Newsletter 2nd of July 2007
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We have 4 new features this week:
Raising Your Herd’s Genetic Status, Without Risking Its Health
By Dr Grant Walling, Research and Development Director JSR Genetics and Janet M Owen, Veterinary Pig Specialist, Garth Partnership. A pig producer receives significant advice from many sources.
History of Porcine Circoviral Disease (PCVD) and Current Western Canadian Situation
By John C. S. Harding, Associate Professor, Dept. LACS, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, as presented at the 2007 Manitoba Swine Seminar.
Gestation Sow Housing Systems: Which is Best?
By Dr. Mark Whitney, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Extension.
USDA Quarterly Pigs and Hogs Report: June 2007
This quarter's quarterly Hogs and Pigs report from the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The article provides the report text and graphs, and helps explain what it all means. Link also to the full PDF report.
MRSA in farm animals – A new monster heading for UK
UK - Research by the Soil Association reveals that a serious human-health threat, already present in the Netherlands and other European countries, could spread to the UK.
Supermarkets attack producer margins
UK - A main talking point is the downward pressure being put on pigmeat values by the supermarket price wars, says Traffic Lights.
Trading standards lead the way for healthier animals and better food
UK - Local authority trading standards services have been quick to act on new powers to protect animal livestock – and the food on our tables – according to a new survey.
NADIS Pig Veterinary Report and Forecast - June 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.
Animal health cost-Share policy warrants more talks, say unions
UK - Farming Unions and the devolved administrations have told DEFRA that a November timetable for the introduction of animal health cost-sharing is not acceptable without responsibility sharing for animal health policy development and operation.
Weekly Outlook: Anticipating June Grain Stocks Estimates
URBANA - US weather and crop conditions continue to affect corn and soybean prices, but the June 29 release of the USDA's Acreage and Grain Stocks reports will provide additional fundamental information for these markets, says a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.
US Swine Economics Report
Regular report by Ron Plain on the US Swine industry.
Weekly Roberts Report
US - Agricultural US Commodity Market Report by Mike Roberts, Commodity Marketing Agent, Virginia Tech.
Market Preview: Protecting Valuable Pork Exports
US - Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 29th June, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.
Hog Outlook: The Week Sees Strong Downward Pressure
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 30th June 2007 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.
Pork Production Grows Despite $4 Corn
US - Despite all the complaining that U’S pork producers have done about the high price of corn, the latest numbers from USDA show continued modest expansion in the industry. U.S. inventory of all hogs and pigs on June 1, 2007 was 62.8 million head.
US - One hundred per cent of dried distiller's grains with solubles (DDGS), a by-product of ethanol production, can be pelletised without adding a binding agent or anything else, according to USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists.
African Swine Fever likely to be widespread in Georgia
US - There is strong evidence that the devastating pig disease African Swine Fever is widely spread across Georgia, FAO warned on Tuesday.
AMI Campaign is anti-COOL says R-CALF
Washington, D.C. - The American Meat Institute (AMI) has stepped up its efforts against mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) by running false advertising in Roll Call and on radio stations across the country.
Labels Lack Food’s Origin Despite Law
US - In every American supermarket, labels tell shoppers where their seafood came from. But there are no such labels for meat, produce or nuts.
Permit raises cap on Smithfield's hog slaughter
US - More than 1 million additional hogs may go to market annually at Smithfield Packing Co.’s processing plant in North Carolina.
Environmental regs push pig hog producers to modify rations
US - Production agriculture is becoming increasingly susceptible to legislation surrounding production practices and waste disposal.
Carbon monoxide use in meat to be investigated
US - Retailers and manufacturers of meat products have been called on to provide information on their practice of packing fresh meat in carbon monoxide.
Ethanol Co-Products: A Livestock Dish Of The Day
US - About half of the cattle and swine operations in a 12-state region fed ethanol co-products or considered feeding them to their livestock last year, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
Farmers Need A Better Social, Economic and Environmental Balance
CANADA - The vice-president of Keystone Agricultural Producers says that to remain viable, farmers must better balance the social, economic and environmental aspects of their operations, writes Bruce Cochrane.
New Manure Application Regulations Encourage Conservation of Nitrogen in Manure
CANADA - A researcher with the University of Manitoba says the shift from nitrogen based to nitrogen and phosphorus based limits on manure fertilizer application is encouraging producers to protect the nitrogen in the manure, writes Bruce Cochrane.
Livestock Manure Recognized as a Highly Valued Crop Input
CANADA - New nutrition strategies, improved application technologies and the increasing costs of commercial fertilizer are prompting crop producers to recognize livestock manure as a highly desired commodity within an environmentally sustainable agricultural system.
Canada to ban feeding all scraps to pigs, poultry
CANADA - Canada has proposed a ban on feeding all table scraps to pigs and poultry so that it can keep and expand export markets, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said in an industry notice on Friday.
Pork Commentary: Lean Hog Prices Reach 80¢
US - In May, the usual suspect ag-economists (soothsayers) pronounced from the mountain top that the lean hog prices for the year had reached their top. We disagreed (as usual), writes Jim Long.
EU Investigates Easing BSE-Related Feed Ban
EU - Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as 'mad cow disease', has been the target of European research for many years, especially as the disease has succeeded in wreaking havoc on the lives of farmers and consumers alike.
China to increase State pork reserves
CHINA - Zhu Zhigang, vice minister of finance, has announced that China will improve its forecasting and monitoring system for non-staple foods such as live pigs and pork.
China pig disease caused by new strain
CHINA - A pig disease that swept through 10 provinces in China decimating the swine population and ramping up pork prices was caused by a new and highly pathogenic strain of blue ear disease, Chinese scientists said.
Danish Farmers Show Pigs Can Fly
DENMARK - Danish farmers are going to make pigs fly after new European Union rules on animal welfare made it longer and riskier to send them to Russia by truck.
PIC renews Japanese contract and celebrates 25-year link
JAPAN - Genetics company PIC and Iwatani International Corporation (IIC) have signed a new agreement to continue their successful partnership in the Japanese market.
British pigs loved in Russia
RUSSIA - Business is booming for British pig breeders at Agrofarm, Russia's first agricultural trade show.
Brits should work together to vaccinate against PCV2, says French vet
UK - Merial's PCV2 vaccine Circovac arrives in Britain this September.
That's all for this week!