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Monday 25th February 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

EU Countries with Sow Stalls Will Feel the Heat

The European Commission (EC) is starting to get tough with countries that are not complying with the regulations banning sow stalls.

Last week, the Commission wrote a formal notice letter to Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Poland and Portugal telling them to take action to ensure the Directive banning sow stalls is implemented.

The Directive 2008/120/EC came into effect on 1 January requiring sows to be kept in groups for most of their pregnancy.

The political decision was initially passed in Europe in 2001 and the European countries have had 12 years to comply with the measures.

Countries not complying with the directive have two months to reply and come up with a satisfactory response to the formal notice letter.

If the response is found not to be satisfactory, the European Commission will issue a Reasoned Opinion, which gives the countries two months to comply with the directive. If they still do not comply, the matter is sent to the European Court of Justice.

A spokesman for the European Commission in Brussels said that the process puts legal pressure on countries to comply.

In the meantime, these countries that are flouting the rules continue to "undermine animal welfare and cause market distortions".

For the year 2012, meat output in Germany was lower than the previous year - for the first time since 1997.

Almost 5.5 million tonnes of pig meat were produced in Germany last year - 2.5 per cent or 140,700 tonnes less than in 2011.

In Australia, pork producers are predicting that 2013 will be another tough year on the farm if feed grain prices stay high.

Changing topic, in the UK, diversification into renewable energy can bring good investment returns for farmers providing a steady and predictable income.

The income is not related to volatile food prices and can be traced forward for between 20 and 25 years, according to Steve Edmunds, director of Mole Valley Renewables. He was addressing the 'Energy Now' conference in Telford, reported Editor in Chief, Chris Harris, from the event.

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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

Evaluation of Feeding Budgeting Strategy or Complete Diet Blending on Finishing Pig Growth Performance and Carcass Characteristics
Over- or under-budgeting situations in phase feeding programmes had minimal impact on growth performance, carcass characteristics and net returns, according to Kansas State University researchers. They also found that feeding blended diets to a lysine curve did not improve the pigs' performance and led to reduced total revenue compared to a standard feed budget.

Individual Wallows Reduce Heat Stress
Sow mortality has been reduced and conception rates have increased since wallows were constructed on a farm in East Anglia with outdoor farrowing, BPEX reports in its Farm Case Study 35.

Bracken Poisoning in Pigs
Bracken poisoning is rarely reported in pigs in the UK - including three last year - but cases must be reported to the authorities as they represent a potential danger to human health from the consumption of the meat.

Full Court Press on the Activist Agenda
Producers need to take back control from animal activists and be ready with an offence strategy, attendees at this year's Banff Pork Seminar heard.

Understanding the Generation and Chemistry of Odours
Wendy Powers of Iowa State University offers an introduction to the chemistry of odours, how they are classified and why they may become a nuisance from farms.

How to Prevent Salmonella
Salmonella control points include breeder houses, feed raw materials and compound feed, water, the farm environment, vermin control and prohibiting cross-contamination, according to Biomin.

Company News

No Virus is Invincible, Says Axcentive
EU - Halamid® is frequently tested against the latest norms for its killing effect on pathogenic viruses and bacteria, according to Axcentive.
Evolution of Hydraulic/Injectable Insemination
GLOBAL - Did you ever think swine AI would be using 400 million spermatozoa and sexed semen?, asks Mark Anderson of Absolute Swine Insemination Co., with additional comments from Dr Grant Walling and Stephen Waite of JSR. Now Available in Hungarian
HUNGARY - BIOMIN has now launched a Hungarian version of the corporate website (
Hypor Strengthens Global Network
GLOBAL - Hypor has announced that effective 7 February 2013, it has signed agency agreements with Dr Marius Gherman from Romania and Tihomir Fruk from Croatia. Dr Gherman will be responsible as key account manager for Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova and Dr Fruk as key account manager for Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia and Albania.
Three Special 'Feed to Meat' Themes at VIV Asia
THAILAND - VIV Asia 2013 is now less than three weeks away. The show organisers say the event will be the world's most promising meeting point to boost your business from Feed to Meat.
Market Reports

AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 14 February 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 19 February 2013
Irish CSO: Agricultural Price Indices - December & Year 2012
China Wholesale Prices - 20 February 2013
China: Selected Non-staple Food Prices – 5th Week of 2013
USDA Outlook for US Agricultural Trade - February 2012
UK Slaughter Statistics - February 2013
USDA Livestock Slaughter - February 2013
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 21 February 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 22 February 2013
Irish CSO: Livestock Slaughterings January 2013 - February 2013
BPEX Export Bulletin – Week 08
China Wholesale Prices - 25 February 2013

Global Pig Industry News

   United Kingdom

BPEX Pig Meat Quality Workshop Next Month
Renewables Offer Profitable Diversification
Welfare Assurance Scheme to be Reviewed
Pleurisy Costing Pig Producers
Wean More Pigs to Be More Profitable
Markets Remain Profitable
£150k Funding for AD Investigation

   United States

Weekly Roberts Market Report
Soybean Price Prospects: Near Term and Long Term
US Pork Exports Expected to Set New Record in 2013
CME: Meat Protein on the Move
Year-End Recap Shows Pork Holding Its Own
Call for Inclusion of Agriculture in Climate Change Solution
CME: US Pork Trade with China
EPA Releases Confidential Farm Data
Hormel Reports Solid Top-line Momentum
Alliance to Host 12th Annual Stakeholders Summit in May
Hog Outlook: China to Stop Importing US Pork


Asipulo Farmers, Women Learn Organic Duck, Native Pig Raising


2012 Record Year for French Pig Prices; Danish Pig Prices Forecast to Drop

   Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Imposes Temporary Ban on Pork Imports
Pork to Be on Parliament's Canteen Menu in Future


Ukraine Meat Exports Hit $316 million


Pork Commentary: Hog Market in Doldrums
Strep Suis Identified as Top Reason for Calling Vets to Swine Farms
Value of Livestock Manure Fertilizer Underscored
Albertans Invited to Participate in Water Conversation
New Technology Addresses Challenges of Group Sow Housing
Minimizing Phosphorus in Feed While Maintaining Productivity Challenges Pork Producers
Tight Supplies, High Prices Expected Until Prices Ease
CSHB Optimistic Mandate Will Continue Beyond March


Agribusiness Boom Confirmed into 2013
Brazil: Hog Markets
China Opens Doors to Brazilian Processing Plants

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Quotations Going Up
Commission Boosts Feed Safety Information
EC Gets Tough over Sow Stalls, Battery Cages
EC Increases Pressure to Enforce Group Housing of Sows


Pig Pancreas Research May Aid Diabetics

   Russian Federation

Russian Government Discusses Grain Situation


China Seeks Extra Testing of US Pork for Feed Additive
China's Farm Produce Prices Down

   Korea, South

Korean Pig Farmers Hit as Pork Imports Jump


Health, Welfare Focus in SA Pork Alliance
Tough Year Likely for Australian Pork


Greece Told to Follow Rules on Pig Welfare

   Viet Nam

Pig Disease Kills Two Persons in Viet Nam


Jamaican Pork Profit Margins Continue to Dip


Meat Production in Germany Fell in 2012


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