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ThePigSite Newsletter - 1 November 2010
Monday 1st November 2010
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Editorial - Battle Against PMWS Receives a Boost

Scientists at the Royal Veterinary College in the UK have developed a severity estimation calculator for post-weaning multi-systemic wasting syndrome (PMWS). The calculator is part of a £11.5 million BBSRC-funded programme to tackle some of the most harmful and widespread endemic diseases that commonly affect farmed animals in the country.

Last week, Statistics Canada released the quarterly hog inventory numbers, which showed the Canadian sow herd was 0.5 per cent smaller on 1 October than on 1 July and 3.7 per cent smaller than on 1 October 2009.

And in Belgium, the latest survey reveals a fall of 4.6 per cent in the number of pig farms over the last year, although with a count of just under 6.4 million, there were 1.2 per cent more pigs in the country than 12 months previously.

In a a trading update for the first nine months of 2010, Russian meat processing giant, Cherkizovo, announced that sales volumes in its pork division increased by an impressive 51 per cent to approximately 53,900 tonnes of live weight over the period, compared to approximately 35,570 tonnes for the first nine months of 2009. This growth was attributed to increased production as Cherkizovo's new farms start to achieve their forecasted target levels of output.

Also last week, Cherkizovo announced the start of construction of a new greenfield pork farm in the Lipetsk region of Central Russia. The new state-of-the-art multi-site complex will house 4,800 sows and will have an estimated full capacity of 12,500 tonnes of liveweight pork per year.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

Use of Antimicrobial Agents and Occurrence of Antimicrobial Resistance in Bacteria from Food Animals, Foods and Humans in Denmark
According to the latest report, DANMAP 2009, there was a 10 percent increase in the consumption of antibiotics by Danish farm animals between 2008 abnd 2009, with most of the increase accounted for by a the pig industry and more antimicrobial agents commonly used for mass medication in feed or drinking water in herds with disease problems.
Guidelines for Group-Housing Pregnant Sows
The advantages and disadvantages of the different feed ing options for group-housed sows are outlined by Dr Trish Holyoake, Technical Specialist Pig Health, Wagga Wagga in a publication from the NSW government. She also offers tips on getting each system to work to its best potential.
Canadian Hog Statistics - Third Quarter 2010
By Statistics Canada. There were just 0.8 per cent fewer pigs in Canada on 1 October 2010 than one year previously but the number of breeding females was down more than four per cent. Both domestic slaughter and hog exports were significantly lower in the last quarter than the same period of 2009.
Feeding Strategies to Improve Carcass Quality When Using DDGS
While distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) are a valuable feed ingredient, their inclusion needs to be managed in a feeding programme to avoid carcass quality issues, writes swine nutritionist, Greg Simpson in the latest Pork News and Views from OMAFRA.
In Vitro Fibre Fermentation Characteristics of Specialty Ingredients with Varying Non-Starch Polysaccharides Levels
Fermentable fibre modulates the gut environment, extends health-promoting properties and reduces ammonia excretion, according to R. Jha, L. Johnston, J. Bindelle, A. Van Kessel and P. Leterme in the Prairie Swine Research Centre Annual Report 2009.
PCV2: Genetic Variation and Newly Emerging Genotypes in China
Researchers at Harbin PCV2 have discovered that porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) found in China is constantly undergoing genetic variation. Furthermore, both the predominant strain and the Cap protein (the main structural protein of PCV2) have changed over recent years.
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* Company News

BIVI Introduces 3FLEX for Convenient Virus Protection
US - Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) has made vaccinating against three of the most critical diseases in the swine industry a convenient, one-shot process.
BIVI Sponsors Pork Profit Edge Newsletter
US - Two swine industry institutions have come together to form a partnership. Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) has teamed up with Brock Associates to sponsor the Pork Profit Edge newsletter.
EC to Organise Second Welfare Workshop
EU - The European Commission is organising its second workshop on pig welfare on 11 November 2010.
Certificate 'Code-EFABAR' Awarded to Hypor
GERMANY - Hendrix Genetics shows responsibility by taking care of its animals and informing society about what they do as a breeding company. Therefore, Hendrix Genetics has decided to adopt the Code EFABAR for all their divisions globally.
Innovation Awards for SonoCheck and QuigTag
GERMANY - Good news for Big Dutchman in the run-up to EuroTier 2010, the world’s leading exhibition for animal husbandry being held in Hanover, Germany, from 16 to 19 November 2010.
New Pig Record Keeping System to be Launched
GERMANY - PigExpert is the name of the pig record keeping system, that will be launched on 15 November 2010 at the EuroTier exhibition in Hannover.
* Global Pig Industry News


 » FMD NEWS: Sweden Carries Out Simulation Exercise
 » Timing Right for US Sorghum Exports to Asia

   Viet Nam

 » Small Pig Producers Bring Home the Bacon
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   United States

 » Weekly Outlook: Corn and Soybean Acreage in 2011
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Market Preview: Hog Slaughter Weights and Rates
 » CME: Rapid Rise in Hog Weights a Hot Topic
 » Registration Now Open for 2011 AMI Expo
 » NIAA 2011 Annual Conference
 » US and Canadian Hog Inventory Down Two Per Cent
 » FDA Awards Grants for Food and Feed Safety
 » CME: Declines Come as Supplies Remain Large
 » KSU Swine Day 2010
 » Canadian Sow Herd Smaller in October Than June
 » CME: Canadian Hog Industry Still in Contraction Mode
 » Domestic Livestock Rations Contain More DDGS

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Balanced Situation in EU Markets
 » EU to Organise Pig Meat Reflection Day


 » Belgian Pig Industry Shrinks

   Russian Federation

 » Strong Performance by Cherkizovo in 2010
 » Another ASF Outbreak Reported in Russia
 » Cherkizovo Constructs New Pig Farm in Lipetsk

 » Information Needed to Improve Biosecurity Provided
 » Swine Board Introduces Biosecurity Users Guide
 » Canada Sends Positive Message to Trading Partners
 » Govt Cracks Down on Livestock Transport Violators
 » Maple Leaf Results Hit by Rising Raw Material Costs
 » PCVAD Experience Brings Industry and Govt Together
 » PRRS Costs Canadian Swine Industry $130M Per Year
 » Pork Commentary: New Corn, Seasonal Supply Surge


 » IFA Calls on Pig Processors to Reverse Price Cuts

   United Kingdom

 » Severity Estimation Calculator for PMWS Developed
 » Reducing Emissions Whilst Increasing Production
 » Government Axes Some Defra Bodies
 » Two Other Winners at David Black Award Event
 » Meryl Ward Recognised for Contribution to Industry
 » VLA: Ischial Tuberosity Detachment in Pigs
 » BPEX Director Awarded for Distinguished Service


 » Nutreco Reports Quarterly Revenue up 11 Per Cent


 » 265 Rødding Employees are Looking Ahead
 » Genomic Selection Means Better Breeding Pigs


 » Symposium on Emerging, Re-Emerging Pig Diseases


 » Super Pea in the Making
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