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ThePigSite Newsletter - 10 January 2011

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial – FMD and Dioxins Hit the Headlines

In the global pig industry, 2011 has started with a tremendous bang – but not in a good way.

Foot and mouth disease (FMD), which has been reported sporadically in several countries for some time, is now responsible for mass culls across much of South Korea, and Bulgaria has reported its first case of the disease – in a wild boar – for 12 years.

Furthermore, the EU authorities have raised the alarm about African swine fever (ASF) spreading to its territory. The latest reports of ASF in Russia was only around 100 kilometres from the border of Estonia, a member of the EU. Farmers and animal transporters have been warned to maintain the tightest possible biosecurity.

Meanwhile, within the EU, unacceptably high levels of dioxins have been found in eggs in Germany, prompting an investigation that has again uncovered the inclusion of a fat product in poultry and pig feed that was not intended for feed use. Dioxin levels found in some eggs were more than 70 times the maximum permitted dose of dioxins, which are carcinogenic. At the height of the crisis, almost 5,000 farms across Germany were forced to halt production, and the ripples of the crisis were felt across the world as several countries banned all meat and egg exports from Germany.

According to reports today, around 3,000 of the affected farms have been authorised to re-open and the German government has promised a thorough investigation.

And finally turning to company news, the European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of D&S Fleisch of Germany by Danish Crown of Denmark.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae Virulence May Be Linked to Iron Regulation
Researchers in Copenhagen have found by comparative analysis of gene expression of six different serotypes of Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae (App) that they could identify common core genes involved in iron regulation.
Analgesics in Farrowing and Castration
Preliminary data indicate no economic benefit from providing analgesia to sows at farrowing or to piglets at castration, writes Ed Barrie, Sow Weaner Pig Specialist at Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), reviewing research presented at the University of Guelph.
Pig and Cattle Diets to Control Salmonella
Researchers in Ireland's Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown and University College Dublin showed that manipulating diet can reduce the survival of Salmonella in pig faeces, but overall control of Salmonella in cattle and pigs requires additional measures. They also found a correlation between antibiotic resistance and the ability of Salmonella to survive in animal digestive systems.
UK Pig Disease Quarterly Surveillance Report: July to September 2010
In its latest quarterly report, the Veterinary Laboratories Agency highlights that beta-lactamase-resistant Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae has been isolated from a pig with pneumonia and that malignant catarrhal fever has been identified in the country for the first time.
Rachitic Rosaries and Rib Nodules
Rib nodules found on pig carcasses at a processing plant were more likely to have been caused by previous injury than nutrient deficiency, according to Drs Steve S. Dritz and Jerome C. Nietfeld of Kansas State University in a paper presented at the Swine Profitability Conference 2010.
Pfizer Animal Health
* Company News

Farrowing Dates for the Diary
UK - Farrowing will be under the spotlight at three producer conferences this March as the pig industry works towards its two-tonne sow target.
Critical Snapshot of British Pig Industry
UK - A vitally important document will be dropping on the doormats of producers, vets, processors and the allied industry over the next few days.
* Global Pig Industry News

   Bulgaria

 » FMD NEWS: Bulgaria Reports FMD in Wild Boar
 » Wild Boar Found with FMD in South-East Bulgaria

   United States

 » 2010 a Good Year for Hog Prices
 » Weekly Outlook: Pork Prices-Sky's the Limit for 2011?
 » CME: Factors Affecting 2011 Livestock, Meat Markets
 » Market Preview: 2011 Hog Profits Could be Tempered
 » Q4 Retail Staple Food Prices Edge Higher
 » Death Reported of Don Tyson
 » Progress on Mexico Trucking Dispute Applauded
 » Bright Outlook for 2011 Livestock Prices
 » AFBF Outlines New Spirit of Ag Advocacy
 » Korean Ambassador Optimistic WTO will be Ratified
 » Supply of Red Meat, Poultry Expected to Fall
 » AMI Calls for More Funding for Agricultural Research
 » CME: Wholesale Pork Prices Set Firm Tone

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   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Barometer Shows Downward Trend
 » EU Trade Gap in Meat Forecast to Widen
 » D&S Fleisch Acquisition by Danish Crown Approved
 » Use of DSM’s RONOZYME NP in Sow Feed Authorised

   General

 » Landmark Year for Veterinary Profession Ahead
 » Get Involved in World Veterinary Day, Says OIE
 » Russia, Belarus Agree on Meat, Dairy Trade
 » New Reports of ASF in Russia Raise Concerns in EU
 » DuPont to Acquire Danisco for $6.3 Billion

   United Kingdom

 » Are We Due a Wheat Price Correction?
 » Animal Medicines: Changes to Sales
 » Help to Cope with Rocketing Feed Costs
 » Spelman Calls for Fundamental Changes to CAP
 » NADIS BPEX Commentary – December 2010
 » NFUS Believes DEFRA Vision for Support Flawed
 » OFC - EU Ag Commissioner Outlines Future of CAP
 » OFC - Science Award Launched
 » OFC - Research in Value and Viability of UK Farming
 » An Unhappy Start to the New Year

   Philippines

 » Pork Producers Consider First MBM Plant
 » Chicken, Pork Imports Jumped in 2010

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   Germany

 » More Dogs in Germany Hit by Aujeszky's Disease
 » New Dioxin Scandal Hits Poultry, Pig Industries
 » Concern Grows over Dioxin Scare
 » Many More Pig Farms Closed over Dioxin Scare
 » German Minister Promises Action on Dioxins

   Canada

 » Pork Commentary: Lean Hogs Hit Life of Contract Highs!!
 » Pork Producers Forced to Adjust to Canadian Dollar
 » Manitoba Pork Producers Forced Out of Business
 » Lack of Support Threatens Smaller Family Hog Farms
 » Challenges in Using Alternative Feed Ingredients
 » Cause of High Prevalence of Fungal Diseases in 2010

   Taiwan

 » Taiwan Potty-Trains Pigs as an Anti-Pollution Solution

   Denmark

 » Scientist from DJF Selected as Young Elite Scientist

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   Finland

 » Rise in Pork, Dairy Products Prices Forecast

   China

 » Farm Produce Prices Rise on Holiday Demand

   Korea, South

 » South Korea Avoids German Pork, Poultry Imports

   Cyprus

 » Pork Prices Going Up by 35 Cents a Kilo in Cyprus

   Australia

 » Robot Makes the Cut at Linley Valley

   Russian Federation

 » Russia Doubles Meat and Poultry Quota

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That's all for this week!

Ed.
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