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ThePigSite Newsletter - 1 August 2011

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Editorial – Animal Cruelty Cannot be Tolerated

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) in the UK has revoked the licence of one slaughterman following the publication last week of footage taken by Animal Aid allegedly at Cheale Meats in Essex.

The footage shows pigs being abused and manhandled in breach of animal welfare legislation.

As soon as the Agency received filmed extracts of the abuse at the plant, the FSA revoked the licence of one of the slaughtermen identified in the footage. The other slaughterman featured was in possession of a provisional licence, which has now expired and has not and will not be renewed.

According to Animal Aid, the film was recorded on a number of secretly installed cameras over a period of four days.

Speaking on the day the news of the video broke, the solicitor for Cheale Meats said: "I am currently reviewing and taking instructions from my clients in relation to video footage provided by Animal Aid. Given the source of this material, Elmkirk would not accept that all or any of the activities shown on this video relate to their premises.

"Elmkirk Ltd have had CCTV installed for a decade. I am therefore surprised that Animal Aid felt it necessary to target our client's premises as we understood that the stated purpose of their activities was to encourage abattoirs in this Country to install CCTV.

"Clearly any footage which relates to our clients premises has been obtained unlawfully. I have been involved in cases previously where such evidence has been ruled to be inadmissible or the Prosecution has declined to rely on evidence which has been obtained by burglary or other unlawful means.

"A complaint has been made to Essex Police by our clients in relation to any unlawful entry into our client's premises by an employee of Animal Aid. The outcome of that complaint is awaited."

The reaction from the FSA has been swift and rightly so, leading many to the conclusion that even if obtained illegally (and, therefore, not to be condoned), video proof of the mistreatment of animals may play an important role in eliminating such abhorrent behaviour in future.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 8 new features this week:

EU Pig Meat Production – 2010
According to Eurostat, pig meat production in the EU-27 was just over 22.0 million tonnes last year – 3.5 per cent more than 2009. Most countries – and all of the top 12 pig meat-producing countries – registered increases in 2010 over the previous year, writes Jackie Linden, senior editor of ThePigSite.
EU Pig Populations – 2010
The latest update for the EU pig population from Eurostat reveals an estimated fall of 925,000 animals or 0.6 per cent from the previous year to bring the EU total to just under 149.5 million pigs in 2010. Jackie Linden, senior editor, highlights the important trends for ThePigSite.
Boar Taint and its Control
Boar taint explained, along with some suggestions on its control are offered in Target Meat Quality No. 6 from BPEX.
Meal or Pellets for Your Piggy Bank?
Large economic differences exist when feed is offered to pigs in either meal or pellet form and when diets are either finely or coarsely ground, according to new research from Northern Ireland's Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute.
Mannan Oligosaccharides Offer Health Benefits to Pigs
Feeding mannan oligosaccharides (MOS) can fine-tune the immune system of pigs against PRRS, suggests a new University of Illinois study.
Prairie Swine Research Centre Annual Report 2010
The annual report from the Prairie Swine Centre in Canada includes articles on some recently completed research in the fields of engineering, behaviour and nutrition.
Orego-Stim Promotes a Balanced Intestinal Microbiota
Orego-Stim can safely be used in conjunction with probiotics to boost the number of beneficial bacteria in the intestines but the inclusion of probiotics is not necessary for its efficacy, according to Technical Bulletin No. 18 from Meriden Animal Health.
Evolution: Economic and Agriculture Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
The five most important policy categories for economic development in sub-Saharan Africa are identified in this report by Dr Giovanni Gasperoni and Tricia Beal of Novus International. They focus particularly on empowering agriculture best practices and adaptation for rain-fed agriculture and climate change.
Pfizer Animal Health - Lincomix - Serious Money to Chew on
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Meriden Animal Health Now Offers Fusion MBX
UK - Meriden Animal Health is delighted to announce that Meri-Bond Xtra has been included in the Fusion Feed Safety Range and is now Fusion MBX.
Symposium Confirms Benefits of PCV2 Vaccination
FINLAND - Papers presented at the 3rd European symposium on Porcine health management in Espoo, Finland have confirmed the benefits of both sow and piglet vaccination against PCV2.
Focus on Pig Production and Biogas Plants
GERMANY - Approximately 100 members of the European Pig Producers (EPP) recently undertook an interesting practically-oriented excursion: Within the scope of this year’s European Pig Producers’ Club Congress in Münster, Germany, the experts had the opportunity of visiting the Big Dutchman Group headquarters and inspecting pig equipment for modern pig management. The topic of biogas also featured on their programme.
Enhancing Welfare Explored by Industry Leaders
US - Enhancing welfare in livestock production was explored by industry leaders at the second Annual Novus University Day.
SDSU & Boehringer Team up against ETEC
US - South Dakota State University (SDSU) and Boehringer Ingelheim have teamed up to fight enterotoxic E. coli (ETEC).
Pig Leadership Awards Granted for South Region
UK - Ten pig unit supervisors received leadership awards at the end of the first BPEX leadership programme for the south of the country.
* Global Pig Industry News


 » FMD NEWS: USDA Evaluates Japan's FMD Status
 » Best Genetics and Cavite Pig City Form Partnership

   United Kingdom

 » Cool Sows to Improve Farrowing Rate
 » Good Welfare Costs Less than a Box of Chocolates
 » Beef and Pork See Summer Sales Rise
 » Cranswick H1 Operating Profits Expected to Be Down
 » Pork Imports Must Meet EU Standards
 » Electronic Pig Movement Official This Autumn
 » Ministers Meet with Farming Unions
 » Borriello to Head VMD
 » Get Involved in the Olympics
 » AHVLA: Congenital Tremor Type A2 in Piglets
 » Sensational Sausages Set Scene for Stardom
 » Secret Film Claims Cruelty to Pigs in Abattoir
 » High-Welfare Pork Sales up Again
 » A Day Best Forgotten
 » Slaughterman's Licence in Abuse Case Revoked
 » NFUS Announces Future Farmer Award Winners
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   United States

 » Inaction on FTAs Hitting Agrifood Industry
 » Market Preview: Pork Demand Remains Solid
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » CME: Cloverdale Foods to Close ND Slaughter Plant
 » Animal Welfare Concerns, Doubt About Regulations
 » Consumers Say Animal Welfare Labelling Important
 » First Dollar–per–Pound Carcass Price Since June
 » Pork Commentary: Heat Wave Pushes Weights Lower


 » Five Sentenced for Tainted Pork Scandal
 » Drop in Pork Prices for First Time in Three Months
 » Pork Prices Cooling as China Boosts Pig Farming
 » Food-Tracking Project Extended

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Germany Pulls Down Other Countries


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 » Travellers Play Key Role in Livestock Protection
 » Pilot Project Generates Positive Response
 » Minimal Impact on Western Canadian Live Hog Prices
 » Canada / Ontario, Now what?
 » Insurance Programme Benefits Alberta Producers
 » Maple Leaf Sees Earnings Soar
 » No Impact on Performance from Feeding Creep Feeds
Novartis Animal Health

 » DSM & Nutreco Consider Feed Firm Acquisition
 » Nutreco Records Half-Year Revenue up 14 Per Cent


 » New Method May Extend Use of Feed Probiotics


 » Welfare Groups Want Modern Farming Banned


 » Increase in Pork Levy Up for Discussion


 » Quarterly Sales up but Margin down for Bachoco

   Korea, South

 » Consumers Seek Alternatives as Pork Prices Soar


 » Pig Manure Could Mean Big Bucks

   New Zealand

 » Pork Import Battle Goes to Court
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