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Monday 21st May 2012.

Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial – Cautious Optimism in the UK Pig Industry

A few heavy rain showers on the first day of the British Pig & Poultry Fair last week were the only things to dampen seriously the mood at the event, held last week at the National Agricultural Centre.

Admittedly, the continuing high feed prices were often mentioned and the difficult conditions in the economy generally also received attention but there was plenty of positive news and good prospects looking ahead for the pig industry.

In a now-traditional press conference at the start of the Fair, British Pig Executive (BPEX) Director, Mick Sloyan, opened his presentation saying that the DAPP had been on the rise over the last few months – at last – and now stands at a little over 148p per kilo.

The EU pig welfare directive, due to come into force on 1 January 2013, will have less impact of the UK pig industry than most other member states as stalls and tethers were outlawed here in 1999, and Mr Sloyan highlighted recent clarification of the coming rules over slot width and space allowances – also included in the new Directive – as the result of lobbying by BPEX and other industry organisations.

British pig meat, chicken and eggs are enjoying growing demand from food service, and exploring the potential of this sector was the subject of the headline debate at the Fair.

While the British Pig & Poultry Fair was on came the news that British pork will soon be on menus in China, following a £50–million deal reached by Agriculture Minister, Jim Paice. He announced the landmark agreement with the Chinese Government while on a mission to China to boost trade for British food and farming businesses.

Turning to news from other countries, Chinese egg producer, Beijing DQY Agriculture Technology Co. Ltd, has teamed up with American meat supplier, Smithfield Foods Inc, to set up a $1.8– billion biofuel plant in the USA. The venture is expected to be operational by the end of 2012 and will use waste from a Smithfield pig farm, producing a power generation capacity of one megawatt.

China’ pork prices have continued to decrease, leading to widespread losses for the industry and prompting the government to take measures to prevent the prices from fluctuating greatly during the next few months.

Agricultural analysts said the low prices might prompt a reduction in the country’s pork imports from the US and put downward pressure on US hog futures, which hit their lowest price last week since September.

Finally, Australian pig meat production is on the rise, driven by strong local and international demand.

EU Pig Meat Production – 2011
Total pig meat output for the 27 countries of the European Union was more than 22.3 million tonnes in 2011, 1.6 per cent or almost 343,000 tonnes more than the previous year, writes senior editor, Jackie Linden.

Facts about Antimicrobials
Antimicrobials have made a major contribution to improving the health and welfare of pigs for several decades. They are vital for the treatment and control of bacterial infections in pigs. Antibiotics are antimicrobial products, which have, in the past, been used in animal feed as antimicrobial growth promoters (AGPs); AGPs have been banned since 1 January 2006, according to BPEX in no. 19 in its series Knowledge Transfer Bulletins.

Evaluation of the Long–Term Effect of Air Filtration on the Occurrence of New PRRSV Infections
Air filtration had a long–term effect in reducing the occurrence of new porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) infections in large breeding herds in regions densely populated with pigs, according to new research from Minnesota, US.

Non–Tuberculous Mycobacteria Isolated from Slaughter Pigs in Uganda
There was a high prevalence of non–tuberculous mycobacteria infections among slaughter pigs in Mubende district in central Uganda. The most prevalent was M. avium, and outdoor systems and valley dam water were factors associated with higher prevalence, according to a team of international researchers based in Kampala and in Norway and the USA. This is an important public health issue, they add, because of the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the region.

Reduction of Transport–Induced Stress on Finishing Pigs by Increasing Lairage Time
A longer lairage time allowed the pigs transported a short distance to recover from transport stress, according to new research from Spain.

Farrowing Process for Smaller Pig Producers
Helpful advice on farrowing for small herd managers from pig veterinarian, Mark White of NADIS.

PK/PD Relationships of Denagard in Drinking Water for the Treatment of Ileitis
Pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) relationships of DenagardTM (tiamulin) in drinking water for the treatment of ileitis by David Burch (Octagon Services Ltd, UK) and Ulrich Klein (Novartis Animal Health Inc.) and presented as a poster at the ESPHM conference in Bruges, Belgium in April 2012.

Status of Animal Nutrition Research and Development in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Azerbaijan
R&D status in research and development organisations and in the feed industries in each country as well as suggested animal nutrition approaches for livestock development are outlined by Harinder P.S. Makkar in a working paper in Animal Production and Health for the FAO.

Flexible Dosing to Help Prevent PCV2 Viraemia
US - Now offering a high standard in protocol flexibility, FosteraTM PCV is the only PCV vaccine that can be incorporated into vaccination programs using either two doses or one to help prevent Porcine Circovirus Type 2 (PCV2) viraemia and help control lymphoid depletion.
Brazil: Bread–basket of the World
BRAZIL - For decades it has been predicted that Brazil would become the breadbasket of the world, writes Martin Riordan, Sales and Service at Genesus Brazil.
Merial Appoints Pig Business Manager
UK & IRELAND - Merial Animal Health has announced the appointment of Nick Munce as Pig Business Development and Technical Manager for the UK and Ireland.
Super Suspension Offers New Worming Options
UK - Making its UK debut at this year’s Pig and Poultry Fair is Panacur AquaSol, a new generation water-administered wormer for pigs.
Sow and Piglet PCV2 Vaccination is Effective
BULGARIA - New research from Bulgaria has demonstrated the benefits of vaccinating both sows and piglets against PCV2.

   United Kingdom

Pig & Poultry Fair Visitors Told to Innovate to Unlock Potential
Optimism Strong for Future of British Pig & Poultry Sectors
PIG & POULTRY FAIR: BPEX Optimistic about the UK Pig Industry
Why Freedom Pigs Need a Substantial Premium
Brydock Pig Farm Wins Award
Cranswick Turns the Corner
UK Farmers Enjoy Boom as Economy Suffers
PIG & POULTRY FAIR: Opportunities and Challenges for British Products in the Food Service Sector
Overview of This Week's Pig Industry News

   European Union

Cutting Animal Transport Time Just the Start
Avoid Misuse of Religious Exemptions to Stunning


Fake Stewed Pig Ears Pose Health Risks
Pork Price Expected to Soar in June
Govt Likely to Act to Stabilize Pork Costs


COOL: Potential Trade Barrier of Choice
US Urged to Amend COOL to Comply with Trade Obligations
Swine Innovation Porc Coordinates Collaborative Research

   United States

Pork Commentary: Thank Goodness for Exports
Mothers Press to End Antibiotic Overuse on Farms
Harrisvaccines Founder Lauded by ISU
Record Feed Grain Production Projected for 2012/13
Denny’s Moves to End Gestation Crate Pig Confinement
Quick Action by US on Mandatory COOL Unlikely
Q1 Retail Pork Prices Higher Than a Year Ago
HSUS Files Complaint Against Tyson; Tyson Responds
AWI Accuses USDA of Conning Consumers
April 2012 Farm-to-Retail Hog Price Spread Wider
Urgent Action Required on Falling Food Productivity


Japan Pork Imports Rise; EU Cow Prices Up
New Zealand & Australia Join Forces at World Farmers'
Drop in Italian Meat Sales; Ukrainian Pig Herd Falls
UK Minister Opens up Food, Pig Exports to China
China, US Companies in Joint Biofuel Venture
Sustainable Livestock at Committee on Agriculture

   Viet Nam

Pork from HCM City Free of Lean Meat Agents


Rosy Outlook for Pork Producers
Mandatory Welfare Training for Abattoirs
Australian Agriculture Shares A$70 Million in Research Grants


JBS Sees Rise in Revenue - Drop in Earnings


Guatemala Reports Two Outbreaks of CSF


Is the EU Serious About Continuing to Produce Pigs?

   Russian Federation

Denmark Halts Pig Exports to Russia

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