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Newsletter 6th November 2006

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Monday 6th November 2006
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

The Impact Of Subclinical Ileitis On Farm Economics
By Steven McOrist BVSc PhD.
UK/EU Pig Populations - October 2006
Extract from the quarterly pig bulletin published by Defra.
UK/EU Pig Statistics - October 2006
Extract from the quarterly pig bulletin published by Defra.
Hogs Vs. Ethanol: Ethanol Wins!
By Chris Hurt.
Canadian Hog Statistics - November 2006
By Statistics Canada.
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* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

A fair trade future
The world needs an independent trade watchdog to properly regulate the international food supply chain if we as a society are to truly create a more sustainable and ethical food market, or so argues a report that asks whether such a watchdog is in the vital interests of farmers, food firms and consumers.

International agencies join forces to advise OIE animal health and welfare fund
Five international organizations met in Paris on 20 October 2006 to advise the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on funding to help developing countries meet international standards for dealing with disease outbreaks and related issues.

  Australia

New bio-agent for parasite control
A new environmentally-friendly treatment to control the tiny parasitic worms which plague the livestock sector is set to become a commercial reality.

Deadline closes in for PigPass
Australian Pork Limited Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Spencer, said from 1 January 2007 pigs consigned to export abattoirs need to be accompanied by a National Vendor Declaration (PigPass) which is backed up by either an appropriate on-farm QA system or by routine residue testing of pigs.

  United States

Weekly Outlook: Soybeans
With such large speculative interest and a changing demand climate, it is difficult to gauge the potential strength in the soybean market, said Darrel Good, University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

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

Canada Reduces Breeding Herd Numbers
Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.
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Canadians Report More Slippage
Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 3rd November, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Pork Checkoff to hold conference to investigate the implications of distillers grains on the U.S. pork industry
The Pork Checkoff will host a conference titled Distillers Grains: Implications for the U.S. Pork Industry on Nov. 20, at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown in Des Moines, Iowa.

US Pork Outshines Beef, Chicken
After the first six months of 2006, FreshLook data show that pork is outpacing beef and chicken in tonnage growth vs. year-ago performance, and outperforming chicken as well in dollar sales growth.

Increases Expected For U.S. Meat Exports, Seng Tells USMEF Members
Exports of U.S. beef, pork and lamb to foreign countries are expected to increase in 2007, thanks in part to efforts of the U.S. Meat Export Federation.

K-State studies show distillers grains have mixed results on hog growth
Feeding dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) to nursery and grow-finish hogs had variable effects on growth performance, according to four Kansas State University studies.

Premium Niman hogs have their day in the sun
When the sun came out last week, hogs on the Flaherty farm basked in it. "If they can be out of the wind and in the sun, it's perfect for them," said Travis Flaherty, who with his wife, Debbie, raises hogs and alfalfa on their central Iowa farm.

Corn and Wheat May be 2007 Choices
Changes in relative prices have caused corn and wheat to project higher relative returns in 2007 compared to soybeans, according to a recent University of Illinois Extension study.

Be aware of deadly 'pit gas' in hog finishing buildings
Applying nutrients from hog facilities on crop fields has many advantages, but one life-threatening disadvantage: Pit gas.
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Pork Production Opens Door For Young Farmer
The lure of working outdoors encouraged Adam Sheppard to farm, but the hog industry made it possible.

  Canada

Livestock Handling Transportation Award Unveiled in Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan livestock transporters who move hogs are now eligible for a new handling and transportation award. Last week the Farm Animal Council of Saskatchewan in partnership with the Saskatchewan Pork Development Board unveiled the new Award of Distinction for Hog Transportation Handling.

Pork Industry Introduces Updated Draft Pork Greenhouse Gas Project Builder
The Canadian pork industry has introduced the latest draft of a software package designed to help swine producers calculate the number of greenhouse gas offset credits they may be able to sell.

Pork Commentary: USA-Canada Inventory Report - No More Hogs
This weeks North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long.

Industry Government Advisory Committee on Traceability Sets Vision for Traceability
The Industry Government Advisory Committee on Traceability has agreed to an initial vision of what a national multispecies identification and traceability system should look like.

Emergency Management Preparedness Identified as Key to Successful Traceability System
Manitoba's chief veterinary officer suggests the primary focus of any livestock traceability system needs to be emergency management preparedness.

  China

China Hog Market Weekly
In this weeks China Hog Market Weekly, eFeedLink report that prices were mostly stable at the close of the week in review.

China Piglet Weekly
In this weeks China Piglet Weekly, eFeedLink report that prices were mixed.

  Viet Nam

Vietnam food market to benefit under WTO
Food processors in Vietnam can expect to see higher quality raw materials and lower prices on imported ingredients as the country becomes a full member of the World Trade Organisation.
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  United Kingdom

Water friendly farming initiative gathers momentum
The key elements of a programme to help farmers tackle the causes of harmful water pollution are now in place, Environment Minister Ian Pearson announced last week.

Shut that door!
Leaving the door open in a piggery - whether through forgetfulness or to 'improve' ventilation - can cost producers a small fortune, according to Nick Bird, director of Reading-based farm energy specialists, Farmex.

Upbeat View of Pig Industry
Supermarkets are not necessarily the ogres they are always painted says this year’s David Black Award winner Philip Richardson.

Profitable and environmentally sustainable food chain is needed says NFU President
Food retailers should be rewarding value - not cutting prices - to create a sustainable supply chain and allow farmers to continue their important environmental work, says the NFU President.

Animal transporters invited to apply for authorisation
Transporters can, from last week, apply for authorisation to carry animals under new rules which become law in January.

French farmers suffer as food imports increase
French farmers are suffering as the nation’s consumption of imported food increases while exports remain static, according to FWi.

Levy payers invited to have their say
John Bridge, the Chair Designate of the new agricultural and horticultural levy board is encouraging all levy payers to make sure they register their views on what they want out of the new organisation.

Countryside paying the price for single payment fiasco says NFU President
The countryside is paying the price for the Government’s mistakes over the single payment scheme at a time when funding for the environment should be a political priority, NFU President Peter Kendall said recently.

Walker slams CAP reform as 'still farming for the subsidy'
European Union agricultural policy reform - billed as a "brave new world" of freedom to farm without red tape - has become a joke, according to Jim Walker.

NFU Farming Outlook: Farming climate changing for the better
Recovery in the fortunes of many of Britain’s farmers is set to continue, according to the NFU’s latest “Farming Outlook” report.
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Genetic 'Noah's ark' strategy launched for the country's farm animals
A plan to conserve the genetic material of the country's farmed animals was launched today.

  Romania

Romania To Wipe Out Swine Fever By Dec 2007
Romania will resume its swine fever eradication plan and emergency vaccination program Dec. 1 to comply with the European Union animal sector requirements, news agency Mediafax reported, citing Marian Avram, head of Romania's veterinary authority.

  Uganda

New Breed to Boost Piggery in Mukono
Mukono Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute has imported a new hybrid variety of pigs from South Africa to boost piggery farming in the district.

  Malaysia

Only one Sabah pig farm using banned drug
Only one pig farm was found using the banned growth enhancement drug Beta-Agonist by the Department of Veterinary Services and Animal Industry (Dovsai) in Sabah since last year.

Company news

Lambert Houwen Appointed Production Manager
Hypor Hypor Canada recently announced the appointment of Lambert Houwen to the position of Production Manager, Hypor Canada. A member of the Hypor Canada team since 2003, Lambert began his career in the swine genetics business with Hypor Netherlands in 1985.

That's all for this week!

Ed.

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