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Newsletter 13th August 2007

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Foot And Mouth Disease In The UK - Summary
Last Tuesday, following the first confirmed case of foot and mouth the previous Friday, a second farm in Surrey was confirmed to have the disease and fears raised that the disaster was escalating. This was exacberated by a third suspected case soon after.

Meanwhile, the initial report examining potential biosecurity breaches at the Animal Research Labs at Pirbright were released on Wednesday morning. Although it was inconclusive the report threw a number of possibilities. Human transmission, accidental or delibarite was cited as the most likely cause.

On Friday a suspected case emerged outside of the protection zone, and a tempory protection zone put in place. Initial tests subsequently proved negative, backing up the farmers belief that is was most likely a touch of flu.

Over this weekend there have been further calls to vaccinate, but this has been ruled out for now by cheif veterinary officer Debby Reynolds. Prime Minister Gordon Brown also announced that the 'virus was contained'. Monday (today) brought more optimism as the temporary control zone was lifted, but it won't be until the end of the week until an all-clear can be given.

Read all the news here...(regularly updated)

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

Selecting Gilts for Lifetime Productivity
By Dr. Todd See, Swine Genetics Specialist, North Carolina State University. Simultaneous advances have been made in the number of pigs a sow can produce each year, predominantly due to management, and in lean (growth rate and percentage), predominantly due to genetics.
Feeding for Efficiency
By Patricia Dickenson, Ontario Pork Newsletter. Limiting feeding in the grower phase could be the key to an improved overall feed efficiency and faster gains during the finishing period, says a University of Guelph researcher.
EU-27 Livestock and Products Annual 2007
By USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service - This article provides the pork industry data from the USDA FAS Livestock and Products Annual 2007 report for the EU-27. A link to the full report is also provided. The full report includes all the tabular data which we have omitted from this article.
Colloquium on Prospects for Development of an Effective PRRS Virus Vaccine
By College of Veterinary Medicine University of Illinois. Development of economical and effective control strategies for Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) remains an important goal for the swine industry.
Disease Focus : FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE
Detailed information about Foot and Mouth Disease from our Pig Health database. Read all about FMD including the clinical signs plus view photo's of the symptoms. Links to further reading also provided.
FOOT AND MOUTH, Surrey, UK: Interim epidemiology report
By Defra - This article is the FMD 2007. Summary Epidemiology Report giving the situation as at 10:00 Thursday 09 August 2007, as published by Defra.
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* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  United Kingdom

Ban of On-Farm Burial of Stock Temporarily Lifted
UK - The on-farm burial ban of stock has temporarily been lifted. The fallen stock collection scheme is presently suspended and in recognition of the problems that this will cause on farm burial is being permitted. Anyone burying stock on farm must comply with the PEPFAA Code.

Travel ban may cause British meat shortage by end of week
UK - The ban on animal movement imposed by the government to contain foot and mouth disease could create shortages of British meat by the end of the week, the government's head of sustainable food and farming, Sir Don Curry, told the Guardian yesterday.

Pig farmers face 'difficult times'
UK - Most of the attention in the latest foot-and-mouth outbreak has focused on cattle farmers, but other farmers, including pig farmers, are also badly affected.

Welfare movements - week one
UK - One week after the start of the foot and mouth outbreak there are 170,000 more pigs on England's pig farms and producers are rapidly running out of drinkers, feeders and building materials for temporary housing.

  Canada

Pork Commentary: Wild Times – Foot and Mouth, Swine Fever, China Market, etc.
CANADA - The swine industry is not for the faint-hearted. Why?

Manure management initiative requests more research proposals
CANADA - The Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative's latest request for research proposals is calling for on farm projects which demonstrate phosphorus, nitrogen, and odour management, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Canadian Livestock Producers Join Forces Against U.S. Country of Origin Labelling Provisions
CANADA - Calgary, AB –The Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) and the Canadian Pork Council (CPC) have formed a coalition seeking U.S. country of origin labelling (COOL) provisions that conform to international trade agreements.

Researchers Seek Ways to Improve the Economics of Anaerobic Digestion on the Farm
CANADA - The use of anaerobic digestion as a means to convert manure into energy for use on the farm is expected to become increasingly appealing as the costs of more traditional energy sources continue to escalate.
Ivomec Premix - Better products mean better results
  Korea, Republic of

South Korea Bans British Pork Imports
SOUTH KOREA - South Korea has banned imports of British pork and pigs following an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in southern England last week, the Agriculture Ministry said Monday.

  United States

Weekly Outlook: Corn Yield
URBANA - Those who argue that the 2007 corn crop is already "made" and out of harm's way are ignoring history, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

Hog Outlook: Diversity in Smaller Hog Producers
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 11th August 2007 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Market Preview: Fall Numbers May Test Slaughter Capacity
US - Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 10th August, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

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

Increased supplies may test slaughter capacity this fall
US - Expected record-large hog supplies could challenge packers' ability to process the animals for at least a few weeks later this year, with no increases in slaughtering capacity seen likely soon.

Genetic discovery will improve feed values and environmental quality
IOWA - Scientists have identified the plant gene that controls Phytic acid, a naturally occuring organic acid that influences the digestibility of feed grains. Deactivating it will reduce the amount of phosphorous and other pollutants, excreted in animal waste, say researchers.

Vernon County gives all-clear for hog farm
US - A proposed 2,400-head hog farm in southern Vernon County could start construction by the end of the month after the county board Tuesday turned down a moratorium on such operations.

"Meat-ing" Consumer Demand In New Ways
US - Meat trends mean new business and more consumer choices, according to Meat: Culinary Trend Mapping Report, a new study from Packaged Facts and the Center for Culinary Development.

Agriculture department open meeting on disease protection strategy
US - The Secretary of Agriculture’s advisory committee on foreign animal and poultry diseases will meet this month to discuss the emergency management system and the United States response to foreign animal diseases worldwide.

'Humane' animal production costs difficult to gauge
KANSAS CITY - Whether animal rights activists or livestock producers and processors are right in the dispute over animal rights and humane treatment comes down to whose ox is being gored.

Expert Panel Issues White Paper Identifying Needs in PRRS Vaccine Research
URBANA - Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) is the most significant disease problem facing the swine industry worldwide.

Livestock, poultry and crops stressed by heat and drought
US - Blistering heat is just the latest challenge for farmers, who have been hosing down cows to keep them cool, blowing fans on poultry and hoping for rain to revive crops parched by drought.
Banamine S - From fever to feed in 4 hours
  China

China orders better management of pork markets amid rising prices
BEIJING - China has issued an urgent notice ordering stronger controls over unscrupulous pork selling practices amid soaring prices for the country's staple meat.

China May Import More Pork to Ease Shortage, Shanghai JC Says
CHINA - China, the world's biggest pork consumer and producer, may boost imports of the meat after disease reduced the country's pig herds and worsened a supply shortage, Shanghai JC Intelligence Co. said.

Drug-free pigs to keep Olympic athletes clean
CHINA - China will breed pigs using hormone-free food for next year's Olympic athletes to avoid false-positive doping tests and use global positioning satellites to ensure food safety at the games.

  Romania

Smithfield pig farms in western Romania closed
ROMANIA - Ten pig farms in western Romania belonging to US company Smithfield have not been authorised to operate, a veterinary official said Monday, following an outbreak of swine fever.

  Belgium

No GMO From Feed Found In Meat Or Eggs: EU Agency
BRUSSELS - Animals that have eaten genetically modified (GMO) feed show no residual traces in their eggs or meat, the EU's food safety agency said on Friday.

  European Union

EU pig prices: Markets for live pigs and meat prove to be diverging!
EU - This week, the markets for live pigs and meat are diverging throughout the European slaughter pig market.

  New Zealand

Pork industry urged to police itself against contagious swine disease
NEW ZEALAND - Biosecurity New Zealand says the pork industry will have to police itself to ensure no pig meat is fed to pigs if it wants to minimise the risk of introducing a devastating swine disease.
Mycoplasma Hyopneumoniae information centre
  Viet Nam

Foot-and-mouth disease reaches Mekong Delta, Viet Nam
VIET NAM - Foot-and-mouth disease has spread to Can Tho city in the Mekong Delta, the central animal health department cautioned Wednesday.

Will drastic measures curb price increases?
VIET NAM - The move by the government to reduce import tax rates on a lot of key products is not likely to curb inflation.

Uncertified pork sold in street markets
VIET NAM - The Thu Duc Animal Controlling Station recently began co-operating with mobile police to seize hundreds of kilos of uncertified pork and pigs from Dong Nai Province.

  Hong Kong

Inflation fears rise
HONG KONG - Mainland consumer prices will remain high in the second half as recent price increases are neither accidental nor temporary and inflation risks should be noted with concern, the People's Bank of China cautioned yesterday in its second-quarter monetary report.

  Taiwan, Province of China

Pigs under scrutiny for ractopamine
TAIPEI - Pigs from Changhua and Nantou counties have been tested for the banned veterinary drug ractopamine. A series of blood and serum samples were screened after reports that the drug had been found in pork sold at local markets.

Hog raisers protest against possible easing of ban on animal drug
TAIPEI - Groups of hog producers from across the country staged a protest Friday in front of the Cabinet-level Department of Health (DOH) as they suspected that a ban on ractopamine -- an animal drug that promotes the growth of lean meat in pigs and cattle -- may soon be lifted.

  Finland

Food Industry: GM Pork Already Widespread in Finland?
FINLAND - The majority of pork imported to Finland is likely to have been fed genetically modified (GM) soy, reports YLE Radio News.
SowComfort - Never before has standing been so easy!
Company news

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

Merial Merial acknowledge the interim report issued by the HSE today
UK - Merial fully support the investigation and will continue to co-operate and provide complete access to our centre to enable these investigations to continue.

ACMC Breeders £Million Breeding Stock Order in Jeopardy
UK - Orders for breeding stock from Russia, worth £1 million to Yorkshire-based pig-breeding company ACMC and due to be shipped in September and November, have been placed in jeopardy as a result of the foot-and-mouth (FMD) outbreak, says the company.

Du Pont Foot and Mouth Biosecurity Alert
UK - Biosecurity experts offer advice on abattoir and vehicle disinfection procedures to farmers and abattoirs



That's all for this week!

Ed.

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