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Newsletter 16th April 2007
Monday 16th April 2007
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Next Sunday's London Marathon will see Nigel Muirhead, 5M Publishing, and Matthew Curtis, ACMC, running in support of UK charities.
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Drinking Behavior of Nursery Pigs During Oral Vaccine Administration
By Anna K. Johnson, assistant professor; Roy A. Edler, Boehringer, Ingleheim, Vetmedica; J. Tyler Holck, Boehringer, Ingleheim, Vetmedica; Brad V. Lawrence, Boehringer, Ingleheim, Vetmedica; Robert G. Baker, undergraduate.
Regulatory issues — the pressure’s mounting
By Keith Wilson of the Wilson Law Office in Edmonton and published by Alberta Pork.
Larger Litters Result in Increased Output of High Quality Pork
By Prairie Swine Centre and published by Farmscape.
Milk Supplementation beyond the Lactation Period: The Impact on Growth and Health of the Pigs.
By Rafael Cabrera, Ralco Nutrition, Inc.
The new V Drinker from Arato
* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)


Pork Commentary: 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).

A Caring Hand Makes For Quality Meat
CANADA - “You need both good facilities and good management,” says Colorado State University animal science professor Dr. Temple Grandin.

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.

Feasibility Study Explores Viability of Saskatchewan Hog Slaughtering Plant
CANADA - The president and CEO of Big Sky Farms is convinced Saskatchewan remains a viable option for the long term production and processing of hogs, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Big Boost For Hog Industry
QUEBEC - Christian Paradis, Secretary of State for Canadian Agriculture, has called for a one billion US$ injection to revive the pig industry.

Canadian Pork Producers Call for Free Trade Deal with Korea
CANADA - Canadian pork producers are urging Ottawa to step up negotiations aimed at achieving a free trade agreement with Korea after the announcement of such an agreement between Korea and the United States, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Noveko and Monitrol Sign Distribution Agreement
MONTREAL - Noveko International Inc. announces that it has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Monitrol Inc., a North American leader in ventilation management software and hardware for farm buildings. Under this agreement, Monitrol Inc. will act as the exclusive distributor of Noveko's patented antimicrobial air filters for the hog and poultry breeding markets in North America.

Pork Industry Appeals to Canadian Government to Address Competitiveness Issues
OTTAWA - The pork industry is appealing to the federal government to assist in addressing short- and long-term competitiveness issues, in light of staggering challenges currently besieging the pork and processing sectors.
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  United States

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

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.

Market Preview: Market Study Under a Microscope
US - Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 13th April, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Breeding herd unlikely to be reducing
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 14th January 2007 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

HSUS claims Cargill will phase out pig crates
WASHINGTON - Agribusiness company Cargill Inc. has told an animal rights group it is phasing out the use of gestation stalls that house pregnant pigs.

Cargill Refutes 'HSUS's Interpretation' That It's Phasing Out Gestation Stalls
KANSAS - A spokesman for Cargill Meat Solutions has said a media report stating the company is phasing out its use of sow gestation stalls is not accurate, says Tom Johnston on

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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Hogs Wild In Pennsylvania.
ALLENTOWN, Pa. — State and federal officials are sounding the alarm over Pennsylvania's rapidly growing population of wild hogs, highly aggressive and destructive animals that pose serious threats to farms and wildlife.

Convenience packaging to drive $8bn demand by 2011
US - US demand for packaging used for meat, poultry and seafood will exceed $8.1bn by 2011, partly driven by the trend towards convenience food, according to industry analysts.

Biodiesel Byproduct Effective in Swine and Poultry Feed
US - With the rapid expansion of ethanol and biodiesel production in Iowa, there are questions about possible uses for what remains after these alternative fuels leave the plant. So far, the use of ethanol by-products in animal feed has received most of the attention.

Pseudorabies Not Found In Private Swine Populations
US - Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) State Veterinarian Dr. Dennis Hughes has reported that an investigation into pseudorabies in the Genoa area has concluded with good results.

Dash For Green Fuel Pushes Up Price Of Meat In US
US - The price of meat is set to rise in America as the nation’s helter-skelter dash to convert corn into road fuel begins to take its toll on the supply of food.

Distillers Grain in Swine Diets
URBANA - A report providing guidelines for feeding distillers dried grains with solubles to swine is now available at local University of Illinois Extension offices. "Distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) in diets fed to swine" was prepared by U of I Extension swine specialist Hans H. Stein.

Hog farmers to help game birds
US - Pheasants will be getting some help this year from hog farmers who are promising to provide more habitat for the game birds and take part in new clean water efforts.

Wisconsin Pigs Test Positive For Herpes Virus
US - A state agency says an unspecified number of pigs at a farm in north-central Wisconsin have tested positive for a form of herpes virus.
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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.

  Russian Federation

Russia Limits Meat Imports From 7 States Over Salmonella Scare
MOSCOW - Russia has imposed restrictions on meat imports from some enterprises in seven countries over salmonellosis concerns, the agricultural watchdog said Monday.

Russia sends Commission documents on Polish meat
RUSSIA - The Russian Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Control Service (Rosselkhoznadzor) has sent its conclusions on an earlier European Commission report regarding meat supplies from Poland to the Delegation of the European Commission to Russia, a Rosselkhoznadzor representative told Interfax.

  United Kingdom

New Vaccine Will Reduce PCV2 And Salmonella
UK - It is essential the new PCV2 vaccines are made available to British pig-keepers as soon as possible, says Giles Penn, of Yorkshire-based DRS Partnership in Pigs Ltd.

Pig Producers Cautious View
UK - Producers are taking a cautious view of the future according to the first confidence survey conducted by the British Pig Executive (BPEX). However, the rest of the industry has a more positive outlook.

British Bacon Butty Goes Up-Market
UK - The great bacon butty is moving upmarket as more and more people turn to added value sarnies according to the British Pig Executive (BPEX).

Much-In-Demand Organic Meat Being Held Up By Shortage Of Feed
UK - Demand for organic food is on a steady upward course, but the supply of organic animal products is being held up by shortages of feed, including grass, says the Soil Association, the umbrella body for the movement.

Separating Growers From The Breeding Herd Gives Little Direct Benefit
UK - For a number of years the idea of separating breeding and feeding herds onto different sites has been promulgated as being of benefit to health.

Science in a sandwich: boffins create 'the perfect bacon buttie' formula
UK - Scientists at Leeds University have come up with a formula to create the perfect bacon buttie – and now they’re challenging Britain’s bacon buttie fans to put the findings to the test!
Porcilis PRRS - The PRRS vaccine that pays off
  Viet Nam

Blue Ear Disease Attacks Pigs In Northern Vietnam
VIET NAM - Hundreds of pigs have died since last month in northern Vietnam of Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS).


Hungry Market For Hungary's Pigs
HUNGARY - The agricultural producer prices rose by 11.6% year on year in February, falling from a growth of 14.3% in January, the Central Statistics Office (KSH) has reported on Thursday. The KSH detected a 13.1% increase in the January-February period.


RP Exports 300 MTs Of Hogs To Singapore
PHILIPPINES - The Philippines is set to export some 300 metric tons (MTs) of pork products to Singapore by June or July this year.

Company news

TOPIGS see Dutch semen sales rise 6.5%
NETHERLANDS - In 2006 TOPIGS Nederland sold 3.38 million doses of semen, 6.5% more than in 2005. Over the past 4 years, sales have increased by 14% and TOPIGS market share on the Dutch semen market has risen from 80% to 85%.

ACMC Breeders Small Improvement To Feed Conversion Could Save Millions
UK - The UK pig industry could save over £40m per year by making a small improvement to feed conversion, according to Stephen Curtis, who was speaking at an ACMC Ltd conference in Yorkshire.

PIC PIC Announces New Leadership In China
CHINA - PIC has appointed Jason Zhu to the position of General Manager of PIC China. He brings more than 19 years of agribusiness experience in China and Canada, including 7 years as business management and marketing specialist of the China Canada Lean Swine Project.

JSR Develops Meat Quality Partnerships
UK - A major British pig breeding company, JSR, is playing a leading role in the development of meat Quality Partnerships to help processors and retailers capitalise on consumers' requirement for better eating quality pork.

That's all for this week!


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