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Newsletter 14th May 2007
Monday 14th May 2007
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Disinfection of Swine Barns
By Manitoba Agriculture, Food And Rural Initiatives. A number of important criteria must be considered when selecting an appropriate and effective disinfectant.
Hog Manure and Domestic Wastewater Management Objectives
By John A. Lory, Division of Plant Sciences and Commercial Agriculture Program, Joe Zulovich, Agricultural Engineering Extension and Commercial Agriculture Program and Charles Fulhage, Agricultural Engineering Extension. Published by the University of Missouri.
Economic Cost of Major Health Challenges in Large US Swine Production Systems—Part 2
By Derald Holtkamp, DVM, Iowa State University; Hans Rotto, DVM, Innovative Agriculture Solutions; Roberto Garcia, DVM, Merial Ltd.
Baseline survey on the prevalence of Salmonella in breeding pigs
By the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Report of the Task Force on Zoonoses Data Collection on a proposal for technical specifications for a baseline survey on the prevalence of Salmonella in breeding pigs
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* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  United Kingdom

Switch on the Autumn infertility, now
UK - Producers are being urged to think about autumn infertility. If plans are left until later in the summer, there will be little time to secure extra replacement gilts, and counteract the inevitable fall in production.

Water, the forgotten nutrient
UK - Part of the problem with water and pigs is that they don't seem to miss what they can't have; they just grow more slowly, says environment specialist Nick Bird of Farmex.

Welfare labelling must not create administrative burden, say ministers
UK - European health commissioner Markos Kyprianou wants to introduce a two-tier welfare labelling scheme.

Spend a little time and you can save a lot of energy
UK - The key message for any farmer looking at his/her business from an environmental perspective is to ‘save first, spend later’.

New cook book pulls in the punters
UK - North Yorkshire Ladies in Pigs were talking pork at Leyburn's festival of food. The event began after foot and mouth hit the area and tourism was at an all time low.

Supermarkets must safeguard core pork production
UK - Outdoor production may have consumer friendly connotations for the retail trade, but supermarkets should be very careful not to forget their core production - indoor herds, said NPA members at thier latest producer group meeting.
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  United States

Hog Outlook: Slow Decline in Breeding Herd
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 12th 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.

Pork producers know best, says NPPC
WASHINGTON, D.C. - America’s pork producers recognise their moral obligation to provide for the well-being of their animals, and they raise pigs in a humane, compassionate and socially responsible manner.

Market Preview: New Paradigms Taking Shape
US - Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 11th May, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Swine Producers Say Political Leaders Offer No Support to Manitoba's Hog Industry
US - Manitoba's pork producers are expressing surprise and disappointment with the position being taken by all three provincial political parties on an OlyWest proposal to build a new hog slaughtering plant in Winnipeg, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Hog feed problems hurting Utah farmers
UTAH - Four Utah farming families could be put out of business while federal inspectors decide what to do with more than 3,000 hogs that have been fed tainted feed.

NPPC Applauds Deal To Vote On Trade Agreements
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Pork Producers Council has applauded the Bush administration's House Speaker Pelosi and congressional leadership for reaching a bi-partisan deal to move forward free trade agreements that will enable increased exports of US pork.
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Consumer backlash over FDA Intentions on Food From Cloned Animals
WASHINGTON - A coalition of consumer, environmental and animal welfare organisations has submitted more than 130,000 comments to the Food and Drug Administration.

Genetic route to healthier, tastier pork could be possible through mapping
US - Max Rothschild has been trying to “build” a better pig for almost 30 years.

Hog waste systems in House budget
US - The proposed state budget approved last week by the House provides a glimmer of hope for new hog waste technology, but not nearly the support that advocates had hoped.

Swift replaces workers at beef, pork plants
US - Greeley, Colo. Swift and Company has filled nearly 1300 positions left open when immigration authorities rounded up workers at its Nebraska plant and five others.

Corn price up sharply on lower USDA stock etsimate
NEW YORK - Cattle, hog and chicken producers were already complaining about the high cost of feed when the USDA released its corn crop stock report indicating yields would be down nearly 10.5% from analysts estimates.

Delegation seeks tougher antitrust laws
US - In the wake of the biggest agriculture industry merger of the year, South Dakota's congressional delegation is pushing for tougher antitrust laws and legislation designed to reduce concentration in the meat markets.

Opinion - Country-of-origin labeling will not increase food safety
US - Contaminated Chinese wheat gluten, recently identified in America's pet food, has spurred calls in Congress for increased food-safety regulations.
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Pig farmers rally to demand CPF reduce expansion and production
THAILAND - About 300 small-scale pig farmers rallied in front of Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) yesterday morning, demanding it reduce its expansion of pig farms and pig production, which has led to lower prices on the market.


CPC Survey Asks Producers About Vaccine Costs
CANADA - The Canadian Pork Council is asking Canadian pig producers for information on how much they pay for the vaccines they use to protect their herds from disease, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Reduced Canadian Slaughter Capacity Expected to Drive Increased Hog Exports South
CANADA - Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food predicts increased exports of live hogs from Canada to the United States as Canadian slaughter capacity continues to re-adjust, writes Bruce Cochrane.


China Identifies Mystery Illness Wiping Out Pigs In Southern Region
BEIJING - The mysterious illness sweeping through pig populations in southern China, that has killed at least 300 animals, has been identified as a strain of PRRS or blue ear disease.

  Korea, Republic of

First Beef, Now Price Of Pigs And Pork Falling
KOREA - "How do I live from now on? My livelihood has always been breeding pigs."
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Company news

New Nucleus For Parma-Boars In Italy
ITALY - TOPIGS in Italy has completed stocking its new nucleus unit for sire line production in Reggio newll Emilia. The boars here are specially bred for Italy's world-famous Parma ham production.

Depop-Repop In Belgium
BELGIUM - TOPIGS België has populated a farm with 1000 SPF sows.

ACMC Breeders Yearbook valuable data for all things pig
BPEX's Pig Yearbook 2007 is hot of the press and it's a good reading. The authoritative source of industry data and statistics comprises a vast amount of detailed information which producers and industry stakeholders will find valuable.

That's all for this week!


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