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Newsletter 11th of June 2007
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Understanding and Improving Pork Quality
By Rick Sanderson, Pork Chain Business Development Manager, PIC. Meat quality is a very topical subject, and almost everyone I talk to has an opinion on what we must do to improve it.
Ethanol Expansion in the United States - How Will the Agricultural Sector Adjust?
By Paul C. Westcott, a report from the Economic Research Service, USDA.
UK Pig Disease Quarterly Surveillance Report (to March 2007)
By Veterinary Laboratories Agency - This report monitors trends in the major endemic pig diseases and utilises the farmfile and VIDA (Veterinary Investigation Disease Analysis) databases.
Manitoba Swine Seminar - 2007 - Volume 21
This article is a collection of the papers presented at the 2007 Manitoba Swine Seminar.
* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  United States

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

Market Preview: Cheap Corn Makes Cheap Hogs
US - Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 8th June, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Hog Outlook: Decline in Cutout Value
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 9th June 2007 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Corn producers help promote Nebraska pork overseas
NEBRASKA - The Nebraska Corn Board will help sponsor two major pork export initiatives this winter as part of its on-going efforts to support Nebraska's pork industry.

Molecular-based FMD Vaccine has immense potential
WASHINGTON - The development of a foot and mouth vaccine by scientists with the US Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and a US biopharmaceutical company holds promise for protection against foot-and-mouth disease.

Weekly Outlook: Corn Storage
URBANA - Storage capacity issues in some areas of the Midwest, except Illinois, may not be any more severe than in the past three years, says University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

Congessional Hearing Examines Welfare Of Farm Animals
WASHINGTON - Witnesses from the AVMA and other organisations have testified about current concerns over farm animal welfare.

Animal emergencies illustrate need for disease traceability system
US - Recent cases of pseudorabies in Wisconsin swine and a weather emergency in Colorado have demonstrated in real life how premises registration can protect livestock producers, their animals and the livestock industry.

Trichina Certification Will Improve Overall Biosecurity of US Pork
US - USDA has proposed a voluntary trichina certification program to ensure that producers standardise their protocols. It would offer those selling to overseas markets a USDA certification of trichinae protections at farm level, but does not require having to test every animal and every product.
JSR Genetics - Genetics you can trust
Pork Quality Assurance Plus launched at Expo
US - The Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus) program was officially launched June 7, at World Pork Expo in Des Moines.

Pork Checkoff introduces the nutritional efficiency consortium
US - The Pork Checkoff is working to address the effects of rising corn prices on pork producers. In February, the National Pork Board approved $400,000 for the development of a nutritional efficiency research and education consortium, bringing together organisations throughout the pork industry and agriculture.

NPPC calls for Congress to back Free Trade Agreements
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Pork Producers Council has urged Congress to support the job-promoting free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, Peru and Panama. The deals will eliminate trade tariffs and barriers that currently limit US pork and products for export to these countries.

Smithfield profits up from better beef and pig margins
US - Meat producer Smithfield Foods Inc., which operates the world’s largest hog slaughterhouse, in North Carolina, reports that its fourth-quarter profit rose sharply. Rising pork and beef sales have offset the higher cost of grain to feed its hogs.

Scarce vaccine zaps circo virus
US - A hard-to-kill virus sweeping through hog herds worldwide is meeting its match: a vaccine that is very effective, but in short supply.

Animal ID registration going well, official says
US - Livestock producers are voluntarily registering their operations with the US Department of Agriculture, said Bruce Knight, undersecretary for the USDA's marketing and regulatory programs, during the World Pork Expo in Iowa.

Pioneer Backs National Pork Board Feed Research Consortium
US - Nutrition specialist Pioneer Hi-Bred has announced a research and financial contribution to the Pork Checkoff’s newly created Nutritional Efficiency Research and Educational Programming Consortium.

Costly corn cuts hog producer profits: economist
DES MOINES - A record three and a half year stretch of profit for pig producers appears to be coming to an end due to high corn costs. But a growing export market could bolster profits in coming years, says a leading agriculture economist.

Producers divided on government in livestock markets
US - With a handful of Senate bills around addressing the concentration in livestock markets, producers went to Washington to speak their piece to the Senate and House agric committees.
Alphamune G - Shielding, Earning
  United Kingdom

Pie revival
UK - The humble pork pie is making a comeback after years of being eclipsed by American-style fast food, according to Britain’s biggest food retailer.

Relaxing animal protein ban meets opposition
Proposals to lift the ban on having meat-and-bone-meal back in livestock rations have resulted in a fierce debate, mainly in the UK and France.

PMWS and PDNS in the UK
UK - Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) Quarterly Surveillance report on PMWS and PDNS from January to March 2006.

CONFERENCE REPORT: Tough, tight and distorted - Global grain markets head for decade of instability
UK - The stark reality that things are going to get tougher for UK pig producers was confirmed at NPA's national spring conference in Stoneleigh. However, finding ways to increase pigmeat value, in the eyes of buyers and consumers, could boost revenues and off-set the predicted price hikes for raw materials and compound feed, writes Jane Jordan.

Retail support needed for local suppliers, says Ulster farmers
UK - Rising feed costs and falling farm gate prices must be addressed to secure the future of the local pig industry, says the Ulster Farmers’ Union.

Producer input vital for 'BPEX Ltd'
UK - Pig farmers are being reminded that they will have a vitally important role in the new style BPEX and it will be up to them to make thier views heard on how their levy money is spent.

The MLC reports positive trends in pig slaughterings an prices
UK - The number of clean pigs slaughtered during April was 11 percent up on the corresponding month last year, and MLC’s Pig Market observations show that cumulative throughputs for the year to date are six percent higher than the same period in 2006.

MBM: Producers say yes, but customers need convincing
UK - Two supermarkets - Asda and Sainsbury's - have said they will not sell meat from animals fed with meat-and-bonemeal(MBM). However, the issue is moving up the European Commission's agenda and its Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has urged Brussels to fast-track current studies on the issue.

Greater Value For UK Farm Assurance
UK - News that farm assured pig farmers are facing a reduced level of statutory inspections for food safety and hygiene, is a major fillip to the pig industry says the British Pig Executive (BPEX).

Eureka moment for farm assurance
UK - The Holy Grail for pig producers is to persuade government agencies and local authorities to use farm assurance as a risk management tool.

SAC's Jill Thomson elected PVS President
UK - The Pig Veterinary Society has named Dr. Jill Thomson, veterinary centre manager at the SAC Edinburgh disease surveillance unit, as President. She succeeds veterinary consultant David Burch. MLC vet scientist Derek Armstrong, is vice-president.
The new V Drinker from Arato

Higher Yielding Wheats May Help Ease Feed Grain Shortages Caused by Ethanol Demand
CANADA - The Canadian International Grains Institute is counting on the introduction of new higher yielding wheat varieties to help ward off future feedgrain shortages for livestock as demand for these products for ethanol increases, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Saskatchewan Pork Producers Explore Expanded Marketing Options
CANADA - The Chair of the Saskatchewan Pork Development Board reports the mood of the province's pork producers has changed from one of gloom and doom last fall to one of encouragement and even excitement now, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Pork Producers Applaud Federal Court Ruling on Canadian Duties on Imported US Corn
CANADA - The Canadian Pork Council has welcomed a Federal Court of Canada decision to dismiss a judicial review of a Canadian International Trade Tribunal ruling that ended provisional duties on US grain corn, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Prairie Swine Centre Adjusts Research Following Closure of Saskatoon Hog Slaughtering Plant
CANADA - Officials with the Prairie Swine Centre have made a series of adjustments to accommodate continued research in the wake of the closure of the Mitchell's Gourmet Foods hog slaughtering plant in Saskatoon, writes Bruce Cochrane.

  European Union

Disposal Of Animal Carcasses And The Use Of Animal By-Products
EU - Following an article in today's London Times newspaper ('Food safety fears over animals fed to animals'), the EESC released the following statement.

EU prices keep creeping up
EU - The situation in the European finished pig market continues to improve with decreasing numbers of pigs coming forward in many European countries.

IPPC decision delayed
EUROPE - Brussels is currently considering whether IPPC should be extended to cover more pig and poultry farms


China hits peak season for blue-ear
CHINA - China's Ministry of Agriculture has warned the country's pig breeders that they are entering the peak season for the highly pathogenic blue-ear disease, also known as Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS). The disease has already killed 18,000 pigs this year.

Pig clones for organ transplants produced
CHINA - Two miniature pig clones for organ transplant experiments have been born in the city of Tianjin.


Aus Pork Ltd welcomes new QA rules in NSW
AUSTRALIA - Australian Pork Limited has welcomed the move by the NSW Food Authority to require all pigs sent to NSW domestic abattoirs be accompanied by a valid National Vendor Declaration (NVD) from June 30.


Hendrix Genetics Acquires Animal Breeding Activities Of Euribrid
NETHERLANDS - Today, is a good day for Hendrix Genetics. It marks the re-unification of Euribrid (Broiler, Pig and Turkey Breeding) and Hendrix Genetics (Layer Breeding and Commercial Layer Distribution) in one, complimentary animal genetics group.
Porcilis Begonia is a AD live marker vaccine for active immunisation of pigs against Aujeszky’s disease virus infections (Psuedorabies).

Border states on alert as African Swine Fever hits Georgia
GEORGIA - Georgia has been hit by the devastating pig disease African Swine Fever, which could also threaten neighbouring countries.

Company news

Merial Jose Barella To Succeed Jerry Belle As Executive Chairman of Merial
DULUTH - The Board of Directors of Merial Ltd., one of the world's leading animal health companies, announced that Jose Barella will succeed Jerry Belle as Executive Chairman of Merial, effective June 1st.

Nedap Velos Nedap RFID Enables High Level Of Sow Management In Czech Replublic.
CZECH REPUBLIC - Nedap continues its roll out of Nedap Velos throughout all parts of Europe by installing the first Czech installation, end of May 2007, on a 350 sow unit.

ACMC Breeders Major pig production sites launched, with technical support of Big Dutchman
CROATIA - Two, state-of-the-art sow facilities have been officially opened by Croatia's ministry of agriculture. Both of the 1,400-sow farms have been constructed in partnership with Big Dutchman, who have supplied and installed the housing and equipment.

Genesus South Korea battles disease, high feed prices and environmental issues, but pork's still profitable
SOUTH KOREA - Last week, Jim Long went to South Korea, visited several swine producers and picked up some very interesting facts and figures...

Software makes Pork More Profitable
UK - Leading pig genetics company JSR have enlisted the services of Independent Production Consultant Paul Wright - and his exclusive Checkmate® software - to help ensure genetic potential translates into optimum on-farm profitability.

25.7 Weaned Pigs/Sow/Year In The Netherlands
NETHERLANDS - In 2006 TOPIGS sows in the Netherlands weaned on average 25.7 pigs per year. TOPIGS gathered the technical results of 768 farms with in total almost 290,000 sows.

That's all for this week!


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