio Chooses Hypor Kanto Duroc
SOUTH KOREA - South Korean Easy Bio System, local partner of Hypor, has chosen to start sire line breeding with the Hypor Kanto Duroc. After a period of extensive testing of over two years the pork quality of the finishing pigs has shown a ‘better fit’ with the consumer needs of the Korean market.
Still Potential to Boost Sow Output
UK - Rapid progress in sow productivity in commercial pig herds is still possible, according to Yorkshire-based pig-breeding company ACMC.
Prizes Worth over £5,000 in Pfizer Trainee Awards
UK - Trainees in the pig and poultry industries have the opportunity to compete for more than £5,000 worth of prizes in the 2010 Pfizer Trainee of the Year Awards.
* Global Pig Industry News


 » FMD NEWS: Pork Exports to Hong Kong Resume
 » EW Nutrition Acquires MLR Innovations

   European Union

 » EU Institutions Tackle Food Chain Sustainability
 » New EU Animal Testing Rules Agreed Upon
 » EU Pig Prices: Constant Trend Predominant
 » First Meeting of Pig Health Management Group
Genetiporc - How Much can you Save
   United Kingdom

 » Sainsbury's Extends its Environmental Initiative
 » Cracking Deal at Pig & Poultry Fair
 » Specially Selected Pork Returns to TV Screens
 » Consumers Support Red Meat Production
 » Two Tonne Target for English Pig Producers
 » Anaerobic Digestion: Future of Renewable Energy?
 » Good News from the British Pig Industry
 » Swine Influenza Costs UK Producers
 » Prices are Moving Upward
 » Local Feed for Local Pigs

   United States

 » Weekly Outlook: Crop Prices Still Bounced Around
 » Pork Producers Help Tennessee Flood Victims
 » Market Preview: Return to 'Expected' Levels
 » More Diagnostic Capabilities for Animal Health
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Report: A Better Year for Livestock Producers
 » AMI Releases Video Explaining Different Pork Cuts
 » CME: 'New Normal' Prices for Corn, Soybean Meal
 » Tyson Foods Back in Profit
 » PorkBridge Educational Series Returns
 » CME: Large Growth in Pork, Poultry Output Expected
 » US Pork Exports Show Strength in First Quarter
 » Updated Web Site on Environmental Regulations
 » Pork Exports to Japan Down in Q1 of 2010
 » CME: What's Happening with Hog Demand?
 » Pork Checkoff Offers Pork Management Conference
 » China Begins Accepting US Pork Shipments
Never Stop Improving

 » Winner of Doug Ross Travel and Study Award
 » Pork Prices Pushed Down By Too Many Pigs

   Hong Kong

 » No Gene Re-Assortment Found in HK Pork Sample


 » Idled Moose Jaw Pork Processing Plant to Re-open
 » Re-Opening of Moose Jaw Pork Plant Applauded
 » Adoption of Biofilters to Reduce GHG Emissions
 » Synchronising Ovulation Improved Litter Size
 » Research, Traceability and Product Development
 » Pork Commentary: US Weekly Marketings Drop


 » CP Foods Records Net Profit up Three-Fold
Ingelvac PRRS KV is indicated for the control of Porcine Reproduction and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) in breeding sows and gilts.

 » AgFeed Reports Strong Growth in Pig, Feed Sectors


 » Aeon Loves US Pork, So Do Japanese Consumers


 » Nutreco's Profits up in all Sectors


 » Advice on Liquid Feeding on Lallemand's New Web Site


 » Salmonella Transmission Studied in Pigs


 » Danish Crown Sets Sights on Germany
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That's all for this week!

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