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Newsletter 24th July 2006
Monday 24th July 2006
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Disinfectants: The Rotation Myth
Forget the myth you need different disinfectants for different applications and that they should be rotated regularly.
PRRS Control Pushes Performance Past 28 Pigs Sold/Sow/Year
North Yorkshire pig producer Tim Chapman applies logic, modern technology and good stockmanship to achieve results to rival the very best production figures from anywhere in Europe.
Banff Pork Seminar 2006 Proceedings
This article lists the presentations given at the 2006 Banff Pork Seminar and provides links to the respective articles.
Hog Market Thoughts: July 2006
Corn prices continue to be of concern as debate over ethanol use, feed use, and total supply continues, but there are two sides to every story.
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* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  United States

Evaluation of Air Filtration Systems to Reduce Aerosol Transmission of PRRS
Researchers from the University of Minnesota recently completed a study comparing four potential methods for reducing aerosol transmission of Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV).

Seasonal Low In US Hog Weights Just A Few Weeks Away
History says the odds are high that the seasonal trough in U.S. hog weights will be set within the next few weeks since the low is most often set in late July through the first two weeks of August, reports Glenn Grimes.

Weekly Roberts Report
In his Agricultural Commodity Market Report, Mike Roberts says that the hot weather supported July prices but packers may have to increase bids to get hogs to the plant.

Mobile Machine Quickly Measures Manure Nitrogen
A prototype manure-analyzing device that works off a car or truck battery has been built by an ARS scientist.

Crop Concerns Increase Feed Prices
With declining crop condition ratings, large areas of moisture deficits, and a period of high temperatures, corn and soybean prices appear to be building in the probability of average yields falling below trend value.

USDA and FAO Launch Animal Disease Crisis Management Center
The USDA will send four veterinary specialists to Rome to assist the Food and Agriculture Organization in launching a new crisis management center that will enhance worldwide response to animal disease.

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Sorting Out Slaughter Runs
Last week's big slaughter run (1.954 million head, 4.5% larger than one year ago) and this week's romping first three days (1.088 million head, 7.7% larger than the same three days last year) have us wondering if the expected increase in output, which has never shown up in USDA inventory reports, is finally upon us, reports Steve R. Meyer.

Red Meat & Beef Production at Record Highs for June
Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.12 billion pounds in June, up 4 percent from the 3.96 billion pounds produced in June 2005.

Pork exports for May up 11.3% from previous year
In their weekly review of the US hog industry, Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain report that pork exports for May were up 11.3% from a year earlier and the second largest monthly exports of record.

Pork industry leaders stress importance of identification
In the midst of a celebration of 14 consecutive record years of pork exports, there was a warning. "How important is it for U.S. producers to get on board with animal ID and traceability?" was asked during a question-and-answer session at the National Pork Board headquarters.

DNR denies hog lot proposals
Two hog confinement proposals were denied this week because they didn't meet Iowa's standards, state environmental officials said. Last spring, Swine Graphics Enterprises applied for construction permits to build two 4,992-head finishing facilities in northern Adair County.
State unlikely to delay hog confinement near Ventura
Opponents of a planned 2,480-head hog confinement facility northwest of Ventura, Iowa, were told last week that it's unlikely state regulators will step in to stop or delay the project.

Tests Ordered, Charges Filed Against Hog Farmers
A father and son are facing several charges, including feeding garbage to pigs and animal cruelty, following raids on their Carroll County farm where several hogs have tested positive for trichinosis.
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  Russian Federation

US wants meat certificates before signing WTO protocol
The US has demanded that Russia issues a certificate for U.S. beef and pork supplies before the U.S. signs a protocol on Russia's accession to the WTO.


Brazil's Sadia seeks main meat rival Perdigao
Brazil's largest pork and poultry processor Sadia offered to pay 3.7 billion reais (US$1.7 billion) for a majority stake in its largest domestic rival Perdigao in a deal that would give it a commanding advantage at home and added scale abroad.

  United Kingdom

Single farm payments are fees not subsidies - Rooker
Farmers do not need to be defensive about the taxpayers’ money they receive for delivering public goods. But they do need to improve their communications, to explain the benefits, according to junior Defra minister Lord Rooker.

Yorkshire pig wins unique double at Great Yorkshire Show
Steve Loveless from Bridport in Dorset captured a unique double win at this years Great Yorkshire Show. His Large White gilt Portbredy Beryl 1190 won the Supreme Championship under Judge Jim Appleton from Lancashire on Tuesday and followed this up by winning the British Pig Association Pig of the Year Competition on Wednesday under Judge John Millard from Cambridgeshire.

New litter of rare breed in county
A farm on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border has a host of new inhabitants after taking a special delivery. Pig Paradise Farm, between Market Drayton and Eccleshall, has the UK’s only curly-coated pigs.


National Farm Animal Care Council Cites Revision of Codes of Practice as Top Priority
The National Farm Animal Care Council says revision of Canada's codes of practice for the care and handling of livestock will be among its main priorities as the organization moves into its second year of operation.
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Pork Commentary: Storm Clouds on the Horizon?
This last weeks North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long.

Switch to Wheat Straw Fuel Lowers Heating Costs
A Manitoba based industrial equipment manufacturer expects to save about 50 thousand dollars a year in heating costs by switching from natural gas to waste wheat straw fuel.

State takes steps to prevent animal disease
With Avian flu and other animal diseases a concern, Vermont is taking pre-emptive action to contain a possible outbreak through the registration of all farms and other locations that keep livestock on the premises.


Pork And Poultry Supplier Plays Down Hepatitis A Concerns
One of the country's largest pork suppliers says there is little risk of its customers contracting hepatitis A, despite one of its staff falling ill from the virus earlier this month.

  Viet Nam

Purifying Water The Economical Way
Study claims a substance containing zeolit, mixed with animal food, can improve animal digestion, economise the amount of food they consume, and increase their resistance to disease.


Government Implements Piggery Biogas Projects
As the government comes out with programs encouraging the use of alternative sources of energy, the Department of Science and Technology here encouraged students and local residents to research and use other indigenous sources.
PG 600 contains the ideal FSH and LH activity for an effective fertility treatment (heat induction) in gilts, primiparous- and multiparous sows.

Romanian swine fever worries Brussels
European Health Commissioner Markos Kyprianou has expressed concern at an epidemic of swine fever which has affected central and northern Romania for the past two years.


China Hog Market Weekly
Chinese live hog prices were stable to marginally higher during the week ending Jul 17 report efeedlink.

China Piglet Market Weekly
Chinese piglet prices were stable to higher during the week ending Jul 20. Slight gains in hog prices in some regions have helped to lift piglet buying interest says efeedlink.

Company news

ACMC Breeders Watch Out For Autumn Infertility
Although the nights are only just starting to draw in, pig producers should not delay in taking steps to guard against autumn infertility. This syndrome can result in a drop in conception rates of up to 20 per cent and a reduction of one pig per litter, resulting in serious economic losses, warns Malcolm Stead, production director of pig-breeding company, ACMC Ltd.

That's all for this week!


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