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Newsletter 13th November 2006

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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Doug Maus, President of Farms.com Ltd. passes suddenly
For those who have not heard the sad news, Doug Maus passed away Saturday 4th November after suffering a heart attack in London, Ontario. He was in his 51st year. Doug was the effervescent President of Farms.com whose warmth and natural sincerity meant he made friends wherever he went. Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with Doug's family and friends at this time of great sadness.

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Ventilation Basics For Swines
By Mark Storlie, ISU Extension Swine Field Specialist, Iowa State University.
The Effect of Space Allocation in Hoop Structures on Swine Performance and Pork Quality
By Brenda Patton, Elisabeth Huff-Lonergan, Mark Honeyman and Steven Lonergan.
Impact of Pork Industry on Rural Communities: Community Perceptions of Environmental, Economic and Social Impacts of Livestock Production
By Wayne J. Caldwell and presented at the 2006 Banff Pork Seminar.
Hog:Corn Ratio What can we learn from the “old school”?
By John Lawrence.
JSR Genetics - Genetics you can trust
* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  United States

Good times for U.S. hog farmers may end in 2007
U.S. hog producers are betting that not-so-good times are just around the corner.

Feed Prices Keep Rising
Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Not A "Good News" Week for Hog Farmers
Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 10th November, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Weekly Outlook: Who Will Blink on Corn Usage?
Corn usage and production mismatch will play out in a classic supply and demand interaction in 2007, with higher corn prices likely to reduce livestock production usage, reports Darrel Good.

Feed Efficiency In Hogs Posting Consistent Gains
Hog producers are getting more pounds of pork for every bushel of corn they feed swine, and with surging grain costs, these efficiencies will be put to the test, says Ron Plain.

Weekly Roberts Report: Market may be turning over
Agricultural US Commodity Market Report by Mike Roberts, Commodity Marketing Agent, Virginia Tech.

A Breath of Fresh Air for Pig and Dairy Farms
Aluminum chloride, a common ingredient in deodorant sticks, may help to minimize the nose-prickling vapors around swine and dairy facilities.

Pork Production Practice Banned In Arizona
National Pork Producers Council decries last weeks vote in Arizona to prohibit the use of gestation crates for pregnant pigs.
See also: Proven Farming Practices Banned

US and Canadian Officials Continue to Discuss Carbadox Ban
It is hoped talks between U.S. and Canadian officials will prompt Health Canada to conclude that the usage of carbadox in U.S. swine poses no health risk to Canadian consumers.
Porcilis Begonia is a AD live marker vaccine for active immunisation of pigs against Aujeszky’s disease virus infections (Psuedorabies).
DHS officials ponder effects of foot-and-mouth outbreak
The Homeland Security Department's senior adviser for weapons of mass destruction said late last week that the introduction of Foot-and-Mouth disease on American soil would have a tremendous effect on the U.S. economy, whether the outbreak is intentional or accidental.

Colorado Producers Resist Livestock Registration
The USDA's drive to register livestock premises to guard against disease and bioterrorism is meeting resistance from Colorado stockmen.

Peterson plans a sequel to 2002 farm bill
Last Tuesday's election means that when the Democratic party takes over the House of Representatives next year, a moderate member of the party from Minnesota, Collin Peterson, will be the new chairman of the Agriculture Committee.

Seaboard reports better quarter, new plants, $7.4M to ex-CEO and EPA settlement
Higher volume and rates for marine cargo service and derivatives in its commodity trading and milling segment drove Seaboard Corp.'s improved third-quarter earnings and revenue compared with the same period last year.

NFU President Statement on Smithfield Acquisition Investigation
NFU President Tom Buis made the following statement after the Department of Justice announced its plan to make additional inquiries regarding the Smithfield-Premium Standard Farms merger.

Mandatory animal ID program lags behind
Politics and emotions set to delay mandatory premise for animal identification.

Scientist Helping Processors Keep E. Coli Out of Meat
A University of Illinois food scientist has discovered that certain solutions used by meat processors to extend shelf life actually do double duty as antimicrobial agents, killing such virulent foodborne pathogens as E. coli 0157:H7.
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  Canada

Pork Commentary: US Lean Hog Prices Remain Strong
This weeks North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long.

Foreign Labor Market Offers Good Source of Workers for Canada's Swine Industry
A Toronto based labor consultant says the foreign labor market has proved to be a good source of dependable workers for Canada's swine industry. A shortage of Canadians willing to work in the pork industry has prompted many operations to look outside of Canada for workers.

Livestock Industry and Government Move Forward on Multispecies Traceability
The head of the Canadian Livestock Identification Agency (CLIA) is applauding progress made over the past two months in efforts aimed at creating a national multispecies livestock identification and traceability system.

Close Management Can Reduce Tight Pre-Weaning Mortality
A production manager with Big Sky Farms says swine producers can slash their pre-weaning losses by matching the right piglet to the right sow. The loss of piglets prior to weaning can range anywhere from a low of five percent to as high as 16, 17 or 18 percent.

Manitoba puts brakes on new hog barns
The Canadian Prairie province of Manitoba has put a temporary ban on new or expanded hog barns during an independent environmental review of new water laws, the provincial government said on Wednesday.

Saskatchewan Pork Producers Rally to Preserve Provincial Hog Slaughter
Pork producers in Saskatchewan are renewing their efforts to maintain and expand the province's hog kill after Maple Leaf Foods announced plans to close its aging Mitchell's Gourmet Foods hog slaughtering plant in Saskatoon.

Hog producers unfairly targeted by Manitoba government
The Manitoba government has unfairly singled out hog producers as being responsible for water quality concerns in the province. In imposing a temporary pause on any development in the hog sector, the provincial government has damaged a very sustainable and profitable industry.

Manitoba Pork Producers Express Concern Over Moratorium on Swine Barn Expansion
Manitoba swine producers are expressing shock and dismay after the provincial government announced it plans place to place a moratorium the on the development of new and expanding hog barns.

KAP Voices Concern Over Proposed Water Quality Legislation
Keystone Agricultural Producers says the Manitoba government's decision to refer proposed water quality legislation to the Clean Environment Commission creates another level of uncertainty for the province's agricultural community.
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  United Kingdom

Cold weather helps pig prices
After almost 3 months of falling prices, recent cold weather has cut growth rates and reduced pig supplies across many parts of the EU, helping prices.

Producers sought for better-health pilot
A pilot project to improve herd health will start soon. Twenty producers are required. If you are interested please read on...

Contract finishing event
The NPA and the NFU will be hosting an event at Sleaford on November 30 aimed at bringing arable producers and integrated pig companies together to discuss opportunities for contract rearing pigs.

Animal Welfare Act receives Royal Assent
The Animal Welfare Bill received Royal Assent on 8 November, with Animal Health Minister Ben Bradshaw hailing it as the most important piece of animal welfare legislation for nearly a century.

Apply I.T. - or be “leapfrogged”
Developed pig industries risk being ‘technologically leapfrogged’ by new players in developing nations unless they start applying information technology (IT), warns a research fellow.

Luminous pigs and silky goats on Channel 4 Farm
Channel 4 is to feature a range of genetically modified animals in a new programme on the potential future of biotechnology in farming. The programme will feature glow-in-the-dark pigs, goats that produce silk and an enormous muscle-bound cow known as ‘Schwarzenegger’.

Environment - the solution?
"An environmental agenda that is aligned and enmeshed with agriculture." According to Defra’s Duncan Prior, this should be the goal of legislators, regulators and farmers.

English farmers paying the price for Government incompetence - again
A part payment to farmers in England has been announced by the Defra Secretary of State David Miliband who said SPS claimants will receive at least 50 per cent of their payments by the end of February.

The new V Drinker from Arato
  China

China Hog Market Weekly
In this weeks China Hog Market Weekly, eFeedLink report that prices were stable to marginally higher on reduced supply.

China Piglet Weekly: Prices generally stable
In this weeks China Piglet Weekly, eFeedLink report that Prices were mostly stable in light trade in the week ending Nov 9.

  Australia

Supply shortages felt in pig meat industry
Competition between pig meat processors is heating up in the lead up to Christmas because of supply shortages. As a result the market has risen to record highs this week, with liveweight prices as high as $3.20 per kilogram.

  India

Epidemic Hits Pigs In Kodagu
Pandi curry (pork), the number one delicacy of Kodava cuisine, may become a rarity for want of pigs. The reason is a yet-to-be diagnosed disease that has claimed several porcine lives in Kodagu district recently. According to some veterinarians in the district, pig-rearers have complained of their stock suffering from fever, often leading to death.

  Ireland

EcoSecurities logs 22 pig farm methane projects
EcoSecurities has registered 22 projects in Mexico and the Philippines that will burn methane from pig waste to generate carbon credits rich countries can use to meet Kyoto greenhouse gas emissions targets.

  European Union

Commission approves over €11.5 million to tackle animal diseases in Bulgaria and Romania in 2007
A draft Commission Decision to allocate up to €11,506,000 to Bulgaria and Romania for the monitoring, eradication and control of animal diseases in 2007, was backed by the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health yesterday.

  New Zealand

Atlas tracks foot and mouth
Scientists have mapped out the likely course that foot-and-mouth disease would take if an outbreak were to occur in Canterbury. An atlas by the National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research tracks the risk of major saleyards being in the path of aerial plumes of the disease originating from piggeries in high-risk weather conditions.

Company news

ACMC to expand high-health pig production
ACMC Breeders To meet the growing demand for high-health stock, both at home and abroad, international pig-breeding company ACMC Ltd is setting up fresh production facilities.

Hypor Appoints General Manager For JVS In China
Hypor International pig breeding company Hypor today announced the appointment of Geert Rutten to the position of General Manager China for the Joint Ventures, Sichuan Hypor New Hope Pig Breeding Farm and Shandong Hypor Liuhe Pig Breeding Farm.

That's all for this week!

Ed.

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