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Newsletter 25th of June 2007
Monday 25th June 2007
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In for the Long Haul
By Katharine Found and published by Ontario Pork. Farmers invest in the care of their animals from farm to truck
Managing and Monitoring the Finishing Barn: Six Things Not to Do
By Mark Yungblut, Synergy Swine Inc as presented at the 2007 London Swine Conference.
Professional attitude to health and investment will yield profits
By Jane Jordan, ThePigSite editor. Disease, health and efficiency are interlinked and bugs spread because they take advantage of our mismanagement and failings.
Sow Housing: What Are My Options for Farrowing and Gestation?
By Dr. Anna Butters-Johnson, Assistant Professor Iowa State University. This article is from a collection of papers presented at the 2007 North Carolina Pork Conference.
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.
The new V Drinker from Arato
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Aussie Exodus causing concern
AUSTRALIA - High feed prices and increasing global competiton is having a dire effect on Autralia's pig industry. Confidence is low and there are clear signs that more pig farmers are choosing to leave the industry.

Novel Bungowannah virus - a possible new species of pestivirus in pigs
AUSTRALIA - Scientists at the Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute in Camden, New South Wales have identified a possible new species of porcine pestivirus.

Virtual Fences For Real Livestock?
BRISBANE - A virtual fence for livestock that allows better use of pasture, protects the environment and reduces labour, is being developed by the CSIRO Food Futures Flagship using satellite technology.

  United Kingdom

Retail Figures Postive For Sector
SCOTLAND - The current retail climate for red meat brings good news for producers and retailers alike.

Animal Welfare Delivery Strategy; Defra Publishes Summary Of Consultation Responses
UK - A draft strategy for improving animal welfare in England by building new relationships between Government and its key partners, was published for consultation in November 2006.

Scottish meat scheme publishes industry profile
UK - Quality Meat Scotland has published its annual Red Meat Industry Profile. The almanac of key information on the shape and scale of the industry offers a mechanism to benchmark industry progress year on year.

UFU to meet DEFRA over animal health costs issue
UK - The Ulster Farmers’ Union will attend talks next week with DEFRA, to discuss Government proposals that farmers should contribute to animal health costs. UFU President Kenneth Sharkey said there could be no deal on animal health cost sharing proposals unless farmers were given a proper input into animal health policy making.

Defra acts on MRSA in animals threat
As reported by NPA at the time, recent research in Holland found MRSA bacteria – sometimes called the ‘hospital bacteria’ – in nearly 40 percent of pigs.

United Kingdom Slaughter Statistics - April 2007
UK - This publication shows various statistics obtained from surveys of slaughterhouses run in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Alphamune G - Shielding, Earning
  United States

Weekly Outlook: USDA Reports
URBANA - Even though acreage estimates will be important in upcoming USDA reports, yield prospects will continue to dominate corn, soybean, and wheat prices, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

Market Preview: Time to "Make Hay"
US - Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 22nd June, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

World Pork Expo Results Revealed
DES MOINES - Three days, more than 34,000 visitors and more pork-industry information and BBQ ribs to be found in one place - that was the 19th annual National Pork Producer's Council World Pork Expo held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, June 7 - 9.

Hog Outlook: June 2007 Slaughter Higher Than Previous Year
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 23rd June 2007 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Pork Commentary: Finally Some Live in the Price
US - Last Friday, the Iowa-Minnesota average lean price averaged 74.76 (55¢ liveweight lb). It’s good to see prices move up, but they seem to be struggling to go higher, writes Jim Long.

'Peel Away’ the Rhetorical Wrapping on Country-of-Origin Labeling, says AMI
US - An advertisement in the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call is urging readers to “peel away the rhetorical wrapping paper” on mandatory country-of-origin labeling and see that the costly and burdensome law is actually an effort to block meat and livestock exports from other countries.

AMS Reopens Country-of-Origin Proposed Rule Comment Period
US - The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has reopened the comment period for 60 days for the proposed rule for mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COL) for beef, lamb, pork, perishable agricultural commodities, and peanuts.
Porcilis M Hyo is an inactivated vaccine for active immunisation of pigs to protect them against Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae during the whole nursery and fattening period.
Trade Deal With South Korea Good For U.S. Pork
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Exports of U.S. pork to South Korea under the free trade agreement negotiated between that country and the United States will be double the amount currently shipped to America’s No. 1 pork export market, Japan.

Environmental Groups Seek Strong Rules On Hog Waste
US - Twenty-four environmental groups gathered outside the legislature today to call for a ban on hog lagoons.

Voluntary program helps producers assure food safety
DES MOINES - The National Pork Board is encouraging producers to choose PQA Plus when they renew thier Pork Quality Assurance® (PQA) certificates.

Organic Minerals Improve Productivity
US - As modern geneotypes push the barriers of sow productivity, has mineral nutrition been keeping pace, asked Paul Groenewegen, technical manager of Alltech Canada, at its 23rd International Feed Industry Symposium.

NPPC Frustration at Collapse of Potsdam Trade Talks
WASHINGTON, DC - The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) expressed frustration at the collapse of the talks between trade ministers from the so-called G-4; United States, European Union, Brazil and India, which fell apart today in Potsdam, Germany.

Help on way for pork producers battling PCVAD
DES MOINES, Iowa - Help is on the way for pork producers battling porcine circovirus associated disease (PCVAD).

Prebiotics Could Help Combat Meat Pathogens
US - US Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have reported a new method of developing prebiotics from certain crops, which could have the potential to help combat the incidence of salmonella and E. coli in food animals.

Nebraska tops US slaughter stakes
US - Nebraska led the US in commercial red meat production in May. Production in the state was 606.6 million pounds, which is down from May 2006's 639.7 million pounds.

Total Red Meat Production at Record High for May
US - Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.08 billion pounds in May, up slightly from the 4.06 billion pounds produced in May 2006.

Sask Pork Adds Canadian Addendum to Trucker Quality Assurance Training Program
CANADA - The Saskatchewan Pork Development Board has added a new Canadian addendum to its U.S. based Trucker Quality Assurance training program, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Farm Stewardship Association Survey Shows Strong Interest in Environmental Farm Planning
CANADA - A random survey of producers who participated in the Farm Stewardship Association of Manitoba's environmental farm planning process, shows a strong level of acceptance, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Escalating Energy Costs Justify More Expensive Environmental Protection Options
CANADA - A University of Arkansas professor suggests escalating energy costs are making it easier to justify some of the more expensive options for protecting the environment, writes Bruce Cochrane.


Chinese gov´t to allocate 6.5 billion yuan to control pork prices
BEIJING - With the dramatic rise in pork price, the Chinese government has said that it plans to spend 6.5 billion yuan (850 million US dollars) this year to contain pork prices.

  Russian Federation

Russia, EU Forge Difficult Meat Dialogue
MOSCOW - Russia is dealing with a handful of problems related to the import of low quality and even unsafe meat and meat products.


Efficiency king in Denmark's lean, green pig sector
DENMARK - The Danish pig industry is gearing itself up for a more welfare friendly and environmentally sensitive future. But green ethics won't come at the expense of efficiency, writes Jane Jordan, ThePigSite editor.

QA slaughter standard will sharpen Denmark's competitive edge
DENMARK - Consistent quality products and a fully traceable production chain has given the Danes the leading edge on the global stage.
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  European Union

EU pig prices: Europe still is on the upswing
EU - The upswing is continuing all over the European slaughter pigs market. Supply still undercuts average in many EU countries, with the slaughter weights decreasing. As a consequence, most quotations within the EU go on increasing slightly.


Pig and poultry producers urged to expand market
PHILIPPINES - Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Arthur Yap said Ilonggos should take advantage of the opportunities it has to sell its livestock and export poultry and pig products.

Company news

JSR brings the world to Yorkshire
UK - Britain's leading pig breeding company, JSR Genetics, welcomed delegates from around the world to a two day World Partners Conference in Yorkshire. Delegates from ten countries including Japan, South Korea and The Netherlands came together as part of JSR's growing franchise business, which now operates in over 20 countries.

ACMC Breeders Pig Recording Via The Internet
WORLD - PigCom, the Windows-based PC herd recording system, can now be downloaded direct via the Internet. Developed over the past four years by pig-breeding company ACMC for their own in-house recording, it became clear that the system would benefit commercial herds.

boehringer-ingelheim Boehringer Ingelheim PCV-2 AWARD
EU - Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health GmbH is offering a total sum of 75.000 € annually for the best research proposals in the field of applied immunological PCV-2 research.

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