Newsletter 20th November 2006
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We have 6 new features this week:
Vaccinated pigs grow bigger and generate more profit!
By Harm Voets, DVM, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health GmbH, Germany.
Applying scientific principles to evaluate the effects of BioPlus 2B in piglets under farm conditions
By Peter Kürti, DVM, Chr. Hansen.
Impact of Higher Corn Prices on Feed Costs
By John Lawrence, ISU Extension Swine Field Specialist, Iowa State University.
Biodigesters resuscitated: trading waste for money
By Rogério G.T. da Cunha and Laura V.C. da Costa.
US Pork Outlook Report - November 2006
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service.
China Exporter Guide 2006
By the USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service.
Building herd health is top priority in maintaining pig industry profit
A period of sustained profitability in the pig industry, something lacked for many years, has resulted in a degree of confidence for producers. But this confidence is tenuous and can be damaged at any time, according to Stewart Houston, chairman of the National Pig Association.
Price Pressure on Pig Feed
Feed prices are rising and producers coming off contracts could be facing on average an extra £12 a tonne to renew. That equates to as much as 4p per kg dwt according to a feed cost report just published by the British Pig Executive.
Farmer-Friendly Training Scheme
The Oxford Dictionary defines skill as: practised ability, dexterity, tact, all of which are vital attributes for staff on a modern pig farm. And to make sure these people have the necessary skills, a new training programme has just been launched, funded by BPEX.
UK producer levy cuts could follow from single board set-up
The chair designate of the new UK levy board has said that statutory levies may go down as a result of the government's overhaul of the levy board system.
FSA warns that safety standards must take priority on farms
Farmers must come to terms with the fact that they are part of the food chain. This is appreciated by most progressive individuals who act accordingly, but the majority of industry participants will now be subject to a greater degree of scrutiny.
NI Agricultural Census June 2006 Final results
The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has released the final results of the June 2006 agricultural census.
Editorial: Meat Industry Urged To Be Proactive In Food Scares
Meat Processing Global editor, Chris Harris, writes that the meat industry is once again the subject of damaging media headlines and it should take a more proactive stance.
New rules to strengthen protection for the water environment were proposed last week.
NFUS Expresses Disappointment Over NVZ Proposals
NFU Scotland has expressed its concern over proposals that have been included in the Scottish Executive’s consultation on new rules in Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs). These would mainly come into force in stages, starting 6 months after the rules are approved by Parliament.
Swine Producers Cautioned Again Over Using By-Products of Ethanol Production
A research scientist with the University of Alberta is cautioning against the over inclusion of the by-products of ethanol production in swine rations.
Sale of Saskatoon Hog Slaughtering Plant as Ongoing Concern Unlikely
The President of Maple Leaf Foods has told hog producers in Saskatchewan the sale of its hog slaughtering plant in Saskatoon as an ongoing concern is an unlikely possibility.
Saskatchewan Government Remains Committed to Expanded Hog Production and Processing
Saskatchewan's premier says his government remains committed to working with the hog industry to attract expanded pork production and processing.
Pork Commentary: In Memoriam
This weeks North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long
Preliminary Program Announcement!!
The VIth International Conference on Boar Semen Preservation will be held in Canada on August 12-15 2007.
China Hog Market Weekly
Chinese hog prices moved higher on reduced supply following the recurrence of pig diseases in major hog production regions.
China Piglet Weekly
Chinese Piglet prices were stable to higher following increased buying in some regions.
WV now ranks third in swine production
Western Visayas is among the Philippines' top swine producing regions, the latest figures presented by an industry leader show.
Experts give LPC hog lot opinions
Odor and public health experts agree hog confinements are a controversial topic in the state and more studies are needed to find out if the buildings truly pose a public health threat.
US Swine Economics Report
Regular report by Ron Plain on the US Swine industry.
Market Slippage No Surprise
Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 17th November, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.
Weekly Roberts Report
Mike Roberts' Agricultural US Commodity Market Report
Weekly Outlook: Corn
A change to the trend of higher corn prices would not be expected until there is some evidence of a slowdown in consumption.
Equipment manufacturer buys European pig pen makers
A Kosciusko County farm equipment manufacturer has agreed to buy two European companies to expand its product offerings.
NPPC Hails Passage Of Bill Protecting Animal Enterprises From ‘Terrorist’ Acts
Calling it a victory for animal agriculture and businesses that legally use animals, the National Pork Producers Council last week praised congressional passage of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act of 2006.
Editorial: Arizona voters OK ban on hog, veal crates
Lost in the avalanche of election results on Nov. 7 was a ballot proposition in Arizona that should cause concern among livestock producers across the country.
Tyson warning on food versus fuel debate
Tyson, the world's largest protein producer, last Monday weighed into the food-versus-fuel debate with a warning that ethanol-driven corn prices would push up the cost of beef and chicken for US consumers.
Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns last week unveiled a Web-based energy awareness tool designed to help agricultural producers reduce energy costs related to animal housing.
Getting Livestock Vaccines Past a Maternal Block
Use of a virus linked to the common cold is among the novel approaches Agricultural Research Service scientists in Iowa are using to bypass maternal defenses that thwart vaccination of very young livestock.
Ethanol provides more than just fuel
As the ethanol industry continues to grow each year, many swine producers are turning to the alternative fuel source for transportation as well as for their livestock.
Feds admit $2.8 billion in improper farm payments
The Agriculture Department on Wednesday acknowledged making improper payments to farmers worth more than $2.8 billion last year.
Euro Tier success follows refocus on core EU pig production.
With a record number of over 1600 exhibitors, international visitors up - an expection of over 100,000 visitors in total - and following a major refocus on its pig production core together with new themes around Bio Energy production, Euro Tier continues to hold the position of Europe’s largest and best supported livestock production Expo.
Euro Tier 2006: BioEnergy Europe heralds in new era for world’s farmers - sustainable energy production.
The premier of BioEnergy Europe at Euro Tier creates an impressive backdrop to a new world opening up for all farmers, and makes a persuasive case for the immediate practical potential offered by the technology.
Perdigao: Third Quarter Indicates Tendency Towards Recovery in Growth
Perdigao's third quarter 2006 results reflect a tendency towards recovery in relation to the second quarter of the year.
Swine fever spreads in Croatia
Some 5,500 pigs will be slaughtered at a farm in eastern Croatia which was hit with a new outbreak of classical swine fever, the worst so far in the country, the agriculture ministry said.
Trial results cite most cost effective treatment for enteric and/or respiratory infections
Novartis Animal Health has announced that results from seven recent field trials around the world showed that Denagard® / Tiamutin® provides the most cost-effective solution when compared head-to-head with tylosin and lincomycin – increasing margins up to €23.60 ($29.50) per pig sold in some cases.
250,000th Big Dutchman-dispenser delivered
Big Dutchman’s volume dispenser for individual feeding of sows has become a real bestseller, with the 250,000th model being sold recently.
Taking the guesswork out of semen analysis
Following a validation exercise, Leeds Veterinary Laboratories (LVL) now use the Hamilton Thorne Ultimate Sperm analyser to examine raw and extended boar semen from UK pig AI centres, instead of manual techniques, says Anne Jones, BVMS,MSc,MRCVS, Managing Director, Leeds Veterinary Laboratories.
That's all for this week!