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ThePigSite Newsletter - 8 November 2010
Monday 8th November 2010
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial - Pig Welfare Hits the Headlines in Australia, NZ

In New Zealand last week, PigCare, a new pig welfare accreditation scheme, was launched. At the same time, New Zealand Pork also announced the results of the much-anticipated independent welfare audit of pig farms, which covered the competency and skill of the farmer in how they handle the pigs, the condition and behaviour of the pigs themselves and the environment in which the animals live including, feed, water, temperature, space and, on outdoor farms, shade and shelter.

New Zealand Pork's CEO said that the 115 farms that passed the audit can have their meat labelled '100% New Zealand Pork, PigCare Accredited'. Labelled meat will appear in retail and wholesale outlets from 1 December, and only farms which have passed the audit will be able to use that label.

He also explained that the audit and labelling is an important step in responding to consumer needs, adding that the public is also concerned about sow stalls. He said that the industry has committed to phasing out their use and the first step is ensuring that by the end of 2012, sows will be kept in stalls for no longer than four weeks of their pregnancy.

The use of sow stalls also hit the headlines in Australia last week, when producers were angered when it was reported that Coles supermarket was applying its ban on pig meat produced using sow stalls only to domestic product. Subsequently, Coles is reported to have clarified that its decision applies to all pig meat, whether home-produced or imported.

Also in Australia, it has been reported consumers do not understand the meaning of the expression 'bred free range' as it appears on pork product labels.

The head of Australian Pork Ltd, which carried out the market research, explained: "Consumers don't actually understand it; they think it's a type of free range; they think it is really free range.

"However, when we explain it to them, they don't feel deceived by the descriptor, so they're willing to accept it as a good system but not quite what they thought it meant."

And finally, researchers at the University of Aarhus in Denmark have uncovered clues on how stress affects the pig's meat quality at the cellular level. They have succeeded in identifying metabolites that could potentially be used as markers for slaughter stress.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

Reducing Livestock Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Future growth in meat consumption is going to be driven by an expanding population, higher incomes and consumer preferences, writes ThePigSite senior editor, Chris Harris.
Effect of Different Feed Ingredients on Fermentation Metabolites and Nitrogen Excretion in Pigs
Peas and pea-fibres reduced nitrogen excretion and could possibly contribute to improving the gut health of pigs, report according to R. Jha, L. Johnston, J. Bindelle, A. Van Kessel and P. Leterme in the Prairie Swine Research Centre Annual Report 2009.
High Prevalence of PCV2 Viraemia Found in Clinically Normal Breeding Herds
A high prevalence of porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) viraemia has been found in newborn piglets in five clinically normal pig breeding herds in North America by resarchers at Iowa State University.
Lighting for Pig Units
A practical guide to lighting in pig houses from BPEX in the series, Research into Action.
United Kingdom Pig Meat Market Update - November 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.
Pig Farmers Conferences 2010
Proceedings of the conference organised by Teagasc (The Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority), which took place in October 2010.
Pig Signals Training Books
* Company News

Workshop on Managing Feed Price Volatility
UK - BPEX and the National Pig Association (NPA) have joined forces to hold a series of risk management workshops to help producers manage their businesses while feed prices are so volatile.
Winners Receive Pfizer Trainee of the Year Awards
UK - For the second year running, the Pfizer Pig Trainee of the Year is awarded to a female winner while the Pfizer Poultry Trainee of the Year award goes to Scotland for the first time.
Future of Farming at EuroTier
GERMANY - Young farmers and students will once again have a meeting place at EuroTier this year.
EuroTier: Bringing Science to the Farm
GERMANY - The International Animal Health Event will be held during the EuroTier during the evening of 18 November 2010.
EuroTier: Implications of EU Legislation on Sow Housing
GERMANY - At the coming EuroTier show in Hanover, DLG and BFL are organising a special show called 'Sow well-being in group housing.'
* Global Pig Industry News

   United Kingdom

 » Low Stress is Key to Optimum Breeding Performance
 » NADIS BPEX Commentary – October 2010
 » Research Will Help Farmers Reduce GHG Emissions
 » NFU: Livestock Bill is Admirable but Flawed
 » Every Graph Paints a Bleak Picture
 » UK Signs Deal to Export Breeding Pigs to China
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   United States

 » Weekly Outlook: Are Higher Corn Prices Needed?
 » New Biofilter will Reduce Odour and Save Money
 » CME: ASF in Russia; Canadian Hog Inventory
 » OSU to Hold 2nd Annual Animal Welfare Symposium
 » Revised Directive on Recall of Meat, Poultry Products
 » Pork Checkoff Supports Return of McRib Nationwide
 » New Proposal from Ethanol Industry Concerns AMI
 » CME: Feed Market to Start Focusing on Demand
 » Producers Back Pekin Pork Processing Plant
 » CME - Rise in Lean Hog Futures
 » US Finally Close to the Fall Low in Prices?

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Basic Mood is Positive
 » No Environmental Impact of Zn, Cu Used in Nutrition
 » EU Releases Cereal Intervention Stocks
 » Too Much EU Legislation Will Hit Productivity
 » EFSA Shares Progress on Work on Emerging Risks
Big Dutchman

 » Surge in Marketings Cause Live Hog Price Declines
 » Ergot a Serious Problem in Feed This Year
 » Strong Local Leadership Key to Eliminating PRRS
 » Western Barley Production Projected to Fall
 » Research Shines Light on Pigs' Secrets
 » All-Peril Mortality Insurance Under Development
 » Producers Advised to Monitor Herd Performance
 » Pork Commentary: Bullish US/Canadian Inventory Report


 » DDGS Feed Formulation Workshops in Taiwan


 » New Welfare Regulations for WA Pig Industry
 » Forces Joined to Bring Home the Bacon
 » Pork CRC: Testing Time for Stockfeed
 » Consumers Confused over 'Free-Range Pork' Label
 » Coles Widens Ban on Pork from Sow Stall Piggeries


 » Developing Sorghum Crop Varieties Feed India


 » Carsten Jakobsen Leaves Tulip Ltd and DC Group
 » How Stress Affects Pig Meat Quality
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 » NFUS Attacks Commission Over Mercosur Talks


 » New Name in Feed Additives - Animine


 » PCV Vaccine Developed in Henan


 » Another Outbreak of ASF in Chad

   Viet Nam

 » Compensation for Farmers of PRRS-Infected Pigs

   New Zealand

 » Welfare Accreditation Scheme Launched for NZ Pigs
 » Pork Industry: Factory Farming Fund Unnecessary


 » Perak Has More Than Enough Pork


 » Thai Food Firm Eyes Investment in Philippines


 » Alltech Helps Young Scientists to Succeed

   Russian Federation

 » Cherkizovo Completes Acquisition of Pork Plants
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