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ThePigSite Newsletter - 26 September 2011

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Monday 26th September 2011
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial – Draft CAP Proposal Does Not Include Welfare

Animal welfare campaigners, Eurogroup for Animals, says it is extremely disappointed that in the draft proposals on the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) leaked recently, the Commission does not address the concerns of millions of EU citizens, who have called for improved welfare for farm animals and for more sustainable agriculture.

Animal welfare is not stated as an objective of the reformed policy and no basic payment will be given to farmers to improve it, according to Eurogroup.

Also in the EU but on a different topic, the European Commission has proposed that the European Union should relax a ban on using pig and poultry processed animal proteins (PAP; previously known as meat and bone meal) in feed.

In the UK, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has written to government ministers, setting out its advice not to support this proposal. Although the FSA said it accepts that the available risk assessments show the proposed changes would give rise to a negligible risk, it believes a highly precautionary approach to transmissible spongiform encephalopathy diseases is still justified.

Farmers' organisation, the NFU, has expressed its disappointment at the FSA's recommendation. Its president has written to the agriculture minister to raise a number of concerns over how FSA board members reached their decision.

In Russia, there has been a significant and unwelcome development in the African swine fever situation. Whilst still confined to the same region as previous outbreaks, Krasnodar, one of the recently affected sites is a large collective farm, on which more than 20,000 pigs have had to be destroyed to help prevent the further spread of the disease.

Jackie Linden

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 10 new features this week:

EU Pig Populations - 2010 - Update
The latest update for the EU pig population from Eurostat completes the data set and reveals an estimated fall of more than 926,000 animals or 0.6 per cent from the previous year to bring the EU total to just under 151 million pigs in 2010. Jackie Linden, senior editor, highlights the important trends for ThePigSite.
EU Pig Meat Production - 2010 - Update
According to Eurostat, pig meat production in the EU-27 was just over 22.0 million tonnes last year - 3.4 per cent more than 2009 - following a recent revision. 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.
Danish Pig Research Centre: Annual Report 2010: Environmental Regulations
The 2010 annual report from the Danish Pig Research Centre outlines the latest environmental regulations in Denmark.
United Kingdom Pig Meat Market Update - September 2011
The upward trend in DAPP since February came to an end in mid-July, according to James Park, senior economic analyst with AHDB Meat Services Economic and Policy Analysis Group in his latest explanation of the trends in the UK and EU.
Emerging Threats Quarterly Report - Pig Diseases - April to June 2011
Among the highlights of this report - previously known as the Quarterly Surveillance Report from VLA - are the first case of confirmed PCV2-associated foetopathy in British pigs.
QMS Pig Market Report - September 2011
In recent weeks, prime pig producer prices have been falling steadily after reaching their seasonal peak in mid-July, writes Iain Macdonald from Quality Meat Scotland.
Green Pig Project - Survey Results
The Green Pig project aims to bring together stakeholders to assess the potential of using home-grown legumes for growing/finishing pigs as a means of reducing the environmental burden. No. 11 in the Research into Action series from BPEX.
US Pork Outlook
Amidst drought and domestically high feed prices, exports are flourishing, according to Rachel J. Johnson in the latest Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook report from US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service.
Australia - Livestock and Products Annual 2011
Pig meat production is expected to increase steadily in CY 2012 in response to improved feed supplies, according to the latest GAIN report from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
Republic of Korea - Livestock and Products Annual - 2011
Pork production in 2012 is set to rapidly expand but will still remain slightly below the levels prior to the outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD), according to the latest GAIN report from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
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* Company News

New Project Manager for BPEX
UK - Helen Clarke has been appointed to take over as the BPEX Veterinary Projects Manager.
Asia Distributors Gather for Annual Biomin Meeting
SINGAPORE - The annual distributor meeting of Asia took place in the vibrant city of Singapore in August 2011.
Pfizer Announces Swine Vet Award Winners
US - Pfizer Animal Health is privileged to showcase the talented first winners of the 10 under 40 swine veterinarian award programme.
ACMC Tip: Lighten Up for Breeding Sows
UK - The significance of light for maintaining pregnancy is well recognised, says Paul Thompson, veterinary consultant to pig-breeding company ACMC Ltd.
Hypor Making Major Progress
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* Global Pig Industry News

   United States

 » Pork Commentary: Leaders Plead Case to Congress
 » CME: Cold Storage Report Supportive of Meat Prices
 » Market Preview: Retail Meat Prices Edge Upward
 » Lawsuit Settled with Meat Company
 » Will the Corn Production Forecast Change?
 » CME: Challenge of High Feed Costs
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » Supermarkets Change How They Buy Pork
 » NPB: Nominations Open for Leadership Positions
 » CME: Currency Rates Will Affect Trade Volume
 » New Computer Models to Help Tone Down Odour
 » Record High Pork Production in August
 » Pork Cutout Value Rises for Second Week in a Row
 » Morell Fined for GIPSA Breaches
 » NPPC: GAO Report on Antibiotic Resistance

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   United Kingdom

 » New Resources Help Teach Children About Red Meat
 » Stick to Plan for Sow Culling Policy
 » FSA Advises Rejection of Proposal on PAP in EU Feed
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - September 2011
 » Pork Still Top Performer in the UK
 » New Monitor Farm for Eastern Cairngorms
 » Refocus on Role of Farmers as Food Producers
 » DAPP Falls Slightly to Stand at 145.63p
 » Committee Calls for Time on Red Tape

   European Union

 » WTO Public Forum 2011 & the Welfare Challenges
 » EU Pig Prices: Comprehensive Quantities on Offer
 » Draft CAP Proposal Does Not Improve Welfare

   Viet Nam

 » Production Starts at Chinese Company's Feed Mill
 » Viet Nam Ag Ministry Seeks Help for Meat Producers

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 » APL: Winner of Undergraduate Scholarship Award
 » Free Advice for Pig Farmers in Central West


 » Lake Winnipeg Water Quality Issues
 » Applied Ethology Society Honours Gonyou
 » Lentils a Good Protein Source for Weanling Pigs


 » GB and Poland Call for Radical CAP Reform
 » Feed Grain Prices Still Driven by US Corn Yield


 » Teagasc Launches 'Energy Use in Agriculture'
 » Strong Pork Demand Leads to Surge in Exports


 » 'Strong' Cloned Piglets Developing Well
 » Global Economy Driven by Chinese Pigs
 » Clenbuterol Crackdown Has Made Meat Safer

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   Russian Federation

 » Krasnodar Krai Reports New Outbreak of ASF
 » Russia Reports Two New Outbreaks of ASF


 » US Beef, Pork Showcased at Manila World Food Expo


 » Breton Cooperatives Prepare to Sell Gad


 » Brazil Hog Markets
 » Brasil Foods in Negotiations for Doux Pig Assets

   New Zealand

 » Alliance Proposes Closure of Sockburn Plant

That's all for this week!

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