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Monday 19th January 2015
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

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Is It Already Too Late to Conserve Resources?

New research reveals that many key world resources have already passed their peak.

As the world's resources face enormous challenges, researchers from the US and Denmark have analysed the production and extraction rates of 27 global renewable and non-renewable resources (including fish, meat and milk) and found that many of the resources reached their peak a few years ago.

In the study, they examined 20 renewable resources, such as maize, rice, wheat and soybeans as well as animal products, such as fish, meat, milk and eggs.

For 18 of these renewable resources, the annual growth rate (for example, the increase in meat production or in fish catch) reached its peak – the peak-rate year – around 2006.

One of the authors of the report, Professor Ralf Seppelt from the Helmholtz Centre For Environmental Research (UFZ), said: "Experts see opportunities for further increases in agricultural yield of about one to two per cent per year due to better breeding techniques and genetically modified organisms."

But then it will be tight. He added: "The global community needs to accept that renewable raw materials are also reaching their yield limits worldwide."

The challenges of sustainability are also faced by commercial companies in the food sector.

Francesca DeBiase, Vice President for Strategic Sourcing, Sustainability at McDonald's, said her company's vision is to source all of its food and products sustainably.

"[Sustainability] is a journey – there is no ending," she said in an interview recently.

Following recent criticism about the sustainability of anaerobic digestion (AD), the UK’s Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association told ThePigSite: "It is important to keep the use of bioenergy crops for AD in proper perspective. According to the latest Defra statistics released on 25 November 2014, the total maize area accounts for 0.5 per cent of England’s total arable area and in turn just 17 per cent of this – 0.085 per cent of the total – is used for AD.

“Rather than reducing the amount of agricultural land in production, AD crops can form a crucial component of a sustainable agricultural rotation, by making break and cover crops economic while maintaining and enhancing biodiversity. In reality, crops grown for AD can, therefore, aid the economic and environmental sustainability of farming operations and make a substantive contribution to the UK’s goals for low-carbon energy."

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Efficient Energy Use in Pig Feed Production
Scottish pig production operates in a very tight commercial environment.

Swine Enteric Coronavirus: Worldwide Threat to Global Pig Sector?
As winter returns to the northern hemisphere, so too does the threat of Swine Enteric Coronavirus Diseases (SECD). What is the current status of the disease around the world and have control measures been effective?

Effect of Particle Size in Calcium Carbonate on Digestibility and Retention of Calcium by Growing Pigs
Particle size does not affect calcium retention or digestibility in growing pigs, according to researchers at the Hans H. Stein Monogastric Nutrition Laboratory.

Oxford Real Farming Conference 2015 Offered Alternative Solutions
Now in its sixth year, the Oxford Real Farming Conference has become a fixture of the UK's agricultural calendar, reports Sarah Hulbert.

Company News

Boehringer Ingelheim Announces Changes to Swine Marketing Team
US - In an ongoing effort to better provide customers with technical swine health information and recognise outstanding performance, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. (BIVI) announces several personnel changes in its Swine Marketing Team.
University of Nottingham Collaborates with Zoetis to Improve Feed Efficiency
UK - The University of Nottingham has secured funding from Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to undertake a four-year project with Zoetis with the aim of improving feed efficiency in pig farming.
BIVI FLEXcombo Swine Vaccine Now Available in 50-Dose Presentation
US - Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) makes it easier for producers and veterinarians to vaccinate pigs against porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae with a single injection of FLEXcombo.
Fostera PRRS Licensed to Help Protect the Whole Pig Herd
US - Additional label claims for Fostera PRRS help to protect pigs from PRRS at every production stage, Zoetis has announced.
Market Reports

AHDB BPEX Pig Market Weekly - 15 January 2015
UK Slaughter Statistics – December 2014
USDA Feed Outlook - January 2015
Irish CSO - Agricultural Price Indices November 2014 - 13 January 2015
USDA WASDE - January 2015

Global Pig Industry News


Why is McDonald's Passionate about Sustainability?
Canada, US Pork Industry Relations at 10-year High
New Research Finds Many Key Resources Have Passed Their Peak
Pork Commentary: US Hog Market Lowest in Nearly Two Years


Irish Food and Drink Exports up for Fifth Year Running


Pork Council Hopes M-COOL Resolution Before Imposition of Retaliatory Tariffs
New Research Targets Improved Sow Group Housing
Pig Health for Discussion at US Trade Advocacy Mission
Pork Council Continues COOL Outreach Activity
Pork Demand Expected to be Key to Profitability in 2015
Five-Point Food Strategy to Support Manitoba Producers
Research Key to Improving Canadian Pork Industry Competitiveness
Increased Transparency Key to Consumer Confidence in Pork Production
M-COOL Up for Discussion During Trade Advocacy Mission to US Midwest
Improved Profitability Offers Opportunity for Pig House Maintenance
Researchers Identify Best Approaches to Control Airborne Pathogens


China Boosts Financial Support to Agriculture
Chinese Pig Produce Prices Fall Slightly
Chinese Pig Farmers Help Struggling Dairy Sector

   Russian Federation

More ASF Outbreaks Reported in Russia

   United Kingdom

UK Appoints Agri Counsellor in China to Help Boost Trade
Falling Prices, Horsegate Legacy is Boost for UK Pork Industry
How Confident Are You in the British Pig Industry?
Anaerobic Digestion Association Hits Back at Criticism

   United States

Hog Outlook: Retail Pork Prices Down in December
US Finishing Weights Expected to Influence Profitability in 2015
CME: 2015 US Meat Expectations in Long-term Context
Sales in US of Animal Health Products $7.5 Billion in 2013
AFIA Pork Programme Plays Up Pig Presence at IPPE
CME: WASDE Provided USDA’s Final 2014 Crop Estimates
CME: Will Good Pork, Beef Demand Remain in 2015?
USDA Offers $18 Million to Support, Train New Farmers
Chris Hodges Joins National Pork Board as CEO
Registration Open for Feed Purchasing & Ingredient Suppliers Conference
New PorkBridge Distance Education Sessions Start 5 February
USDA Reports to Support Corn Prices
November US Export Data Good News and Bad News


Brazilian Farmers Should Expect Good Year
Brazilian Agriculture Exported $6.77 billion in December
Brazil Exported Less Pork in November


Promoting Humane Animal Handling Slaughter in Liberia

   The Netherlands

Cargill Expands Animal Nutrition Innovation Centre


French Abattoirs in Crisis as AIM Goes into Receivership

   New Zealand

NZ Agritech Sector Worth NZ$1.2 Billion


Pig Meat Imports Increase Again in Italy

   South Africa

Government Implements Measures to Safeguard FMD-free Zone Status

   European Union

Transboundary Animal Diseases: What are the Risks
in the EU?

EU Pig Prices: No Change in the Situation: Quotations Stabilised
Latvian Presidency Urged to Keep Animal Welfare Central to its Priorities


India Seeks Australian Collaboration in Agriculture
Foot and Mouth Cost India INR230 Billion in 2013-14

   Viet Nam

Viet Nam: Hog Markets


Danes Achieve Two Per Cent Rise in Pork Exports


Classical Swine Fever Virus Reported in Ukraine


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