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Newsletter 28th August 2007
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We have 5 new features this week:

Summer Infertility - Part 2 of 4 - Hygiene, Strategy, Boars and Semen Storage
By PIC. PIC have produced a number of informative publications to help producers manage the incidence of summer infertility. Part 2 of this series looks at service hygiene, service strategy and semen storage.
A Quick Test for Classical Swine Fever
By Kayla Duffield, Ontario Pork Newsletter. A Quick Test for Classical Swine Fever that will help keep foreign markets open
Responsible Use of Antibiotics in Food Animals
A National Institute for Animal Agriculture Publication. Activists continue to apply increased pressure on antibiotic use in food-producing animals, and activists’ messages are being more than heard.
The Story Behind China’s Rising Pork Prices
By USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service. Retail pork prices in China rose more than 50% during the June 2006 to June 2007 time period, while wholesale prices increased as much as 95%.
US Pork Outlook Report - August 2007
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the August 2007: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Pork Industry data.
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Foot And Mouth Disease In The UK - Summary

As the dust settled from the previous weeks panic of another possible outbreak, a global reflection on the chaos wreaked by the outbreak began. The only abattoir in Shropshire to take cattle, pigs and sheep closed prematurely and the pork export crisis between Northern Ireland and Hong Kong continued to grow. New Zealand and Australian authorities both announced an investigation into their own transgenic research centres whilst the English prime minister Gordon Brown, in the light of falling market confidence, commissioned a report on how the rural economy can be further strengthened.

Meanwhile, farmers were still held on tenter-hooks, but good news saved itself for the latter half of the week. Exports were allowed to resume to the EU on Thursday, and on Friday the first cattle was sold. It seems like the outbreak might just be over.

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

  United Kingdom

Report details economic reality of UK production
UK - An independent farm business survey of pig production in England reports a 36 per cent drop in the UK pig population and a 35 per cent decline in pig meat production since 1997.

United Kingdom Slaughter Statistics - August 2007
UK - This publication shows various statistics obtained from surveys of slaughterhouses run in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. They are based on data from all slaughterhouses but remain provisional until all the returns are collected.

Brits and Danes may work together on pig price
UK - This morning NPA and BPEX chairman Stewart Houston spoke to Bent Claudy Larsen, his counterpart at the Danish Bacon and Meat CounciL, about the European pig price crisis.

Processors hard hit
UK - Processors have been hit hard by the foot-and-mouth outbreak, due in part to lost production, says the British Meat Processors Association.

The importance of world markets to the UK
UK - Before the outbreak of foot and mouth, exports to the European Union were worth almost £150 million a year, said BPEX chief executive Mick Sloyan.

The agonies of agflation
UK - Sharing pain is usually deemed a good thing. So advocates of dishing out agony will be gladdened that the wallet-crunching pangs of car drivers filling up with petrol are now equalled by the wince-inducing stabs felt by shoppers piling up their supermarket trolleys.


Enzyme technology boosts efficiency and feed values
NETHERLANDS - The addition of a specific xylanase to pig diets has been proven to increase nutrient availability and reduce variability in the feeding value of key cereal grains.
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  United States

Hog Outlook: Extra Pork Exported to China
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 25th August 2007 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Total US Red Meat Production Up from Previous Year
US - Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 3.94 billion pounds in July, up 4 percent from the 3.79 billion pounds produced in July 2006, reports National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), in the March 2007 Livestock slaughter report.

Weekly Outlook: Storage Concerns
URBANA - There has been general concern about the capacity to store fall harvested crops in light of the prospects for the 2007 corn crop to exceed 13 billion bushels, 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.

Ten year outlook promising for US pork exports
US - The United States is the world's largest pork exporter, and is expected to dominate the global pork market over the next 10 years. This promising outlook comes as no surprise to the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF), says a recent report.

Exporters could gain from China's high-price syndrome
US - Retail pork prices in China rose more than 50 per cent from June 2006 to June 2007. The US Department of Agriculture's latest GAIN report says the trend for higher pigmeat prices is likely to continue and that could benefit US meat exporters.

Market Preview: Canada's Herd Shrinkage Slows
US - Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 25th August, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

China suspends US pork shipments from eight plants
US - Pork shipments from a number of US production plants have been suspended by China this month.

Weekly Outlook: Pork Industry
US - The next 12 months appear to be near breakeven for pork producers with continuing uncertainties in feed prices and export markets, especially with regard to the potential for more Chinese pork purchases as disease pressure may reduce Chinese production, said a Purdue University Extension marketing specialist.

Team tracks antibiotic resistance from swine farms to groundwater
US - A research team led by the University of Illonois has tracked the movement of tetracycline resistance genes from wastewater lagoons to groundwater at two Illinois hog farms.

Eradication of feral swine priority
IOWA - Wild hogs not native to the United States are roaming through at least 39 states and alarming wildlife officials by their population growth in northern states, such as Iowa and Michigan.

Proposed Propane regulations ignites anger
US - In an effort to decrease the risk of a LPG-generated terrorist attack, the US Department of Homeland Security has proposed tightening the rules governing propane use. It has sparked opposition from many industries, but farmers are particularly aggrieved.

Pork Checkoff welcomes new board member
US - Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns has announced the appointment of Roy Henry of Longford, Kansas, to the National Pork Board. He will serve a one-year term.

USDA reviewing radio frequency tags for national livestock ID
US - The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is reviewing several proposals for the production and delivery of 1.5 million radio frequency ear tags that are compliant with the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) standards.
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Centrifuge Separator Effectively Removes Phosphorus from Swine Manure
CANADA - Researchers in Manitoba are examining the effectiveness of centrifuge manure separation technology for removing the fraction of swine manure that contains the highest concentration phosphorus, writes Bruce Cochrane.

New Government announces $76 million to combat pig disease
CANADA - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Secretary of State for Agriculture, on behalf of the Honorable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, has announced a $76 million cash injection, spread over four years, to help combat pig disease and enhance market prosperity and stability.

Pork Commentary: US and Canadian Hog Inventory Market - Hogs up 1%
CANADA - This weeks North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long.

New Canadian Slaughter Capacity Key to Minimizing Impact of M-COOL
CANADA - Pork producers in Canada believe expanded Canadian hog slaughtering capacity is the best defense against the negative trade implications of proposed U.S. Mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (M-COOL) legislation.

Pork Commentary: Mr. Smithfield Goes to China
CANADA - This weeks North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long.


China Sees Control of Pig Disease
CHINA - The government of China says much progress has been made in efforts to control the spread of blue-ear pig disease. Government officials said last week that forty-seven thousand pigs were infected in July. That was down more than fifty percent from the number reported for June.

Pig Disease Claims Rejected
CHINA - A top veterinary official yesterday rejected speculation that China is playing down an outbreak of swine disease. Jia Youling, chief veterinary officer with the ministry said it has always been "open and transparent" in sharing epidemic information with the international community.

US may benefit from China's deadly pig disease
BEIJING - An outbreak of a deadly pig disease that has sent pork prices sky-rocketing in China is under control, although there were still not enough doses of vaccine to meet demand, agriculture officials said Thursday.

Pork wholesale price drops
CHINA - Statistics from the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) showed that the edible agricultural products price index remained high at 113.29 points.

Prices fall as more pigs head to market
CHINA - PORK prices have dropped slightly in the Yangtze River Delta region due to an increase in supply, reported yesterday.
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  Taiwan, Province of China

Taiwanese farmers urge continuation of US pork import ban
TAIPEI - Hundreds of angry farmers pelted riot police with rotten eggs Tuesday at a rally in Taiwan's capital demanding the government stand firm on banning US pork imports containing a controversial hormone.

AIT director touts safety of US pork
TAIWAN - American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director Stephen Young said yesterday that pork containing ractopamine imported from the US was safe. He was expecting Taiwan's government to use a science-based approach to any decisions concerning future imports of US pork.


How Healthy Is Red Meat
AUSTRALIA - The role of the Human Nutrition R&D program is to provide credible and sound nutrition evidence to support the essential role of Australian red meat in a healthy diet.


Georgian, Abkhaz and Russian officials to meet over ASF
GEORGIA - Veterinary officials from the Georgian Ministry of Agriculture will meet with their Abkhaz and Russian colleagues on today to discuss the outbreak of a devastating pig disease, African Swine Fever (ASF), in the breakaway region.

  Viet Nam

Better farm practices can control pig diseases
VIETNAM - Vietnamese pig stocks are being hit by several swine diseases, but the outbreaks can be controlled through better farm practices, says the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).


BAI curbs spread of swine diseases
PHILIPPINES - The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) on Tuesday sent a team to Nueva Ecija to help prevent the spread of swine diseases in the province by assisting local veterinarians in immunizing backyard-raised swine through vaccination.


Widespread opposition to genetically-modified crops
FINLAND - Finns take a generally negative view of meat raised with the help of genetically modified feed. According to a survey commissioned by Helsingin Sanomat, half of the population completely disapprove of GM fed, and more than 90 per cent feel that meat raised with such feed should have a label that informs the consumer of its use.

  European Union

Eu pig export ban lifted
EU - News of the re-opening of export markets in the EU to British pig meat will give the industry a much-needed boost says the British Pig Executive (BPEX).
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Farmers told to reduce pig numbers to 48,000
MELAKA - The Melaka state government has urged pig farmers in Alor Gajah to adhere to a ruling which limits the number of pigs that can be reared to 48,000.


Another outbreak of swine fever in Romania
ROMANIA - Authorities in Romania say a second outbreak of swine fever has been detected on a farm owned by US pork producer Smithfield Foods.


Pig farmers under price pressure
IRELAND - Soaring feed costs and other factors are putting at risk the country’s pig processing industry, which has a farm gate value of €321 million and is worth €223m in exports, it was claimed yesterday.

  New Zealand

Imports threaten pork industry
NEW ZEALAND - A Massey University specialist in animal diseases says MAF's biosecurity risk analysis for the pig disease PRRS (Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome) falls well short of what is required.

Company news

Du Pont Swedish PRRS Outbreak Highlights Importance Of A New Study Demonstrating The Efficacy Of VIRKON® S For Controlling PRRS In Pig Transport
SUDBURY - A new outbreak of PRRS virus in Sweden underlines the need for effective biosecurity measures and highlights the importance of a recently published study which was carried out by world class researchers from the Swine Disease Eradication Centre, University of Minnesota.

JSR Stock Proves A Solid Foundation For Polish Producer
POLAND - An investment in top class JSR Genetics by Polish pig breeder Jan Kauc is about to pay dividends. Farrowing is due to start in September at Gospodarstwo Rolno-Hodowlane, his farm in Central Poland. It will mark the culmination of an ambitious plan to physically re-build and restock the business.

Chr. Hansen Turns Up Heat On R&D Investments
GLOBE - Chr. Hansen’s research budget has been increased by almost 10% from 2006 to 2007 and again from 2007 to 2008. Reason: Continuous innovation is a key driver for maintaining a forerunner position in the market for natural food ingredients.

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