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Monday 18th March 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Sustainable Production without Antibiotics?

As the global population grows to an expected nine billion people by 2050, the need to produce more food and energy with less pollution is becoming more and more critical.

In some areas of the world such as sub-Saharan Africa, farmers struggle to find enough nutrients in the soil for crops and pasture. In other areas such as the rapidly developing areas of South and East Asia there is a problem with overuse of nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus.

A new report prepared by the Global Partnership on Nutrient Management in collaboration with the International Nitrogen Initiative, Our Nutrient World, gives a global overview on nutrient management.

Consumer perceptions of how livestock are reared for meat have been shaped by misconceptions and misunderstanding.

Inflamed by hyped media reports about disease outbreaks, malpractice in the meat and livestock sectors and fears over food safety, many consumers believe that food animals and meat are full of medicines, antibiotics and growth hormones.

According to research by the market analysis group, IGD, about 72 per cent of consumers believe that medicines and vaccinations are getting into the food chain.

Speaking at a recent conference organised by the industry body, the National Office for Animal Health, Michael Freedman, IGD Shopper Insight Manager, said that while the majority of consumers recognise that veterinary medicines are used in the production of livestock for food, most are either unaware or do not understand the difference between their preventative use or their curative use.

Also in the news in this last week are the challenges being experienced by the Russian pig meat sector are likely to accelerate the consolidation of a fragmented pork industry, according to a report by the credit ratings company, Moody's.

The consolidation will allow the leading producers to gain market share from the smaller farmers forcing them out of the market.

According to the Russia's Ministry of Agriculture, the number of pigs raised on domestic farms fell by 665,000 last year, indicating that smaller players may be already exiting the market, the report's author, Sergei Grishunin said.

Mr Grishunin told ThePigSite that the larger producers are also better protected against the effects of African Swine Fever and the potential the disease has to hit production and profits.

Last but not least, senior editor, Jackie Linden, was in Bangkok, Thailand for the VIV Asia 2013 trade show last week. With exhibitors and likely also visitor numbers up significantly from the previous show two years ago and a strong conference programme, there was plenty to keep us busy!

Four reports are already up on ThePigSite: Animal Protein Professionals Unite at Top Industry Event, Animal Health Summit Sets Direction for Safe and Healthy Production, VIV Asia Opening Ceremony and UK Trade Delegation Targets Agri-Technology Markets in Asia. Look out for more reports about the Asian pig industry in the coming days and weeks!

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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

Electronic Sow Feeders
Electronic sow feeding (ESF) requires a significant shift in our approach to managing animals and the daily routine of the barn, say Drs Harold W. Gonyou and Fiona Rioja-Lang of the Prairie Swine Centre in 'Science of Ethology'.

Livestock Resources and Environmental Issues in Asia
Livestock production is a significant and growing source of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution, range degradation and greenhouse gases, according to Benjamin Henderson (Livestock Policy Officer) and Henning Steinfeld (Chief of Livestock Information and Policy Branch), both with the FAO in Rome. They also identify possible solutions to these problems.

Life Cycle Assessment of UK Pig Production Systems
A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) was developed to evaluate the environmental impacts of producing one kilo of pig liveweight, comparing diets based on home-grown peas, beans and lupins with imported soybean meal. The model, summarised in this 'Research into Action' No. 6 from BPEX, includes all processes involved in the production system but does not extend to transport of the pigs to slaughter or the slaughter process.

Experimental Infection of Conventional Neonatal Pigs with Clostridium difficile: A New Model
Researchers at Iowa State University have successfully developed a model to reproduce Clostridium difficile-associated disease (CDAD) in pigs, which they believe could be adapted for in-vivo studies of human strains of the bacterium.

Innovative Scientific Techniques to Evaluate Alternatives to the Use of Carbon Dioxide Euthanasia Procedures
A two-step procedure in which pigs are anesthetised with a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen before being euthanised with carbon dioxide may prove to be more humane that carbon dioxide alone, according to Don Lay of the USDA Agricultural Research Service.

Ulcerogenic Risk Assessment of Diets for Pigs in Relation to Gastric Lesion Prevalence
Researchers in Italy have confirmed that gastric lesions in pigs are associated with feeding diets containing finely ground particles.

Company News

Video Imaging System on Show at VIV Asia
THAILAND - Innovent Technology is presenting its QSCAN advanced video imaging technology to monitor pig growth at VIV Asia.
JSR Extends Global Reach by Launching Consultancy Service
GLOBAL - JSR has expanded its diverse portfolio to offer consultancy services, following the formation of a joint venture business with Checkfarm, a company that has been working with pig producers worldwide to help them improve herd management and their bottom line.
Growing Importance of Emerging Markets
GLOBAL - The emerging markets are becoming an increasingly more important focus for global companies.
Neogen Responds to Horse Meat in Beef Concerns
US - Neogen Corporation has seen a spike in sales of its rapid meat speciation test kits as beef processors scramble to respond to the unscrupulous use of horse meat, and other species of meat, in the economic adulteration of beef products.
Genus PIC Gains Further Momentum in China
CHINA - PIC, a division of Genus plc and the world’s leading swine genetics company, has taken another significant step to capture a major share of the demand for superior breeding stock driven by the continuing expansion of large scale farms in China.
Market Reports

China Wholesale Prices - 12 March 2013
USDA Feed Outlook - March 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 13 March 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 14 March 2013
USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook - March 2013
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 14 March 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 15 March 2013
BPEX Export Bulletin – Week 11
USDA GAIN: Republic of Korea Livestock and Products Semi-Annual 2013

Global Pig Industry News


VIV ASIA: Animal Health Summit Sets Direction for Safe and Healthy Production
VIV ASIA: Animal Protein Professionals Unite at Top Industry Event
VIV ASIA 2013: Opening Ceremony
VIV ASIA: UK Trade Delegation Targets Agri-Technology Markets in Asia


Venezuela Agricultural Future Uncertain, Says USGC Director


Ministry Presses for Welfare and Hygiene Changes
Brasil Foods Accelerates Growth
Analysts Project Negative Brazilian Protein Outlook
JBS Sees Rise in Sales and Income


FAO Supports Transformation of Uganda's Agri Sector

   United Kingdom

Market Prices for Livestock Continue to Stengthen
Science Behind Large-scale Livestock Production
CAP: Labour MEPs Disappointed by Overall Lack of Radical Reform
Greens Label CAP Reforms as 'Agri-business as Usual'
Near Record Pork Exports
UK Trade Delegation Targets New Agri-technology Markets
Partnership Deal Hopes to Drive Agri-food Innovation
Can Myths over Antimicrobial Resistance be Broken?
Sellers Switch Pigs to Spot
Growing CAP Coalition Warns of Threat to English Farmers from Government

   Korea, South

Korea Increases US DDGS Imports, Mixed Feed Production


Canadian Disappointment over COOL Changes
Proposed Changes Expected to Make US M-COOL More Onerous
Producers to Feel Budget Pain at the Pump
Software Offers Veterinarians Additional Management Functions
Introduction of New Euthanasia Device Considered Timely
Pork Producers Reject Proposed Amendments to M-COOL
Calgary Co-op Members in Favour of 'Ethical' Eggs, Pork

   United States

Anticipating USDA's 1 March Corn Stocks Estimate
National Pork Board Honors Two Retiring Board Members
Renewable Fuel Mandate Expected to Spark Heated Debate
NPB Approves $3 Million for Summer Marketing Push
Meat Producers Need Big Grain Crop to Lower Feed Costs, Boost Profits
CME: Proposed Changes to MCOOL Not What Mexico, Canada Expected
Industry Supports Producer Choice on Sow Housing
COOL Controversy Far From Over
Challenges Frame 2013’s Opening Red Meat Export Report
CME: Canada, Mexico Critical for US Beef, Pork Shipments
Young Pigs Prefer Traditional Soybean Diet
Bob Evans Farms to Change Sow Housing Policy
NPPC Elects New Officers and Board Members
Legislation to Restrict Antibiotic Use Introduced - Again
Hog Outlook: Changes to COOL Rules for Red Meats
NPPC Welcomes Japan into TPP Talks


Probe Launched into Dead Pigs Found in River
China's Farm Produce Prices Retreat
No Epidemic Behind Dead Pig Dumping
Sellers of Diseased Pork Sentenced
China and UN Boost Ties on Animal Disease Control
Field Epidemiology Training Program for Veterinarians in Beijing
Unstable Market Conditions Make 2012 Challenging Year for Tianli
Guangdong Proposes Ban on Dumping Animal Carcasses
Effective Measures Taken to Handle Dead Pigs in Huangpu River
Chinese Pork Industry Consolidation Boosts Zhongpin's Results

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Slaughter Pig Market Proves Steady
Mixed Feelings over CAP Vote


Antibiotic Use in Danish Pigs Alarms Minister
BPEX Takes Tour of Danish Pig Farms
New Domestic Market Manager for Danish Crown
Denmark Strengthens Relations with China in Animal Science


France Sets New Course for Agriculture


Pork Commentary: USA-Canada Combined Inventory
Worldwide Conference on Antimicrobial Agents in Animals
Cambodia, Laos Targeted in CPF Expansion
Solidarity Against Antimicrobial Resistance
Balancing More Food and Energy with Less Pollution


New Outbreaks of Classical Swine Fever in Latvia

   Russian Federation

Strong Performance from Cherkizovo Group
Russia Tells US to Prove Absence of Ractopamine in Meat Products
Consolidation in Russian Pork Sector Boost for Major Players


USMEF Market Expo Wraps up in Peru; Team Moves on to Panama

   New Zealand

NZ Pork Loses Appeal over Imported Raw Meat Risk


Norway Agency to File Report over Pork in Halal Food


Aussie Pork Industry Wins Prestigious Awards


Spain: Hog Markets


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