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ThePigSite Newsletter - 25 March 2013

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

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Water, GM Crops and Sustainability

Sustainability is becoming a major item for the food industry around the world as resources become more restricted and demand grows. However, many companies are not actively monitoring or measuring the sustainability of the materials they source.

A new report, entitled Driving Sustainability from LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) was launched at the International Food Event in London recently. It showed that while a vast majority of companies believe sustainability to be increasingly important - 82 per cent of companies surveyed - only 19 per cent monitored the sustainability of the products they sourced.

Last Friday - 22 March - was World Water Day. It is held each year as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

As events were taking place around the world to mark the occasion and to highlight the importance and need for water sustainability, the Worldwatch Institute released a study examining global water use and steps to address water scarcity.

The debate over genetically modified (GM) crops in the European Union was reignited last week with the launch of a new campaign hoping to halt the authorisation of 25 new GM crops in Europe.

Campaigners from protest group, Stop the Crop, claim that such a move would drastically change farming in Europe, leading to a big increase in pesticide use, contamination of conventional and organic crops and a further industrialisation of the countryside.

The European Commission is currently considering reviving talks to approve 25 new GM crops for cultivation in Europe – including crops resistant to the pesticide RoundUp and insecticide-producing varieties of GM maize, soybean and sugar beet. Stop the Crop claims that GM crops are "unnecessary, risky and profit large multinational companies at the expense of small-scale and sustainable farming".

Mute Schimpf, food campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe said: "This campaign aims to stop further genetically modified crops from being licensed in the European Union."

UK Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, highlighted the benefits of GM crops at this year's Oxford Farming Conference, stating that in terms of innovation, GM crops should not be overlooked.

He said: "I believe that GM offers great opportunities but I also recognise that we owe a duty to the public to reassure them that it is a safe and beneficial innovation."

Turning to other news, EU farm ministers and union representatives have welcomed the deal struck between member states last week on the cornerstones of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

And finally, rounding up the global news on pig health, foot and mouth disease has been reported in pigs and other animals in Russia, while African Swine Fever has been found in samples taken from wild boars in the regions of Tver and Tula. In the UK, the elimination of swine dysentery is emerging as a priority and BPEX estimates that pleurisy could cost as much as £3.72 for each pig slaughtered. US pork producers remain committed to regional efforts to control PRRS. In China, the number of dead pigs pulled out of the Huangpu River in Shanghai has now exceeded 10,000.

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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

Creep Feeding
Creep feeding is one way to smooth the transition at weaning with minimal performance check, according to the updated No. 5 in the 'Action for Productivity' series from BPEX.

Reducing Feed Cost through Improved Knowledge of Using Soybean Hulls in Modern Commercial Swine Nursery and Finishing Diets
Soybean hulls were used up to 15 per cent of the diet without affecting growth rate but feed conversion was poorer, according to new research from Kansas State University. Grinding of the hulls impacted growth negatively in this trial.

Pathogens of Interest to the Pork Industry: A Review of Research on Interventions to Assure Food Safety
A thorough review by researchers from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign outlining the common interventions that are currently being conducted at each step in pork production as well as more novel technologies that show promise for greater use for Salmonella, Campylobacter, Trichinella, Toxoplasma, Listeria and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

Meat Mythbusters
Using data gained through scientific papers, researchers at JSR's food quality centre aim to dispel some of the more frustrating myths associated with meat quality.

London Swine Conference 2012
Proceeding of the conference held in Canada in March 2012.

Response of Piglets to Phase 1 Diets during the First Two Weeks in the Nursery
The overall response of piglets to phase 1 diets during the first two weeks in the nursery was not affected by creep feeding or weaning weight, according to new research from the Prairie Swine Centre and reported by Dr Denise Beaulieu and Janice Shea.

Early Culling Linked to Higher Production Costs
Early culling of sows adversely affects the overall productivity of the breeding herd by decreasing farrowing rate, potential litter size and progeny performance - traits linked to early parity sows, cautions Cherie Collins, PhD, at an event organised by Zinpro.

Company News

Boehringer Ingelheim Sponsors PCV2 Research Projects
GERMANY - Since 2007, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health has funded independent European research projects related to Porcine Circovirus Type 2 (PCV2) infection and associated diseases.
Ceva Lung Program Allows Pig Industry to 'Breathe Easy'
THAILAND - Respiratory disease is the most frequent and economically significant disease affecting swine production worldwide. Certain respiratory infections, like Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae and Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae are present on over 90 per cent of farms worldwide and are therefore also a major threat to animal welfare.
Evaporative Cooling Media Manufacturer Locating in Malaysia
MALAYSIA - Port-A-Cool, LLC, manufacturer of KÜÜL® pads evaporative cooling media, announced that the Center, Texas, USA, company will be establishing a manufacturing facility in Malaysia.
VIV ASIA: Bayer Animal Health Presents Species Health Solutions
THAILAND - Bayer Animal Health presented 'Species Health Solutions' for pigs, poultry and aquaculture at VIV Asia 2013 in Bangkok. The company was also celebrating 150 years of success through innovation and change.
One Billion Pigs Vaccinated with Ingelvac CircoFLEX
GERMANY - Veterinarians and farmers across the globe have reached the landmark of protecting one billion pigs from the potentially devastating effects of Porcine Circovirus Disease (PCVD) using Ingelvac CircoFLEX®.
Erber Wins Personality Award at VIV Asia 2013
THAILAND - Erich Erber, chairman of the Executive Board of Erber Group and founder of Biomin was awarded the Asian Personality Award at VIV Asia 2013 in recognition of his 30 years of contribution to the field of animal nutrition.
First Shipment of Nedap Testing Systems to China
CHINA - In September 2012, Nedap launched the Pig Performance Testing system onto the Chinese market during VIV China, Beijing. Now - six months later - more than 100 systems have already been sold.
Neogen Launches Rapid Tests for Ractopamine
US - As international debate continues on the use of the feed additive ractopamine, Neogen Corporation has launched easy 10 minute tests to detect ractopamine in animal and animal feed samples.
Partnership to Assist Producers with Group Housing Options
CANADA - The potential challenge to the ban of sow gestation stalls in Canada and the United States is arguably one of the most talked about topics among producers. Those involved in Canada-United States hog industry worry that the issue is not a matter of "if", but rather a matter of "when". Now, it seems some producers have an idea of just "when" that will be, writes Glenn Kuhn, Swine Technical Manager at Genesus Inc.
Market Reports

China Wholesale Prices - 19 March 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 20 March 2013
USDA GAIN: Australia Livestock and Products Semi-annual 2013
USDA GAIN: Russian Federation Livestock and Products Semi-annual 2013
UK Slaughter Statistics - March 2013
UK January Agricultural Price Index - 21 March 2013
Irish CSO: Agricultural Price Indices - January 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 22 March 2013
USDA Livestock Slaughter - 21 March 2013
AHDB UK Pig Market Weekly - 21 March 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 25 March 2013
BPEX Export Bulletin – Week 12

Global Pig Industry News


Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Have High Genomic Replikin Counts
Water Sprinkling Effective in Reducing Mortality
Programme Focuses on Insurance-based Solutions to Ag Challenges
NIR Offers Potential for Feed Cost Saving
Olymel Joins Move Away from Gestation Crates

   South Africa

South Africa's Ag Minister to Open Congress


FAO: World Not Coping Well with Change in Diets
Importance of Sustainability Growing for Food Industry
Pork CRC Links Pork Producers Across the Tasman
Looming Threat of Water Scarcity
Pork Commentary: Hog Markets Continue to Get Hammered

   United States

Keeping First Quarter Carcass Cutout Prices in Perspective
AFBF Supports Addition of Japan to TPP
Mid-year Soybean Stocks Lower Than 2011
Smithfield Packing to Close Maryland Plant
NFU Reflects on Contributions of American Agriculture
CME: Retail Prices for Meat, Poultry Proteins Stay Strong
Weekly Roberts Market Report
Senators Commended for Working to Shine Light on Antibiotics Practices
Allendale, Inc. Releases US Cattle on Feed, Cold Storage Estimates
Producers Remain Committed to Regional Efforts to Control PRRS
CME: Meat Inspection Furloughs Averted
Hog Outlook: Breeding Herd Expected to Rise in March Hogs & Pigs Report

   European Union

EU Earmarks €15M for Food, Feed Safety Testing
EC Fires Starting Gun for EU-US Trade Talks
GM Crops: Is European Farming at Risk?
EU Pig Prices: Markets Calming Down
NFU Responds to Latest CAP Talks
Commission Further Streamlines List of Authorised Additives in Animal Feed
Latest CAP Discussions Hailed as 'a Step in the Right Direction'

   United Kingdom

Industry Feedback Sets 'Pig & Poultry Live' Agenda
Swine Dysentery Elimination is Priority
2013 Budget 'Will Help Farmers'
Latest Pleurisy Costs Factsheet
New Pig Numbers Project
Shout Prices Rise But Easter Holiday Spooks Spot Buyers


Chinese Consumers Aware of Food Safety
No Dead Pigs Entered Zhejiang Market, Says Official
Shanghai Denies Cover-up as Dead Pigs Top 10,000
Chinese Agrifood Prices Continue to Fall
Yurun Food Group Reports HK$611m Loss


New CEO of Friland, Danish Crown Subsidiary
Slaughter Pigs to be Improved by Genomic Selection

   Russian Federation

FMD NEWS: FMD in Russia Affects Cattle, Sheep and Pigs
More ASF Found in Tver, Tula Region
Wild Boar Shot for African Swine Fever Tests in Tver
Absence of ASF at Cherkizovo’s Pork Facilities Confirmed


USMEF Team Sees Opportunities in Panama

   New Zealand

A Big Call on Imported Pig Meat


Reminder on UFAW Symposium: Priorities around the World


Census of Agriculture, Fisheries On-Going


Adisseo Held Second Swine Conference in Paris


JBS Credit Rating Upgraded by Moody’s

   Korea, South

South Korea's Price-driven Market Ready to Rebound

   Viet Nam

Viet Nam: Hog Markets


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