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ThePigSite Newsletter - 17 January 2011

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial - Continued Developments in German Dioxin and Korean FMD Crises

Just when it appeared that the German dioxin crisis might be brought under control, another feed manufacturer has revealed that it, too, used the dioxin-contaminated fat in its feeds and as a result, a further 934 farms across four states have been closed as a precaution. An investigation is underway into whether the latest feed company deliberately withheld information about its possible involvement in selling dioxin-contaminated feed.

The president of the country's national farmers' union has said that the temporary closure of farms, required laboratory clearance and destroyed produce that failed dioxin tests would cost German farmers €100 million.

It has emerged that pork from Germany, possibly contaminated with dioxins, may have been exported to Poland and the Czech Republic, so the number of countries possibly affected grows weekly. The company at the centre of the first round of the crisis has filed for bankruptcy.

Meanwhile, in South Korea, it is estimated that almost two million animals have been slaughtered as the result of the present foot and mouth disease crisis. And in Russia last month, African swine fever was reported in the Black Sea region and in St Petersburg.

And finally, on a more positive note, November exports of US pork reached the highest monthly volume for more than two years, according to the US Meat Export Federation. Pork exports totalled 177,203 metric tons valued at $443.4 million – increases of five per cent in volume and 15 per cent in value over November 2009. For the period January to November, exports were up two per cent in volume (1.73 million metric tons) and 10 per cent in value ($4.34 billion).

Jackie Linden

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 8 new features this week:

More Declines in US Market Pigs (January 2011)
By Chris Harris, Editor-in -Chief, ThePigSite. Our snapshot of the ongoing global pig industry trends as reported in January 2011 Whole Hog Brief. To read the full detailed analysis including all the commentary and graphical data, subscribe to the publication.
Iodine Value and its Impact on Pork Quality
Joel DeRouchey, Mike Tokach, Steve Dritz, Bob Goodband and Jim Nelssen of Kansas State University explain how 'pork quality' may be quantified in terms of the iodine value of carcass fat. Their paper was presented at the Swine Profitability Conference 2010.
United Kingdom Pig Meat Market Update - January 2011
James Park, senior economic analyst with AHDB Meat Services Economic and Policy Analysis Group, explains the latest trends in the UK and EU. The decline in prices continued in the UK during November but levelled off in December. The EU average pig reference price in November was three per cent higher than the same month of 2009 and cold weather since has helped to firm producer prices.
TOPIGS Research: Flushing Sows Gives Higher Piglet Birthweight
In an extensive study on pig farms, TOPIGS investigated the most important management factors influencing piglet birthweight.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - January 2011
While US supplies of corn, wheat and soy are expected to be down this month, global supplies of wheat are up, although coarse grain supplies and soybean production globally are lower, according to the latest USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.
BPEX Export Bulletin - January 2011
The British Pig Executive's (BPEX) Export Bulletin for January 2011 reports pig industry trends from around the world.
Staph aureus Found Along Pork Production Chain
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus was identified at all stages of the production chain, according to recently published research from Germany, with contamination rates highest in nasal swabs and lower on carcasses, meat at processing and in final products.
Feed Outlook - January 2011
Feed grain production for 2010/11 is estimated at 330.0 million tons, down 2.2 million from last month, according to the latest report from the USDA Economic Research Service.
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* Company News

Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health Sponsors APVS
THAILAND - Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health is a diamond sponsor of the APVS 2011 and is honoured to be able to contribute in this way to the development of the Asian swine industry.
PCV2 Investigated as Cause of Reproductive Failure
UK - The Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) is to increase surveillance for PCV2 virus as a cause of reproductive failure in cases of abortion and stillbirth where no other infectious cause has been identified.
Hypor is Future-Proof with Latest Technologies
NETHERLANDS - With the effectuation of MiXBLUP and implementation of Genomic Selection Hypor is ready to maximize future genetic progress.
Demand for BPEX Workshop Soars
UK - Demand for BPEX-organised risk management workshops has been so great a new date has been added.
Piglet Claim for Circovac in Europe
EU - On 29 November 2010, CIRCOVAC® was granted a European marketing authorisation for use in piglets. CIRCOVAC is now the first PCVD vaccine available worldwide for the vaccination of both sows and piglets; it is registered in Europe, Brazil, Mexico and Thailand.
Boars' Behaviour Improves with Improvac
EU - The Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP) and the European Commission (EC) have approved the use of the boar taint vaccine Improvac® for the reduction of aggressive and sexual (mounting) behaviour in boars.
* Global Pig Industry News

   Korea, South

 » FMD NEWS: Two Million South Korean Livestock Culled

   United Kingdom

 » 'Pig Academy' to Educate Future Pork Producers
 » NFU Concerns Carry Weight with VMD
 » Bleak Start to the New Year for Pig Farmers
 » Chief Executive Appointed to New Govt Agency
 » UK Feed Production Up Five Per Cent in November
 » PMWS, PDNS and PCVAD in the UK
 » Today's Market Needs Strong Nerves

   United States

 » US Hog Margins
 » Weekly Outlook: Waiting for USDA Reports
 » Market Preview: Chicken, Lean Hog Futures
 » USDA and FDA Discuss Food Safety Oversight
 » CME: Hog Slaughter High; Cattle Slaughter Drops
 » NPB to Meet with Oklahoma Producers
 » Swine Committee Recommends Stall-Free by 2025
 » Tight Supplies Characterise 2011 Livestock Outlook
 » CME: Shrinking Corn Crop Expected to Shrink Further
 » AFBF Calls for Strong Farm Safety Net, EPA Oversight
 » CME: Monthly Data for Beef and Pork
 » Conference to Help Producers Deal with Change
 » CME: Significance of Latest USDA Reports for Corn
 » US Grain Exports Continue Despite Korea's FMD
 » US Pork Exports Up in November
 » Pork Exports Achieved 2010 High in November


 » Edible Insects Produce Less GHG than Livestock

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Market Defies Dioxin Problems
 » EFSA: Welfare Risks to Animals During Transport
 » EC Clears Sanofi-Aventis's Acquisition of Genzyme


 » Minister Urges Feed Industry to Address Dioxin Issue
 » Dioxin Scandal Leads to Pig Cull as China Halts Imports
 » EW Nutrition Acquires Agrochemica and Humavet
 » Healthy Rise in German Pork Production
 » Dioxin Scandal Company Files for Bankruptcy
 » 900 More Farms Closed as Dioxin Bill Reaches €100M
 » Danish Crown Fleisch Opens for Business


 » Demand for Pork Products Prompts Price Increase
 » Air Cleared Over Pork Sale Confusion


 » Pork Commentary: Lean Hog Futures Push Higher
 » Flexibility Advised When Selecting Feed Ingredients
 » Manitoba Govt Pledges to Help Livestock Producers
 » Risk Management and Margin Management Advised
 » Resumption of Free Trade Talks with S Korea Urged
 » Banff Seminar to Tackle Industry's Biggest Issues
 » Assistance for Complying with Environmental Rules
 » Surveillance for Notifiable Diseases Gets a Boost
 » Canada Invests in Traceabilty System

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 » One of Ireland's Largest Pig Farms Closes
 » International Meeting on Farm Health, Safety in Dublin


 » Floods or No Floods, Stork Still Delivering
 » Govt Offers Assistance to Farmers in Floods


 » Campaign Launched for 250 Years of Vet Medicine
 » Contaminated Pork Sold in Poland, Czech Republic


 » Belarus Bans Pork Import from Russia


 » Pig Feet and Ears Included in Import Ban

   Russian Federation

 » ASF Outbreaks in St Petersburg
 » Two New Outbreaks of African Swine Fever Reported

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That's all for this week!

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