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Newsletter 23rd July 2007
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week:

Effect of Host-Microbe Interactions in the Gut on Pig Performance
By Dr. Mark Whitney, Assistant Extension Professor, University of Minnesota Extension.
US Pork Outlook Report - July 2007
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the July 2007: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Pork Industry data.
Pork Industry Heads for Higher Production
By Chris Hurt, Extension Economist Purdue University. In his latest Outlook report, Chris Hurt says, higher pork production will result in somewhat lower hog prices.
* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  United Kingdom

End to cheap food is good news for world farming
UK - Farmers have warned that the days of cheap food are numbered. Speaking at the Royal Welsh Show, National Farmers' Union President Peter Kendall, said consumers must expect to pay more for their food in future.

Rising feed costs need recognition at the retail end
UK - With the cereal sector benefiting from a much-needed and justified rise in prices, pig and poultry producers are struggling with associated rises in feed costs - and they aren’t being reflected in the market price, says NFU Scotland.

Failure to guard against ileitis is costing money
UK - A survey of pig farmers and specialist pig vets has found many producers are losing money through failing to guard against a common porcine intestinal disease.

FAWC report: DEFRA accepts four recommendations
UK - The Government has responded to the Farm Animal Welfare Council’s (FAWC) report on the welfare implications of animal breeding and breeding technologies.

Salmonella QA threat scrapped and three-tier system zapped
UK - Radical changes to the way ZAP2, the pig industry's salmonella control programme, have been agreed in principle by BPEX. The three-level herd grading system has been scrapped, and the harsh threats to expel problem herds from their farm assurance schemes has also been ousted.

No more PIES
The Pig Industry Environment Strategy (PIES) steering group has sacked itself : the work is done.

Processors called to attend pig crisis talks
UK - The Ulster Pork and Bacon Forum called an urgent meeting with the province's pig processers last Friday to ascertain the degree of pressure being exerted by the supermarkets to use pork as a loss leader in a series of retail promotions planned for the coming weeks.

  Viet Nam

Pig breeders in central provinces ignoring ban
VIET NAM - Though Quang Nam province has banned the slaughter and sale of pigs, pig sellers can still be seen transporting pigs infected with green-ear virus to markets in and out of the province.
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Anaerobic Digestion Offers Potential Alternate Energy Source
CANADA - Manitoba Hydro is confident anaerobic digestion has the potential to reduce environmental concerns related to the disposal of livestock manure while producing an alternate form of energy, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Pork Commentary: No Fun in Mudville?
CANADA - Last Friday, the Iowa-Minnesota lean price averaged 66.21 (49¢ liveweight). There is no fun in Mudville with hog prices at these levels in July. Too many hogs, too much pork, more beef and chicken is keeping the hog price under pressure. At current feed prices and slaughter prices, some producers will be losing money. Is there any good news? Maybe.

Probiotics Benefit Health and Increase Value of Agricultural Products
CANADA - Agriculture and Agrifood Canada reports new products which use naturally occurring beneficial bacteria have the potential to improve the health of both animals and humans and to increase the value of agricultural products, writes Bruce Cochrane.

  United States

Weekly Outlook: Soybean Pricing
URBANA - In the very near term, soybean prices will be largely influenced by the progress of the US crop and the expected size of the 2007 harvest, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

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

Market Preview: Export Expectations Adjusted
US - Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 20th July, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Hog Outlook: Live Hog Imports from Canada Expected
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 21st July 2007 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Meat sellers' stock falls as China restricts some imports
US - Stocks of several major US meat producers dropped on Monday after news spread that China, citing safety concerns, had restricted some poultry and pork imports.

Court Upholds Air Emissions Agreements
WASHINGTON,DC - The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has welcomed a federal court decision to dismiss challenges to the validity of air emissions agreements between the Environmental Protection Agency and livestock and poultry operations.
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Swine Schools awarded UDSA grant
IOWA - A $460,000 grant to develop Swine Schools has been awarded to the US Pork Centre of Excellence (USPCE). The award, from the USDA/Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, covers a three year period starting on 1 October and will help develop the Swine Schools project.

New president for National Pork Board
US - Lynn Harrison, a pork producer from Elk Mound, Wisconsin has been elected president of the National Pork Board at the Board’s summer meeting in St Louis.

N.C. House panel forwards bill to set new standards for hog waste
NORTH CAROLINA - Lawmakers are inching closer to requiring North Carolina's swine farmers to gradually abandon their smelly and unpopular waste lagoons in favor of cleaner systems that are safer for the environment.

FSIS Clarifies Responsibilities in CSF Sampling Program
US - The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued Notice 43-07, clarifying its responsibilities related to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) sampling program for Classical Swine Fever (CSF).

Pork Industry Urges House To Pass 2007 Farm Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Calling it good for agriculture, the National Pork Producers Council today urged the House to quickly pass the 2007 Farm Bill approved Thursday by the House Agriculture Committee. The legislation, which is expected to be considered by the full House before Congress starts its August recess, makes moderate reforms in U.S. farm policy yet maintains a safety net for farmers and makes expanded investments in conservation, nutrition and renewable energy programs.

Red meat production falls with record lows for June
US - Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.03 billion pounds in June, down 3 percent from the 4.14 billion pounds produced in June 2006, reports National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), in the March 2007 Livestock slaughter report.

Study Measures Value of Pork Checkoff to Producers
US - A recently completed study of the economic value of Pork Checkoff programs has concluded that the returns to producers, on average, substantially outweigh the costs.
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Pig disease control key to stabilising pork prices
CHINA - China will enhance the prevention and control of the deadly blue-ear disease (PPRS) to secure a stable supply of live pigs and curb the increase of pork prices, reports the China Business News.

China's pork prices soar 74.6 per cent
BEIJING - The wholesale price of pork in China surged 74.6 percent in June compared with the same month last year, says the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA).

'Meat Reserve' to stay intact in spite of price hikes
CHINA - Authorities in Shenzhen of Guangdong Province will not utilize the city's 2,000-ton "meat reserve" although pork prices in the city are expected to remain high for at least another three months, reported yesterday's Daily Sunshine.

  European Union

EU pig prices: High temperatures bull the market
EU - The overall atmosphere is very friendly on the European finished pig market. Record temperatures measured in Northern and Central Europe have also caused prices to jump.


EU Farmers Slam WTO Proposals
BRUSSELS - Europe's biggest farmers group slammed World Trade Organisation (WTO) proposals on Wednesday for how to save global trade talks. The proposals, they say would cut import tariffs too much and seemed designed to help US farmers.

  Hong Kong

HK consumer prices trot higher as pork feeds inflation
HONG KONG - Hong Kong's inflation, which accelerated for the first time in three months last month, driven by a surge in pork prices, is likely to tread higher in the coming months on the back of pork and other food prices rallying in China.


Netanya: No Pork and Ham Sold in Residential Areas
ISRAEL - The seaside municipality of Netanya, Israel's 8th largest city, has banned the sale of pig meat in residential and tourist areas. The "other thing," as pig meat is often known in Judaism, may be sold only in two outlying industrial zones.
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  Taiwan, Province of China

Contaminated Pork Has Not Entered Taiwan Market: DOH
TAIPEI - Department of Health (DOH) officials assured the public Wednesday that U.S. pork contaminated by the banned veterinary drug clenbuterol has not entered the Taiwan market.


Pork industry calls for tougher import restrictions
AUSTRALIA - The peak pork industry body is calling on the Federal Government to increase restrictions on pork imports.

Company news

boehringer-ingelheim EU PCV-2 Annual Research Award launched by Boehringer Ingelheim
GERMANY - Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health announced the launch of the European PCV-2 Award, which recognizes excellent research proposals in the area of applied immunological PCV-2 research.

TOPIGS genetics: 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.

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