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Newsletter 2nd April 2007

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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Due to Easter, next weeks newsletter will be sent out on Tuesday 10th April.

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

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. We have two new counties this week; Japan and Mexicoa. Within each article is a link to the full report which includes all the tabular data which we have omitted from these articles.
Alternative Dry Sow Housing
By James Osborne, Swine Genetics Ontario Inc., as presented at the 2006 London Swine Conference
UK/EU Pig Statistics - March 2007
This article provides an overview of the latest statistics relating to pigs in the UK and Europe and includes Slaughter figures, Carcase weights, Pigmeat production, trade and supplies and UK and EU Prices and value of pigs. Extracted from the quarterly pig bulletin published by Defra.
UK/EU Pig Populations - March 2007
This article is extracted from Chapter 5. of the quarterly pig bulletin published by Defra and provides a brief overview of the latest statistics relating to pig populations in the UK and Europe.
USDA Quarterly Pigs and Hogs Report: March 2007
This quarter's quarterly Hogs and Pigs report from the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The article provides the report text and graphs, and helps explain what it all means. Link also to the full PDF report.
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* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  United Kingdom

Steam Cleaning Cuts Salmonella In Meat, Says Study
UK - Using commercial household stream cleaning can provide smaller processing plants with a low cost method of decontaminating beef and hog carcasses, according to a recent study.

NPA Will Challenge Plan To Scrap Capital Allowance On Buildings
UK - The Chancellor’s proposed scrapping of the capital allowance on buildings will hit pig-keepers harder than most. In particular it will reduce industry incentive to build more energy-efficient pig housing.

In hot pursuit of the profitable GREEN PIG...
UK - How can pig producers improve their environmental credentials AND stay in business?

  Kenya

Kenya: Raise More Pigs, Official Tells Farmers
RIFT VALLEY - Farmers in Rift Valley Province have been urged to venture into pig rearing following growing demand for pork

  Canada

Pork Commentary: Deluge of Hogs Continue
CANADA - If it seems to you that it’s raining hogs, join the crowd. We feel the same way, writes Jim Long. Relentless numbers of hogs continue to come to market with last week’s USDA calculation of 2.117 million head, a whopping 162,000 more than the same week a year ago.

Hog farming funds "not new money"
NOVA SCOTIA - Nova Scotia’s newly-projected financial framework has no surprises and little new assistance for the province’s cash-starved farmers, say many in the industry.

Thru The Farmgate Offers Hands on Look at How Farm Animals are Raised
CANADA - 2007 marks the 100th anniversary of the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair and dozens of activities and events are planned to celebrate this milestone, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Research Show Low Birth Weights Do Not Impact Growth Performance of Pork Quality
CANADA - Research conducted by the Prairie Swine Centre shows that, although low birth weight piglets reach market weight more slowly than their heavier littermates, the quality of the carcasses are equal, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Research Project Sets Out to Track and Reduce Energy Consumption in Pork Production
CANADA - The Prairie Swine Centre has kicked of a project designed to track and ultimately reduce the amount of energy used in producing pork, writes Bruce Cochrane.
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  United States

Market Preview: Moderate Growth in Pig Numbers Projected
US - Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 30th March, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Hog market profitability stretches to 37th month
US - Hog producers can look forward to letting the good times roll, swine industry analysts said Friday.

USDA Hogs/Pigs Report Doesn’t Show Industry Cutback
US - Friday afternoon, USDA released its latest report on the nation’s hogs and pigs crop.

Good News for Hog Producers
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 31st March 2007 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Shift to specialized pig production units continues
US - Commentary on March 30, 2007 USDA Hogs and Pigs Report by Dr Mike Brumm, Brumm Swine Consultancy, Inc.

Nebraska Farmers Examine Asian Markets for U.S. Meat
US - The U.S. must continue to fight hard for increased shares of beef and pork markets in Asia. That's the consensus of three Nebraska producers who spent a week in Japan and Taiwan attending the U.S. Meat Export Federation Market Expo.

Ameren Pilot Project Explores Converting Hog Manure Gas to Electricity
MISSOURI - Ameren's Renewable Energy Department is working with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the University of Illinois-Chicago to study a number of renewable energy options in using methane gas from hog manure to generate heat and power at a farm in Carlyle, Illinois.

In corn belt, ethanol boom a bust for ranchers
US - The alternative energy source has turned around dying towns, but the high price of corn makes it hard to raise livestock.
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Environmental Defence Praises NC Clean Swine Farming Bill
NORTH CAROLINA - Environmental Defense praised a bill introduced by Rep. Carolyn Justice, R-New Hanover/Pender, that will establish permanent environmental standards for managing hog waste and help farmers make the transition from traditional lagoons to cleaner waste systems.

No Opposition To Hog Confinement Permit
IOWA - The Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a construction permit application for a hog confinement in the southern part of the county.

Proposed Animal ID Program Alarms Livestock Owners
US - Livestock and horse owners are confused and concerned about the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) voluntary participation program, the National Animal Identification System (NAIS).

Make Room For A New Kind Of Pork Production
US - Change is occurring in the pork industry.

Polls Indicate Strong Support For Pen Gestation For Hogs
US - Two states have now banned the use of gestation stalls for sows - Florida and Arizona.

Farmers see air study in two different lights
US - Hundreds of Alabama farmers are among 14,000 nationwide who signed up for a program expected to produce the first national study of air quality at large livestock operations.

Hog-waste Question Piles Up In Raleigh
RALEIGH, N.C. - Hog farms and their potential to harm the environment are once again before the General Assembly, but backers say they have more support for funding new waste systems than they had last year.

Industry Roadmap: Building the Fresh Foods Supply Chain of the Future
US - As anyone who has been involved in the selling and tracking of random-weight or variable-measure products (such as poultry and red meat) can tell you, the current tracking system is inadequate.
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  Taiwan, Province of China

COA To Sponsor 10 Promotional Activities Till April
TAIPEI - March 26 (CNA) The Council of Agriculture (COA) said in a news conference Monday that it will sponsor 10 promotional activities between now and April to raise public awareness of pork safety and promote local pork products.

Taiwan Hopes Japan will Reciprocate by Opening Door to Taiwan Pork
TAIWAN - Taiwan's animal husbandry industry executives expressed hopes Sunday that Japan will reciprocate by opening its door to Taiwan pork exports since Japan has been exporting many of its agricultural products in large quantities to Taiwan.

  Denmark

Danish Bacon launches new ad campaign
DENMARK - Danish Bacon’s 2007 advertising and promotional campaign is set to get mouths watering by capitalising on the popularity of one of the nation’s favourite snacks – the classic bacon sandwich.

  General

Burger King to implement animal welfare measures
US - Have the tycoons behind Burger King eaten too much, or is that a pang of guilt that they're feeling?

  Korea, Republic of

Korea may list hogs as futures
KOREA - Korea Exchange Inc., operator of the world's most active futures market, may list hogs as the country's first futures contract linked to agriculture.

  Russian Federation

Russia seeks compromise, not ban on EU meat
MOSCOW - Russia will not ban meat imports from European Union countries on April 1 and is seeking a compromise with Brussels on food safety issues, a spokesman for the country's animal and plant health watchdog said on Thursday.

Russia Continues Meat Plant Inspections In Brazil
RUSSIA - Russian veterinary inspectors will complete their inspections of Brazilian meat plants in mid-April, but at the moment it does not appear that any new plants will be granted permission to export their products to Russia, according to the Interfax news agency.
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  Viet Nam

Vietnam develops plan to streamline breeding farms
VIETNAM - is mapping out a master plan to govern practices on breeding farms, to be completed by 2008, in an effort to upgrade output and product quality, agricultural officials said at a meeting Tuesday.

  India

Stiff Resistance To Drive Against Pigs
INDIA - The drive launched by the municipal corporation health authorities against stray pigs faced stiff resistance from rearers forcing the authorities to retreat last night in areas such as dairy farm centre, Parlaopet and Nookalamma manyam.

  New Zealand

MP moves to save New Zealand bacon
NEW ZEALAND - It's marketed as "the taste of New Zealand", but now the iconic Kiwi Bacon brand is facing a Commerce Commission complaint because some of its pork is imported.

Company news

Schering-Plough Animal Health FDA Approves Broad-Spectrum Nuflor® Premix for Swine
US - In-feed administration simplifies control of complex swine respiratory disease

JSR strengthens worldwide presence
UK - JSR continues its growth through investment in people with the arrival of Dr Carlos Peralta based in Mexico.

Vostermans latest creation: the five blade Multifan 130
NETHERLANDS - The Multifan 130: 5-blade version is Vostermans latest editioin to cutting edge greenhouse ventilation technology, promising a performance it says, competitors simply cannot match.



That's all for this week!

Ed.

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