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Newsletter 27th November 2006

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

What the Commercial Pork Producer needs to know about Genetic Improvement
By Dr. Todd See, Swine Genetics Specialist, North Carolina State University.
China - Pork Powerhouse of the World
By Ruojun Wang and presented at the 2006 Banff Pork Seminar.
Housing options for farrowing: Considerations for animal welfare and economics
By John J. McGlone, Texas Tech University.
The United States pork niche market phenomenon
By M. S. Honeyman, R. S. Pirog, G. H. Huber, P. J. Lammers, and J. R. Hermann.
Finding a place for pork in a changing marketplace
By Susan Jones and published by Alberta Pork.
Perception vs. reality in the pork industry
By Wayne Caldwell, associate professor, University of Guelph and published by Alberta Pork.
Porcilis M Hyo is an inactivated vaccine for active immunisation of pigs to protect them against Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae during the whole nursery and fattening period.
* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  Korea, Republic of

H3N1 pig flu virus found in South Korea
Scientists say they have identified the H3N1 swine influenza virus in domestic pigs in South Korea. A highly infectious respiratory pathogen, the H3N1 influenza A virus is a new genetic reassortment of influenza viruses first identified in U.S. pigs during 2004.

  Russian Federation

Russia’s meat production up 4 pct
Russia’s meat production in January-September grew by four percent on the year, Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev said in response to questions from an Internet audience. “The best rates were observed in pig breeding – about six percent. Major pig breeding farms increased production by 12.5 percent.

Russia to ban EU animal imports
Russia had told the European Union it intends to ban all animal product imports from the EU from January 1 because Moscow claims new members Bulgaria and Romania have poor animal health standards, the European Commission said last week.

Putin: Polish meat import ban not covering entire EU
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia's ban on Polish meat imports would not expand to the entire European Union. "Disputes with Poland do not spread to the entire European Union," he told a joint press conference.

Russia Reopens Trade in U.S. Beef, Expands Pork Imports
U.S. beef has regained access to the Russian market as part of a two step process, effective immediately, pending a plant audit tour by Russian inspectors. The agreement also expands pork exports with Russia.

  China

China Hog Market Weekly
Hog prices continued to rise this week on the back of low supplies and improved demand.
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China Piglet Weekly
Piglet prices were soft this week on weaker than ecpected demand.

China endorses new pig breeding programme
Hunan's "135 Pig Breeding programme", developed by Hunan Agricultural University, has received approval from national authorities and is slated for nation-wide promotion.

Worm is 'key to healthier bacon'
A microscopic worm may be the key to heart-friendly bacon. Geneticists have mixed DNA from the roundworm C. elegans and pigs to produce swine with significant amounts of omega-3 fatty acids the kind believed to stave off heart disease.

  United Kingdom

The truth about food fraud
Is that tuna in your sandwich? Or was the fish in the can a different species altogether? From careless labelling to outright deception, food fraud in Britain has reached epidemic proportions - and most of us have no idea what we're being sold. How can we sort the organic wheat from the GM chaff?

Pig Website is World's First
The three key elements to track and improve the profitability of a pig enterprise have been brought together on a unique new web-based service - the first of its type in the world. The site is a joint venture by the Red Meat Industry Forum and BPEX.

Survey gives value to unpaid family labour
The Meat and Livestock Commission, QMS, HCC and EBLEX have carried out a survey of beef and sheep farmers to help put a cost on unpaid family labour.

£140 Million Of Single Farm Payments Will Be Paid in December
Agriculture Minister, David Cairns, has announced that the majority of farmers will receive their Single Farm Payment by 22 December 2006.

IPPC applications
Providing the necessary geological information for an IPPC application form is causing a few headaches, according Nigel Penlington at BPEX. He is checking with the Environment Agency (which originally said it would supply the necessary information) and with the British Geological Society, and will report back.

Reviewing delivery of official controls in UK approved meat premises
The Food Standards Agency is currently reviewing how official controls are delivered in approved meat premises in the UK.
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United Kingdom Slaughter Statistics - November 2006
This publication by Defra shows various statistics obtained from surveys of slaughterhouses run in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Demand For Whey Increasing
Pig-keepers have long recognised the multifaceted benefits of whey but now there is growing interest from the human food industry and this might reduce its highly competitive pricing to the pig sector.

Certificates of competence for animal transport
There has been considerable concern expressed recently regarding certificates of competence which will be required for all involved in moving livestock from January 5, 2008.

Building a better future for England's kept animals
The England Implementation Group (eig) has today published ‘Building a better future for England's kept animals', its first annual report summarising the progress being made in England on delivery of the animal health and welfare strategy for Great Britain.

Rapid growth on farms of non-food crops
A five-fold increase in UK biofuel sales has seen a rapid growth in non-food crop production on farms.

  United States

$4 corn and smaller pork chops
Experts at a National Pork Producers Council session on how the ethanol boom affects hog-producers served up a message of leaner times ahead Monday.

Pigs can eat ethanol co-products, too
Most people who follow the explosive growth of the ethanol industry have seen cattle as the winner in the battle to use the leftovers -- distillers' dried grains, or DDGs.

Pork Storage Rise No Surprise
Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 23rd November, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Weekly Outlook: Corn Prices
A number of factors indicate that corn prices will remain high, although potentially volatile, through the winter months, said Darrel Good, a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.
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Nominations Open for Leadership Positions on National Pork Checkoff Board
The National Pork Checkoff Board is accepting nominations to fill five, three-year terms as directors of the board.

Animal ID Won't Be Mandatory
Farmers and ranchers won't be forced to register their cows, pigs and chickens in a nationwide database aimed at helping track the outbreak of disease, the Bush administration said Wednesday.

Beware when buying distillers grains
igs don't know Latin, but the phrase "Caveat Emptor" applies when their owners buy them distillers grains to eat.

High corn prices mean tough times for livestock farmers
Corn prices are at their highest in a decade this fall, which means generous profits for grain farmers.

Report: Block hog lots for health
Iowa should call a moratorium on construction of livestock confinements to protect people's health, and eventually should limit how many animals can be in a given area, a team of leading researchers says in an international report.

  Spain

Docile sows push up Spanish performance
Docility of stock has been a major factor in the success of a new Spanish pig unit which is among the first in that country to install a group housing system in advance of EU legislation that will prohibit the use of sow stalls in 2013.

  Canada

Pork Commentary: Red Ink in Hog Country
This weeks North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long.

Addressing Variability in Weight Key to Maximizing Returns on Market Hogs
The Prairie Swine Centre is recommending addressing natural variability in body weights as one way to maximize premiums for hogs delivered to the packing plant.

Industry leaders tackle key issues at Alberta Pork AGM
Alberta’s pork producers will have the opportunity to hear industry leaders address the key issues in today’s pork production when Alberta Pork presents its 2006 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Calgary December 6 - 7.

Proper Vaccine Selection Critical to Effective Disease Prevention
A technical services veterinarian with Wyeth Animal Health cautions, when selecting vaccines to protect pigs from the threat of disease, it is important to choose the ones that contain the correct strains of disease causing organisms.
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Non-Farming Consumers Consider Environment a Top of Mind Issue
Research conducted by Ipsos-Reid indicates, while the attitude of Canadians toward hog farming is generally positive, concerns related to the environment have become a top of mind issue.

Saskatchewan Pork Producers to Explore Pork Processing Options
Saskatchewan's Pork Industry is exploring its options after Maple Leaf Foods announced it is not prepared to reverse the decision to close its aging Mitchell's Gourmet Foods hog slaughtering plant in Saskatoon or to sell the facility as an ongoing operation.

Canada Farmers Warn of Legal Action over Hog Barns
Farmers in Canada's biggest hog-producing province may go to court if the Manitoba government does not remove its moratorium on expansion of pork production, the farmers said Thursday.

Proposed Moratorium on Swine Industry Expansion Expected to Chase Away Investment
Manitoba's hog marketing cooperative fears a moratorium on the expansion of swine operations in the province will chase away investment and reduce the number of hogs available for slaughter.

  Zimbabwe

Pig Industry Board, Sirdc to Kick Start Fertilizer
The Pig Industry Board and the Scientific and Industrial Research Centre joint-venture project to produce organic fertilizers and generate electricity from pig manure, is now expected to begin next year, an official said.

  South Africa

Tourists warned of swine fever in Northern Cape
Holidaymakers have been asked to comply with regulations banning the movement of pork and pork products to control classical swine fever, said the Northern Cape agriculture department on Tuesday.

  Australia

Pig tracing may go high-tech
The pig industry is considering launching an electronic system to trace animals. The industry has already set up a traceability system called Pig Pass, where producers who export pigs fill out national vendor declaration forms.

  Denmark

Denmark threatened by Russian foods boycott
Danish agriculture will be hurt by the Russian threat to introduce a total stop to the imports of foods and dairy products from EU. This drastic move is caused by Bulgaria’s and Romania’s entry to the EU.

Denmark lowers live pig export
Danish live pig exports next year is expected to decline after a sudden fall in the latest quarter, according to the Danish Meat Association (DMA).

  Croatia

Classical Swine Fever In Croatia
This is follow up report No.5 via OIE on the Classical Swine Fever outbreak in domestic pigs in Croatia.

  Japan

Pork black market huge: dealers
Not only have importers illegally evaded high tariffs on pork shipments, but the leading food companies that purchase it were well aware of that fact, several meat wholesalers have told The Asahi Shimbun.

That's all for this week!

Ed.

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