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will move back towards self-sufficiency or become an even bigger importer, said Rabobank.
If China can improve its corn yields and swine
feed conversion ratios towards U.S. levels, then
goals of self-sufficiency are achievable. If China
does not have to import pork, it will need to import corn, and if current trends in China's pork
production and industrialization continue, corn
imports will rise significantly.
Good Farm Animal Welfare
Awards introduce 2012 pig award
Pig producers were among the big winners
at Compassion in World Farming's Good
Farm Animal Welfare Awards, with nine
companies earning a Good Pig Award including Blythburgh Free Range Pork, Dalehead
(BQP), Dent Ltd., Packington Free Range and
Anna's Happy Trotters/LKL Farming, who
were all awarded for their commitment to
Newly launched in 2012, The Good Pig
Award celebrates organizations that use or are
committed to using higher welfare pig systems for sows and meat pigs.
EU states report
decline in pig herds
New data shows the European Union pig
herd is declining at a significant rate, and that
the trend is being mirrored around the world,
according to Britain's National Pig Association.
All the main European pig-producing countries are experiencing shrinking sow herds,
with falling numbers in the 12 months to June
2012 reported by Denmark (-2.3), Germany
(-1.3), Ireland (-6.6), Spain (-2.8), France (-3.2),
Italy (-13), Hungary (-5), the Netherlands (-3.6),
Austria (-2.8), Poland (-9.6) and Sweden (-7.2).
"Pig farmers have been plunged into loss by
high pig feed costs, caused by the global failure
of maize and soya harvests, and British supermarkets know they have to raise the price they
pay Britain's pig farmers or risk empty spaces
on their shelves next year," said association
chairman Richard Longthorp.
British Pig Executive director Mick
Sloyan said at a recent summit in Brussels,
Belgium, that a fall of only two percent in
slaughterings in 2013 could lead to prices rising by 10 percent.
British Pig Executive
funds research into
Work has begun in the UK to develop
a faster and more accurate test for the
bacterium which causes Glässer's disease, Haemophilus parasuis (HPS).
The British Pig Executive is funding Kate Howell, a student at the
University of Cambridge, to develop
the test to distinguish between diseaseassociated and non-disease-associated
HPS using DNA techniques. Five
percent of all swine respiratory disease
in the UK is caused by HPS bacteria,
according to animal health veterinary
experts, placing a significant burden
on the farming industry, as well as
having a major impact on welfare.
Symptoms of HPS infection include meningitis, septicemia, anorexia, arthritis, fever, pleurisy, peritonitis
and increased pig mortality.
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