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Newsletter 10th July 2006

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Monday 10th July 2006
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Ileitis Vaccination: Change Is Our Opportunity
Results of ileitis field vaccination studies from various regions in Germany.
Hygiene On The Pig Farm: The Latest Concepts
This article distinguishs "external" and "internal" hygiene safety measures.
Are there biological limits to production?
A summary by Kim Williams, Alberta Pork of Dr. Neil Shantz talk on the subject at the 2006 Banff Pork Seminar.
Comparison of Alternative Winter Farrowing Techniques on Four Niman Ranch Cooperating Farms in Southern Minnesota
By David Serfling, Mark Honeyman and Jay Harmon - from the Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 2006.
The new V Drinker from Arato
* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  United States

Weekly Outlook: Reports and Concerns
While the USDA's June Acreage and Grain Stocks reports provided few surprises for the crop markets, persistence of heat and dryness in some areas have increased crop concerns.

Commentary: USDA Hogs and Pigs Report
Dr Mike Brumm, Extension Swine Specialist at the University of Nebraska comments on the latest USDA Hogs and Pigs report, saying that it spells out where modest expansion is occurring and where changes in the mix of breeding and market inventories continue to occur.

Commentary: Hogs and Pigs Report
According to Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain, the June 1 Hogs and Pigs report came in a little more bullish for prices than the trade estimates.

Commentary: June Hog and Pig Report
The national swine herd continues to increase above inventories of a year ago, reports Shane Ellis in his commentary.

Hog Report: Breeding Herd Productivity Stalls - PMWS ?
The most recent quarterly inventory report released by USDA reveals a US hog herd that has grown modestly over the past year. says Brian Roe, Associate Professor at OSU, AEDE.

Initiative seeks roomier pens for pigs, calves
Backers of a measure to restrict how calves and pigs can be penned in Arizona have raised more than $430,000 so far to put the initiative on the November ballot and persuade voters to support it.

Porcilis Glässer is an inactivated whole bacterin vaccine for active immunisation of pigs to control Glässer disease (Haemophilus parasuis).
Feed Additives Help Agriculture and the Environment
Researchers with the USDA's Agricultural Research Service have designed feed supplements for poultry and other farm animals that not only boost nutrition, but also reduce the amount of potentially harmful phosphorus escaping into the environment.

Soybean Stocks Lower Than Expected
USDA’s end-of-June reports are slightly constructive for both corn and soybean prices for the next few days, but price trends into July and August will be led by weather developments, accoridng to the University of Iowa.

U.S. Pork Producers Can Be Proud of Export Efforts
Keith Belk calls agricultural exports from the United States "one of the bright spots" in the nation's agriculture industry today.

Pork Industry Looks For Common Sense In CAFO Rule
Last week, the NPPC released its preliminary views on the federal Clean Water Act rule proposed by the EPA that would regulate concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

Wholesale Pork Prices Off 6.7% From 23-Month High
The USDA's pork carcass composite value, commonly known as the pork cutout or wholesale, Friday was up $0.66 per hundredweight from Thursday but off $5.49, or 6.7%, from the 23-month high hit on June 23.

Four new cuts of pork introduced; will make debut later this year
Along with the announcement that the pork that Americans eat has gotten leaner, consumers can look for four new cuts of the other white meat to add to their menus.

  China

China Hog Market Weekly
In China this week eFeedLink report that live hog prices rose at a relatively slower pace during the week ending Jul 3.

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  Denmark

Denmark continues to lose its pig industry
The United Kingdom government exported half the national pig industry when it unilaterally introduced its ban on stalls. And now the same thing is happening in Denmark, only this time with environmental legislation.

  United Kingdom

Pollution Regulations Workshops For Pig And Poultry Producers
Large-scale pig and poultry producers in the West Midlands are being invited to a series of workshops which aim to explain how new pollution regulations will work.

Miliband outlines future of farming
Farming must leave a lighter footprint on the planet as it restructures for the next decade and beyond, Environment Secretary David Miliband said last week.

NFU nine point challenge for Miliband
Speaking at the NFU’s press briefing this morning NFU president Peter Kendall set out a nine point plan of priorities for farming on which he hoped Mr Miliband would be concentrating.

Royal Show backing pushes Food Miles campaign support over 4000
Support for Farmers Weekly's Local Food is Miles Better campaign has soared over 4000, thanks to huge support from the general public attending the Royal Show.

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  Philippines

Meat industry launches "Pork-in-a-Box" project
The livestock sector and the government has come up with undertakings to boost the industry with the launching of the "Pork in a Box" as its latest project which is being welcomed together with the other innovations being adopted by the private sector.

  Canada

Weekend WTO Ministerial Meeting Failure Expected to Make A New World Trade Agreement Difficult to Achieve
The Canadian Pork Council warns the weekend collapse of trade talks in Geneva will make it difficult for members of the WTO to reach a new world trade agreement before the current US trade negotiating authority expires.

Weekend WTO talks disappointing
The chairman of Alberta Pork, the organization representing pork producers in the province, present in Geneva as an observer during the past weekend's WTO trade talks, warns that negotiations are on the brink of failure and collapse.

Reported antibiotic use in 90 swine farms in Alberta
Antibiotic use was described using a convenience sample of 90 Alberta swine farms representing approximately 25% of the Alberta market swine production.

Pork Producers Applaud Planned Changes to Western Canadian Grain Classifications
Western Canadian pork producers are applauding the Canadian Grain Commission's (CGC) decision to relax the KVD, or kernel visual distinguishability, requirements which have denied farmers and plant breeders access to certain varieties of wheat.

  India

'Pig fever' detected in Kerala
Last wednesday, Kerala's Animal Husbandry Minister confirmed that pig fever had been diagnosed and was the cause of death of pigs at a private farm in Wayanad. This is believed to be the first reported case of the disease in the country.

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  European Union

Smithfield Foods To Acquire Sara Lee’s European Meats Business
Smithfield Foods, Inc. announced that it has signed a purchase agreement to acquire the European meats business of Sara Lee Corporation for $575 million, plus the assumption of pension-related liabilities in an amount not to exceed $39 million.

  Australia

Animal Welfare - Vital For Livestock Transport
With the increasing scrutiny of the management and care of animals, the Department of Primary Industries & Fisheries is urging producers and transporters to examine their livestock transport procedures to ensure that animals arrive at their destination in the best possible condition.

Company news

Big Dutchman Revolutionary new tool: the IDAL Vaccinator
Intervet's IDAL Vaccinator is a revolutionary needleless vaccination device, that allows intradermal application of swine vaccines. Due to its unique nature it has a number of advantages over traditional vaccination techniques.

Intervet 250,000th Big Dutchman-dispenser delivered
Big Dutchman's volume dispenser for individual feeding of sows has become a real bestseller, with the 250,000th model being sold recently. The recipient was the Westermeyer and Sehlmeyer GbR in Bohmte, Northern Germany.

That's all for this week!

Ed.

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