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Newsletter 29th May 2007
Tuesday 29th May 2007
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We have 3 new features this week:

Byproducts from Energy Production for Swine
By Eric van Heugten, NCSU. There is considerable interest in the production of energy from corn (ethanol) and fat (biodiesel). These processes yield byproducts that may have a place in swine nutrition. This article will briefly evaluate recent research on glycerol and dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) which result from biodiesel and ethanol production, respectively.
Research Update: Feeding high levels of DDGS to Grow-Finish Swine
By Mark Whitney, PhD, University of Minnesota Extension. With increased corn costs, there is significant interest in identifying alternative solutions to reduce feed cost and stretch corn supplies.
US Pork Outlook Report - May 2007
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the May 2007: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Pork Industry data.
* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  United Kingdom

United Kingdom Slaughter Statistics - April 2007
UK - This publication by Defra shows various statistics obtained from surveys of slaughterhouses run in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Cranswick sells mill
UK - Cranswick Plc has agreed to sell its pig-feed operation, the company's original business when it was founded more than 30 years ago.

NADIS Pig Veterinary Report and Forecast - May 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.

UFU says 'No Deal' on Cost Sharing
UK - The Ulster Farmers’ Union has told senior DEFRA officials this week that there is ‘no deal’ on current animal health cost sharing proposals, unless farmers are given a proper input into policy making.

The business case for an IPPC permit
UK - How much is an IPPC permit worth when you sell a pig unit? Are pig-keepers who haven’t applied for a permit, missing a trick? Is there a case for applying for an IPPC permit before you sell, even if you are under the threshold?

'We're pros... let's shout about it' says pig industry training chief
UK - Embrace what has been developed by YOUR industry, training chief Richard Longthorp urged pig producers at the formal launch of the Pig Industry Professional Register.

Creep control's a key cost benefit
UK - More than half of uk pig farmers have no form of creep-heating control - apart from turning the power off. Furthermore, the control switches on a large proportion of creeps that do have the option, don't actually work.

Pigs prefer pliable toys
UK - Pigs will avoid enrichment objects that are contaminated with manure. They also prefer soft, pliable toys rather than chains, says research. And getting the right mix can reduce anti-social habits and vices such as tail biting.
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  United States

Market Preview: Exchange Rate Shifts Leave a Mark
US - Weekly US Market Preview w/e 25th May, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Producers Not Changing Breeding Herd
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 26th 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.

Half of sites where swine kept near disease were unregistered
US - The state's response to a potentially fatal swine disease was hindered last month by farms that failed to register where their animals are kept as required by law, officials say.

With corn prices up, pigs switch to fatty snacks
US - When Alfred Smith’s hogs eat trail mix, they usually shun the Brazil nuts.

Electricity Of The Future?
US - Cows and pigs could be the electricity of the future. Fifteen experts from 21 states and three countries are in Des Moines talking about anaerobic digestion. It's a machine that takes animal waste solids and generates methane gas which then creates electricity.

NFU and Coalition Urge Farm Bill Inclusion of Competition Reform
US - National Farmers Union organized a coalition of 63 nationwide organizations to lend their support for the Competitive and Fair Agricultural Markets Act of 2007 (H.R. 2135), introduced by House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Chairman Leonard Boswell, D-Iowa.

PRRS as a Co-Factor of PCVAD
US - Previously in this column, we have discussed the symptoms and virulence of porcine circovirus associated disease (PCVAD), writes JoAnn Alumbaugh on
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Congress Blatantly Misled by Meat and Poultry Promotion Coalition
WASHINGTON – R-CALF USA is urging Congress to not be misled by a letter from the “Meat and Poultry Promotion Coalition” that purports to represent the interests of “a vast majority of the livestock, poultry and meat producers in the U.S.”

ISDA to Develop Livestock Program
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) is moving forward with plans for the Certified Livestock Producer Program, a voluntary certification program to recognize progressive livestock producers who go above and beyond regulated requirements.

2007 U.S. Corn Production Risk
URBANA - Market participants and policy makers should be aware of the consequences of a large shortfall in US corn production in 2007 and begin making plans even if that outcome is unlikely, conclude two University of Illinois agricultural economists.

Unregistered farms hindered pseudorabies control measures
US - Wisconsin's response to a potentially fatal swine disease last month was hindered by farms that failed to register where their animals are kept as required by law, said authorities.

Red Meat Production Up from Previous Year
US - Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 3.75 billion pounds in April, up four percent from the 3.61 billion pounds produced in April 2006, says the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Feral swine a key concern for pig producers
US - Wild pigs have are migrating and have now started roaming the woods in Iowa. Pork producers are concerned and say these "feral swine" can carry brucellosis and pseudorabies.
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Maple Leaf Foods Announces the Sale of its Animal Nutrition Business
TORONTO - Maple Leaf Foods announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to sell its animal nutrition business to Nutreco Holding NV ("Nutreco") for CAD$500 million plus normal closing adjustments.

Canadian Pork Producers Counting on Good Feedgrain Production to Ease Price Pressue
CANADA - The Manitoba Pork Marketing Cooperative is hoping for a good feedgrains crop this year to slow the increasing cost of feedgrains, especially corn, brought on by increased competition from the ethanol industry, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Pork Commentary: Hog Prices Bounce Back as Hog Weights Drop
CANADA - The Iowa-Minnesota lean price bounced back over 70¢ last week, touching 74¢ Thursday before falling back to just under 72¢ Friday, writes Jim Long. US slaughter for the week was 1.952 million, the week before 1.934 and last year 1.958.

Vancouver Waste Management Company Calls on Government to Support Adoption of New Environmental Technology
CANADA - A Vancouver based waste management company says government needs to offer support for the initial adoption of new agricultural technologies designed to promote environmental sustainability, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Increased Feed Costs Expected to Result in Marketing of Lighter Weight Hogs
CANADA - The CEO of the Manitoba Pork Marketing Cooperative predicts escalating feed costs, brought on by a heightened demand for corn for ethanol production, will result in lower marketing weights, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Saskatchewan Producers Adjust to Processing Plant Closure
CANADA - With the closure of Maple Leaf Food's Mitchell's Gourmet Foods pig slaughtering plant in Saskatoon, due for completion at the end of the month, the province's hog producers appear surprisingly well prepared for the change.

  European Union

EU project offers herbal therapy to farmyard animals
EU - Natural alternatives to growth-promoting antibiotics in livestock feed may soon be on the menu for pigs, poultry and fish in Europe, thanks to research conducted by REPLACE, an EU-funded project.

EU Prices being driven by lower numbers!
EU - This week, the market for European mature-pigs-for-slaughter is much better than it was last week.


Price of pork flies to new high
CHINA - The price of pork has hit a new high in many cities due to a decrease in the number of pigs, but analysts said the price hike will not last too long.
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RP agriculture moving up
PHILIPPINES - Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap has reported to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo that the country's agriculture sector is moving up with 3.55 percent growth in production for the 1st quarter of this year.


Nedap Agri successfully starts up first installations of Nedap Velos Electronic Sow Feeding systems.
UKRAINE - Following the market introduction at the Eurotier last year, Nedap Agri has now installed the first commercial installations of the Nedap Velos ESF (Electronic Sow Feeding) system in the Ukraine.


Nedap Velos Wins Award
This years best international stand of AgriHort 2007 went to Nedap Velos.


Watchdog says website's misleading
THE NETHERLANDS - The Netherlands’ Pigs in Sight foundation, which was launched by several Dutch pig producers to promote public understanding of modern pig production has recived a ticking-off by Dutch advertising watchdogs.

  Hong Kong

Weighty gains for stocks as pork rises
HONG KONG - Spiraling pork prices in the mainland have fanned prices of food and agricultural products as well as shares of companies listed in Hong Kong with no direct link to the sector.

Company news

JSR Titan pigs star in Greek Odyssey
UK - Pigs from Britain's leading pig breeding company, JSR Genetics, are proving to be big business in Greece, where the Yorkshire company's franchise business, F-One Hellas, is set to expand across the country.

ACMC Breeders 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.

Kelloggs Awards Quality
MEXICO - World leading cereal producer Kelloggs awards Chr. Hansen Mexico the “Kadena de Abastecimiento" recognition for consistent quality.

ACMC Breeders Tip for needle hygiene
YORKSHIRE - Needle hygiene is very important in preventing abscesses at the site of injections.

That's all for this week!


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