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Newsletter 23rd October 2006
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

Different Approaches To Handling PRRS
By Monte McCaw, North Carolina State University.
Evaluating Growth, Loin Muscle Area, and Backfat Accretion During Summer and Winter for Finishing Pigs in Bedded Hoop and Confinement Buildings
By Joel Morrical, Mark Honeyman, Clint Schwab, Jay Harmon and Tom Baas.
Consumers’ View of Pork Production
By Susan Jones and presented at the 2006 Banff Pork Seminar.
Does the World Need U.S. Farmers Even if Americans Don’t?
Mary K. Hendrickson, Harvey S. James, Jr., And William D. Heffernan and published by the University of Missouri
US Pork Outlook Report - October 2006
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service.
Alberta Hog Market Commentary and Outlook - Summer 2006
By Kevin Grier, Senior Market Analyst, George Morris Centre, in Guelph and Calgary. Published by Alberta Pork.
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The potential of India's food industry
India is the world's second largest producer of food next to China, and has the potential of being the biggest with the food and agricultural sector. Though the industry is large in size, it is still at a nascent stage in terms of development.

  United States

Hog Producers Could Face Competition For Corn
Steve Turnquist says he's not opposed to trying something new, so when dry distillers grains became available at a local ethanol plant, he started using them in his hog operation.

Hogs Vs. Ethanol: Ethanol Wins!
The pork industry's concerns about higher corn prices from the extraordinary growth in corn demand for ethanol appears to be moving from speculation to reality, reports Chris Hurt.

How Will Crop Producers and Congress Respond to Higher Prices?
Wheat, corn, and soybean prices, which have moved higher since mid-September, have implications for the production plans of farmers and perhaps for farm policy, said Darrel Good, a University of Illinois marketing specialist.

US Swine Economics Report
Regular report by Ron Plain on the US Swine industry.

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

Canadian Live Hog Imports Up 6%
Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.
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Coalition Urges Congress To Pass PNTR For Vietnam
The Agriculture Coalition for U.S.-Vietnam Trade, which the National Pork Producers Council chairs, Friday sent a letter to Congress urging lawmakers to approve Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status for Vietnam so that U.S. agriculture can benefit from the Southeast Asian nation’s accession to the World Trade Organization.

Pork destined for Japanese table
In keeping with the City of Boyden’s slogan, ‘Small in size, Big in business’, SIG International is proving that small packers can be successful in the pork business.

One agency should handle country’s total food safety
Recent widespread outbreaks of E. coli contamination have resulted in the recall of spinach, lettuce and ground beef, some of which were fatal to consumers. The recent problems have sparked calls for a change. One of the suggestions involves giving a single agency responsibility for food safety.

Smithfield Foods Test Waterways Home and Overseas As Part of World Water Monitoring Day
Smithfield Foods’ employees teamed up with student volunteers and concerned citizens across the United States, Poland and Romania to test the quality of waterways as part of yesterday’s annual observance of World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD).

FDA likely to approve meat, milk from clones
The Food and Drug Administration is nearing a decision to approve the sale of food from cloned animals and their offspring.

'Carbon trading' creates questionable deals
As the world grows warmer, poorer nations are helping the rich by reining in heat-trapping gases, in a multibillion-dollar "carbon trade" that is outrunning its U.N. overseers and founding principles and spawning conflicts of interest and possible abuse.

Iowa Residents raise ‘stink’ about hog plans
Several planned hog confinement facilities near this Marshall County town have some local residents pitted against one of Iowa’s most prominent pork producing corporations.
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Pork Commentary: Maple Leaf Foods Rock the Canadian Pork Industry
This weeks North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long.

Sask Pork Assumes Management of Pork Interpretive Gallery
The Saskatchewan Pork Development Board has assumed responsibility for the operation and management of the Pork Interpretive Gallery located at the Prairie Swine Centre.

Tight Feedgrain Supplies and Higher Prices Expected this Winter
The Canadian Wheat Board is predicting tight supplies of feed grains this winter and higher prices. Canadian Wheat Board weather and crop surveillance director Bruce Burnett reports domestic feed grain markets have rallied in response to tightening supplies.

U of A Research Recommends Against High Inclusion of DDGS in Swine Diets
A scientist with the University of Alberta is cautioning against the over inclusion of dried distillers grain in swine rations. Expanded wheat based ethanol production in western Canada is resulting in higher volumes of wheat dried distillers grain available as feed.

  South Africa

S. Africa extends pig culling drive to eradicate swine fever
South Africa said on Friday that it has extended the campaign to eradicate an outbreak of classical swine fever in the Eastern Cape province by another six months.

Swaziland's ban on pig imports lifted
The ban on the importation of pigs and related products from South Africa to Swaziland has been partially lifted with effect from last week, according to the Kingdom's ministry of agriculture.

  United Kingdom

NPA calls for ministerial support over surfeit of environment legislation
NPA chairman Stewart Houston last week wrote to environment minister Ian Pearson and farming minister Lord Rooker to emphasise the pig industry's concerns about IPPC costs.

Porkwatch results for September 2006
A slight fall in the amount of British facings of fresh pork is apparent, with 76% of packs on display being home-produced. Whilst this is not as low as the figure recorded by Porkwatch in May this year it is disappointing after July’s Porkwatch phase reported a recovery to 80%, according to the NPA.

Farmers change to survive in NI
Farming is still an important sector for Northern Ireland's economy. In the first of a series of reports from the province, BBC News examines how the business of farming has been changing.
The first and only vaccine for the control of Porcine Proliferative Enteropathy.
SA: We're not blurring our principles on organic food
Usually, the Soil Association is criticised for setting unrealistically high standards for organic farming and food, says Peter Melchett in a letter. So it was a surprise to read the Guardian's leader column alleging that we were "diluting standards to keep in with the supermarkets".

Further delays seen with farm payments
English farmers can expect more delays next year with a troubled new 1.5 billion pound payment scheme, the National Audit Office said on Wednesday.
See Also: £1bn farm cash fiasco criticised by MPs

National Primestock Show and Sale
Live pig classes are being reintroduced to one of Britain's leading winter livestock shows after a break of about 20 years, helping rejuvenate the link between breeders and retailers.

Victory For Healthier Option
A healthier sausage specifically designed to have a lower salt level has won top prize in a competition run by the British Pig Executive.

United Kingdom Slaughter Statistics - October 2006
This publication by Defra shows various statistics obtained from surveys of slaughterhouses run in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

  Taiwan, Province of China

Officials step up efforts in H5N1 prevention
Taiwan is covering its poultry and pig farms with nets to prevent migratory birds from infecting local flocks and livestock with the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, an agricultural official said on Tuesday.


Irish Farmers spending 99% of time to earn 6% of income
The Teagasc farm income survey, which has shown that farmers are spending 99% of their time earning one twentieth on their income, highlights the Government’s failure to improve returns from our prime food produce, according to Fine Gael Agriculture and Food Spokesperson, Deputy Denis Naughten.


China Piglet Market Weekly
In this weeks China Piglet Market Weekly, eFeedLink report that prices were stable to lower amid fewer replenishment activities.
"Intelligent" valves from Big Dutchman

Cargill Philippines launches Sow Solutions
Cargill Animal Nutrition Philippines launched their new product dubbed Sow Solutions in an effort to solve prevailing problems in sows.

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