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Newsletter 17th September 2007

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Monday 17th September 2007
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Economic Impacts of Hog Operations
By Glynn Tonsor, Livestock Extension Economist, Michigan State University and published in MSU Pork Quartlery 2007 Volume 12 No. 2. Reprint of MSUE bulletin “Economic Impact of Hog Operations” from the series “Animal Agriculture and the Environment.”
Pork Packer Capacity
By John Lawrence, Iowa Farm Outlook - Growing hog inventories, improved hog health, and increased imports from Canada will increase the supply of hogs this fall. At the same time, packing plants have closed, modestly reducing the US slaughter capacity. Larger pork supplies will pressure prices this fall. If we have multiple weeks of hog supplies at or above plant capacity, it will push prices lower yet.
Increasing Feed Prices - A Need For Improved Efficiency.
By BPEX. This report is part of a series of articles from BPEX's Knowledge Transfer. With the current climate of increasing feed prices and the resulting impact on the cost of production, what can you do about it?
Summer Infertility - An Overview
By PIC. You will have seen over the last few months that we have sent you a series of information on summer infertility.
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Foot And Mouth Disease In The UK - Summary

On Tuesday the European Commission announced that it would ease restrictions on the movement of animals after a veterinary panel had concluded that the outbreak had been "fully contained." The next morning a new temporary control zone had been put up around a grazing area in surrey. Defra confirmed that the samples taken for analysis indicated that foot and mouth disease was back. Later it was reported to be the same strain as the outbreak on two farms in the same county last month.

Once more there was a national movement ban of all animals susceptible to the disease, causing an estimated loss of £10 million pounds daily revenue to the industry. Fresh calls for government compensation followed the news, but the UK government denied claims that it had sounded the 'all-clear' too soon.

An outbreak at a second Surrey farm was confirmed on Friday and a third again on Monday. It is believed a farmer who missed the symptoms of foot-and-mouth disease in his cattle is the most likely reason for the resurgence of the virus.

Britain's biggest sale of breeding lambs has since been cancelled due to restrictions of animal movements.

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

  United Kingdom

Shoppers support pork price rise
UK - British consumers are prepared to pay more to support UK farmers and help secure the future of quality British pork supplies, says a survey published today.

GM varieties hold the key
UK - “This whole thing goes away if European consumers and politicians will accept GM crops,” said compounder Peter Rollings at yesterday’s NPA Producer Group meeting. The session was dominated by feed cost and foot and mouth issues.

Eating Less Meat May Slow Climate Change
UK - Eating less meat could help slow global warming by reducing the number of livestock and thereby decreasing the amount of methane flatulence from the animals, say scientists.

Farmex to research wireless pig environment controls and monitors
UK - Farmex has been awarded a grant for a £100,000, two-year project to look into ways of producing a “robust and reliable” wireless method of operating its control and monitoring systems in piggeries. If successful, it is likely to be a world first.

  United States

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

Market Preview: Crop Reports Offer Hope
US - Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 14th September, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Hog Outlook: The Importance of Production Contracts
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 15th September 2007 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Pork Commentary: Lean Hog Prices Continue Under Pressure
US - Iowa-Minnesota lean hog price last Friday averaged 60.62. Lots of hogs around with prices under pressure. Packers are doing fine though, with carcass cut-outs last Thursday 67.32, a $7.00 spread.

Large corn crop on track, but pressure building elsewhere
WASHINGTON, DC - The latest yield projections by the Agriculture Department show US farmers remain on target to harvest a large corn crop in spite of drought in some portions of the Corn Belt.
Comment Period on Proposed Changes to the Livestock Mandatory Reporting Program Extended
US - The comment period on a proposed regulation to re-establish the regulatory authority for continued operation and revision of the Livestock Mandatory Reporting (LMR) program for swine, cattle, lamb and boxed beef has been extended until 24 September 2007.

Government asked to hold back on pending environmental laws
WASHINGTON, DC - The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has submitted a written testimony asking lawmakers to give pending environmental policy changes, related to concentrated animal feeding operations, a chance to take effect before considering additional legislation.

Smithfield Foods to increase pork production
CHICAGO - US meat giant Smithfield Foods has said it will increase pork production at its Sioux City, Iowa, plant. The pork produced will be destined for China.

Study Finds Antibiotics Fed to Swine in Groundwater
US - A recent study by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has linked the routine use of the antibiotic tetracycline, popular in swine production, to the presence of antibiotics resistance genes in groundwater.

A Time To Highlight Import Safety
KANSAS CITY - As part of a nationwide fact-finding by the President's Interagency Working Group on Import Safety, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt today focused on import safety as it relates to meat processing.

  Malaysia

Downsizing problem due to poor demand for pork
MALAYSIA - Pig farmers are facing problems downsizing their farms due to a lack of demand for pork.

Deadline for pig quota to be met
MALAYSIA - The state government will do whatever it takes to ensure the deadline to downsize pig farms is met.
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  European Union

EU pig prices: Prices are stagnating!
EU - This week, quotations on the European finished pigs market are stagnating for the most part.

Stone Age farmers brought own pigs to Europe
EU - Pig fossil DNA has been used by scientists to determine the arrival of farmers into Europe during the latter days of the Stone Age.

Europe feels the pain
EU - Eleven percent more sows were slaughtered in Germany between January and July compared to the same time last year. This indicates that a significant drop in the national herd is under way - a factor of escalating feed prices.

EC bans pork export from Romania
EU - The European Commission imposed a ban on export of Romanian pork meat to EU member countries until December 31, 2009 because of the large number of swine fever cases registered in this country.

  China

China's inflation boils on pork costs
CHINA - China's inflation surged to its highest rate in over a decade in August, official data showed today, raising expectations that the government will act again soon to cool the country's runaway economy.

PRRS lingers on in Chinese counties
BEIJING - China's chief veterinary officer says that blue ear pig disease (PRRS), which caused pork shortage and fuelled price hikes in recent months, still lingers in 14 Chinese counties.

Pork imports more than doubled
BEIJING - China's imports of pork, the country's staple meat, more than doubled in the first seven months as prices of domestically produced pork soared and supply fell, according to customs statistics released on Thursday.

Beijing rejects North American pork
CHINA - Beijing has rejected consignments of pork from the US and Canada because they contain a banned additive – in spite of a domestic shortage of China's staple meat, which pushed inflation to a 10-year high in August.
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  Canada

Fact Finding Mission to Explore Market Potential for Canadian Pork in China
CANADA - Representatives of the Canadian Pork industry will spend just over one week in China exploring the potential for increasing sales of Canadian pork to that nation, writes Bruce Cochrane.

New Infrastructure to Expand Research Swine Research Capability in Manitoba
CANADA - New infrastructure being purchased on behalf of the University of Manitoba (U of M) will allow the institution to expand its capabilities and capacities for swine research.

  Australia

Australian Pig Farmers on the Brink of Ruin
AUSTRALIA - The prolonged impact of drought, compounded by record levels of pig meat imports into Australia and a strong AUD affecting exports have brought Australia’s pork industry to its knees.

Pig farmers should cut production to stay afloat
AUSTRALIA - Chairman of the NSW Farmers Association pork committee, Dugald Walker, believes the industry needs to cut production by 20 per cent to stay viable.

  South Africa

Blue Ear disease forces culling of pigs
SOUTH AFRICA - An outbreak of Blue Ear disease among pigs in parts of the Western Cape has led to more than 5,000 of the animals to be culled.

  Viet Nam

Veterinarians say higher pay, more staff are keys for safety
HA NOI - Veterinarians agree that improved grassroots capacity and higher pay are the key to the prevention of disease in Viet Nam’s livestock and poultry.

  General

ILDEX And The Emerging Opportunity In Asia
ASIA - NEO has strengthened its 'Triangle Opportunity Concept' following a launch the 2nd edition of ILDEX India, making ILDEX - - the international livestock and dairy events that link three Asia's emerging livestock countries together with international technology.
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  New Zealand

Grain Prices Concern Pork Producers
NEW ZEALAND - Pork producers have real concerns over recent grain price predictions. The latest analysis shows that the bottom line has all but disappeared for those putting pork, bacon and ham on New Zealanders’ plates.

Company news

Merial Merial Statement Following Release Of UK Government Reports On Foot And Mouth Disease Outbreak In The UK
UK - Merial welcomes the HSE and Spratt reports issued this morning by DEFRA which do not find any biosecurity breach by Merial

New culture keeps Listeria at bay
WORLDWIDE - Listeria is a constant concern in the meat and prepared foods industry. At FIE 2007, global ingredients supplier Chr. Hansen will hand over a new weapon in the battle against the feared food bug to producers of Ready-to-Eat (RTE) food products.

Hypor Partnership Strong in Philippines
Hypor NETHERLANDS - Just two and a half years ago, what began as a development project, is now a prime example of how business to business co-operation can lead to long-term sustainable development - with additional benefits to environmental initiatives and animal welfare.

Bio-Hypor Program Key To Herd Security
NETHERLANDS - As soon as animals entered, the farm was declared a "closed farm". Animals can leave the farm, but principally new breeding animals will not enter the farm. In-house breeding is done via data transfer to the Hypor Breeding Database in the Netherlands.

Future Development And Economic Spin-Offs
NETHERLANDS - To maintain SPF status after re-stocking, Hypor recommends that pig units are declared a "closed farm" as soon as the new animals have entered. Pigs can leave the farm, but principally new breeding animals will not enter the farm.



That's all for this week!

Ed.

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