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Newsletter 2nd October 2006
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

USDA Livestock and Products Annual Reports for 2006
By USDA, FAS - Pork industry data from the USDA FAS Livestock and Products Annual 2006 reports for Hong Kong, Philippines and Romania.
The Difficulty with Grow-Finish Metrics
By Stephanie Rutten, University of Minnesota.
Improving the health status and performance of sows and their litters
By Dr Jens N. Jørgensen, Chr. Hansen.
USDA Quarterly Pigs and Hogs Report: September 2006
This quarter's quarterly Hogs and Pigs report from the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.
U.S. Hog Breeding Herd Structure 2006
By the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.
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New Vaccines Accelerate Reduction of Porcine Circo Virus Associated Disease Related Mortality
A Drummondville swine veterinarian reports two new vaccines have accelerated the decline in mortality among Quebec farms affected by Porcine Circo Virus Associated Disease.

Pork Commentary: Hog Prices Drop $10 per Head
This weeks North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long.

Feed Formulation Identified as Key to Lowering Manure Phosphorus Levels
A researcher with the University of Manitoba suggests the formulation of feed, in conjunction with other techniques, holds the key to reducing the amount of unutilized phosphorus that passes through the pig ending up in the environment.

Extrusion Based Feed Processing Offers Potential in the Manufacture of Least Cost Pathogen Free Feeds
A researcher with Sabetha Kansas based Wenger Manufacturing is confident that, despite its limitations, extrusion based feed processing has great potential in the manufacture of least cost pathogen free feeds.

Olymel hires Bouchard
Meat processor Olymel LP has hired former Quebec premier Lucien Bouchard to help the company restructure the pork sector in the province, where Olymel warns that mounting losses threaten 4,000 of its jobs.

Consumer Interest in Omega-3 Pork Gaining Momentum
The president of Prairie Orchard Farms reports interest in Omega-3 enriched pork appears to be growing. In the spring of 2005 Prairie Orchard farms received approval from the CFIA to label its pork as being high a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids, and approximately one year later the product received similar approval from the FDA.
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Experts: U.S. must protect food supply
The United States needs to continue taking steps to protect its food supply from terrorism just as it would its buildings, airports and other infrastructure, FBI deputy director John S. Pistole said.

Johanns touts USDA bioterror prevention efforts
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns keynoted the Second Annual International Symposium on Agro-Terrorism in Kansas City last week. He told a group of several hundred public health, military professionals and ag industry officials the U.S. must defend the food chain from terrorist attack for the good of the entire nation.

Weekly Outlook: Storing Early Corn
Recent price behavior in the corn market has provided less incentive to store the early harvested 2006 crop, said Darrel Good, a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

Weekly Roberts Report
Agricultural US Commodity Market Report by Mike Roberts, Commodity Marketing Agent, Virginia Tech.

Market Preview: Circovirus uncertainties; slow expansion continues
Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 29th September, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Consumer demand for pork, beef and broilers sees substantial decline
Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

  United Kingdom

NFU President puts farming in the spotlight
NFU President Peter Kendall hosted a very well attended fringe event at the Labour Party Conference in Manchester at the weekend. Joining Peter were Charlotte Atkins and Secretary of State David Miliband. David Miliband said Defra and the Government as a whole needed to win back the trust of the farming community.
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Nadis Pig Veterinary Report and Forecast – September 2006
This is a monthly report from the National Animal Disease Information Service (NADIS), looking at the data collected from their UK farm inspections.

Startling rises in pig farmers' energy bills
Attention has recently been focussed on rising energy costs reflected in startling rises to pig farmers' bills. Moreover, there would appear to be no end in sight after the recent announcements by the major energy providers that the consumer prices are not set to fall in line with the reductions continuing in wholesale prices.

East Anglian farmers see average profits drop 70%
Farmers in East Anglia are making only a third of the profits they made 10 years ago, according to a survey of farmers in the region.

Waste management licence advice service launched
A new advisory service to help growers generate income from spreading waste to land has been launched by Agrogate, the farm business advisory arm of Agrovista.

Search For A Super Sausage Sarnie
Journalist and writer Carol Thatcher is a banger lover and proud of it and is spearheading this year's British Sausage Week. As part of the week from 30 October to 5 November, she will be searching for Britain's supreme sausage sarnie, according to BPEX.
Rural Payments Agency's latest figures show thousands still waiting for money
The Rural Payments Agency has confirmed that 99 farmers in England are yet to receive a penny of their single farm payment for 2005 and some 7300 claimants are awaiting their top-up payments.

Securities launch is a swine for London Stock Exchange
Since last week, investors have been able to take a punt on the price of pigs for the first time, following the launch of 29 new securities on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).

NPA steps in to save exports
Exports of pig breeding stock by P&O Ferries look like winning a reprieve, reports the NPA's Digby Scott. The company caused dismay in the pig genetics community when it extended its existing ban on slaughter animals to all breeding stock.

Tallow: commonsense may prevail
It is beginning to look as if British renderers will be able to continue burning tallow as a fuel after all. The health directorate in Brussels is expected to rule that it CAN be used as a fuel as long as the renderers follow environmental safety rules laid down in 2000.
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Traffic light food labelling system could harm industry, NFU warns
The traffic light system for labelling food could have potentially dire consequences for the farming industry, the NFU has warned.

  Dominican Republic

Meeting To Discuss Pig Farms Smell Near Dominican airport
The smell affecting the Cibao International Airport by pig and chicken farms located in Uveral section of Licey township will be faced as of this Monday, with joint actions taken by the authorities of Civil Aeronautics and of that municipality, community organizations and the terminal’s operators.


China Hog Market Weekly
In this weeks China Hog Market Weekly, eFeedLink report that, with China's hog supplies falling short of demand amid low inventory levels of late, prices mostly continued to edge higher during the week ending Sep 25.

China Piglet Market Weekly
In their China Piglet Market Weekly, eFeedLink report that China's piglet prices were mixed in the week ending Sep 28.

  Russian Federation

US Wants More Details on Pork, Oil and Siloviks
The Russian delegation set off last week for a new round of talks with the United States on Russia’s joining the World Trade Organization. The parties do not expect much progress, though. Old discussions will be continued while debates on Sakhalin-2 and Russia’s domestic situation will surely follow.


Jamaican farmers could pay more for farm feeds
Farmers could be asked to pay higher prices for animal feed as the price of corn, which is the main ingredient used to manufacture the product, spirals out of control in the United States.

  European Union

EU restricts accession funding to promote agricultural reform
The EU is to place restrictions on aid payments to farmers in Bulgaria and Romania, unless they succesfully complete reforms in their agricutural policy. Following the decision earlier this week, to allow after many years of discussions Romania and Bulgaria into the EU by January 1 2007, ministers revealed that the country would face close scrutiny of its policies.
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Pig vets advised to spend more time on the farm
Pig vets can expect to spend more time on-farm with producers talking through and planning improvements to herd health - the single biggest brake on performance and, therefore, profitability. Steve McOrist, clinical professor at University of Nottingham Veterinary School, told this week's JSR Technical Conference UK that vets would see their role develop in line with colleagues in the USA.

ACMC Breeders Plant protein quality control in pig feeds
Greater reliance on the use of imported soya since the EU ban on mammalian proteins in livestock diets has resulted in an increased risk of nutritional variability in pig feeds, particularly when used for younger animals. Dr Julian Wiseman, Professor of Animal Production at Nottingham University, points out that the use of whole soya beans or oil-extracted meal now accounts for over 50 per cent of EU protein equivalents in livestock diets.

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