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Monday 13th January 2014.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Conference Addresses Sustainable Future for Farming

The theme of this year's Oxford Farming Conference, held in the UK university city last week, was on the sustainability of farming - why it is so necessary and how to make progress in the right direction.

Among the many reports we have featured from the event, a new report for the Conference by consultancy, Bidwells, says that the UK farming sector has to be more open to changes in land management and must not solely consider that farmers must own the land they farm.

In opening the conference, co-chairman Adrian Ivory said that agriculture needs to play a part in the changing demographic of the world society that is seeing a larger population and changing eating habits.

Ireland's Agriculture Minister, Simon Coveney, told the Conference that in producing more food, the resources used to produce that food will have to be preserved so that more food can be produced in the future.

“We are not going to solve the global food security problems simply by producing more food,” he said, adding that we need to do much more on food waste in the developed world, which means managing diets and more education.

The Minister also called for a science-based approach to the intensification of food production in global agriculture.

The longer Europe continues to close its doors to genetic modification (GM), the greater risk that the rest of the world will pass it by.

UK Environment Secretary Owen Paterson told the Oxford Farming Conference that regulated GM technology presents some of the biggest and "most exciting" opportunities for agriculture.

In Russia, the meat sector had a mixed year in 2013, with low margins in the first half of the year because of record feed prices and low prices for the main types of meat and in the second half of the year, a rise in margins as feed prices fell back.

Turning to other news, Ukraine has reported its first case of African Swine Fever in the country; a wild boar found dead on the border with Russia tested positive for the virus in the first week of January.

In the US, California and Wyoming have reported their first Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) virus-positive swine samples, bringing the total number of states affected to 22. The total number of swine farms and diagnostic case submissions with positive samples since mid-June 2013 now exceeds 6,500.

An international team of researchers based in Denmark is working to develop a new and more effective vaccine against Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS). They say it is the most important contagious pig disease in the world and costs society enormous amounts as well as leading to poor animal welfare.

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PRRS Vaccine Could Save US$664 Million Per Year
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Epidemiological Investigation into Associations between Biomarkers and Growth in Nursery Pigs
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Evaluation of the Effects of Added Vitamin D3 in Maternal Diets on Sow and Pig Performance
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Water Sprinkling Market Pigs in a Stationary Trailer. 1. Effects on Pig Behaviour, Body Temperature and Trailer Micro-climate
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Impact of Pig Insemination Technique and Semen Preparation on Profitability
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Science and Technology's Role in Sustainable Intensification
Professor Charles Godfray, University of Oxford, recently delivered the fourth lecture in the Teagasc/RDS lectures series on 'Sustainable Intensification and the Role of Science and Technology in meeting the Food Security Challenge'. Dr Lance O'Brien summarises the main points in the publication, 'TResearch'.

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Global Pig Industry News

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OFC: Wrong Direction for CAP Reforms
OFC: Call to Buy British
OFC: Europe Must Not Close Doors on Genetic Modification
OFC: CAP Offers New Market Orientation for Farming Sector
OFC: Agriculture Needs Science Based Approach to Intensification
OFC: Reduce Waste, Help Solve Food Security Problems
OFC: Red Tape Cuts to Save Farmers, Taxpayers £70 Million
OFC: Farmers Must Change Mind-set to Grow Food Sustainably
OFC: Right Policy 'Fundamental' to Food Security,
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OFC: Will Share Farming be the Future for Agriculture?
Expanding Horizons in Asia for UK Pork
Study Aims to Improve Feeding Dry Sows Outdoors
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Swine Dysentery Outbreak in Yorkshire
Pig Feed Features at Livestock Event

   United States

PED-Positive Submissions: California, Wyoming Report First Cases
White Paper Highlights Complexities of Antibiotic Resistance Issues
PorkBridge Distance Education Series to Kick Off in February
Pork Board Raises Concerns with Tyson Welfare Requirements
US$2.2 Million Grant Boosts Research on Flu Virus
CME: Letters to Tyson's Hog Suppliers Request Changes in Pig Raising
US Meat Export Body Supports Congressional Trade Priorities Act
Pork Council Focuses on Partnership as Bill Introduced
Hog Outlook: USDA Decreases Lowers 2014 Pork Production Forecast
Consumer Demand for Pork Expected to Influence 2014 Profitability
Corn Rallies Sharply, Soybeans Up, Wheat Sinks Following USDA Reports
Feed Analysts Present Outlook for USDA Reports
Speakers Announced for Agricultural Outlook Forum
Feed, Pork Supply Expected to Improve Hog Profitability
Tyson's Seeks to Balance Consumer Expectations on Pig Welfare
Cargill's CEO Reports Solid Second-quarter Performance
CME: Extreme Cold Impacts Livestock Slaughter
CME: Tight Hog Numbers Put More Focus on Performance
PED-Positive Submissions: Biological Sample Positive Count Now Exceeds 6,000
Smithfield Recommends Group Housing to Contract Growers
Experts Say Growing Pork Demand is Key Trend Going Forward
A New Year’s List of Economic Issues Impacting the Pork Industry
Pork Industry Starts Modest Expansion
National Farmers Union Celebrates International Year of Family Farming


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Make Your Farm Safe, Says Alberta Agriculture
South Korea Free Trade Discussion Needs Quick Action
Pork Commentary: 2014 – The Year of the Pig Farmer


Irish Food and Drink Exports Approach €10 Billion


Brazilian Pork to Gain New Markets in 2014
Rial Elected CEO of Marfrig


Canada-US Pork Industry Trade Relations Improve
Our Race against Bacteria: Linking Livestock Production, Human Medicine
Darling Completes VION Ingredients Acquisition


Ukraine Reports First Case of African Swine Fever

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Steady Situation in Central Europe; No Backlog Supply Reported
OIE Action Plan on Animal Welfare Validated


Danes Tackle World's Most Contagious Pig Disease
Danish Study to Investigate Zinc, Piglet Health
Seafood: a Possible Source of Protein for Pigs


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