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Monday 11th November 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Pig Industry of the Future: Evolution or Revolution?

Researchers for the European Commission have found that the adoption of the ISO 14000 environmental management programme is not just an environmental whitewash - or 'greenwash' - but reflects a move towards more sustainable practices in both European and North American companies.

ISO 14000 is designed to help reduce environmental impacts produced by manufacturing businesses and among those sectors that have the greatest impact on the environment is food production.

Global food production occupies 25 per cent of all habitable land and is responsible for 70 per cent of fresh water consumption, 80 per cent of deforestation and 30 per cent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Because of these impacts, the sector has to seek to make itself as efficient as possible.

Environmental management systems, such as ISO 14000 and the EU's EMAS1, are designed to provide a holistic approach towards reducing environmental impact, and the number of companies that are using these systems has increased rapidly in recent years.

It has been suggested that companies may use environmental management systems as 'greenwash' – that they might adopt these systems purely as a marketing tool, hoping to win over consumers and other players in the market without having to invest in underlying green practices.

However, according to the latest European Commission study, companies in the EU and North America that had made more effort to implement the ISO 14000 also invested more in Environmental Supply Chain Management (ESCM) - for example, on pollution reduction, recycling and waste reduction measures.

While the results do not rule out the possibility of these systems being used as greenwash, the authors suggest that, overall, ISO 14000 leads to genuine environmentally friendly investment.

They called for the research to be expanded to include other European countries and across Asia, and warned that the study only measured investment, suggesting that research is needed into how much environmental impacts are actually reduced.

Moving on to reducing the environmental impacts of pig production specifically, a new research project at Denmark's University of Aarhus aims to reduce odour problems and ammonia emissions for employees and the environment using the controlled extraction of air from the slurry channels on farms combined with biological treatment of the manure.

Also in the news, divisions have been sharply highlighted the last few weeks in a battle between top scientists over the safety of Genetically Modified (GM) crops and foods.

On the one hand, the European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility has rejected claims by seed developers and some scientists and commentators that there is a scientific consensus on the safety of GM.

On the other hand, the Agricultural Biotechnology Council says that the overwhelming evidence points to the safety of these crops.

ThePigSite's editorial team was out and about last week. From a press conference in London, Chris Harris reported that Brazilian meat and food processing company, BRF, has given assurances that its primary pig operations are to remain in the company. The statement follows the sale of its beef fattening and slaughtering sector to fellow Brazilian processor, Minerva.

This year’s David Black Award for services to the British pig industry was presented to pig veterinarian, Pete Bown at an event in the House of Lords in London attended by Jackie Linden.

Mr Bown predicted that a revolution in performance is going to hit the pig industry over the next decade and said that this offers huge opportunities for the sector.

At the same event, Chairman of the British Pig Executive, Stewart Houston, was cautiously upbeat about the state of the UK pig industry. Falling short of mentioning the word "profit", he stated that the UK pig industry is again "making a margin" - a statement he said he has been unable to make for several years.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Management Practices That Maximise Feed Efficiency
Many improvements in feed efficiency management will be incremental – and often modest in size – but when considered together, they represent a tremendous opportunity to minimise the impact of higher feed prices on farm net income, according to John F. Patience of Iowa State University. He was addressing the 2013 London Swine Conference.

Reduced Night-time Temperatures in Pig Nurseries
Research at Michigan State University suggests that producers adopting a strategy of reducing night-time temperature are more closely aligning their management with the pig's preferences as well as achieving cost savings. Gerald May (MSU Extension Educator) and Ronald O. Bates (State Swine Specialist) report the latest results in 'MSU Pork Quarterly'.

Differences in Haemophilus parasuis Adherence to and Invasion of Porcine Aorta Endothelial Cells
Research results from Spain show that different serovars of the bacterium vary in their level of adhesion to the cells of a pig's heart in vitro. The findings help explain the pathogenesis of Glasser's disease.

Emerging Threats Quarterly Report – Pig Diseases - April-June 2013
Among the highlights of the latest quarterly surveillance report for the second quarter of 2013 from AHVLA are that Klebsiella septicaemia has been diagnosed for the third consecutive summer and swine influenza remains prevalent in England and Wales. The report also covers the outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhoea in the US.

US Swine Industry Productivity Analysis, 2005 to 2010
Changes were observed in pig industry trends in the US between 2005 and 2010 in terms of both direction and magnitude, according to a new study. Breeding performance measures generally improved, as did mortality in the breeding and feeding sectors although no progress was made in feed conversion over the period studied.

Nutritional Value of Fermented Soybean Meal in Pig Diets
New research at the University of Illinois sheds light on the nutritional value of fermented soybean meal in pig diets, which was found to be a suitable substitute for fish meal in starter diets without adversely affecting the energy or digestible amino acid content of the diet.

‘Wet Milling’ Technology Advances Science of Worm Control in Pigs
A new process from MSD Animal Health improves suspension, stability and bioavailability of field-proven compound.

Company News

TJW Counterweighted Wall Vent Provides Optimal Air Mixing
US - When static pressure is created by ventilation fans, Double L’s TJW Counterweighted Wall Inlet blades automatically open and allow fresh air to mix with warm air, evenly distributing air throughout the room.
Complying with BPEX AI Standard
UK - Seven years since its launch, the BPEX AI Quality Standard continues to focus on improving the reproductive performance of the UK pig industry, says JSR Genetics.
Vietnamese Patent for Absolute Swine
VIET NAM - Absolute Swine Insemination Co., LLC (ASIC) has been granted its Vietnamese patent application.
Zoetis Breaks Ground for New Suzhou Facility
CHINA- Animal health company, Zoetis, has broken ground for a manufacturing facility in Suzhou.
Biomin Opens Second Premix Facility in Viet Nam
VIET NAM - Biomin has hosted the grand opening of its second premix plant in Viet Nam, a state-of-the-art facility located in Binh Duong province.
Danisco Animal Nutrition, FDA Agree over Cost-effective Phytase Dose
US - Following the launch of its patented bacterial phytase, Axtra® PHY, to the poultry sector earlier this year, DuPont subsidiary Danisco Animal Nutrition has achieved FDA agreement for a highly cost-effective lower Axtra PHY dose level for swine (250FTU per kg feed).
Zoetis Revenue Up Eight Per Cent During Q3 of 2013
US - During the third quarter of 2013, Zoetis Inc. reported its financial results. The company reported revenue of $1.1 billion for the third quarter of 2013, an increase of eight per cent from the third quarter of 2012.
Global Pig Production Falls Short of Genetic Potential
GLOBAL - Pigs fall well short of their genetic potential in today’s production system – costing the industry millions of dollars in lost performance, according to Novus International's swine nutrition expert.
Mexican Patent Granted to Absolute Swine
MEXICO - Absolute Swine Insemination Co., LLC (ASIC) has announced the recent granting of its Mexican patent application.
EU Authorisation for Mycofix Secure and Biomin BBSH 797
AUSTRIA - Biomin announces the authorisation of two of its products as 'substances for reduction of the contamination of feed by mycotoxins'.
DRAXXIN 25 Now Available for Convenient Use in Small Pigs
US - DRAXXIN® 25 (tulathromycin) Injectable Solution is now available from Zoetis, offering a convenient tool to fight swine respiratory disease (SRD) in nursery pigs.
Neogen Acquires Prima Tech
US - Neogen Corporation has acquired the assets of Prima Tech Incorporated, a veterinary instrument company based in Kenansville, North Carolina.
JD2600 2-Way Attic Inlets Fully Insulated for Cold Weather Climates
US - The JD2600 Fully Insulated 2-Way Attic Inlet from Double L Group is great for minimum to maximum ventilation when precise control of air movement is needed.
Market Reports

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Global Pig Industry News


New Danish Study Aims to Trap More Odour, Ammonia from Pig Manure

   United States

US Pork Production Revised Downwards
CME: Hog Numbers Increasing; Rapid Increase Likely in Weeks to Come
Hog Outlook: USDA Lowers Soybean Acres Planted, Harvested
Call for FDA Report on Additional Data on Antibiotic Usage
Corn, Soybean Futures Gain Following Not-So-Bearish USDA Report Friday; Wheat Steady
Seaboard's Pork Segment Performs Better
US Reports Outbreak of Variant Influenza A (H3N2v) Virus
Recent Attempts to Strip COOL Law Misleading Consumers
CME: USDA to Start Enforcement of Red Meat Rule
Study to Aid Formulation of Diets for Weaner Pigs
PEDv May Thwart Pork’s Chance to Grab Beef Market Share
Study: Repeated Exposure Increases Sensitivity to Androstenone
Virtual Town Square for Youth Interested in Pork Careers


Are Environmental Management Systems Just Greenwash?
US Farm Bill Offers Opportunity to Correct US M-COOL
Canada's Ag Minister Says M-COOL Will Be Addressed in US Farm Bill
Pork Producers Welcome Canada-Honduras Free Trade Agreement
How Safe Are Genetically Modified Foods?
Pork Commentary: Corn Hits Life of Contract Lows


Banff 2014 Welcomes Prize Submissions, Registrations
Pork Council Applauds Ag Ministers' Stand on US M-COOL
Growing Competitiveness Initiatives to Help Young Farmers
Factors to Consider When Selecting Group Housing System Components
Mandatory Pig Movement Reporting Starts 1 July 2014
Canadian Agriculture Promoted at Winter Fair
Hoof Trimming Shows Promise for Addressing Sow Lameness
Unified Canadian Stance on Need for Resolution of US COOL
Key Challenges in Group Sow Housing Systems


Company Building New Feed-Premix Plant in Nanjing

   United Kingdom

Call for Papers for 2014 Animal Welfare Conference
Farming Unions Unite to Welcome CAP Allocation
British Sausage Week Started and Finished with Bangers
Pig Industry Faces Revolution
Wright Wins BPEX Trainee of the Year Award
Spot Base Improves with Numbers Tight
Pig Industry to Introduce Confidential Reporting Service
Animal Keeping for Smallholders Course at Balfron
Good Start

Black Pudding with Strawberry Jam Among
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UK Pig Farm Incomes Rise Eight Per Cent
UK Pig Producers Return to 'Making a Margin'
Farmers Union Calls for Thriving Tenancy Sector
Formation of Skills Strategy Announced
All-change Ahead for UK Pig Industry, Says Award Winner
British Sausage Week Report, Day 2
Pop-up Success for British Sausage Week
Defra Ag Policy Decisions 'May Hamper Development'
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Change of Culture for Brazilian Processor BRF
Brazilian Pork Quotations Moved Upwards in October


HKScan Reports Modest Recovery in Sales
Atria to Close Russian Primary Pork Production


OIE Reports Hog Cholera Outbreak in Colombia


Commission Announces 2014 Meat, Poultry, Whey Quotas


Antimicrobial Resistance: From Monitoring to Preventive Measures

   Russian Federation

More African Swine Fever in Russia


African Swine Fever Outbreak Reported in Benin

   Hong Kong

Shuanghui Hires Banks for Up to $6b HK IPO.

   Costa Rica

Food Safety Breach Spotted in Delivery Van

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Price Decrease Continues


Pork Industry Rallies to Support Damaged Piggery


Jamaican Shoppers Urged to Eat Local


Mexico: Hog Markets


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