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Monday 19th November 2012.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial - Focus on Hanover

EuroTier, one of the leading trade shows for the livestock industry, was held in the northern German city of Hanover last week. The organisers, DLG, are hailing it as great success with the number of exhibitors (2,445) and exhibition area up from the previous event two years ago, and there were 25 per cent more visitors.

Suppliers to the pig industry took two halls and there were many presentations specifically for the pig industry, as well as general livestock production.

The importance of animal health and the veterinary profession are key to reducing the use of antibiotics in the livestock industry, according to Dr Hans-Joachim Götz, President of the Federal Association of Practising Veterinarians in Germany, speaking at a press conference at EuroTier.

At the Animal Health Event in Hanover, the focus was on the future use of antibiotics for food animals and how best to achieve the optimum health and well-being of the animals.

Antibiotic use in veterinary medicine is one of the major challenges faced by veterinarians, said Dr Götz, speaking at the International Animal Health Event, which was held as a satellite meeting to the EuroTier Trade show.

The timing of the event was fitting, he said, as an Antibiotic Awareness Day was scheduled in Brussels for 18 November, ahead of a discussion in the European Parliament to draft a resolution on antibiotic use.

Antibiotic resistance is a global issue, said Dr Dr Götz. Whilst vets cannot provide the solutions, he sees it as positive that the profession is to be consulted before the next legislation on the issue is drawn up in Germany.

"The law needs to make sense," Dr Götz stressed.

Pig production is becoming more and more an international business and the Chinese market is emerging as an important outlet for pig meat - especially the fifth quarter products, according to Erik Thijssen, president of the European Pig Producers association. He was speaking at the International Pig Event and Third Chinese-European Pig Summit at EuroTier. He added that the Chinese market is growing and pig production there is expanding although the country is also facing numerous challenges.

China is also changing the world in the soybean market, according to the European president of the American Soybean Association. Speaking at a EuroTier satellite event, Mark Andersen, American Soybean Association's International Marketing Regional Director for Europe, Turkey and Russia said that four years ago, Europe had the largest consumption followed by the US and China. Now, China has taken the lead in consumption.

A range of new feed materials could soon be expanding the way livestock and fish are raised and finished. Everything the livestock producer, animal nutritionist and feed manufacturer could ask for in the range of raw materials and ingredients for animal feed have been made available by the German agricultural association, DLG at EuroTier.

And finally, in other news, sales of antibiotics licensed for use in animals in the Netherlands have exceeded national policy targets set for 2013 by dropping 51 per cent since 2009.

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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

Association Between Faecal Load of Lawsonia intracellularis and Pathological Findings of Proliferative Enteropathy in Pigs with Diarrhoea
Histological and quantitative detection of L.intracellularis was correlated in pigs with diarrhoea in a trial in Denmark, allowing clinically important levels for the excretion of the bacterium in faeces to be established. This will help to confirm a diagnosis of L. intracellularis-associated diarrhoea in order to monitor treatment effects.

Cleaning and Disinfection
A Cleaning and Disinfection plan should form a major part of your veterinary health plan and should be carried out conscientiously, according to BPEX in no. 10 in its series, 'Action for Productivity'.

Care of the Sow During Farrowing and Lactation
A guide to the practical management of sows by David C. England (Oregon State University), Hobart W. Jones (Purdue University) and Steven Pollmann (Decatur, Indiana).

Herd Management Procedures, Factors Associated with Low Farrowing Rate of Female Pigs in Japan
Researchers in Japan found that commercial herds that practised twice daily oestrus detection and carried out insemination soon after the animals were found to be on heat had higher farrowing rates. Multiple inseminations also improved the farrowing rate.

Avoiding Hypothermia in Neonatal Pigs: Effect of Duration of Floor Heating at Different Room Temperatures
Increasing the room temperature to 25°C reduced hypothermia and the risk of pigs dying before colostrum intake, according to new research on loose-housed sows in Denmark. Floor heating for 48 hours resulted in higher piglet mortality - mainly as the result of crushing by the sow - than floor heating for 12 hours in this experiment.

Teagasc Pig Farmers' Conference 2012
The latest Pig Farmers' Conference, organised by Teagasc, was held in Thurles and Cavan in the Republic of Ireland on 23 and 24 October 2012.

Swine Atrophic Rhinitis: a Brief Review
An overview of this respiratory disease by Dr Antonio Palomo Yagüe, Swine Division Director of SETNA Nutricion, INZO INVivo.

Serology versus Molecular Technology
The introduction of routine serological tests in diagnostic laboratories provided veterinarians with a valuable tool for diagnosing and tracking a wide range of common infections in production animals. In particular, the technology provided information about infections caused by viruses, which are extremely difficult to identify by culturing them under laboratory conditions. But has serology been replaced by newer, molecular technology? Life Technologies offers the answer.

Company News

Expansion at Hermitage Genetics Callan Boar Stud
GLOBAL - Hermitage Genetics EU licensed boar stud at Callan, Co; Kilkenny has been expanded to accommodate 515 AI boars.
President of WWF-International Visits Novus
GLOBAL - Novus International, Inc. welcomed Yolanda Kakabadse, President of WWF-International, to its global headquarters in St. Charles on Monday, 5 November for a special dinner and event moderated by St. Louis Public Radio.
Hermitage Italia Establishes New Terminal Boar Nucleus Unit
ITALY - This 160 High Health unit is located in the foothills of the Apennines mountain range, half way between Reggio Emilia and Parma, home of excellence for the production of the world famous naturally dried hams “Parma Ham”.
Schothorst Feed Research, Topigs Join Forces
GLOBAL - Schothorst Feed Research (SFR) has officially opened their new research facilities for pigs and sows. The new facilities will enable this independent research organization to expand their feed research on the effect of technical performances.
Unique Tool Helps to Save Energy Costs
GERMANY - Energy is becoming more and more valuable, using it efficiently and economically is therefore becoming more and more important – especially in agriculture.
Elm Spring Wins Maple Leaf Foods' Award
CANADA - Genesus Customer, Elm Spring Colony of Warner Alberta, recently received the Maple Leaf Foods – Lethbridge Plant Award for highest grade indexing customer over 12 months, averaging 110.2 index.
Attention to Detail is Key
US - When a herd faces challenges, quick, decisive action is needed. Rosalio "Leo" Fonseca knows the importance of good observation skills in identifying potential problems before they negatively impact pig health.
MemFis: Manure is Converted into Water, Fertiliser, Substrate
GERMANY - With MemFis BD BlueSystems presents an innovative membrane filtration system for use in livestock management which converts manure and fermentation residues into clear water, valuable fertiliser and useful input material for biogas plants in three process stages.
Success for JSR at Innovation Awards
UK - Vital JSR Genetics collaborative research into the generation and transportation of pig embryos has seen the project scoop two prestigious awards at the recent University of Kent Innovation Awards.
Botanical Feed Additives Reduce Carbon Footprint
AUSTRIA - Botanical feed additives support sustainable livestock operations, thereby promoting the health of farm animals as well as reducing their impact on the environment and public health.
Feed Intake and the Sow
CANADA - The sow, as the producing unit of pork production is a very important factor in the pork enterprise. There are many components to the productive sow including reproduction, feed intake, maternal ability and longevity. All of these components are interrelated, writes Bob Kemp, PhD PAg VP Genetic Programs and R&D Genesus Inc.
Market Reports

USDA Livestock & Poultry: World Markets & Trade - October 2012
GB Animal Feed Statistical Notice - Review of September 2012
USDA Feed Outlook - November 2012
USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook - November 2012

Global Pig Industry News


EUROTIER: China Growing in Importance to Pig Sector
EUROTIER: Animal Health is Key to Reducing Antibiotics for Livestock
EUROTIER: China Changing Global Soybean Market
EUROTIER - Novel Feed Materials to Change Nutrition Concepts
EUROTIER: World's Largest Exhibition for Animal Husbandry
EUROTIER: Biology Meets Technology
EUROTIER: Vets Focus on Reducing Antibiotic Use


Brazilian Hog Markets
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Agri-business Exports Hit Record High in October
Brasil Foods Sees Third Quarter Growth

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Ag Economist: Thanksgiving Dinner Prices Continue to Rise
NFU, Coalition Urge Congress to Pass New Farm Bill
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September Pork Exports Steady
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CME: Pork Prices Succumbed to Seasonal Price Pressures
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Hog Outlook: Pork Exports 22.2 Per Cent of Pork Production
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CME: Energy Markets Cause Concerns


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Risk Management Tools Ease Financial Crunch
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   United Kingdom

Demand Firmer than Forecast
Farmers Tackle the Phosphate Challenge
New Welfare System Ready for British Pigs
Progress in Meat and Poultry Processor Worker Treatment
Producers Will Switch Pigs to Spot as Shout-v-Spot Gap Widens
Use Antibiotics Responsibly, Says NFU


Agricultural Sector Grows by 1.9 Per Cent


Green Report Offers Insight into Competitiveness


Antibiotic Objectives Being Met

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Waiting for the Price Increase

   Hong Kong

Government Urged to Stimulate Meat Price Competition


Priority Research for Farmers, Land Managers

   Russian Federation

More ASF Cases in Zavidovo National Park
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Mexico Starts Pork Exports to Singapore


Spanish Households Increased Food Consumption, Expenditure

   Czech Republic

Feed Price, Markets Drop Production


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