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Monday 29th October 2012.

Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial - Two Months To Go: Is the EU Ready for the Sow Stall Ban?

The congress of the Danish pig industry was held in Herning last week. The nation's pig industry declared that all its farmers will be ready to implement the sow stall ban when it comes into operation on 1 January 2013.

The most recent estimate indicates that around 85 per cent of Danish producers are already keeping pregnant sows in group systems.

Of those who have not yet converted, a significant number are in the final stages of adapting their production to comply by the deadline date.

However, the Danish pig producers are concerned that others in the EU will not meet the demands of the legislation and they have called on the EU not to have a derogation for those who do not meet the standards.

Bigger falls in pig meat production than originally forecast are possible according to the latest BPEX report looking at the introduction of the partial sow stall ban across Europe on 1 January 2013.

This is the result of rocketing feed costs and could lead to a sharp rise in prices for pork and pork products.

The report shows 18 EU countries say they will be ready for the new legislation, though some still have a long way to go.

Also the Herning conference, an agreement was signed between pig producers, slaughterhouses and the food industry in Denmark to boost slaughter pig production and cut exports of piglets to Germany.

The European Union and US could be heading for another trade war, similar to the one it had over the use of growth hormones in beef cattle.

This time the row that is brewing is over the use of ractopamine - a beta-agonist - as a feed supplement, which is used for boosting growth and increasing leanness in pigs, cattle and turkeys.

The latest turn of events in this saga came last week, when the Council of the European Union published its official response to the decision by Codex Alimentarius to set maximum residue limits for ractopamine, thus endorsing its use.

The decision by Codex was taken after a majority vote by the member nations. The majority was two.

The European Union was angry at the Codex decision and the response by the council puts the EU on a collision course with countries such as the US and Canada, where the use of ractopamine is popular. Some estimates have the use in pig feed of between 60 and 80 per cent of the US herd.

During the Latin American Animal Nutrition Congress in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico last week, a new source for evaluating unconventional feed ingredients for all types of livestock was presented.

Valérie Heuzé of the project team said that Feedipedia is an open access information system on animal feed resources that provides information on the nature, occurrence, chemical composition, nutritional value, and guides for safe use on 1,500 feeds for a worldwide audience.

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Gilt Reproductive Management Improves Sow Lifetime Productivity
Based on the results of a recent survey, Ronald O. Bates (State Swine Specialist at Michigan State University, MSU) offers advice on gilt management in the latest issue of 'MSU Pork Quarterly'.

Pigs Look Healthy But Test Positive for Flu at Fairs
More than 80 per cent of pigs that tested positive for influenza A virus at Ohio county fairs between 2009 and 2011 showed no signs of illness, according to a new study from Ohio State University.

Points to Ponder When Raising Heavier Weight Pigs
Space allocation, size of feeder, manure pits and ventilation may need to be re-considered as pig market weights increase, says Doug Richards, Swine Grower-Finisher Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs in the latest 'Pork News & Views' newsletter from OMAFRA.

Fine-Tuning Your Operation When Times Are Tight
Prairie Swine Centre in Canada offers some tips on nutrition and management to help producers improve their bottom line in these difficult economic times.

Role of Breeding and Genetics in the Welfare of Farm Animals
Breeding for higher productivity may be associated with a deterioration in the welfare of farm animals but genetics can also contribute to solving issues such as aggression in pigs and laying hens, according to a recent review paper.

Pressure Washing
Tips on how to achieve high standards of cleaning and disinfection from BPEX in Work Instruction series (No. 5).

Host Predilection and Transmissibility of Vesicular Stomatitis New Jersey Virus Strains
Viral transmission via animal-to-animal contact and insect-vectored transmission are occurred at higher rates when affected animals are presenting severe clinical signs and shedding high concentrations of virus, according to researchers at the University of Georgia investigating transmission of the virus in pigs and cattle.

Emerging Threats Quarterly Report – Pig Diseases – April-June 2012
Two outbreaks of conjunctivitis outbreaks and lungworm diagnosed as part of mixed respiratory disease in an outdoor herd are among the conditions reported in the AHVLa report for the second quarter of 2012.

Merial, DSM Collaborate on Algae Based Vaccine
GLOBAL - DSM Nutritional Products, a subsidiary of Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, announced today that it has entered into a collaboration with Merial Limited under a Development and Option to License Agreement to develop animal health vaccines using DSM's proprietary algal expression system.
TOPIGS Offers Training and Internships
GLOBAL - Training and education are very important for the TOPIGS organisation. TOPIGS therefore organises several training courses and internships.
New Breeding Programme Manager for TOPIGS
NETHERLANDS - Javier Corchero will be the new breeding programme manager at the TOPIGS head office in Vught (Holland) with effect from 1 November.
Striving for Pig Production Excellence
GLOBAL - Rick Boomgaarden is a strong believer in the importance of individual pig care and how it affects whole-herd productivity. His focus on optimum animal care is created by applying the basics to every pig while remaining committed to the smallest details.
Baytril 100 Approved for Use Against Bacterial Pneumonia in Swine
CANADA - Bayer has received market authorisation for Baytril 100 (enrofloxacin) injectable solution for treating swine respiratory disease (SRD).
Big Dutchman AGRO Constructs Russia's Largest Biogas Plant
RUSSIA - For Russia, the biogas technology can be a means to become more independent from the fossil fuels gas and oil. The agricultural region Belgorod, 700 kilometers south of Moscow, is aiming for this independence.


HERNING CONGRESS: Danish Declaration to Increase Slaughter Pig Production
HERNING CONGRESS: Danish Pig Farmers on Course for January Deadline
Danish Minister Supports Transparency on EU Farm Subsidies

   Korea, South

Korean Govt to Stabilise Livestock Markets

   United States

Humane Society Wins BENNY Awards for Animal Housing Campaign
What Repercussions Will Follow Proposition 37?
Feed Costs Trim Cattle on Feed, Probably Sow Herds
CME: Meat in Cold Storage Rose Sharply this Spring/Summer
PorkBridge Educational Series Returns in December
Negotiating Cash Hog Sales, Crush Margin
Weekly Roberts Market Report
CME: Livestock Futures Lower On Thursday


Hog Markets Contine to Move Higher
Discussions Underway Aimed at Maintaining Health Initiatives
Regional Projects to Control PRRS Heighten Willingness to Share Health Info
New Disease Surveillance Models Offer Advantages
Higher Live Hog Prices Credited to Higher Pork Cutout Values
Receivers Seek Buyers for Big Sky
Governments, Industry Working Together to Support the Hog Sector
Scientists Explore Roles of Calcium, Phosphorus in Sow Bone Health
Flu Vaccination Demonstrates 'One Health' Concept
Existing Programmes Used to Assist Pork Sector


Ham Week Leads the Fight for Australian Grown Pork
Policies Needed to Support Agriculture, Not Strangle it
Perception, Policy, Prices: Key Issues Affecting Agriculture
Pig Farm Turns Manure into Carbon Credits


Teagasc Pig Farmers' Conference

   European Union

Spain and EU: Hog Markets
EC Reviews Measures on Imports from Japan
EU Pig Prices: Prices Fall Noticeably
NFU Outlines Progress on EU Agricultural Reform
CAP Reform Agreement Possible by End of Year
Agriculture Industry Unites Behind Technology Roadmap

   United Kingdom

Compassion in World Farming Wins Silver
European Sow Stall Ban Update
Supermarket Takes Control of Pig Meat Suppliers
Pig Farmers Thank the Nation with Free Bacon Sandwiches
Call for Science to Influence Key Decisions on Antibiotic Use
Hog Outlook: Hog Slaughter Sold at Loss in September
Pig Price Rally Peters Out


Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture to be Developed
Progress Made in Stopping Decline of Livestock Genetic Diversity
Global Standards for Animal Welfare
Europe Slams Codex over Ractopamine Decision
Are US and EU Heading for Trade War over Ractopamine?

   Costa Rica

Humane Society, Health Service Agree on Welfare

   Russian Federation

Russia Seeks to Improve Domestic Pork Production
ABH Miratorg Reports Strong Performance


Pork Exports Increase Even Despite Embargoes


OIE: Classical Swine Fever Outbreak in Mongolia


Thai Government Drops Pork Price Control


Cambodian Pig Farmers Squeezed Out of Market


Food Scares Boost Organic Food Sales
Brasil Foods Invests in China


EuroTier Pig Event Focuses on Intercontinental Import, Export Opportunities


Feedipedia – New Resource on Feed Ingredients
Mexican Meat Exports Increase


Success in Fish Feed for Nutreco, Revenue in Q3 Up

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