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INTERNATIONALNEWS
Europe pig producers congress to focus on Baltic region
Pig production in Russia, Poland and
the Baltic states will be put under the
microscope at the annual congress of the
European Pig Producers in Vilnius in
Lithuania, Eastern Europe, in May.
Producers from across the continent are
expected to attend the event, from May 30
to June 1, which will also consider the global overview for pork consumption, production and trade, as well as strategies against
pig diseases. Sponsored by Boehringer
Ingelheim, Big Dutchman Pig Equipment
and Topigs SNW, the meeting is expected to
be of particular interest because of the venue on the borders of the European Union.

"There are a couple of big issues that
make this venue of particular interest -
currency and African swine fever," said a
spokesman for the European Pig Producers.
"Exports out of Europe with a weakened
Euro, added to the predicted drop in production, could give quite a firm marketplace
and if the wild boar population gets increasingly infected with [African swine fever] it
might make the traffic in weaner pigs less of
an option in the future."
Delegates will also get an opportunity
to visit typical pig farms and feeding plants
near Vilnius to give them a practical look
into pig farming in the region.

Produmix announces winners of
Focus on Piglets photo contest

Produmix has announced the winners of its
"Focus on Piglets" photo contest, which asked
participants to focus on the world of swine in
general and piglets in particular.
The jury chose "Retrato Escondido"
(Hidden Portrait), by the Argentine photographer Mercedes Cotolí, as the first-prize winning photo. The prize for the best photo captured by a professional of the pig sector went
to "Juntos" (Together), by the veterinarian
Alfonso Ferrer, from Zaragoza, Spain. Esther
Gracia, also from Zaragoza, won the favor of
the public expressed through popular votes on
Facebook and on the contest's website with
her photo called "Nueva generación de ganaderos" (New generation of farmers). The jury
wants to emphasize the extraordinary quality

The first-place winner of the "Focus on Piglets"
contest, "Retrato Escondido" (Hidden Portrait),
by the Argentine photographer Mercedes Cotolí.

of the pictures sent by farmers, veterinarians,
agronomists and other professionals.
A traveling exhibition with selected
photos that will tour the main pig-producing
areas in different countries will be prepared
in the coming months. In the meantime, the
winning photos and contest finalists are displayed at www.focusonpiglets.com.

BRIEFS
▶ San Miguel Foods expands with
Topigs Philippines stock. San
Miguel Foods Inc. has set up a
new nucleus farm with the help of
Topigs Philippines, which imported
grandparent and parent breeding
pigs from Canada to assist in its
expansion plans.

▶ US pig meat exports to rise in
2012. U.S. pig meat exports may
rise 2.7 percent in 2012 due to continued demand from overseas, especially from China, according to farmindustry researcher AgriTrends.
▶ Vion launches campaign to
promote British pig meat consumption. UK pig meat processor
Vion Food Group has enlisted TV
personality and winner of a TV
cooking competition Nadia Sawalha
and food psychologist Dr. Christy
Fergusson to help it launch the second phase of a major campaign to
encourage more UK consumers to
eat British pork.
▶ Cherkizovo 2011 pig segment
recovers from 2010 numbers.
Cherkizovo Group's 2011 sales
volumes in the company's pig meat
division increased 4 percent to
approximately 91,400 metric tons
of live weight, compared to 87,650
metric tons in 2010, according to
the company's latest numbers.

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