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Newsletter 5th March 2007
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

New thoughts on Nutrition of Newly Weaned Pigs
By John Pluske, School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Murdoch University, Australia.
Will Nutrition and Management Stop Hemorrhagic Bowel Syndrome? A Veterinarian’s Perspective
By William L. Hollis, B.S., D.V.M., Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd. Professional Swine Management, LLC, IL, USA
Some Reminders on Extralabel Drug Use in Food-Producing Animals
By Dr. David Smith, Associate Professor Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, University of Nebraska.
US Pork Outlook Report - February 2007
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service
Alphamune G - Shielding, Earning
* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  United Kingdom

BPEX Appoints New Chairman
Defra has chosen English pig industry leader Stewart Houston to be chairman of the new BPEX when it is set up next year as part of government’s levy board reform.

Pork industry told to get its act together
A more efficient pork supply chain will bring major advantages to the industry, according to a leading East Anglian-based marketing specialist.

Protect Consumers and Curb Supermarket Power, MPs Told
NFU Scotland has told MPs that the growing power of supermarkets must be better policed in order to protect consumer interests.

UK kids 'think bacon is from cows or sheep'
The average eight year old might know how to email people and use internet search engines, yet millions of British kids don’t know which animals their food comes from, according to new research by Dairy Farmers of Britain. The findings reveal that thousands of today’s 8 year olds think that cows lay eggs.

Agri-environment minus the aggro?
Applicants for environmental stewardship schemes will now know if their application is likely to be a success before they go through the full application process.
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  United States

New "circovirus strain" kills more hogs in U.S.
A new strain of the swine disease circovirus is killing a larger number of hogs in the United States and the industry is taking steps to combat the growing death toll, a leading veterinarian has said.

U.S. pork industry sees switch to more costly pens
Pork producers see growing pressure for elimination of sow gestation stalls and a return to more costly open pen hog production over the next couple of years.

Study Shows Choice White Grease Can Be Good Fat Source for Hogs
Kansas State University researchers recently studied the effects that choice white grease (CWG) and soybean oil have on hog growth performance and fat quality, said Justin Benz, Kansas State University swine nutrition graduate student.

Lowering pig nursery temperatures offsets rising input costs
Hog producers hit with a double whammy of rising feed prices and high energy costs can save at least some production costs by turning down the thermostat at night in their nurseries, say University of Missouri (MU) researchers.

Outages have chilling effect on Iowa livestock producers
IOWA - Widespread electrical outages were causing havoc for Iowa's livestock producers, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said Monday.

Red Meat Production Sets Record High for January
US - Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.09 billion pounds in January, up 5 percent from the 3.90 billion pounds produced in January 2006.

Hog prices slope downward
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 3rd March 2007 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Market Preview: Livestock Records Series Revamped
Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 2nd March, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.
Porcilis APP is a subunit vaccine for the active immunisation of piglets to protect them against pleuropneumoniae caused by Actinobacillus Pleuropneumoniae.
Weekly Roberts Report: Surging Cattle Prices Support Hogs
Agricultural US Commodity Market Report by Mike Roberts, Commodity Marketing Agent, Virginia Tech.

Hog industry could be first to blink if corn prices stay high
As hog producers continue to compete with ethanol plants for corn, Dermot Hayes believes the industry could be the competitor to blink first.

NFU to Congress: Implement COOL
National Farmers Union, along with more than 200 organizations representing a broad cross-section of groups including consumers, urged members of Congress to support mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL).

Farm Subsidies - Lining the pockets of wealthy farm owners?
What do Ken Lay, Ted Turner, Sam Donaldson and David Rockefeller all have in common? asks Sacha Zimmerman in this months Reader's Digest.


Perdigão Profits Fall 8%
Perdigão, the large Brazilian Food Company, had its 2006 financial statements hurt by a weakeness in its key export markets despite encouraging growth in domestic sales.


Pork Commentary - Marketings up, Slaughter weights dropping
This weeks North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long.

Maple Leaf To Close Saskatchewan Hog Plant
ONTARIO - Further to a previous announcement regarding the pending closure of the Company's 11th Street plant in Saskatoon, Maple Leaf today announced that it will close the primary pork processing operations at the plant by June 1, 2007.

Formulation Key to Maximizing the Value of Swine Rations
The Canadian International Grains Institute says understanding how ingredients should be formulated is key to maximizing the value of rations in swine production.

Boisclair talks hogs in charm offensive
Parti Quebecois leader Andre Boisclair yesterday defended a moratorium on new pig farms he imposed in 2002 while he was environment minister as a good thing because it helped the industry clean up its act.

Proposed Changes to Canada’s Health of Animals Act Under Review
Following what is described as an informal pre-consultation, a small number of changes, some significant, have been made to proposed amendments to Canada's Health of Animal’s Act.
The new V Drinker from Arato

Growth in Brazilian Meat Exports, Animal Feed Industry Drives Demand for Feed Additives
Brazil's position as one of the most important meat exporters in the world and one of the leading animal feed producers is driving strong growth of its animal feed additives market.

  European Union

EU emergency veterinary team to be established
The European Commission adopted a Decision to establish an emergency veterinary team, to provide the support of European experts if needed to respond rapidly to animal disease outbreaks in the EU and third countries.


APL Appoints new Research Manager
Australian Pork Limited, the pork industry’s national representative body, has appointed Dr. Geoffrey Annison to the position of General Manager - Research and Innovation.

Australian farmers to benefit from Chinese urbanisation
New research shows shrinking land availability and a changing diet in China are opening up big opportunities for Australian farmers.


Polish farmers protest against low pork price
About 500 farmers Thursday protested against low pork livestock prices and agriculture minister Andrzej Lepper outside the parliament building in Warsaw, the Polish PAP news agency reported.

Poland Increases Governmental Stocks of Pork to Stabilize Market
On February 1, 2007, the GOP began to procure 10,000 MT of pork at an estimated cost of 100 million PLN (US$ 33 million), in response to increasing farmer pressure for government intervention to stabilize farm-gate prices for hogs.
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Feed prices in focus worldwide
British leader calls for European co- operation.

  Russian Federation

Tougher Rules Placed on EU Meat Imports
Russia, after recalling its animal health inspectors from the European Union, threatened on Friday to suspend meat imports from some EU countries unless Brussels provides additional quality control guarantees.

Company news

PIC New Technology Accelerates Genetic Improvement in Swine
CANADA - A geneticist with PIC says new tools and technologies introduced over the past ten to 20 years have dramatically accelerated the rates of genetic improvement in breeding stock for swine, writes Bruce Cochrane.

ACMC Breeders More AC1 hybrid gilts fly east
UK - ACMC secures further order from Philippines

18th JSR Technical Conference date confirmed
UK - The date for the 18th JSR Technical Conference has been confirmed as Tuesday 18th September 2007, to be held at Nottingham University.

Intervet Intervet sees 6% global growth
THE NETHERLANDS - Revenues at Intervet increased by 3% to EUR 1,125 million boosted by strong autonomous growth of 6% across all regions and product lines.

Smithfield Foods Reports 3Q Earnings Fall
Smithfield Foods Inc., the world's largest pork producer, said Thursday that its third-quarter profit fell 15 percent on a drop in hog production earnings and high feed costs.

That's all for this week!


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