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Newsletter 9th July 2007

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Monday 9th July 2007
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Circovirus disease – what have vets been seeing?
By Peter Davies, BVSc, PhD, Leman Chair of Swine Health and Production, University of Minnesota.
UK/EU Pig Statistics - June 2007
The latest statistics on UK and European Slaughter figures, Carcase weights, Pigmeat production, trade and supplies and UK and EU Prices and value of pigs.
UK/EU Pig Populations - June 2007
A brief overview of the latest statistics relating to pig populations in the UK and Europe.
Production and Marketing Characteristics of U.S. Pork Producers, 2006
By John D. Lawrence, Glenn Grimes - ISU Economics Working Paper #07014, June 26, 2007
USDA Quarterly Pigs and Hogs Report: June 2007 (updated)

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.
* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  United States

PRRS researchers given assistance, but economic focus lies elsewhere
US - Iowa State University researchers have been awarded $1 million of state economic development money to research and develop new technologies that could boost Iowa businesses. Health and vaccine development topped the list, but not for the pig sector.

Producers can guard against ileitis, naturally
US - When it comes to keeping pigs healthy, swine producers may feel like the watchdog of their operation as they have a number of diseases to beware of in their confinement systems: porcine respiratory reproductive syndrome, influenza, salmonella, dysentery and porcine stress syndrome are just a few to name.

Slurry treatment system gives green credits and CO2 trade opportunities
US - Less greenhouse gas and more carbon credits per pig. These are the latest environment-friendly benefits being credited to an innovative hog waste-management system invented by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists.

Key survey shows increasing confidence in distillers' grains
US - A Department of Agriculture (USDA) survey shows the livestock industry is increasingly embracing distillers' grains as a source of nutrition, says the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) noted.

Clark County farm free of pseudorabies
WISCONSIN - No additional cases of pseudorabies were found in a second round of testing near a Clark County hog farm found to be infected with the disease this spring, the state veterinarian said Monday.

Virginia continues pseudorabies disease-free status
US - The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that Virginia qualifies to continue its status as a pseudorabies, brucellosis, and tuberculosis-free state.

New USDA Animal Research Facility Dedicated
US - Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns and members of Iowa's Congressional delegation helped dedicate a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) high-containment large animal facility here today that combines several research facilities into one location. The new building is the second component of a multi-phase, $460 million project.

CAFO foes applaud university study
INDIANA - Opponents of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) are citing a Ball State University study as proof that CAFOs provide very little economic impact in East Central Indiana.

National Pork Board has next year's 'critical' issues under review
US - The National Pork Board will begin the 2008 planning process at its summer meeting in St. Louis between 17-20 July. The board will also welcome its newly appointed board members and elect new officers.

Top chefs requesting fattier pork
US - The frantic phone call to Iowa was followed quickly by an urgent e-mail. Money was no object. Could the pork fat be sent overnight?
Alphamune G - Shielding, Earning
US Market Reports

Dr Mike Brumm on the Hogs and Pigs Report
Grimes and Plain on the Hogs and Pigs Report
Special Edition: Hogs and Pigs Report (Steve R. Meyer)
Shane Ellis on the Hogs and Pigs Report: Expansion Continues
US Swine Economics Report: Productivity growth continues

Market Preview: Hog, Grain Markets Begin to Settle In
US - Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 6th July, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Hog Prices Under Pressure
Grimes and Plain Weekly Hog Outlook, 7th July 2007

  European Union

EU pig prices: Market is stabilising!
EU - As for the new week, the prices seem to be stabilising throughout the European pigs-mature-for-slaughter market.

  United Kingdom

Paradigms in pig science: Manage the process and the people
UK- Tackling disease on large-scale pig systems is better achieved using process management. It's how US pig production giant Smithfield, practices its health and veterinary management and it pays off. Jane Jordan, ThePigSite Editor reports from Nottingham University's international Pig Science conference.

Higher feed prices add 10p to production costs
UK - The red line on the European Commission chart plots the price of compound feed for pigs in the European Union.

QBOX Improving Pig Producer Profitability
UK - With the addition of qbox to Red Meat Industry Forum's (RMIF) benchmarking system and British Pig Executive's (BPEX) run British Pig Health Scheme (BPHS), producers can now access via the web all the tools they need to help create a successful business.

Action needed to beat disease in pigs
NORTHERN IRELAND - The good progress made in the past year to try to eradicate Aujeszky's Disease from Northern Ireland has been halted somewhat. A sizeable number of pig producers have yet to have the first qualifying test carried out on their herds and therefore remain in the Primary Status category.

Seeking the pig industry's Super Man or Woman
UK - The search is on for somebody whose commitment to the British pig industry warrants recognition, and deserves to be honoured, by their peers.

RSPCA to introduce new welfare system by early 2008
UK - Following years of scientific research, the RSPCA is poised to pioneer a new way to improve the lives of farm animals. A new system to measure welfare standards could be implemented into its Freedom Food assurance scheme by early 2008.

Fewer logos would cut out confusion
UK - NFU President Peter Kendall says shoppers are confused by the barrage of quality marks now covering the food market. The NFU wants to see consolidation of logos and standards at retail level and simplification for farmers at the production end of the food chain.
  Georgia

Experts Raise Questions About African Swine Fever
GEORGIA - In light of a "prevented major spread" of the deadly African Swine Fever (ASF) in Georgia, economic experts are demanding a professional investigation to study the possibility of the intentional planting of the virus in Georgia as well as the government's late response to the disease.

  China

Pork prices soar in big cities, inflationary pressure still heavy
CHINA - Despite the Chinese government's measures to curb the bulgy consumer price index (CPI) figure, the price of pork still keeps soaring in some large Chinese cities, which makes the inflationary pressures still heavy.

Time ripe for the launch of live pig futures
CHINA - Live pig futures is expected to be launched in the second half of this year or in the first half of next year, according to insiders from the China Animal Agriculture Association.

Crackdown as Chinese pork crisis goes bad
BEIJING- Unscrupulous meat-sellers have been injecting pigs with water and passing off diseased meat as safe, to try and take advantage of record Chinese pork prices, state media said on this week.

  Hong Kong

Price of pork soars in supplies crunch
HONG KONG - The wholesale price of pork in Hong Kong has surged by 20 percent as supplies from the mainland have dwindled.

More suppliers sought to stabilize fresh pork prices
HONG KONG - Discussions are planned to get more mainland suppliers to export live pigs to Hong Kong to stabilize supplies and prices of pork, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said.

Quality fears over wider pork supply
HONG KONG - The quality of fresh pork might decline if the supply market is expanded, a legislator and pig farmers have warned.
JSR Genetics - Genetics you can trust
  Canada

Pork Commentary: US Swine Inventory Continues to Grow – Big Question Pork Demand?
CANADA - There is no doubt, by any measurement, that there are more hogs in the US compared to a year ago, writes Jim Long in this week's commentary.

A Combination of Strategies Recommended for Reducing Phosphorus in Livestock Manure
CANADA - The University of Manitoba's Department of Animal Science recommends a combination of strategies to reduce the amount of phosphorus that ends up in manure.

Western Canadian Hog Prices Projected to Decline During Second Half of 2007
CANADA - Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food predicts feed costs, the value of the Canadian dollar and North American hog slaughter capacity and numbers will be among the key factors influencing western Canadian hog prices during the second half of 2007, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Pork industry threatened
OTTAWA - The new free-trade agreement the United States and South Korea have negotiated threatens to cut Canadian pork out of the market, says Canadian Pork Council President Clare Schlegel.

Animal Nutrition - a key step toward environmental sustainability
CANADA - Animal nutritionists are expected to play a much larger role in the future in developing strategies to protect the environment.

  Italy

Growing bio-fuel demand underpinning higher agriculture prices
ROME - Increased demand for bio-fuels is causing fundamental changes to agricultural markets that could drive up world prices for many farm products, according to a new report published by the OECD and FAO.
The new V Drinker from Arato
  Singapore

Singapore yet to issue pork export certificate
SINGAPORE - The scheduled shipment of the country's pioneer shipment of premium fresh frozen pork meat to Singapore last month failed to materialize, pending the validation of the condition of processing plants and piggeries in Mindanao, a top company executive said.

  Viet Nam

HCM City farmers beef up pork quality
VIET NAM - A group of farmers have chosen to work together to improve the way they farm pigs.

Company news

Intervet Intervet opens new FMD vaccine facility
BOXMEER – Intervet, the largest vaccine producer world-wide, has opened a new formulation and filling unit at the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine factory in Cologne, Germany. With this factory Intervet substantially strengthens its worldwide position in the field of FMD vaccines.

Customers will profit from expert nutritional service
UK - Rising feed prices, higher welfare standards, more demanding consumers: keeping pig production profitable is becoming ever more challenging.

Hypor Hypor signs deal to ship thousands of pigs to Russia
THE NETHERLANDS - Hypor B.V, a Hendrix Genetics company and "Znamensky Selekcionno-Gibridny Center" LLC, an Exima company have signed an agreement to co-operate in the field of pig breeding in Russia.

ACMC Breeders One scoop or two - how dense is your feed?
UK - Ever thought about the density of your pig feed? It is something you should consider says ACMC Vet Paul Thompson of Garth Partnership, a dedicated Pig Heath and Veterinary Consultancy.



That's all for this week!

Ed.

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