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Newsletter 24th September 2007

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Benchmarking: Effective Dissemination Of Know-How
By Arjan Neerhof, breeding co-ordinator, TOPIGS. The importance of the transfer of know-how as a form of sales support: benchmarking as a model for setting up a product technical service.
Porcine Circovirus Disease (PCVD) – Have we won the war in Europe?
By Joaquim Segalés, Centre de Recerca en Sanitat Animal (CReSA) – Dept. Sanitat i Anatomia Animals, Facultat de Veterinària, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and presented at the 2007 Banff Pork Seminar.
US Pork Outlook Report - September 2007
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the September 2007: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Pork Industry data.
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Foot And Mouth Disease In The UK - Summary
Another week passes and the foot and Mouth crises continues. On Tuesday a Welsh site was under investigation and sheep in Surrey tested positive. Then on Wednesday a meat processing plant fell under scrutiny and a temporary control zone was established in Solihull also. Both places tested negative for the disease.

Despite of all the worry the government has ruled out vaccination and instead has urged animal keepers to inspect their livestock twice a day. Meanwhile wales have upped their demands to ease restrictions, whilst Scotland were faced with the prospect of having to cull a million lambs in a 'welfare cull'.

There seems to be no sign that the outbreak is slowing, if anything we are under the impression that it is beginning to spread more quickly. The sixth case was confirmed on Saturday and by Sunday a new control zone was set up as far afield as Hampshire.

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

  United Kingdom

Multiple collusion: Allegations against big four
Britain’s big four supermarkets and dairies are being accused by the Office of Fair Trade of colluding to keep the price of dairy goods artificially high.

Some UK Farmers 'shooting pigs' too expensive to feed
UK - Pig farmers are being forced to shoot livestock because they say low supermarket prices mean it is too expensive to feed them.

Can we save farmers' bacon?
UK - The great British breakfast is under threat — from a shortage of sausages and bacon, it emerged yesterday.

  Canada

Combination of Factors Prompts Higher Movement of Weanling and Feeder Pigs South
CANADA - The Saskatchewan Pork Development Board reports reduced Canadian slaughter capacity and pending U.S. Mandatory Country of Origin Labelling are prompting western Canadian pork producers to consider finishing their pigs south of the border, writes Bruce Cochrane.

China cuts imports of Canadian pork
CANADA - China has rejected 42 metric tonnes of frozen pig parts -- kidneys and pork chops -- shipped from Canada and the United States, a move which snares at least one Canadian company in a tit-for-tat trade scrap.

China's move against pork won't hurt Maple Leaf Foods
CANADA - China may have removed Maple Leaf Foods Inc.'s Brandon pork facility from its approved supplier list after two shipments from that location were found to contain a forbidden growth stimulant, but Octagon Capital analyst Robert Gibson doesn't think it will impact the company's bottom line.

Meat council calls for international animal welfare and feed additives standards
CANADA - The Canadian Meat Council says China's ban on pork from certain meat packing plants in Canada and the US demonstrates the need for common international standards for the approval of animal health products and feed additives, writes Bruce Cochrane.

New research suite should enhance animal reproduction research
CANADA - The Western College of Veterinary Medicine says a new eight million dollar research lab, officially opened this week, will enhance the outstanding work already underway at the college in the area of animal reproduction, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Unproductive breeds at risk of global extinction
CANADA - It may lack panda-bear charisma, but the light-skinned, mild-mannered, droopy-eared Lacombe swine - the first livestock breed developed in Canada - has emerged as the poster pig for a national drive to save dozens of this country's endangered farm animals.

High loonie won't fatten profits for pig farmers
CANADA - If you import lettuce or oranges from south of the border, the high Canadian dollar ripens your smile, but if you're a pig farmer, chances are the red-hot Canuck buck feels like another punch in the belly.
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  United States

Weekly Outlook: Corn Crop Size
URBANA - The 2007 corn crop's actual size and the magnitude of year-ending stocks are not only important for the price of the crop, but have significant implications for the magnitude of corn acres that may be needed in the United States in 2008, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

Market Preview: Hog Runs Raise Concerns
US - Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 21st September, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Weekly Roberts Report: Slaughterings continue to rise
US - Agricultural US Commodity Market Report by Mike Roberts, Commodity Marketing Agent, Virginia Tech.

Hog Outlook: Are Contractors Satisfied with Contract Hog Production?
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 22nd September, 2007 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Pork and Total Red Meat Production at Record High for August
US - Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.33 billion pounds in August, up 2 percent from the 4.26 billion pounds produced in August 2006, reports National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), in the September 2007 Livestock slaughter report.

Agric secretary to address pork producers
WASHINGTON DC - US Department of Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns tomorrow will address more than 150 pork producers who have come to Washington to lobby Congress on important industry issues, including the 2007 Farm Bill.

Top AMI official to address Ohio's food technologists
US - AMI’s Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel Mark Dopp will address the Ohio Valley Chapter of the Institute of Food Technologists during an informal session on country-of-origin labeling

NPPC Praises Johanns Service
WASHINGTON, DC - The National Pork Producers Council dubbed US Department of Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns, a “true friend of livestock producers” as he announced his resignation from the post. Speculators say he has stepped down so he can run for a Senate seat in 2008.

Ethanol industry does not need federal support, says study
US - The ethanol industry in the United States is thriving and no longer needs a high level of federal support, says a new study by agricultural economist Thomas Elam.

Competition Title Needed To Ensure Fair Play
US - Any day now, the Senate will get busy on its version of the 2007 Farm Bill. The only thing certain is that senators will do little good and much harm and be as hypocritical as they can be in the process, but there is a possibility, slim but real, that they will have to get serious with a group of bills that, taken together, make up what is called the Competition Title.

U.S. Pork Benefits From Korea Trade Deal, Says ITC
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The price competitiveness of U.S. pork will be enhanced through the increased market access the United States will gain under the U.S.-Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement, according to a report released yesterday by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).

Public Less Wary of Animal Biotechnology
WASHINGTON - Consumer familiarity and overall impression of food biotechnology remains little changed from a year ago in the United States, amidst major concern over food safety.

Bill Requiring New User Fees on Imports
US - A bill that would mandate new user fees for imported food, require labels for meat and poultry packaging utilizing reduced oxygen formats and limit ports where food can be imported to 13 locales in close proximity to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) labs has been introduced in the House.

Meat Industry Report Rallies Against Ethanol Subsidies
US - The ethanol industry in the United States is thriving and no longer needs a high level of federal support, according to a new study by agricultural economist Thomas Elam.
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  China

China to Reward Pig Raisers
BEIJING - The Chinese government has earmarked a fund of 1.5 billion yuan (US$199.5 million) for 253 counties in China that are major live pig suppliers, the Ministry of Finance announced on Monday.

China's pig disease worries the world
CHINA - At first, it was just some of the piglets. The mother gave birth to 13, all of them stillborn. Within a few weeks, however, she and other adult pigs in neighboring stalls became feverish and died. By the end of the summer, all but a handful of the village's 300 pigs had succumbed to the mysterious disease.

China denies being source of pig disease
CHINA - China is not the source of blue ear disease outbreaks among pigs in Vietnam and Myanmar, Ministry of Agriculture officials said on Monday, adding that the disease in China closely resembles that found in the United States.

'China sharing disease details'
CHINA - China is ready to share information and experiences with the international community on animal disease surveillance and control regarding either bird flu or the blue ear pig disease, according to an official of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Beijing Uses RFID to Track Quality Problems
CHINA - The largest pork trade platform opened in Bali Bridge produce wholesale market, Beijing, and begun its pilot operation yesterday.

China Pork Supply Unlikely To Rebound Till Mid'08;Prices High
SHANGHAI - China's pork supply may not fully rebound to normal levels until mid-2008, and production costs remain high, so prices are likely to stay relatively high till then, an industry official said Friday.

  Italy

Shifts In Global Meat Production Brings Disease
ROME - Livestock producers should invest more in biosecurity and disease monitoring

  Australia

'Free range' tag on pork threatens industry
AUSTRALIA - A bitter row over what defines a free range pig is threatening to tear apart the potentially lucrative free range pork industry.

Australian scientist wins funds to study pig flu
AUSTRALIA - Australian scientist, Dr Cheryl Jenkins, has been awarded a $US8,500 government agricultural grant to research the cause of pneumonia in pigs.
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  European Union

EU pig prices: Seasonal downturn!
EU - Now, at mid-September, pressure is clearly being exerted on the European pigs-mature-for-slaughter market.

  Viet Nam

Pig disease hits Vietnam
VIET NAM - Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) outbreaks among pigs have occurred in Vietnam's central Khanh Hoa province and southern Ca Mau province since early this month, according to a local animal health agency on Wednesday.

  Germany

German statistics agency says meat prices to rise next year
GERMANY - German consumers will see the price of meat rise next year after grain became more expensive on rising demand from abroad, said Dietmar Weiss of German statistics agency ZMP.

  South Africa

Blue ear disease ravaging Western Cape pig farms
SOUTH AFRICA - Contaminated left overs in supermarkets and restaurants are suspected to have contributed to the outbreak of the blue ear disease ravaging pig farms in the Western Cape. Thousands of pigs have been culled in the province as a result of the outbreak.

  India

Pigs the main villains in spreading cholera
INDIA - The debate on the outbreak of cholera in Koraput district has been put to rest with the officials concerned citing the possibility of pigs acting as the ‘main villain’ in the entire episode.

  Ireland

IFA in talks to ease pig industry ‘crisis’
IRELAND - The Irish Farmers Association has put forward three specific proposals to Agriculture Minister Mary Coughlan to tackle what it termed the serious crisis that pig producers are now experiencing.

  Malaysia

Deadline to reduce Melaka pig population extended to Oct 4
MALAYSIA - The Melaka government has set a new deadline of 4 October for pig breeders to reduce the swine population in Paya Mengkuang, Bukit Beruang, Man Lok and Londang near here.

  France

Call for a pig price rise
FRANCE - The French national pig producers’ body, INAPORC, is calling for a 25 per cent increase in producer prices to be passed down the supply chain to the consumer.
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Company news

Merial Merial Launches CIRCOVAC In The EU
EU - Merial has obtained its European Registration from the EMEA for its new vaccine; CIRCOVAC®. Following the decision, it will now be allowed to launch in all EU Member States, from September to January next year.

Merial launches UK's first PMWS vaccine
UK - Merial Animal Health launches CIRCOVAC®, the UK's first vaccine for PCV2. This is the virus involved in post-weaning multisystemic wasting syndrome (PMWS) and other PCV2 -related diseases.

Hypor Hypor pooling scientific and technical resources
CANADA - Hypor North America announces two new appointments, continuing the process of integrating their Research and Development and Technical Services Divisions.

ACMC Breeders British investors interested in pig rearing in Cambodia
UK - A group of British investors have expressed interest in cooperative investment in pig-rearing and jatropha growing in Cambodia, local media reported on Tuesday.

Big Dutchman Bullet Proofing your Pig Business against a market you can't control
CANADA - Weaning 30.2 live pigs per sow per year is something that was unheard of only a few years ago, but today on one farm in Manitoba it is a reality.

Conference report: Tomorrow's agriculture must be science driven
UK - 'Putting science into practice' may have been the theme of JSR's 18th technical conference theme, but the clear message was more on the vast ignorance retailers and consumers have about the volume of science already involved in UK food production, writes Jane Jordan, ThePigSite Editor.

PIC British Pigs Are Worth It - and the retailers know it
By Rick Sanderson, Pork Chain Business Development Manager, PIC. Congratulations to the 'British Pig Are Worth It' campaign. It seems our supermarkets are getting behind it and offering retail price increases, which will hopefully filter through to producers and procesors and help safeguard the industry's short-term future.



That's all for this week!

Ed.

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