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Newsletter 22nd January 2007

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Monday 22nd January 2007
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TWO NEW SECTIONS LAUNCHED THIS WEEK....

A focus on Artificial Insemination is designed to assist producers in this important arena. Supported by PIC and IMV.

A new Events Listing Section... Easily identify upcoming events, check dates, automatically add the information to your calender, add your own event.

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Taking Top Genetics Into Russia
A report, as published by International Pig Topics, relating the story of a UK genetics company managing the daunting task of restocking an entire region of Russia.
Using Alternative Ingredients: Lentils and Flaxseed
By The Prairie Swine Centre - The pork industry is continually seeking alternative ingredients for use in pig diets. Lentils and flaxseeds are among the ingredients under scrutiny.
The Advantages of Liquid Feeding
By Fancom - This article looks at the many advantages of liquid feeding and summarises the "Fancom way" of delivering these benefits.
2006 International PRRS Symposium
By the NC-229 (PRRS) Committee - This article discusses the latest PRRS Symposium and its research into methods for the integrated control, prevention, and elimination of PRRS.
DuPont Animal Health Solutions
* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  General

BSE News: Identifying Variation in the U.S. Bovine Prion Gene
Catch up on all the latest news on BSE from the US, Canada, Japan and across the globe.

  United States

Industry Continues to Search For PCVAD Answers
While most swine producers are familiar with the signs and symptoms associated with diseases such as PRRS or the swine influenza virus (SIV), porcine circovirus associated disease (PCVAD) is not entirely understood and is becoming a growing concern in the US swine industry.

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

Regulator proposes re-opening border to Mexican pork
US food companies may soon be able to restart sending their pork supplies to Mexico for processing, if US Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposals are given the go-ahead.

2007 Iowa Pork Congress - 'It's all here' this week!
The 2007 Iowa Pork Congress which is being held at Hy-Vee Hall in the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines runs this week Wednesday through Thursday.

Speaker shares details of farming in Denmark
Government regulations limit the amount of nitrogen, pesticides and herbicides farmers in Denmark can apply to their fields, agronomist Birte Boelt told nearly 300 members of the Oregon Ryegrass Growers Association Tuesday.

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

Hundreds turn out to discuss hog lot issues
Local control and the environmental impact of animal confinements were hot button issues at a town hall meeting Wednesday night.

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

Market Preview: Smaller Crop Fuels Higher Corn Prices
Market Preview by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Latest USDA report a ‘jaw dropper’ for corn
The January supply/demand report for corn was a jaw dropper for the industry. The USDA sharply reduced the 2006 production figure to 10.535 billion bushels, still the third largest in history, but this figure is nearly 1 billion bushels less than the USDA estimate in August.
Alphamune G - Shielding, Earning
More Corn Related News....
Weekly Outlook: Surprising Corn Estimate
Ethanol won't buoy corn prices forever
Plugging your farm fields into the energy equation
Wall Street is betting on the farm
Mississippi crop production declines in 2006
Ohio farmers planting more corn this year

Panel moves to review livestock rules
A panel of Iowa House members has begun a series of hearings to review whether Iowa's livestock regulations need rewritten.

Privacy and Animal ID
Privacy has been a central issue in the debate over whether to make a national animal identification system mandatory or voluntary.

Editorial: Why 'cloneburgers' are a bad way to go
If beef is what's for dinner at your house, you undoubtedly know the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is preparing to approve the sale of cloned meat and milk to U.S. consumers.

  Canada

New Vaccines Shown Effective Against Porcine Circo Virus Associated Disease
The Western College of Veterinary Medicine reports vaccines released over the past year that are designed to protect pigs from Porcine Circo Virus Associated Disease are proving to be highly effective, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Pork Commentary: Market Limping Along
This weeks North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long.

Several Factors Combine to Slow Hog Industry Expansion in Canada
Farm Credit Canada reports a combination of factors, including a tight labor market, restrictions due to environmental concerns and escalating feed costs, has halted any expansion of swine industry across Canada, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Higher Feed Costs Expected to Drive Many Pork Producers Out of Business
The CEO of the George Morris Centre predicts substantial losses in the North American swine industry as animal agriculture adjusts to higher grain costs, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Time for intervention in hog crisis MLA
Some hog farmers are considering culling their herds while others are seeking stress counselling as their industry collapses around them, Liberal MLA Leo Glavine said Tuesday.

Despite Challenges Opportunities Still Exist for Canadian Swine Producers
The Chair of the Banff Pork Seminar Advisory Committee says, despite its challenges, there are still opportunities for the Canadian swine industry to prosper, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Banff Pork Seminar Audio Special
A colleciton of all the audio specials farmscape have recorded suring the Banff Pork Seminar 2007.

The new V Drinker from Arato
  India

India's Agri-produce wastage hits $13 bn
Wastage of agri-produce in the country is estimated at $13 billion, as processing accounts for a small proportion of production. In case of the country’s total fruit and vegetable production, only 2% is processed, 35% of milk, 21% in meat and 6% poultry products.

  Hong Kong

Hong Kong Pig farmers told to maintain good hygiene following F&M outbreak
The Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department has urged pig farmers to maintain good hygiene, following a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in a Yuen Long pig farm. No abnormal mortality in local pigs has been observed so far.

  Malaysia

'Adequate laws to prosecute pig farmers'
Veterinary Services Department (VSD) director-general Datuk Abdul Aziz Jamaludin says pig farmers who dishonour the "Aku Janji" oath will be brought to court.

  United Kingdom

United Kingdom Slaughter Statistics - January 2007
This publication by Defra shows various statistics obtained from surveys of slaughterhouses run in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

FMD farmers sue for damages
Farmers put out of business by the foot-and-mouth crisis are suing the Government for £40m over alleged short- comings by a state vet from the North.

Why the Danes flocked to Lincolnshire
In parts of the country it felt like a Viking invasion last year, says Robert Hurst, head of Savills Farm Agency in the East Midlands. In Lincolnshire alone nine farms were purchased totalling 7,000 acres.

Science is vital to British agriculture, says NFU President
Science holds the answers to the increased pressures that will be placed on agriculture in the future – that is the message from NFU President Peter Kendall.

Independence may be a good thing for Scots farm industry
There were few surprises in last week's annual Lloyds TSB Scotland survey into the attitudes and experiences of farmers.
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.
  Philippines

Tobacco farmers venturing into pig production
Tobacco farmers are now earning extra income by supplying the needs of the National Tobacco Administration-owned PGMA Multiline Food Processing Plant here.

Philippine veterinary office implements animal health programs
The Provincial Veterinary Office(PVET) here said a number of programs and projects geared towards protecting the health of animals and their owners have been implemented last year with their P700,000 fund.

  Australia

Fish food the key to lower fat in pork and poultry
Scientists have found a way to reduce the amount of fat - which can lead to heart disease - by feeding fish meal to pigs in order to produce pork rich in omega-3.

  Viet Nam

'Swine Kleine Nacht Musik'
A pig farmer in Vietnam is using the melodies of Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert to boost productivity.

  Poland

Warsaw blocks EU-Russian Negotiations on Cooperation Pact
The press has recently focused on Russia’s relations with the European Union over natural gas issues. But Moscow has been playing diplomatic hardball with former Warsaw Pact member Poland over meat imports.

  Korea, Republic of

S. Korea's beef, pork prices highest among leading economies: report
High land prices and an inability to reach economy of scale have made South Korean beef and pork the most expensive among leading world economies, a report by an international organization said Monday.

Koreans Want More Bacon but Fewer Pigs
On the Chinese zodiac, 2007 is the year of the pig, a golden pig at that. Whatever the year, Koreans have something of a love affair with pork. But the rising demand for pork bellies has come at a price: lagging sales of other types of pork.
JSR Genetics - Genetics you can trust


That's all for this week!

Ed.

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