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Newsletter 30th April 2007
Monday 30th April 2007
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week:

Nursery and Grow-Finish Performance, and Carcass Characteristics in Boars Fed Diets Supplemented with Organic or Inorganic Sources of Selenium
By Mark J. Estienne and Allen F. Harper, Tidewater AREC, and Susan M. Speight, Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences. Published in Livestock Update, April 2007, Virginia Cooperative Extension.
PCV-2 Vaccines Are On Their Way
By David G S Burch, BVetMed DECPHM MRCVS, Veterinarian, Octagon Services Ltd.
Hog Producers Show Little Sign of Retreat
By Chris Hurt, Extension Economist Purdue University. In his latest Outlook report, Chris Hurt says, producers need to realize that national pork supplies will have to be reduced before the industry will recover back to profitability.
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* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  Russian Federation

Russia Bans Meat Imports From Kazakhstan
RUSSIA - has put off imports of livestock and meat products from Kazakhstan due to outbreaks of cattle disease in the central Asia country, the RIA Novosti news agency reported on Wednesday.

  United States

Hog Outlook: Need for Increase in Hog Prices
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 28th April 2007 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

U.S. - Canadian Hog Inventory Up Slightly
US - This publication is a result of a joint effort by Statistics Canada and NASS to release the total hogs, breeding, market hogs, sows farrowed, and pig crop for both countries within one publication.

Market Preview: Thinking Through Packer Concentration
US - Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 27th April, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

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

30 Year Price Plateau Reached?
The Iowa-Minnesota price last Friday averaged 66.81, up $5.00 in two weeks, or about $10.00 per head. With May lean hog futures closing last Friday at 77.52, it doesn’t a rocket scientist to figure out that there is an excellent chance of adding another $20.00 plus per head in the next 4 weeks. $30.00 in 6 weeks, writes Jim Long.

Japan retains appetite for U.S. pork despite import rule change
US - As US beef exports to Japan remain in flux, pork exports continue to rise steadly in spite of producers' concerns about new import rules.

Hogs From Quarantined Farm Traced To 4 Facilities
US - Investigators have traced hogs that may have eaten poisoned pet food to at least four meat vendors in Northern California, state agriculture officials said.

Officials Tracking Down Public over Tainted Pork
US - State officials say they are trying to track down about 50 consumers believe to have received pork from pigs exposed to melamine-tainted feed, even though they believe any health risk is low.
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Pork Checkoff Presents PORK Academy at World Pork Expo
US - The Pork Checkoff will present its Producers Opportunity for Revenue and Knowledge (PORK) Academy on Thursday, June 7 and Friday, June 8 at World Pork Expo,Des Moines, Iowa.

Smithfield Discovers No Unsafe Chemicals or Tainted Feed
US - Smithfield Foods said today that Murphy-Brown LLC, the company's hog production subsidiary, has conducted a thorough review of its sources of feed ingredient supplies and suppliers have discovered no feed ingredients in its swine feeding system.

Senate frees the pregnant pigs
US - By a vote of 20-9 Thursday, the Oregon Senate endorsed a bill that would make it a Class A misdemeanor to confine a pregnant pig.

Pseudorabies Enforces Need For Biosecurity Practices
US - Tests at the U.S. Department of Agriculture laboratory in Ames, Iowa, confirmed that the disease found in a Clark County swine herd is pseudorabies.

Gard Defends Bill On CAFOs
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Farm Bureau and the Indiana Pork Producers Association are endorsing proposed new fees for large swine, poultry and dairy farms to help pay for more state inspections of the farms.

Animal well-being expert applauds pork industry’s PQA Plus (TM)
US - One of the nation’s leading experts in animal care and well-being is calling the new Pork Quality Assurance Plus™ program a good first step to addressing animal well-being concerns of the pork industry.

State’s hog industry to revamp operations
MISSISSIPPI - Mississippi’s hog producers are finding ways to stay in business despite the major blow dealt by the March 30 closing of Bryan Foods’ West Point plant.

FDA and USDA Determine Swine Fed Adulterated Product
WASHINGTON - The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today notified State authorities that swine fed adulterated product will not be approved to enter the food supply.

Livestock premise IDs help fight against pseudorabies outbreak
US - Pseudorabies does not infect humans. In 2007, two swine herds in Wisconsin have tested positive for pseudorabies (as of April 23).
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Funding Applications Under the National Farm Stewardship Program Increase Dramatically
CANADA - Agriculture and Agrifood Canada reports applications for funding under the Canada-Manitoba, Canada-Saskatchewan and Canada-Alberta Farm Stewardship programs have increased dramatically over the past two years, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Environmental Farm Planning Offers Several Advantages to Producers and to Society
CANADA - The Alberta Environmental Farm Plan Company says environmental farm planning offers a range of advantages for both the producer who participates and for society in general, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Prairie Farmers Embrace Environmental Farm Planning
CANADA - Developed as a component of Canada's Agriculture Policy Framework the National Farm Stewardship Program (NFSP) is part of Canada’s National Environmental Farm Planning Initiative. The federal-provincial program is administered regionally by various delivery agents on behalf of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and provides technical and financial assistance to support the adoption of beneficial farm management practices.

Canada's New Government Invests $560,000 to Explore Market Demand for Pork, Chicken, Veal and Lamb
ONTARIO - Wajid Khan, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville, on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, today announced $560,000 in funding for a coalition of agricultural commodity groups to examine Canadian consumer purchasing habits of pork, chicken, lamb, and veal.


More pigs on farms
MALTA - During the end of 2006 a comprehensive pig head count was undertaken. The reference date of the head count was 1 December.


The New Model Code of Practice is the way forward
AUSTRALIA - Australian Pork Limited (APL), the national representative body for Australia’s pig farmers, has welcomed the Primary Industry Ministerial Council (PIMC) endorsement of the new Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals –Pigs.

Australia Launches Red Meat Processing Sector Environmental Guidelines
AUSTRALIA - The red meat processing industry has achieved a major milestone in environmental management through the official launch today of its Environmental Best Practice Guidelines by Federal Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister Peter McGauran.
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China Sets Its Lawyers On Animal Disease
BEIJING - As the world's largest producer of poultry, livestock and aquatic products, China has a great deal to lose from outbreaks of disease. It is estimated that animal diseases cost China 40 billion yuan annually. Now, China's top legislature is deliberating a draft amendment to the law on animal health aimed at preventing future disease epidemics.


Suspended meat imports reduces manufacturing and export revenue
BELARUS - Suspension of meat imports to Belarus is reducing output and export trade for the country's largest meat manufacturers

  United Kingdom

NADIS Pig Veterinary Report and Forecast – April 2007
UK - This is a monthly report from the National Animal Disease Information Service (NADIS), looking at the data collected from their UK farm inspections.

Maintaining high biosecurity can help combat disease spread
UK - Biosecurity is a great buzz word, but what does it really mean?

NFU to highlight imbalance of power in the food chain
EU - Supermarkets and food processors need to work in a fair, transparent and sustainable way with their suppliers so that all parts of the food chain will have an opportunity to prosper. This is the key message the NFU will give at a European meeting this week.

Don’t Abolish Agricultural Buildings Allowance, says NPA to Government
UK - The phasing out of the agricultural buildings allowance will be a severe blow to pig farmers, says NPA chairman Stewart Houston in a letter to Chancellor Gordon Brown.

When is a pig sexually mature?
UK - New transport legislation is causing concern to some pig producers because it requires sexually mature males and females to be separated.

  Viet Nam

Foot-And-Mouth Disease Hits N Vietnam
VIETNAM - Vietnam's northern provinces of Thai Nguyen and Quang Ninh have been struck down with foot-and-mouth disease, according to a local veterinary agency.


New rules for cattle and pig dealers
IREALND - New legislation for cattle and pig dealers has been adopted this week by the Department of Agriculture and Food.


Collagen could boost nutrient retention in meats
POLAND - Injecting meatballs with collagen may boost the retention of key nutrients in the meat, suggests new research from Poland.
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Polish live pigs exported to Hungary
HUNGARY - Poland has exported several hundreds of thousands of live pigs to Hungary that cannot be sold to Russia due to a trade row.


Environmental row over pig farm at Angamaly
UP - The pig farm run by the Kerala State Animal Husbandry Department at Angamaly Town has been mired in controversy. The Angamaly Municipal Council has recently urged the State Government to relocate the farm which is causing ‘serious environmental pollution in the town’.

Company news

ACMC Breeders Pig processer agrees key contract for breeding stock
UK - Yorkshire-based genetics company, ACMC Ltd, has won a major contract to supply breeding stock to Bowes of Norfolk Ltd, one of the UK’s largest farming and pig-processing enterprises.

ACMC Breeders Big Dutchman seeks sales managers
GERMANY - The Big Dutchman group develops and sells housing equipment and computer-controlled feeding systems for modern pig and poultry management and the company is currently seeking two sales managers for positions in Asia and Western Europe.

ACMC Breeders Wondrous World of the Web
UK - The British Pig Exectuve (BPEX) says the internet has proved a huge hit . It’s averaged more than 20,000 visitors to its website every month during the past financial year.

That's all for this week!


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