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Newsletter 8th January 2007
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Effects of Finishing Pigs in Hoop Structures on Swine Performance, Pork Composition, and Pork Quality
By Brenda Patton, Elisabeth Huff-Lonergan, Mark Honeyman and Steven Lonergan.
Air modeling: The newest tool in proper hog barn siting
When Andy Muff opened his new 2,490-head finishing barns to pigs last month, he knew he had the best possible site available.
KSU Swine Day 2006: Predicting Boar Growth Rates
By R. C. Sulabo, J. Quackenbush, R. D. Goodband, M. D. Tokach, S. S. Dritz, J. M. DeRouchey, and J. L. Nelssen.
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Think-Tank Says Ethanol Consuming Too Much Corn
Investment in fuel ethanol distilleries has soared since the late-2005 oil price hikes, but data collection in this fast-changing sector has fallen behind, says Earth Policy Institute's Lester R. Brown.


GPS helps block diseased pork entering Chinese food market
The compulsory installation of GPS tracking devices on trucks transporting dead pigs is expected to help prevent 30,000 metric tons of diseased pork from entering the market every year, a Taiwanese EPA official said last week.

  United States

National Pork Board Exploring Emerging Pork Industry Issues
The National Pork Board will explore its role in the emerging “food vs. fuel” issue at its first meeting of 2007, Jan. 11-12 in Tucson, Ariz. Growing demand for corn used in ethanol production in the United States is increasing the costs of hog production by about 10 percent, according to estimates by Iowa State University economists.

Emerging Swine Disease Tightens Gap between Producers and Scientists
A new disease has taken swine producers, veterinarians and scientists across the country by surprise and left them searching for solutions.

Privacy concerns prompt bill aimed at tracking livestock
A New Hampshire veterinarian hopes farmers will be more receptive to tagging and registering their livestock if such information is kept private. Out of more than 3,900 farms in the state, only three dozen have signed up for the voluntary National Animal Identification System.

Smithfield told not to worry about recent bad press
Accused by Rolling Stone magazine of churning out "a sea of waste that has destroyed rivers" and "killed millions of fish." Highlighted in a PBS television show for its long-running battle with the Food and Commercial Workers union. It's been a rough few weeks for Smithfield Foods, the world's largest producer of pork.
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Swine Waste Value May Slow US Herd Reduction
U.S. swine herds are expected to shrink in 2007 as producers incur losses at times due to higher corn costs, but the value producers may reap from hog manure's use as fertilizer could possibly slow herd reductions.

Meat and milk from animal clones are safe, says expert
Last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it has approved consumption of meat and milk from some species of cloned, food-producing animals.

Approval of cloned animals may prompt 'clone-free' labels
Meat and milk from cloned animals may not appear in supermarkets for years despite being deemed by the government as safe to eat. But don't be surprised if “clone-free” labels appear sooner, reports Siskiyou Daily.

Biotech companies welcome U.S. government approval, but cloned food still years from store shelves.
Despite a government endorsement, food from cloned animals could take years to reach U.S. supermarket shelves, but the backing does give hope to several struggling businesses that clone cows and pigs, reports IHT.

Farmers dont expect a quick boost from cloned animals
When Wauseon farmer Todd Creager was given the opportunity to buy semen from a cloned pig to use to artificially inseminate sows on his farm, he passed.

Going Whole Hog: BAC Map Expedites Swine Genome Sequence
Genome research is going to the hogs—and humans stand to benefit.

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

Hog Prices Pushed Lower
Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Understanding "Supply"
Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 5th January, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Pork Supplies Expand into 2007
The USDA released it estimate of the December 1, 2006 inventory of hogs and pigs on December 27. The USDA numbers were near trade expectations and are not expected to cause a major market adjustment. USDA indicated that the inventory of hogs was 62.1 million head, up 1.1% from the year before.
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Iowan gets swine flu
An eastern Iowan has tested positive for a swine flu, a disease which rarely jumps from pigs to humans, but state health officials said there is no cause for alarm.

Producers enquire about circovirus
Dr. Barry Kerkaert, DVM was speaking at a pork seminar, but in between sessions he talked to clients on his cell phone about a new and serious disease concern.

  United Kingdom

Food labelling campaign launched
Some of the UK's biggest food manufacturers are launching a £4m campaign to promote nutritional labels.

Pig producer calls for more volunteers to monitor supermarket food labels
A North Yorkshire pig producer has called for more volunteers to join a scheme to monitor country of origin labelling for supermarket pigmeat.

UK Opposition Leader Pledges Food Labelling Laws
Tory leader David Cameron has pledged to introduce new laws on food labelling if the Conservatives are returned to government at the next general election.

The year when consumers realised the importance of farming
Times have been tough for farmers over the past decade, with margins squeezed remorselessly amid low product prices and rising input costs, reports The Scotsman.

Climate 'benefits' for UK farming
A project that highlights the economic opportunities, as well as the environmental threats, from climate change is being launched for farmers.

Why commercial farming matters
Speaking as the farmers’ champion at this year’s Oxford Farming Conference, NFU President Peter Kendall has put forward the case for why commercial farming matters, calling for modern solutions to today’s modern challenges.

UK Pig Industry Confidence Returns
Britain's pig production is showing a welcome upward trend in the latest edition of the annual pan-European cost of production analysis produced by the British Pig Executive (BPEX).

Feed law code of practice published
The Feed Law Enforcement Code of Practice (Great Britain) has been published this week.
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Can disease cost sharing with government work?
"The cost sharing ‘partnership’ in animal health and welfare between British agriculture and government is, I believe, only a step forward if it is really an equal partnership, not an opportunity for government to shirk it’s responsibility for national food safety," writes Wiltshire farmer Tim Mallett.

Pig Science Conference set for July 2007
The University of Nottingham has been involved in organising highly successful international conferences on Pig Science, with the latest in the series planned for July 2007.

New welfare during transport rules come into force
New rules relating to the welfare of animals during transport came into force last Friday.


Turkey battles against Foot-and-Mouth
EU-funded FAO project helps Turkey cope with foot-and-mouth virus. With six borders in Asia, where FMD is endemic, Turkey is on the front line in the battle to stop this invasion.


Pork Commentary: Hog Report Shows Limited Expanson
This weeks North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long.

New Animal Welfare Initiatives Target Improved Handling of All Species
The Manitoba Farm Animal Council says new initiatives being developed by Canada's farm animal care councils are intended to assist those who handle all species of livestock to improve the well being of the animals under their care, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Swine Barn Workers Making Better Use of H2S Monitoring Equipment
A Prince Albert based hydrogen sulfide awareness instructor reports swine barn workers are becoming increasing aware of the dangers of H2S gas and are using the equipment designed to protect them from those dangers, writes Bruce Cochrane.
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Hog moratorium worries cattle producers
The recent provincial moratorium on new hog operations is also casting a chill over the Manitoba cattle industry. Banning construction of new and expanded hog barns sends a negative message to potential investors for badly needed cattle feedlots, according to Martin Unrau, the Manitoba Cattle Producers Association’s new president.

Swine Barn Workers Increasingly Aware of Steps to Protect Against H2S Exposure
The Prairie Swine Centre reports swine barn workers have become increasingly cognizant of the dangers posed by hydrogen sulfide gas, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Farm groups fear agri-business wins if CWB goes
Alberta's beef producers already know what happens when multinational food giants dominate the market. Now, with the future of the Canadian Wheat Board in doubt, there are fears of diminished profits if U.S. grain buyers are left to do the same thing.

Feed Grain Development Coop Focuses on Creating Wheats for Feed and Industrial Uses
A director of the Western Feed Grain Development Coop is encouraging stakeholders in western Canada's livestock and ethanol industries to consider membership, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Swine Producers Take Steps to Protect Against Hydrogen Sulfide Gas Exposure
Growing numbers of swine industry workers are taking proactive efforts to minimize the risks as they become increasingly aware of the dangers associated with exposure to high concentrations of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas.


Government slaughter houses found treating animals appalingly
A shocking report which reached the ministry for rural affairs and environment in September exposes appalling animal welfare practices at government-run farms and slaughter houses.

Ministry panicked by revelation of animal welfare irregularities
The detailed audit report indicates numerous faults that breach EU pig slaughtering regulations, most of which are causing unnecessary pain and suffering to the animals, and potential health hazards to the slaughterers.

  European Union

Human campylobacter infection rates overtake salmonella in EU
An EU report announced last month that more EU citizens were infected with campylobacter than salmonella in 2005.

Animal welfare in transport: new EU rules enter into force
The new Regulation on animal welfare in transport enters into force tomorrow, 5 January 2007. European Health Commissioner Markos Kyprianou said: "This important animal welfare legislation aims to reduce the stress and harm that animals can experience during land and sea journeys.

  Viet Nam

Animal husbandry aims for larger market share
Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Vietnam Economics Time) spoke with Hoang Kim Giao, vice director of the Breeding Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) about the industry’s new expansion ambitions.

Company news

UK Pig Breeders ACMC Secure Thai Deal
ACMC Breeders Against international competition, UK pig-breeding company ACMC has secured an order from a farming company in Thailand for breeding stock worth over £250,000.

Volume 58 of The Pig Journal is now available.
The Pig Journal sees its 30 Years Anniversary with Volume 58 which is now available, packed with 288 pages of invaluable information for those involved with pig health.

That's all for this week!


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