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Newsletter 10th April 2007
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We have 4 new features this week:

Industry standard values for improved performance
By John S. Richardson, Intervet, UK - You intend spending good money improving the health of your pigs, but how do you know if it is money well spent? What you need is "Industry standard values for improved performance".
Classical Swine Fever (CSF) in Europe
By DEFRA. Detailed update Note: Defra’s International Animal Health Division (IAHD) monitors outbreaks of high impact diseases around the world. Classical swine fever is among those diseases of major concern that would have a significant impact if introduced into the UK.
Alberta Hog Market Commentary and Outlook - Winter 2007
By Kevin Grier, Senior Market Analyst, George Morris Centre, in Guelph and Calgary. Published by Alberta Pork. This is the latest Alberta Hog Market Commentary and Outlook which looks at the performance of the U.S. hog market.
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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Lean Hog Prices Pop Over 60 Cents!
CANADA - It is good to see the Iowa-Minnesota lean price get back over 60¢ lean last Friday’s average 61.89), writes Jim Long. It was the first time over 60¢ lean since March 2 (Friday).

USDA Swine and Grain Reports Bullish for Swine
CANADA - The USDA confirmed in the March 1st Hogs and Pigs Report what many have expected, writes Jim Long. There is no growth in the breeding herd and the market hog inventory is up from slightly better productivity and the results of increased small pig imports from Canada. Some observations:

500 to 600 Hog Groups Optimum for Autosort Swine Handling Systems
CANADA - Research conducted at the Prairie Swine Centre suggests the optimum group size for the efficient operation of autosort swine handling systems is in the range of 500 to 600 pigs.

Research Shows Pigs Raised in Large Groups Less Aggressive than in Small Groups
CANADA - Research conducted at the Prairie Swine Centre shows pigs raised in very large groups tend to be far less aggressive than those raised in small groups, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Prairie Swine Centre to Study Environmental Benefits of Using Paylean
CANADA - Researchers at the Prairie Swine Centre are preparing to kick off a study to examine the environmental benefits of using Paylean to improve the growth performance of grow finish hogs, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Provincial Pork Organizations Form New Alliance to Promote Pork
CANADA - A strategic partnership between Ontario Pork, Alberta Pork and Manitoba Pork Council has been formed to streamline consumer marketing services.
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  United States

Market Preview: Studying the Weight Class Swings
US - Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 6th April, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Weekly Outlook: Hogs and Ethanol
US - Hog producers appear not to have realized the changed message about ethanol-influenced corn prices, said a Purdue University Extension marketing specialist.

Live Hog Demand Stronger This Year
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 7th April 2007 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

March 2007 USDA Hog and Pig Report
US - What should we expect from the future of the hog market, asks Shane Ellis

Report Favors Livestock Profits
US - Recent market reports have grain prices stepping down from their highs, which could be favorable for livestock farmers. If the latest USDA prospective plantings report comes true, grain prices should stay low, helping with feed costs.

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

NPPC Applauds Completion Of U.S.-Korea FTA
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Pork Producers Council today praised President Bush and his trade negotiators for completing a free trade agreement with the Republic of Korea that includes an ambitious outcome for U.S. pork.

Still no frontal assault on swine-waste management issues
NORTH CAROLINA - Here is the situation as the legislature raises the curtain on a new season of North Carolina’s long-running Hogfield Follies.
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S. Korea deal would end pork and beef tariffs
US - A trade agreement between the United States and South Korea would eventually eliminate tariffs on American beef and pork exports, two products important to Iowa producers.

Congress: Is Manure Hazardous Waste?
WASHINGTON - Spring has arrived in official Washington, bringing cherry blossoms, baseball and the politics of poop.

Pork Industry Battling New Diseases From Well-Known Virus
US - The U.S. pork industry is looking for answers to a new danger. A cluster of ailments linked to the circovirus has recently emerged. Known collectively as porcine circovirus associated diseases, or PCVAD, they have the potential to seriously impact pork production.

Thousands of pigs die from disease at one farm
NORTH CAROLINA - Thousands of pigs have died from a disease at one farm as Pitt County pork producers report a spike in the ailment caused by a virus.

Statement by Ag Sec Regarding the Free Trade Agreement with Korea
US - Korea Free Trade Agreement is a historic and significant opportunity for U.S. agriculture that will create new export opportunities for farmers and ranchers. Nearly $2 billion worth of U.S. farm exports to Korea will become duty-free immediately, and market access will be expanded for beef, pork and poultry, among other commodities.

Kind announces legislation to expand meat markets
HUDSON - U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) has announced new legislation he introduced to expand the markets for meat processing businesses in western Wisconsin and across the nation.

Gestation Stall Campaign Continues to Grow
MARYLAND - The nationwide effort to ban the use of gestation stalls continues to gather momentum. Elected officials in Maryland have introduced in both of the state‘s legislative houses legislation aiming to ban the use of gestation stalls for expecting sows.
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  Russian Federation

Swine Plague Registered In Russia Volgograd Region
VOLGOGRAD - An emergency situation has been announced in the settlement of Gorodishche in Russia’s Volgograd region, where 41 swine have died of plague, a senior official from the regional department of the Ministry for Emergency Situations told Tass on Tuesday.

Russia could start importing only boiled meat from Brazil in mid-April
MOSCOW - Russia could stop importing raw pork and beef from Brazil in mid-April and start importing only boiled meat, Sergei Dankvert, head of the Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Control Service (Rosselkhoznadzor), told Interfax.

  Taiwan, Province of China

FMD Campaign Entering Critical Phase
TAIWAN - The campaign to rid the country of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) has entered a critical period, with hog ranches around Taiwan gradually halting the vaccination of their pigs in five phases beginning yesterday.


Denmark Halts Long-Distance Exports Of Live Animals Outside The EU
DENMARK - The Danish Agricultural Council halted Monday all live animal transports that last longer than 24 hours outside the European Union and said that a new ethical code would be agreed on with hauliers.


Food Industries Association Calls for Consolidation
SLOVENIA - Slovenian meat industry is facing price cuts and fierce competition and will soon have to consolidate and increase cooperation with the government and retail chains, Boris Jez of Food Industries Association said at a press conference on Monday, 26 March.
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  United Kingdom

Work Continues On New Salmonella Scheme
UK - As most pig-keepers will know, government is soon to set a target for salmonella reduction in British pigs.

Why IPPC Affects All Pig-Keepers
UK - It has been reported on several occasions that all pig producers need to understand the requirements of IPPC, even those who are way below the current threshold of 750 sows or 2,000 growers over 30 kilos.

Electric Fencing: How To Fight The New Restrictions
UK - Outdoor pig farmers will need to orchestrate a campaign to prevent – or at least delay - the Great Escape.

Pork Campaign Packs Major Punch
UK - 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).

  Serbia and Montenegro

€2 mln To Be Invested In Veterinary Medicine Twinning Project
SERBIA - Coordinator of the Serbian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management Predrag Bubalo said today that €2 million will be invested in the next two years in realisation of the twinning project "Institutional capacity building of the Veterinary Medicine Directorate".


IFA call on consumers to be aware of quality assurance logo
IRELAND - IFA Pigs and Pigmeat Chairman Michael Maguire has called on consumers to become more aware of the Quality Assurance logo.


China raises the bar for pork butchers
CHINA - Those who plan to set up slaughterhouses in China will have to apply to the government for a business license, according to a draft regulation issued on Friday.

Company news

ACMC Breeders New team at Vantage Boar AI stud
UK - International pig-breeding company ACMC Ltd has appointed a new team to run their Vantage Boar Stud for AI at Wassand, near Hull, in Yorkshire, following the retirement of Richard and Christine Wilson.

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