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Newsletter 11th December 2006

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Monday 11th December 2006
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Competition from Eastern Europe and Beyond – New Players in the Global Pork Industry
By Fiona Boal and presented at the 2006 Banff Pork Seminar.
Sow Housing Options For Gestation
By Jay D. Harmon, Iowa State University and Donald G. Levis, The Ohio State University.
Feed Prices and the UK Pig Industry
By Tony Fowler, BPEX.
Methods of AI delivery
By Dr Grant Walling, JSR Genetics.
Ileitis Treatments Comparison: Oral Vaccination V's antibiotics
By M. Y. C. Thaker and G. Bilkei.
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)

  Global

Livestock A Major Contributor to Greenhouse Gas Emissions
According to a new report published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2 equivalent – 18% – than transport. It is also a major source of land and water degradation.

  Canada

Manitoba Conservatives Accept CEC Review But Reject Moratorium
The Manitoba Conservative party suggests a Clean Environment Commission review of the hog industry is fair but a moratorium on new barn development is not.

New Canada hog plant to proceed but Olymel bows out
Two out of three partners have dropped out of the planned C$200-million (US$175 million) Olywest hog plant in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but remaining player Hytek Ltd. said last week it will pursue the project.

Big Sky Farms and Olymel Pull Out of Planned Winnipeg Processing Plant Project
Humboldt based Big Sky Farms has pulled out of a project to build a pork processing plant in Winnipeg and has decided to refocus its efforts on marketing opportunities within its home province.

Early End to Pause in Swine Barn Expansion Possible
The Manitoba Clean Environment Commission is promising to review of the environmental sustainability of Manitoba's hog industry in as timely a manner as possible.

Pork Producers Plan Public Education Campaign
Manitoba Pork Council is planning a province wide educational initiative to inform the general public about what the pork industry is doing to protect water quality.

Manitoba CEC Review Offers Opportunity to Discuss Water Quality Concerns
Manitoba Conservation says a planned Clean Environment Commission review of both the provincial swine industry and pending water protection legislation will give the public the opportunity to address their concerns related to water quality.
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Early End to Manitoba Hog Moratorium A Possibility
The Manitoba Clean Environment Commission (CEC) is promising an expedient yet thorough review of the environmental sustainability of Manitoba's hog industry.

Pork Commentary: Feed Prices
This weeks North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long.

  China

China Hog Weekly
In this weeks China Hog Weekly, eFeedLink report that prices continued to edge higher on tight supply and strong pork demand.

China Piglet Weekly
In this weeks China Piglet Weekly, eFeedLink report that prices were mostly stable and that backyard farmers, particularly those in northern China, were mostly not keen in buying piglets.

  United States

Weekly Outlook: Exports
There is no evidence yet that the higher prices of U.S. corn and soybeans have slowed the pace of export commitments, said Darrel Good, a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

Animal ID program criticized
Sharon Zecchinelli raises a couple of pigs, lambs, turkeys and two dozen chickens in her backyard. The 50-year-old chef-turned-farmer says she knows more about her animals' health than she knows about her children's. To her, a federal government plan to require farmers and ranchers to register their animals in a national database goes too far.

'Natural' label to be re-examined by the Department of Agriculture
The Minnesota-based maker of Spam wants to freshen up the word "natural" on meat and poultry labels. At the very least, Hormel Foods Corp. is reheating a controversy. The company wants tighter, more uniform labeling rules, and suggested that some firms may "manipulate exceptions" to the current requirements.

Minnesota pork industry not afraid to lead on PRRS
Minnesota's pork industry isn't afraid to be first. Minnesota's pork leaders are always open to new ideas, said Scott Dee, a professor in the University of Minnesota Veterinary Population Medicine Department. Dee is leading a Minnesota PRRS Eradication Task Force, the first of its kind in the nation.
Alphamune G - Shielding, Earning
Ohio hog operation recognized for environmental stewardship
The National Pork Checkoff Board has selected Hord Livestock of Bucyrus to receive the 2006 Pork Industry Environmental Steward Award. Hord Livestock and three other farms from around the country were selected to receive the award for demonstrating their commitment to protecting the environment while conducting their day-to-day activities.

Final survey for 2006 in grain and pork producers hands
The last major survey being conducted in 2006 by the National Agricultural Statistics Service should be in the hands of grain and swine producers. Ray Garibay with NASS says it is both the acreage and grain stocks survey.

A new issue for livestock producers?
Remember 1990 when debate over bovine growth hormone - called rBST, or Prosilac in following years - turned the dairy industry upside down? Another controversy between what animal scientists can do and what consumers will accept may be just around the corner.

US Sen: Farm Bill To Aid Transition To Cellulose Ethanol
The U.S. farm sector will have to go through transformations as cellulose becomes a viable feedstock for the country's ethanol production and Congress will help that come about when it writes a new farm bill next year, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, said Wednesday.

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

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

Market Preview: People Drive Economics
Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 9th December, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

  United Kingdom

Green Challenge for Pig Industry
Concern for the environment is top of the political agenda and its importance is also recognised by the pig industry, according to the British Pig Executive.
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Phosphorous in pig diets
In research conducted by the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute in Northern Ireland, three different levels of phosphous in pig diets were compared.

EU Commission Approval To Extend The Farm Nutrient Management Scheme (FNMS) Confirmed
The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has announced that EU State Aid approval to extend the Farm Nutrient Management Scheme has been secured.

Outlook bright but fears remain of hidden problems
With the exception of dairying, prospects for UK farming look brighter than they have done for more than a decade - at least on the surface - Anderson, the farm business consultant, says in its latest Outlook review just published.

Mutilation or Just Management?
One man's minor livestock management operation is another's animal mutilation. That is why operations most livestock farmers carry out as routine, such as castration of calves and lambs and tail-docking of pigs, are criticised by animal welfare groups.

  Viet Nam

Dangerous Levels of Growth Hormones Found in Vietnamese Pork
The research work of the institute has shown an alarming situation of the use of growth hormones in Vietnam, which have been shown to cause cancer in humans. Over 10% of 428 samples of pork have been discovered containing growth hormones, containing 3-60 times more hormone that the allowed level.

  Russian Federation

Because of imports, Russia pork sold for next to nothing
Marketing pork in Russia is a headache for producers. With the growth of production, Russian hog breeders have to sell their products for next to nothing, mainly because of the fact that imported pork is sold at dumping prices, Vyacheslav Kozhevnikov, the deputy head of the Russian Pork Producers Association, told ltar-Tass on Wednesday.

  New Zealand

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Company news

New porcine AI products
PIC Innovis Ltd, which is a multi-species operation, works in close partnership with PIC in the operation of two GTCs and supplies all PIC’s AI products and semen processing services.

PIC's Sales Drives Demand For Another Semen Collection Centre
Since the arrival of the PIC 327 and 337 boars at PIC’s GTCs (Gene Transfer Centres) three years ago, sales increased so rapidly that we began planning a fifth GTC over 18 months ago.

Cut variability to optimise growth
ACMC Breeders To optimise growth, and therefore profit, pig producers should adjust their management to reduce variability among their growers and finishers, Ed Sutcliffe, technical director of pig-breeding company ACMC told a National Pig Association meeting at Beverley, East Yorkshire.

Focus-Test confirms excellent performance DLG test certificate for Big Dutchman guide vane
The higher, the better: air and odour emissions from livestock buildings have to be led away from the buildings as far as possible so that they spread before they start to bother anybody.

That's all for this week!

Ed.

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