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Newsletter 4th June 2007

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week:

Cranial-ventral Consolidated Lung in a Healthy Coughing Pig: Isn't That M. hyo.?
By Tim Blackwell - Animal Health and Welfare/ OMAFRA; Murray Hazlett - Animal Health Laboratory/University of Guelph.
Simple Ideas to Improve Sow Longevity
By Ronald O. Bates, State Swine Specialist, Michigan State University and published in MSU Pork Quartlery 2007 Volume 12 No. 1.
Forgotten Diseases
By Bob Friendship as presented at the 2007 London Swine Conference.
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* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  Swaziland

Pork industry convenes at Tum’s
SWAZILAND - Pork producers and stakeholders are meeting at the Tum’s George Hotel tomorrow to discuss a recent four month study carried by Technoserve.

Pork producers face massive challenge
SWAZILAND - Business for Swazi pork producers remains uncertain as giants such as South Africa and new entrant Brazil now dominate the market.

  United States

Weekly Outlook: New Soybeans High
URBANA - The soybean market appears to be offering an early opportunity to price a portion of the 2007 crop, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

Market Preview: Packers' Status Remains Unsettled
US - Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 1sy June, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Hog Outlook: Four Months of Flat Consumer Level in Demand for Pork
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 2nd June 2007 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Federal agencies call for views on melamine issue
US - The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is asking for comments regarding their conclusions that pigs and chickens from farms identified as having purchased or received melamine-tainted pet food scraps or related compounds are safe for human consumption.

Pork Checkoff Welcomes New National Pork Board Members
US - Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns has announced five appointments to the 15-member National Pork Board. The five appointees will serve three-year terms beginning 1 July 2007.

New FMD vaccine holds real promise
US - The US department of Agriculture scientists, in conjunction with the department for Homeland security and US pharmaceutical company, have developed a vaccine that has the potential to be very effective against animal onset foot and mouth disease.
Ivomec Premix - Better products mean better results
Campylobacter : Researchers Take Aim at Pathogen’s Drug Resistance
US - Tests performed at Iowa State University revealed that some samples of the pathogen Campylobacter coli showed resistance to antibiotics that were intended to protect swine from diseases. Smithfield Sees 4th-Qtr Earnings Below Street View
US - U.S. hog and pork producer Smithfield Foods Inc. forecast fiscal fourth-quarter earnings below expectations on Tuesday due to higher production costs for hogs and losses in cattle feeding.

Country-of-Origin Labeling Advocates in Letter to Lawmakers
US - In a letter to key lawmakers, the American Meat Institute (AMI) late last week affirmed the safety of U.S. meat and poultry and made clear that mandatory country-of origin labeling (COL) is an anti-import law, not a food safety program.

Uncertainty looms as Brazilian company buys Swift
US - The acquisition of leading US meatpacker Swift by a Brazilian company is being watched carefully by livestock producers, the meat industry and members of Congress.

Subcommittee Proceeds Cautiously on Livestock Competition Reforms
WASHINGTON – The US House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry (Subcommittee) has taken the first formal step in the arduous process of developing the House version of the 2007 Farm Bill.

Distillers grains seminar for pork, poultry industries
US - A seminar on the use of distillers grains from the ethanol industry is being held at the Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Nebraska on 14 June 2007.

Round the clock cameras look at health effects of micro-environment
URBANA - University of Illinois researchers are embarking on a major new study, in which they film sows around the clock to find out how elements of their "micro-environment" might create stress.
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  China

China pledges guaranteed pork supply
BEIJING - China's Ministry of Commerce has announced that it would ensure the supply of pork to Hong Kong despite the recent decline in the number of pigs on the mainland.

Shanghai Launches Pork Safety Check
SHANGHAI - In the wake of escalating pork prices, the Shanghai food and drug watchdog has started a series of inspections to prevent unsafe meat products getting into the market.

Official says pig deaths not caused by blue-ear disease
CHINA - A senior Chinese veterinary official has denied a foreign media report that "blue-ear disease" has caused the death of 20 million pigs.

  European Union

EU pig prices: Stability in central regions, but not so further west
EU - Over the past few days, the European fininshed pig market continued to stabilise. The number slaughter pigs is declining throughout Europe, and meeting good demand on the part of the slaughter companies.

  Canada

Closure of Saskatoon Plant Means Advanced Planning for Longer Shipping Distances
CANADA - The SPI Marketing Group says the closure of the Mitchell's Gourmet Foods hog slaughtering plant will require producers to adjust but there will be a home for all of the hogs displaced by the change, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Majority of Hogs Under Contract to Maple Leaf Diverted from Saskatoon to be Processed in Manitoba
CANADA - Maple Leaf Foods reports the bulk of hogs currently processed at its Brandon slaughtering plant as well as those that will be diverted from Saskatoon will be processed in Manitoba, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Hog producers get help
CANADA - Prince Edward Island hog producers are breathing easier these days after the provincial government approved an assistance program to help maintain a minimum price per kilogram for their product.

School Study Highlights Environmental Benefits of Shelterbelts on Pig Farms
CANADA - “It helps the environment to plant trees,” says Rosenfeld Elementary School sixth grader Mattea Nickel. Classmate Amy Penner adds, “You can get wood from the trees for building houses and more people in Manitoba.”
Ingelvac M. hyo - A proper vaccine and no mistake
  Hong Kong

Chinese pork prices shaking Far East markets
HONG KONG - Hong Kong's Ministry of Commerce says it will ensure the supply of pork despite rapidly rising prices in mainland China. The situation is causing concern and now HK's only fresh pork supplier has increased the wholesale price of pigmeat by a hefty seven percent.

  United Kingdom

Mixed fortunes for livestock and arable farmers
UK - Pig farmers will face extra pressure on their profit margins over the next 12 months, while arable farmers growing grain should enjoy better times, says Nick MacIvor of building manufacturer A M Warkup.

DEFRA offers £1.6 million for health and welfare planning
UK - More than £1.6 million has been granted to fund projects aimed at helping farmers improve animal health and welfare.

Producers views wanted on levy reform
UK - As part of DEFRA's process of levy board reform, pig producers are being given the opportunity to shape the British Pig Executive.

Fears over move to relax farm feed rules
UK - Animal derived proteins (meat and bone meal)could once more be added to farm feed, raising fears of another BSE outbreak, following tests by European scientists.

Ventilation rate per-pig-place
UK - A recent Nadis health report challenges traditional views of the prevalence and causes of respiratory disease on a generalised industry basis. However, the data sources for the health reporting - as regards seasonality - are somewhat limited.

  Netherlands

Innovative two storey farm raises local concerns
THE NETHERLANDS - Brabant farmers have submitted planning applications to build several enormous intensive pig farms.

Dutch attempt to grow pork in the lab
THE NETHERLANDS - Dutch researchers are trying to grow pork meat in a laboratory with the goal of feeding millions without the need to raise and slaughter animals.
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  Australia

EnviroCheck – enhancing pig producers profits
AUSTRALIA - Pig producers across Australia are being invited to undergo an Australian Pork Limited’s (APL) EnviroCheck and be eligible for an APL Environmental Stewardship award.

Company news

Revamp and reinvestment pays dividends for family business
YORKSHIRE - Keeping the farrowing house full is the main objective for Chris King, Manager of R Wilson & Son's 460-sow breeding and finishing unit at Darrington. The unit has been revamped, restocked and rejuvenated and is now primed for the future.

Chr. Hansen To Divest Coatings And Excipients Business
US - A sale will strengthen focus and position within cultures and enzymes, natural colors and flavors.



That's all for this week!

Ed.

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