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Newsletter 18th December 2006
Monday 18th December 2006
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Pork Production Around the World - Challenges & Opportunities: The World
By John Gadd, International Pig Consultant.
Managing Animal Variation
Excerp submitted by Eric van Heugten, Swine Nutrition Specialist, North Carolina State University.
Field peas, pigs make good combination
By Laura Miller, communications specialist, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.
Impact of Characteristics of the Farmers and their Business on Profitability in the Canadian Hog Industry
By Verna Mitura, Statistics Canada.
KSU Swine Day 2006: Porcine Umbilical Cord Matrix Stem Cells
By R. Carlin, D. Troyer, M. Weiss, B. Schultz, and D. Davis.
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* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  United Kingdom

Warning On UK Pig Welfare Regulations From The PVS
A warning that a new wave of EU welfare initiatives could damage the UK pig industry as much as the banning of sow stalls in the 1990s has been issued by the President of the Pig Veterinary Society.

Cost sharing debate must redefine Defra's relationship with farmers, says NFU
The debate over responsibility and cost sharing for animal health and welfare must bring about a cultural change in the relationship between Defra and farmers, the NFU said today.

Blue-sky group plans greener future
Don't despair, there might be something better on the way for pig farmers, says the National Pig Associations Digby Scott.

NFU Report makes the case for 21st century farming
A campaign to explain why farming is becoming more, not less, important to 21st century Britain is being launched by the NFU this week.

IPPC... Brussels looks at lowering the threshold for pigs
The European Commission is expected to come out with a review of IPPC next summer.

Farmers Associations Joint statement on IPPC work
The NFU, the British Poultry Council, the British Egg Industry Council, the National Pig Association, the Environment Agency and Assured Foods Standards have issued a joint statement on the work they are doing regarding the new Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control regulations.

Faster Pig Finishing
An improvement in feed conversion rate of 0.5 and faster growth has resulted in pigs finishing 21/2 weeks earlier compared with straw yards in one of the UK’s newest and largest finishing houses.

Cutting The Cost Of Pig And Poultry Feed
Pig and poultry producers are having to absorb dramatic increases in their feed costs due to the soaring price of fishmeal and feed grains.
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British Bacon Education Week
The first ever British Bacon Education Week takes place 19-25 February, offering bacon lovers across the country the chance to celebrate this national treasure.

FSA publishes simplification plan
The Food Standards Agency recently published its Simplification Plan, a wide-ranging strategy designed to cut business red tape, reduce the burden on enforcement officers, and improve levels of consumer protection.

Sales of Veterinary Antimicrobials Declining
Statistics on the sales of veterinary therapeutic antimicrobials for 2005, and re-stated sales for 1999-2004, are published in a Government report last week.


World Grain Situation Not Looking Good
Six of the last seven years world grain production has fallen short of world use, raising concerns for livestock producers.

  United States

Weekly Outlook: Production Forecasts
Changes found in the USDA's latest world production and consumption forecast were generally expected, with no surprises observed, said Darrel Good, a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

Weekly Roberts Report: Cash sellers - Push hogs off the feeding floors
Agricultural US Commodity Market Report by Mike Roberts, Commodity Marketing Agent, Virginia Tech.

US Immigration Raids Send Shockwaves
Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 16th December, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Downsizing May Be Needed Due To Feed Prices
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 15th December 2006 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.
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Pork Producers Praise Passage Of PNTR For Vietnam
Calling it a tremendous victory for U.S. pork producers, the National Pork Producers Council praised congressional approval of Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status for Vietnam.

Ethanol industry expansion felt in U.S.
The rapid expansion of the ethanol industry is being felt far from American shores. It's also helping boost Asian imports of distillers grain, according to the U.S. Grains Council.

Ethanol demand raises feed costs, but effect on groceries not direct
Soaring corn prices are squeezing meat and milk producers, but consumers will not necessarily see higher prices at the grocery checkout, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said in an interview last week


Full Scale Field Test of Solid Manure Application Technology Set for Spring
Researchers at the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute at Humboldt expect to begin full scale field testing of a new prototype solid manure injection system this coming spring.

Increasing Feed Costs Lead to Losses for Hog Produces
Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food reports escalating feed costs are pushing most pork producers below break even.

Pork Commentary: Fewer and Lighter Market Hogs
This weeks North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long.

Support for Saskatchewan Pork Processing Plant Appears Strong
A survey circulated by the Saskatchewan Pork Development Board shows a high level of support for the development of a Saskatchewan pork processing plant.

Pork Plant Closures Force Producers to Consider Packing Plant Involvement
A Rosetown pork producer believes the recent rash of pork processing plant closures across Canada will force producers to become involved in the packing industry or close their barns.

Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Confident in Growth Potential of Swine Industry
Saskatchewan's minister of agriculture and food is confident his province is ideally suited to accommodate an aggressive expansion of livestock production, both cattle and hogs in an environmentally sound manner.
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Saskatchewan Pork Producers Solidly Behind Efforts to Maintain Provincial Slaughter Capacity
Saskatchewan’s hog producers have given their provincial producer organization an overwhelming mandate to move forward on their behalf with efforts to maintain primary processing capacity within the province.

  European Union

Transitional food safety and veterinary measures agreed for Bulgaria and Romania
Commission proposals for further post-Enlargement food safety and animal health measures for Romania and Bulgaria have been backed by the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health.


China Hog Weekly
In this weeks China Hog Weekly, eFeedLink report that prices continued to move higher on tight supply and a sharp rise in pork demand.

China Piglet Weekly
In this weeks China Piglet Weekly, eFeedLink report that in the major hog producing regions, piglet replenishment activities began to pick up after mid-week.


Philippine pigs declared free from foot and mouth disease
After 12 years, Batangas hogs have been declared free of foot and mouth disease, said a report made by the Bureau of Animal Industry during an agricultural summit here on Wednesday.

  Russian Federation

Russia lifts ban on meat, dairy product deliveries from Brazil
As of December 11 Russia has lifted the ban on the importation of industrially manufactured and heat-treated meat and dairy products from Brazil. Simultaneously it banned deliveries of pig meat from a U.S. meat packaging company for free sale.
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Hungarian Farm gate prices increase 10%
Farm gate prices in Hungary rose 9.9% year-on-year in January-October, 2006, with crop prices increasing 16.5% and livestock and animal product prices increasing 3.9%, the Central Statistics Office (KSH) reported on Wednesday.

Company news

First use of commercial genomic selection
Hypor Euribrid announces the first large-scale commercial use of "Genomic Selection" technology in poultry. This is also the first time such a large set of DNA markers has been used in commercial animal breeding. The animals for this application were born on November 22, 2006. Although the basics of this technology are available, large-scale use of this application is still rare.

That's all for this week!


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