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Newsletter 8th October 2007

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Cutting FCR: the key to survival
If pig producers are to survive, they must quickly adapt to a demanding new challenge according to Dr Grant Walling, Director of Research and Genetics at JSR Genetics.
Porcine Circovirus Associated Diseases (PCVAD) in Canada - Prevalence, Co- Factors, and Risk Factors
By Laura Batista, Université de Montréal, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and presented at the 2007 Banff Pork Seminar.
Brazil 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 Brazil.
Northern Ireland Red Meat - Strategy Review (Oct 2007)
The Northern Ireland Red Meat Industry Task Force was established to develop a 5 to 10 year strategy for the beef and sheepmeat industry.
USDA Quarterly Pigs and Hogs Report: September 2007 (updated)
This quarter's quarterly Hogs and Pigs report from the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.
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Foot And Mouth Disease In The UK - Summary
This week has seen a lot of optimistic news for Britain's recovery from the foot and mouth outbreak. Defra relaxed its controls on Tuesday, from high-risk to low-risk for a large area of the south east, allowing farm-to-farm movement of livestock to resume. Later the EU announced that the export of fresh beef and sheep meat would resume from all areas of Great Britain from the 12th of October, except for a 200 km zone around the current surveillance zone in the South-East of England.

But the news wasn't all met with a positive reaction. Many feel that the outbreak is far from over and the early relaxation of movement controls will only further aggravate the current problem. Fresh calls for compensation from the government have also been made. It is believed that Prime Minister Gordon Brown has asked Environment Secretary Hilary Benn to look at ways to help the industry.

Later in the week there were cries of disbelief when American officials considered building a new animal disease research laboratory in the United States.

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

  United Kingdom

Dismayed and despondent, but caterers offer some hope
UK - The National Pig Association is dismayed by the sale of British processor George Adams to Tulip. However, association chairman Stewart Houston said NPA fully understood the reasons behind the 'difficult' decision and hoped current contracts would remain in place.

No sign yet of pig meat retail price rise
UK - Domestic pig producers are yet to see an increase in pig meat prices, despite retail prices showing some improvement.

Export ban eased, but cull market still a problem
UK - News that exports of pig meat can resume from parts of the UK is a small step on the road back to normality says the British Pig Executive (BPEX). However, a large proportion of the industry is still out in the cold says BPEX chief executive Mick Sloyan.

Model answers to a weighty problem
UK - With feed costs rocketing, pig producers are searching for the best ways to minimise the effects. One key question is slaughter weights.

Promotion to 'dine' for. Pig industry's the main course at ANUGA
UK - The easing of export restrictions adds new impetus to the British Pig Executive's (BPEX) moves to keep the lines of communication open with Europe.

More than 25 per cent out by December
UK - The pig industry census conducted on the NPA website between 30 September 30 and 3 October, shows producers representing over a quarter of the United Kingdom pig herd cannot continue production after December 2007 - unless they receive a significant increase in price.

  China

Pig processor goes to market
CHINA - China Yurun Food Group (1068), one of the mainland's largest producers of chilled and frozen pork, and its chairman are seeking to take advantage of the market peak to raise up to HK$1.73 billion through share placements.

Chinese pork prices drop by nearly 10% from peak price
BEIJING - The average pork price has dropped to 12.61 yuan this week, 9.61 percent lower than the peak price on Aug. 9, said China's economic planner after pork prices nearly doubled in the past eight months due to short supply and mounting production costs.
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  United States

September Hog and Pig Report: Expansion Continues
US - By Shane Ellis. The national swine herd continues to expand amid profitable market prices and moderating feed costs. The national swine inventory expanded 2.8 percent in the past year. This is the seventh year in a row that September national swine inventories have increased, with all hogs now totaling 64.6 million head.

Hogs & Pigs Special Report
USDA's Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report, released Friday afternoon, Sept. 28, indicates that any hopes of a quick return to profitability for U.S. pork producers is unlikely, by Steve R. Meyer - as published in National Hog Farmers.

Commentary: September 2007 USDA Hogs and Pigs Report
US - Dr Mike Brumm, Extension Swine Specialist, University of Nebraska comments on the latest USDA Hogs and Pigs report.

Weekly Roberts Report: Pig prices mostly down, but crop markets stay firm
US - Agricultural US Commodity Market Report by Mike Roberts, Commodity Marketing Agent, Virginia Tech.

Market Preview: Ethanol Margins Thinning
US - Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 5th October, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Hog Outlook: How Quickly will Producers React to Red Ink?
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 6th October 2007 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Too much Pork; Too high Costs
US - There’s going to be a bit more pork in the marketplace this fall, and that’s just enough to tip the scales toward lower prices, especially given concerns about slaughter capacity. Unfortunately, high costs will likely depress margins into the red this fall where they may remain through 2008.
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October's National Pork Month
US - Iowa’s pork producers are celebrating National Pork Month in October by working to improve consumer acceptance of pork and reminding Iowans of an important 2006 report by the United States Department of Agriculture.

Studying The Effects That Livestock Antibiotics Have On Water And Soil?
US - To keep them healthy, farm animals such as cattle, pigs, and even farmed fish are usually fed agricultural antibiotics. These can be excreted in the animal’s faeces and, after time, and wash into water courses, which can cause environmental problems.

Pork Center of Excellence offers help entering industry
US - Students interested in a pork career just got a helping hand from the US Pork Center of Excellence.

Pig farm proposal raises concerns
INDIANA - While opponents said a proposed 8,000-hog swine farm raises environmental concerns, supporters said future farmers will depend on such large operations for their livelihoods.

Initiative would restrict confinement of chickens, pigs, calves
US - Animal welfare groups are hoping to change livestock production practices by collecting enough signatures to put an initiative on the ballot asking state voters to give the hens more room to roam.

Lawmakers look at swine and water
OKLAHOMA CITY — Representative Dale DeWitt wants to see rural Oklahoma survive and grow. But he believes a law that dictates where swine farms can be located in the state is threatening that growth.

Food safety agencies and industries seek tougher import regulation
US - US food import safety officials and the food industry are proposing to ramp up federal regulation of imported food and ingredients to address the risk that unsafe products could enter the United States.

Congress to approve origin labels for food
US - Recent incidents with Chinese items have renewed the push for regulation.

Lifting Meat Ban Good For Market Competitiveness
US - Allowing interstate sale of state-inspected meat products would help increase competition in the meat industry, said John Hansen, President of the Nebraska Farmers Union.
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  Malaysia

Pig farming issue settled
MALAYSIA - The pig farming issue in Malacca has been settled, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

First centralised pig farm open by next year
MALAYSIA - The state's first centralised pig farm, in Pasir Puteh, will be completed by the end of next year.

Pig Rearing Areas To Be Turned Into Industrial Area
MALAYSIA - The Melaka state government will take over several pig rearing areas in Alor Gajah next week to develop them into an industrial zone.

  Georgia

ASF now in Armenia and deemed serious threat for rest of Europe
GEORGIA - African Swine Fever (ASF) remains deeply entrenched in Georgia and has recently also hit northern Armenia and the outskirts of the capital Yerevan, says the UN's Food and Agricultural Organisation(FAO).

  Canada

Reduced Cereal Grain Output and Higher Demand Resulting in Robust Feed Prices
CANADA - The Canadian Wheat Board predicts a reduced cereal grain harvest combined with a vibrant offshore demand will maintain fairly robust feed grain prices this year, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Pork Commentary: China Syndrome
CANADA - This past week, we continued to Biomin Asian Nutrition Tour in China. There were three stops; Guangzhou (Canton), Nanchang and Beijing, writes Jim Long. Our observations:

Fusarium levels lower than usual - reduced risk of mycotoxins
CANADA - Agriculture and Agrifood Canada reports levels of fusraium head blight infection in Manitoba appear to be somewhat lower than average this year, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Farming a fusion of struggle, success
NOVIA SCOTIA - Despite the faltering pork industry, a new APEC report affirms that several of Nova Scotia’s agriculture sectors are thriving

China: New Export Potential for Canadian Pork ?
CANADA - Canadian pork producers are looking to China in the hope of developing new markets for their product while helping to ease a shortage of pork in that nation.
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  European Union

EU pig prices: Large supplies and distortion
EU - The European finished pig market continues to be affected by oversuply. At the same time, the companies’ slaughter lines are running at full speed.

  Czech Republic

Czech pig market facing crisis
CZECH REPUBLIC - Czech pig breeders and pig meat processors are facing crisis, says president of the Agricultural Chamber Jan Veleba.

  Australia

Dealing With Drought: Secure Today, But Prepare For Tomorrow
AUSTRALIA - “To meet the challenges of a changing climate, we need a visionary new approach in the way Australia deals with drought,” said National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) President David Crombie, today.

  Denmark

Worst conditions for 30 years, but some hope ahead, say Danes
DENMARK - Soaring feed prices are causing Danish pig producers heavy losses, says the Danish Pig Production (DPP). The current economic situation is the worst for 30 years, although DPP is calling on its members to remain calm and ride the storm.

  New Zealand

Greens seek labels on all fresh food
NEW ZEALAND - The steaks you sizzle on the summer barbecue come from New Zealand - don't they?

Think-Tank Wants GE Food Assessment Process Re-Jigged
NEW ZEALAND - A Wellington think-tank wants the Government to formally opt out of a trans-Tasman food regulator's decision to approve for human consumption a corn genetically engineered for use as stockfeed.

Company news

Summer export business thrives for TOPIGS
EUROPE - Market difficulties have not halted TOPIGS export business. The company widened its activities in Romania and Brazil during the summer months.

Romanian Agrisol starts with TOPIGS
ROMANIA - Romanian company Agrisol has populated its first pig farm with TOPIGS genetics.

College Celebrates Unique High-Welfare Pig Unit
UK - Bishop Burton College has officially launched its innovative high-welfare pig unit with a high-profile opening ceremony.



That's all for this week!

Ed.

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