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Editorial - US and UK: Latest Statistics Reveal Greater Industry Confidence

US pork production in August was 1.82 billion pounds, three per cent below the previous year. The numbers of pigs killed was 9.11 million head, two per cent fewer than the same month the previous year and average live weight was down one pound from the previous year, at 267 pounds.

The live hog price in the US has greatly improved from losses of over $40 dollars per head in August 2009 to profits of about $35 per head in August of this year. However, a leading agricultural economist from the University of Missouri, Dr Ron Plain, suggests rising feed costs may temper the desire of US hog producers to expand their breeding herds in response to higher live hog prices,.

There are signs of growing confidence in the UK pig industry too as the latest census reveals a slight increase in the breeding herd. More significant, however, are a 14 per cent increase in maiden gilts and 28 per cent more pregnant gilts.

The EU is reported to be re-considering the rules on the feeding of animal by-products. Following a long-term ban on the use of meat and bone meal in animal feeds to control bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), it has been proposed that poultry protein fed to pigs and vice versa in the EU in future. The authorities stress the discussion is only at a very early stage.

And finally, on the topic of disease, three more pig herds in south-west France have been found to have animals seropositive for Aujeszky's disease. All three had obtained pigs from the breeding farm found with five affected animals earlier this month.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

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How Geneticists Will Help Feed Nine Billion People
The theme of the 21st JSR Genetics Technical Conference earlier this month was Science – the Key to Feeding the World. Jackie Linden, editor of ThePigSite, reports on some of the event highlights, focussing in this article on the contribution of genetics and breeders.
Growing Global Market for Offal
Global exports of offal are worth about £140 million – about eight per cent of the total global meat product market, writes ThePigSite senior editor, Chris Harris.
Free Space Utilisation by Sows in Free Access Stalls
Sows housed in the pens arranged in a T-shape used the free-space area significantly more than the sows housed in pens arranged in an I-shape, according to F.C. Lang, S.M. Hayne, V. Heron and H.W. Gonyou in the Prairie Swine Centre Annual Report 2009.
Castration in the Swine Industry and the Impact on Growth Performance – Physical versus Vaccination
Frank Dunshea of the University of Melbourne, Australia, gave a thorough review of the impacts of castration (both physical and by vaccination) on the performance of male pigs at the London Swine Conference 2010. He also covered the important practical aspects of both managing and feeding vaccinated boars.
EU-27 - Livestock and Products Annual 2010
Beef and pork exports are expected to recover this year, writes Bob Flach in the latest GAIN report from USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. Between 2009 and 2011, EU cattle and pig numbers are projected to shrink 2.3 and 1.6 per cent, respectively.
Hong Kong - Livestock and Products Annual 2010
The value of US pork and offal exports to Hong Kong this year is expected to be five per cent below 2009 although some growth is forecast in certain cuts. US pork meat exports to Hong Kong are likely to decline as the results of new Chinese policies regarding re-export trade, writes Caroline Yuen in the latest GAIN report from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
United Kingdom Pig Meat Market Update - September 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.
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BIVI Requests Proposals for PRRS Research Awards
US - In its continuing efforts to help swine producers and veterinarians better manage porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS), Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., (BIVI) is again seeking research study proposals focused on this devastating disease.
Promotion for Pig Professionals
UK - As part of a drive to get more people signed up to the Pig Industry Professional Register (PIPR) new members will be given a year's free subscription to Pig World magazine. The first ten free subscriptions will be paid for by Pig World and the second ten by BPEX.
BPEX Sets AI Standard
UK - To try and improve the competitiveness of the English pig industry, BPEX and the NPA recognised that the industry needed to focus on improving reproductive performance and spread the costs of production over more pigs.
EXCEDE Now Approved for SRD Control
US - EXCEDE® (ceftiofur crystalline free acid) Sterile Suspension from Pfizer Animal Health is now approved by the US Center for Veterinary Medicine and the Food and Drug Administration for the control of swine respiratory disease (SRD) associated with Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae, Pasteurella multocida, Haemophilus parasuis and Streptococcus suis in groups of pigs where SRD has been diagnosed.
Novel Swine Vaccine Approved in China
CHINA - Chinese swine producers have been given the go-ahead to use Improvac®, the novel vaccine that is used in other major swine-producing markets as an alternative to physical castration for the control of boar taint.
Yeske Honoured with Allen D. Leman Award
US - Paul Yeske, DVM, MS, was named the recipient of the 2010 Allen D. Leman Science in Practice Award.
Mycofix More Effective against Toxins
AUSTRIA - Putting Mycofix® to the test in several in vitro and in vivo experiments involving ergot and endotoxin poisoning, Biomin proves once again its leading reputation in (myco)toxins control and management.
Pig Event at EuroTier on Sustainable Pig Farming
GERMANY - The European Pig Producers Club (EPP) will again be hosting the Pig Event on the eve of EuroTier.
More Exhibitors at EuroTier 2010
GERMANY - The world comes together at the world's top event for animal production, EuroTier 2010 , which is being held at the Exhibition Grounds in Hanover from 16 to 19 November 2010.
* Global Pig Industry News

   United States

 » Weekly Outlook: Another Look At Soybeans
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Pork Producers Place Brakes on Expansion
 » Concerns Livestock Producers Need to Recognise
 » US Swine Economics Report
 » President Obama Asked to Resolve Trucking Issue
 » CME: Highlights from Latest Cold Storage Report
 » USDA Seeks Public Feedback on Organic Standards
 » Market Preview: Pork’s Stake in Price Reporting
 » GIPSA Proposal Doesn't Offer Single Improvement
 » Market Hog Inventory Down Compared to Last Year
 » US Red Meat Output Up One Per Cent in August
 » Pig Manure into Electricity in North Carolina
 » Registration Open for ISU Swine Disease Conference

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   Philippines

 » Pork Prices Drop as Consumers Shift to Chicken

   Canada

 » Development of Tools to Handle Livestock Products
 » US M-COOL More About Protectionism, Says CPC
 » COOL Ruling Could Have Far Reaching Implications
 » Effectiveness of New Manitoba Ag Building Code
 » Preparations for Round Two of WTO Settlement

   Brazil

 » Pork Commentary: Brazil - PorkExpo 2010

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Market under Pressure
 » European Pig Producers to Visit Brazil
 » EFSA Issues Update on Animal Cloning

   South Africa

 » Illegal Pig Farming Health Hazard in Free State Town

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   United Kingdom

 » EU Considers Return of MBM in Animal Feeds
 » Daylength Controller Improves Welfare, Saves Money
 » Intensive Rearing Leads to Antibiotic-Resistance
 » Conference Hears of Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs
 » Tulip Stands on with Its Shout Price
 » Breeding Herd Increase Reflects Growing Confidence

   Viet Nam

 » Work Starts on First Large-Scale Pig Complex

   Germany

 » EPP Congress 2011 to be Held in Germany

   Netherlands

 » Book Just out on Fats and Oils in Animal Nutrition

VIV America Latina
   Australia

 » Pork CRC: Productively Feeding US and Them
 » Penn Pushing Pork as Christmas Draws Near

   Denmark

 » Analyst Says Prices Could Explode

   Ireland

 » IFA Wants Publication of Nitrates Rule Changes

   France

 » Aujeszky's Disease Found on Three More Farms

   General

 » High Feed Costs May Temper US Sow Herd Expansion
 » OIE Conference Targets African Swine Fever

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That's all for this week!

Ed.
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