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ThePigSite Newsletter - 15 August 2011

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Editorial – US Pork Exports on Record-Breaking Course

If the trend established in the first six months of the year continues, US pork exports could exceed the $5 billion-mark for the first time ever.

According to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF), June pork exports were slightly higher in volume (165,786 metric tons) than last year and six per cent higher in value ($451.2 million). This pushed first-half pork exports to 1.08 million metric tons valued at $2.81 billion – year-over-year increases of 14 per cent in volume and 19 per cent in value. Compared to the previous record year of 2008, the pace of this year's pork exports is six per cent ahead in volume and 21 per cent higher in value. For the first half of this year, pork exports accounted for more than 27 per cent of total production, with export value equal to $52.76 per head.

Also in the US, USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has proposed a rule to establish general regulations for improving the traceability of US livestock moving interstate when animal disease events take place.

Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, said that he has listened carefully to stakeholders throughout the country about how to reach effective animal disease traceability in a transparent manner without additional burden.

Under the proposed rule, unless specifically exempted, livestock moved between states would have to be officially identified and accompanied by an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection or other documentation, such as owner-shipper statements or brand certificates.

The National Pork Producers Council says it has been a strong advocate for animal traceability for several years.

Turning to notifiable diseases, a state of emergency has been declared in the southern region of Krasnodar in Russia following the deaths of commercial pigs on two farms from African swine fever (ASF).

And finally, during the routine active foot and mouth disease serological surveillance in Taiwan, NSP antibodies were detected on two pig farms. All pigs on the farms appeared clinically healthy.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 8 new features this week:

Keeping Pigs and People Cool
With the scorching temperatures affecting much of the country this summer, pork producers are reminded by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) to take extra precautions to ensure the best possible care and well-being for their animals and employees.
Reproductive Records
Advice on interpreting sow records from Ed Barrie, Sow Weaner Pig Specialist with OMAFRA in the latest Pork News and Views from Ontario's Ministry of Agriculture.
Danish Pig Research Centre: Annual Report 2010: Economy
The productivity of pig production in Denmark in 2009 is outlined in the latest annual report from the Danish Pig Research Centre.
Dynamic Distribution and Tissue Tropism of Classical Swine Fever Virus
The virus causing classical swine fever (CSF) was likely to reproduce in blood, lymphoid tissue, pancreas and the ileum, according to scientists based in Beijing, who studied the course of infection in experimentally infected pigs.
Effect of Local Anaesthesia and/or Analgesia on Pain Responses Induced by Piglet Castration
Researchers in Sweden found that lidocaine reduced pain in male piglets during castration and that meloxicam reduced pain after castration.
Orego-Stim for Suckling (Pre-Starter) Piglets
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London Swine Conference 2011
The London Swine Conference 2010 was held in London, Ontario, Canada on 30-31 March 2011. The theme of the meeting was Exploring the Future.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates – August 2011
Meat and poultry supplies are expected to remain stable while corn, wheat and oilseed supplies this month are forecast to be down, according to the August World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.
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* Company News

Novus's Sustainability Report Awarded B-Check
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Biomin Hosts 1st National Mycotoxin Symposium
SRI LANKA - The first National Mycotoxin Symposium recently took place in Sri Lanka on 2 June 2011.
Chefs Enjoy Safari Supper
UK - More than 50 chefs were treated to some original pork menus during a safari supper organised by BPEX.
Biomin Canada Participates in Charity Run
CANADA - Biomin Canada takes part and pledges to Team WallenSwine in the Ontario Pork Industry Council 2011 Hog Jog.
Merck Supports Recovery of Japanese Animal Sector
NETHERLANDS & JAPAN - Merck Animal Health has donated about US$30,000 (¥2.3 million) to three veterinary and farmer associations in Japan to support recovery of the Japanese animal sector following the earthquake and tsunami.
New Web Site for Meriden Philippines
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* Global Pig Industry News


 » FMD NEWS: Outbreaks in Taiwan; Situation Resolved
 » Campaign Starts Against 'Cruel & Inhumane' Ritual
Biomin - the natural way
   United States

 » CME: Demand & Exports Vital For Continued Success
 » Tyson Sees Profits Slip on Rising Sales
 » Market Preview: Consumer Outlook & $ Value Critical
 » CME: August Ending Stocks Will be Lowest in Years
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » Cargill's Earnings Rise for Fiscal Year
 » USDA Seeks Comments on Disease Traceability
 » NPPC Commends USDA's Animal Traceability Rule
 » Corn and Soybean Production Prospects
 » CME: Hog Futures Contract Reaches Record High
 » Iowa Leads Project to Reduce Pig Lameness
 » CME: Corn Yield Forecast Lowered
 » Record Pork and Hog Prices
 » FSIS Issues Directive on Salmonella Programme
 » Beef, Pork Exports Close First Half with Solid Results


 » Fines for Producers Who Ignore Swill Feed Ban
 » Zhongpin Chairman Forecasts 'Very Good Year'
 » China's Pork Price Rises Hit Autumn Custom
 » China's Pork Prices Flat Last Week
 » Seven More Jailed Over Tainted Pork Scandal
 » China Hog Market - July 2011
 » China's Soybean Imports Set to Maintain Increase


 » Farmers Find Profit in Pigs
Pfizer Animal Health - Lincomix - Serious Money to Chew on

 » Mixed Reaction to Higher Pig Levy

   United Kingdom

 » Veterinary Products Committee Appointments
 » Top Award is on Offer; Nominations Closing Soon
 » New Book on Modern Pig Production Technology
 » Further Light Shed on Antibiotic Resistance
 » Downward Pressure on Prices Continues


 » Sow Diet Affects Piglet Health at Weaning
 » Ontario Pork's Biosecurity Training Programme
 » OPIC Announces Swine Nutrition e-Learning Course
 » RMP Hog – What you Need to Know
 » Cargill Launches SafetySense
 » Bacon Recalled for Possible Listeria Contamination

   Russian Federation

 » ASF: State of Emergency Declared
 » More African Swine Fever in Krasnodar
 » Cherkizovo Welcomes Subsidies
 » Pork Commentary: A Week in Russia
Performance, Unleashed

 » Government Imposes Pork Price Controls
 » Pork Price Control a Challenge for Incoming Minister
 » CP Profits Rise 20 Per Cent
 » Commerce Ministry to Curb High Pork Prices


 » Mexico Manages Effects of Prolonged Drought

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: House Prices Made Again in Germany
 » EFSA Consults on GM Effects on Health & Welfare


 » Institute Develops Pig Vaccine to Fight CSF


 » Strong Pork Export Demand Drives Up Live Hog Prices


 » First-Half Meat Output Rises

   Korea, South

 » Measures to Increase Chilled Pork Belly Imports


 » Strikes & Poor Pork Market Hit HKScan's Profits
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