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ThePigSite Newsletter - 14 November 2011

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Editorial – Report Says Welfare during Transportation Falls Short in the EU

Although EU regulations have led to improving the welfare of animals when transported, more needs to be done to tighten up on enforcement, according to a new European Commission report.

The report looked at the effectiveness of Regulation (EC) 1/2005, implemented in January 2007, which ensures protection for animals during transport.

Overall, the Regulation has improved the welfare of animals transported but the report highlights the differences between Member States in terms of the progress they have made in implementing the Regulation.

With this in mind, the report recommends that the implementation, enforcement and infringement penalties within the EU should be harmonised and communications between Member States should be improved.

Also in the EU, more than €203 million has been earmarked to support programmes to eradicate, control and monitor animal diseases and zoonoses, aiming to further strengthen the protection of human and animal health in 2012.

The decision was taken at the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH), where Member States also unanimously endorsed the Commission proposals to contribute €11.5 million for the emergency measures and vaccination plans taken to combat some animal diseases over the past four years, which include Classical Swine Fever.

The latest quarterly statistics on the Canadian pig population reveal only small changes from a year ago although two per cent more pigs were sent for slaughter during the third quarter of this year than in the same period of 2010.

The first industrially produced vaccine against porcine cysticercosis is the aim of a new partnership between GALVmed, Indian Immunologicals Limited (IIL) and the University of Melbourne.

The tapeworm (Taenia solium) is a human parasite with the intermediate host being the pig. Globally, the parasite is estimated to cause 50 million human cases of taeniasis (infection with adult tapeworms) and cysticercosis, and 50,000 deaths a year in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The vaccine for pigs is the next step towards eradicating the disease in humans.

And finally, the Russian veterinary authority has reported two new outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) in Rostov and Voronezh oblasts, which are in the far south-west of the country, not far from the border with Ukraine. A total of more than 9,000 pigs on the two farms were destroyed.

The authorities have shown that they are taking the risks of ASF seriously: in order to prevent pork infected with the ASF virus from entering Moscow, road-blocks have been set up on routes into the capital to check all trucks loaded with pork, and pigs have been taken from private households in Kursk for slaughter in order to reduce the spreading of the disease.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 8 new features this week:

Sustaining Feed, Fuel and Food in the Future
Consumer spending on food is expected to double over the next decade, writes ThePigSite editor in chief, Chris Harris.
BPEX Export Bulletin - November 2011
The British Pig Executive's (BPEX) Export Bulletin for the second week of November 2011 reports pig industry trends from around the world. Among the highlights are the imminent health certificate for the UK to export pig meat to South Africa, and the EU has negotiated a new meat export health certificate with Iceland.
Canadian Hog Statistics - Third Quarter 2011
Fewer hogs were exported in October 2011 than in the same month last year, according to the latest quarterly report from Statistics Canada.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - November 2011
While beef and broiler production forecasts for 2011 are lowered, pork and turkey production are increased, according to the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report for November.
Short Term Outlook for Arable Crop, Meat and Dairy Markets
EU agricultural markets are strongly affected by the macroeconomic outlook, according to the European Commission's Short Term Outlook for Arable Crop, Meat and Dairy Markets.
Lentviral-Mediated RNAi for the Control of Foot and Mouth Disease Virus
The interference integrin av subunit expressing system is a feasible strategy for overcoming the issue of high genetic variability of the foot and mouth disease virus (FMDV) and viral escape, report researchers from China.
Pork CRC Highlights Human Health Advantages of Pork
Pork CRC has made a significant contribution towards demonstrating the natural human health advantages of pork and using these to boost consumption.
Producers Can Benefit from Essential Oils in Pig Finishing Diets
Essential oils have multiple desirable properties which can have beneficial effects on animal performance, such as finishing pigs, when added to their rations, according to Dr Tobias Steiner of Biomin Holding GmbH.
The first and only vaccine for the control of Porcine Proliferative Enteropathy.
* Company News

Swine Dewormer Receives Positive Opinion in EU
NETHERLANDS - Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside the USA and Canada) yesterday announced that it has received positive opinion from the CVMP in the European Union for PANACUR® AquaSol (fenbendazole 200 mg/mL), a suspension for use in drinking water indicated for the treatment and control of gastro-intestinal nematodes.
Biomin at World Pork Expo 2011
IOWA, US - The annual World Pork Expo was held on 8 to 10 June 2011 in Des Moines, where Biomin had a booth.
BPEX LIVE Online to Discuss Health
UK - The first BPEX LIVE online workshop will provide practical advice for pig producers on managing a high health production system.
Controlling Disease in Young Pigs
US - Mycoplasmal pneumonia and porcine circovirus are two of the costliest diseases affecting pork producers. Helping provide protection before disease exposure is critical to the success of any vaccination programme, according to Pfizer's Team Pork.
PIC Announces Completion of Major Export to Korea
SOUTH KOREA - PIC has completed delivery of 2,300 grandparent stock from Canada to franchise partner, PIC Korea.
TOPIGS France Innov'space Award Winner 2011
FRANCE - TOPIGS France is one of the Innov'space award-winners 2011. They have won this prize by creating CHRONOS, a supporting tool to calculate the labour productivity of a pig farm expressed in kilogram of pork per working hour.
First Nucleus Farms Start Collecting Tissue
NETHERLANDS, FRANCE, SPAIN & CANADA - In September, the first TOPIGS nucleus farms in the Netherlands, France, Spain and Canada started collecting tissue samples of sows as part of the extended and structural gathering of DNA material.
Training on Electronic Sow Feeding & BigFarmNet
GERMANY - With BigFarmNet, Big Dutchman has a cutting-edge technology on offer which makes pig production much easier: all controllers, computers and sensors on a farm are able to communicate with each other; at the same time, all applications can be controlled and managed with a single program. Of course, the spectacular all-in-one innovation is also ideally suited for use in sow management.
* Global Pig Industry News

   United States

 » System Produces Hypochlorous Acid on Demand
 » CME: Hog Slaughter Up Two Per Cent
 » Soybean Export Progress
 » Smithfield Rebuffs HSUS Complaint
 » CME: GIPSA Shed Light on Rule Changes
 » New Opportunities for Non-GM Soybeans in Feeds
 » Market Preview: Pork-Related GIPSA Rules in Limbo
 » National Pork Board to Mark 25th Anniversary
 » US Hog Margins, 4 November 2011
 » Tight Stocks, Strong Demand Go on for Corn Market
 » Hog Processor Buys Land for N Indiana Expansion
 » Iowa Select Launches MetaFarms' i-Production
 » Various Chefs Show Love for American Pork Butt
 » Farm Animal Integrated Research (FAIR) 2012
 » US Corn Yield Projections Lowest Since 2003
 » CME: Corn & Soybeans Have Modest Yield Reduction
 » China, Mexico Help Drive Torrid Red Meat Export Pace
 » Smithfield Consolidates Packaged Meats Production
 » CME: What's Driving Seasonal Price Variations?
 » USGC Begins Lower-Oil DDGS Education Efforts
 » NPPC Wants Japan in TPP Trade Talks

Performance, Unleashed
   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Prices Continue to Increase
 » Agricultural Diversity in the EU Through Figures
 » Imposing Animal Transport Enforcements
 » €214M Earmarked to Protect Human & Animal Health


 » Pork Commentary: Canada's Breeding Herd Steady
 » Reputation Enhanced by Response to Health Issues
 » Positive Reaction to Seasonal Influenza Vaccination
 » Pork Producers Embrace Biosecurity Programme
 » Creation of National Mortality Insurance Programme
 » Incentives Stimulate Uptake of Biosecurity Training
 » New Hedging Proposal Under Recommendation
 » Ontario Pork Surpasses Biosecurity Training Target
 » Ontario Pork: Quarterly Ontario Pig Inventory
 » CPC: AIP Now Available to Hog Sector
 » Canadian Pork Production Costs Compare Favourably

BigFarmNet - The Best Invention Since Pig Equipment

 » Call to Use Coconut-Based Baits for Feral Pigs
 » Carbon Initiative to Boost Pig Farmers' Income
 » Passport Project Delivers Better Pig Husbandry


 » China's Farm Produce Prices Continue to Fall
 » Higher Revenues and Income for Zhongpin

   United Kingdom

 » More Pigs in the Box Mean Better Returns
 » Industrial Emission Directive Reviews Under Way
 » CCTV Encouraged in Slaughterhouses
 » Livestock Managers Join Forces for Better Business
 » AHVLA Surveillance Monthly Report - September 2011
 » Scotland's Veterinary Surveillance Under Scrutiny
 » Prices on a Plateau

Circovac - Nothing protects earlier

 » ASF Outbreak in Russia No Threat to Azerbaijan
 » Azerbaijan Excluded from Countries Under ASF Threat


 » New Bacon Success Story Reminiscent of 1930s


 » European Symposium on Porcine Health Management

   Russian Federation

 » Two New Outbreaks of ASF Reported in Russia
 » Russia to Ban German Pig Imports
 » Cherkizovo Begins Pork Production at New Sites


 » Schleswig-Holstein Reports Brucellosis in Pigs

   Korea, South

 » Pork and Chicken Lead Spike in Meat Prices


 » Pig Menace Becoming Rampant in Colonies


 » Steady Livestock Growth Over Past 10 Years

MSD Animal Health - It's a New Day for Animal Health

 » Global Collaboration to Help Prevent Epilepsy
 » US and Canada Producing More Pigs Per Litter


 » Pig Exchange Programme to Boost Dalit Income

   South Africa

 » Meat Supplier Denies Halal Pork Claims


 » October Pork Exports Drop in Volume, Rise in Value

That's all for this week!

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