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ThePigSite Newsletter - 14 February 2011

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Editorial - Meeting Made Progress in Formulating PRRS Control Strategies

Scientists and representatives from the pig industry met at the Roslin Institute in Scotland at the end of last month to explore whether mathematical modelling can make a useful contribution against porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS).

Since its appearance in the late 1980s in North America, the mysterious condition, also known as Blue-Ear Pig Disease, has spread to and devastated pig herds around the world. It is estimated to cost the US industry alone $600 million a year.

"It is unlikely that PRRS can be overcome by a single approach alone," says researcher Dr Tahar Ait-Ali of the Roslin Institute, one of the meeting organisers. "A multi-disciplinary approach is critical if one wants to defeat a devastating disease such as PRRS."

He added: "Within the time-frame of this workshop, we have been able set the scene, identify critical knowledge-gaps and potential national and international collaborators for future high-level multi-disciplinary collaborative projects to tackle PRRS."

In the EU, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are backing a campaign to end 'factory pig farming'.

US-style industrial pig farming is having a devastating effect on Europe's traditional family-run farms and should be banned, a parliament conference heard from a highly critical and often disturbing film, 'Pig Business' from campaigning journalist and director, Tracy Worcester.

And in Canada, the Government of Canada is supporting the livestock industry to develop a national traceability system. Agriculture Minister, Gerry Ritz, has announced an investment of more than C$3.7 million to strengthen the Canadian Pork Council's national swine traceability system.

"There is no doubt that a strong traceability system benefits Canadian producers, the value chain and consumers alike," said Minister Ritz. "This investment will help the Canadian Pork Council continue the development of its hog traceability system and give our hog farmers the competitive edge they need to access markets around the world."

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 7 new features this week:

South Korea's FMD Outbreak to Impact Global Pork and Grain Trade
The present foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in South Korea could mean greater demand for US pork products but lower demand for US corn into next year, according to a report from USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
Prospects for Agricultural Markets and Income 2010-2020
Market and sector income prospects elaborated on the basis of specific assumptions regarding macroeconomic conditions, the agricultural and trade policy environment, weather conditions and international market developments from the European Commission Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development.
Trailer Design Affects Market Pig Welfare
Trailer design may be one of several factors that influence the level of stress for pigs being transported, according to Tom Guthrie, Extension Educator for the Pork Team at Jackson in his review of trials on this topic in the latest Pork Quarterly from Michigan State University.
Keys to Finisher Stocking Density Uncovered at Kansas Swine Day
Two papers presented at last year's Kansas State University Swine Day Report help to clarify the best stocking density for finishing pigs and whether mixing should be carried out, writes Douglas Richards, Ontario agriculture ministry's Swine-Grower Finisher Specialist in the latest Pork News and Views from OMAFRA.
Feed Outlook - February 2011
Record-high farm prices for corn in 2010/11 are expected to ration demand over the coming months, according to the latest report from the USDA Economic Research Service.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - February 2011
Pork production is reduced slightly for the first quarter of 2011, according to the latest USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.
BPEX Export Bulletin - February 2011
The British Pig Executive's (BPEX) Export Bulletin for February 2011 reports pig industry trends from around the world. The EU's recent Private Storage Scheme appears to have been a success in halting the fall in pig meat prices.
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* Company News

Learning to Manage the Risks
UK - Pig farmers reeling under wheat prices which have doubled in the last six months are being offered the chance to get some detailed training on risk management.
BPEX Appoints New Representative
UK - A new representative has been appointed to look after the interests of the English beef, lamb and pork sectors in German- speaking countries on behalf of EBLEX and BPEX.
Circovac Now Licensed for Use in Piglets and Sows
UK - Merial Animal Health's Circovac® PCV2 vaccine has now been licensed for use in piglets as well as sows making it the only vaccine licensed for treating the whole herd.
FluSure XP Now Protects Against New SIV Strains
US - FluSure XP has been updated to further help protect against circulating swine influenza virus (SIV) strains.
Big Dutchman Founder Celebrates 100th Birthday
GERMANY - Jack DeWitt, the original 'Big Dutchman', turned 100 years old on 30 January 2011.
Fresh Look Comes to BPEX Web Site
UK - A colourful, new section is now on offer as part of the BPEX web site.
* Global Pig Industry News

   Korea, North

 » FMD NEWS: FMD Appears in DPRK

   United States

 » New Soybean Products Make Good Alternative
 » Weekly Outlook: Corn Consumption Still Progressing
 » Market Preview: Profits are Not a Pipe Dream
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » CME: Pork Prices Climbing Steadily
 » Call for Withdrawal of Proposed GIPSA Rule
 » EPA GHG Regulations ‘Double Economic Jolt’ to Ag
 » CME: Grain Markets Worry Livestock, Poultry Farmers
 » Online Mapping Tool to Track Animal Diseases
 » Details Released of Iowa Pork Regional Conferences
 » Smithfield Announces Final Results of Tender Offer
 » The Maschhoffs Acquire NPP
 » Deadline Today for AASV Meeting Pre-registration
 » Retailer Announces New Welfare Codes
 » 2011 Red Meat, Poultry Production Forecast Raised
 » CME: December Pork, Beef Exports Higher in 2010
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   Czech Republic

 » Fewer Cattle & Pigs, More Poultry in Czech Republic

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Prices Still Going Up
 » New EU Rules Required for GM Feed
 » EC GM Stance Should Apply to Animals
 » MEPs Support Future Ban on Intensive Production

   Philippines

 » DA Sets Higher Subsidy Aside for Hog Raising

   Denmark

 » Danish Crown Takes on 150 New Employees
 » Fewer Pigs in Denmark in January 2011
Intervet - Research makes the difference
   Canada

 » Hylife: Initial Response to New Name Positive
 » Glycerin Offers Potential as Low-Cost Energy Source
 » Active Participation in Risk Management Advised
 » Govt Invests in Competitiveness of Pig Industry
 » CPC's Traceability Programme Moves Forward
 » HFTP Winds Down Funding Activities
 » R&D Cluster to Boost Canadian Pork Competitiveness
 » Eliminating Castration to Reduce Boar Taint Has Advantages
 » Pork Commentary: June Lean Hogs Break $1.00

   United Kingdom

 » UFU Opposes Proposals for Meat Hygiene Charges
 » Scottish Pork Banner Campaign Hits the Highways
 » Meeting Formulates PRRS Virus Control Strategies
 » Course Offered to Help Farmers Manage Risk
 » UK Feed Production Up 4.6 Per Cent
 » We Should All Send Them Lighter

   Ireland

 » Novel Feed Decision Vital to Ease Rising Input Costs

   Australia

 » Calls for Pig Farmer to Stand Down Rejected
 » World Experts to Tackle Infectious Disease Threats
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   Russian Federation

 » Russia Reports Two New Outbreaks of ASF
 » Russia & WTO: Meat Imports Still to be Resolved
 » ASF in Wild Boar in Rostov, Doubtful in Kaliningrad

   General

 » Livestock Boom Risks Aggravating Animal Diseases

   South Africa

 » Change Proposed to Welfare Code for Pregnant Sows
 » South Africa Imported Mostly Ribs in January

   Tanzania

 » Tanzania Reports More ASF

   Netherlands

 » State Aid Sanctioned for Struggling Dutch Farmers
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That's all for this week!

Ed.
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