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Monday 12th August 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor


Growing Attention on Pigs and Their Environmental Impact

Data has been published in the UK for 50 grocery products, including pork, showing areas where attention should be focused in terms of reducing environmental impacts.

The report, from WRAP, is published as part of the Product Sustainability Forum (for which WRAP provides the secretariat) and is intended to enable suppliers and retailers to access more easily data on the environmental impact of various groceries.

The 'hotspot' areas considered in the report are: waste, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, water impact, energy use and material risk. Each of these are examined within the context of agriculture, packaging, processing, retail and consumer.

Looking at pork specifically, three main hot-spots were identified: environment, waste and water use.

On environment, it was shown that pig feed (e.g. wheat, feed, barley and soybean meal) contributes the most to the carbon footprint of pig farming. Protein sources can include soy – which has been linked to deforestation. Other, less significant, sources of GHGs on farm are those arising from manure management and the use of energy in livestock housing.

Turning to waste, pig blood can be used to produce higher value products. Some abattoirs send Category 3 material direct to third party users, such as petfood, rather than rendering. Some 120,000 tonnes of pork are wasted in UK homes every year. Avoidable consumer food waste is around 93,000 tonnes.

Finally, water use during processing was found to be high at around 165 litres per pig, mainly due to use in cleaning and sterilisation.

In the US, Seaboard Foods has announced its Live Production Operations will be using vehicles run on biodiesel produced by the the company's affiliate, High Plains Bioenergy, from a variety of fats, including pork fat rendered at the nearby Seaboard Foods pork processing plant in Guymon, Oklahoma.

Looking further afield, with the consequences of climate change for the world's food production systems becoming increasingly clear, more needs to be done to capitalise on agriculture's potential to mitigate global warming, according to a new guidance document from the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Progress in drawing up agricultural GHG mitigation plans - as well as in allocating financing to climate change projects in the agriculture sector - is falling short of what is needed, warns the FAO.

A study commissioned by the Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries in 2011 revealed high piglet mortality in organic herds. Efforts should be made to improve survival, conclude the scientists behind the report.

A recently published follow-up study by Aarhus University and the Ministry shows that there is a need for a special effort in organic pig production, where mortality is higher than in conventional systems.

Changing topic, the total number of swine accessions and diagnostic case submissions testing positive for the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) virus in the US has increased by 31 in the most recent weekly report and now stands at 434.

According to US pig industry analyst, Steve Meyer, the disease may impact pig slaughter numbers, beginning in mid-December, by two to four per cent. He warns, however, that this is the best estimate he can reach from currently available data, which is limited.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

What Are The Key Performance Indicators of the Future?
Ron Ketchem of Swine Management Services (SMS) offered advice to delegates at the 2013 London Swine Conference on improving measures such as the number of litters per sows and year, litters per mated female, weaning to first service interval, farrowing rate, total piglets born, piglet survival and sow mortality.

Danish Pig Research Centre Annual Report 2012: Rooting & Enrichment Materials
Researchers at the Pig Research Centre share their experiences of providing straw and other materials for rooting and environmental enrichment to pigs of all ages.

Development of an Air Filtration System for Swine Transport Vehicles
Researchers at the Prairie Swine Centre have developed a design of an air filtration system to filter incoming air in transportation trailers to protect high-value animals from airborne transmissible diseases

Safe Disposal of Veterinary Pharmaceuticals
The safety and health of the environment is directly affected by the disposal method, so it is important that we all be responsible when disposing of these products, according to Amy Millmier Schmidt of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the 'How-To' series from Pork Information Gateway.

Stress Measures in Tail-biters and Bitten Pigs in a Matched Case-control Study
A new Scandinavian study shows that tail-bitten pigs suffer a combination of chronic stress, pathology and suppressed triiodothyronine hormone secretion, while unaffected pigs in the same pens appear to develop better coping mechanisms than the tail-biters and the victims.

Impact of Test Sensitivity and Specificity on Pig Producer Incentives to Control Mycobacterium avium Infections in Finishing Pigs
Dutch scientists have been looking into the characteristics of a test for Mycobacterium avium with the view to eliminating the bacterium from pig farms.

Piglet Birth Weight and Litter Uniformity: Effects of Weaning-to-pregnancy Interval and Body Condition Changes in Sows of Different Parities and Crossbred Lines
New research from the Netherlands reveals that uniformity in piglet birth weight is adversely affected by severe sow body condition loss during the previous lactation and improved in sows with a prolonged interval between weaning and pregnancy.

Developing Countries Dominate World Demand for Agricultural Products
According to USDA’s baseline projections, developing countries will account for much of the increase in projected growth in global consumption of meats and crops in 2013-22, write Ronald Trostle and Ralph Seeley.

Company News

Biomin Hosts Biennial Asia Nutrition Forum Across Six Cities
ASIA - Biomin has announced the dates for its Nutrition Forum, spanning six cities from 14 to 24 October.
Strategic Use of Genomics Accelerates PIC Genetic Progress
GLOBAL - PIC strongly believes that new technology provides unprecedented opportunity to make significant genetic change when incorporated with genomic relationship based selection.
Cool Investment for JSR Delivers Further Benefits
UK - JSR has invested in an advanced cooling system within their AI boar accommodation as part of its commitment to ensure rigorous quality control methods deliver the highest quality products to customers.
Concentrate on Feed Conversion to up Financial Returns
UK - Feeding herd performance is far more important to a pig unit, financially, than litter performance. While pigs reared per sow per year is not insignificant, efficient feed conversion is crucial, according to ACMC.
Quarterly Revenue up Two Per Cent for Zoetis
US - Zoetis Inc. has reported its financial results for the second quarter of 2013. The company reported revenue of $1.11 billion for the period, an increase of two per cent from the same quarter of 2012.
Zoetis Joint Venture in China Receives Approval for PRRS Vaccine
CHINA - Zoetis's joint venture in China has received approval for Rui Lan An swine vaccine against porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS).
Mycotoxin Workshop Supported by Biomin
BELGIUM - From 22 to 24 May 2013, the University College and University of Ghent, as well as the Society of Mycotoxin Research organised the 35th Mycotoxin Workshop.
Market Reports

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Global Pig Industry News

   United States

Hog Outlook: June Pork Exports up Compared to Previous Year
New Meat Research Centre for University of Wisconsin-Madison
United Front to Intervene in Litigation against COOL
New Pork Plant Facility to Go Online Earliest Autumn 2014
Natural Gas-powered Trucks to Move Pigs, Biodisel
NFU Outlines Priorities as Deadline Looms for Farm Bill
Thirty-one More PED-positive Cases in US
Seaboard Reports Rise in Sales; Net Earnings Slide
Significant Improvement in Cargill Earnings
New Antibiotics Guidelines for Livestock
Producers Explained

How is PED Virus Impacting Hog Markets?
CME: Pork Primals Above Year Ago Levels
Red Meat Exports Hit 2013 Highs
Tyson Reports Record Sales
Short Corn Crop, Long Price Tail - Are We There Yet?
Researchers Re-evaluate Swine Nutrition
Nutritional Values Established for Weaners of New, High-energy Proteins
Pork Commentary: Lean Hog Prices Continue Strong

   United Kingdom

Reducing Environmental Impacts of Pork Production
Feed Production, Prices Rise
HGCA Leads £1.5M Investment into Feed Research
Market Forces Not Enough in Strife for Sustainable Consumption
Calls for Food Companies to Ban Imports from ‘Medieval’ Farms

   China

Banned Substance Found in Vet Drugs
Food Prices Continue to Rise
Study Shows Chinese PED Virus is New Variant
Pig Processor Sees Income and Profits Grow in Q1
Rebound in Pork Prices Likely to Boost July CPI

   Canada

Risk Management Tool Expected to Boost Hog Numbers Marketed
Spray-Dried Plasma Can Mitigate Negative Mycotoxin Impact
Guelph University Launches Heat Stress App
Strong Response on Draft Pig Code of Practice
Farm and Food Discovery Centre Hosts 10,000th Visitor
Feral Wild Boar Threaten Prairie Agriculture
Draft Pig Code of Practice Attracts Broad Public Interest Canada: Hog Markets

   Germany

Reducing Health, Economic Risks from Globally Traded Foods
German Meat Exports to Russia in Decline

   Russian Federation

Cherkizovo Reports Receipt of Compensation Subsidies
Zhukovsky Heads Cherkizovo Group's Pork Division
Russia Reports Further Cases of ASF

   Brazil

Marfrig Reports Growth in Revenue
Rise in Pork Shipments Aided by Resumed Access to Ukrainian Market
Hog Prices Moved in Late-July

   Global

Humphrey Named Global Technology Director of Cargill's Pork Division
Third Monthly Decline in Global Food Price Index
Helping Countries Reduce Agricultural GHGs
Is Cultured Meat a Sustainable Answer?

   Ireland

Irish Pig Prices on a Decline through 2013

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Limited Supplies on Offer, Prices Remain High
Commission Opens Consultation on Family Farming

   Denmark

Danes Focus on Reducing Organic Herd Mortality

   Ukraine

Increased Meat Consumption Likely to Lead to Higher Production
'Hazardous' Animal Products Seized by State

   Philippines

Feed Safety, Efficient Livestock Production Highlight at Expo

   France

SPACE President Passes Away

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