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ThePigSite Newsletter - 1 June 2012

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Friday 1st June 2012.

Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial – European Pig Producers Tackle Difficult Issues

The annual congress of the European Pig Producers (EPP) has been taking place in Lithuania's delightful capital city, Vilnius, this week. Attendance was high from EPP members across the EU, Baltic states and neighbouring countries. Many of the challenges facing the industry as a whole and in individual countries were addressed and discussed in a wide-ranging programme put together by the organising committee of the host country.

The main highlights of the Congress are outlined in our reports from the first day and second day. The EPP officers were re-elected or elected for the next three years and it was announced that next year’s meeting will be hosted by Denmark.

In the short time since our last newsletter, McDonald's has announced that is will source all of its pig meat in the US from farms that house sows in groups from 2022.

There will be a public holiday in the UK next week so your next newsletter will be sent out on 11 June.

Three members of the 5M Publishing editorial team will be attending the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, next week. There will be no booth for ThePigSite this year but if you would like to contact senior editor, Jackie Linden, please call +447890202346 or email

MSD Animal Health to showcase science-driven solutions at IPVS

BOXMEER, May 25, 2012 - MSD Animal Health's commitment to developing, innovative, science-driven solutions for healthy livestock will be clearly evident at the 22nd International Pig Veterinary Society (IPVS) congress in Jeju, South Korea, June 10-13.

During the three-day conference, MSD Animal Health* researchers and swine-health specialists will make 18 presentations on a wide range of swine-production topics, including reproductive management, parasite control and effective strategies for managing porcine circovirus and PRRS.

As an Industry Partner, the highest level of congress sponsorship, MSD Animal Health will also host a satellite symposium on Tuesday, June 12, 17.00, to present studies with ZUPREVO® (tildipirosin), a new injectable antimicrobial for swine respiratory disease, and three of the company's field-proven vaccines - CIRCUMVENT® PCV, PORCILIS® PCV and PORCILIS® PRRS. The event is open to all registered attendees of the IPVS congress. Additional information will be available at the MSD Animal Health exhibit.

For more information, veterinarians should contact their local MSD Animal Health representative
or visit

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Clinical and Laboratory Studies on Herds Affected with PMWS in Denmark, France, Spain and Sweden
With the aim to establish a protocol to diagnose post–weaning multi–systemic wasting syndrome (PMWS) at herd level, a multinational group of researchers in Europe has concluded that likely indicators are a significant increase in post–weaning mortality in addition to clinical signs and PMWS must be diagnosed in at least one of three to five pigs while the mortality is elevated.

Evaluation of a Needle–Free Injection Device to Reduce Transmission of PRRSV
The use of a needle–free injection device did not prevent haematogenous transmission of the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV), according to new research from the USA.

Myth–Busting Boar Taint
Some of these misconceptions regarding boar taint and its management are put right by Dr Darryl D’Souza of GM Research & Innovation at Australian Pork Limited in the publication, Pig Tales from the Western Australia Department of Agriculture and Food.

Bird Control and Prevention
The ‘how’s and ‘why’s of wild bird control on pig farms are explained in Knowledge Transfer Bulletin No. 16 from BPEX.

Managing a Healthy Gut Using Acid–Based Products
A combination of organic acids, cinnamaldehyde and a permeabilising substance effectively combats pathogenic bacteria, according to Biomin.

Evaluation of a Genetically Modified Foot–and–Mouth Disease Virus Vaccine Candidate Generated by Reverse Genetics
Pigs inoculated with a genetically modified vaccine were completely protected from infection by type O viruses of all three topotypes that have been reported in China in recent years, according to new research at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

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Norsvin and TOPIGS Sign Strategic Agreement
NORWAY - TOPIGS and Norsvin have signed a strategic agreement that marks the start of a long-term collaboration between the two breeding companies. The agreement makes it possible for Norsvin to use the TOPIGS Z-line for production of commercial sows in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland.
Pork Commentary: Return from China
CANADA - Last week in the commentary we wrote of the car accident we had in China. I am now truly happy to report our return home. As you read last week Mike Van Schepdael my business partner and vice president of Genesus received significant injuries. Fortunately he has had a rapid improvement and his recovery continues, writes Jim Long.
MSD Animal Health Introduces COBACTAN LA 7.5% in Europe
EU - MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the USA and Canada) recently obtained regulatory approval in 21 European countries for COBACTAN® LA 7.5% (cefquinome) - a new-generation, injectable antimicrobial for the treatment of swine respiratory disease (SRD).


EPP 2012: Focus on Pigs in the Baltic Region
EPP 2012: Officers Elected, Next Meeting Set
EPP 2012: Markets, Developments for the Future

   European Union

Promoting Farmers, Co-ops in the Food Chain
EU Pig Prices: Record Prices in Spain
Scottish and Irish Unions Unite in CAP Budget Call


Biosecurity Laws Put NSW on Front Foot
Pork CRC Opens One–Stop Gas Shop
Aussie Experts Take up OIE Positions
FMD NEWS: FMD Policy to Increase Readiness

   United Kingdom

£38M Investment to Protect UK Livestock
Lords Scrutinise Food Security, Highlight Biofuels
Shoppers Have Yet to Come Out to Play
NFU & NPA Provide Guidance Document on Pig, Poultry Permits
Defra Must Not Ignore CAP Advice

   United States

K-State’s Biosecurity Research Institute Hosts Symposium on ASF
Pork in Cold Storage Up from the Previous Month
CME: Total Meat, Poultry Output Down from Last Year
Season for Determining Corn Yields is Underway
CME: Why Producers and Packers Benefit from Heavier Hogs
US Farm Exports Reach Second-highest Level on Record
CME: New Systems Could Lead to Costs & Tradeoffs
Focus on Trade Advocacy During World Pork Expo 2012
McDonald's Outlines Plan for Ending Gestation Stall Use


A New Way to Measure Equivalency
Overview of This Week’s Pig Industry News
US Cattle, Pig Prices Firm; Contrast in Irish Trends
Growth in Spanish Pork Consumption; Italy Doing Well


Health Alert at Chilean Pig Plant
Strong Growth in Chile’s Pork, Poultry Meat Output
Pigs in Health Alert to be Slaughtered
CIWF Steps in to Help in Chilean Pig Farm Crisis


Hog Farmers Urged to Avoid Overproduction to Prevent Glut


Jamaican Pig Farmers See Tough Times Ahead


Alberta Promotes Beef, Pork in Japan
Pig Code Development Committee Addresses Controversial Issues
Win-Win for All Stakeholders in Pork Value Chain
Best Defence against Brachyspira
Animal Health Act to Improve Disease Control
Demand is Key Influence on North American Hog Prices
Harper Govt Secures Market Access to Ukraine


Brazil Feed Forecast up 2.8 Per Cent in 2012
BRF Issues $500 Million Bond Offer


New French Minister Faces Age-old Problems


China Farm Produce Prices Drop Again

   Korea, South

Labelling for Pork, Chicken to Start Soon


Swine Producers Threaten Five-Day 'Market Holiday'
Commissioner Claims Customs Listening to Pleas of Local Swine Industry


Reduction in Iberian Pig Population in Andalusia

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Biomin - Naturally Ahead
Circovac - New Claim
Unique Features And Only From Big Dutchman
Pfizer Animal Health - Draxxin

Novus International - Performance Unleashed
Enterisol Ileitis - The oral vaccine against ileitis
Denagard - The right choice
Genepacker 120 Gilt from JSR Genetics.
MSD Animal Health - It's a New Day for Animal Health

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Genesus - The first power in genetics

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