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Newsletter 9th October 2006
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Making Progress Through Research
By Kees de Lange, University of Guelph - This article is from a collection of the scientific papers presented at the 2006 London Swine Conference.
Gestation Stalls, Animal Welfare and People
By Allen F. Harper, Extension Animal Scientist-Swine, and Mark Estienne, Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Virginia State University
Response of Growing Pigs to Graded Levels of Flaxseed
By J.F. Patience, A. van Kessel, M. Drew, R. T. Zijlstra, P. Leterme and A.D. Beaulieu and published by the Prairie Swine Center.
USDA Livestock and Products Annual Reports 2006 Summary
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* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)


Pork Commentary: No Significant Expansion of U.S. Breeding Herd
This weeks' North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long, commenting on the USDA's September 1 Hogs and Pig Report, Circovirus and the Canadian Market.

Functional Foods Considered the Way of the Future
A Perth County pork producer is confident functional foods, such as the selenium enriched pork being marketed in southwestern Ontario, are the way of the future.

Proposed Health of Animal Act Revisions Expected in Canada Gassette-1 Within Months
The Canadian Food Inspections Agency expects proposed revisions to Canada's Health of Animals Act to be published in Canada Gassette-1 some time in the coming months.

Legislators Encouraged to Consider Codes of Practice in Amending the Health of Animals Act
The Alberta Farm Animal Care Association is encouraging legislators to consider codes of practice as amendments to the Health of Animals Act move forward.

Livestock cruelty laws: Ontario moves forward
Ontario livestock producers and the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) may view the issues of animal welfare and livestock cruelty from very different vantage points, but they agree that the current system of enforcing cruelty legislation is flawed. After looking westward, they think they’ve found a solution.

Hog Producers Concerned with Explosive Growth of Grain Based Ethanol Fuel Production
Swine producers in Canada and the United States are expressing concern about the potential impact of diverting grain away from food production into the production of ethanol for fuel.
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Turning Waste into Power
An anaerobic biodigester system researched and developed at PAMI’s facilities in Humboldt has the potential to turn common waste into heat and electricity, with loads of potential for application here in Saskatchewan and around the globe.

OlyWest hog plant opponents form NoWinniPig alliance
Opponents of a proposed hog processing plant in Winnipeg announced Friday they've banded together to form a NoWinniPig campaign, in their hope that strength in numbers can drive the plant out of the city.

  United Kingdom

Harvesting knowledge
As barbecues go, it would be difficult to imagine a more intriguing group of guests. Queuing politely in a bustling farmyard in Wytham was a man who knows a good deal about burgers, or at least the art of selling hundreds of millions of them, Steve Easterbrook, the president and chief executive of McDonald's UK. Major General Peter Davies, director general of the World Society for the Protection of Animals, stood not far behind him, along with Philip Lymbery the chief executive of Compassion in World Farming.

Geo Adams finds non-levy solution
Geo. Adams has come up with what it hopes will be an acceptable solution to the hot/cold rebate issue. It meets the NPA desire for processors to avoid imposing another ‘levy’.

Boom Time For Breeding Pig Exports
Britain's pig industry is heading for yet another bumper year on the export market says the British Pig Executive.

New Pig Centre to Provide Link From Farm to Lab
A new pig development centre linking academics with pig producers aims to help the UK’s pig industry regain its position as a world leader.
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Don't do it piecemeal, says NPA
At a Defra conference yesterday, Stewart Houston, chairman of BPEX and NPA, proposed a pig industry environment taskforce to deal with the broad sweep of environmental regulation descending on the pig industry.

Best option for the environment and farming remains ammonium nitrate, says fertiliser research
The findings of a research programme which looked for alternatives to ammonium nitrate fertilisers were published today by Defra.

Supermarkets accused over organic foods
Supermarkets are putting pressure on organic food watchdogs to lower standards so they can fully exploit a billion-pound industry which is growing by 30% a year, according to leading figures in the movement.

SA Responds To Claims Of Lowering Organic Standards
A BBC Newsnight piece broadcast wednesday claimed that it had 'evidence' that the Soil Association's organic standards and principles were 'slipping' under pressure from major retailers and the growth of the organic market. This claim was repeated in an article in The Guardian, based on the Newsnight broadcast.

Meat and Livestock commision's study indicates growing demand for quality meat
A growing sector of "foodies" is opening up new opportunities for meat producers in the south west, according to new research.


8th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production
The 8th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production brought together researchers from around the world in the area of animal breeding and genetics.

  United States

U.S. Pork Export Growth Increases in First Half of 2006
Consumers across the globe are gaining positive experiences with U.S. Pork.

Support Grows For ID System
Livestock and poultry producers will be offered an opportunity within the next two months to help build a state animal identification program through a series of "listening sessions."

Commentary: Hogs and Pigs Report - September 2006
Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain comment on the September 2006 Quarterly Pigs and Hogs Report from the USDA.
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Hog Report Confirms Herd Growing Slowly
Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Commentary: September 2006 USDA Hogs and Pigs Report
Dr Mike Brumm comments on the latest USDA Hogs and Pigs report.

Caution urged In Expanding Herd
Any positives for pork producers from higher corn prices will be more than offset by negative consequences, reports Chris Hurt.

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

More Bearish Pig Crop Reports Needed?
Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 15th September, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Smithfield Foods Completes Acquisition Of ConAgra Foods Refrigerated Meats Business
Smithfield Foods, Inc. last week announced that it had completed the acquisition of the assets of the branded meats business of ConAgra Foods, Inc. for $571 million in cash, subject to certain post-closing adjustments.

Industry hope to halt Smithfield deal through anti-trust hearings
Smithfield Foods Inc.'s attempt to buy over Premium Standard Farms has apparently incurred the wrath of the industry as various consumer and farming organisations are now clamouring for the Department of Justice to evaluate the deal for antitrust concerns.

Purebred breeder committed to swine industry
Things change in the swine industry, and to remain viable an operation has to adjust, said purebred producer Jim Grimm.

Starner gets exercised about eliminating PRRS
According to the Minnesota Pork Council, PRRS costs the U.S. pork industry $560 million annually through death losses and production declines. Starner said sows are most effected by PRRS, and the virus contributes to higher rates of abortions, stillbirths and weak piglets

US Retail Food Prices Rise Slightly in Third Quarter
Retail prices for food at the supermarket increased slightly in the third quarter of 2006, according to the latest American Farm Bureau Federation Marketbasket Survey.

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Alert issued for missing quarantined pigs
Maryland agriculture officials have issued a health alert to nearly a dozen states - from Indiana to Georgia - warning about pigs that are missing from a farm that was under quarantine.

Prop. 204 is extreme yet simple hogwash
Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary defines hogwash as swill, slop, nonsense and balderdash. Arizonans will recognize it as the new term of art on Arizona's political landscape.


China Hog Market Weekly
Previously rising hog prices in China moved lower during the week ending Oct 2.

China: a victim of trade wars?
If the Chinese government gives in to mounting international pressure to revalue its currency, it could spell the end of cheap exports, a move that many anticipate would have a knock-on effect on raw materials costs for the food industry. But China may prove to be a less ready victim of western bullying than some expect, reports Food Production Daily.

  European Union

Classical Swine Fever: post-enlargement measures for Bulgaria and Romania agreed
A Commission proposal to approve Romania's eradication plan and emergency vaccination programme for classical swine fever was endorsed by the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health yesterday.


Stopping the Spread of Exotic Diseases in Porcine Creatures
It is estimated that a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak will cost Australian rural industries more than $13 billion over a ten year period, with up to 70% of losses coming in the first year.


Pig Industry Calls for More Stockfeed
The Pig Industry Board (PIB) is lobbying for an increased availability of stockfeeds to increase the national pig herd, which was devastated by the drought four years ago.

  Viet Nam

Japan supports Vietnam’s environmental protection efforts
The Japanese government will provide nearly $3 million to help intensify Ha Noi’s efforts in protecting the environment, separating waste at source, and utilising available organic waste, according to the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Company news

Thoughts from China - The world's factory
Tim S Rymer, JSR Genetics, reflects on his recent trip to China and the industry he witnessed. The size and scale of the Chinese pig industry takes your breath away, 1.3 billion consumers eat their way through 600 million slaughter pigs, produced from 50 million sows - 50 % of the world's pig population.

Intervet Intervet appoints Ellen de Brabander as a member of the company’s Executive Committee
Intervet, Akzo Nobel’s veterinary pharma business, announces that Ellen de Brabander – van den Berg has been appointed as a member of Intervet’s Executive Committee, effective October 1, 2006. Ellen de Brabander will succeed Klaus Olbers in the function of Vice President Research & Development.

That's all for this week!


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