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Newsletter 16th October 2006
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Effects of Oregano Supplemented Diets on Nursery Pig Performance
By Charlwit Kulchaiyawat and Mark Honeyman, professor, department of animal science.
Don't Overlook Population Inventory
By Stephanie Rutten, DVM, University of Minnesota and published by PigCHAMP.
Healthy Pigs:Safe Food
By H. Scott Hurd and published by NCSU Swine Extension.
Keeping Meat and Poultry Safe
By Luis Pons, USDA's Agricultural Research Service.
UK Pig Disease Quarterly Surveillance Report (to June 2006)
By Veterinary Laboratories Agency.
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* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  United States

Skyrocketing Corn Prices
Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 15th September, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Cash Hog Prices Under Substantial Pressure
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 13th October 2006 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Weekly Roberts Report: Prices under pressure
Weak chart signals, lower cash hogs on Monday and talk of even lower prices this week pressured prices in the futures market.

US Swine Economics Report: Hog Slaughter on a high
Regular report by Ron Plain on the US Swine industry.

It's October Pork Month
That means it's time to take a Mower County pork producer to lunch. Perhaps a Windsor chop or ham sandwich. Maybe a second breakfast of the day of ham or bacon or sausage and eggs.

Do Animals Smell?
The EPA recently announced a plan to gather data on air emissions from over 6,000 animal feeding operations (AFOs).

Yepsen: Solve problem of hog odors
The question of how we balance the needs of production agriculture with our need for a clean environment is a difficult one many Iowa politicians avoid.

Pork industry faces criticism
Smithfield, the world's largest pork producer and packer, announced last month it plans to buy Kansas City-based Premium Standard Farms, the second largest pork producer and sixth largest packer in the United States, for $810 million.
Porcilis Glässer is an inactivated whole bacterin vaccine for active immunisation of pigs to control Glässer disease (Haemophilus parasuis).
Weekly Outlook: Crop Size
Typically, the USDA's October production forecast would be the dominant price factor during the harvest season and into the winter months, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

American Association of Swine Veterinarians, Pork Checkoff team up to clarify Japanese MRL recommendations
The American Association of Swine Veterinarians and the Pork Checkoff have teamed up to make information on Japanese maximum residue limits, or MRLs, more user-friendly to veterinarians and producers through the Pork Checkoff’s Web site,

45 Smithfield Foods Facilities Receive AMI, GEEA Awards For Their Environmental Stewardship Achievements
Forty-five Smithfield Foods, Inc., facilities in 19 states have earned honors from the American Meat Institute (AMI) and the Virginia Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards (GEEA) for their environmental stewardship efforts during the past year.

Livestock ID program intended to track disease
Should mad cow disease or Avian flu find its way to a Des Moines County livestock herd, the disease could spread to 24 states within five days, said Byron Leu, Iowa State University Extension center livestock field specialist.

Two seeking ag office debate livestock rules
Both candidates for Iowa agriculture secretary said Friday the state needs to do something about foul odors and other pollution from livestock confinements, but they differed on what should be done.

  European Union

EU food production responds to global changes
Closures, restructuring. mergers and the offshoring of production are continuing to change the profile of the EU's food manufacturing sector, according to a report from an European Commission agency.

Commission approves €193 million to fight animal diseases in 2007
The European Commission has approved a financial package of €193 million to support programmes to eradicate, control and monitor animal diseases in 2007.
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Production of poultry, livestock high in CV
Despite a boost in the province’s information, communication and technology (ICT) industry and a surge in property development projects, livestock and poultry production has not dwindled, according to an official from the Department of Agriculture.

Group mulls court action v. pollutant farms
A class suit looms to stop piggery farms in Porac town from emitting foul odor from hog wastes that have plagued neighborhoods in several barangays.

  United Kingdom

'Holland should ban castration now'
Now that the European Parliament has given a lead, there is nothing to stop the Dutch government banning castration of pigs without anaesthetic, says Dutch Socialist Party MEP Kartika Liotard, according to Digby Scott.

Piglet vaccination 'best option' to counter mycoplasma
Vaccination of piglets as early as seven days of age is the best way to prevent enzootic pneumonia, according to Professor Stan Done, senior veterinary investigation officer, at the Veterinary Laboratory Agency at Thirsk, Yorkshire.

National pig development centre
The three leading lights at the pig industry’s new BPEX-funded national pig development centre are Dr Helen Miller, from the University of Leeds, Professor Stan Done of the Veterinary Laboratories Agency, and Professor Sandra Edwards of Newcastle University.

National Pig Development Centre another jewel in Yorkshire's crown
The opening last week at Leeds University of the new BPEX-funded National Pig Development Centre, a collaboration between Leeds and Newcastle Universities and the Veterinary Laboratories Agency, was a further jewel in the crown for Yorkshire's pig industry.

Better farm prices are good for the countryside - Peter Kendall
The recent increase in farmers’ prices for products like cereals, oilseeds, beef, pork and poultry is long overdue, and is good news for the rural economy and the environment, NFU President Peter Kendall said last week.
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Bird flu crossing to pigs on Bali an 'old isolated case'
The H5N1 bird flu virus has infected pigs on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, a senior Agriculture Ministry official said last week.


Pork Commentary: Thank Goodness for Slaughter Capacity
This weeks North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long.

Expanded Grain Based Ethanol Production Expected to Impact Feed and Food Supplies
One of western Canada's largest swine producers is expressing concern over the potential impact of expanded grain based ethanol production on feed and food supplies.

US Pork Producers Voice Concern Over Ethanol Industry Expansion
The US based National Pork Producers Council is voicing concern over the dramatic expansion of the North American ethanol industry and the impact it will have on the availability of grain to feed to hogs.

CFIA-USDA to Develop Residue Monitoring Program for Carbadox
Canadian and the US regulators are now developing a program to ensure no residues of the antibiotic Carbadox end up in pork. In 2001 the sale of Carbadox was halted in Canada due to potential human health concerns related to residues in pork and now Health Canada is considering including Carbadox in the list of prohibited substances.

Maple Leaf Cancels Pork Processing Plant
Maple Leaf Foods last week announced that it will not proceed with the construction of a new primary pork processing facility in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
- Expert Says Maple Leaf Pull-Out Makes Sense
- Sask Pork Disappointed with Maple Leaf Announcement
- Manitoba Pork Producers Applaud Maple Leaf Restructuring

Pork Interpretive Gallery Announces Change of Operations
Dr. John Patience, President of the Prairie Swine Centre, and Neil Ketilson, General Manager, Saskatchewan Pork Development Board (Sask Pork) wish to announce the transfer of management of the Pork Interpretive Gallery (P.I.G.) to Sask Pork.

Proposed Updates to Canada's Health of Animals Act Expected Within Months
Sometime within the coming months, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) expects to publish the official draft of a revised Health of Animals Act.
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China Piglet Market Weekly
In this weeks China Piglet Market Weekly, eFeedLink report that few deals were concluded in China's piglet market in the week ending Oct 12.

  South Africa

Campaign to combat swine fever in Eastern Cape continues
The Department of Agriculture has extended the campaign to eradicate an outbreak of classical swine fever in the Eastern Cape by another six months.


NSW Minister warns drought will drive up food prices
New South Wales Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald says the price of basic food is set to rise as farmers struggle to cope with drought.

Company news

British pig-breeding expertise at EuroTier
ACMC Breeders ACMC's new German franchisees - Hans Gerd Behrens and Jens Uwe Stiefel, as well as senior management - will be on the company's stand (No C06/F, Hall 26) for the first time at EuroTier, which started on Saturday 14th November and runs until the 17th in Hanover.

Retrovirus infection in pigs: a possible factor in poor health
Researchers at Cambridge and Glasgow Universities recently reported the novel discovery of age-related titres of circulating retroviral elements in serum samples taken from commercial pigs and a preliminary association with background disease status and mortality.

That's all for this week!


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