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Newsletter 26th March 2007

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Effect of Dietary Salmon Protein Concentrate on Growth Performance of Weanling Pigs
By Cole Wagner and Kristjan Bregendahl. This article is from the Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 2007.
Raising Hogs in the Information Age
By Drs. Mark J. Estienne and Allen F. Harper Virginia Tech Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center (TAREC) Suffolk, Virginia
Future of the Swine Industry in North Carolina
By Kelly Zering , Associate Professor and Extension Specialist Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics North Carolina State University and presented at the Northeastern Regional Pork Conference, February 2007.
US Pork Outlook Report - March 2007
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the March 2007: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Pork Industry data.
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* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  United States

Slaughter runs above expectation despite weather
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 24th March 2007 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

US Swine Economics Report
US - Regular report by Ron Plain on the US Swine industry.

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

Market Preview: Slaughter Levels Perplexing
US - Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 23rd March, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

US Pork Production at Record High for February
US - Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 3.62 billion pounds in February, up 4 percent from the 3.49 billion pounds produced in February 2006, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in their monthly Livestock Slaughter report.

Group seeks permanent ban on hog lagoons
NORTH CAROLINA - Opponents to large-scale hog farming operations are hoping a bill being introduced in Raleigh will help them in their plight.

Oregon latest target of effort to ban sow stalls
PORTLAND - Oregon farmers spoke out in a legislative hearing last week in opposition to a bill banning gestation stalls and farrowing crates on Oregon hog farms.

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NPPC Urges Ambitious Outcome For U.S. Pork In Free Trade Agreement Between U.S., South Korea
WASHINGTON, D.C. - With an end-of-the-month deadline looming, the National Pork Producers Council is urging Congress and the Bush administration to push for an ambitious deal for U.S. pork producers in a trade agreement between the United States and South Korea.

Bill requires hog purchases from independent producers
IOWA - Meatpackers will have to purchase more of their hogs from independent family farmers under legislation approved by the Iowa Senate on Tuesday afternoon. Big meatpackers now buy many of their hogs on contract from farmers, and lock in the price without a sale at auction. The bill requires them to purchase at least 25-percent of their hogs from independent farmers.

NPPC: Pork Producers Pitch Public-Policy On Capitol Hill
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Dozens of pork producers from across the country descended on Capitol Hill the past two days to lobby their senators and representatives on issues of importance to the U.S. pork industry.

Despite Moratorium, More Hog Farms Built in North Carolina in Past 10 Years
NORTH CAROLINA - Despite a moratorium on new hog farms in North Carolina, enough farms have been added, expanded or reactivated under exemptions to add 500,000 swine in the state in the past 10 years.

NPPC Details Ethanol Concerns To Energy Group
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Despite criticism from some corners, the National Pork Producers Council continues to express its concerns about the adverse affects on pork producers of the rapid expansion of the corn-based ethanol industry, yesterday outlining its apprehensions at an energy meeting sponsored by the 25x’25 Alliance.

SowComfort - Never before has standing been so easy!
  Netherlands

Continuous growth of Dutch pig exports
NETHERLANDS - Dutch exports of finisher pigs and piglets keeps on rising in 2007.

Herbs effective against round worms in pigs
NETHERLANDS - The use of these plant extracts can prevent large round worm (Ascaris suum) infections in pigs, according to research from the Dutch Animal Sciences Group (ASG).

  United Kingdom

Levy board to look at cross-border sales
UK - Britain's new agricultural levy board could be about to give Scotland and Wales back some of the thousands of pounds that are lost annually when cattle, sheep and pig are processed in England.

Probiotic Treatment Reduces Salmonella Infection In Pigs
UK - Researchers from Ireland found that treatment with probiotic bacteria reduced Salmonella infection in pigs and may have potential human applications. They report their findings in the March 2007 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

At last! Cumberland sausage is in line for protected EU status
CUMBERLAND - Traditional Cumberland sausage is in line for special status within the European Union.

Stop the BPEX elections, demands Levy Board UK
U.K - The English pig industry has flatly refused to tolerate undemocratic interference in its affairs by Levy Board UK.

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

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  Canada

Pork Commentary: Pork Exports – Saving Our Bacon
CANADA - This weeks Pork Commentary from Jim Long.

Diet Formulation According to Nutrient Requirements Cuts Costs and Maximizes Productivity
CANADA - An associate professor with the University of Manitoba's Department of Animal Science says, by better matching diets to the nutritional needs of the animal, swine producers can cut costs while maximizing productivity, writes Bruce Cochrane.

CPC Concerned Over U.S. Plans for Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling
CANADA - The Canadian Pork Council is expressing concern over renewed U.S. efforts to introduce mandatory Country of Origin Labeling for red meat products, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Ontario's Minister of Finance Fails to Recognize Veterinarians as Health Care Providers
ONTARIO - Today's Provincial Budget has left Ontario veterinarians feeling unappreciated and undervalued.

  European Union

Consumer’ concerns about animal welfare when shopping vary widely between European countries
EU - Considerable attention is being given to what consumers can do to improve farm animal welfare. Linking improvements of farm animal welfare to what people do as food consumers is essential to realise better animal welfare in Europe. This recent study shows that such linkages vary considerably across Europe.

  Taiwan, Province of China

COA aims to put end to falling pork prices by decreasing output
TAIWAN - The Council of Agriculture (COA) yesterday said they will implement measures in next couple of months to put an end to falling pork prices in the country.

Animal Industry Foundation Promotes Pork Consumption
TAIPEI - In view of a slump in hog prices, the National Animal Industry Foundation held an event to promote pork consumption Sunday in Kaohsiung County, inviting the public to sample pork delicacies.

Ivomec Premix - Better products mean better results
  Czech Republic

Czech pig breeders protest foreign pork imports
Prague - Some 200 Czech pig farmers gathered Monday at the Dolni Dvoriste/Wullowitz border crossing to Austria in order to protest imports of pork to the Czech Republic.

  Russian Federation

Russia Meat Prices Slump Due To Oversupply
RUSSIA - Russia's Agriculture Minister, Alexei Gordeyev, has asked President Putin to instruct the government to urgently address problems related to large-scale meat imports into Russia, according to the Interfax news agency.

  Greece

Company news

ACMC Breeders ACMC lands two large Russian orders
UK - British pig-breeding company ACMC Ltd has landed two huge orders for genetically improved pigs from the Russian Republic of Tatarstan.



That's all for this week!

Ed.

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