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Newsletter 30th July 2007
Monday 30th July 2007
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week:

Food Miles: Cutting the distance won't save the planet
By Jane Jordan, ThePigSite Editor - Food miles are not the environmental 'bad boy' marketeers may have us believe.
Principles of Health Management
By François Cardinal, Les Consultants Avi-Porc, Quebec as presented at the 2007 London Swine Conference.
Economic Impact of Strategies to Increase Pig Weaning Age
By Steve S. Dritz, Rodger G. Main, Mike D. Tokach, Robert D. Goodband, and Jim L. Nelssen, PhD Kansas State University as presented at the 2007 Manitoba Swine Seminar.
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* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  United Kingdom

Farm gate prices will have to rise as feed costs soar.
NORTHERN IRELAND - UFU President Kenneth Sharkey has highlighted the need for farm gate prices to rise as feed costs soar.

NFU: New meat hygiene regs welcomed but concern over cost recovery
UK - The NFU has welcomed the Food Standards Agency's decision to align meat hygiene regulations more closely with the regulation of the rest of the food chain.

Meat sector yearbook published
UK - The Meat and Livestock Commission (MLC) has published its meat industry Yearbook 2007.

NPA voices concern over supermarket wars
UK - Concerned by reports of retailers putting unreasonable pressure on processors, NPA chairman Stewart Houston has arranged meetings with the big four retailers, writes Digby Scott.

Waitrose To Abolish The Use Of All Farrowing Crates
UK - Waitrose has announced that it is to phase out the use of farrowing crates from all its British and Danish pig farms supplying the group with bacon.

Innovation in preventing respiratory disease in pigs
UK - A new approval for a leading injectable antibiotic is set to reduce the impact of swine respiratory disease on pig health and performance.

Food for thought on rising feed costs
UK - Red Meat Industry Forum (RMIF) and Agrosoft have launched a booklet to help pig producers reduce the impact of increasing feed costs.
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  United States

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

A Year of Growth in Live Hog Demand
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 28th July 2007 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Latest Issue Of ARS 'Healthy Animals' Now Online
US - The Agricultural Research Service has posted a new issue of Healthy Animals on its website.

Hog lagoon phase-out nearing final NC approval
US - The General Assembly neared final approval Monday night of a phase-out of waste lagoons used by hog farmers, replacing them with more environmentally friendly systems paid for in part by taxpayer-funded grants.

World's first DNA-based meat traceability lab opens in Kansas
US – IdentiGEN, a leading provider of DNA-based solutions to the agriculture and food industries, has announced the official opening of its North American laboratories and facilities in Kansas at the heart of America’s meat industry.

Biosecurity on the farm takes on more importance
US - Biosecurity and the general practice of “agrosecurity” to protect livestock has grown in its level of importance in recent years.

FAO Publishes Study on Marker-Assisted Selection
US - The biotechnology tool of marker-assisted selection (MAS) has raised high expectations for increasing genetic progress through breeding.

Bringing Moos and Oinks Into the Food Debate
NEW YORK - The first farm animal Gene Baur ever snatched from a stockyard was a lamb he named Hilda.

Farm emissions ruling sparks outrage
US - Environmentalists are fuming over a federal court decision that they say means more misery for Iowans and other Americans living near livestock farms - and a free pass for the operations to pollute without penalty for the next two years.

The True Cost Of Food Safety
WASHINGTON, D.C. - New Report Reveals How Pending Trade Agreements Will Worsen Imported Food Safety Problem by Increasing Food Imports While Replicating Limits on U.S. Food Safety Policy From Past Trade Deals
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Ohio swine operation wins water stewardship award
Us - The Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has presented a first-time award for water resources stewardship to an Ohio swine operation.

Congressman Smokes Out Truth Of CO2 Meat Treatment
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumers think it is deceptive, and several supermarket stores have taken it off the shelves, yet the US Food and Drug Administration has failed to withdraw approval for carbon monoxide-treated meat.

Bills Calls for Meat to be Labeled by Origin
WASHINGTON, D.C. - An ordinary trip to the supermarket meat department could turn into an experience in international comparison-shopping under House legislation scheduled to be debated today that for the first time would require meat products to be labeled by their country of origin.

Washington Hog Farmer Earns First Food Alliance Certification
US - Pure Country Pork of Ephrata, Washington is the first farm to earn certification from the non-profit organisation Food Alliance under a new national standard for pork production.

NCGA: Crop Producers Line Up Behind Animal Agriculture
US - While growers make production decisions based on scientific evidence and economic models, food consumers often base their judgments on emotional factors such as compassion, respect and fairness.

New farm bill aids farmers, taxpayers and the environment
WASHINGTON, DC - The 2007 Farm Bill, approved today by the House on a 231-191 vote, will strengthen the competitiveness of the US pork industry, according to the National Pork Producers Council.

Tyson's actions won't shake the market
Food giant Tyson Foods has cut-back its pork production to counter unfavorable market conditions.

Hog lagoons bubbling with energy possibilities
US - At a farm that houses more than 10,000 hogs, a black plastic tarp covering part of a hog waste pond swells with untapped opportunity.
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Feedgrain Prices Hold Steady While Protein Costs Rise
CANADA - The Saskatchewan Pork Development Board reports, that while prices for feedgrains have remained stable, the cost of protein supplements continues to rise, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Swine Manure Unlikely as Major Contributor to Antibiotic Resistance
CANADA - Research conducted by the University of Manitoba indicates swine manure is not to blame for the development of antimicrobial resistance in the environment, writes Bruce Cochrane.

National Survey Helps Pork Producers Better Utilize Auto-Sort Technology
CANADA - A national survey of pork producers who have adopted large group auto-sort systems in grower finisher barns is helping producers to make the best use of the technology, writes Bruce Cochrane.


Ministry Says China Trying To Combat Rampant Pig Disease
BEIJING - Nearly 90,000 pigs have died or been slaughtered because of blue ear disease, a Ministry of Agriculture official said Wednesday, part of the cause of a spike in pork prices.

Man Diagnosed with Rare Pig-Borne Disease
CHINA - A 49-year-old man from Shenzhen has been diagnosed with Streptococcus Suis, a pig-borne bacterial disease that can be fatal.

Blue-Ear Vaccine Is Effective and May Curb Disease in China
CHINA - China, the world's largest pork consumer, said a new vaccine for pigs against so-called Blue Ear Disease is effective, and may curb the rate of new infections among herds from next month.

China bans pork and poultry imports
BEIJING - China on Wednesday banned imports of pork and pigmeat products from the Republic of Georgia imports of poultry and poultry products from Germany, the Czech Republic, the State of Virginia of the United States.

Premier Wen calls for measures to boost pig farming
BEIJING - Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has called for measures to boost pig farming as short supply has led to continued pork price hikes and consumer concerns about inflation.

  Viet Nam

Pig Disease Kills Two Vietnamese
VIETNAM - Two men in Vietnam have died and 42 others fell ill after catching a bacterial infection from diseased pigs, an official said Monday.

Bird flu and pig disease are 'cooling down'
VIET NAM - Vietnam’s Animal Health Department has reported that recent outbreaks of both bird flu and the porcine blue ear disease are fading.
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  European Union

EU pig prices: Prices stabilise
EU - The European finished pig market proves to be steady this week.

GMO Zero Tolerance Devastating For EU Livestock Feed
EU - Coceral, the European grain and feedstuffs traders and Fefac, the EU compound feed manufacturers have welcomed the new EU Commission report on the economic impact of unapproved GMOs.

  New Zealand

Pork industry plans for growth
NEW ZEALAND - Is pork about to become the new chicken? Many New Zealanders eat chicken three or four times a week, but lately they've been having second thoughts.


Interior minister slams ban on sale of pork
ISRAEL - Despite the fact that he himself keeps kosher, Interior Minister Meir Sheetrit says he will revoke the bylaw banning the sale of white meat in Netanya.

  Taiwan, Province of China

Drug-contaminated pork destroyed
TAIPEI - All of the pork found in Miaoli County, northern Taiwan that was confirmed to contain the veterinary drug "ractopamine, " has been destroyed in an effort to protect consumers' safety and rights, said an official with the Miaoli County Department of Health.


Civic body re-launches drive to rid city of pigs
INDIA - In the wake of severe criticism from the public over pig menace, the Salem Corporation has re-launched its drive to rid city of pigs.


Ilocos Sur officials gird vs spread of animal diseases
PHILIPPINES - Ilocos Sur Governor, Deogracias Victor "DV" Savellano has alerted the provincial officials, policemen, local officials and private sectors for the possible transfer of hog cholera disease in the province. It follows an outbreak in pig farms in Bulacan and Pampanga.

Company news

Big Dutchman Big Dutchman Inaugurated Major Projects In Croatia
CROATIA - The Croatian town of Belje located in the border triangle of Hungary, Croatia and Serbia, is looking back on a tradition of more than 100 years in pig management. The special trait of local pig managers is that they go for innovations.

Rik Verweij New Manager For TOPIGS Russia
RUSSIA - TOPIGS is pleased to announce the appointment of Rik Verweij (41) as manager for TOPIGS Russia, with effect from 15 July 2007. Mr Verweij will be responsible for the further development of the activities of TOPIGS in Russia and other countries in the region.

That's all for this week!


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