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

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Would a New Tax Make Consumers Greener?

Whatever your opinion on the impact of human activity on climate change, the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan on the Philippines last week should focus our attention on making every attempt to reduce our environmental footprint as well as supporting the people there to rebuild their lives and businesses there in any way we can.

Taxes and a new system of value-added tax (VAT) could be used to stimulate sustainable agriculture, food production and consumption.

The concept would see consumers directed towards more sustainable and environmentally friendly products through taxation.

To ensure that the environmental impact of products is reflected in their costs, a new study published by the European Commission puts forward recommendations for a system of green VAT based on life cycle assessment (LCA).

This new economic tool would encourage sustainable production and consumption, the researchers claim.

The paper, 'Towards stronger measures for sustainable consumption and production policies: proposal of a new fiscal framework based on a life cycle approach', by C. De Camillis and M. Goralczyk and published in the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment proposes a system whereby VAT, calculated based on the environmental impact of the whole life cycle of the product, is used to guide consumers towards more sustainable, environmentally-friendly products.

The UK's National Pig Association has set out in a position paper how the pig industry can (and does) contribute to making food production more sustainable by reducing food waste but without increasing the risk of serious animal diseases.

NPA adds that the European Union will not relax its zero-tolerance legislation banning the cannibalistic feeding of swill to pigs, and even if it did, no sensible commercial pig producer would use such a risk-laden product.

In overview of the European Union pig industry, the German meat association reports that pig numbers are down in the region, particularly for the breeding herd, indicating further declines in pig meat output in the region ahead, Exports are stable, imports continue to fall and the market appears to have seen the peak in pig meat prices.

Finally, new outbreaks of Classical Swine Fever have been reported in Russia and Colombia, and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea continues to spread in the US.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

In-feed Antibiotics: Some of the Issues
The goal of reduced antimicrobial use in the future should not be pursued without regard to relatively predictable costs to piglet health and welfare, according to Peter Davies of the University of Minnesota. However, he told the 2013 London Swine Conference, desperate attempts to preserve the current situation regarding antimicrobial use are unlikely to be successful and may be counter-productive.

ECO-FCE: A Whole-systems Approach to Optimising Feed Efficiency and Reducing the Ecological Footprint of Monogastrics
Dr Stefan Buzoianu and Dr Peadar Lawlor of Teagasc, Moorepark outlined a new EU project aimed at optimising feed efficiency and reducing the ecological footprint of pigs and other monogastric animals at the Teagasc Pig Farmers' Conference in October 2013.

Considering Housing Gestating Sows in Groups?
A review of the educational resources available for pork producers to assist them in the adoption of group sow housing from Ronald O. Bates (State Swine Specialist at Michigan State University and Extension Educator, Beth Ferry.

Intensive and Integrated Farm Systems Using Fermentation of Swine Effluent in Brazil
In a report for the FAO, I. Bergier, E. Soriano, G. Wiedman and A. Kososki outline a project in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul, in which pig manure is used in a biodigester, producing power, fertiliser for food crops and wood/paper as well as biochar. The project is an example of biotechnology being employed for sustainable agriculture.

Investigation of Resistance to Beta-lactam Antimicrobials among Staphylococci Isolated from Pigs with Exudative Epidermitis
This Canadian work suggests that methicillin resistance may be passed from one species of Staphylococcus to another, including to S. hyicus in pigs, leading the researchers to raise concerns about the spread of serious multi-drug resistance in food-producing animals.

Identification of Post-mortem Indicators of Welfare of Finishing Pigs on the Day of Slaughter
The concentrations of lactate and glucose, together with creatine kinase activity, were found to be relevant indicators for the welfare of finishing pigs at the slaughterhouse, according to Danish researchers.

Hailstorms Ruin Crops at Planting for Hope: November Newsletter
Apollo Saku is a farmer, agricultural academic and project leader for Planting for Hope Uganda, a sustainable wealth-creation programme aimed at empowering rural communities through farming and cooperative schemes.

FAO Food Outlook: Pig Meat
In its latest 'Food Outlook' report, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) forecasts 2013 global pig meat production to reach 114.6 million tonnes, which is 1.7 per cent more than last year, while trade will be two per cent lower than 2012 at 7.4 million tonnes.

Company News

Proposals Invited for Annual PRRS Awards
NORTH AMERICA - Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) is encouraging swine vets and researchers to submit proposals for research on Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS).
Draft Programme Released for 2014 Pig Health Symposium
ITALY - The organisers of the 2014 European Symposium on Porcine Health Management (ESPHM) have published a preliminary programme for the meeting and are reminding participants that the deadline for submissions is 1 December.
Greg Gilsdorf Joins Genesus
US - Genesus has announced the appointment of Greg Gilsdorf as General Manager of US Operations. Mr Gilsdorf joins Genesus from Genetiporc where he was a Sales Director in their US Operations.
Fostera PCV MH Combination Vaccine Now Available from Zoetis
US - Fostera™ PCV MH — the first and only one-bottle, one-dose combination vaccine that helps protect swine from porcine circovirus-associated disease (PCVAD) and enzootic pneumonia caused by Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (M. hyo) — is now available from Zoetis. With its one-dose or two-dose protocol, the innovative formulation of Fostera PCV MH offers convenience and flexibility to swine managers.
Portuguese Distributor for Absolute Swine Catheters
PORTUGAL - Absolute Swine Insemination Co., LLC (ASIC) has announced Ibersan of Portugal as distributor for its hydraulic IUI catheters.
New Programme Focuses on Vaccination Compliance in Pigs
US - Leading swine veterinarians address overall vaccination compliance issues critical to effectively managing Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae and porcine circovirus in the latest At the Meeting (ATM) programme, produced by Dr Bob Morrison, University of Minnesota. Report from Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI).
Market Reports

USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook - November 2013
BPEX Export Bulletin - Week 46
UK September Agricultural Price Index - 14 November 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 14 November 2013
Irish CSO Reports: Agricultural Price Indices - September 2013
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 14 November 2013
USDA Feed Outlook - November 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 13 November 2013
GB Animal Feed Statistical Notice - September 2013

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

UK Pig Industry Body's Position on Feeding Food Waste
Korean Pig Farmers Use More US Distillers Grains
Hagen Leaves USDA
Pork Checkoff Board of Directors Meets to Agree Budget
CME Group Confirms Some Information Compromised in Cyber Attack
PED-Positive Submissions: Two Milestones Passed as Positive Cases Rise Again
Web-Based National Swine Reproduction Guide Launched
Consumers Support COOL, Urge Defence of Law
CME: Lean Hog Futures Drift Lower; Steady in Overnight Trading
USDA Initiates Programme for Pork Never Fed Beta-agonists
CME: USDA Lowers Estimates for 2014 Pork Production
Pork Checkoff Launches Cooking for Comfort Electronic Cookbook
PED-Positive Submissions: Another Jump in Positive Case Count
CME: Hog Weights Exploded During Govt Shutdown
WASDE Report Brings Good News for Pork Producers
Sow Packers to Require Premises ID Tags in 2015
Pork Commentary: US Corn Crop Record Size

   Russian Federation

Classical Swine Fever Outbreak Hits Russia

   European Union

Cooperation to Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance
Could Green VAT Encourage Sustainable Consumption and Production?
New Law Needed for Insects to Contribute to Livestock Sustainability
Latest Prospects for the EU Pig Sector
EU Pig Prices: Germany Stops Price Decrease


Mexican Processor Bids for Campofrio
Spain Ranked Second Largest Pig Producing Country in Europe


Canadian Pig Group Welcomes Free Trade Deals
M-COOL Alternatives Provide Consumer Product Information
New Light Shed on Swine Influenza Infection Patterns
Improved Biosecurity Credited with Keeping Canada Free of PED
Advances Allow More Prudent Antibiotic Use
Tools for Reporting Pig Movements in Canada Now Available
Lessons Learned from Porcine Circovirus of Value in Addressing PED Canada: Hog Markets


Haiyan's Impact to be Discussed at Food Security Summit
CPF's Livestock Business to Rebound Significantly in 2014

   United Kingdom

The Pig Idea Event to Focus on Feeding Food Waste
Science into Practice Annual Conference 2014 Open for Registration
Gap Between Spot and Contract Widens
Update on Real Welfare Review
Supermarkets Insist on British Pork
Skills Summit Focuses Industry on New Age of Professionalism


BRF's International Division Appoints New CEO
£13M India-UK Collaboration in Farmed Animal Health and Disease
European Group for Research EPIZONE Adds CReSA as Latest Member
China Welcomes Imports from Danish Crown Companies
FAO Forecasts More Balanced Food Markets, Less Price Volatility
FAO Launches Forum on Farm Animal Genetic Diversity in Africa
Continued Growth Expected in Organic Markets
EuFMD e-learning: New Tools for New Challenges


Meat Processor Witnesses Increase in Revenues
Conference to Address Need to Strengthen Global Vet Services
Increase in Net Revenue Reported by Marfrig


Probiotics Fight Piglet Pathogens


Animal Production Research Brings Together Fruits of European Efforts
Dutch Antibiotic Use Falls


China's Farm Produce Prices Drop Slightly


Classical Swine Fever Outbreaks Detected in Cesar


Biogas Plants to Convert Residues from Farmed Pigs


Antibiotic Resistance: Killer Virus to the Rescue?
Environmental Schemes Must Work for Ireland


Typhoon Haiyan Leaves Thousands Dead, Farming Operations Destroyed


Lebanese Ministry Spending $2.66M Yearly on Livestock Health


PM: Farmers, Livestock Breeders, Fishermen Must Be More Innovative

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NZ Farmers Welcome Water Policy


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