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Newsletter 12th June 2006

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Eradication of PRRS
By the University of Minnesota Swine Extension - This article looks at the prevention of PRRS and discusses how, at this time, elimination of PRRS virus from infected farms is possible by 4 primary methods.
Does absence make the heat grow stronger?
By Lucy Campbell, Animal Scientist, ACMC - If we are talking about ‘segregated service management’, then J.R. Behan and P.F. Watson would say “Yes”, as is detailed in their article ‘The effect of managed boar contact in the postweaning period on the subsequent fertility and fecundity of sows’.
UK Pig Disease Quarterly Surveillance Report (to December 2005)
By Veterinary Laboratories Agency - This report monitors trends in the major endemic pig diseases and utilises the farmfile and VIDA (Veterinary Investigation Disease Analysis) databases. The report is compiled using disease data gathered by the network of 15 VLA regional laboratories which carry out disease investigation in the field.
Combining Crated Farrowing with Bedded Group Lactation
By Iowa State University - This article is from the Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 2006. The purpose of this demonstration was to evaluate combining crated farrowing with bedded group lactation, in an effort to reduce pre-wean mortality. The demonstration was conducted at the ISU Armstrong Research Farm, Lewis, IA, during 2004 and 2005.
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* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  United States

Farmers look to natural sources of fertilizer
Rising fertilizer costs have some farmers turning up their noses at chemical suppliers and looking for a more natural solution. Randy Lackender, an Iowa City farmer, said his fertilizer costs continue to climb while corn prices lag. His solution? Stop buying fertilizer and get it from another source: hogs.

Air rule could force change at farms
Hundreds of animal farmers across the San Joaquin Valley will have to change how they do business if officials adopt a new air-pollution regulation next week. The new rule requires farmers to adopt new practices in order to reduce the release of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs.

New virus threatens hog profits
A newly activated virus sweeping through hog country is the wild card for continued pork profits, according to a veteran hog industry analyst. U.S. pork exports and domestic demand also will play a role in determining if more than two years of hog profits will continue.

Ethanol Concerns Some Hog Farmers
Conventional wisdom would tell you the higher corn prices go, the better off Iowa Farmers are. However, some farmers said that isn't the case. Mike Siwinsky sold hogs Saturday at the World Pork Expo at the Iowa State Fair Grounds. He said his business is suffering as ethanol production increases and corn supplies drop.

Prices rally as packers chase hogs
In their weekly review of the US hog industry, Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain report that hog prices rallied quickly this week as packers found it hard to buy enough hogs to meet their planned kill schedules.

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Pork processor's profit falls on glut
Shares of Smithfield Foods Inc. dipped more than 3% last Thursday after the world's largest pork processor reported its fourth-quarter profit fell sharply on a domestic meat glut.

Johanns weighs change to conservation policy
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns said Thursday that the next farm law needs a balance between programs that take farmland out of production and programs that improve soil conservation on cropland. Johanns spoke at the World Pork Expo and unveiled a 41-page paper that contains possible changes in the next farm bill's soil and water quality conservation programs.

Pork Checkoff Introduces New Cuts
The Pork Checkoff has identified another way to provide value to the hog carcass with four new cuts. The new cuts originate from the pork shoulder and leg, two areas of the carcass that have not had significant new product innovation and are typically under-valued.

Pork Checkoff and U.S. Meat Export Federation Celebrate Progress
The Pork Checkoff and the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) celebrated record-breaking pork exports at a reception held at the National Pork Board office on Wednesday. The Pork Checkoff is celebrating its 20th anniversary and USMEF is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Pork Checkoff Offers New Distance Learning Programs
The Pork Checkoff introduced three new distance-learning programs at the World Pork Expo on Thursday. These programs include the Production Series, the Manager Series and the Customizable Employee Training Series.

Pork Expo: US Income Share Spent For Food Smallest Ever
U.S. consumers now spend the smallest portion of their income for food in U.S. and world history, said Ron Plain, agricultural economist at the University of Missouri.

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Pork Industry Says Environmental Program Hasn’t Helped
The NPPC offered senators some tough criticisms of the 2002 Farm Bill’s flagship conservation program, noting its failure to help pork producers comply with environmental regulations.

Pork Checkoff Names Leadership Program Participants
Twenty-four U.S. pork producers have been selected for the Pork Leadership Academy, a program sponsored by the Pork Checkoff to identify and train industry leaders.

Optimistic producers gather for World Pork Expo
As the World Pork Expo kicked off last week, pork producers are pinching themselves to make sure the good times in the industry are for real. While beef has been challenged by BSE, and poultry with the avian influenza scare, pork has enjoyed 14 consecutive years of growth in exports, and almost three years of solid profits for producers, reports Agriculture Online.

Swine research center coming to MU
MU researchers are taking one step closer to saving the world with an unexpected sidekick: pigs. The possible completion of the National Swine Research & Resource Center this summer will allow MU faculty to further their research and find cures for human diseases.

Weekly Roberts Report
In his agricultural US commodity market report, Mike Roberts says that Monday’s higher cash hog prices in Iowa helped to drive futures higher in active trading amid advances.

US Swine Economics Report
In his regular report on the US Swine industry, Ron Plain says that the rapid growth of ethanol plants is likely to have a major impact on corn prices and consequently on the profitability of hog production.

  Canada

Pork Industry Prepares to Field Test Carbon Offset Quantification Protocol
The Canadian pork industry expects to begin field testing a new tool designed to calculate greenhouse gas offset credits a hog operation can potentially earn and sell by adopting best management practices known to reduce the generation of greenhouse gases, according to Farmscape.

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Carbon Offset Credits Generated in Canada Must Comply with International Standards
The Chair of the Pork Technical Working Group says, to ensure pork producers have the best possible access to international markets for greenhouse gas offset credits, it will be necessary to show they meet international standards.

Survey shows farmers are taking action to protect the environment
Canadian farmers are embracing environmentally friendly practices for growing crops, according to an Ipsos Reid survey released last week. The survey shows that farmers want to do the right thing for the environment and most have adopted beneficial management practices (BMPs) to manage their fertilizer and manure use.

Combination of Factors Influence Hogs Prices
Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food predicts the US hog slaughter, demand for pork and the supply of meats in cold storage will be the key factors that will affect live hog prices through the rest of the second and into the third quarter of this year.

Equipment Shortages Force Delay in Switch to New Swine Tattoo Numbers
Manitoba Pork Council have reported a shortage of slap tattoo numbering equipment has forced a delay in the final switch to a new national tattoo numbering system for swine.

CPC Prepares to Test Greenhouse Gas Quantification Protocol
The Canadian Pork Council is planning a test, beginning this summer, of the greenhouse gas quantification protocol being developed for the pork industry.

  United Kingdom

MP: Supermarket Profits Quadrupled Since 1998, But Farm Incomes Dropped 22%
Liberal Democrat MP Andrew George has said the Competition Commission cannot ignore the fact that supermarkets have prospered while the farming industry has struggled.

Chancellor's criticism of CAP is misplaced says NFU
The NFU has accused Chancellor Gordon Brown of shooting at the wrong target in singling out the Common Agricultural Policy for further reform.

World Cup Boost For Pig Meat Prices
European mainland pigmeat prices are continuing to rise on the back of World Cup fever. German pigmeat prices are now the dearest in mainland Europe in anticipation of higher consumption levels during the tournament and lower cold store stocks.

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Pig Sector Worries About New Transport Regs
New animal transport regulations come into force throughout the EU on 5 January, 2007, according to FWi. These regulations will apply to all species of farm animal, including pigs, and will replace the Welfare of Animals (Transport) Order 1997.

Hunger for cheap food puts animal care at risk
Britain's quest for cheap food is causing animal welfare problems on some farms, veterinary experts have warned. Lower incomes, tighter profit margins and a flood of food imports mean livestock farmers are being forced to cut corners, a meeting of the British Veterinary Association animal welfare forum was told last week.

Knowledge Transfer Gets A Boost
UK - Better herd health and better performance in breeding, growing and finishing are the top priorities for new staff taken on by BPEX. The four all come under the umbrella of Knowledge Transfer - making sure the best information available actually reaches working pig farmers.

  China

Report Suggests Pig Farming Poses Hep-E Infection Risk
Local medical experts are reporting that pigs can transmit hepatitis E virus to people who work closely with pigs, but also to those who live downstream of swine farms.

China Hog Market Weekly
In this weeks China Live Hog Market Weekly, eFeedLink report that live hog prices in China were stable to marginally higher during the week ending Jun 5.

  New Zealand

Pig farmers tighten stock movement because of PMWS
Pig farmers have become a lot more focused on biosecurity as they learn to live with the pig wasting disease PMWS, which has infected herds in the South Island as well as several farms in the North island.

  France

Campylobacter test speeds up detection process
An internationally-validated test for Campylobacter, can pick up the pathogen within three hours, allowing processors to speed up the time when they can release products to the market.

Company news

JSR plays a major role in Polish pig expansion
JSR Genetics, the UK based pig breeding company, has recently supplied a large consignment of JSR boars to the privately owned Maygen AI Stud, near Wroclaw, Poland.

That's all for this week!

Ed.

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