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Newsletter 4th December 2006

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

European Wide Diagnostic Survey Uncovers Spread Of Ileitis Infections
By T. Hardge, C. Keller, R. Steinheuer, Ph. Tessier, J. M. Salleras, P. Rubio, K. Vestergaard, G. Cluydts, V. Ceccarelli, M. Bugliesi, R. Schippers, K. Johnson, I. Papatsas, E. Eichin, J. Rigat, T. Trela as presented at the Proceedings of the European Press Meeting on Ileitis, June 13 2006, Ingelheim.
KSU Swine Day 2006
This article is a collection of papers presented during KSU's Swine Day 2006.
All you ever wanted to know about boar semen.
By Meritxell Donadeu DVM, MSc - Veterinary Manager, PIC Western Europe.
Introduction to Livestock Marketing
Written by the Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Department of Alberta Government.
Impact on Hog Feed Cost of Corn and DDGS Prices
By John Lawrence.
Ivomec Premix - Better products mean better results
* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  United States

High Corn Prices Mean Higher Pork Prices, But When?
How will the pork industry and pork prices respond to much higher feed prices? Futures markets already have provided some signals, says Chris Hurt in his regular report.

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

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

Market Preview : Futures Rally Offers Opportunity
Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 1st December 2006, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Cash hog prices holiding up, but consumer pork demand down
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 1st December 2006 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

High Corn Prices Could Have Negative Impact
Craig Benjegerdes has been farming for around 15 years. And in that time, he's seen some rough years. "A lot of farmers are pretty giddy, we haven't seen $3.50 corn for years and years and years. So it's a big question whether to sell the corn now or let it ride, wait for higher prices."

Government Initiatives to Improve Animals' Health to Drive the Animal Feed Additive Industry
Increasing interest of the government in the health conditions of animals due to the outbreak of bird flu and foot-and-mouth disease has boosted demand for high-quality ingredients in animal feed.

'Salmon-safe' label launched this week
Environmentally conscious shoppers have long made special efforts to buy local, organically grown produce. Now there's a new label that makes it possible to buy vegetables, fruit, herbs, and wine whose production has been certified as "salmon-safe."
Company's inventions create 'better way' for hog producers
Growing up doing chores on his family's hog farm, Eric Holtkamp often yearned for ways to make work easier. "Nothing was automatic back then," said Holtkamp, 33. "I didn't know then what it was, but I knew there had to be a better way."

FDA readies cloning policy
A pending decision by the Food and Drug Administration could allow the sale of meat and milk from cloned animals. It may solve a long-standing frustration for ranchers who can't now reproduce their best steers, but it doesn't mean you'll find a cloneburger any time soon at the local bar and grill.

New Swine Management Graduate Program Announced
The University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences and a leading Illinois swine management business are creating a new master's degree program in the U of I College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

Adjusting Fertilizer to Create Low-Phytate Crops For Animal Feed
Giving too much phosphorus to wheat and barley plants has been shown to raise the amount stored as phytate, rather than as more digestible forms of phosphorus.

DNR tightens hog permit requirements
New regulations for hog confinements in Iowa could make it more difficult for some facilities to be built.

Q2 Smithfield Foods earnings, sales fall on weaker fresh pork volumes
Smithfield Foods, Inc. reported net income for the second quarter of fiscal 2007 of $44.7 million, or $.40 per diluted share, versus net income last year of $51.6 million, or $.46 per diluted share.

Johanns rules out mandatory livestock ID
The Bush administration has ruled out requiring livestock producers to participate in a national animal identification system.

Rain puts hog waste lagoons too high
Four hog farms in the region are experiencing critical swelling at lagoons after last week's 6-inch rainfall. And with more wet weather expected in the coming days, state officials are taking early action to keep the waste from overflowing into the Northeast Cape Fear River.
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Cargill launches Halal pork fat replacer
Cargill has developed an ingredient to help food manufacturers replace the pork fat used in many meat products with restructured vegetable fat.

Minnesota livestock producers often hurt by high corn prices
Minnesota livestock producers say the ethanol-fueled rise in the price of corn could drive their businesses into the red, and force them to find other foods with which to feed their cattle and swine.

Opinion: Critics use false claims against modern hog operations
I can't say it surprised me to read a recent study that shows people here in Lyon County have some of the longest life spans in the nation. We believe in clean living, hard work and being good to our neighbors, and that's bound to pay off.

Hog farms: Permits must be strictly enforced
A decade-long legal battle between the operator of a large-scale hog farm in the Oktoc community of Oktibbeha County and nearby landowners and environmentalists concerned about alleged health problems and potential environmental damage was decided this week in favor of the hog farmer by the Mississippi Supreme Court.

USDA Secy Says Trade Issues Crucial To 2007 Farm Bill
After negotiations between the U.S. and the World Trade Organization fell apart, the 2007 Farm Bill currently being crafted will be more important than ever for American farmers, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said Thursday.

  United Kingdom

Opportunity knocks for biofuels industry
Oil prices have eased in recent weeks on the international markets, but the same cannot be said for agricultural commodities.

NVZ limits on UK arable land to decrease on 19 December 2006
Defra and the Environment Agency are reminding farmers in Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs), that the whole farm organic manure loading limit, for any areas of their farm not in grass , will drop from 210 kg N/ha/yr to 170 kg N/ha/yr on the 19 th December 2006.

Don't Compromise on Quality at Xmas
Fears are growing low welfare pig meat could be pouring into the country from abroad to meet the Christmas demand, according to the BPEX.

Defra publishes its vision for the future of animal welfare
A strategy for improving animal welfare in England by building new relationships between Government and its key partners, is published for consultation today.
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Building up confidence in pig industry
The British pig industry should look forward and start investing in new housing to secure its future. But there is a clear need for greater co-operation between the ‘production’ and ‘construction’ sectors to accelerate much-needed restructuring, Farmex director, Hugh Crabtree, told members of the Suffolk Pig Discussion Group.

National Fallen Stock Scheme pays £11 million to 41,000 farmers in first two years
The National Fallen Stock Company has distributed over £11million of Government funding to farmers, with 700,000 collections of fallen stock carried out by the 140 collectors, since the beginning of the scheme in November 2004.

Deadline looming for pig producers' pollution control licences
Pig producers on large intensive units have only six weeks to apply for Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) permits.

'Trojan Pig' Highlights Imports Row
Farmers have used a giant pig to highlight their claims that cheap, inferior imports are damaging the pig industry.

Misleading labelling "tricking" UK Consumers!
Misleading labelling is alive and well, tricking people into thinking they are buying British pork and pork products when they are not.

Government must live up to promise to cut red tape burden says NFU
The NFU has called for Government to live up to its promise to cut red tape after the Prime Minister addressed the CBI on Monday.

Ministers want new animal welfare supermarket labels
A label denoting animal welfare standards could soon be appearing on supermarket food, if Ministers get their way.

Green Challenge for UK Pig Industry
Concern for the environment is top of the political agenda and its importance is also recognised by the pig industry.

  Canada

Pork Commentary: Thank Goodness – Hog Price Rally
This weeks North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long.

Sask Pork Seeks Producer Direction in Addressing Processing Capacity Concerns
The Saskatchewan Pork Development Board is looking to its membership for direction in addressing the pending loss of hog slaughter capacity within Saskatchewan.

Manitoba Will Proceed with Pause in Swine Industry Expansion
Manitoba's Conservation Minister says the province will proceed with a proposed freeze on the development of new or expanded swine operations within Manitoba.
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Confidence in Environmental Sustainability of Hog Production Increases in Western Canada
Research conducted by Ipsos-Reid shows the confidence of western Canadians in the environmental sustainability of hog farming continues to increase.

Hog plant proposal will go ahead despite concerns: OlyWest
The Manitoba-based partner in the proposed OlyWest hog processing plant in Winnipeg said Wednesday that the proposal will proceed despite a recently announced provincial hog barn moratorium, high-profile criticism of the proposal and tough economic times for the hog industry.

Moratorium: Manitoba Hog Farmers Brace for the Worst
Manitoba's agriculture and business communities fear a provincial government imposed moratorium on further expansion of province's hog industry will chase away investment and cost jobs.

Maple Leaf Foods looks to Divest its Animal Nutrition Business
Maple Leaf Foods has announced that it has retained RBC Capital Markets as its financial advisor to assist in the divestiture of Maple Leaf Animal Nutrition and related businesses.

  Malta

Malta's 3rd Qtr Meat Production Drops 17%
During the third quarter of 2006, total meat production in Malta dropped by 16.8% in comparison to the same period last year.

  China

China Hog Market Weekly
In this weeks China Hog Market Weekly, eFeedLink report that prices have moved higher on tight supply and improved pork demand.

China Piglet Weekly
In this weeks China Piglet Weekly, eFeedLink report that prices stable to marginally higher. Some farmers remained cautious in making replenishments.

Deadly diseases sweeping through China's hog farms
"Pig Fever" is sweeping through the expanding Chinese swine industry, according to swine veterinarians who have traveled there this fall.

  Viet Nam

Vietnamese Agriculture Needs Greater Support
Professor Mai Thanh Phung from the southern division of the National Agricultural Promotion Centre spoke with Thoi bao Kinh te Viet Nam (Vietnam Economic Times) about sustainable agronomy.

Vietnam outlines measures to assist farmers in post-WTO era
Investment in science-technology and personnel training would be the key to sharpen the competitive edge of farming production after Vietnam joins the WTO, the agriculture minister told Vietnam house Friday.

  Denmark

Danish Crown ends year in stronger financial position
A strong focus on its core business has resulted in a strengthening of Danish Crown’s balance sheet for the financial year 2005/06.

  Australia

APL proposes changes to pig slaughter levy
Australian Pork Limited’s 2006 Annual General Meeting, 22 November, 2006 in Melbourne resulted in some exciting outcomes which will assist APL and the Australian pig industry prepare for future challenges.

Company news

JSR plays key role 'growing' Vietnamese market
JSR has set up a franchise for JSR Genetics stock in Vietnam - Asia's second largest pig producer after China - in partnership with Korea's largest pig breeding company Darby Genetics.

That's all for this week!

Ed.

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