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« Reply #30 on: April 20, 2008, 08:04:06 AM »
UK looks at alternative feed for pigs
// 31 mar 2008

With feed prices at an all time high it is tempting to look for alternatives. Some left over products from the food industry might be an option for animal feed.

 
However, not all products are allowed to use in commercial animal feed. According to DEFRA in the UK a farmer is not allowed to use kitchen waste or catering waste.
It is important not to risk feeding any meat products back to your pigs but there are some waste products that you can feed.

But what about milk, milk based products, bakery products, pasta, chocolate, sweet and similar products be fed to livestock? Milk and milk based products and biscuits, bakery waste, pasta, chocolate, sweet and similar products contain ingredients, such as rennet or melted fat, milk or eggs, which have been incorporated in those products but which are not the main ingredient can be fed to livestock.

However, adequate measures must be in place to ensure against cross contamination by meat and other products of animal origin. One bakery in the UK has already been in touch with the British Pig Association.

Alternative raw materials
There are also lots of other raw materials that you can feed to pigs. Professor Sandra Edwards of Newcastle University has produced a handbook for feeding organic pigs which has recommendations on the use of Silage, Sugar Beet, Potatoes, Brewers Grains etc. here is also a BPEX leaflet Alternative Feeds for Pigs - Knowing the risks.




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« Reply #31 on: April 21, 2008, 08:11:18 AM »
Thursday, April 10, 2008Print This Page
Some 82,000 pigs in Vietnam Infected with Blue Ear
VIET NAM - Almost 82,000 pigs in Vietnam's central provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh and northern Thanh Hoa are infected with Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS), says local vet agencies.



The Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has asked all relevant agencies to cull all infected pigs in a bid to prevent the spread of the disease PRRS is now active in four Vietnamese localities, Nghe An, HaTinh, Thanh Hoa and central Quang Nam province. There are fears that the disease will spread throughout the nation's pig sector and cause similar devastation to that seen in China last year. The current economic situation, with pork shortages and food prices rising across the world, could not withstand high losses.
The PRRS was first recognized in the United States in the mid-1980s and is now present in most pig producing countries. The symptoms include reproductive failure, pneumonia and increased susceptibility to secondary bacterial infection.



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« Reply #32 on: April 21, 2008, 08:13:55 AM »
Wednesday, April 16, 2008Print This Page
Govt Under Fire for Pig Unit Approvals
MALAYSIA - The new Selangor state government, which includes the opposition Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS), has come under fire from Umno-backed groups after it gave the go-ahead for a RM100 million (S$43 million) modern pig farm.


The decision has provoked the biggest opposition yet to the month-old state government, including public protests peppered with racial-religious overtones, says the Straits Times.

The Umno-backed, Malay-language Utusan Malaysia has published a series of articles condemning the proposed pig farm since the decision was made public early this month.

Other Malay newspapers have also expressed concerns about the project, saying that Muslims living near the farm are uneasy as well as raising environmental concerns.

Last week, about 200 residents from Selangor, believed to be backed by Umno, demonstrated in front of the state government's office in Shah Alam.

No Threat to Residents
However, a report in the Malay Mail says that the living conditions and comfort of residents living near the proposed RM100 million cent pig farm in Ladang Tum buk is not under threat, said the Selangor government, as the nearest village is located 0.8 kilometres away.

This was the assurance to res idents given by Selangor Exco for Agriculture Modernisation, Natural Resources and Entrepreneurial De velopment Yaakob Sapari.

Speaking to reporters after briefing State assemblymen on the project at the State govern ment headquarters yesterday, he said the residents have nothing to fear as their way of life is not at risk.

In an effort to placate protest ing parties and Ladang Tumbuk residents, Yaakob said the farms would be fully covered and air-conditioned so there would be no foul smell.

It would also help to control insects and the spread of viral diseases such as JE and Nipah.

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« Reply #33 on: April 22, 2008, 10:05:28 AM »
Growth in Brazilian Meat Exports, Animal Feed Industry Drives Demand for Feed Additives
BUENOS AIRES - Brazil's position as one of the most important meat exporters in the world and one of the leading animal feed producers is driving strong growth of its animal feed additives market. The country's average annual production of animal feed is 47 million tons, while its export of chicken and pork meat is steadily rising from year to year, as is the internal consumption of these products. These factors have done much to boost the Brazilian market for animal feed additives.


New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Brazilian Animal Feed Additives Market, reveals that the market earned revenues of $277.8 million in 2005, and estimates this to reach $383.1 million in 2012.

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"As demand for feed additives is related to animal feed production, the steady demand for poultry and swine is expected to drive the growth of the animal feed industry and consequently, the additives market in Brazil from 2006 to 2012," remarks Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Victoria Verdier. "The animal feed industry expects to increase its production to 61 million tons, which implies a growth of 30 percent in four years, while the per capita meat consumption is likely to reach around 37 kg over the next 20 years."

The rise in Brazil's meat consumption can be attributed to increasing demand from a growing population that has higher disposable incomes, with even the poorest sections of society able to purchase and consume poultry and cattle meat. The year 2005 represented one of the best years for the poultry industry, both for exports and internal demand. Revenues from the export of chicken meat to 142 countries touched $3.5 billion, up 35 percent from the previous year. Internal consumption also increased by 4.69 percent reaching 35.4 kg per person.

Among the various segments of the feed additives market, amino acids are the largest in terms of both volume and revenues, but the spotlight is increasingly shifting to enzymes. Enzymes offer an excellent alternative to antibiotics, particularly in light of the strict regulations introduced by the European Union (EU), one of the Brazilian meat industry's biggest customers, which ban the use of antibiotics as growth promoters.

"Enzymes help to reduce the cost of feed and aid in the digestibility of feed, especially those with high fiber content, thus increasing the output of energy per metric ton of feed," says Verdier. "This reduces the feed conversion rate into meat and increased feed efficiency, allowing an animal to grow to full efficiency with less feed."

However, the threat of diseases such as avian flu and foot-and-mouth disease is a constant source of concern due to their potentially harmful effects on the livestock industry. Even though these diseases have not actually struck Brazil, the constant possibility that they might poses a major challenge. In Malaysia, for example, there was a 30 percent drop in the sales of poultry meat following the outbreak of bird flu in the country.

"The challenge for market participants, therefore, is to find ways to sustain the use of feed additives amid the threat of these diseases, because they create significant fluctuations in meat product sales volume and consequently, impact livestock numbers, feed volume and eventually feed additive volume," says Verdier. "Sustenance of disease-free status calls for the continuation of existing precautionary measures and the implementation of new systems, if required."

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« Reply #34 on: April 22, 2008, 10:07:15 AM »
Monday, April 21, 2008Print This Page
Cash Boost for Argentine Animal Health and Food Safety
ARGENTINA - The Argentine food safety authority, Senasa, is to receive US$300 million from the government and Inter-American Development Bank to strengthen its quality control processes.


 
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez

The money will be used to boost the country's Programme of Provincial Farming Services, Prosap.

The grant was announced by the Argentine president Cristina Fernandez in a speech in the White Room at the Argentine parliament .

She said that Senasa is an integral part of the quality control of Argentine animal and vegetable production and that the organisation's certificate of quality is essential for Argentine agricultural exports.

The initial payment form the IADB is the first part of a $1,030 million grant that will rise to $3,770 million in stages.

President Fernandez said it will enable producers to ensure the quality and add value to their products.

"Our cereals, instead of leaving Argentina without added value, can be fed to chickens, pigs and cattle in Argentina, which will add value to those animals," she said.

"We are adding work for the rest of the Argentineans, so that the Argentineans can also participate in the generation of that wealth."

The grants, which will be disbursed over 15 years, will help maintain national and international competitiveness, by helping to modernise the institutional management of Senasa, consolidate the animal health system, strengthen the phytosanitary system and integrate the structure of the regional and national food safety system.




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« Reply #35 on: April 22, 2008, 10:11:59 AM »
Monday, April 21, 2008Print This Page
Chinese Pork Prices to Stay High
BEIJING - Chinese pork prices, which have helped drive inflation to 12-year peaks, are likely to stay high well into the summer, until farmers like Shao Zuohuan can bring new pigs to market, writes Langi Chiang.


In a report for Reuters, featured in the Guardian, Chiang comments that Chnese pig farmers have lost more than 4 million piglets - due to harsh weather conditions.

Beijing has offered subsidies since last summer to encourage farmers to raise pigs, after widespread disease coupled with poor profits the year before caused the pig population to drop by 10 percent and prices to shoot up. Experts had expected pig stocks to recover by the second quarter of 2008. But snow that blanketed southern China caused sties to cave in and blocked transport of feed, leaving piglets to freeze or starve and ensuring high prices would last longer than expected.

"The cold winter froze many piglets to death and distorted efforts to build up stocks," said Qi Jingmei, a senior economist at the State Information Centre, a top government think tank.

China's pig stocks rose 1.6 percent in the first three months of 2008 from a year earlier to 415.21 million head, the National Bureau of Statistics said last Wednesday.

China National Grain and Oils Information Centre, another state-backed think tank, estimates that pig stocks in the first quarter were up by 4.7 percent, adding in a weekly report that feed demand was likely to show signs of recovery soon. However, an official from the statistics bureau said it was hard to tell whether the stock of pigs would increase substantially by the second quarter because earlier forecasts had not reckoned with the winter storms.

For Shao, that's good news. He feels "very lucky" to have lost only three piglets and he has about 100 left with 12 sows, he said. He plans to breed and sell about 200 hogs this year, the same as in 2007.

"Pork prices are now very high, and market demand exceeds supply. We don't have to worry about selling them at all," the farmer said, with a big laugh.

He and his wife earned about 80,000 yuan ($11,440) last year, four times the income of relatives who migrated to cities to work. Almost all his neighbours are now raising pigs, and most of them plan to increase their stock. "With a dozen sows, couples don't have to leave the farm to find work," Shao said.





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« Reply #36 on: April 23, 2008, 07:54:07 AM »
Tuesday, April 22, 2008Print This Page
Glycerin: A Different Kind of Feed
US - Crude glycerin, a byproduct of biodiesel production has recently been fed to poultry and pigs in a series of tests conducted by the Iowa State University. They say that the results indicate that as a feed, crude glycerin is viable and comparable to corn.



Brian Kerr, research leader in Ames, Iowa, who works for the USDA Agricultural Research Service, says that crude glycerin was fed to laying hens and swine while their metabolisms were analysed. “Our goal was to use glycerin as an energy source for swine and poultry,” he said, adding that “you’ve got to have energy for animals and chickens to grow, as well as amino acids and other items, and (glycerin is) used for growth and productive purposes.”

Pakistan's The News, reports that although crude glycerin was determined to be a viable energy-creating feed, Kerr said the ever-fluctuating markets ultimately determine its use. “Corn would be cheaper,” he said, referring to the present situation. “When we started testing, glycerin was three cents a pound. Corn at that time was may be 6 cents a pound.”

However, now glycerin is 20 cents per pound. “At 20 cents a pound, it’s too expensive as an energy source,” he said. The testing consisted of energy-balance experiments that determined the effect of carefully applied dietary treatments, which ultimately rendered a metabolized energy number.

“We feed them a known quantity of feed or test ingredient, and then determine how much energy they have consumed from that diet and how much energy has been excreted in the feces or urine to come up with a metabolized energy number,” Kerr explained.


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« Reply #37 on: April 23, 2008, 07:55:57 AM »
Tuesday, April 22, 2008Print This Page
Pork Promoted to Prospective Cooks
SCOTLAND - Scotland’s chefs in the making could be great fans of Specially Selected Pork thanks to a new QMS educational resource.



Red meat promotion body Quality Meat Scotland has created a new poster for students called Food for thought: an appreciation for Specially Selected Pork, which gives them a complete overview of the pork carcase, as well as outlining the quality and welfare guarantees that come from sourcing pork bearing the Scottish industry’s brand.

Laurent Vernet, Head of Marketing for QMS said: "Working with the food service sector is another link in the chain of our efforts to help Scotland’s pig industry.

"The food service sector is a major consumer of pork, constituting about a third of all red meat used, and demonstrating the value and versatility of pork to these students right at the start of their careers, means they are aware of Specially Selected Pork and will know the many qualities that put it ahead of its rivals.

"Increasing public knowledge of Specially Selected Pork, working with retailers to encourage clear labelling and ensuring support in the food service sectors are all key to creating a sustainable market for Scotland’s pig producers."

Posters
Copies of the poster, which outline all the cuts of pork that are available from the pig carcase and what you can do with each of them, have been sent to all of Scotland's Catering Colleges for use by students. This has also been supported by recent workshops held in Inverness College and Glasgow Metropolitan College.

This project is part of QMS work on behalf of the Scottish pig sector. The organisation is also embarking on a £300,000 project to look at adding value to the fifth quarter, and has recently run a major consumer campaign, Get Some Specially Selected Pork on that Fork. This featured on the main metropolitan radio stations throughout Scotland, and was backed up by in-store events, a high profile taxi campaign in Edinburgh and marketing materials in selected independent butchers.
 




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« Reply #38 on: April 23, 2008, 08:03:46 AM »
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Lenoblast Opens New Pig Site
RUSSIA - The Pulkovsky agricultural complex will open a new pig farm this week in the Leningrad Oblast.



The unit will be the largest livestock-rearing complex in the Northwest region and is part of the state program for the development of agricultural industry.

The new farm, which is located in the village of Tarasovo in the Tosnensky district, has cost a total investment of around US$595.5 million. It will consist of a breeding and reproduction center, feeding and rearing systems, a feed production plant and an educational farm.

The first part of the complex will be opened on Thursday, but the entire project will not be completed until 2012.



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« Reply #39 on: April 23, 2008, 08:05:50 AM »
Tuesday, April 22, 2008Print This Page
EU Upholds Slovakia Pig Ban
EU - The European Commission has upheld an embargo on pigs and pig products from Slovakia after an outbreak of Swine Fever was confimred there last week.



The disease is highly contagiuos and the ban on the movement of pigs, pig semen, ova and embryos from Slovakia to other (EU) member states and third countries will be maintained, pending the completion of further epidemiological investigations.

The decision, taken after a meeting of EU veterinary experts, follows outbreaks at two commercial pig units in Slovakia. Both herd have been culled - a total of around 20,000 pigs.

The commission said the Slovak authorities had taken "very rigorous measures to control the disease," and has decided to allow pigs to "be moved from farm-to-farm and from farm-to-slaughter within Slovakia under certain conditions."





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« Reply #40 on: April 23, 2008, 08:08:24 AM »
Tuesday, April 22, 2008Print This Page
£200,00 Available - For Ideas Quick Off the Mark
UK - Pig producers with a 'big idea' they'd like to put into practice shoudl talk to BPEX Ltd - and fast? Producers and processors have got until the end of April to submit ideas and qualify for the BPEX Innovation Fund.

 
A pot of £200,000 has been set aside to help producers and processors develop new ideas, which can be tested and developed. The idea is the whole industry would benefit from successful projects.

And it's easy, says BPEX  -  All you have to do is contact your regional Knowledge Transfer (KT) Manager about the idea and then send it in.

According to producer Steve Hart, who received one of the first round of grants, the whole process is very easy.

"I would recommend anybody who has a good idea but not enough money to develop it to get stuck in. The BPEX KT staff are very helpful and can guide you through the process."



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« Reply #41 on: April 25, 2008, 07:35:53 AM »
Thursday, April 24, 2008Print This Page
Pfizer Acquires Animal Health Products
EU - Pfizer Animal Health today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire multiple product franchises from Schering-Plough Corporation.

 

The agrement covers all major animal health species including cattle, swine, equine, and companion animal. Specifically, Pfizer Animal Health will acquire from Schering-Plough a number of animal health products for sale in the European Economic Area covering the following categories:

Swine E. coli Vaccines
Equine Influenza and Tetanus Vaccines
Ruminant Neonatal and Clostridia Vaccines
Rabies Vaccines
Companion Animal Veterinary Specialty Products
Parasiticides & Anti-inflammatories
The acquisition is subject to certain closing conditions, including antitrust approval. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Pfizer Animal Health’s Europe President, Albert Bourla, said that the acquisition will enable Pfizer Animal Health Europe to build upon its comprehensive animal health solutions for veterinarians and their clients - farmers and pet owners - in Europe.

Bourla added, “We look forward to offering veterinarians additional preventative therapies and treatments along with our technical expertise and services to ensure that animals receive the best care possible.”




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Thursday, April 24, 2008Print This Page
PRRS Vaccines Imported
VIET NAM - Vietnam has imported 100,000 doses of PRRS vaccine from China in a bid to try and combat the surging disease. 10 Vietnamese northern and central provinces.


Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS), also known as "blue ear" disease, is now raging on 10 provinces in the norther and central regions.

The vaccines are scheduled to be handed over to Vietnam on April 28, local newspaper Pioneer on Thursday quoted deputy director of the country's Central Veterinary Diagnosis Center To Long Thanh as saying.

The PRRS was first recognized in the United States in the mid-1980s and is now present in most pig producing countries. The symptoms include reproductive failure, pneumonia and increased susceptibility to secondary bacterial infection.

 

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Friday, April 25, 2008Print This Page
Half National Herd Applies for PCV2 Vouchers
UK - Nearly half the English pig herd will soon be vaccinating against PCV2, which should create an increase in production of between a half and one pig per sow per year.

This would mean 180,000 to 360,000 more slaughter pigs a year, or about an extra two weeks' supply of fresh British pork.

So far there have been 274 applications for BPEX-subsidised PCV2 vouchers, representing 177,631 sows.



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Tuck-in with a chance to win a top notch boar!
UK - To prove that enhanced performance can go hand-in-hand with superior meat quality, pig breeding company ACMC Ltd is running a hog roast, with its own breed of pigs, on both days of the British Pig and Poultry Fair (Stoneleigh Park 13th and 14th May).

 

Producers visiting Stand 88 between 12.00 noon and 2.00 pm can tuck into a roll with a generous helping of mouth-wateringly delicious slow-roasted pork - complete with stuffing and crackling - on a first-come, first served, basis with the compliments of the company.
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They will simply be asked to complete a ticket giving their email address and herd size. Having done this they will automatically be entered into a free draw with a chance to win a Vantage boar worth £1,000.

The 'hog' will be freshly roasted on the showground by Mike Evison, himself a pig farmer who runs a 250-sow herd at Fitling, near Hull, East Yorkshire as well as his 'Hot Trotters' hog-roasting business.

The 85 kg deadweight carcase will be the progeny from an ACMC AC1 female and a Vantage sireline boar. The aim is to demonstrate at first-hand that these particular genetics which combine prolificacy, fast growth and efficient feed conversion actually enhance meat quality.



ACMC Hot roasted hog will be available from ACMC's stand at the Pig Fair. Pig farmer Mike Evison (pictured) who runs his own hog-roasting business in Yorkshire, will be doing the honours

ACMC will be giving away a Vantage boar - similar to this, and worth £1,000 - in a free draw at the British Pig & Poultry Fair


Hand-out material showing the financial benefits on the farm - including how feed savings worth £6 per pig have been achieved over the past 10 years - will also be available.

"In these particularly difficult times we wanted to take a positive approach while offering something tasty to cheer producers up," commented James Hall, ACMC senior marketing manager. "The organisers of the Fair aim to forge links with the entire supply chain. ACMC believes it is entering into the spirit of this," he added.

Bacon butties, from locally-produced Yorkshire bacon, will also be available to those who miss the lunch-time hog roast!


 

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