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Newsletter 15th January 2007
Monday 15th January 2007
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

What’s new in damline liquid genetics?
By Caroline Blaken, PIC Technical Team.
A Producer's Guide to Managing PCVAD
By The American Association of Swine Veterinarians.
The Political Situation Surrounding Antimicrobial Use In Agriculture
By Liz Wagstrom, DVM, MS, DACVPM, National Pork Board and published by North Carolina State University.
Alberta Hog Market Commentary and Outlook - Fall 2006
By Kevin Grier, Senior Market Analyst, George Morris Centre, in Guelph and Calgary.
The first and only vaccine for the control of Porcine Proliferative Enteropathy.
* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  United States

Weekly Outlook: Hog Profits Fade
Much higher feed costs are likely to eliminate the profit potential for pork producers in 2007, said Chris Hurt, a Purdue University Extension marketing specialist.

Farmers look for increases in hog prices
Pennsylvania hog farmers are used to roller-coaster rides when it comes to profits.

Producer warning: High feed cost zaps hog profit
Competition for corn has raised production by about 25 percent in the past year, he says.

Niche sow breeding discussion group invitation
Swine producers with niche breeding operations are invited to participate in the Niche Sow Breeding and Gestation Discussion Group now being formed in Iowa.

Pork Industry Announces Push On Premises Registration
The National Pork Producers Council and the National Pork Board last week announced the beginning of a year-long push to have 100 percent of swine producers’ premises registered under the National Animal Identification System by Dec. 31, 2007.

Ag Secretary Johanns Highlights Next Farm Bill
The next farm bill must ensure more equitable support and predictability for farmers and ranchers, while minimizing vulnerability to international challenges on trade issues, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns told Farm Bureau members at the closing general session of AFBF’s 88th annual meeting.

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

USDA Seeks Comments on Allowing Pork Transiting/Processing in Regions With Classical Swine Fever into the US
The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing to allow the importation of uncooked pork and pork products from designated regions where classical swine fever (CSF) is considered to exist if the shipments originate in an area free of the disease.
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Ethanol Boom Divides Farmers, Ranchers
From corn fields to Wall Street, enthusiasm for ethanol is at an all-time high. But not everyone is enthusiastic.

US Senator Harkin picks renewable fuels for first hearing
Iowa Democrat Tom Harkin officially took up the gavel as Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Wednesday at the outset of a hearing on renewable fuels, the Committee's first of 2007. It’s Harkin's second tour of duty as Ag Committee chair. He also chaired the committee when Congress wrote the 2002 farm bill.

Pork Faces Challenges From Ethanol Demand
While expressing their support for the development and use of alternative and renewable fuels, the National Pork Producers Council and the Iowa Pork Producers Association last week in testimony before the Senate Agriculture Committee detailed pork producers’ concerns with the rapid rise in ethanol demand.

Protesters call for local control on hog confinements
Activists were at the State Capitol Tuesday urging lawmakers to allow local control for livestock confinement facilities and to adopt a "clean elections" law that would reduce the influence of corporate agribusiness.

Legislative Roundtable seeks favorable environment for livestock
Along with existing concerns about rising feed grain prices and environmental regulation, livestock producers face a growing threat of federal policies spurred by animal rights activists and consumer perceptions.

U.S. Red Meat Exports Remain Strong Worldwide
U.S. red meat exports posted gains through November 2006 compared to the same time period in 2005. Activities conducted by the U.S. Meat Export Federation in international markets help spur U.S. meat purchases while increased access for U.S. beef and continued growth in U.S. pork exports help boost demand.

Specialized operation: Minnesota hog farmer raises weanlings to market weight
Hog farming has come a long way in recent years, providing better pork at the butcher’s counter while keeping costs down.
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Market Preview: Livestock No Longer Drives Corn Price
Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 12th January, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Fluctuation in hog prices
Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Trichinosis still hurting pig farmers
My first trip of 2007 was to Kansas City for a National Pork Board Conference. They held a tremendous meeting with swine Extension educators from across the entire country to discuss various methods for delivering timely information to pork producers in an efficient and effective manner.

Pork Industry Announces Push On Premises Registration
The National Pork Producers Council and the National Pork Board last week announced the beginning of a year-long push to have 100 percent of swine producers’ premises registered under the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) by Dec. 31, 2007.

The Smell of Money? Profitability drives Iowa's pork boom
Rapid growth of Iowa’s pork industry and the resulting “smell of money” for those downwind is fanned by 34 consecutive months of better-than-average profits.

Feelings mixed on farm registration and identification program
The Ohio Department of Agriculture held a meeting with local farmers Wednesday to discuss a plan for farm registration and animal identification that was met with mixed reactions.

  United Kingdom

Negative Results For Foot and Mouth/Swine Fever in Northern Ireland
The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has confirmed that tests on pigs in Northern Ireland for Foot and Mouth Disease and Swine Vesicular Disease were negative.

Poor start to year for pig industry
Pig trading on the spot and contract markets has opened the year on a downbeat note. Falling EU mainland pigmeat prices are undercutting the UK market. The latest EU mainland average producer price of 82p/kg has dropped by 17% over the past three months.

Straw-to-slurry switch set to bring huge cost savings
Moving to an all-slurry system would, for many pig units, be daunting. But when you have a wealth of arable ground to spread it on and enough storage to enable it to be used appropriately, it can yield big savings for both pig and arable enterprises.

Pig producers rebel over the very public process of IPPC
It was always a question of when, not if, says Digby Scott. When would English pig producers be goaded beyond endurance by what they consider to be the unbending ways of the Environment Agency.
Ivomec Premix - Better products mean better results
Livestock producers to benefit from new EU members
Beef and pig producers in the UK are set to benefit from Romania and Bulgaria’s new European Union member status, according to industry experts.

Organic food is no better, says minister
Organic food may be no better for you than mass-produced farm food, according to the cabinet minister responsible for the industry.

Clones unlikely to feature on UK farms in near future
Cloned animals are unlikely to make it onto UK farms at any point in the near future, despite the December birth of the daughter of a cloned Holstein cow on a UK dairy farm.

How 50 years of history got farmers hooked on subsidies
Opinions among the farming community on the European Union and the Common Agricultural Policy are decidedly mixed.

UK Food industry insists its health labels are clear
The food industry last week hit back at claims that its preferred method of labelling was too difficult for consumers to understand.


Pork Commentary: No Fun at These Prices
This weeks North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long.

Nova Scotia Hog farmers face crisis
Nova Scotia hog farmers are asking politicians to help them through what they’re calling the worst crisis in the industry’s history.

Swine Producers Encouraged to Better Utilize Available Resources
A University of Minnesota associate professor is encouraging swine producers to evaluate available resources more closely and to better utilize them, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Weaker Canadian Dollar Offsets Declines in Live Hog Prices
Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food reports a lower Canadian dollar has offset some of the recent price declines for live hogs caused by higher US slaughter numbers and higher volumes of red meat in cold storage, writes Bruce Cochrane.
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Canadian Hog farmers on their last legs
Hundreds of pork producers plead for aid in protest at Province House.

Nova Scotia Pork Industry 'On A Fiery Spit'
Irate pork producers came to Province House on Tuesday demanding more public money to keep their industry alive, but the MacDonald government says the cupboard is bare.

Low Cost of Production Key to Success in Canadian Pork Industry
The National Bank of Canada says swine producers who are able to maintain a low cost of production have the greatest chance of success, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Good Training, Effective Protocols, Strong Communication Key to Maintaining Animal Welfare During Transport
An Outlook, Saskatchewan livestock hauler suggests effective training, common sense protocols and good communications are key to maintaining the safety and security of livestock during transport, reports Bruce Cochrane.

National and International Factors Slow Growth of Canada's Pork Industry
A combination of factors, including a tight labor market, increased international competition, a strengthening Canadian dollar and restrictions on further expansion due to environmental concerns is getting much the blame for slowing investment in Canada’s swine industry, writes Bruce Cochrane.


Update: Foot and mouth disease, Israel
Latest update from the OIE regards the FMD outbreak in Israel.

  European Union

New Zealand and European Union agree disease outbreak strategy
New Zealand and European Union negotiators have agreed a proposal that would have significant economic benefits should New Zealand ever have a serious animal health disease such as Foot and Mouth (FMD).


Pigs outnumber people in German state
For the first time in 20 years, pigs outnumber people in the state of Lower Saxony, the pig capital of pork-loving Germany.


Butchers face pork shortage as breeders halt slaughter
The government denied it was paying 3c less per kilo for pork as the Pig Breeders Cooperative kept up its protest by refraining from slaughtering pigs.


Good agricultural practices: challenge and opportunity for developing countries
Good agricultural practices can help developing countries cope with globalization while not compromising their sustainable development objectives, according to a seminar held yesterday at the FAO’s headquarters.

Company news

Why Dont Pig Producers Weigh Their Weaning Pigs?
ACMC Breeders Why don't pig producers weigh their weaners? This is a question posed by Dr Mike Varley. "Weaning weight is the most important parameter determining post-weaning performance, including feed intake" he said.

PowerFlow™: "Uniformity under Control" in larger pig sections
Fancom - Complete Poultry Solutions Controlling the climate in large sections or buildings housing pigs is often more difficult than in smaller sections. The entirely new Fancom PowerFlow™ ventilation concept deals with this problem for good.

JSR plays key role in Ukrainian expansion
JSR Genetics' excellent reputation has been instrumental in the signing of yet another big order from Eastern Europe, which follows the successful delivery of 700 pigs to the Ukraine in August. A second order has now been signed with stock delivered in December 2006.

That's all for this week!


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