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Newsletter 11th September 2006
Monday 11th September 2006
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

Heat Stress Reduces Performance
By Kayt Johnson, BPEX Knowledge Transfer Manager.
Danish Pork Industry - Antibiotics Prohibited As Growth Promoter - Part 3
By Terry L. Steinhart and Larry McMullen, ISU Extension Swine Field Specialist.
Strategies For Pork Growth
By Alberta Pork.
Assessing Boar Semen Quality: Motility, Malformation or Viability?
By Dr Grant Walling and Dr André Maldjian, JSR Genetics.
Hog Market Thoughts for September 1
By Al Prosch, Nebraska University Pork Central Coordinator.
USDA Livestock and Products Annual Reports for 2006
By USDA, FAS - This article provides the pork industry data from the USDA FAS Livestock and Products Annual 2006 reports. We start this week with the following countries, Brazil and the Ukraine.
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* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

WSPA Exports Model Farm Practices To Brazil And China
The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) has launched an international Farmwatch campaign to improve conditions for farm animals, starting in Brazil and China.

Trade Talks Failure Should Prompt Rethink Of Food And Farming To Combat Obesity Epidemic
The global obesity epidemic cannot be halted by conventional means and demands a radical rethink of farming and food production worldwide, a leading scientist warned yesterday.

Editorial: The truth on GM is in the middle ground
"Food can polarise opinion more than most issues, but can we please have some balance and debate, rather than mudslinging and crop burning to get to the truth?" asks Stephen Daniells.

  United States

Slaughter breaks all records but prices hold firm!
Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 8th September, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Slaughter record will be broken several more times this fall
This weeks US Swine Economics Report by Ron Plain.

Estimate of September 1 breeding herd shows one percent growth
Weekly review of the US hog industry by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Weekly Outlook: Soybeans
The soybean market apparently expects a larger production forecast even though the soybean production forecast was nearly 100 million bushels less than expected.

Iowa State corn/soy plastics to be made into hog feeders
Professor Richard Larock is using plastics made from corn, soybean and other bio-based oils to develop, test and manufacture new hog feeders.

Biofuels and Livestock
Research under way in the University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences has developed methods for allowing corn to be used for the production of livestock feed and ethanol.

Powering a town with pig manure
With skyrocketing crude oil prices much of the nation's attention has turned toward alternative fuels.

DNR director criticizes hog zoning laws
Iowa's top environmental official, speaking in one of the state's top hog-producing counties, this week criticized the tactics of farm organization lobbyists and accused Iowa lawmakers of setting up a "smoke screen" to give an "illusion of local power over livestock operations."

A call for more hog farm inspectors
Two Republican lawmakers have called on the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to reshuffle resources and commit more inspectors to East Central Indiana as the hog industry continues to grow here.

Sustainable Food for the World
While major strides have been made in feeding a rapidly growing world population, it is unacceptable to still have 800 million hungry people in the world...
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Pork Commentary: Expansion Relatively Restrained
This weeks North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long.

Pork Industry Stakeholders Evaluate New Options for Addressing Carbadox
Canadian pork industry stakeholders are evaluating proposed new options for ensuring pork products remain free of residues of Carbadox.

Increased Biofuel Production Expected to Alter Livestock Production Patterns
A research economist with the University of Minnesota predicts the recent massive growth of the US biofuel industry will result in some significant shifts in North American livestock production patterns.

Expanded Grain Based Biofuel Production Causes Concern Among Livestock Feeders
A massive expansion of North America’s ability to produce biofuel, including biodiesel and ethanol, is expected to dramatically increase the demand for crops which have traditionally been used in the manufacture of human food and livestock feed.

NDP defends hog plant investment
The NDP government on Friday defended its multimillion-dollar investment in a Moose Jaw meat-packing plant - money that may be in jeopardy, reports About $3.8 million in taxpayer dollars has gone into Moose Jaw Pork Packers, formerly known as Worldwide Pork.

Ontario market hog producers will receive new tattoo numbers
The Canadian Pork Council and provincial pork organizations have been working towards a National Hog Identification and Traceability (ID&T) system that will raise the hog industry's preparedness in a crisis situation.


China Hog Market Weekly
China's live hog prices were mixed over the last week as recent disease outbreaks in various regions have impacted hog trade, prompting many hog traders to lower their prices to move sales.

China Piglet Market Weekly
China's piglet replenishment activities increased during the week ending Sep 7., although activity was uneven. Raisers in certain regions remain concerned over the possible spread of pig diseases and have not been active in taking up piglets delivered from other provinces.

China's food processing machinery seeing rapid growth
China's food processing and packaging machinery sector has made significant strides and is closing the gap on the products made in other parts of the world, according to a new report.
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  United Kingdom

Views sought on animal feed guidance
The Food Standards Agency has published draft guidance on the labelling of compound animal feeds (feeds with two or more ingredients).

Small producers to be encouraged to colloborate for school meal contracts
Education secretary Alan Johnson has announced a package of measures to improve school meals, one of which could open up a new market for small and local producers. The package includes £240m to continue to subsidise healthy ingredients until 2011 after the current £220m transitional fund runs out in 2007/08.

Identity of UK regional produce brands to be protected by EU law
Safeguarding the reputation and quality of the UK's regional produce is a fundamental objective of the Country Land and Business Association's Food Chain Initiative.

Keep it transparent, urges NPA chairman
Britain's leading pig processors have received a note from NPA chairman Stewart Houston expressing disappointment that some may be planning an across-the-board deduction per pig of 27p-30p, following the introduction yesterday of the two percent hot weight rebate.

RPA may need to adjust 19,000 Single Payment Scheme claims
RPA has introduced a new software upgrade to adjust Single Payment Scheme (SPS) 2005 entitlements where changes to the number, value or type/region may be necessary. Around 19,000 SPS claims together with 7,700 claims with horticultural authorisations are being reviewed to verify whether adjustments are required.

Study reveals farmers spend more than they earn
Many farmers across England are spending more money then they earn, according to a DEFRA study.

HLS making agri-environmental schemes harder to sign up for
Farmers and land agents claim their desires to "go green" by embracing agri-environmental schemes are being thwarted by raised hurdles and suspected budget cuts.

Biodiesel plant business case for Mid North
The Southern Flinders Ranges Development Board is to develop a business case investigating building a canola crushing and biodiesel production plant in the Gladstone area.


Food safety experts launch battle against E. coli bacteria
Food safety experts met in Dublin last week to discuss international standards they hope will cut back on the rising number of infections caused by the deadly enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) bacteria.

  Viet Nam

PM calls for stamping out foot and mouth disease
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on Thursday asked localities to stamp out outbreaks of foot and mouth disease and revive the livestock breeding industry as soon as possible.

  European Union

European Commission supplies foot-and-mouth vaccine to Turkey
The European Commission has sent 1,660,500 doses of bivalent vaccine against foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) to Turkey, as a contribution towards the autumn vaccination campaign against this disease.


Smithfield targets Romania for expansion into Europe
Smithfield Foods has targeted massive expansion into Romania as the lynchpin of its plans to muscle further into the European market.
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Sale of Bulgarian pork could be prohibited with EU accession
The sale of Bulgarian pig meat could soon be prohibited unless the government can prove it is successfully tackling increased outbreaks of Classical Swine fever (CSF) in the country, according to a new USDA report.


Classical Swine Fever In Croatia
This is follow up report No.1 via OIE on the Classical Swine Fever outbreak in domestic pigs in Croatia.

Company news

Boehringer Ingelheim Boehringer Ingelheim and Danish Meat Associations to fully settle vaccine case in Denmark
Danish pig producers have today entered into a settlement with Boehringer Ingelheim Denmark A/S in a court case concerning the vaccination of Danish pig herds with a vaccine, which is used to prevent the dreaded pig disease Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS).

Further step in generation change at Boehringer Ingelheim decided
Dr Heribert Johann, Chairman of the Shareholders’ Committee of Boehringer Ingelheim, will retire at the end of 2006 after more than 31 years with the Corporation.

PIC High Potential Manager Required in Russia
PIC International are seeking a manager to work with expatriate General Director during the start up phase of a new business.

Agricultural/Management Trainees Required in Russia
PIC International are seeking Agricultural/Management Trainees to work in Belgorod.

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