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Newsletter 21st May 2007

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US Livestock Economic Analysis Market Update - May 2007
By Jim Sartwelle, III, Livestock Economist, American Farm Bureau. This is the Livestock Information taken from the AFBF Economic Analysis Team Market Update - May 2007.
London Swine Conference Proceedings 2007 - Summary
This article is a collection of the scientific papers presented at the 2007 London Swine Conference.
The 3rd Congress of Asian Pig Veterinary Society Review
Pigs Today Magazine report - The Third Asian Convention of Pig Veterinary was held in Hongshan Hall 22nd to 25th of April, 2007. The topic of this congress was "Efficient and Healthy Pig Production in Borderless Asia". Some influential veterinary scientists and experts around the world gave lectures in the congress. Intensive communications were carried out among veterinarians, pig health experts and pork industry manufacturers from Asia as well as other countries and areas.
How Do We Unlock The UK Pork Opportunity?
By Rick Sanderson, Pork Chain Business Development Manager, PIC. The current position of UK Pork within the retail sector offers opportunity. There are ways we could improve the consumer and supermarket demand for differentiated 'UK Pork'.
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* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  Canada

2006 Census Of Agriculture Shows Canada's Long Term Decline Continues
CANADA - Today, Statistics Canada provided the latest snapshot of the nation's agriculture industry, using new data from the 2006 Census of Agriculture.

New Research Examines Durability of Unique Storage Tanks
CANADA - Research at the University of Manitoba is examining a relatively new technology designed improve the longevity of concrete storage facilities, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Buyers of Canadian Grain Concerned About Increased Costs
CANADA - The Canadian International Grains Institute reports buyers of Canadian grain, both international and domestic, are expressing concern over increasing costs, writes Bruce Cochrane.

  United Kingdom

In need of a good slap and paste
UK - Poor slap marks are too common an occurrence on slaughter pigs and UK producers need to get to grips with it or else they will lose this hard-won privilege.

Hot days and poor heat detection causes second litter drop
UK - While the effects of last summer’s hot spell have now largely past, an investigation into a marked drop in litter size, has demonstrated that the recent fall in breeding performance is due to “second litter drop” syndrome, says the latest NADIS report.

New Zap scheme to be launched in July
UK - The industry's new ZAP scheme will go live at the beginning of July.

Producer concerns mold environment strategy
UK - Pig producers responded with scepticism to the Pig Industry Environment Strategy discussion document, which over the past couple of weeks has been available for download from the NPA website.

Agricultural Wages Board outcome does not reflect realities of sector
UK - The NFU has expressed disappointment at the outcome of the Agricultural Wages Board over the conditions underpinning the 2007 Agricultural Wages Order, which it feels does not reflect the economic realities of the sector.

UK Import Controls Not Up To Scratch, Says EU
UK - More than six years on from foot-and-mouth, UK import controls are still not up to scratch, an EU investigation has concluded.

Chief Veterinary Officer's 2006 Annual Report Published
UK - Today’s report, by the Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Debby Reynolds, summarises progress and developments in the field of animal health and welfare during the last calendar year. It also defines progress in relation to the five strategic principles of the Animal Health and Welfare Strategy, as well as being a continuous statistical record of the state of animal disease.
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  United States

Market Preview: Making Sense of Demand Data
US - Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 18th May, 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.

Population growth helps drive live hog demand
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 19rd May 2007 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Increasing pressure for ethanol will displace available corn for livestock rations
US - USDA's Supply Demand report has increased the country's expected ethanol production for the coming year. It subsequently nudges upward the amount of corn that will be needed for it, and this will have an impact on feed prices and ultimately livestock production.

Manure Piling Up Behind The Bush Administration
NEW YORK - The Bush administration has pushed deadlines for new court-ordered water pollution rules back from this July to February 2009.

Manitoba CEC Prepares to Tour Commercial Swine Operations
US - The Manitoba Clean Environment Commission is preparing to tour several commercial swine operations as it investigates the environmental sustainability of the province's hog industry, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Smithfield - PSF merger kills market competition
US - University of Wisconsin law professor Peter Carstensen says he is 'dumbfounded' by the U.S. Department of Justice agreement for pork giant Smithfield Inc.'s acquisition of rival giant Premium Standard Farms (PSF).
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Loose housing performance comparable to stalls
US - A new study is raising questions about the effectiveness of gestation stalls for housing pregnant sows. A two and a half year research project at Iowa State University has shown that performance from loose housing systems are comparable with stalls.

Melamine tainted feed: Meat is safe says USDA
US - Tests have confirmed that meat from pigs fed rations supplemented with pet food scraps containing melamine and related compounds is safe for human consumption. As a result USDA has now approved pigs held on farms for shipment and processing.

APHIS Proposes Voluntary Trichinae Certification
US - The US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing a voluntary trichinae certification program for US pork.

Senators: Livestock price reporting needs to happen now
US - Sens. Craig Thomas and Mike Enzi (both R-Wyo.) are urging the Secretary of Agriculture to speed up the process for implementing a law that is critical for transparency in livestock markets.

New Fact Sheet on Using DDGS in Swine Diets
IOWA - As the use of corn for ethanol grows, pork producers are asking about the use of coproducts from the ethanol-making process.

“The Other White Meat” Takes Center Stage In Guatemala
US - For generations, consumers in South America have believed that pork is not safe to eat due to animal disease and because pigs eat food scraps or tainted food.

Study Projects Further Hikes For Input Costs and Retail Pork Prices
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rising corn costs and falling availability is already increasing retail pork prices and pork production. A new study issued today finds that the rapid increase in corn-based ethanol production could cause costs to rise even further.

Hog farm bill lousy legislation
US - The bill in the Legislature that would take away citizen access to the courts on nuisances created by farms, including large hog farms, is a very poor and possibly unconstitutional piece of legislation.
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  Thailand

Pork exports to increase by 9%
THAILAND - Thailand's pork exports are projected to grow by 9% to 12,000 tonnes this year, because of rising demand from Japan.

  Zimbabwe

Commercial Farming could boost economic growth
ZIMBABWE - THE City of Harare and Premier Banking Corporation has signed a memorandum of understanding to help fund the commercialisation of farms owned by the municipality. The units would include pig and poultry production along with dairy farms and pet food manufacture.

  Poland

Russian embargo on Polish meat damaging international credibility of Polish food
POLAND - The Russian embargo on Polish meat has damaged the credibility of Polish food on international markets, says the Polish Federation of Food Producers (PFPZ).

  Denmark

New Test Enables Fast Detection of Salmonella in Meat
DENMARK - Researchers from Denmark have developed a 12-hour test for detecting Salmonella in meat, says a report in the May 2007 issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

  South Africa

Pig genetics deal foundation of new agribusiness
SOUTH AFRICA - Khehla Mthembu has bought into a thriving R500-million-a-year agribusiness. As Chairman of Kanhym Estates, he has joined forces with Afrikaners to clinch a major agricultural deal. It's a significant step for the founding member and former president of the Azanian People’s Organisation (Azapo) and it is one of the first black empowerment deals in the agricultural sector.
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  European Union

Rising meat, grain prices put squeeze on supply chains
UK - It may be a lucrative time for farmers, but the continuing boom in grain and meat prices will put the squeeze on plant managers to find ways to cut costs out of their supply chains.

Company news

More TOPIGS Sows In The Netherlands
NETHERLANDS - In 2006 TOPIGS Nederland sold 2.8 % more gilts. In total 215,000 gilts were sold.

TOPIGS present at VIV Russia
RUSSIA - TOPIGS CIS will make its first official appearance at VIV Russia.

New at TOPIGS
CHINA - TOPIGS welcomes several new colleagues.

JSR Recruit Makes Meat-Eating Quality The Top Priority
SOUTHBURN - Caroline Mitchell, recently graduated from Nottingham University has joined JSR as a Meat Specialist at their Southburn headquarters. In an exciting new role Caroline will be dedicated to working with Producers and Processors to enhance the meat eating traits in JSR breeding lines.

Animal Health Products Expand Into Belarus
BELARUS - Chr. Hansen’s in-feed probiotic BioPlus®2B for pigs enters the Belarus market via a distribution agreement with Biocom Ltd.



That's all for this week!

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