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ThePigSite Newsletter - 7 June 2010

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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial - Pigs and Disease in the News

While foot and mouth disease (FMD) continues to spread in cattle and pigs across the Miyazaki region of Japan, Canadian producers have been warned to be on the look-out for signs of transmissible gastroenteritis (TGE), a viral disease of pigs that has been identified on one farm with two sites located in South Central Manitoba.

TGE does not affect humans and is not considered a food safety risk but it spreads easily from pig to pig, causing vomiting and diarrhoea resulting in particularly high losses among piglets in the first week of life.

In the EU, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published an evaluation of factors that may contribute to the spread of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) in pig holdings in the European Union.

While most MRSA infections are transmitted through direct or indirect human-to-human contact, farmers, veterinarians and their families can also be exposed to the bacteria through contact with infected animals. There is no evidence that MRSA can be transmitted to humans through food.

EFSA's survey shows that larger pig holdings are more likely to be contaminated with MRSA, and the findings also suggests that the bacteria are transmitted through the movement of animals between breeding and fattening farms.

And finally, European pig vets have decided to set up a new association, the European Association of Porcine Health Management (EAPHM).

The objectives of the new association are primarily educational to increase contact and interaction across an increasingly borderless Europe but also to represent its interests and views on increasingly important aspects of welfare, health and production that are on the horizon.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week:

Animal Science - Recent Progress and Future Challenges
The goal of animal science remains efficient animal production according to Professor John Oldham, reports Jackie Linden, editor of ThePigSite.
Glässers Disease
In the latest Health Bulletin from NADIS, pig veterinarian, Mark White, describes the acute and complex forms of Glässers disease, as well as treatments, preventions and costs.
Controlling Aggression in Group-Housed Gestating Sows
Proper management strategies can eliminate severe injuries and poor performance associated with aggression, and thus improve welfare and performance of pregnant sows in group housing systems, according to Dr Yuzhi Li of the University of Minnesota's West Central Research and Outreach Center.
Pfizer Animal Health
* Company News

Malta's Pig Industry to Get Boost from UK Firm
MALTA - An East Yorkshire firm is helping to revive the pig industry in Malta by providing live pigs and semen to improve the country's pig herd and production.
Pfizer Clarifies Use of Improvac
GLOBAL - Animal health company Pfizer has issued a clarification on the pig vaccine Improvac, which was mentioned in this week's column by Jim Long, the President and CEO of Genesus Inc.
Hypor Success at European Pig Producers Congress
EU - As one of the main sponsors of the European Pig Producers Congress 2010 Hypor presented itself successfully at the 20th Annual Meeting.
Kevin Schnarre Joins BIVI Swine Team
US - Kevin Schnarre has been hired as a sales representative for the swine division of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI).
* Global Pig Industry News

   General

 » FMD NEWS: Uninfected Pigs Culled in Miyazaki
 » EU Opens Discussion on Animal Welfare in S. America
 » International Prices of Agricultural Commodities Drop

   United States

 » National Pork Board to Meet During World Pork Expo
 » Market Preview: Markets Send Mixed Messages
 » Slowdown in Retail Movement Reflected
 » Continued Biosecurity Vital in Today's Pork Industry
 » Weekly Outlook: Mixed Developments for Corn
 » CME: Record-High Corn Condition Ratings
 » CME: Live Versus Carcass Pricing for Cattle, Hogs
 » Leading Breeders Form Genetic Services Company
 » NIAA Annual Meeting Focused on One Health
 » Global Pork Production Forecast to be Up in 2010
 » CME: Capital Needs Increase During Last Two Years

Alphamune G - Shielding, Earning
   United Kingdom

 » Prices Continue to Rise
 » Red Tractor Clocks Up a Decade
 » Welfare-Focused Pig Campaign Gets Support
 » Search for a Pig Industry Hero
 » Pig Health Programme Takes Off; Status Revealed
 » VLA Report for March 2010 Reveals H1N2 Circulation
 » No Need to Sell for Less
 » WI Fights for Better Meat, Fish, Poultry Labelling
 » Joint Commitment Made to Tackle Climate Change

   Australia

 » Plummeting Pork Prices Cause Farmers to Suffer
 » Environmentally Friendly Pond Cover Being Tested
 » Animal Rights Protest Taken to Minister

   Czech Republic

 » Farmers Argue Self-Sufficiency in Pork Could Fall

   Japan

 » Danish Pork Popular in Japanese Noodle Soup
 » Danish Pork a Bestseller in Japan

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   Canada

 » Saskatchewan Launches 2010 Billboard Campaign
 » Traceability Regulations Expected by Year's End
 » Monitor Herds for Signs of TGE
 » TGE Outbreak Tests Foreign Disease Response Tools

   South Africa

 » Pork Producers Hope to Profit During World Cup

   Viet Nam

 » Out-of-Town Pigs Increase PRRS Risk in HCM City

   European Union

 » Copa-Cogeca Urges Farm Ministers to Re-Focus CAP
 » EU Pig Prices: Prices Continue to Increase
 » EFSA Evaluates Factors Contributing to MRSA in Pigs
 » Call for End to Pig Castration in EU
 » European Pig Vets Form New Association
 » Europe Beefs Up Support to Global Food Security

Genetiporc - How Much can you Save
   Greece

 » Greek Welfare Controls under Scrutiny

   Philippines

 » Hog-Raising Pushed to Boost Livelihood in Vizcaya

   Netherlands

 » Researchers Compare LCAs for Animal Products

   New Zealand

 » NZ Pork Board Watches EU Animal Welfare Standards
 » NZ Wanted Behind Domestic Pork Products

   France

 » New Strategic Plan Adopted at OIE World Assembly

   China

 » Circular Economy Helps Bring Big Cash to Ankang

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That's all for this week!

Ed.
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