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Newsletter 17th July 2006
Monday 17th July 2006
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Using a 24’ x 48’ Deep Bedded Hoop Barn for Nursery Age Pigs
This article reports on an on-farm study to see how nursery age pigs gain and interact in a deep bedded hoop barn.
Cohort Comparison: Large vs. Herds
By Stephanie Rutten, DVM, University of Minnesota.
A Successful Nursery Nutrition Program
This article helps to clarify some of the most important points to ensure a successful nursery nutrition program.
Regulation of Pituitary Gene Expression in Lines of Swine with Different Ovulation Rates
By Benjamin E. Brass, Rebecca A. Cederberg, Ginger A. Mills, Brett R. White. Nebraska Swine Report 2006.
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* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  United States

Fluctuation in hog slaughter influenced by weather
In their weekly review of the US hog industry, Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain report that, based on the available data, about one-third of the quarterly fluctuation in hog slaughter is a result of the size of the pig crop. The other two-thirds is due to death loss and rates of gain.

Weekly Outlook: Hog Profits Threatened by Corn Profits
“Not much change” is the theme of the latest Hogs and Pigs inventory report from the USDA. Producers continue to avoid expansion in the face of strong profits over the past two years, reports Chris Hurt.

CME Pork Review: Hogs Sag On Cash, Roll; Bellies Down
Chicago Mercantile Exchange hogs last Monday settled lower on generally depressed cash hog values, pre-determined stops below the market and funds that transferred some of their August long positions into October on the first of five days of the Goldman roll.
NPPC Urges Congress To Pass PNTR For Vietnam
Pointing out that pork represents 72% of the meat consumed by Vietnam’s 84 million people, the National Pork Producers Council in testimony last week urged Congress to approve permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) with the country.

Tyson Cuts Jobs To Save £200m Amid Slow Poultry & Meat Sales
Tyson Foods, Inc. will implement approximately $200 million in cost reductions as part of a strategy to return to profitability. The reductions significantly exceed the $110 million goal set by new CEO Richard L. Bond, and include the elimination of some positions, the company reported last week.

National Pork Board Members to Experience Don’t be blahTM Marketing Program
The National Pork Board will meet in Philadelphia July 19-22 to get a first-hand look at one of the six national target markets for its new Don’t be blahTM marketing program.
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Researchers Create Vaccine for PMWS
Researchers working at Virginia Tech have developed a vaccine to protect against PMWS in pigs. PMWS, caused by the Porcine Circovirus Type 2 (PCV2), has plagued the swine industry for almost ten years.

Weekly Outlook: Hog Profits
Modest profits are expected for pork producers through the first half of 2007, but those hopes are threatened by the potential for higher corn prices, said a Purdue University Extension marketing specialist.

Weekly Roberts Report
Lean hogs on the CME closed under the 40-day moving average setting a five-week low, according to Mike Roberts in his Agricultural US Commodity Market Report.

  United Kingdom

FMD Disease outbreak costs in dispute
More than 10,000 farms from the Scottish Borders to the south-west of England were affected in the cull of livestock that followed the foot-and-mouth epidemic of 2001 - the worst outbreak the world has ever seen.

How ethics can impact on the UK's shopping habits
Confirmation that consumers are showing an increasing interest not only in food quality and where it comes from, but also in standards of production comes in a report this week.

Income from contract-finishing is 'very welcome'
It is essential for the British pig industry’s survival that it attracts new blood, including the offspring of existing pig-keepers, a Norfolk farmer told bankers and agricultural advisers last week.

Animal diseases: If farmers pay they should have their say
Talks between NFU President Peter Kendall and EU Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel have been described as ‘friendly and constructive’ when the pair met last week in Brussels.
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Pork industry fears US antibiotics dispute
A government proposal to ban imported pork treated with the antibiotic carbadox could cause the United States to retaliate, triggering a trade dispute, an industry official said on Friday. "The worry is that the procedure that Health Canada uses to ban it could make it problematic for U.S. pork exporters into Canada," CPC executive director Martin Rice said.

Canadian, American, Mexican Pork Industries Move Forward with Livestock ID and Traceability
The president of the Canadian Pork Council says Canada, the United States and Mexico are moving in the same direction when it comes to developing systems for tracking the movement of livestock.

Pork Commentary: Still $25.00 per Head Profit
Hog prices weakened last week with Iowa-Minnesota’s lean price Friday averaging $70.13, lower yes, but still .6¢ higher than a year ago, said Jim Long in his weekly pork commentary.

Restructured Western Canadian Wheat Classes Expected to Increase Types of Crops Grown and Their Uses
The Saskatchewan Pork Development Board expects a planned restructuring of western Canada's wheat classes to broaden the types of crops grown and the uses for those crops.

North American Swine Producers Find Common Direction on Animal ID and Tracebility
Swine producers on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border are expressing their support for maintaining a strictly animal health focused approach to the developing systems for identifying and tracking the movement of livestock within North America.
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RSPCA Leads Calls To Ban Sow Stalls
RSPCA Australia has welcomed the increased attention on the use of sow stalls that has resulted from a story screened on the Seven Network’s Today Tonight programme.

Australian organic producers can look to export markets
Organic food producers in Australia should look to exports to boost their sales, advises a new government report. Organic food is one of the fastest growing sectors in the global food industry, growing at double-digit rates compared to just 1-2% on average in other foods, said the report by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC).   Thailand

CPF to build better swine farm complex
Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF), the SET-listed flagship of the agribusiness conglomerate CP Group, has announced a plan to build a new farm complex to beef up its swine business to serve domestic and overseas markets.


China Hog Market Weekly
In this weeks China Live Hog Market Weekly, eFeedLink report that live hog prices were relatively weak during the week ending Jul 10, but edged higher in Hunan and Hebei provinces. Hunan's hog prices rose by a relatively bigger extent of RMB0.15/kg from the previous week.

China Piglet Market Weekly
In their China Piglet Market Weekly, eFeedLink report that piglet prices were mostly unchanged during the week ending Jul 13. For the past two months, sporadic outbreaks of pig diseases have continued to affect farmers' interest in buying piglets. In most farms, piglet inventories were still low.
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  New Zealand

Kiwi food workers get minimum safety training
One in five New Zealanders working in the food industry has had no training in food safety, according to a new survey. The most common form of training took no more than a day, and was often designed specifically to meet the base legislative requirements, according to

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