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Monday 6th October 2014
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

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Seeking More Sustainable Feed Protein Sources for Pigs

They say time flies when you are enjoying yourself! It feels like just a year or two but my career started in the animal feed industry almost exactly 35 years ago.

With my degree in agriculture, I joined as Technical Information Officer a feed premix company very few, if any, of you will remember – The Colborn Group – which was based in the UK and owned a handful of affiliates in other countries around the world.

Colborn's was, in fact, shortly to be acquired by Shell, the oil giant, making its first foray into animal nutrition – as was I.

Why was an oil giant interested in a feed company? The technology had been developed to produce a feed protein – which we then called single cell protein – from mineral oil and Shell was seeking both the expertise and contacts needed to market that Space-age material in diets for farm livestock.

At least one of its competitors had also developed a similar product and was also eyeing up the animal feed market around that time.

And then suddenly, the oil price rocketed up, single cell protein were all but forgotten about as feed ingredients and the industry identified more cost-effective proteins such as soybean meal on which many countries rely even today.

Shell – and I – have turned our attention in different directions over the last 35 years but people say "There's nothing new under the sun" and I was intrigued to read in the last week that Danish researchers are looking to bacteria as a sustainable soybean alternative for pigs.

Instead of mineral oils, the Danes using the greenhouse gas, methane, as the substrate for their new home-produced protein, turning it into pork instead of contributing to global warming.

Aarhus University is working with industry on the production of an innovative and environment-friendly protein feed for pigs to replace imported soybean meal, saying it is a possibility waiting just around the corner.

A professor at the University explained: "The global population is growing both in terms of numbers and wealth. That means a growing demand for meat. The growing demand also means an increasing demand for protein sources to feed the animals, which puts additional pressure on the environment and climate. Hence the need for new thinking."

The need to re-consider this technology and adapt it for the future is all the more pressing following the publication last week of the USDA 'Grain Stocks' report. Market analysts describe as "shockingly short" the year-end soybean stocks ahead of the new harvest, which will likely push prices up even further and add impetus to the search for alternative feed ingredients.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Feeding the Sow around Farrowing
A review of feeding practices for sows during the last few days of pregnancy and the first few days of lactation by Dale W. Rozeboom of Michigan State University, presented at the 2014 London Swine Conference.

Danes Investigate How to Trap More Odour and Ammonia from Pig Farms
Researchers at Aarhus University are leading a project on the biological air purification of livestock housing combined with point extraction, with the aims to reduce odour problems from the pig houses for the benefit for the local environment and for the people working on the farm.

Articular Osteochondrosis in Pigs and Its Effects on Genetic Screening
A Norwegian study has shown that computed tomography at 159 days of age is a powerful screening tool for osteochondrosis to six months of age. At least half of the defects detected later resolved without intervention.

Effects of Immunological Castration on Belly Characteristics and Bacon Slicing Yields of Finishing Pigs
Generally, fresh belly characteristics in immunologically castrated barrows were similar to those of surgically castrated males and gilts, an Ohio State University study has found, however, bacon slicing yield was lower from the former group.

Antimicrobial Susceptibility of Mycoplasma hyorhinis from Swine Lung Specimens in Korea
New South Korean research has provided information on the antibiotic susceptibility of M.hyorhinis in pigs as an aid to the treatment of infections.

International PRRS and PCVAD Symposium 2013
Proceedings of the 2013 International Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) Symposium and PCVAD (PCV2), held at the China National Conference Center in Beijing, China from 20 to 22 May 2013.

Company News

ACMC Tip: Importance of Colostrum
UK - The importance of colostrum cannot be underestimated. It is almost impossible to rear piglets which have received no colostrum, points out ACMC veterinary consultant, Paul Thompson.
Zoetis Announces Recipients of Honouring Caregivers Award
US - Zoetis is honouring five exemplary pig caregivers - selected from more than 130 nominations - for their contributions to the pork industry with the Honoring Caregivers Award.
Market Reports

USDA GAIN: Hong Kong Livestock and Products Annual 2014
Australian Rural Commodities Wrap - September 2014

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

PED-Positive Farm Samples in US: 8,506
Stewardship of New Technologies Embraced by US Meat Industry
CME to Reduce Electronic Trading Hours for Livestock
Hog Outlook: Increased Hog Prices
US Pig Farm Samples Positive for Porcine Delta Corona Virus: 387
US Weekly Hog Supplies Likely to Determine Live Hog Prices This Winter
CME: Shockingly Small Year End Soybean Stocks
CME: USDA Hogs and Pigs Estimates
Pig Vets in US Face Challenges with New Antibiotic Regulations
More Pork Please!
December Lean Hogs Closed Down on Tuesday
Financial Boost for US Organic, Local Food Sectors
CME: USDA Hogs and Pigs Market Bearish
December Lean Hogs Closed Up on Monday
Record US Pork Sector Profits Caused by PEDV
New Resource Helps US Farmers Select New Farm Bill Programmes
Purdue Experts to Offer Advice to Farmers on Writing Grant Proposals
Pork Commentary: USDA September 1 Hogs and Pigs Report


Does China Really Impact Global Commodity Prices?
Slight Rise in Chinese Food Prices
China Hog Markets

   European Union

Acquisition of Novartis Animal Health by Eli Lilly Approved
FAO Urges Europe to Support Sustainable Farming
EU Pig Prices: Markets Unsettled

   United Kingdom

Complex European Market Influences Pig Prices
New Support at BPEX to Help Build UK Pig Industry
Public Perception of UK Farming is Increasingly Positive
BPEX: Plant Breeders and Pig Producers Should Work Together
New Project to Measure Boar Taint on Slaughterhouse Line

   Russian Federation

Russia Sees Increase in Pig Meat Smuggling from EU
African Swine Fever Reported in Russia


Foreign Worker Programme Changes Jeopardise Meat Processing Plants
Pork Producers in Canada Urged to Tighten Biosecurity
Higher Wheat Yields, Lower Quality Forecast for Canada
Animal Health Week: Canada Urges Responsible Use of Antibiotics
Manitoba Reports Fifth PED Case
Serious Weaknesses in Biosecurity Blamed for More PED in Manitoba
Canada-South Korea Trade Agreement Moves One Step Closer
Hidden Camera Footage Sparks Hog Welfare Investigation


European Livestock Sector Collaborates on Sustainable Development
Danes Look at Bacteria as Sustainable Soy Alternative for Pigs


Remembering the Importance of Vets on World Animal Day


Better Livestock Breeding Ahead for German Farmers


India Reports 23 Outbreaks of PRRS
Andhra Pradesh to Form Farmers Corporation
Gujarat Fertilizers, EcoPhos JV to Set Up Animal Feed Plant


SPACE Offered Window on French Livestock Sector
SPACE 2014: A Business-Oriented Expo Promoting the Livestock Industry


Financial Experts Appointed to Vion Supervisory Board
Calls for Transparency on Responsible Use of Antibiotics

   South Africa

South African Retail Chain Commits to Sow Stall-free Supply Chain


Lithuanian Wild Boar Tests Positive for African Swine Fever
Two New Outbreaks of African Swine Fever Reported in Lithuania


Latvia Reports Five More Wild Boar with African Swine Fever
Classical Swine Fever Reported in Latvia


No Harm in Feeding Livestock GE Feed, Science Review Finds
FAO Calls for “Paradigm Shift” Towards Sustainable Agriculture


African Swine Fever Detected in Chad


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