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ThePigSite Newsletter - 07 November 2011

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial – More Pigs in North America

United States and Canadian inventory of all hogs and pigs for September 2011 was up one per cent from September 2010 at 78.6 million head. The breeding inventory, at 7.11 million head, was one per cent more than a year previously and up slightly from last quarter.

Market hog inventory, at 71.5 million head, was up one per cent from last year and up three per cent from last quarter. The pig crop, at 36.3 million head, was up one per cent from 2010.

The number of sows farrowing during this period totalled 3.60 million head, two per cent fewer than last year and three per cent down from 2009.

The bacterium, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which is resistant to antibiotics, has spread rapidly in the past few years on pig farms. Its spread has been attributed to the extensive use of antibiotics but Els Broens, in her doctoral thesis from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, has found evidence that reducing antibiotic use would not eliminate MRSA from pig farms.

In order to cut the transmission of MRSA from pigs to humans, the bacterium needs to be combated at source: on the farm, she explained. However, reducing antibiotic use will not solve the problem, says Dr Broens, because resistant bacteria can spread and thrive among pigs that have not had any antibiotics. She argues for hygiene measures in order to prevent the spread of resistant bacteria on and between pig farms, which requires a joint plan by farmers, politicians, supermarkets and vets.

New research from Denmark's University of Aarhus has revealed that the benefits of adding the enzyme, phytase, to pig feed are not being fully realised. It appears that the phytase is not given enough time to act on a great part of the feed during the digestive process in order to release the phosphorus bound to phytate in feed ingredients of plant origin.

Post-doc, Karoline Blaabjerg, explained: "We are therefore working on developing methods that can give phytase more time in which to work. We are also working on paving the way to give phytase the possibility of a better and quicker access to the phytate."

In the UK, opposition has been growing to a new large pig farm at Foston, Derbyshire, proposed by Midland Pig Producers. In the last week, the Health Protection Agency has raised strong concerns about the potential risk to public health of the planned farm, and it is reported that the local council has also voted against the proposal.

And finally, turning to news of notifiable diseases, foot and mouth disease (FMD) has broken out at an official animal quarantine establishment in Penghu in Taiwan, and there has been a suspected outbreak at a cattle farm in Andong in the North Gyeongsang province of southeastern South Korea.

As the result of African swine fever (ASF), at least 500 pigs have died in the Amuru district of Uganda and the Russian veterinary authorities report a new outbreak among backyard pigs in the Kursk region.

Jackie Linden

Biomin - the natural way

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Setting Health and Safety Standards for the World
International standards for food safety and animal health and welfare can be and often are contentious issues, writes ThePigSite Editor in Chief, Chris Harris.
Pork CRC Makes Progress in Boosting Sow Lifetime Productivity
A review of recent research carried out by Pork CRC into improving sow productivity. Among the findings is that sow productive lifetime is maximised when gilts and sows have a certain amount of body protein mass and a minimum level of body fatness.
Danish Pig Research Centre: Annual Report 2010: Biogas and Slurry Separation
The 2010 annual report from the Danish Pig Research Centre describes the costs and benefits of biogas production and pig manure separation.
Ways to Replace Antibiotic Growth Promoters
Angela Riemensperger of Biomin explains the mode of action and benefits of the company's product, which includes an organic acid blend, a phytochemical and a perforising substance.
JSR Genetics - Genetics you can trust
* Company News

JSR Opens 900-Sow Joint Venture in China
CHINA - A lavish ceremony, attended by over 150 dignitaries, celebrated the opening of The Hubei Liangyou JSR Breeding Limited, a new Chinese joint venture between JSR Genetics and state-owned Hubei Liangyou Livestock & Poultry Company on 18 October 2011.
Biomin Romania at International Fair in Bucharest
ROMANIA - Between 19 and 23 October 2011, Biomin Romania has participated in the biggest and most important annual, international fair in the country, INDAGRA 2011.
ACMC Tip: Keeping the Milk-Bar Flowing
UK - For a sow’s mammary gland to work efficiently it should have been suckled in the previous lactation, says Paul Thompson, veterinary consultant to pig-breeding company, ACMC Ltd.
* Global Pig Industry News

   Taiwan

 » FMD NEWS: FMD Breaks Out on Penghu Island

   United States

 » Good Biosecurity Important for Livestock Health
 » Market Preview: Pork Profits Could Get Derailed
 » Crop Prices Treading Water
 » CME: Pork Trade Forecast to Drop in 2012
 » Ag Appropriations Bill a Step in the Right Direction
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » Salmonella Control Programmes for Meat & Poultry
 » Cargill Reduces GHG Emissions at US Plants
 » CME: Meat Prices High Despite High Unemployment
 » CME: Corn Diverted from Feed to Ethanol
 » USMEF Conference Kicks Off in Tucson
 » NFU: GIPSA Rule Still Missing Critical Elements
 » Pork Cutout Values Lower Everyday Last Week

   United Kingdom

 » Get Ready for 2012 Oxford Farming Conference
 » UK Pig Producers Strengthen Disease Defences
 » NFU Frustration on Preventative Meds
 » HPA Raises Concerns over Foston Pig Farm
 » Illegally Produced Pork Likely to Hit UK
 » Rock On! Most Legendary British Bangers Honoured
 » NFU: Farmers Will Not Sit in Silence on GM
 » Local Council Rejects Foston Pig Farm Proposal
 » Recipe for Success in Pig Industry
 » LOCOG Receives British Banger Award
 » Pick of the Crop May Earn Fewer Farm Inspections
 » Illegal Egg and Pork Imports May Hit Scottish Produce
 » Farmex: Monitoring as a Management Tool
 » Industrial Development Objection Raised on Pig Farm
 » BPEX LIVE Online to Discuss Health
 » Pig Meat Imports Two Per Cent Cheaper
   European Union

 » Step in the Right Direction for GMO Legislation
 » EU Pig Prices: Prices Unchanged to Slightly Increasing

   Hong Kong

 » Wholesale Pork Prices Slashed by 23 Per Cent

   Russian Federation

 » ASF Outbreak Reported in Kursk Oblast
 » Authorities Block Import of Pigs and Pig Meat

   Canada

 » Swine Health Forum to Discuss PRRS Elimination
 » Biosecurity Programme in Saskatchewan and Alberta
 » Open Communication Key to Regional PRRS Control
 » Fostering Greater Success in Swine Health Efforts
 » Swine Health Plays Key Role in Economic Prosperity
 » Swine Health Board Urges Industry Financial Support

   China

 » Pork Prices Drop Further One Per Cent
 » China Hog Markets
 » Record Corn Crop Unlikely to Meet Demand
 » Pork Prices Driving Inflation in China

   Uganda

 » ASF Kills Minimum of 500 Pigs in Amuru
Performance, Unleashed
   Denmark

 » Aarhus Re-Names Food & Ag Science Units
 » Scientists Study Phytate Degradation in Pigs
 » DanBred Pigs Move Ahead in Development

   General

 » FAO Food Price Index Down in October
 » US and Canadian Hog Inventory Up One Per Cent
 » Pork Commentary: Road Trip to Montana and Alberta

   Australia

 » Pork CRC Delivers in a Competitive World

   Finland

 » HKScan Sees Sales Grow

   Netherlands

 » Reducing Antibiotic Use Will Not Stop MRSA
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That's all for this week!

Ed.
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