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Newsletter 29th August 2006

Newsletter 29th August 2006
Tuesday 29th August 2006
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

This weeks newsletter is being sent today (Tuesday) as yesterday was a public holiday in the UK.

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Selection Lines for Residual Feed Intake in Yorkshire Swine
By Weiguo Cai, Benny Mote, graduate research assistants; David Casey, geneticist, PIC; Jack Dekkers, Professor of Animal Science.
Pork Production in Nebraska: The Ability to make a living
By Allen L Prosch, Extension Educator for Swine Marketing and Production.
Danish Pork Industry -- Lessons To Be Learned - Part 1
By Russ Euken, ISU Extension Livestock Field Specialist
A cost-benefit analysis of Salmonella-control strategies in Danish pork production
By Goldbach SG, Alban L. Danish Meat Association, Denmark Prev Vet Med.
Feeding the boar for optimal semen production
By JSR Genetics.
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* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  United States

Hog Prices Beat Expectations: What's Next?
Hog prices have considerably outperformed expectations this summer, adding a smile to the faces of many pork producers, reports Chris Hurt, Extension Economist, Purdue University.

US Swine Economics Report
Ron Plain reports that U.S. pork producers are enjoying a long run of profitability and that July was the 30th consecutive profitable month for typical farrow to finish operations.

Pork retail prices rebound
Pork prices at retail showed a nice rebound the past two months, up 2.7% from May to July.

Weekly Roberts Report: Lean Hogs Surge
Lean hogs on the CME surged Monday. Fund buying, along with short covering, prompted by very strong cash markets helped fuel the surge.

As Fertilizer Prices Rise, the Manure Option is Looking Better
The ever-increasing cost of natural gas (and commercial fertilizer) is making manure look more attractive to farmers every day.

Pigs Could Have Power To Pump Out Petroleum
A University of Illinois researcher said one possible solution to the nation's gasoline woes could be found in farms across America.
Get more Value out of the Pork Value Chain
More Corn in 2007?
Some Illinois farmers may find switching to more corn profitable in 2007.

Weekly Outlook: Corn Prices
Necessary incentives leading producers to increase corn acreage in 2007 are likely to be provided by the market.

Hog farms could be regulated by health boards
A letter from the Missouri Attorney General's office endorses the right of county health boards to regulate large hog confinement operations.

EPA to begin studying emissions from feeding operations
EPA has just gotten approval to take the next important step to gather air emissions data from agricultural animal feeding operations (AFOs) and to ensure compliance with environmental laws.

Market Preview: Slaughter Returns to 2005 Levels
Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 25th August, provided by Steve R. Meyer.

New Facility For Air Chilled, Antibiotic Free, All Natural and Organic Poultry
Elite Foods, a North Carolina turkey and chicken company has announced the opening of its Troy, NC state of the art poultry processing plant.

Farmers: Make animal ID voluntary
Even those who have different ideas on what provisions a new farm bill should contain were unified about one issue Monday at a House Agriculture Committee field hearing in Springfield.
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Red Meat Production Down From Previous Month
Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 3.78 billion pounds in July, up 5 percent from the 3.61 billion pounds produced in July 2005.

Hormel Foods Reports Third Quarter Results
Hormel Foods Corporation last week reported its performance for the fiscal 2006 third quarter.

Smithfield Foods profits chopped in half
A sharp rise in pork costs sent the operating profit of its refrigerated foods segment down 15% in the quarter.

  European Union

EU project seeks to improve consumers' knowledge of farm animal welfare
An EU funded survey has found that while consumers are generally concerned by animal welfare, many fail to make the link between it and food products in the shops.

Unilever signs agreement to sell European frozen foods business
Unilever announced last week that it had reached an agreement to sell the majority of its European Frozen Foods business to the Permira Funds for €1.725bn.
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Farmers get hog loans of $1.3 million
A loan program to support hog producers who were experiencing difficulties because of depressed market conditions cost Island taxpayers nearly $1.3 million.

Modern Hog Barn Biosecurity Virtually Eliminates Threat of Anthrax, Similar Diseases
Despite the deaths of three pigs in Saskatchewan from anthrax, the risk of swine becoming infected by this particular disease, especially those housed in modern confinement facilities, remains extremely low.

Risk to Swine From Anthrax Considered Low
The Western College of Veterinary Medicine says, despite the deaths of three pigs in Saskatchewan from anthrax, the risk of swine becoming infected remains extremely low.

PRRS and TGE Set the Standards for Biosecurity in Western Canada
A southern Saskatchewan veterinarian suggests PRRS and TGE are the two viral diseases by which the standards are set for biosecurity in western Canada.

Health Benefits of Polyphenols Fuel Public Interest
The health benefits conferred by polyphenols, especially cardiovascular health, is helping fuel public interest in these compounds.

CPC Issues Carbon Credit Agreement Negotiation Checklist
The Canadian Pork Council is distributing a nine point Carbon Credit Agreement Negotiation Checklist for producers.

Pork Producers Encouraged to Exercise Caution when Considering Trading Carbon Credits
The Canadian Pork Council is advising swine producers to tread with caution as they begin exploring potential opportunities on the carbon credit market.
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  United Kingdom

Encouraging Signs From Pig Census
The latest Defra census is showing encouraging signs the British pig industry is turning the corner.

Tesco deal drives Smithfield's growth in Poland
Smithfield expects to double sales from its Prima Farms Group in Poland. This financial year it intends to increase from 61,000 sows to 120,000 sows. Prima supplies Smithfield meat-trading company Animex, which is significantly increasing pork exports to United Kingdom - particularly Tesco, according to the NPA's Digby Scott.

Scots vets warn diseases could go undetected because of lack of numbers
A stark warning that potentially devastating diseases are set to go undetected until they are well established in the UK's livestock herd, has come this week from Dr Sandy Clarke, SAC vet based at Thurso.

Major retailers respond to food miles campaign petition
Britain’s big supermarkets have responded positively to Farmers Weekly's Local Food is Miles Better campaign by pledging to stock more local food.

Outdoor farrowing unit has the edge over conventional system
Costing about £1050 a sow place, the outdoor farrowing unit was opened at Bishop Burton College farm last autumn.

Scots snub supermarket meat, favour butchers
Business is booming for Scotland's butchers with claims that customers are fed-up with poor quality supermarket meat.


China Piglet Market Weekly - Buying Interest Picks Up
Buying interest in China's piglet market continued to pick up during the week ending Aug 24 as recent improvements in hog prices had enabled more raisers to return to profitability.

China Live Hog Weekly
China's live hog prices stayed range-bound w/e 28th August, with disease levels significantly impacting hog prices of late.

  Korea, Republic of

Increases in pork imports cools off in South Korea
Price increases are finally slowing down increases in South Korean import pork sales after three heady years of near 50-percent growth.


Vets say disease had killed 60,000 piglets in Batangas
The so-called porcine epidemic diarrhea syndrome (PEDS) has already killed 60,000 piglets in Batangas province since it struck hog farms last June, provincial veterinarian Dr. Rodrigo Bautista said.


Japan to review labelling of meat imports
Seeking to bar imported meat from being sold under well-known Japanese names, the Agriculture Ministry is to establish a panel of experts to discuss new rules governing labelling.

Company news

Absence makes the heat grow stronger!
ACMC Breeders A change in service house design to limit sows contact with boars immediately after weaning may help improve breeding herd productivity, new research has shown. While weaned sows are generally given partial access to boars to encourage the 'standing response' as an indicator of oestrus, continual contact may not be helpful, since the sows become used to the boars.

That's all for this week!


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