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Monday 18th June 2012.

Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial – Call for EU Welfare Rules to be Simplified

In the EU, the European Commission has reviewed current animal welfare legislation and has called for a simplified EU legislative framework. At the latest Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting, the Council welcomed the ongoing work by the Commission and supported the need to take a holistic approach in future work on the welfare of animals.

The aim of the strategy for the 'Protection and Welfare of Animals 2012-2015' is to simplify animal welfare legislation and ultimately, to facilitate its enforcement.

In addition, the Commission stressed the need to reinforce or make better use of actions which the Commission already performs, including the development of tools to strengthen Member States' compliance with existing legislation, support for international cooperation, the establishment of a level playing field for European producers, and the provision of appropriate information to consumers and the public.

Several Member States have supported the Commission's considerations over the introduction of a simplified EU legislative framework based on outcome-based animal welfare indicators. At the same time, they stressed that indicators cannot necessarily replace specific resource-based provisions.

Following the European Parliament's adoption of Written Declaration on animal transportation in March this year, the Council meeting suggested a number of new rules, including those covering internal height, loading densities for different weight categories of pigs and the design of watering and temperature monitoring systems.

Finally, the Council has called on the Commission to strengthen its international strategy on animal welfare in order to increase the value of animal welfare, to limit distortions of competition and to ensure at least equivalence between EU and third-country operators.

Continuing on the theme of welfare, a survey of 12 Danish pig farmers after unannounced welfare inspections has revealed that they favoured the concept but found the assessments unfair.

In other news, a new report has identified potential benefits to the UK meat industry to the tune of around £40 million per annum. The report, prepared for the Royal Agricultural College and entitled A Creative Study Into the Scope for Increasing Value from Fallen Livestock and Animal By-products was presented by Stewart Houston last week. The benefits and value accrue as the result of reduced mortalities as well as better handling, storage and transport of carcasses and improved marketing of the by-products to achieve higher prices.

The global protein market is in a state of structural change. The world is no longer one of structural surpluses, it is a world of structural scarcity, according to David Nelson, a global strategist with Rabobank's Food and Agribusiness Research and Advisory Group. He was addressing the World Meat Congress in Paris earlier this month.

Finally, turning to news of foot and mouth disease (FMD), new outbreaks have been reported in the last week in eastern Kazhakstan and Botswana (in cattle, sheep and goats).

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Brazil Sales Conference and Presentation
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   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Football Championship Inspires Demand
Support for Young Farmers - A Political Priority for the Future
EU Feed Industry Commits to Sustainability
Sustainable Feed Essential for Competitive Livestock
EU Council Supports Simplified Animal Welfare Legislation

   United States

17 Per Cent of Sows Housed in Open Pen Gestation
Update on Export Progress
April Pork Exports Remain Strong
CME: April Red Meat and Poultry Exports Mixed
Survey Shows Few Sows in Open Housing
Strict Rules Limit Farm Size
Normal Trade Relations with Russia Established
CME: June WASDE Report Contains Few Surprises
Reduced Bedding During Transport of Pigs
Use Science in Regulating Antibiotics, Says Coalition
CME: Changes to Projected Red Meat & Poultry Supply
CME: Lower Retail Prices for All Meat Categories
Second Best Year for Smithfield Foods
Corn & Soybean Crop Conditions Take Turn for the Worse
NPPC Asks Canada to Stop Subsidising Hog Production
Pork Commentary: World Pork Expo Report


BAS Moves to Clean Up Pig Farming
Maintain the Pork Supply, Says Barbados Agricultural Society

   United Kingdom

Activity of Bacterial Effector Protein in Molecular Detail
NFU Responds to Industrial Emissions Directive
New Report Identifies Multi-Million-Pound Boost for UK Meat Industry
Positive Outlook for Scottish Agriculture
New Pork Campaign Targets 3 Million Consumers
Finisher Challenge – Anything Goes
Companies Unite to Combat Animal Disease
Tough Negotiations for Agricultural Wages Board
NFUS Strengthens Livestock Team
New Staff Induction
Tight Supplies Fuel Rise in Shouts
Debate to be Held on Sustainable Intensification Vs Low Input Farming
Level Playing Field for UK Pig Farmers


Wal-Mart Involved in Another Pork Scandal
Shenzhen Customs Seizes Frozen Goods
Shuanghui Joins Forces with Coking Company
Listed Firms Turn to Pig Breeding


US Pork Producers Concerned About Canadian Pork Industry Subsidies
Open Trade Boost to Agricultural Productivity
Trade Top of Mind Among Pork Producers
FAO Urges Greater Push to Reduce Food Losses
Management of PRRS Continues to Improve


Global Protein Market in State of Structural Change


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Record High for Brazilian Agri Exports
Brazilian Meat Production to Grow by 43.2 per cent


FMD NEWS: East Kazakhstan Reports More FMD


Significant Boost to Danish Crown's Trade with China
Mixed Reactions of Danish Farmers to Welfare Inspections
Royal Award for Danish Crown

   Russian Federation

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   South Africa

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