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ThePigSite Newsletter - 22 November 2010
Monday 22nd November 2010
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial - Pig Diseases Continue to Threaten

Pig diseases may have been out of the limelight in recent weeks but the prospect of outbreaks continues to threaten the industry across the world.

In Viet Nam, the authorities have announced the imposition of strict control measures against PRRS (blue-ear disease) in Ho Chi Minh City, following its spread across much of the south of the country.

In western Russia, there have been reports of swine fever in Ivanovo Oblast. A local expert has explained this is the classical variant of the disease (classical swine fever; CSF), which is 'always present in the territory of our country' and not African swine fever (ASF), which has threatened the country's domestic pig industry lately.

Meanwhile, there have been reports of three new outbreaks of ASF in Russia in the last week.

A scientific paper has come out of China, indicating the presence of a novel porcine parvovirus – PPV4 – in two per cent of the pig herds surveyed there. This variant had previously been reported in the US and was first discovered in China in 2009.

On a positive note, USDA has officially recognised the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina as being free of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), CSF and ASF – a move that should help to free up trade.

And finally, EuroTier took place in Hanover, Germany, last week, attended by a record number of visitors, including the editors of ThePigSite. You can read a number of our reports in this newsletter and on ThePigSite under 'Germany'.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Novel Porcine Parvovirus Detected in China
Researchers working in China and the US have detected a novel parvovirus, PPV4, in Chinese pig herds. The virus first appeared in China in 2009 and was found in two per cent of the herds surveyed.
Mycotoxins in Swine Diets
Prairie Swine Research Centre warns pig producers about the dangers of feeding mycotoxin-contaminated cereals to pigs. Levels of DON and zearalenone are high in this year's crops as the weather conditions have favoured the growth of the fusarium fungus.
Staff Training
Tips on efficient training solutions are offered in this Farm Case Study from BPEX.
Early Weaning May Have Lifetime Consequences for Intestinal Health
Weaning age was found by North Carolina State University to affect intestinal permeability in pigs and the differences were still apparent five weeks after weaning.
US Pork Outlook - November 2010
Next year, the US pork industry will struggle to adjust to expected higher feed costs, and output is expected to be 1.5 per cent above the 2010 level, according to the latest Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook from the USDA's Economic Research Service.
Pfizer Animal Health
* Company News

JSR Signs Contract Within UK-China Business Summit
CHINA - JSR Genetics, the leading UK-based international pig genetics company, has signed a milestone contract for 1,100 animals with the Guangzhou Animal Husbandry Company in Beijing on 8 November 2010.
$25K from Pfizer Animal Health Helps Vets, Animals
US - Pfizer Animal Health has donated $25,000 through the American Veterinary Medical Foundation's (AVMF) Animal Disaster Relief and Response Fund to help the many animals, producers and veterinarians affected by the recent Colorado wild fires.
EUROTIER - Show Moved Modern Agriculture Forward
GERMANY - The number of visitors reached a record of more than 140,000 livestock farmers and specialists from all over the world. Of these, 23,500 were international visitors, and BioEnergy Decentral was a resounding success, say the organisers.
* Global Pig Industry News


 » EUROTIER - Sustainability: Fashion or Fact?
 » EUROTIER - How China Could Save 17.5MT of Sow Feed
 » EUROTIER: Record Numbers at Livestock Show
 » EUROTIER - German Vets Consider Climate Change Impacts


 » FMD NEWS: Report on Kansas Biocontainment Lab
 » USDA Recognises Improved Disease Status in Brazil

   United States

 » Weekly Outlook: Uptrend in Crop Prices Stalls
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » PQA Plus Advisor Recertification Session on Offer
 » US Red Meat Exports Continue Positive Trend
 » USMEF Initiative Targets Underappreciated Pork Butt
 » Mexican Trucking Dispute Hurting US Pork
 » CME: Effect of Growing Risks in Europe and Asia
 » User Fees for Meat, Poultry Industry Recommended
 » NFU: GIPSA Briefings; Positive Impacts for Producers
 » Summer Pork Prices Slow Exports, Boost Imports
 » Education Session Details Available for AMI Expo
 » NPPC Angered over GIPSA Rule
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 » Yellow 'Majjal ta' Malta' Tag Brands Maltese Pork
 » Slaughtered Pigs Get Bigger in Malta


 » China Sells Stockpiled Pork, Sugar to Cut Prices
 » Inflation as Demand Rises from Competing Sectors
 » Pig Prices to Remain Steady, Says Zhongpin

   United Kingdom

 » Farmers Face £21m Meat Hygiene Charges
 » Govt Backs Livestock Industry Sustainability Efforts
 » BPEX Feed Report Points the Way for Pig Industry
 » British Pig Industry Hogging the Limelight
 » President Urges EU Action on Transport Enforcement
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - November 2010
 » Pig Levy Unchanged But Cereals Levy Increases
 » Farmers on Hand at BBC Good Food Show


 » Fusarium Head Blight Contaminated Feed Grains
 » All Risk Mortality Insurance for Hog Sector Endorsed
 » Support for All Risk Mortality Insurance Applauded
 » Economics Blamed for Declines in Barley Acres
 » Harsh Conditions Limit Cereal Grain Yield Increases
 » Pork Commentary: Maple Leaf Foods Burlington Sold

   European Union

 » Authorisation of Two GM Maize Varieties Proposed
 » EU Pig Prices: Germany is the New Number One
 » Council Rubber-Stamps Revised IPPC Directive
 » EC Outlines Greener CAP after 2013
Novartis Animal Health

 » Agri Growth Dips in January to September 2010


 » Aussie Pig Farmers Promise to Scrap Stalls by 2017
 » RSPCA Welcomes Pledge to Scrap Sow Stalls
 » Pork CRC Pin-Up Girls

   Russian Federation

 » Poultry Import Quota Slashed; Beef, Pork Unchanged
 » Russia Discovers Three New ASF Outbreaks
 » Classical Swine Fever Reaches Ivanovskaya Oblast


 » Marfrig Revenue Grows to R$3.85bn


 » Phytase Summit Conclusions Presented in Eindhoven


 » New Row Erupting Over Pork Reports


 » OIE Americas Conference Concludes


 » Farmers Protest as Retailer Profits at Their Expense

   Viet Nam

 » Authorities Impose Strict PRRS Control Measures
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