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Newsletter 23rd April 2007
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week:

Understanding the Spread of PRRS Between Herds
By Cate Dewey Department of Population Medicine University of Guelph. This article is from a collection of the scientific papers presented at the 2006 London Swine Conference.
Pork producers face ‘the perfect storm’
By Jerry Bouma and published by Alberta Pork
US Pork Outlook Report - April 2007
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the April 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)

Viet Nam

Canada pork promotion agency sounds out Vietnam
VIET NAM - A delegation from export promoter Canada Pork International (CPI) is on a fact-finding visit to Vietnam to explore business opportunities.

United Kingdom

Levy Board UK: Pig Sector Chairman Replies
UK - Questions regarding the Levy Board UK by Digby Scott, NPA to pig sector chairman Stewart Houston.

Supermarkets' Power 'Destroying Farmers'
UK - Farmers are effectively subsidising consumers and supermarket giants, according to Roger Williams, the Liberal Democrat spokesman for food and rural affairs at Westminster.

IPPC And Last Minute Nerves...
UK - In April Pig World pig-keepers were advised to contact Nigel Penlington at BPEX if they had concerns about the Environment Agency’s hunt for IPPC dodgers.

United States

Hog Outlook: Pork Products Strengthened This Week
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 21st April 2007 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Have We Learned From Past Mistakes?
US - Iowa-Minnesota lean hog prices gained over $3.00 per hundred last week; averaging 65.23 last Friday, up from the previous Friday’s 61.89. US pork cut-outs averaged 67.43 last Thursday, writes Jim Long.

Weekly Roberts Report
US - Agricultural US Commodity Market Report by Mike Roberts, Commodity Marketing Agent, Virginia Tech.
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Market Preview: Debating Meat Dominance
US - Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 20th April, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

ConocoPhillips And Tyson Alliance To Create Fat Fuel.
US - ConocoPhillips and Tyson Foods, Inc. will announce a strategic alliance to produce and market the next generation of renewable diesel fuel - made from beef, pork and poultry by-product fat - to create a transportation fuel.

Senate Committee OKs First Bill To Replace Hog Lagoons
US - A Senate committee today approved the first of several bills designed to help North Carolina's swine farmers use cleaner methods to deal with hog waste.

Pork Producers Ride Positive Analyst Report
KANSAS CITY - Two Kansas City area pork producers reached record highs after a JPMorgan analyst said meat producers would get a boost from using animal fats to produce diesel fuel.

Animal Welfare Should be Based on Reason, Science and Experience
US – Speaking to the North American Agricultural Journalists meeting today, Kay Johnson, Executive Vice President of the Animal Agriculture Alliance said that improvements in animal welfare should be based on reason, science and experience.

Too Much Ham And Bacon May Prove 'Un'Healthy
COLUMBIA - A new study has found that frequent consumption of cured meats results in lower lung function test scores and increases the odds of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Pork Profits Belie Need For Market Structure Changes
WASHINGTON, D.C. - “Is legislation that would limit [pork] producers’ market-access options a solution in search of a problem?” That’s the question the National Pork Producers Council asked yesterday of a congressional panel looking at how livestock are bought and sold.
Clearly Labeled Clones
SACRAMENTO — Steaks, pork chops, milk and other products from cloned livestock would have to be clearly labeled on grocers' shelves under a bill pending in the California Legislature.

NPCC Lay Out Farm Bill Wants
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Pork Producers Council today in congressional testimony told lawmakers what the country’s pork producers want and don’t want in the next Farm Bill.

Michigan Bans Importation Of Wisconsin Hogs Because Of Virus
US - State agriculture officials on Thursday banned the importation of hogs from Wisconsin because of an outbreak of the pseudorabies virus in that state.

County 4-H Officials And Members Take A Rapid Response To Swine Disease Concerns
US - Concerns about spreading diseases, and the threat of forced slaughter of swine after competing at the county fair, has resulted in a statewide change in the process for how identification tags are applied to 4-H hogs.

Pork Producers Ready To Comply With Water Rule
WASHINGTON, D.C. - All pork producers are ready and willing to comply with new federal water-quality regulations regardless of whether they are required to obtain federal discharge permits, the National Pork Producers Council said in testimony submitted today to a congressional subcommittee looking into agriculture’s effects on water quality.

Red Meat Production Up from Previous Month
US - Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.01 billion pounds in March, down 2 percent from the 4.11 billion pounds produced in March 2006, reports National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), in the March 2007 Livestock slaughter report.

Hog farm plans breed anxiety
US - Across Hancock County, 20,000 hogs are being raised on small traditional farms and in highly mechanized confinement barns with 1,000 or more hogs each.
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Field Tests of Prototype Solid Manure Injection System to Begin Next Month
CANADA - Scientists with the PAMI expect to be in the field next month to begin testing a new field scale prototype solid manure injection system, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Canada's Pork Sector Appeals for Government Involvement in Addressing Competitive Issues
CANADA - Canada’s pork industry is appealing to the federal government to assist in addressing long and short term competitiveness issues in light of challenges currently facing the pork production and processing sectors.

Animal Welfare Specialist Calls for Outcome Based Animal Welfare Audits
CANADA - A Colorado State University animal science professor is calling for outcome based animal welfare audits that focus on improving conditions for the animals, writes Bruce Cochrane.

European Union

EFSA Sets Its Sights On Salmonella Risk
EU - EFSA has been asked by the European Commission to quantitatively assess the public health risks of Salmonella in pigs. EFSA is proposing to outsource part of the task to a consortium of European institutes to take advantage of the substantial pool of European expertise in this field and to ensure a balanced European perspective on the issue.

Russian Federation

Russia tightens food import regulations
MOSCOW - Russian veterinary services have recently imposed a number of bans on imported meat, poultry and fish, causing all kinds of accusations - from protectionism to the use of trade for political ends.

Russian Pork Imports Up
RUSSIA - Imports of pig meat to Russia rose by more than 11 percent over the last year, despite the rise in domestic production.


Cebu Pork Gains Entry Into Singapore Market
SINGAPORE - Pork from Cebu and the entire Visayas has gained entry into Singapore and by June or July this year Philippines will begin for the first time exporting pork, an industry official said.
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Genetically-Modified Foods Are Halal
Malaysia - has insisted in free trade talks with the United States that imports of genetically-modified food must be labelled, reports said Tuesday.


Big Dutchman equips house for 600 sows in Northern Poland
POLAND - Recently in Poland there has been more and more talk about the need for further specialisation of farms. In the case of pig farming this means differentiating clearly between piglet rearing and piglet finishing.

Taiwan, Province of China

Pigs Killed Cruelly at Over 70% of Taiwan Slaughterhouses: Report
TAIWAN - A report released Thursday by an animal rights organization claims that more than 70 percent of public slaughterhouses in Taiwan still kill pigs in a cruel manner.


Pork producers ‘not getting money promised’
MALTA - The government was not giving out the e800,000 it had promised to pork producers before Malta joined the European Union, Labour MEP Joseph Muscat said.


RSPCA Urges Ministers to Reject Continued Use of Sow Stalls
AUSTRALIA - The RSPCA is today urging state and territory agriculture ministers to reject a proposal in the draft Model Code of Practice governing the welfare of pigs that supports the continued use of sow stalls.

Company news

TOPIGS enters Romania
ROMANIA - With the appointment of Genetic Material Ft as distributor of TOPIGS genetics in Romania, TOPIGS has started activities in yet another country.

TOPIGS in Ecuador
ECUADOR - With an export of 20 breeding pigs to Ecuador, TOPIGS subsidiary Deporgen has introduced TOPIGS genetics to a tenth country in its region.

Alpharma Alpharma Expands Presence in China
US - Alpharma Inc., a leading global specialty pharmaceutical company, announced it has acquired the assets of Shenzhou Tongde Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd ("Tongde") in Shenzhou City, China.

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