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ThePigSite Newsletter - 20 December 2010

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Monday 20th December 2010
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial - End in Sight to Surgical Castration of EU Pigs

Stakeholders in the European Union pig meat chain have agreed on a plan to voluntarily end the surgical castration of pigs in Europe by 1 January 2018. The Declaration is the first of its kind at EU level for animal welfare.

As a first step, from 1 January 2012, surgical castration of pigs – if carried out – will be performed only with prolonged analgesia and/or anaesthesia.

The parties have signed a European Declaration on alternatives to surgical castration of pigs, which sets the basis for the voluntary cooperation between the stakeholders. Surgical castration of pigs is an animal welfare concern. Castration is practised to avoid undesirable sexual or aggressive behaviour and the development of boar taint, the odour or taste that can be evident during the cooking of pork from uncastrated boars. Different alternatives to the procedure are already being applied in the EU and elsewhere.

In the US, the FDA has published its '2009 Summary Report on Antimicrobials Sold or Distributed for Use in Food-Producing Animals'.

The Union of Concerned Scientists commented that the report confirms what that organisation had been saying for years: that American livestock and poultry producers are using massive amounts of antimicrobial drugs. The National Pork Producers Council countered that the amounts are not 'massive' and that ionophores – which are not used in human medicine – accounted for almost 30 per cent of the total.

In an interesting new development, researchers at Aarhus University in Denmark have developed genetic tests to predict an individual animal's response to medication, for which they have won a national innovation prize.

Because of the Christmas holidays, there will be no newsletter next week or on 3 January. The next one will be sent out to you on Tuesday 4 January.

We would like to send the many visitors and supporters of ThePigSite warmest seasonal greetings and good wishes for 2011.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 8 new features this week:

Optimising Returns on Animal By-Products
Protein meal should be allowed back into animal feeds to improve the financial returns on animal by-products in the UK, writes ThePigSite senior editor, Chris Harris.
Dutch Herd and Number of Farms Decline
By Chris Harris, Senior Editor, ThePigSite. Our snapshot of the ongoing global pig industry trends as reported in December 2010 Whole Hog Brief. To read the full detailed analysis including all the commentary and graphical data, subscribe to the publication.
Reducing Variation for Increased Profit
Increasing farrowing capacity and separate rearing of smaller pigs can help to reduce variation in growing pigs, according to Jaydee Smith, Production Systems Program Lead in the December Pork News and Views newsletter from OMAFRA.
Splayleg in Piglets
Pig veterinarian, Mark White, describes the causes, prevention and treatment of the various types of splay-leg in a Health Bulletin from NADIS.
Slurry Sanitation Using Heat - a New, Simple, Low-Energy Method
Livestock effluents have always been spread as fertiliser on fields. But they can also transmit diseases to humans and animals, for example, over 100 pathogenic micro-organisms (bacteria, viruses, parasites) have been identified in pig slurry.
Setting up an Effective Farm Trial
Lee Whittington and LeAnn Johnston of Prairie Swine Research Centre help to explain why farm trial results are not always what we expect and how to improve your odds of success in future trials.
Estimated Carbon Footprint of Pork Production in the US
Dr Lee J. Johnston of the University of Minnesota Swine Extension explains how the life cycle assessment for pork production from 'sow to plate' is evolving and being refined.
Feed Outlook - December 2010
Lower forecast corn yields this month reduce US corn production 124 million bushels to 12.54 billion, according to the latest report from the USDA Economic Research Service.
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* Company News

ACMC Reports Gains in Spain
SPAIN - Two major awards for pig performance have been achieved by British breeding stock in Spain.
New Big Dutchman Representative Office in HCM City
VIET NAM - Big Dutchman is pleased to announce the opening of its representative office in the Ho Chi Minh City.
Early Winter Boosts Need to Counter Enteric Disease
UK - With dysentery at its highest level for many years, Pfizer Animal Health is launching a new campaign to help increase awareness of the benefits of selecting the best prevention and treatment options.
Hinode Bussan Agent for TOPIGS in Japan
JAPAN - Hinode Bussan has been appointed as agent for TOPIGS in Japan.
VIV Asia 2011 Focuses on Technology
THAILAND - Technology will be a highlight at VIV Asia 2011 which will take place during on 9 to 11 March 2011 at BITEC, Bangkok.
* Global Pig Industry News

   Korea, South

 » FMD NEWS: More Cattle and Swine Hit by FMD

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   United States

 » Pork Commentary: Hog Markets Tread Water
 » Need to Re-Think Campy Antibiotic Resistance
 » Weekly Outlook: January Important for Crop Prices
 » Veterinary Pathologist Receives Hovde Award
 » AMI 2010 Meat and Poultry Facts Now Available
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » CME: Beef Exports Up, Pork Exports Down in October
 » CDC: 1 in 6 Sick from Foodborne Illnesses Each Year
 » CME: USDA's Forecast for 2011 Meat Supplies
 » FDA Report Has Data on Antibiotics Sold, Not Used
 » FASS Webinar on Antibiotics Available On-Line
 » October Exceptionally Strong for Beef, Pork Exports
 » FDA Publishes Report on Antibiotic Use
 » Antimicrobial Use in US Livestock, Poultry 'Massive'
 » Smithfield Investigates HSUS Allegation
 » American Humane Appoints Croney to Committee
 » Market Preview: Understanding Hog Price Reports
 » November Retail Pork Prices Down from October

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Early Time for Giving
 » Pig Welfare Takes Major Step Forward
 » Voluntary End to Surgical Castration of Piglets by 2018
 » EFSA: No Extra Authorisation for Additives in Water


 » Animal Welfare Not Necessarily Legislation-Ensured
 » Producers Encouraged to Participate in PRRS Project
 » Confidence in Needle-Free Injection Builds Up
 » Pork Industry Targets 48-Hour Movement Reporting
 » Social Aspects and Feeding Systems Play Key Role
 » Feed Cost Advantage for Hog Producers

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   United Kingdom

 » NFU Responds to Govt Animal Health Plans
 » Independent Report on Animal Health Published
 » BPEX Supports Aims of Animal Disease Report
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - December 2010
 » RSPCA Urges Cooks to 'Think Pig' This Christmas
 » VLA Publishes Update on Leptospirosis
 » Real Welfare Indicators for Pigs
 » Northern Irish Pig Sector Moving Towards Crisis


 » New Facilities, Expansion of Zhongpin's Changge Site
 » Danish Breeding Pig Farm Set up in China
 » Tianli Agritech, Inc. Acquires Tenth Hog Farm
 » Market State Pork Reserves to Ensure Supplies


 » Abstracts Now Welcome for Disease Symposium


 » China Focuses on Raising Veterinary Standards


 » Reduced Tariffs on DDGS Spell Opportunity for US
 » Urgency to Ratify FTA Highlighted at USGC Trip

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 » Vaarst Appointed to Animal Ethics Council
 » Aarhus Wins Prize for Genetic Pre-Medication Tests


 » Pork and Bacon Cuts Give Pork Farmers More


 » BfR Urges Restraint in Antibiotic Use


 » Soy Duty Cut Ahead to Reduce Food Prices

   Costa Rica

 » Pork Consumption Increase Encourages Agri Sector


 » NSW Pork Producers Give Generously to the Salvos

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