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Newsletter 29th January 2007

Newsletter 29th January 2007
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

THIS WEEK... Smithfields decision to phase out gestation stalls has raised some intetesting discussion... See the United States News section for more...

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Save Energy in the Farrowing Room With Hovers
Hovers are simple, solid partition enclosures located in the farrowing crate or pen to which piglets have free access... and they can save you money!
Boosting Productivity of a Sow Herd
Steve Newing, is a herd manager on a 650 sow herd indoor breeding unit in Oxfordshire, UK, formerly a PIC nucleus farm.
A healthier start to a pig's life
Pigs commonly suffer from digestive disorders around weaning, but a new plant-based product given before weaning is reported to help the digestive tract to mature and improves weaning success.
US Pork Outlook Report - January 2007
U.S.D.A. Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Pork Industry data.
Midwest Swine Nutrition Conference 2006
A collection of the research topics discussed at the Midwest Swine Nutrition Conference 2006.
Aivlosin - the brand new macrolide antibiotic
* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  General

BSE News: Canadian Beef Development Fund Helped in BSE Recovery

  Australia

Queensland pig prices on 20-year high
Queensland pig producers are experiencing their best prices in more than 20 years.

  Canada

Pork Commentary: Banff Pork Seminar
This weeks North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long.

Swine Producers Cautioned to Pay Attention to Nutrition when Feeding Higher Amounts of DDGS
A pork research scientist with Alberta Agriculture and Food reports triticale offers excellent potential as an alternative feed ingredient for swine producers looking to escape the increasing cost of wheat, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Future of Maple Leaf hog plant threatened in Manitoba
Without short-term government aid for hog farmers, the future of the Maple Leaf meat packing plant and its 450 jobs is threatened, says Kings West Liberal MLA Leo Glavine.

Expanded Biofuel Production Expected to Drive Up Food Prices
Canadian consumers can expect to pay more for pork and other red meats and poultry down the road as North American livestock producers adjust to increased competition for grains.
SowComfort - Never before has standing been so easy!
  United Kingdom

Appetite for premium sausages boosts producer's sales
Sausage producer Cranswick saw sales increase by 22% in the last three months of 2006 after demand for premium sausages continued to rise.

Pigging Out on Pork at Christmas
When the Christmas turkey has been finished, people start looking for different meats and more and more are turning to pork to satisfy the family says the British Pig Executive (BPEX).

Pig farmer is the face of Tesco pork
Pig farmer Ed Lankfer has become one of the faces promoting a range of Tesco Finest Pork - much to his great surprise.

Competition Commission report calls for more evidence from farmers
The Competition Commission has admitted to concerns over the relationship between farmers and supermarkets, but says it has so far received insufficient evidence from farmers to form a conclusion.

Supermarket Inquiry Highlights Farmers' Concerns
Concerns have been expressed at the impact of supermarket power on farmers in an interim report from the Competition Commission (CC). Scotland’s farm union has been heavily involved in the Commission’s grocery market inquiry and has welcomed today’s report.

UK Supermarkets attacked for being environmentally unfriendly
Supermarkets are environmentally unfriendly and more should be done to safeguard local food producers, according to a Kent Euro-MP.

NFU condemns 'wrong and perverse' ASA ruling on anti-meat campaign
UK - The NFU has said the Advertising Standards Authority made a wrong and perverse decision in failing to uphold complaints about the animal rights activist group PETA’s advertising campaign in which it claimed feeding meat to children was tantamount to child abuse.
Ivomec Premix - Better products mean better results
  United States

Smithfield Phases Out Gestation Stalls
US - Smithfield Foods, Inc. announced today that it is beginning the process of phasing out individual gestation stalls at all of its company-owned sow farms and replacing them with pens—or group housing—over the next 10 years. Smithfield also will work with its contract growers regarding system conversion.

NPPC CEO Neil Dierks Comments On Smithfield Decision To Use Group Sow Housing
Smithfield Foods has made a market-based decision to eliminate gestation stalls from its production system over the next 10 years...

Market Preview: Giving Up G-Stalls Carries Consequences
Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 26th January, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Hog Markets See Stability in Prices
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 27th January 2007 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

USMEF Report Identifies Opportunities For U.S. Pork In Russia
Significant opportunities for U.S. pork exist in the Russia market, according to a new report from the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), which also identifies what the pork industry can do to capitalize on them.

Hog farmers brace for high feed costs
US - A soaring demand for corn used to produce ethanol has hog farmers bracing for higher feed prices that threaten to put some producers out of business.

Weekly Roberts Report
Agricultural US Commodity Market Report by Mike Roberts.

A good kind of government pork
It's hard to miss the stories these days about factory farming, hog waste lagoons and giant meat processing plants.

State control over farming draws protest
MISSOURI - The state could have the last word in deciding the number and types of plants and animals farmers can raise.

Lawmakers consider bills targeting large livestock farms
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's growing factory-style livestock industry has prompted bills that would impose everything from a three-year moratorium on new farm construction to fee hikes aimed at paying for more inspectors for the sprawling operations.

Opinion: US Government food safety system a sham
A new federal program for livestock tracking will benefit big corporations, threaten small producers and do nothing to protect consumer health.

Heritage pork: A swanky swine to dine
A few scant years ago, pork was just pork, generically marketed as "the other white meat." But today, diners can find Berkshire pork chops in Kansas City, Red Wattle pork-shoulder meatballs in San Francisco, Tamworth pork chops in New York City and Yorkshire pork prime rib in Minneapolis.

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  Malaysia

Imported pig feed to be tested
Pig feed imported by 16 companies will be tested for beta-agonist — a banned growth enhancer injurious to health.

Toxic meat alert: So what meat is safe?
Pigs are not the only farm animals fattened with banned growth boosters. Beef, mutton and duck meat have also been found to contain beta-agonist in tests conducted by the Universiti Sains Malaysia Doping Control Centre (DCC).

Pig breeders fear they’d be on the losing end over undefined section
What is with "the others"? The Federation of Livestock Farmers Associations of Malaysia asked this question regarding a clause in a planned loyalty pledge.

  European Union

A healthier start to a pig’s life
Participants in EUREKA project E! 2654 Healthy Weaning have been working on a cost-effective solution for farmers. They have developed a plant-based product which is given at a specific stage before weaning, helping piglets adapt from the digestive and absorptive needs of a milk diet to an adult one.

  Russian Federation

Farmers Plow Ahead, With or Without the Promised Assistance of the Russian State
A devastating fire, skyrocketing gasoline prices and the daily hardships of rural life would probably persuade any hardy farmer to hang up his sickle. Not Viktor Lomakin.

  Philippines

Hog farmers to hold convention, exhibit
The National Federation of Hog Farmers Inc. (NFHFI) will hold its 16th Annual Convention and Trade Exhibits on April 12-14, at the SM Mega Trade Hall, Mandaluyong City, said NFHFI President Albert R.T. Lim Jr.
Get more Value out of the Pork Value Chain
  Hungary

Hungary Detects Swine Fever virus
Hungary's animal health authorities have detected the swine fever virus in three wild boars in northern Hungary, but they said it may have been caused by vaccination in nearby Slovakia.

Japan halts Hungarian pork import on swine fever cases
Japan has banned import of Hungarian pork just two days after Hungarian animal health authorities detected the swine fever virus in three wild boars in the northern part of the country.
See also: Hungary deals with Bird Flu and Swine Fever
Classical Swine Fever In Hungary - OIE Report

  China

Pork wholesalers face compensation in Shanghai
Shanghai authorities are encouraging local pork wholesalers to reach more specific compensation agreements with live pig suppliers as part of efforts to improve food safety.

Company news

Nutreco has signed an MoU to sell the animal breeding activities of Euribrid to Hendrix Genetics
Hypor Nutreco Holding N.V. and Hendrix Genetics B.V. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the sale of the animal breeding activities “Euribrid”, including its related Animal Breeding Research Centre, to Hendrix Genetics.

Intervet opens new vaccine plant
Intervet Intervet, the world’s largest producer of vaccines for animals, has just opened a new production facility for vaccines in Boxmeer, the Netherlands.



That's all for this week!

Ed.

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