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Editorial - EU Pig Meat Output Fell by Six Per Cent in 2009

The latest update for the EU-27 pig population from Eurostat reveals a fall of more than one million or 0.7 per cent from the previous year to an EU-27 total to just under 152 million animals in 2009.

The picture for pig meat production, however, raises more serious concerns. Overall, pig meat production in the EU-27 was just under 21.3 million tonnes last year – a fall of almost six per cent compared to 2008. This somewhat modest average fall masks massive declines in output in some countries, especially the New Member States.

German scientists have found a match in Salmonella enterica sub-strain in pigs, pork and people, indicating that contaminated pork can spread Salmonella from pigs to consumers.

After years of back-and-forth procrastination, the European Commission has this week authorised six genetically modified (GM) varieties of maize for food and feed uses – though not cultivation – in the EU.

And finally, a further step in the concentration of the global animal health sector was taken during the past week as Sanofi-aventis and Merck announced their intention to combine Merial with Intervet/Schering-Plough, creating a new global leader in the sector to be called Merial-Intervet. Approval of the new joint venture by the regulatory authorities is expected early in 2011.

Jackie Linden

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EU Pig Meat Production - 2009
EU - According to Eurostat, pig meat production in the EU-27 was just under 21.3 million tonnes last year – a reduction of almost six per cent compared to 2008. This rather modest average masks massive declines in output in some countries, especially some of the New Member States, writes Jackie Linden, editor of ThePigSite.
EU Pig Populations - 2009
EU - The latest update for the pig population from Eurostat reveals a fall of more than one million or 0.7 per cent from the previous year to an EU-27 total of just under 152 million animals in 2009. Jackie Linden highlights the important trends for ThePigSite.
Foetal Programming – Can it Impact Pork Production?
The type of housing a female is penned in during gestation may cause foetal programming, according to Ronald O. Bates, state swine specialist at Michigan State University, writing in MSU Quarterly Pork Quarterly. In other words, pregnancy housing type can affect the performance of the sow's subsequent litter.
Philippines - Hog Industry Updates
Pig production increased by more than 1.1 per cent in value terms in 2009 while per-capita pork consumption declined, according to Pia A. Ang in the latest GAIN report from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
One-Dose Vaccination Against Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae and Porcine Circovirus Type 2
There was no immunological interference between the M.hyo and PCV2 antigens of M+PAC, Porcilis M Hyo and Porcilis PCV – independent of whether they are given concurrently as separate single vaccines or combined in a ready-to-use vaccine with either Emunade or XSolve as the adjuvant – reported A. Eggen, U. Schmidt, M. Raes and M. Witvliet at IPVS 2010.
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New, Easier-to-Use Antibiotic Spray
UK - A new oxytetracycline antibiotic spray that promises greater convenience and less product wastage for livestock farmers is available from veterinary practices.
Sanofi-aventis, Merck Appoint CEO for New JV
GLOBAL - Sanofi-aventis and Merck have announced their intention to combine Merial with Intervet/Schering-Plough, to create a new global leader in Animal Health to be called Merial-Intervet. Raul Kohan has been appointed CEO of the new joint venture when it is approved by regulatory authorities and closes, which is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2011.
Birthweight Has No Impact on Carcass, Meat Quality
CANADA - Increasing litter size led to a reduction in mean birth weight of the piglets, which did prolong the time needed to reach market weight but had no negative effects on pork quality, according to A.D. Beaulieu and co-authors.
ACMC Tip: Creep Mat Temperature Control is Crucial
UK - Many pig producers have replaced creep lamps with heat mats.
Introducing CBVPlus
US - CBVPlus boars are 'The Best of The Best', says PIC.
* Global Pig Industry News

   General

 » FMD NEWS: Miyazaki Ends FMD Emergency

   France

 » INRA Studies Sow's Transition to Lactation Diet

   Germany

 » Study Finds Contaminated Pork Spreads Salmonella

   Canada

 » Pork Commentary: October and December 2010 Lean Hog Contract
 » CPC to Distribute Traceability Ear Tags
 » Proposals for Constructing Agricultural Buildings
 » Pig Producers Applaud Agricultural Building Codes
 » Improving Design of Trucks Used to Move Swine
 » Maple Leaf Foods Shows 'Steady Improvements'
 » Selkirk-Interlake MP Urges Compromise on COOL

PIC
   United States

 » Market Preview: Canadian Feeder Pig Imports
 » Extension of GIPSA Comment Period Pleases AFBF
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » High Levels of DDGS Affect Pig Meat Quality
 » Bill Reauthorising Price Reporting Law Advances
 » CME: Sharp Rise in Lean Hog Futures
 » Frozen Pork Stocks in June Down from Month Ago
 » Caution Urged on All Offal Exports to Viet Nam
 » CME: Hog Slaughter Lower Than a Year Ago
 » US Retaliates Over EU Import Bans
 » International Meat, Poultry & Seafood Convention 2011

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Prices Increase Due to Low Supply
 » Commission Authorises Six GM Maize Varieties
 » EU Pig Prices Lower in 2009 Than Year Before
 » EFSA: Cautious Approval of Manure Lime Treatment
 » Group to Bolster Work Improving Food Supply Chain

   Netherlands

 » Global Spread of Feed Safety Assurance Scheme
 » Water Quality Continues to Improve
 » Safe Pork 2011

   Mexico

 » Mixed Picture for Bachoco in Second Quarter

   China

 » Tianli Agritech Announces Closing of IPO
 » WHO Head Praises China over Disease Control

   Botswana

 » Study: Piggery Could Diversify Botswana Agri Sector

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   Croatia

 » More Pigs in Croatia

   Ireland

 » Important Opportunities to Improve Competitiveness

   Philippines

 » Mindanao Close to Ebola-Free Status
 » Philippines Hoping to Export Pork by 2010 End

   Cambodia

 » Cambodia Alarmed at Illegal Import of Pigs

   New Zealand

 » Government Must Demand Release of Pig Audits

   Thailand

 » Salmonella Control Needed at All Stages

   Australia

 » Diabetic Test to Help Pork Producers

   Russian Federation

 » More African Swine Fever in Russia
 » New Procedure for Vet Drug Imports

   Bulgaria

 » Strategy for Food Safety, Risk Assessment Adopted

   United Kingdom

 » RSPCA: Think Pig Promotes Pork Labelling
 » At Times Like This, You Know Who Your Friends Are

   Korea, South

 » South Korea Proceeds with Hog Traceability System

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That's all for this week!

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