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Newsletter 26th February 2007
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Advances in Immunology - The Best Shot at Disease Prevention
By the USDA's ARS - 2005 was a good year for immunology. That was the year officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared the elimination of rubella in the United States.
Feed Intake During Lactation is Important to Improve Sow Longevity
By Mark Whitney, Swine Extension Educator, University of Minnesota Extension.
US Pork Outlook Report - February 2007
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the February 2007: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Pork Industry data.
Nebraska Swine Report 2007
By the University of Nebraska - This page links all of the Nebraska Swine Report 2007 articles.
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* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)


BSE News: US Mad-cow scrutiny is scaled way back
BSE News Summary Page - Catch up on all the latest news on BSE.

  United States

Market Preview: A Closer Look at GIPSA's Marketing Study
Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 24th February, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Live Hog Prices Pushed Lower This Week
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 24th February 2007 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Weekly Outlook: Corn Exports
Strength of export demand for U.S. corn will be important as U.S. corn production struggles to keep up with domestic demand for ethanol production, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

NCPC Seeks to Launch Hog Waste to Electricity Pilot Program
NORTH CAROLINA - The North Carolina Pork Council (NCPC) called today for legislation that would create a pilot program in which participating hog farms across the state will be using a new technology to convert hog waste into electricity to meet the energy needs of consumers statewide.

U.S. Red Meat Exports Continue To Increase In 2006
US - The year-end numbers for U.S. meat exports for 2006 don’t lie – they show continued record breaking in U.S. pork export volume for the 15th year, rebounding U.S. beef exports and increasing totals of U.S. lamb exports.
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Smithfield pork plant loses hundreds of workers
RALEIGH, N.C. - Hundreds of workers at a Smithfield Packing Co. plant have quietly left their jobs or stopped showing up for work after a crackdown on illegal immigrants.

Triumph clears key hurdle for hog plant
Triumph Foods will not need a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build a hog processing plant in East Moline, provided it sticks to plans for the project already reviewed by the agency, the corps said in a letter to the company.

CME to launch electronic spread trading for hog and cattle futures
CME, the world’s largest and most diverse financial exchange, has announced that electronic spread trading of lean hog and live cattle futures will be available on CME Globex® beginning March 12.

Swine Workshops Focus on Reproduction, Farrowing
NEBRASKA - Two seminars in March will offer pork producers insight on swine reproduction and farrowing.

Industry profits override scientific findings, Endangering America’s health
In August of 2003 a special investigation by the Government Reform Committee found that science is taking a back seat to industry profits.

Commentary: Cloned Foods
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced last December that the agency will likely approve the sale of cloned foods this year.

New Meat Byproducts: Avian Flu and Global Climate Change
The growth of factory farms, their proximity to congested cities in the developing world, and the globalized poultry trade are all culprits behind the spread of avian flu...

Feds to Toughen Meat, Poultry Inspection
The first major changes to food inspection in a decade will increase federal scrutiny of meat and poultry plants where the danger from E. coli and other germs is high or where past visits have found unsafe practices.

  United Kingdom

Firmer prices ahead for pig meat
Pig meat spot prices have maintained recent levels with signs of slightly firmer prices ahead, despite deadweight adjusted pig prices taking a downward step to 105.72p (week ended 17 February).
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Animal welfare costs on agenda
Farmers in the North-East will tonight be able to put forward their views on Government proposals to share the cost of animal health and welfare issues between Defra and the industry.

Seasonal infertility: a cost... but also an opportunity
Long term, reducing herd-size thresholds will not markedly increase the number of pigs covered by IPPC, reports Digby Scott.

Pig sector looking to the future
NORTHERN IRELAND - The UFU has been involved in various discussions to help establish much needed confidence within the pig sector, and to secure a future for pig production in Northern Ireland.

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

'Supermarkets must back food producers'
UK - Farmers' leader Peter Kendall urged the supermarket giant retailers to back food producers by offering professional long-term supply arrangements.

Whiff of lucrative work cutting emissions
The hunt is on for ways to reduce flatulence in livestock as a means of slowing global warming.

Brussels will cut agriculture red-tape
The European Commission has identified 13 areas for red-take cutting, including agriculture and transport, company, law, employment, taxation and VAT.


Pork Commentary: January 1st Canada-USA Swine Inventory Report Steady As She Goes!
This weeks North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long.

Pork industry bracing for water shortages
Canada's hog producers are going to have to serve up less water with their pork.
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Saskatchewan SCPA Applauds Animal Care Assessment Tool
The Saskatchewan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is applauding Canadian pork industry efforts to provide auditable standards for animal care.

New Feed Mill Allows Evaluation of Alternative Feed Technologies
A new feed manufacturing facility at the University of Manitoba is allowing scientists to evaluate alternative crops for feed, and new processing equipment and technologies.

Reduced Water Use Equals Reduced Costs
A High River Alberta pork producer says water consumption in the grower barn can be slashed by an average of about 35 percent by simply switching from standard nipple water drinkers to ball bit drinkers.

  New Zealand

Grain price surge will help NZ farmers
New Zealand dairy farmers will benefit enormously from an inevitable increase in international grain prices, says Irish dairying guru Michael Murphy.

  European Union

EU pig production set to rise
EU pig meat production is set to rise between now and 2013, according to latest forecasts from the British Pig Executive.


Bulgaria Reports Swine Fever in the Southeast
Bulgarian veterinary health authorities reported on Friday an outbreak of swine fever in the southeast of the country, and said they were preparing to slaughter 142 pigs to prevent the spread of the disease.

  Korea, Republic of

Agricultural exports forecast to grow 6.3 pct
South Korea aims to export US$2.45 billion worth of agricultural and forestry goods this year, up 6.3 percent from last year, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry said.
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Company news

JSR looking to China for further growth
In a bold move JSR has appointed a new Worldwide Development Manager, Jeff Shi, based in Shanghai and responsible for developing the Chinese market.

BASF to sell animal feed premix sites
BASF is selling its animal nutrition premix business in eight countries to Nutreco.

Calling all livestock editors
Due to strong growth across all sectors of our business, the 5M Publishing management team are currently looking for editorial staff to help drive the continuing development of our on-line publications in Pigs, Poultry, Cattle and Aquaculture.

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