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ThePigSite Newsletter - 24 May 2010
Monday 24th May 2010
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial - Latest Health Survey Flawed

After reviewing nearly 1,600 studies, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health have concluded in the last week that eating processed meats – such as bacon, sausage or processed deli meats – is associated with a 42 per cent higher risk of heart disease and a 19 per cent higher risk of type 2 diabetes.

However, a spokesperson for the Canadian Pork Council says that the study relied on epidemiological research and that it is hard to draw substantial conclusions about one type of food through this type of work.

She explained that the study participants tended to have a generally unhealthy life-style, including smoking, taking little exercise and being overweight, all known risk factors for chronic disease. These factors make it difficult to identify any one food or food group as being the cause of their illness.

Serious diseases continue to hit the pig industry across the world: foot-and-mouth disease is causing significant losses as it spreads across Miyazaki in western Japan, and Viet Nam's Minister of Agriculture has warned of possible future pig meat shortages as blue ear disease continues to cause havoc in the country's northern provinces. And after a recent lull, a further case of African swine fever has been reported in Russia.

Owing to a public holiday in the UK next Monday, our next newsletter will be sent out on Tuesday 1 June.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Pig Farm Practices Survey 2009 - England
The main points of the latest Defra survey of pig farms in England are summarised by Jackie Linden, editor of ThePigSite.
Sow Mastitis
The clinical signs, causes, treatment and consequences of acute and chronic mastitis are described by pig veterinarian, Mark White, in a recent Health Bulletin from NADIS.
NIAA Solutions 2010
Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA), which was held on 17 to 19 March 2010 in Kansas City, Missouri. The theme of the conference was One Health: Implications for Animal Agriculture.
US Pork Outlook Report - May 2010
Increased pork production is likely to be encouraged by higher hog prices in 2011, according to the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) April 2010 Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook.
BPEX Export Bulletin - May 2010
The British Pig Executive's (BPEX) Export Bulletin for May 2010 reports pig industry trends from around the world.
Biomin - the natural way
* Company News

CID Lines Appoints Latin America Sales Manager
LATIN AMERICA - CID Lines has appointed Juan Sebastian Ospina as Sales Manager for Latin America.
Hypor Acquires Designed Genetics
GLOBAL - Hypor is pleased to announce its acquisition of Designed Genetics. Based in Lockport, Manitoba, Designed Genetics is widely recognised as a leader in Duroc breeding, with a growing share of the Duroc boar market globally.
MFC, PIC Sign Long-term Partnership Agreement
PHILIPPINES - Monterey Foods Corporation (MFC), the Philippine’s largest pork producer and quality meat retailer, recently signed a 6-year Supply Partnership Agreement with global swine genetics leader, PIC, on Friday, 14 May at the Palms Country Club in Alabang, Muntinlupa.
Pfizer to Cut 6,000 Jobs Worldwide
GLOBAL - A total of 6,000 jobs are to go worldwide at pharmaceutical and animal health company Pfizer.
* Global Pig Industry News


 » FMD NEWS: More FMD Outbreaks in Miyazaki
Novartis Animal Health

 » Investment to Give Canadian Pork a Competitive Edge
 » Govt Supports Farmers by Investing in Animal Health
 » New Federal Pork Industry Investments Applauded
 » Food Traceability Could Provide Marketing Advantage
 » Traceability Could Benefit All Livestock Species
 » CPC Questions Conclusions of Public Health Study
 » Producers Urged to Guard Against Risk of FMD
 » Pork Commentary: Trip to Brazil
 » New Federal Swine Research Initiatives Applauded

   United States

 » Market Preview: Pork Headed in the Right Direction
 » Weekly Outlook: 2010-11 Corn Marketing Year
 » Advanced Reproductive Management Seminars
 » CME: Livestock Futures Take a Tumble
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Video Outlines Proper Portion Sizes for Meat, Poultry
 » Pork Checkoff: PORK Academy at World Pork Expo
 » One Year Removed from A/H1N1 Influenza Scare
 » Senate Urged to Reject EPA GHG Regulation
 » CME: Hog and Cattle Prices Up Sharply
 » Hormel Pleased with Second Quarter Results
 » CME: Pork and Beef Prices Heat Up
 » Factors Affecting Transport Stress Investigated
 » Re-opening of Chinese Market to US Good News
 » Red Meat Production Below Last Year
Aurofac / Aureomycin - Justified, Reliable
   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Increase Seen Throughout Europe
 » Farmers Oppose Trade Talks with Mercosur
 » EU Veterinary Week Conference 2010
 » CAP Reform to Make Life Easier for Farmers
 » MEPs Veto 'Meat Glue' Authorisation


 » Livestock, Aquaculture Output Rise Despite Drought
 » Feed Output Falls Ten Per Cent

   South Africa

 » World Veterinary Congress 2011


 » Europe's Vets Hold Successful Welfare Workshop


 » Pig Farm Standards are ‘Unacceptable’, Says Minister
JSR Genetics - Genetics you can trust

 » Victoria to Introduce Pig Levy
 » Changes to Pig Farming in Tasmania Proposed

   Viet Nam

 » Minister Warns PRRS May Cause Pork Shortages
 » HCM City Under Threat from Blue Ear Pig Disease


 » New Distribution Centre for Zhongpin

   United Kingdom

 » UK Slaughter Statistics - May 2010
 » BPEX Welcomes New Board Member
 » Prices Hotting Up
 » Cranswick Profits Rise


 » Pork Crisis Payout Lower than Estimated
 » Chinese Govt Re-opens Market to Irish Pork


 » Call for Specialised Research Institutes
FarrowSure Gold - Count on it
   Russian Federation

 » Russia Reports One New ASF Outbreak
 » AgroFarm 2010: Over 200 Exhibitors from 19 Countries

That's all for this week!

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