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Newletter 20th August 2007
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In this issue: Summaries of 8 papers on PVCAD/PMWS and 3 on PRRS, articles covering Swine Influenza, FMD and PPV under Virology. Articles on M.hyorhinis in Taiwan, B.suis and M.hyo are covered in the Bacteriology section. Also featured; Reviews of 4 Immunology papers; a look at Danish consumption of antimicrobials and the Russian pig sector - which is in a very good mood!

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Quantifying Pig Carcase Quality
By Dr. Mark Hawe, College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) and Erica Chisholm, Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute (AFBI)
Producers and processors share the common goal - improving carcase quality.
Management Practices that Optimize Productivity in the Nursery: Case Studies on What Works!
By Cameron Farrell, Elite Swine and Catherine Templeton, Maitland Swine Services as presented at the 2007 London Swine Conference.
Summer Infertility - Part 1 of 4 - How to prepare for it
By PIC. As summer approaches it is important to start to think about alleviating the problem of summer infertility in your herd.
FOOT AND MOUTH, Summary epidemiology report
By Defra - This article is the FMD 2007. Summary Epidemiology Report giving the situation at 16:00 Wednesday 15th August 2007, as published by Defra.
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* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

Foot And Mouth Disease In The UK - Summary
On Tuesday a 3km temporary control zone was set up around a farm in the Romney Marsh area of Kent, after a farmer raised concerns that his cattle were displaying symptoms. Hours later a similar restriction was set up around Chessington World of Adventures and Zoo in Surrey. The suspected outbreak occurred outside the surveillance zone, raising deep concern that the disease was becoming out of control. Early Wednesday morning the test results came back negative and the temporary control zones were lifted thereafter.

Meanwhile, the HSE investigations seemed to have come to an inconclusive halt and British authorities were being accused of deliberately obscuring the exact source of the outbreak in order to avoid a multi-million pound legal claim from farmers.

The latter half of the week saw growing worries over trade. Hong Kong refused entry of shipments of pork from Northern Ireland, despite it being a Foot and Mouth-free region, and a huge banner of a sheep, covering half an acre, was staked to a hillside by the M3 as a part of a campaign to promote sales of English lamb in response to the outbreak. But in general fears were alleviating. If everything goes according to plan the all clear will be given within the week.

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

  United Kingdom

The day of reckoning is coming
UK - Today’s pain will turn into tomorrow’s pleasure — the question is how long is today and how far off is tomorrow?

Realistic Pricing Essential For Livestock Industry
UK - Supermarkets must recognise the need for higher milk, pig and poultry meat prices, otherwise the UK's livestock industry faces a serious threat to its future, warns Tony Bell, Chairman of the Agricultural Industries Confederation's Feed Executive Committee.

Cull sows: Have we learned the lessons of 2001?
UK - Once again we have lost our export market and cull sow values have fallen. So what are you doing about it? What you should not be considering, according to BPEX, is reducing your replacement rate.

  European Union

European pig industry 'closing down'
EU - An increasing number of European arable farmers are doing their sums and quitting pig finishing.
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  United States

Market Preview: Pork Export Trend Unsettling
US - Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 17th August, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Hog Outlook: Good News for Hog Producers!
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 18th August 2007 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

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

Weekly Outlook: Crop Production Forecasts
URBANA - Widespread concern about grain storage space this year may exist in some quarters but it is unfounded, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

New web site helps swine producers learn more about LGM insurance
US - A new University of Nebraska-Lincoln web site will help livestock producers and insurance agents learn more about the relatively new Livestock Gross Margin insurance for cattle and swine.

Farm bill may ease rules for meat processors
US - When Greg and Jolene Heikens decided to expand their Iowa meat-processing business, they found they had to switch from having state to federal inspectors.

Final pseudorabies tests are in; all negative
US - Final pseudorabies test results from Clark County were negative, putting an official end to Wisconsin’s first pseudorabies outbreak since 1998.

Sec of Ag to Reestablish Committee on Foreign Animal and Poultry Diseases
US - The Secretary of Agriculture has announced intent to reestablish the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Foreign Animal and Poultry Diseases for a two-year period, determining that the Committee is necessary and in the public interest.

Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From?
US - In the wake of banned seafood from China and years of concern over mad cow-tainted beef from Europe, many consumers are worried about where their food is coming from.

China Puts U.S. on Notice Over Pork Shipments
US - China has sent the U.S. notices regarding pork shipments that may have contained ractopamine, a swine growth promoter used in the U.S. but banned in China, a U.S. Agriculture Department official said on Wednesday.

U.S. - Canadian Hog Inventory Up 1 percent
US - This publication is a result of a joint effort by Statistics Canada and NASS to release the total hogs, breeding, market hogs, sows farrowed, and pig crop for both countries within one publication.

FSIS To Conduct Dioxin Survey
US - The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), in conjunction with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), will conduct a Dioxin 08 survey beginning September 4.
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Pork price increase rate "slows"
BEIJING - China is encouraging pig-breeders to boost their stocks following the rapid increase in pork prices.

Moves afoot for hog futures
CHINA - Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE) yesterday said it is speeding up preparations for the debut of hog futures.

Unidentified virus decimates China's pig population
CHINA - A highly infectious swine virus is sweeping China's pig population, driving up pork prices and spawning fears of a global pandemic among domesticated pigs.

Shanghai acts to ease pork crisis, help the needy
BEIJING - The Shanghai government will increase its pork reserves and improve needy families' social-welfare benefits later this year.

China defends handling of disease outbreak in pigs
BEIJING - China rejected criticism that it had downplayed an outbreak of a disease in pigs, saying it had been "open and transparent" with the international community.

  Taiwan, Province of China

Pig farmers to protest use of animal drug
TAIPEI - Local hog farmers will demonstrate Aug. 21 in front of the Department of Health (DOH) and the Taipei office of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) to protest a DOH decision to ease a ban on ractopamine -- an animal drug that promotes growth of lean meat in pigs or cattle-- under the U.S. pressure, one of their leaders said Wednesday.

Pig farmers' opinions on animal drug will be heeded: gov't official
TAIPEI - In response to next week's planned demonstration by pig farmers in Taipei against a government plan to allow the use of a veterinary drug, Executive Yuan spokesman Shieh Jhy-wey said Thursday that the government will fully take farmers' opinions into account before lifting the ban.

  Hong Kong

Hong Kong Piggeries Head for China as City Cites Health Concern
HONG KONG - Li Chung Woon started his first hog farm in Hong Kong's rural Tai Wai district 40 years ago. When housing began to encroach, he moved to the border with mainland China. Now he has nowhere to go.


Pork export crisis grows
IRELAND - MEP Jim Allister has expressed alarm that exports of Northern Ireland pigmeat continue to be blocked, despite the province being recognised as a Foot and Mouth-free region.

Pork Commentary: China, China, China
CANADA - The pork market has been being driven by huge speculation that China will purchase large amounts of pork to ease inflationary, social and economic pressures caused by hog prices in China of over $1.15 US lb.

Increasing Energy Costs Expected to Boost Interest in Anaerobic Digestion to Produce Energy
CANADA - A Manitoba swine producer says the province's low electricity rates are one of the factors discouraging the development of anaerobic digestion as a means of using livestock manure to produce energy, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Country of Origin Labelling Under Fire
CANADA - Country Of Origin Labelling (COOL) isn't likely to help Canada's beef, pork and lamb industries with sales south of the border if the provision, part of the U.S. Farm Bill, gets congressional approval.

Manitoba Pork Council Voices Concern Over Mandatory U.S. Country of Origin Labelling
CANADA - Manitoba Pork Council is expressing fear that complex mandatory U.S. Country of Origin Labelling provisions will prompt American meat packers to avoid purchasing Canadian livestock, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Higher U.S. Slaughter Pressures North American Live Hog Prices
CANADA - Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food reports increased U.S. hog slaughter numbers are the biggest factor affecting North American hog prices right now, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Cutting Water Content Improves Anaerobic Digestion
CANADA - A Manitoba engineering firm believes that reducing the water content is the key to economically processing swine manure using anaerobic digestion, writes Bruce Cochrane.


Jamaica Bans Importation Of Meat From The UK
JAMAICA - Jamaica has placed a ban on the importation of all meat and dairy products from the United Kingdom in the wake of the recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease.


Farmers' union wants labels on food indicating use of GM products
FINLAND - Prime Minister also calls for labelling. The Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK) said on Tuesday that it wants voluntary labelling of food products to indicate any phases of the production chain in which genetically modified products have been used.
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Govt okays new scheme to push agri growth
INDIA - The scheme will enable the States to draw up plans for their agriculture sector more comprehensively, taking agro climatic conditions, natural resources, and technology into account, and by integrating livestock, poultry and fishery sectors.

Pig menace continues in Salem Corporation area
INDIA - The Salem Corporation’s directive asking pig rearers to take them outside the city within August 16 has not evoked any positive response.


Spain's pampered pigs producing $2,100 hams
SPAIN - Spanish cuisine tickles the palate in a thousand ways: ugly but delicious creatures called goose barnacles; boiled octopus with a dash of olive oil and paprika; thick, mushy sausage made from pig's blood.

Company news

JSR Customers Profit From Expert Nutrition Advice
UK - Rising feed prices, higher welfare standards, more demanding consumers: keeping pig production profitable is becoming ever more challenging. That's why JSR, Britain's leading pig genetics company, is now providing the services of an independent nutritionist - Dr John Barber - to ensure customers squeeze every last ounce of performance from their pigs, fulfilling their genetic potential.

That's all for this week!


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