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Newsletter 15th October 2007

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We have 4 new features this week:

Potential Problems for Livestock Producers to Consider in 2007
By Dr. Mike Murphy, Toxicologist College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota. The dual effect of drought and hail in 2007 have left many producers wondering what toxins may impact their crops.
Clinical Signs of Stress in Finisher Pigs Transported to Market in the Summer
By Janet Sunstrum, BSc; Cate Dewey, DVM, PhD; Charles Haley, DVM, PhD. NC State Swine Extension. Swine News Volume 30, number 8.
China 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 China. A link to the full report is also provided. The full report includes all the tabular data which we have omitted from this article.
Alberta Hog Market Commentary and Outlook - Summer 2007
By Kevin Grier, Senior Market Analyst, George Morris Centre, in Guelph and Calgary. Published by Alberta Pork. This is the latest Alberta Hog Market Commentary and Outlook which looks at the performance of the U.S. hog market.
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Foot And Mouth Disease In The UK - Summary

This week it seemed like every citizen involved in the Foot-and-Mouth crises decided to simultaneously vent their fury at the UK government. CLA asked the government to justify continued use of the 20 day standstill rule, the NFU assembled their lawyers to launch legal action on behalf of the nations farmers and tens of thousands of farmers threatened to take to the streets unless the UK government took a more proportionate approach to the handling of the outbreak.

Meanwhile it was reported that a government pledge to award Welsh farming £6.5m had disappeared into thin air, but good news might have arrived just in time. Defra announce that in the low risk area all foot and mouth related controls on livestock movements and at abattoirs and markets will be removed on Wednesday

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  United Kingdom

Demo delivers positive support for industry on the brink
UK - Here today, gone tomorrow was BPISG's theme outside Institute of Grocery Distribution’s Congress in London today, October 9

Sustainable food procurement improves, but world markets are changing
UK - A third of local education authorities (LEAs) buy more than 75 per of their meat from local suppliers, according to a survey commissioned by the MLC to monitor attitudes to sustainable procurement of food.

Government has no concept: Cull sow disposal scheme is needed now
UK - Does government really understand what the cull sow crisis is about? Producer Stuart Bosworth is helping NPA pull out the stops to make the reality clear. His local MP Eric Pickles is supportive and has tabled a question about a sow welfare disposal scheme.

Tracking down the importers
UK - NPA is concerned that imports are significantly undermining the industry's attempts to rise above the feed cost and carcase-balance issues that are threatening the survival of the British pig industry.

Morrisons go all-British fresh pork
UK - Morrisons is the first of Britain's big four supermarkets to agree to sell 100 percent fresh British pork.

Retailer Boosts The Best Of British
UK - The Co-operative is offering its customers quality British-sourced food in an autumn harvest that will feature all own-label fresh meat and poultry being sourced from British farmers.

McDonald's will pay British farmers more
UK - A fast food chain has offered relief to thousands of livestock farmers by voluntarily increasing the amount it will pay for beef and pork from today.
Alphamune G - Shielding, Earning
  Canada

Beef and pork sectors oppose US labelling plan
CANADA - Canadian beef and pork producers want Ottawa to step up its opposition to a United States plan to place country of origin labels and tracking rules on their meat products.

Pork Commentary: Record Hog Slaughter
CANADA - This weeks North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long.

High Canadian Dollar Lowers Returns for Western Canadian Hog Producers
CANADA - The Saskatchewan Pork Development Board says lower feed cost and lower costs for imported equipment are expected to partially offset reductions in the price of lives hogs in western Canada resulting from the high value of the Canadian dollar, writes Bruce Cochrane.

COOL Gets Chilly Reception in Canada
CANADA - Canadian livestock groups want their country to put more pressure on the US Congress to change the country-of-origin-labeling provisions by threatening a potential trade case against the U.S.

Minimum price insurance programs for hog producers
CANADA - Two insurance programs offer minimum price guarantees on futures contracts

Sask Pork kicks off board elections
CANADA - The Saskatchewan Pork Development Board has kicked of the 2007 election for its producer board of directors, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Less fresh pork, more stock volatility
CANADA - A year ago today, Maple Leaf Foods Inc. unveiled a massive three-year restructuring plan to transform the company from a major fresh pork producer into a firm focused on packaged foods.
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  United States

Hog Outlook: Increase of Retail Price Bid Through to the Live Animal
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 13th October 2007 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Market Preview: Weekly Record Hog Slaughter Continues
US - Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 12th October, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

US Swine Economics Report: Record highs as health improves?
US - Report by Ron Plain on the US Swine industry.

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

Hog prices may hurt Smithfield, analysts warn
SAN FRANCISCO - Weaker hog prices and a growing hog supply may hurt Smithfield Foods Inc. in the current quarter, warned analysts, who cut their per-share earnings forecasts on Monday.

US Cash Hogs: Steady To Lower On Supply Pressure
US - The Midwest direct hog markets are reported steady to lower Monday on supply pressure following last week's record-large slaughter and pork production, writes Curt Thacker of Dow Jones Newswires.

Demand For Animal Fat Plumps Up Pricing
US - Millions of Americans are trying to avoid fat, but not Jason Christiansen. He seeks it out every day - whether it's pork fat, beef fat, chicken fat, even French-fry fat.

Odour And Air Emissions Gets Due Attention
IOWA - The Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in conjunction with University Extension is pleased to host a national conference on Mitigating Air Emissions from Animal Feeding Operations.

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  European Union EU pig prices: Large supply has prices flagging!
EU - The large supply of slaughter pigs is currently causing the European pig market trouble indeed.

The growing threat of disease in Europe
EU - EU officials are continuing to face disease threats to European agriculture on a number of fronts.

EFSA Assessing Nanoparticles And Cloned Meat
EU - Developing a methodology for assessing the risk of nanoparticles and the meat of cloned animals are part of the ongoing work of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the organisation's head told EU parliamentarians this week.

  Ireland

7,000 jobs at risk in pig industry
IRELAND - Fine Gael Agriculture and Food Spokesperson Michael Creed has claimed the combination of Fianna Fail and the Greens in Government would contribute to rising food prices and lead to job losses, especially in the pig and poultry industry.

  Thailand

Pig manure sweet money for Thai farmer
THAILAND - For Thai pig farmer Ong-Arj Suwunnatee, going green was not only good for business and the environment, it came as a welcome relief to his neighbours.

Pork industry urges upgrades
THAILAND - Chachoengsao _ Bringing in foreign partners and promoting healthy meat are part of a new strategy by Thai pork producers to upgrade the business, improve poor sanitation and reach export markets.

  China

Chinese student farms pigs for inflation profits
CHINA - A student who gave up university to farm pigs has become an emblem of China’s fear that its long boom is at risk from inflation and the crisis in the international economy.

Pig disease hits one more Vietnamese province
CHINA - Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) outbreaks among pigs have recently occurred in northern Hai Duong province, raising the total localities hit by the disease in Vietnam to three, local newspaper Pioneer reported Monday.
  Brazil

Chinese blockade on Brazilian meat stalls bilateral trade
BRAZIL - China’s restriction on Brazilian meat is one of the main obstacles to increased trade between the two countries, says the executive-secretary of the Brazil-China Business Council (CEBC.

  Korea, Democratic People's Republic of

Scientists Develop Microbe Purifier For Livestock Waste
KOREA - Local scientists have developed a highly effective microbe treatment to process contaminated livestock wastewater, a state-run laboratory said Thursday.

  General

Exotic animal diseases spreading to temperate regions
GLOBE - Spread of bluetongue and other more exotic diseases confirms that animal viruses from tropical countries are moving to more temperate zones - which is of particular concern for European livestock producers.

Company news

Du Pont DuPont Pledges $250,000 For Water Conservancy
DES MOINES -- DuPont today announced a pledge of $250,000 to The Nature Conservancy in an effort to improve water quality in vital Midwestern watersheds and to further reduce excess nutrient runoff from agricultural fields.

Nedap Velos Behaviour, efficiency and secure access: Key developments for pig producers
NETHERLANDS - Nedap welcomed its business partners from across the world to its Velos Event 2007, held at their premises in Groenlo, The Netherlands, last week.

ACMC BreedersThompson's tip: Save feed, cut waste
UK - Despite the high cost of feed, frequently very simple feed-saving tasks on pig farms are being ignored.



That's all for this week!

Ed.

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