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Newsletter 5th June 2006
Monday 5th June 2006
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Animal Industry Report 2006
By the Department of Animal Science, Iowa State University - This article is Iowa State University's annual report of the research activities that relate to the animal agriculture industries. This report combines research reports from faculty associated with various departments on campus, including Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Animal Science, Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Economics, Veterinary Diagnostics, and Production Animal Medicine.
Mycotoxins in Pig Feed
By the Alberta Government - Feed is the mostly costly component of a swine operation. The nutritive value and relative cost of feed plays a crucial role in maximizing returns. However, the producer also needs to consider the condition of the feed. Feed contaminated by moulds can make a serious dent in the productivity of a given operation, with effects ranging from feed refusal to serious illness.
Water medication for pigs
By Graeme Taylor, Greg Roese and Chris Brewster and published by NSW Department of Primary Industries - This Primefact examines the use of water medication systems as part of a herd health management program.
Upcoming Swine Training Programs Focus on Conventional and Alternative Breeding Practices
By the University of Minnesota Swine Extension - Conventional and alternative breeding and gestation management are the focus of Pork Checkoff-funded Swine Training Programs scheduled for July in Waseca and Morris.
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* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

Farm investment helps slow migration
More investment by governments in agriculture and the right farm policies would help keep rural populations on the land and reduce migration, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. This is among the conclusions of a major FAO research programme aimed at analyzing the various roles played by agriculture in the societies and economies of developing countries.


China Piglet Market Weekly
In this weeks China Piglet Market Weekly, eFeedLink report that in the week ending Jun 1, hog raisers in China were not active in buying piglets and prices had stayed at the previous week's low level. Attempts by commercial hog farms - especially those in southern China - to raise prices were futile as the higher price offers can only deter buyers from taking up supplies.

China Hog Market Weekly
In their China Live Hog Market Weekly, eFeedLink report that live hog prices in China were mixed during the week ending May 29. Prices were stable to marginally higher in southern regions as local trade started to pick up. In northern regions, prices were generally stable to marginally lower.


Canadian Food Inspection Agency Prepares to Update Rules for Transporting Livestock
Livestock producers are being encouraged make themselves aware of changes that are currently being proposed for transporting livestock under the Health of Animals Act. “There’s a need to reflect new practices, new expectations and new information arising from new science and from the types of transport practices that have evolved over the last 30 years,” said a CFIA spokesman.

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AFAC Calls for Flexible Animal Transport Regulations
The Alberta Farm Animal Care Council is urging the federal government to ensure any new regulations under the Health of Animals Act pertaining to livestock transportation will be flexible enough to accommodate changing industry practices and standards.

Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Program Concludes Successfully
The Canadian Pork Council reports that a three year greenhouse gas mitigation program undertaken by the Canadian pork industry to increase the agricultural community’s awareness of the economic and environmental benefits of greenhouse gas reduction has been a tremendous success.

Pig-plant primer at OlyWest open house
It was the OlyWest business group's first big chance to sell its hog plant to the public, but critics turned up their noses at the offer. While protesters kept vigil outside the Oxford Heights Community Centre, OlyWest officials and their environmental consultants found their $200-million factory pitch received a smoother reception.

  United Kingdom

You’re a professional, right?
You’ll soon be able to prove your professional status, by joining the NPA Professional Register, says Richard Longthorp, Chairman of the Pig Industry Training Implementation Group. All pig producers, their staff, advisers etc. will be able to apply to join the register.

1100 producers left with no fallen stock service
More than 1000 livestock farmers across north Wales are without a fallen stock service after trading standards officers closed a storage plant near Wrexham. The collection centre at Marchwiel was closed by Wrexham trading standards after the owner of a neighbouring premises complained about the smell.

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New antimicrobial controls likely to hit EU pig industries - says new president of Pig Veterinary Society
Unless the European pig industries lobby strongly, they could be faced with a second wave of restrictions within the next five years on the use of antibiotics in pig production, according to David Burch, the new president of the British Pig Veterinary Society.

Foot and Mouth Fears Voiced In UK
Livestock producers in the United Kingdom and Ireland will call on the European Commission to tighten up controls on meat imports from Brazil, because of concerns over a threat from foot and mouth disease. The move follows a fact-finding trip to Brazil by a delegation of beef producers from Ireland and a meeting between the British and Irish farmers this week.

Get Your Pork Up To Spec
Good food needs good ingredients and a range of useful tips on sourcing top quality pork has been produced for chefs and butchers on CD ROM by the British Pig Executive (BPEX).

Northern Foods cuts businesses, staff and dividend
The Northern Foods chief executive, Pat O'Driscoll, announced a radical restructuring of the troubled group yesterday, halving its dividend payout and putting 40% of the business up for sale.

Government agrees to extend funding for National Fallen Stock Scheme
Government funding of £20m for the National Fallen Stock Scheme has been extended by a year to November 2008. The extension was made following the publication of an independent review of the National Fallen Stock Scheme and Company by Bob Bansback, a well respected figure in the livestock and meat industry.

Single Payment Scheme application deadline is fast approaching
Farmers in England are reminded that they have just one day left to submit their SP5 application to avoid any penalties. Valid 2006 Single Payment Scheme application forms received by the Rural Payments Agency by midnight on 31 May will avoid late claim penalties.


Pig pen changes anger groups
Proposed animal welfare changes would continue to see Tasmania's pigs kept in tiny concrete pens, animal welfare groups said last week. Public comment has been sought on draft pig welfare changes released by Australian Agriculture Minister Peter McGauran. The code would allow sows to be kept in sow stalls and farrowing crates for their entire breeding lives until 2017. After that the maximum would be six weeks.

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  United States

Hog Slaughter Up from Previous Year
In their weekly review of the US hog industry, Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain. report that there is still a seasonality to the number of hogs slaughtered in the US. The smallest quarterly percentage of annual U.S. hog slaughter is now in the second quarter. However, the smallest average daily pork production is still in July.

New Meat Products Hit US Market
According to DataMonitor’s Productscan Online database of new products, processors have launched 467 new red meat and 276 poultry SKUs in 2005 and they launched 284 red meat and 121 poultry SKUs during the first five months of 2006. An SKU - Stock Keeping Unit - is a common retail term for a unique numeric identifier, used most commonly in online business to refer to a specific product in inventory or in a catalog.

Weekly Roberts Report
US - In his agricultural commodity market report, Mike Roberts says that positive plant margins provided initial optimism and futures rose on technicals and fund buying activity lengthening gains. The average processor margin for Tuesday was estimated at $5.15/head, compared with a negative $3.75/head one week ago, he said.

Farm Leases and the USDA
Farm program payments may be affected by the type of farm lease used by the enterprise and mistakes could lead to ineligibility for payments, said a University of Illinois Extension agricultural law specialist.

Weekly Outlook: Soybeans
The declining rate of domestic soybean meal consumption in the face of increasing livestock production is a concern, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

Project will help experts 'build' more tasty pigs
Max Rothschild has been trying to "build" a better pig for almost 30 years, since he took a job cleaning up after the hogs at his alma mater, the University of California at Davis. He's now a renowned swine scientist who has traded the dirty pigpens of his undergraduate days for a glistening Iowa State University laboratory dedicated to producing tastier chops, safer pork and healthier pigs.

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  Korea, Republic of

USMEF Helps South Korean Retail Stores Sell U.S. Chilled Pork
More and more discount retail stores in South Korea are selling U.S. chilled pork and the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) is facilitating the potential success of these efforts with in-store promotions and consumer education. The average retail price of domestic beef and pork in South Korea has increased as much as 40 percent, making U.S. chilled pork attractive due to its high quality and affordable price.

Company news

Intervet Satellite Symposium - IPVS 2006
Porcilis PRRS and the new Porcilis M Hyo are two of the spearhead products which Intervet arms you with to help to fight PRDC in pigs. PRDC has been a well-debated and well-researched subject. However, world-class speakers will be revealing new information on M. hyopneumoniae and PRRS that will have a significant impact on how we can control these pathogens in the future.

Swine practice: Marked increase in performance after ileitis vaccination
Since the launch of Boehringer's ileitis vaccine "Enterisol® Ileitis" in most European countries from September to November 2005, the oral ileitis vaccine has very quickly become firmly established in health maintenance and performance enhancement in pig production.

That's all for this week!


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