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Newsletter 31st July 2006
Monday 31st July 2006
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

Probiotics For Pigs - How Can They Be Made To Work?
By Damgaard & McLaren - A look at the use of live microbial cultures or direct fed microbials as replacements for AGP's.
Benchmarking Lifetime Production
By Stephanie Rutten, DVM, University of Minnesota.
Welfare Decision-Making In Swine Production
By Dr. John Deen, D.V.M., Ph.D., Dipl. ABVP, University of Minnesota - This paper discusses some of the important issues for the care and welfare of animals, particularly the role of audits.
Personal Hygiene Should Be Integrated In A Full Bio Security Program
By Luc Ledoux, CID LINES nv - A look at how to integrate personal hygiene in a full circle biosecurity program.
Hogs Prices and Outlook - Little Expansion, But Little Profit as Well
Outlook report by Chris Hurt, Extension Economist, Purdue University
US Pork Outlook Report - July 2006
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - A look at the latest Global Pork Industry data.
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* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  United States

NPPC Applauds Administration Action On Doha
The NPPC confirms its support for the US refraining from supporting a less than ambitious agreement in the WTO Doha Round.

Purdue expert: Prices may be up, but farm income down
Challenging weather and concerns about corn prices and farm income will be discussed by a panel of Purdue University and state agriculture experts who will talk about the harvest forecast on Aug. 11 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, reports Chris Hurt.

Consumer Demand Down 5% For Pork
Consumer demand for pork for January through June of this year is down 5.3% from 12 months earlier according to Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain in their US Weekly Hog Outlook report.

"Herald" Barley Benefits Farm Animals, Growers and Environment
A new barley for feeding to cows, pigs, chickens—and perhaps even farm-raised trout could help the environment and barley growers, too.

Lessons from Mandatory Price Reporting
A look at Mandatory Price Reporting by Steve Meyer.

Proposed hog lots eluding local control
Proposed hog lots in Iowa give local residents a whiff of controversial rules passed by the Legislature four years ago.

NC Legislators leave problem of hog waste for later
While it was a productive legislative session, NC state lawmakers couldn't avoid leaving a lot on the table. One thing they left there was hog waste.
M+Rhusigen - A First In Erysipelas

Pork Commentary: Strong Prices Continue Despite Onslaught of Hogs
Jim Long's weekly thoughts on the North American market.

CFoA Encourages Restart of WTO Negotiations
The Canadian Federation of Agriculture is encouraging the federal government and its trade negotiators to continue working with other countries in hopes of getting stalled World Trade Organization negotiations restarted.

CPC Disappointed with Suspension of World Trade Organization Negotiations
The Canadian Pork Council expresses disappointment with the suspension of the Doha talks and urges a resumption of the negotiations.

Research Shows Organisms Thought to be Inert Contribute to Meat Spoilage
Research conducted at the University of Manitoba has shown some bacterial organisms long thought to be harmless do, in fact, contribute to the spoilage of meat.

Ontario Pork Announces New U.S. Settlement Policy
Ontario pork producers shipping market hogs to U.S. packers on a dollars in/dollars out basis will soon be able to receive payment in U.S. funds.

New executive for national livestock traceability organization
The organization responsible for facilitating a nation-wide, multi-species system of livestock traceability for Canada has a new executive following its first annual general meeting, held July 19-20 in Toronto, Ontario.

Tree Planting Encouraged At Hog Farms
Thanks to a project that will save energy in barns, mitigate greenhouse gas production and reduce odours in livestock operations, producers and their neighbours are also enjoying more scenery - and greenery.
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China Hog Market Weekly
China's live hog prices were mostly marginally higher during the week ending Jul 24.

China Piglet Market Weekly
China's piglet prices were mostly higher in the week ending Jul 27, reversing sluggish price movements of the past two months.

  United Kingdom

Super-quick semen tester is now running
State of the art CASA (Computer Assisted Semen Analysis) equipment at Leeds Veterinary Laboratory is now running and will be used to establish a baseline for semen quality, in co-operation with the main AI companies.

NFUS declares war on red tape
A new action group has been formed to address the huge concerns of the farming industry over unnecessary red tape.

£200,000 Pledged in Grant Scheme
Almost £200,000 has been pledged by the British Pig Executive(BPEX) to improve co-operation along the supply chain.

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CAP not to blame for WTO collapse
The collapse of the WTO talks this week was not down to Europe's position but to the United States' refusal to compromise, says the NFU.

Welfare in transport
Having water available to pigs during the whole of a journey may lead to poorer welfare, not better, says the National Pig Association.


PigPass to identify food safety risks
Pork producers have welcomed a new identification system to trace animals from pig pen to plate.

  New Zealand

NZ Minister Speaks To Pork Industry
Minister of Agriculture and Biosecurity, Jim Anderton's speech to the Pork Industry at Wairakei Resort, State Highway, Wairakei.

Biosecurity Focus Of Pork Conference
The Chairman of the New Zealand Pork Industry Board has challenged the government to improve both border controls and down-stream biosecurity systems which he says are inadequate and pose serious threats to the New Zealand economy.


Brazil soy industry boycotts beans from the Amazon
Brazilian soy crushers and exporters will stop buying soybeans grown in the Amazon basin for the time being, industry groups said on Monday, bowing to pressure from activist groups trying to preserve the rain forest.

  Korea, Republic of

South Korean Pork Imports Fall
South Korea’s imports of beef and chicken gained in the first half of the year while its pork imports declined, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry said Tuesday.
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Malacca State Assembly: Veterinary department erred in closing pig farms
An Exco member last week admitted the Veterinary Services Department erred when it ordered, two months ago, the closure of pig farms in Malacca due to the Japanese Encephalitis outbreak in 1998.

  Viet Nam

Vietnamese Pig Herd To Be Developed
Vietnam will soon breed pigs on a much larger scale than before, Husbandry Department Deputy Director Nguyen Thanh Son said at a conference in Ha Noi. The conference was held jointly by Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the US’ National Swine Registry, in order to develop breeding to meet local market demand as well as to export pork.

That's all for this week!


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