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Newsletter 12th February 2007
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

World Pig Production, Opportunity or Threat?
By Donald E. Orr Jr. and Yingran Shen and published in the Midwest Swine Nutrition Conference 2006.
Ventilating through the door is not very helpful
By Nick Bird, FarmEx - One interesting point to emerge from our energy monitoring project on British pig farms is the effect of leaving the door open.
Outdoor AI - Top Five Tips from BQP
Paul Arundel, BQP’s Breeding Farm Manager, highlights his top five AI tips for a successful outdoor service system.
Hogs Prices and Outlook - Hog Producers 'Strive To Survive' In 2007-8
By Chris Hurt, Extension Economist, Purdue University - In his latest Outlook report, Chris Hurt says that the nation’s breeding herd continues to exhibit small amounts of expansion.
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* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  United States

Ethanol's Popularity Means Pricier Corn
Forget about oil as the inflation bogeyman we should fear the most. The surging price of corn is the latest threat to Americans' wallets, and where it hits them may go beyond the supermarket.

Pork companies comply with antitrust requests
Smithfield Foods and Premium Standard Farms announced late Monday that they had completed their response to the U.S. Justice Department's "second request" for information in the government's antitrust investigation of their proposed merger.

Large-animal vets are in short supply
Rainbow had the bad luck to try to have a baby on a Thursday. Thursday was her doctor's day off, and there was no one else for miles who could handle a complicated breech birth, not when the mother was a Holstein cow.

Battle lines drawn over farm feed lots
Confined feeding operations are either the future of agriculture production or hazardous operations that threaten Hoosiers’ health.

DNR permit process in action with hog confinements
Two hog confinement permits for northeast Wapello County have been approved by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources; four others await a decision.

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

Big pig business expanding throughout North Dakota
A 5,000-pig farrowing operation is going up near here – one of four planned in the state by a group called North Dakota Sow Center LLP.

Indiana lawmakers mulling farm bills
A bill that would prohibit large livestock farms within 2 miles of schools, cities and towns drew criticism from a state agricultural official and support from residents who said dust and odors from the farms make them ill.
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Ethanol divides corn, livestock interests
The best customers for U.S. corn farmers are U.S. livestock producers, who buy half the corn produced in the U.S. as feed for their cattle, hogs and poultry.

Veterinarian Shortage Felt Across Iowa
Finding enough veterinarians to care for large animals is not just a problem for farmers. A veterinarian shortage could also have a major impact on the U.S. food supply.

USDA Proposes To Add The Mexican State Of Nayarit To The List Of Regions Considered Free Of Classical Swine Fever
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service today announced a proposal to amend its regulations for importing animals and animal products by adding the Mexican state of Nayarit to the list of regions considered free of classical swine fever (CSF).

Kansas State study finds new vaccine effective against deadly viral disease affecting swine
Researchers from Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine have completed a study showing that a newly-developed vaccine is effective against a deadly viral disease that is affecting swine herds in Kansas.

Ethanol's Corn-Fed Boom Holds Hidden Costs: Higher Food Prices
Arturo Esquivel shakes his head as he pays 10 pesos (90 cents) for tortillas in Mexico City, two- thirds more than a year ago. He'd be even angrier to learn that Chicago bond analyst Philip Adams's SUV may be to blame.

Iowa groups host livestock biosecurity meetings
In the state of Iowa, the livestock industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. The beef and pork industry collectively provide over 100,000 jobs and a total economic activity of over $17 billion.

Local growers selling locally good for all
The recent trend of local growers selling their produce, poultry, pork and beef locally, keeping local dollars in the local economy, is gaining momentum and attention.

Market Preview: History Hints at Market Opportunity
Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 9th January, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Decline in hog operations
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 10th February 2007 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.
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USDA issues beef, pork production stats
Hawaii pork production for 2006 fell 2 percent to 3.7 million pounds, with December production down 8 percent from year-before levels, according to the USDA's NASS.

Farm bill worries livestock producers
It used to be that farmers only watched the debates over a farm bill to see how much money they would get out of it.

Cloning creates controversy
Genetic copying in animal breeding can eliminate disease and abnormalities, but questions about food and milk safety remain.


Over Lm400,000 invested in Marsa slaughterhouse
Parliamentary Secretary Dr. Francis Agius has stated that over Lm400,000 (€933,985) will be invested in the Marsa slaughterhouse throughout 2007.

  United Kingdom

Avian flu risk for Anglian pig producers
The National Pig Association has warned that the recent discovery of H5N1 bird flu in Holton, Suffolk, could have major implications for the pig industry.

Showcase The Very Best Of Pork
Dozens of succulent, tasty innovative ideas for using pork have come into the spotlight as entries for a new competition flood in.

Retailers Telling Fewer Porkies
Retailers have been given a pat on the back by the British Pig Executive (BPEX) after a check-up on how they labelled their Christmas gammon.

'No proof' organic food is better
There is no evidence organic food is better for you than conventional food, minister David Miliband has said.

Latest EU farm income figures hint at a more prosperous future
Already slightly uplifted by rising farm income levels reported by the agricultural departments, farmers and growers may be able to take some added comfort from figures just released by the European Commission directorate general for agriculture and a British bank.

NFU economists forecast arable stability but feed cost pressures for livestock
Farmers and growers in England and Wales can look forward to a year of consolidation, in which most market prices either stabilise or show modest increases at the same time as lower energy prices take some of the pressure off input costs. That is the central projection of the NFU’s economics team, in their latest Farming Outlook report.
Livestock farmers call for fairer return
Livestock farmers are still struggling to secure a fair return from the market, the latest estimates of average net farm incomes has shown.

Nadis Pig Veterinary Report and Forecast – January 2007
This is a monthly report from the National Animal Disease Information Service (NADIS), looking at the data collected from their UK farm inspections.

Why lower IPPC thresholds?
Long term, reducing herd-size thresholds will not markedly increase the number of pigs covered by IPPC, reports Digby Scott.

Supermarket Campaign To Tackle Consumer Confusion
Scotland’s farming union is asking farmers, their families and the wider public to identify supermarkets that may be confusing shoppers by mixing meat from different countries of origin in the same shelf space.

Brussels wants to load extra cost onto pig diets
Sharply rising feed costs will rise even further if Brussels achieves its ambition to force compounders to list feed ingredients by percentage, says the NPA.

Pig producers may take Environment Agency to Judicial Review over IPPC ‘terrorism clause’
It is a condition of IPPC that pig units are made secure from unauthorised access, writes Digby Scott.


Tainted pork found at Taipei retail markets
Law enforcement agents have uncovered tainted pork from diseased or dead hogs at retail markets, believed to be supplied from illegal slaughterhouses in Yunlin County. Health officials last week urged consumers to remain alert when they purchase meat.


Pork Commentary: Hog Prices Steady to Firm
This weeks North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long

Manitoba CEC Targets December Completion of Hog Industry Review
The Chair of the Manitoba Clean Environment Commission is confident the panel can complete its review of the environmental sustainability of Manitoba's hog industry by the end of 2007, writes Bruce Cochrane.

KAP Calls for Environmental Focus During CEC Assessment of Manitoba's Hog Industry
Keystone Agricultural Producers is encouraging the Manitoba Clean Environment Commission to maintain a strictly environmental focus as it investigates the environmental sustainability of the province's swine industry, writes Bruce Cochrane.
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CIGI Reports Increasing Chinese Demand for Canadian Canola Seed and Canola Meal
The Canadian International Grains Institute reports the demand for Canadian canola in the Chinese crushing and livestock feeding industries is building, writes Bruce Cochrane.

North American Slaughter Capacity Expected to Influence 2007 Live Hog Prices
Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food expects North American slaughter capacity to be among the key factors affecting live hog prices over the next few months, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Research Shows Dramatically Improvment in Wean to Finish Performance from Increased Weaning Age
Research conducted at Kansas State University shows swine producers can dramatically increase wean to finish pig performance by increasing the length of time baby pigs spend with the sow, writes Bruce Cochrane.


Malaysian pig industry remains defiant
Although the deadline has passed, pig farmers and butchers have yet to sign the new loyalty pledge banning them from using beta-agonist on livestock.

  Taiwan, Province of China

Consumers' Foundation Calls for Certification System for Pork
The Consumers' Foundation called for the government Wednesday to help build a certification system for pork products amid reports that tainted pork from sick and dead hogs has once again appeared in markets around Taiwan.


Meat, Sugar Scarce in Venezuela Stores
Meat cuts vanished from Venezuelan supermarkets this week, leaving only unsavory bits like chicken feet, while costly artificial sweeteners have increasingly replaced sugar, and many staples sell far above government-fixed prices.

  New Zealand

Pork eyes hungry market
Big opportunities await New Zealand pig farmers who can increase their production, writes Tim Cronshaw.

Year of Pig a chance to improve pork purchasing
With Chinese New Year celebrations for the ‘year of the pig’ about to begin let’s spare a thought for the hundreds of thousands of pigs that exist in misery just so we can consume pork.


Australia okays British pork imports
Australia has confirmed it has agreed to accept imports of pork from Great Britain.

Company news

Recent Developments in Genetic Improvements in Pigs
PIC Bruce Cochrane, Farmscape online and Dr. Dave McLaren, PIC, Global Genetic Development Director, discuss recent developments in genetic improvements in pigs. Report from the Manitoba Swine Seminar.

18th JSR Technical Conference Date Set
JSR Genetics have confirmed that their 2007 Technical Conference will be held on Tuesday 18th September 2007.

Global Feed Company Announces 20% Increase in Revenues
Global animal health company Alltech announced its end-of-year results for 2006. Revenue for the year-end was $303 million, up 20% from 2005.

That's all for this week!


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