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ThePigSite Newsletter - 28 February 2011

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial - EU Agrees over Harmonisation of GM Rules

The harmonisation of controls for genetically modified (GM) material in feed was endorsed by Member States at a meeting in Brussels last week.

Member States endorsed the Commission's proposal that will harmonise the implementation of the zero tolerance policy on non-authorised GM material in feed. It addresses the current uncertainty EU operators face when placing on the market feed based on imports of raw materials from third countries.

Pig production in the UK in January was significantly higher than a year previously. Clean pig slaughterings were up seven per cent at 906,000 head, while pig meat production was 75,000 tonnes, a rise of eight per cent on January 2010.

Reports continue to emerge from Russia about further outbreaks of African and classic swine fevers in both wild boar and domestic pigs. The continuing reports are beginning to alarm EU pig producers, particularly those that share a border with affected regions.

While there are signs that the foot and mouth disease (FMD) epidemic in South Korea is past its peak, the repercussions continue. Last week, the country's farm minister estimated the cost so far to have been around three trillion won (US$2.6 billion). Two-thirds of this sum is in direct losses for quarantine efforts and compensation for lost livestock, with the rest involving environmental corrective measures. It is reported that Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik admitted the government was to blame for the uncontrolled spread of FMD across the country, citing poor quarantine measures in the early stages.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 7 new features this week:

Adoption of Methane Digesters on Livestock Operations
The extent to which livestock operations in the US can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from manure management depends in part on the number of livestock operations that adopt methane digesters, which in turn depends on digester profitability from energy savings, energy sales, and/or sales of emission reductions in a carbon offset market, according to a new report from Nigel Key and Stacy Sneeringer for the USDA.
Toxoplasma gondii Infection and Outdoor Swine Production
Production systems that allow animals to have outdoor access could increase the risks of animals to be infected with T. gondii, warns Wayne Du, Pork Quality Assurance Program leader with the Ontario agriculture ministry in Pork News and Views from OMAFRA. This poses a food safety risk as people may get toxoplasmosis by consuming undercooked or raw meat from infected animals.
Winning Marketing Strategies and the 'Stigma Effect'
Does labelling some pork devalue the pork next to it? What are the big drivers in pork purchase? How segmented are the meat markets? These were a few among many questions tackled by panelists at the end of a Banff Pork Seminar 2011 break-out section on marketing to the future consumer.
Stomach Lesions Slightly Reduced by Feeding Cracked Corn
Feeding finishing pigs with cracked maize at a level of up to 40 per cent had no effect of growth rate but worsened feed conversion and dressing percentage without significantly reducing stomach lesions, according to research presented at last year's Kansas Swine Day.
The Safe Use of Veterinary Medicines
Practical tips on administering medications orally, by injection and in the drinking water in a Health bulletin that is part of the BPEX 2TS campaign.
United Kingdom Pig Meat Market Update - February 2011
James Park, senior economic analyst with AHDB Meat Services Economic and Policy Analysis Group, explains the latest trends in the UK and EU.
Canadian Hog Statistics - Fourth Quarter 2010
By Statistics Canada. The numbers of pigs produced in 2010 and of sows on 1 January this year in Canada were lower than the comparable figures from a year previously but there is some evidence that the declines are slowing considerably.
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* Company News

New Pfizer Swine Manager for Manitoba
CANADA - Dennis Stevenson joined Pfizer Animal Health's swine business unit as Territory Manager for Manitoba, effective 14 February 2011.
* Global Pig Industry News

   Korea, South

 » FMD NEWS: Damage Worth Trillions; Countering Error
 » Increase in Tariff-free Pork Imports, Powdered Milk

   United States

 » Commercial Red Meat Production in January
 » Weekly Outlook: Is There Enough Aceage?
 » Producer Outlines Benefits of Distance Learning
 » Market Preview: US, Canadian Herds have Stabilised
 » CME: Increase in US Meat and Poultry Stocks
 » Welfare Committee Briefs Capitol Hill at DC Meeting
 » January Pork Retail Prices Fourth Highest Month
 » CME: Pattern for Broilers; High Meat, Poultry Supplies

   Mongolia

 » Mongolia Reports 14 Cases of Blue Ear Disease

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   Russian Federation

 » Nine Classical Swine Fever Cases Reported in Russia
 » Russia Reports Six New Outbreaks of ASF

   Spain

 » Abstract Deadline Nears for Disease Symposium

   Canada

 » Pork Commentary: Combined USA-Canada Swine Inventory
 » Manitoba Sow Deaths Caused by Rare Actinobacillus
 » Reducing Risk of Deoxynivalenol in Swine Rations
 » Demand Needed from Pork Producers
 » Pork Industry Welcomes News of Joint Study
 » Hulless Barleys Offer Swine Nutritional Advantages
 » Farmers Offered $26M to Clean Up After Pigs
 » Pork Producers Get Help with Environmental Rules
 » Maple Leaf Delivered Strong Q4 Earnings Growth
 » Consideration of Nutritional Variability Advised

   European Union

 » Meat & Bone Meal Ban in Feeds Remains in Place
 » EU Pig Prices: Slaughter Pig Market Balanced
 » Council Takes Next Step on Food Labelling Rules
 » NFU Responds to Livestock Emissions Report
 » EU Adopts Statement on Germany's Dioxin Incident
 » Proposal over GM Material in Feed Endorsed
 » EU GM Import Decision a Step in the Right Direction
 » Commission Suspends Private Storage Aid

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   Netherlands

 » Dutch Support Polish Bid to Use MBM in Feeds

   China

 » Beijing Awards Special Patent for PRRS Vaccine
 » First Pigs Arrive at AgFeed's Da Hua Farm
 » Growing Middle Class Changing Dynamics in China

   United Kingdom

 » NFU Comments on New Rules on Trace GM in Feed
 » Remarkable Resilience Seen Since FMD Outbreak
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - February 2011
 » Pigs - Because They're Worth It
 » Small Increase in Demand Could Spark Price Rises
 » Buying Denny Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Buying Local

   General

 » Vaccines Market in 2015 to Reach US$5.6 Billion
 » Better Technology Needed to Feed the World

   Ireland

 » Assistance to Pig and Poultry Sectors Outlined

   Australia

 » Nutrition Research to Pay Producer Dividends

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That's all for this week!

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