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Newsletter 19th March 2007
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We have 4 new features this week:

USDA Livestock and Products Semi-Annual Reports 2007
By USDA, FAS - Pork industry data for Canada and China.
Swine Feed Program Management Tips
By Duane E. Reese, Extension Swine Specialist, University of Nebraska.
Feeder Pig Dichotomy
By Brian Roe - Associate Pofessor at OSU.
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* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  United Kingdom

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

Forward planning helps cut conception rate drop
UK It is now imperative pig producers check unit records to see how summer temperatures affect conception and farrowing rates, and then make provision to bring in extra replacements or retain older sows to maintain piglet numbers.

Changes to pig identification rules
UK - Changes to pig identification rules take effect from April 6. Pigs must be marked in the following ways:

Cool idea for British units?
UK - According to research for BPEX by Colin Wooldridge of Meadow Quality, production losses from seasonal infertility rocket over 70 percent the year following a year of above-average temperatures.

  Korea, Republic of

South Korea to turn pig waste to electricity
SEOUL - South Korea has fired up a power plant that turns animal waste into electricity as a part of Seoul's plan to develop eco-friendly, reusable energy, the government said on Wednesday.

  United States

Market Preview: Pork Exports More Robust Than Ever
US - Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 16th March, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

US Pork Exports Surge
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 17th March 2007 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Animal Fats into Jet Fuel
RALEIGH - Airlines could soon be looking to acquire chicken grease and hog lard to convert into jet fuel, if recent research is anything to go by.

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

Hog producers must focus on total biosecurity
IOWA - Butch Baker says hog producers must control all segments of production to ensure biosecurity in their operations.

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Smithfield seeks expansion
US - Smithfield Packing Co. wants to increase by more than 1 million the number of hogs it can slaughter at its Tar Heel plant each year, bringing the total to 9.5 million.

Bill would give pigs more room
SALEM - It's common practice for U.S. pork producers to confine a 250- to 350-pound pregnant pig in an aluminum enclosure 2 feet wide by 7 feet long.

Legislators work with concerns over CAFOs
US - Randolph County landowner Barbara Sha Cox of Richmond wants the Indiana General Assembly to regulate confined animal feeding operations to protect neighbors and the environment.

Rising cost of fertilizer boosts manure sales
US - There are dollars in dung.

Building exports remains important strategy for pork industry
CALIFORNIA - Here's an amazing fact - U.S. exports of pork have nearly doubled in five years.

Evolution of the hog industry
MARSHALL - Corn prices, hog production and this year’s weather were the key topics discussed during the Farm Outlook Seminar at Southwest State University on Wednesday.

Hog plans draw fire
US - A hearing Thursday on whether the state should allow Smithfield Packing Co. to increase the number of hogs it slaughters turned into a contentious forum on labor issues.

  Viet Nam

Pint-sized I pigs face extinction as crossbreeds crowd the meat market
VIETNAM - Vietnamese I pigs have been rediscovered, but even financial incentives haven’t been enough to get farmers breeding the species. Minh Huong and Lam Quang Huy find out why farmers are choosing crossbreeds instead.

  New Zealand

New feed mill to quadruple production
NEW ZEALAND - Construction of a $3 million feed mill is under way at Morrinsville feed firm Seales Ltd.
Porcilis M Hyo is an inactivated vaccine for active immunisation of pigs to protect them against Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae during the whole nursery and fattening period.

Chileans eat more poultry and pork
CHILE - The latest national meat consumption statistics in Chile reveal a 5% increase on 2005 meaning that it is now considered to be a developed country.


Swine Fever not spread to Slovenia so far
SLOVENIA - After Croatian authorities informed Slovenia on Thursday, 8 March of an outbreak of swine fever in an area in close proximity to the border, veterinarians started checking the pigs in a three-kilometre protected area on Friday, 9 March. So far no suspicious cases have been discovered, the Slovenian Veterinary Administration (VURS) said.


Austrian pig production expected to fall
AUSTRIA - Austrian net production of pigs will fall by 0.6% this year to 4.68 million tonnes. These figures were released by the Austrian agriculture ministry.

  Czech Republic

Czech farmers plan blockades over pork imports from Austria
CZECH REPUBLIC - Czech farmers plan blockades of border crossings with Austria by end-March in protest against increasing pork imports from Austria, Agricultural Chamber president Jan Veleba told CTK today.

Pork Commentary: NPPC Fights for Hog Producers!
CANADA - This weeks Pork Commentary from Jim Long.

U.S Pork Exports Expected to Rise While Canadian Exports Decline
CANADA - A market analyst with Rabobank predicts continued growth in U.S. pork exports during 2007 while Canadian exports decline, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Quebec Pork Industry In Need Of Overhaul
MONTREAL - The government should not increase public assistance to the pork sector but instead should encourage the industry to reorganize itself so as to raise productivity.

Tighter Nutritional Formulations Cut Costs and Reduce Environmental Impacts
CANADA - The Canadian International Grain Institute says a combination of economic and environmental considerations is prompting swine producers to tighten the nutritional values of their swine rations, writes Bruce Cochrane.

University of Saskatchewan Prepares to Expand Feed Grain and Feed Processing Research Infrastructure
CANADA - The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) expects to break ground this summer for the construction of a new Feed Technology Research Facility and a new Grain Quality Laboratory. The two new facilities will become part of the Agriculture Research Park that is being developed adjacent to the University’s Saskatoon campus.
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  Taiwan, Province of China

Pig farmers urge gov't to stop falling pork prices
TAIWAN - Representatives of pig farmer associations in Taiwan yesterday urged the government to put a stop to falling pork prices, or else 20 percent of small to medium pig farming businesses will be forced to close by June of this year.


Govt bans live pig meat from bird flu-hit nations
INDIA - has banned the import of live poultry, pigs and pig meat products from countries with bird flu outbreaks, the government said in a statement yesterday (March 12), but a trade consultant said it would have little impact.

  Korea, Democratic People's Republic of

North Korea asks South to help with foot-and-mouth
SEOUL - North Korea has culled pigs and cows to try to halt an outbreak of highly infectious foot-and-mouth disease and asked the South to provide it with medication, South Korea's unification minister said on Thursday.


Croatia steps up measures against swine fever
CROATIA - Croatia on Tuesday said it had issued a selective nationwide ban on the transport of pigs in a bid to halt a swine fever epidemic that has hit farms in one third of the country.

Crisis Continues In Croatia
CROATIA - According to the twelfth report from the OIE, Croatia has been struck by a further nineteen reported outbreaks of classic swine fever, and all in just seven days.


Ukraine imposes ban on pork from Croatia and Bulgaria
UKRAINE - The State Department of Veterinary Service has imposed a ban on pork import from Croatia and Bulgaria, the State Veterinary Medicine Department's press service informed.


US feedlot consultant predicts meat price increase
AUSTRALIA - An American feedlot consultant says Australian shoppers will have to learn to pay more for meat because of rising grain prices.

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Company news

Fancom - Complete Poultry Solutions PowerFlow™: "Uniformity under Control" in larger pig sections
CANADA - As from March 1st, Hubert Grein (41) has been appointed as the new Operations Manager at Fancom.

FDA approves Nuflor® premix for swine
Schering-Plough Animal Health NETHERLANDS - American based company Schering Plough has announced it is to acquire the Dutch veterinary company Intervet as part of its buy out of Organon BioSciences, the pharmaceutical division of chemical company Akzo Nobel.

Genesus Genesus '25 plus' Awards for 2006
UK - Genus Plc, owner of PIC, has stated it is starting to look at acquisitions again following the integration of pig and shrimp breeder Sygen helped it to almost double annual sales.

18th JSR Technical Conference date confirmed
UK - The advanced breeding technology of JSR Genetics is opening up lucrative new markets in Cyprus, where producers have been impressed by the British breeder's work on improving carcase yields.

That's all for this week!


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