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Newsletter 12th March 2007
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VIV Asia 2007 - A New Focus on Aquaculture.
BANGKOK - VIV Asia opened in Bangkok Wednesday with a smartly choreographed, flambuoyant, launch ceremony; something more familiar with a new car launch than to a food industry Expo.

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week:

Comparative AI in pigs and cattle
By Stuart Revell - Senior Veterinary Surgeon (Research) Genus/ABS. When studying comparative reproduction in farmed mammals, they don’t come much more different than cattle and pigs.
Animal Industry Report 2007
By the Department of Animal Science, Iowa State University - This article is Iowa State University's annual report of the research activities that relate to the animal agriculture industries.
USDA Livestock and Products Semi-Annual Reports 2007
By USDA, FAS - This article provides the pork industry data from the USDA FAS Livestock and Products Semi-Annual 2007 reports.
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* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  United States

NPPC Delegates Call For End To Ethanol Subsidies
Urging broad support for a federal market-based bio-fuels policy, producer delegates at the National Pork Producers Council’s annual business meeting March 3 in Anaheim, Calif., approved several resolutions related to ethanol.

Market Preview: Hog-Corn Ratio Revisited
Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 9th March, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Weekly Outlook: Hog Prices
Hog producers should start thinking through price risk management strategies, so they can be exercised quickly in the coming 60 to 90 days, said a Purdue University Extension marketing specialist.

Weekly Roberts Report: Hold on to light hogs
Agricultural US Commodity Market Report by Mike Roberts, Commodity Marketing Agent, Virginia Tech.

Cash hog prices under pressure this week
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 10th March 2007 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Farmers turn from hogs to fish
Let them eat fish.

Producers Ask Packers, Swine Registries To Require Premises ID
Moving forward with efforts to implement a national swine identification system, the National Pork Producers Council will ask the marketplace, including meat packers, and swine breed registries to require premises ID numbers from pork producers.
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Committee Agrees to Extend Hog Moratorium
RALEIGH, N.C. - A ten-year state moratorium on new hog farms and their waste lagoons would continue for three more years in a bill that the House Agriculture Committee approved today. The moratorium is set to expire September first.

Industry calls for rethink on risk-based inspections
The move to a risk-based inspection system could jeopardize consumer confidence in the safety of meat and poultry, according to an industry organisation.

Hog waste moratorium advances in Legislature
With the House Agricultural Committee voting Wednesday to extend the current moratorium on hog farms and lagoons for three more years, farmers in Wayne and Duplin counties are taking the decision in stride and going about business as usual.

Lawmakers want scrutiny of pork producer merger
Lawmakers from South Dakota and other farm states are making a final push to influence an antitrust investigation that could halt the merger of the nation's two largest pork producers, a deal that critics say would hasten the consolidation of livestock markets and inflate food prices for consumers.

  European Union

The Reuse of Pig Slurry as High-Quality Fertilizer
The European Life project "Ecodíptera" has been presented in Brussels by its consortium partners. This initiative involves a sustainable and innovative solution for pig manure. The technology applied within the project enables the use of fly larvae to transform pig slurry into a high-quality fertilizer and proteins.

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  United Kingdom

English Survey of Agriculture - Pig breeding herd increased by 2%
The English pig breeding herd has increased by almost two percent, according to Defra's December 2006 Survey of Agriculture for England.

Scottish pig numberes fall by 5 per cent
Results from the December 2006 Agricultural Survey, which gives a picture of agricultural activity in Scotland.

IPPC: Don't try to fudge it
The Environment Agency believes as many as 200 pig-keepers have failed to apply for an IPPC permit.

Pork Campaign Packs Major Punch
More than 100 million on-pack stickers promoting the Quality Standard Mark for pork will be appearing in supermarkets across the country. The stickers are part of the Love QSM Pork campaign currently being run by the British Pig Executive (BPEX).

NPA Serious about Salmonella
On behalf of the Food Standards Agency, ADAS has organised a conference aimed at raising awareness of the need for action by pig producers to reduce salmonella on pig units.

Welfare-friendly food
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Pork Commentary: Russia aiming to double pork production in next 4-5 years
This weeks Pork Commentary from Jim Long.

Zero-Tannin Fababean, a Safe Feed Pulse for Young Pigs
Research conducted by Alberta Agriculture and Food has proven that zero-tannin (ZT) fababean can be safely offered to young pigs without negatively impacting feed intake or growth performance.

Manitoba CEC Kicks Public Environmental Review of Manitoba Hog Industry
The Manitoba Clean Environment Commission has kicked off an eight week series of public review hearings to gather information for its review of the environmental sustainability of hog production within Manitoba.
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Canadian Pork Exports Rise Marginally But Value Falls in 2006
Canada Pork International reports the volume of Canadian pork sold into the export market increased marginally in 2006 over 2005 but the value of the product was down substantially, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Water Considerations Key For Intenstive Hog Operations
Water is an important nutrient. It helps produce new tissue in growth and pregnancy and compensates for losses through respiration, evaporation and elimination of waste.

Manitoba Pork Producers Launch Public Education Campaign
Manitoba's pork producers have launched a multimedia public education campaign designed to inform the public about the benefits of hog production and what hog producers are doing to protect the environment, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Meat Industry Grows as Peso Gains More Value
The Central Visayas meat industry registered growth in many areas, according to the 2006 annual accomplishment report compiled by the National Meat Inspection Services (NMIS) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) 7.

  Korea, Democratic People's Republic of

N. Korea slaughters animals after hoof-and-mouth disease outbreak
Impoverished North Korea has slaughtered hundreds of cows and pigs after an outbreak of hoof-and-mouth disease, according to the World Organization for Animal Health.

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Danish Crown in ‘meaty’ talks with ITC
The European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mariann Fischer Boel, accompanied by a 28-member delegation representing food and drink companies from across the European Union under the “Tasty Europe” banner, to explore trade and investment opportunities in the agri-food sector.


Piggeries struggle with feed costs, labour shortage
The operator of Australia's biggest piggery believes more players will be forced out of the industry because of rising costs.

Company news

FDA approves Nuflor® premix for swine
Schering-Plough Animal Health The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently licensed Nuflor® (florfenicol), an antibiotic for the control of swine respiratory disease (SRD).

Genesus '25 plus' Awards for 2006
Genesus Twenty-five pigs weaned per mated female per year is a recognized benchmark of excellence throughout North America and indeed the world.

Hypor Grows R&D team
Hypor Hypor is pleased to announce the appointments of Xu Bai and Abe Huisman to the Research and Development team. Both geneticists fill newly created positions, with Abe Huisman as the Program Geneticist based in Boxmeer, the Netherlands and Xu Bai holding the position of Research Assistant at Hypor Canada.

That's all for this week!


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