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Newsletter 5th February 2007

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Stakes rising as Biofuels consume global commodity stocks faster than production is rising
ThePigSite Editorial - An unprecedented period of commodity volatility is upon us as corn prices rose above US$4 per bushel (March 07 delivery) for the first time in a decade last week, this time it seems that the point of inflection could have been passed setting the long term market to high or rising.
Supervising Farrowing Could Pay Off
Farmers can benefit from higher survival rates and better immunity, says Arthur Churchyard in the monthly Ontario Pork Newsletter.
Study on the socio-economic implications of different aspects of farming weaners and pigs kept for fattening
By the University of Bologna - The study analyses the possible consequences of enhanced animal welfare standards in the pig meat sector, at farm and sector level.
Effects of Feeding and Housing Systems for Gestating Sows and Gilts
A summary by Cynthia Niemann, MU Swine Production student.
UK/EU Pig Statistics - January 2007
This article provides an overview of the latest statistics relating to pigs in the UK and Europe and includes Slaughter figures, Carcase weights, Pigmeat production, trade and supplies and UK and EU Prices and value of pigs. Extracted from the quarterly pig bulletin published by Defra.
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  United States

Weekly Outlook: Corn, Soybean Use
The magnitude of U.S. planted acreage in 2007, and therefore production potential, is the biggest factor looming in both the corn and soybean markets, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

Good news? Potential Swifter buyer emerges
Another player has entered the picture as a possible buyer of Swift & Co.

Tyson back in profit
Tyson Foods, Inc. has reported $0.16 diluted earnings per share for the first fiscal quarter ended December 30, 2006, compared to $0.11 diluted earnings per share in the same quarter last year.

Corn used for fuel hurts hog farmers
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.

Jousting starts over livestock megafarms
A battle over the fate of Indiana's largest livestock farms got under way Monday, as lawmakers debated whether to impose a three-year moratorium and new, higher fees on the operations.

Commentary: Very, Very Big Corn
President Bush made a big push for alternative fuels in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, calling on Americans to reduce gasoline consumption by 20% over 10 years.

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

Bryan plant: Closing impacts swine industry
The so-called "Flavor of the South" may leave a lingering bad taste in the mouths of thousands of Mississippians.
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Pork producers face challenges after three years of profit
Iowa pork producers have had three profitable years, but outgoing Iowa Pork Producers Association President Gene Ver Steeg admits that high corn prices will challenge profitability in the coming year.

Pork producers expected to adjust to increased production costs
Pork producers will have to get used to higher corn prices and increased production costs.

Hog farmers brace for impact caused by increase in corn price
A soaring demand for corn used to produce ethanol has hog farmers preparing for higher feed prices that threaten to put some producers out of business.

Pig farm to pay $27,000 in pollution settlement
Operators of a swine facility in McDonough County will pay a $27,000 fine for air and water pollution violations outlined in a 2006 lawsuit, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced Tuesday.

Bryan Foods closing may hurt hog farms
Prestage Farms, which has contracts to deliver hogs to the Sara Lee plant in West Point, is uncertain what will happen to its suppliers when the Bryan Foods plant closes at the end of March.

NPPC Wants TPA Renewal, Action On Doha
With the trade clock ticking toward midnight, the National Pork Producers Council today urged Congress to renew the law giving U.S. presidents authority to negotiate trade agreements and asked the Bush administration to strike a deal in the World Trade Organization talks that is beneficial to pork producers.

Owners of swine facility agree to settlement
Owners of a McDonough County swine facility will pay a civil penalty and continue to bring operations into compliance with air and water pollution laws as a resolution to a 2006 environmental lawsuit.

Pork producer's earnings, sales fall
Health issues with its herds contributed to ailing earnings for Premium Standard Farms Inc. in its most recent quarter.

Program Helps Keep Nutrients Out of Water
Eau Claire County’s Land Conservation Division is partnering with local farmers to help keep the land, and water, free of the pollutants found in manure.
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Exports Underpin Growth in Live Hog Demand
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 3rd February 2007 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Market Preview: Has Meat Demand Hit a Ceiling?
Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 2nd February, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Higher corn prices mean higher hog prices
There's an old adage, “high corn prices make for high hog prices.” According to John Lawrence, Iowa State University livestock marketing economist, the adage is true.

Pork industry prepared for NAIS
Patrick Webb believes the U.S. pork industry is well prepared for implementation of the National Animal Identification System.

Johanns Unveils 2007 Farm Bill Proposals
Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today unveiled the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 2007 farm bill proposals.

Premium Standard Farms, Inc. Reports Fiscal Third Quarter,
Premium Standard Farms, Inc., a leading vertically integrated provider of pork products, today announced results for its fiscal year 2007 third quarter ended December 23, 2006.

  Canada

Pork Commentary: Iowa Pork Congress
This weeks North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long.

Manitoba-Destination of Choice Among Foreign Farm Workers
A recruitment specialist with Landmark Feeds and Elite Swine says Manitoba is becoming a destination of choice for foreign workers interested in pursuing careers in agriculture, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Quebec pork plant faces closure after employees reject concessions
Employees at the Olymel pork plant south of Quebec City voted massively Tuesday against an offer aimed at keeping the facility open.

Canadian Competitiveness in Swine Slips Due to Several Factors
A senior research associate with the Guelph, Ontario based George Morris Centre warns a combination of factors have eroded Canadian competitiveness in the hog sector, writes Bruce Cochrane.
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Proposed Phosphorus Regulations Expected to Cost ManitobaHog Producers Between 18 and 28 Million Annually
A study conducted by the University of Manitoba indicates complying with proposed provincial phosphorus regulations will cost Manitoba swine producers between 18 million and 28 million dollars per year, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Maple Leaf Endorses U.S. Industry Direction On Sow Stalls
Maple Leaf Foods Inc. today announced that it endorses the direction of the U.S. industry in phasing out the use of sow gestation stalls in favour of group housing, and will follow this initiative at all Company-owned hog production operations within the next 10 years.

Manitoba Calls for Changes to the Feed Act
The Manitoba government is calling Ottawa to make amendments to the Feed Act that will allow feed manufactures to market more environmentally friendly rations, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Swine Producers Encouraged to Consider Alternative Feed Ingredients to Cut Feeding Costs
A researcher with the University of Alberta is encouraging swine producers to consider alternative feed ingredients and strategies to contend with increased competition from ethanol for feedgrains, writes Bruce Cochrane.

  Swaziland

Rural women strike gold in piggery
Women in development are prospering in the piggery business at Thunzini Lentaba, outside Nhlangano, as they say the market for pig products is in abundance in the country.

  Viet Nam

Pork tycoon boosts farming in Bien Hoa
A heart attack forced Pham Van Khoat to choose a career free of physical labour, so he chose pig farming. Ta Quynh Hoa asks how he made it big.

Maverick farmer pioneers new pig-breeding method
Phan Dinh The, residing in Ea Lam commune of Phu Yen’s Song Hinh district said he wanted to create a new breeder pig, and mated a black domestic sow with wild boars on a farm owned by a friend in Gia Lai mountainous province in 2005.

  United Kingdom

Airfreighting organic food faces UK ban
UK processors may forced to source organic foods closer to home after a certification body proposed an outright ban on airfreighting such products.

UK's Shadow Minister Praises Unique Agricultural Partnership
Shadow Agriculture Minister, James Paice MP has paid tribute to the unique partnership between Dalehead Foods and supermarket chain Waitrose after spending a day following the pork production process quite literally from ‘field to fork’.
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Shoppers' Support For Local Meat
The origin of meat sold in British shops is a far more important factor in customers' buying decisions than was previously thought.
Farm incomes rise but still subsidy dependent
Farm incomes in Scotland saw a 16 per cent rise in 2006 to £577 million, an increase of £94.6m, primarily due to better prices in the cereals and horticultural sectors.

Environment Agency must try harder to reduce IPPC costs
The Environment Agency claims it has cut IPPC charges to the bone. Pig and poultry producers don't believe it, says Digby Scott.

Independent UK report praises VI achievements
The achievements of the VI have been praised in a new report produced by the Central Science Laboratory (CSL), which says “farming practices and attitudes have changed for the better during the life of the VI” and “substantial” progress has been made.

Scottish Farm incomes rise but still subsidy dependent
Farm incomes in Scotland saw a 16 per cent rise in 2006 to £577 million, an increase of £94.6m, primarily due to better prices in the cereals and horticultural sectors.

Future of Pork In Premium Markets
The British Pig Executive (BPEX) has set out the 2007 forecast for the UK pig sector.

Welcome for uplift in farm incomes
Farmers' leaders have welcomed new figures which reveal rising UK farm incomes for 2006-07 following a “tough and prolonged period” of low returns.

Fears over UK vet agency move
Defra is to go ahead with plans to turn the State Veterinary Service in to an executive agency despite serious concerns from vets and industry leaders.

Incomes up 10pc, but core farming in the red
Farm incomes rose by 10 per cent in 2006 but the industry is still not in a position to break even without Government support, official figures published this week show.

Farmers want more levy money spent on promoting the benefits of their produce
Defra has published the results of a nationwide survey to find out what farmers think of the levy boards and what they would like to see happen in the future.

Avian flu and pigs
The outbreak of avian flu in Suffolk has concentrated minds and reinforced the need for good biosecurity.
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  Russian Federation

Russian food watchdog allows U.S. pork imports as of Feb. 1
Russia's agricultural regulator said Tuesday the ban it had imposed on pork imports from the United States over veterinary concerns would be lifted as of February 1.

Russia lifts ban on pork imports from U.S.
Russia has lifted a ban on pork imports from the United States and cattle from some parts of the Czech Republic, the Russian veterinary service said Thursday.

  Australia

Oz Opens Doors To British Pork
The doors to a new big market have been open to British pig producers with approval to export to Australia.

  New Zealand

NZ exporters 'will shine' in new UK food labelling plan
A UK supermarket's proposal to label products so customers can compare carbon footprints can't come soon enough, says Federated Farmers national president Charlie Pedersen.

Rapid rise in New Zealand pork consumption according to Annual Report
New Zealanders consumed a record 20.6 kg of pork per capita last year, according to the Board’s recently released Annual Report for the year ending 30 September 2006.

Company news

Farm Animal Brands Key to Novartis Animal Health Growth
Novartis Animal Health has been among the fastest growing companies in the animal health industry over the past three years, fueled not only by its strong stable of veterinary products for pets, but also by its continued emphasis and commitment on the growth of its brands in the livestock sector.

That's all for this week!

Ed.

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