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Newsletter 8th May 2007
Tuesday 8th May 2007
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CT Scans Used To Spot Pigs With The X Factor
By Dr. Grant Walling, JSR Genetics. Selection by pig geneticists has traditionally focused on traits relatively easy to measure on the live animal, for example growth rate.
Economic Cost of Major Health Challenges in Large US Swine Production Systems—Part 1
By Derald Holtkamp, DVM, Iowa State University; Hans Rotto, DVM, Innovative Agriculture Solutions and Roberto Garcia, DVM, Merial Ltd.
Energy Efficiencies - Strategies for Minimizing Utility Costs in the Barn
By Harry Huffman, Huffman Engineering and Ron MacDonald, Agviro Inc. This article is from a collection of the scientific papers presented at the 2006 London Swine Conference.
Canadian Hog Statistics - April 2007
By Statistics Canada. Despite high international demand for Canadian hogs and pork, Canadian hog inventories continued to decline.
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  United Kingdom

Numbers Up and Productivity Better for UK pig herd
UK - Meat and Livestock Commission figures show an increase in UK pig breeding numbers. The national herd is up 2% to 449,000 head, according to the MLC’s December 2006 survey.

EFSA seeks studies on cloning
UK - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has called on industry and other groups to submit scientific information as part of its review on cloned meat.

Pre-biotic effect helps to reduce ZAP scores
UK - Salmonella bio-security can be enhanced by optimising gut health in weaners – it can also improve salmonella ZAP scores.

Clear Idea Of A Good Meal
UK - Visitors to a major British pub chain can now enjoy a good meal be certain of where thier food has come from.

British pork is best, says MoD
UK - The Ministry of Defence has mandated its supplier, Purple Foodservice Solutions, to give ‘full consideration’ to the supply of British products where they meet the necessary contract quality specifications, provide best value for money and meet the requirements for overseas supply.
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  United States

Weekly Outlook: Corn and Soybean Prices Lean Hog Prices Break 70¢!
US - Last week, the Iowa-Minnesota average lean price was $71.06, up more than $4.00 from the previous Friday and almost $14.00 higher than March 23 (+25.00 per head), writes Jim Long.

Market Preview: Canada Reports More Slippage
US - Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 4th May, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Hog Outlook: Continued Demand for Live Hogs; Feeder prices surprisingly high
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 5th May 2007 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

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

Weekly Outlook: Supply and Use
URBANA - Although USDA's first projections of U.S. corn and soybean production and consumption for the 2007-08 marketing year will be important benchmarks, Darrel Good, University of Illinois Extension Marketing Specialist says that uncertainty will persist for several months.

AMI Releases 2007 Animal Handling Guidelines and Audit Guide
US - The American Meat Institute (AMI) today announced the release of the 2007 Animal Handling Guidelines and Audit Guide.

Hundreds of hogs in state must be destroyed
US - Close to 800 pigs in South Carolina will be destroyed after they tested positive for melamine. The substance has been blamed for the deaths of at least 16 cats and dogs as a result of pet food contamination.

Integrator Reports Strongest Performance Since 2005
US - Business is booming for integrated food business Tyson Foods. The Arkansas-based company is the world's largest meat, producer processor and marketeer of chicken, beef and pork, and reports increased profits across all sectors for the second quarter 2007.
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Demand for ethanol production making livestock farmers squeal
WASHINGTON - Nebraska hog producer Joy Philippi says livestock farmers “are having jitters” over ethanol, worried there won’t be enough corn left for the pigs.

U.S. Pork A Daily Menu Item In Japan
US - There is no better way to demonstrate the versatility of U.S. pork than to create a recipe utilizing the “other white meat” for each day of a month. This U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) campaign combined with other activities continues to keep U.S. pork at the top of shopping lists in Japan.

Is The Organic Label Worth The Cost?
US – Organic food is one of the fastest growing categories in the food industry. In most cases, it can cost more than conventional food purchased at a grocery store, but is it worth it?

Mandatory Country-of-Origin Labelling— Will It Benefit Customers
US - Demands for mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for some retail food products have sparked considerable controversy.

Animal Identification: Overview and Issues
US - Livestock industry groups, animal health officials, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been working to establish a nationwide identification (ID) system capable of quickly tracking animals from birth to slaughter.

Quarantines lifted and WI should retain disease-free status
US - Tests for pseudorabies on pig herds in the final quarantine area of Clark County, have proved negative. Officials say that this should now clear the way for Wisconsin to retain its pseudorabies-free status.

Manure Treatment System Erases Greenhouse Gases
US - Less greenhouse gas—and more carbon credits per pig—are the latest environment-friendly benefits being credited to an innovative hog waste-management system invented by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists

Smithfield given approval to acquire rival Premium Standard Farms
US - The Department of Justice's Antitrust Division issued the following statement after the Department announced the closing of its investigation of the proposed acquisition by Smithfield Foods Inc. of Premium Standard Farms Inc.

IDALS inspectors seek answers to tainted hog feed
DES MOINES, IOWA - One of only a few companies in the United States processes human food residuals into animal feed, and on Monday federal inspectors were scheduled to visit an Anamosa operation concerning tainted products that have already been found responsible for the death or sicknesses of hundreds of dogs in the U.S.A.

Fat chance: Research links ethanol byproduct to flabbier pigs
US - Pork producers who expect to bring home the bacon by feeding their herds an ethanol byproduct could wind up producing bacon consumers don't want to bring home.

NFU: Smithfield-Premium Merger Harmful to Rural America
US - The Justice Department announced their approval of plans by Smithfield Foods Inc. to purchase Premium Standard Farms Inc.

Melamine residues insignificant, say officials
US - Pork, chicken and egg products from animals that were given feed tainted with melamine do not pose a health risk to humans, say US officials.
Ingelvac PRRS KV is indicated for the control of Porcine Reproduction and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) in breeding sows and gilts.

Filler in Animal Feed Is Open Secret in China
CHINA - As American food safety regulators head to China to investigate how a chemical made from coal found its way into pet food that killed dogs and cats in the United States, workers in this heavily polluted northern city of Zhangqiu openly admit that the substance is routinely added to animal feed as a fake protein.

Mystery disease kills pigs in Southern China
CHINA - An unidentified animal illness has spread in two southern Chinese cities, infecting at least 1,300 pigs and killing more than 300, Hong Kong newspapers reported Monday.


Harnessing Natural Instincts Reduces Stress When Handling Swine
CANADA - A Saskatchewan-based pig handling specialist says stock people can reduce stress on themselves and their pigs by using the animal's natural instincts to get them moving, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Everything is not fine with swine
CANADA - Ontario Pork producers are struggling with low prices, even though they are sending more animals to market and using fewer resources to raise better hogs.

Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative to Expand Research Mandate
CANADA - Officials of the Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative are looking to expand their research mandate beyond hogs to include other livestock commodity groups, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Funding for hog and ruminant farmers approved
CANADA - The provincial government of Nova Scotia announced that funding to provide greater financial stability is now available for farmers who have loans through the Ruminant Support Program and Pork Nova Scotia. "We are following up on our promise to help farmers, particularly those in the hog and ruminant industry, with the many financial challenges they face," said Brooke Taylor, minister of agriculture.

University Study to Examine Diet Manipulation Strategies to Reduce Manure Phosphorus
CANADA - Scientists at the University of Manitoba have launched a project in which diet manipulation will be used to reduce the amount and the solubility of phosphorus in swine manure, writes Bruce Cochrane.

  South Africa

Importing of pigs permitted again
SOUTH AFRICA - Roadblocks prohibiting the import of pigs and raw pork products from the Eastern Cape to the Western Cape to prevent the spread of Swine Fever have finally been disbanded.


Stakeholders assure ample supply of corn for livestock,
PHILIPPINES - Private stakeholders in the corn industry assured of a stable supply of corn at market levels that would enable hog and poultry growers to maintain the retail prices of meat and chicken at current levels.
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  Hong Kong

Pork traders ban imports from Guangdong town
HONG KONG - Pork traders in Hong Kong have stopped importing pigs from a township in Guangdong province after hundreds of pigs there died of unknown diseases in the past two weeks.

  Korea, Republic of

FTA with EU to hurt S. Korea's meat, dairy sectors: report
SEOUL - A free trade pact with the European Union (EU) is expected to hurt South Korea's alcoholic beverage, meat and dairy sectors, a report said Monday.


Norwegian government urged to delay castration ban
NORWAY - It is likely that European Union will ban the castration of pigs without the use of anaesthetic in the near future. However, Norway looks set to ban the procedure outright unless its pig producers can persuade the Government to reconsider.


Pig farmers protest big business
BANGKOK - About 300 pig farmers rallied at the Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) building, claiming the agribusiness was monopolising the business and cutting pork prices.

Company news

Merial PCV2 vaccine on the cards for Europe
EU - The PCV2 vaccine Circovac, may be available in Britain within three to six months. The European Medicines Agency Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use has recommended that the vaccine, produced by Merial, is granted marketing authorisation.

ACMC Breeders Environment Strategy Needs Your Views, Now
UK - The partners developing the Pig Industry Environment Strategy (PIES) are seeking the views and opinions of all stakeholders of British pig industry on the Draft Strategy Document.

PIES For All
UK - Environment equals more red tape may be a common perception, but if pig industry learns to work with legisators and regulators this may not be the case, says BPEX.

First Piglets Born At Russian Nucleus
RUSSIA - At the end of April the first TOPIGS A-line piglets were born at the TOPIGS nucleus in Kursk, Russia.

New B-line Nucleus In Spain
TOPIGS Iberica has started a new B-line nucleus in Galarreta, in the Álava province of North of Spain.

New Test Facility In France
FRANCE - Just like other sire line nucleus units, the testing facility in Dombras works with Aloka scanners

Intervet Dieter Lutticken Award Winner
UK - The annual Dieter Lütticken Award, has been granted to Dr Mark Stevens from the Institute of Animal Health, United Kingdom for his commitment to advancing the 3R concept – reducing, refining or replacing the use of animals in research.

Boehringer Boehringer Ingelheim Hires Three Swine Team Members
US - Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., (BIVI) swine division announces the following additions to its sales organization.

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