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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial – Paying Attention to Consumers: Obesity, Food Safety and Growing Markets

Obesity is one of today's leading human health issues but it is a complex issue, often oversimplified in the media. At a meeting held at the University of Nottingham in the UK last week, Professor Mike Gibney helped sort fact from the fiction.

Speaking to a packed auditorium at the annual meeting of the British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) and the UK branch of the World’s Poultry Science Association (WPSA), Professor Gibney put obesity in the human population into its correct perspective as a modern human human health issue. Having started his career in animal nutrition, he now heads the University College Dublin (UCD) Institute of Food and Health in the Irish Republic and so he was in an exceptional position to present the Hammond Memorial Lecture at the Nottingham meeting.

A number of key issues need to be addressed in the context of any long-term approach to this public health issue, he explained. The current increase in the levels of obesity is, in fact, neither recent in origin nor linear in form. Physical activity at moderate levels can abate most, if not all, of the risk factors arising from obesity such as diabetes and hypertension, he said. There is a genetic component of obesity but it has been shown to be related to a number of risk alleles, rather than individual genes; obesity and over-weight are strongly heritable. One issue that has complicated the whole field of obesity is significant under-reporting of food intake, he said.

The latest data show a levelling off in obesity rates among children and adolescents in Australia, Europe, Japan and the US. This good news must be viewed, however, in light of a continuing rise in adults in Europe and Australia, and a high but stable situation in American adults.

Australian consumers can at last be confident that the pork they are buying is truly free–range following the release of the Australian Pork Industry Quality Assurance (APIQ√®) programme Free Range standards, in conjunction with the Australian Pork Certified Free Range logo for pork products. Currently, 86 per cent of Australia’s pork production is APIQ√–certified.

The growth in China has garnered a lot of attention lately but Viet Nam is also an emerging market that is building our global middle class and increasing grain demand for both food and feed.

Last week, the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) handed a global petition with nearly 110,000 signatures to the United Nations to improve the treatment of farm animals. The petition represents the significant and growing worldwide support for Pawprint, according to WSPA, whose campaign to put farm animal welfare on the agenda at Rio+20 in June.

Meanwhile, in the EU, plans for a partial ban on sow stalls are in disarray with only 10 countries likely to be ready for the new rules and some not even able to provide statistics, according to Compassion in World Farming (CIWF).

In the US, Burger King Corp. has announced that it will eliminate the practices of confining breeding pigs in gestation crates and hens in battery cages from its US supply chain, in a move supported by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

HSUS has also addressed Seaboard Foods about welfare issues. At the annual shareholder meeting of the US-based company recently, a representative of HSUS challenged the company about the confinement of breeding pigs in its pork supply.

Turning to news of notifiable pig diseases, classical swine fever has been found in a number of wild pigs in Saratov Oblast in the south-west of the Russian Federation. A meeting to discuss the prevention of the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the Moscow and Tula regions has been held by the Russian veterinary department, Rosselkhoznadzor.

As next Monday is a public holiday in the UK, next week’s newsletter from ThePigSite will be sent out to you on Tuesday 8 May.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 7 new features this week:

The First Five Days
Tips on sanitation and farrowing management from Ed Barrie, Sow Weaner Pig Specialist in the Pork News & Views newsletter from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).
Sustainable Farming
Initial results feeding peas or beans to growing pigs are encouraging and further trials have been set up, according to no. 30 of the Farm Case Study series from BPEX.
Vaccination Reduces Macrophage Infiltration in Bronchus–Associated Lymphoid Tissue in Pigs Infected with a Highly Virulent Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae Strain
Vaccination reduced the infiltration of macrophages after infection with M. hyopneumoniae as well as replication in the lungs, especially for a highly virulent strain, according to new research from Belgium.
Detection of Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae in Oral Fluid Samples
Oral fluid testing has the potential to be a screening tool for detection of swine bacterial pathogens, Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae, Haemophilus parasuis and Streptococcus suis, according to new research from the University of Minnesota.
Non-Nutritional Impacts on Feed Efficiency
There are multiple factors, outside of nutrition, that impact feed efficiency – such as genetics, disease, environment and management – according to an article in Prairie Swine Centre’s E-Zine.
Split Marketing Finishing Pigs
In general, split marketing of finishing pigs can be utilised by producers with minimal negative impact on pig performance, carcass characteristics or social dynamics although it should be carefully evaluated under the particular circumstances of each system, according to Thomas Guthrie, Extension Educator, in the latest issue of Michigan State University’s Pork Quarterly.
Counteracting Trichothecenes in Animal Feed
In feeds and feed ingredients, poorly adsorbable mycotoxins like trichothecenes need to be counteracted by biotransformation, says Karin Naehrer of Biomin.
MSD Animal Health - It's a New Day for Animal Health
* Market Reports

 » USDA Livestock Slaughter Annual 2012
 » Agricultural Price Indices February 2012
 » United States and Canadian Hogs - March 2012
 » BPEX Weekly Export Bulletin - Week 17

* Company News

BPEX to Report Successful Year for Pig Health
UK - BPEX Director, Mick Sloyan, will be announcing new developments for pig health at the Pig & Poultry Fair at Stoneleigh on 15 May 2012 at 9:30am, on stand 48.
Teaching Academy Steering Committee Named
US - Four months after its inaugural meeting sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health, the Consortium of Western Regional Colleges of Veterinary Medicine announced today that it has established a new Teaching Academy to identify, share and leverage expertise across the five colleges in the Consortium. The Teaching Academy will support the development and implementation of best practices and scholarship in veterinary medical education.
Pork Commentary: USDA Livestock & Poultry
GLOBAL - Last week the USDA released its projected expectations for the world’s production of beef, pork, and poultry, exports and US market share, writes Jim Long.
ACMC Marks Ten Years of Progress
UK - To mark its tenth anniversary, pig genetics company ACMC, is giving away an electronic recording package worth £1,500 in a free draw at this year’s British Pig and Poultry Fair (15 and 16 May, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire).
* Global Pig Industry News

   United States

 » Expectations for the 2012-13 Corn Marketing Year
 » Swift Plant Cited Again for Odour Violations
 » NPPC Announces MusicFest Entertainment for WPEX
 » AFBF Urges Senate to Move Farm Bill Forward
 » NPPC Responds to HSUS FTC Complaint
 » HSUS Addresses Seaboard about Pig Confinement
 » NFU: Farm Bill Mark-up Recommendations
 » US Hog Markets
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » Burger King Announces Animal Welfare Reforms
 » Smithfield Debuts Sustainable Food Production Video
 » Cephalosporins Banned in Semen Extenders
 » Pork Checkoff Offers Pork Management Conference
 » Senate Ag Committee Approves Farm Bill
 » Does the Farm Bill Give Farmers What they Want?
 » CME: Hogs, Pigs Inventory up on Previous Year
 » Administration Pulls On-Farm Youth Labour Rule
 » Hog Outlook: Canadian Swine Herd a Fifth of US Herd
 » CME: Corn Futures Higher as China Purchases Corn

   Canada

 » Support for Premises Identification Program
 » Experts Challenge Sustainability of Food System
 » Exploring Alternatives for Housing Gestating Sows
 » Improved Response to Disease Threats Expected
 » Pork Industry Promotes Trade Agreement with EU

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   United Kingdom

 » Nominate a Pig Industry Star
 » RSPCA Expresses Concerns over Pig Farm Footage
 » UK Red Meat Production Down in Q1 of 2012
 » Union Leaders Concerned at Possible Payment Cuts
 » AHVLA: Bone Disease Causes Recumbency in Pigs
 » Woodhead Breaks 150p Barrier Despite Weak Euro
 » Obesity is a Long–Term Problem

   Australia

 » Pork Certification: Taking out the Guesswork
 » Five Charged over Alleged Abuse of Pigs

   Brazil

 » March Pork Export Volume and Value Rise

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   China

 » Chinese Farm Produce Prices Drop

   European Union

 » Call for EU-wide Fair Play in Grocery Chain
 » EU Pig Prices: Still Only Little Movement in Markets
 » Plans for EU Sow Stall Ban in Disarray, Says CIWF

   Global

 » Brazilian Pig Meat Prices Rise in Q1 of 2012
 » Is Modernising Inspection a Risk?
 » Global Petition to Improve Treatment of Farm Animals

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   Russian Federation

 » Cherkizovo Reports High Pork Sales Volume
 » Meeting Discusses ASF Prevention in Moscow, Tula
 » Russia Reports More Classical Swine Fever Cases

   Spain

 » Iberian Sector Reports Higher Sales in 2011

   Japan

 » Japan Rearrests Two over Tax Evasion in Pork Tariffs

   Denmark

 » Meat from New Pig Breeds: Tender and Delicious
 » More Flexibility, Less Bureaucracy in Farm Subsidies

Circovac - Nothing protects earlier
   Viet Nam

 » Viet Nam's Middle Class Lifts Food, Feed Demand

   Korea, South

 » IPVS 2012 Registration Deadline Coming Up

   Philippines

 » Hog Raisers Decry Being Used as ‘Bargaining Chips’
 » Public Warned Against Imported Chicken, Pork

   Papua New Guinea

 » Food Security Project Enhances Pig Industries



That's all for this week!

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