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Newsletter 18th of June 2007

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PMWS and the Benefits of Changing Breed
By Dr GrantWalling, and Stuart Cartwright, JSR Genetics. Many farms unfortunately now have practical experience of Postweaning multisystemicwasting syndrome (PMWS).
Alberta Hog Market Commentary and Outlook - Spring 2007
By Kevin Grier, Senior Market Analyst, George Morris Centre, in Guelph and Calgary. Published by Alberta Pork. This is the latest Alberta Hog Market Commentary and Outlook which looks at the performance of the U.S. hog market.
Analysis: African Swine Fever In Georgia
By Institute for Animal Health. Diagnoses spread of tick-borne African swine fever from Africa to pigs in Georgia: the second emerging disease in Europe within a year.
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Chinese beef about the price of pork
CHINA - Few things are as essential to the Chinese as their pigs. From spare ribs to barbecued pork buns, pork is a staple of the Chinese diet. And, in this Year of the Pig, an acute shortage of pork has been national news as butchers raise prices almost daily and politicians scramble to respond.

Safe, Stable Pigs Supply to HK, Macao Urged
CHINA - The provincial bureau of inspection and quarantine in south China's Guangdong said Tuesday it has stepped up actions to ensure pigs supplied to Hong Kong and Macao are safe.

Pork more important than ethanol in China
CHINA - In China the authorities may move to ban the production of corn-based ethanol to literally continue feeding the trough.

Guangzhou rolls out pork subsidy for regional producers
CHINA - Guangzhou will give a monthly subsidy of 20 yuan (US$2.6) to every low-income-earning family for the period from May to July to help offset the higher prices of pork and other non-staple foods.

China put into use new vaccine against PRRS
CHINA - China on Wednesday formally put into use a new-type vaccine specially targeting a highly pathogenic blue-ear pig disease that has been haunting Chinese pig farmers for months, said the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA).
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  United States

Weekly Roberts Report
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Weekly Outlook: Supply and Consumption
URBANA - Prospects for extreme price volatility will make new crop corn and soybean pricing decisions very difficult, particularly for those in dry areas, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

US Swine Economics Report - U.S. pork exports record high
US - Regular report by Ron Plain on the US Swine industry.

Market Preview: Storm Clouds Lurking Over Hog Market
US - Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 15th June, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Breakdown in Pork Exports After 15 Years of Record High Exports
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 16 June 2007 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Trade deals would benefit pork industry and Iowa economy
US - When it comes to US trade policy, it has seemed more difficult in recent years to gain bipartisan agreement among American policymakers than to negotiate with foreign governments.

AMI, Meat and Poultry Coalition Launch Web Site Calling for Balanced Food and Fuel Policy
US - AMI and a coalition of meat, livestock and poultry organisations today unveiled, a Web site dedicated to informing policy-makers, the media and the public about the impact of national ethanol policy on the industry and on consumers.
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World Pork Expo: Feed prices dominate but attitude reflects prosperous times
IOWA - As usual, there were thousands of industry participants at the World Pork Expo. Things have been good for the last three years and almost everyone’s attitude reflected the prosperous times we have had, says Jim Long. He reports from this year's successful event in Iowa.

Pork Producers Need Trade Deals To Expand Exports
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Regardless of size, pork producers benefit from trade agreements, and Congress should approve pending trade deals and renew Trade Promotion Authority, the National Pork Producers Council said today in congressional testimony.

House Ag Leader Promises COOL By 2008
US - By September 2008, Americans will know the country of origin of food they are purchasing. That is if Congressional leaders get their way.

Purdue Begins National Study Of Air Quality At Animal Feeding Operations
PERDUE - Research has officially begun in the largest study ever conducted to measure levels of various gases and airborne pollutants emitted from poultry, dairy and swine facilities across the nation.

Divided Michigan Senate panel passes animal farm bills
US - Most of Michigan's largest livestock and poultry farms could participate in a voluntary program instead of having to apply for environmental permits under legislation before the state Senate.

Open Production Systems Not Always Humane
WASHINGTON – Proposed legislation that would restrict the professional judgment of veterinarians and livestock producers by mandating arbitrary “humane” standards for food animal production must not become law, the American Farm Bureau Federation told Congress.
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  United Kingdom

Pork chopped in first round of stores' price war.
UK - A Supermarket price war broke out over the weekend as the two biggest grocers - Asda and Tesco - announced tit-for-tat price cuts totalling more than £500m across thousands of products.

Welcome make-over for pig industry's climate change discount scheme
UK - Incomprehensible to mere mortals though it may have been, the climate change levy scheme has helped the average 500-sow unit achieve savings of around £42,000 over the past six years.

NFU: Demand For Land To Remain Strong As Corn Fares Better Than Horn
UK - The NFU’s Economics Department is forecasting mixed prospects for the various farming sectors in their latest quarterly Farming Outlook, with relatively strong markets in many sectors being reflected in continuing strong demand for land, but with margins in much of the livestock sector being undermined by poor prices and higher costs.

Health is Key to Competitiveness
UK - Nothing is so good it can't be improved and with that in mind the British Pig Executive (BPEX) is looking at ways of improving the British Pig Health Scheme (BPHS).

Birthday Honours For Pig Industry's Great and Good
UK - The British pig industry is standing proud - three of its hardworking, dedicated 'leaders' have been awarded orders of merit in the Queen's birthday honours. All agree the recognition is greatly deserved.


Minister: Pig farmers have pledged not to use banned substances
MALAYSIA - Almost all pig farmers have signed the loyalty pledge not to use beta agonist and other illegal growth enhancing substances on their livestock.


CPC commends Canada on progress on FTA with Peru and others
CANADA - The Canadian Pork Council (CPC) has congratulated International Trade Minister David Emerson, along with Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Chuck Strahl, on completing free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations with the European Free Trade Association countries (Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein).

Increased Transportation Costs and Rising Value of the Dollar Influencing Profitability Hogs in Saskatchewan
CANADA - The Saskatchewan Pork Development Board reports the rising value of the Canadian dollar and increased transportation costs in the wake of the Mitchell's closure are the biggest influences on profitability right now, writes Bruce Cochrane.
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"Modern Pig Breeding 2007" Looking into the Future: Technologies, Investments, Business
UKRAINE - On June the 15th expets from the worlds top porcine companies will meet to discuss the current hot topics facing the global industry today. The conference is to be held in Kyiv in Ukraine. The speakers list is given as follows:

  European Union

EU pig prices: Spirit is bullish throughout Europe!
EU - Now at last, the European pigs-mature-for-slaughter-market turns out to be on the upswing.

EU-Compound Feed Production In Decline
EU - According to the AllAboutFeed website, in 2006, the compound feed production for the EU-25 reached 143.2 million tonnes (mt), which is 0.2% below the figure for 2005 (143.5 mt). The ten new EU member states account for around 16.0 mt.


Agriculture official: Georgia prevents major spread of African swine fever
GEORGIA - Authorities have prevented a major spread of African swine fever which killed 30,000 pigs and prompted a U.N. warning of potentially catastrophic economic consequences, the deputy agriculture minister said Thursday.


Fodder Scarcity May Affect Livestock Health
INDIA - Livestock is at the heart of rural economy, and according to the latest Economic Survey, accounts for nearly 5% of the country’s gross domestic product


Farm Animal Diversity Under Threat
WORLD - One breed lost a month – industrial livestock production biggest factor

Company news

JSR Appoints Commercial Director
UK - Dr. Carlos Peralta has been appointed Commercial Director of JSR Genetics, with responsibility for developing the sales of pig genetic programmes in the UK and international markets.

Russian Specialists Visit UK For Technical Training
UK - An intensive week long visit to JSR's Boar Stud at Thorpe Willoughby has shown Russian Pig Specialists just how seriously JSR take their commitment to customers.

Harper Adams And JSR Team Up For New Research
UK - Harper Adams University College, the leading provider of higher education for the land-based industries, is doubling the size of its pig unit with the intention of significantly strengthening its research capabilities.

Big Dutchman Best Exhibitor Award for Big Dutchman stand
THAILAND - Once again the Big Dutchman stand impresses the judges.

That's all for this week!

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