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ThePigSite Newsletter - 12 July 2010

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

Editorial - Care Needed to Make Group Housing Welfare-Friendly

Simply moving to group housing of sows would not necessarily improve animal welfare or make the industry more viable, Dr Roger Campbell, CEO of Australian Pork CRC told delegates to a pig welfare seminar last week.

Addressing an Animal Welfare Science Centre seminar in Melbourne, he said that new technology, developed by Sydney University researchers, formed the basis of a major programme in the CRC's rebid application recently submitted to the Australian government.

Dr Campbell told the delegates: "One of the programme's core objectives will be the development of cost-effective management and housing systems that have no adverse effects on reproduction or cost of production, but will improve the welfare of sows and their progeny."

He added that the pork industry had been challenged by animal welfare advocates, retailers and consumers, particularly regarding housing of sows in stalls and the issue needed to be thoroughly debated and addressed fairly by all stakeholders.

PRRS – porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome; Blue Ear disease – has been in the news across the globe this week. An outbreak involving 64 animals has been reported in Laos, and the disease has killed a 'large number' of pigs in Nong Khai province in Thailand and 380 pigs have been infected in Viet Nam's southern Tien Giang province.

And finally, sharing his experiences gleaned from a visit to the US, the vice-chair of Manitoba Pork Council in Canada maintains that effective biosecurity protocols remain the best defence against PRRS.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Biosecurity to Reduce the Risk of Bovine TB in Pig Populations
This Knowledge Transfer Bulletin from BPEX covers badger behaviour and provides examples of biosecurity that may reduce the risk of pig herds being infected by bovine tuberculosis (bTB) from badgers, as well as from other sources.
UK Pig Disease Quarterly Surveillance Report: January to March 2010
The Veterinary Laboratories Agency expresses concern about a possible link between an outbreak of tuberculosis in outdoor pigs and the infection in badgers in its latest quarterly report.
United Kingdom Pig Meat Market Update - July 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.
BPEX Export Bulletin - July 2010
The British Pig Executive's (BPEX) Export Bulletin for June/July 2010 reports pig industry trends from around the world.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - July 2010
Pork production is forecast higher for 2010 based on increased slaughter and heavier dressed weights; mainly during the second quarter, according to the USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates for July 2010.
Alphamune G - Shielding, Earning
* Company News

Metacam for Pigs Now Available as Oral Suspension
GERMANY - Boehringer Ingelheim’s market leading Animal Health medication Metacam® (active ingredient: Meloxicam) obtained EU wide marketing authorisation as an oral suspension in a concentration of 15 mg/ml for use in pigs.
JSR Unveils 8500-Place Pig Finishing Facility
UK - Sustained investment in modern weaning and finishing facilities, which incorporate new ideas, science and technology, is vital to the ongoing success and growth of the UK pig industry.
Wens Starts a Trial on Changing Sow Feeding Method
CHINA - Huanan Poultry Equipment Co.,Ltd., a daughter company of Wens Food Group, started a close cooperation with Nedap by introducing Velos ESF into a farm of Wens Group in Shiba. Seventeen feed stations started operating in March 2010.
First PCV-2/M. Hyo Vaccine Combination Registered
EU - The EU Commission has approved the simultaneous use of the pig vaccines Ingelvac CircoFLEX® and Ingelvac MycoFLEX® in the European Union. Boehringer Ingelheim will market this unique vaccine concept under the name FLEXcombo®.
* Global Pig Industry News

   European Union

 » EFSA Clears Vitamin E as Feed Additive
 » EU Pig Prices: Quotations Steady or Declining
 » Opposition to Mercosur Trade Talks
 » European Parliament Pushes for Cloning Ban
 » IFA Challenges Secretary General on Mercosur Talks
 » Researchers Cooperate on PCV2 Immunity


 » PCV2 Link to Follicular Dendritic Cells
 » Power-Saving Product a Boon to Pig Farmers
 » Danish Crown Creates 300 Danish Jobs

FarrowSure Gold - Count on it

 » Pork Commentary: Hog Market Languishing
 » DDGS and Zero-Tannin Faba Beans in Swine Rations
 » Pork Producers Need Prolonged Stable Hog Prices
 » Feed Ingredient Shortages to be Anticipated
 » Reduced Hog Numbers, Increased Pork Demand
 » Food Safety Campaign Targets People at Greater Risk
 » Biosecurity Best Defence Against PRRS


 » Aussie Pork Industry Battles Cheap Imports
 » Researcher Turns Pig Waste into Fish Food
 » Pork CRC Research Aims to Improve Sow Welfare

   United States

 » Market Preview: When to Lock in Profits?
 » CME: Livestock Producers, Processors and Markets
 » Weekly Outlook: Corn Supply Issues
 » Study: US Songbirds Carry Low Flu Risk
 » NPPC Seeks Extension on GIPSA Comment Period
 » AMI Defends Importance of Meat in Diet
 » Groups Urge Immediate Action on FTAs
 » 2011 Good Husbandry Grants Available
 » US Sow Slaughter Down


 » Piglets Copy Mum’s Choice of Food

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 » Brazil Pork Exports: Volume Falls but Value Higher


 » EuroTier 2010: 1,700 Exhibitors from 46 Countries

   United Kingdom

 » Sign up Now for BPEX Pig Health Scheme
 » Realising the Potential of Anaerobic Digestion
 » IPPC Reprieve for Small Farmers Pleases NFU
 » FSA Commissions Campylobacter Research
 » VLA: Swine Dysentery Confirmed in 10-Week-Old Pigs
 » New Task Force to Cut Farmers’ Red Tape
 » Time to Champion the CAP, Says NFU
 » New Health Project Unveiled for Scottish Pig Industry
 » It Was a Buyer's Market Today


 » Laos Identifies 65 Cases of PRRS in Swine


 » Mexico Seeking Start of Pork Exports to China


 » Officers in Various Provinces Tackle PRRS

JSR Genetics - Genetics you can trust

 » Pig Breeding Centre to Overcome Pollution Problem


 » Growth in Italian Poultry Meat, Pig Sectors This Year

   New Zealand

 » MAF Biosecurity Renews FMD Antigen Contract


 » Animal Welfare Efforts in Haiti

   Viet Nam

 » Blue Ear Disease Reported in South Viet Nam


 » Castration with Anaesthetic Accepted in Norway

That's all for this week!

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