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Newsletter 24th April 2006

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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Due to next Monday being a bank holiday in the UK, next week's newsletter will be sent on Tuesday 2nd May.

*This Week's Feature Articles

We have 8 new features this week:

The Case Against Evening-Up Litters Until Weaning
By Duane E. Reese, Extension swine specialist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Barbara E. Straw, Extension veterinarian, Michigan State University.
Should Emotional And Societal Values Be Included In Breeding Programmes?
By Dr. Sam Hoste, Lucy Campbell, Animal Scientist, ACMC.
Basic Pig Husbandry - The Weaner
By Graeme Taylor and Greg Roese, Livestock Officers Pigs, Intensive Industries Development, Tamworth, Australia.
Prospects for Agricultural Markets and income 2005 - 2012 for EU-25
By the European Commission - Concrete measures to improve the protection and welfare of animals over the next five years are outlined in a new Action Plan on the protection and welfare of animals, adopted by the Commission.
US Pork Outlook Report - April 2006
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the April 2006: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Pork Industry data.
First Quarter Summary of Meats
By John Lawrence - First quarter 2006 was a disappointing quarter for cattle and hog producers. Seasonally, we expect cattle prices to be stable to higher during the quarter and hog prices typically are stable as well.
Hog Market Thoughts for April 2006
By Al Prosch, Nebraska University Pork Central Coordinator
World Pork Trade Overview - March 2006
This article provides an overview of global pork trade predictions for 2006. The report covers the US, China and the EU. The report concludes that China's pork production continues to dominate the world market.
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*Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  Chinese News

China Piglet Market Weekly
eFeedLink report that China's piglet prices continued to lose more ground in the week ending Apr 20. Many hog raisers in China have incurred losses and quite a few have given up on raising hogs. Subsequently. in the major hog-producing regions, there is weak demand for piglets.

China Hog Market Weekly
In the hog market, significant inventory build up is weighing on prices. Live hog prices continued to move lower during the week ending Apr 17. This was mainly due to high inventories in major hog production regions.

  Danish News

Denmark Expands Inroads Into China For Its Pork
China could be importing greater quantities of Danish pork and pig byproducts under a new agreement reached by a Danish delegation in Beijing last week.

  German News

Classical Swine Fever In Germany: Revised Measures
The Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health voted last week in favour of a European Commission proposal to ease certain measures which were put in place due to the recent outbreaks of classical swine fever in certain parts of North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany. There have been no new cases over the past 3 weeks.
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  United Kingdom News

Imports' Stranglehold On UK Pig Market
Imports of pig meat are increasingly being sucked into Britain reports The Scotsman. Latest import figures from BPEX shows an increase of 35% since 2001 and more than 70% of the pork and pork products arriving are produced under animal welfare conditions now illegal in the UK, they report.

Pig Prices Creep Up As Market Tightens
Prices have started to harden despite the disruption to slaughtering during Easter, according to FWi. The DAPP at 100.13p/kg deadweight is languishing around the 100p threshold, but some spot buyers of bacon pigs have offered prices of up to 103p/kg. Most are still trading in the 100–102p/kg area.

Tallow Ban Will Add £10 A Carcass To Red Meat Costs
The British red meat industry is facing extra costs of £10 a carcass after Defra's decision to ban the use of animal tallow as fuel in rendering plants. Livestock farmers will shoulder most of the costs, according to FWi. The United Kingdom Renderers' Association said it would continue to appeal against the decision, estimating the industry will face a bill of £30m-£50m.
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NFU President Lobbies Tony Blair
NFU president Peter Kendall met Tony Blair last Thursday to discuss the issues facing UK agriculture, including the fiasco surrounding the late delivery of the Single Farm Payment, concerns over the EU budget, imbalances in the food chain and the effect of bovine tuberculosis.

  USA News

US Retail Pork Prices Declining
Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain report that live barrow and gilt weights dropped sharply in Iowa-Minnesota last week. According to the USDA, average live weights in Iowa-Minnesota dropped to 268.1 pounds for the week ending April 15. The prior weeks weight average was 270.2 pounds. If the weight decline did occur as reported, it indicates marketings became substantially more current last week, they say.

US Swine Economics Report
In his regular report on the US Swine industry, Ron Plain says that thus far, 2006 has been a real disappointment for hog producers. Rather than trending higher as prices normally do at the start of a year, they have moved lower. Current cash hog prices are $4 lower than at the start of 2006 and the June lean hog futures contract is trading $8 below its level of early January. The one bright spot for the U.S. hog industry is pork exports, he says.

Program Tracks Farms, Animals
Diseases don’t care whether a farmer has three cows in a small pen or 300 cows roaming in large pastures, reports The Herald-Mail Online. That’s why the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) needs to be implemented, Maryland State Veterinarian Guy Hohenhaus said.

Cloning May Remove Guesswork From Breeding
Cloned animals are exact genetic copies of the donor animals – they are not genetically modified. "Clones are identical twins separated by time," stated Mark Walton, president of ViaGen, Inc., at last week’s BIO 2006 convention.
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  Canadian News

Canada Lifts Duty On US Grain Corn
The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) ruled yesterday that unprocessed U.S. grain corn imported into the country have not injured Canada's domestic corn industry. The $1.65 per bushel duty that had been imposed on the grain will be lifted immediately, and all provisional duties collected will be refunded.

Sask Pork Calls for New National Agriculture Policy
Sask Pork is calling for new national agricultural policies that will put Canadian farmers on a level playing field with their American competitors.

Manitoba Pork Council Calls for Global Solutions for Canada's Agricultural Problems
Manitoba Pork Council is calling for global solutions to the problems that continue to threaten Canadian agricultural producers.

New Labelling Program Identifies Locally Produced Pork
A new pork labelling promotion being conducted by Canada Safeway in partnership with the provincial pork organizations in the four western provinces is helping to raise consumer awareness of locally produced pork.
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  Russian News

Russia To Invest $9 Bln In Agriculture In WTO Accession Bid
Russia will spend $9 billion of its budget on developing agriculture as part of its bid to join the WTO, a deputy economic development and trade minister said Monday. But Maxim Medvedkov, Russia's top negotiator at the WTO talks, said Russian agriculture was still unlikely to be globally competitive in the next decade. "It is not realistic to speak about [competitiveness] in the next 5-10 years," he said.

Company news

Smithfield Foods Takes Stake In ACMC
Smithfield Foods Inc. - the world's largest integrated pig company - has taken an undisclosed equity stake in UK-based international pig-breeding company, ACMC Ltd. This move follows close co-operation between the two companies in major projects in Eastern Europe. In 2002 ACMC shipped 700 Great Grandparent (GGP) stock to establish a nucleus breeding herd in Poland with a production company called Prima Farms. This herd has been stocked to support 150,000 commercial sows. In 2004, 6,000 GGPs were exported to Romania to establish a 1,000-sow nucleus herd and a 5,000-sow multiplication farm, which has since been increased to 12,000 sows. This breeding programme can support 200,000 sows.

That's all for this week!

Ed.

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