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Newsletter 22nd October 2007
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

USDA Livestock and Products Annual Reports 2007 Summary
Latest USDA FAS reports from Canada and Mexico plus previously published reports from many other countries.
Midwest Swine Nutrition Conference 2007
Hosted by the Indiana Farm Bureau - This article is a collection of the research topics discussed at the Midwest Swine Nutrition Conference 2007.
Gestating Sows in Hoops: Can It Work?
By Ronald O. Bates, State Swine Specialist, Michigan State University and published in MSU Pork Quartlery 2007 Volume 12 No. 1.
Periparturient Risk Factors for Sow Mortality
By Maya Kuratomi, M.S., Sukumarannair S. Anil, D.V.M, Ph.D., University of Minnesota and published in Swine News, Volume 30, Number 8 NCSU.
M+Rhusigen - A First In Erysipelas
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Foot And Mouth Disease In The UK - Summary

There was relief on Tuesday when a temporary control zone around land in East Sussex was lifted after tests for foot-and-mouth disease on a sheep proved negative. This means that three weeks have passed since the last incidence of the disease in Britain. Consequently European Commission has voted to ease restrictions on meat and livestock exports to Europe. The decision by the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH) means several more English counties are now considered low risk.

Despite of the good news swine industry bodies in Scotland held a crisis meeting, as current reports indicate that many producers are questioning their future in the sector. The Scottish farming union has expressed its anger at the response of the UK Secretary of State Hilary Benn to the welfare and financial crisis facing Scottish farmers.

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

  United Kingdom

Biotech specialist plumps for Plumpton
Research and education have been given a boost by Kiotechagil. The company has chosen Plumpton College as the location for initial trials of a new feed additive. Jane Jordan, ThePigSite Editor finds out more.

Industry Bodies to Hold Pig Crisis Meeting
SCOTLAND - NFU Scotland and Scottish Pig Producers are collaborating to hold a crisis meeting to outline the problems within the Scottish pig industry and to discuss how they can be addressed.

Tuffers' chuffed to judge those bangers
UK - The hunt for the nation's best banger is underway as British Sausage Week celebrates its tenth anniversary.

Ninety per cent of sows could go next year
UK - Over 90 percent of the British pig breeding herd could disappear in the next 12 months.

Huge producer 'pat on the back' for retailer
UK - The National Pig Association has commended Morrisons for becoming the first of the big four supermarkets to pledge to sell only British fresh pork.

Sainsbury's increases its price to pig producers
UK - Sainsbury’s announced that it has increased the price it pays its suppliers for British pork, ham, bacon and sausages – which will inject an estimated £5 million into the British pig industry.

BPEX Cash Grants for Pig Development
UK - New ideas are the lifeblood of the pig industry and to develop them, the British Pig Executive (BPEX) is putting its money where its mouth is.
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China: Inflation increases and the economy is overheating
CHINA - This summer China has seen a significant growth in inflation, the highest to have been registered in the last eleven years.

  United States

Weekly Outlook: Corn Exports
US - Large US corn exports will help offset the slowdown in domestic feed and residual use of corn and a somewhat slower rate of increase in corn used for ethanol production, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

Hog Outlook: Some Surprises in October!
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 19th October 2007 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Weekly Roberts Report: Processor margins still down, but now's the time to sell corn
US - Agricultural US Commodity Market Report by Mike Roberts, Commodity Marketing Agent, Virginia Tech.

RTI Study: New Strategies to Improve Air, Water Quality
US - Researchers at RTI International and North Carolina State University will develop a program to conduct voluntary and confidential environmental assessments of livestock operations in the Eastern United States to help identify and adopt practices that protect the environment.

AMI Launches New Consumer Information Initiative ‘Meat Matters’
US - The American Meat Institute (AMI) announced a new consumer outreach initiative called "Meat Matters," a series of brochures that can be downloaded and printed from a new, centralized web site

Hog heaven: solid waste facility proposed
US - If Pat Hannon has his way, he would close Big Daddy's restaurant and bar on Route 109 in Acton and, in its place, would open a solid waste facility and a pig farm.

US Collaboration helps India's farmers meet World standards
WASHINGTON - A growing agricultural collaboration between the United States and India is helping Indian farmers boost their output and meet international export standards so that India can compete more effectively in world agricultural markets.

Activists call animal-care rules too lax
NEW JERSEY - The castration issue is central to a debate over New Jersey‘s first-in-the-nation standards for humane care of farm animals. While farming experts defend the standards, animal rights activists say the rules actually do more to protect farmers than their livestock.

Russia to ban some U.S. chicken/pork
CHICAGO - Russia, the top export market for U.S. chicken and an important buyer of pork, has banned imports of poultry and pork from 30 U.S. facilities, USDA and meat industry sources said on Thursday.

US: Genetic Clue For Fighting Swine Virus
US - Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are part of a team that has found a vital clue for battling a disease called porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV), which costs U.S. swine producers about $560 million annually.

$100,000 in grants available to enhance swine industry
US - New round of grants is for second year of program totaling $1 million over ten years. Applications are due by Dec. 20 for projects related to increasing profits, helping independent producers compete, making market information available, protecting the environment, and other goals.

Edwards:Halt new hog lots
US - Presidential candidate John Edwards stepped into a raging rural controversy this week as he toured the western Iowa countryside.
Ingelvac M. hyo - A proper vaccine and no mistake

Change stance and move forward, says CPC of WTO agreement
CANADA - President of the Canadian Pork Council, Clare Schlegel says Canada must change tack on the World Trade Organistion's new multilateral trade agreement.

Canadian Producers Want To Move Forward
Ottawa – “We see precious little time remaining for the international community to arrive at a new multilateral trade agreement through the World Trade Organization (WTO)”, says Clare Schlegel, President of the Canadian Pork Council (CPC).

Pork Commentary - Record Slaughter but Prices Do Not Collapse
CANADA - When we think of recent history in the hog markets 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003 when there was a collapse of prices in the face of huge marketings, it appears we have established new price plateaus, the ones established in commodities every thirty years, writes Jim Long.

High cereal prices prompt higher inclusion of by-products and imported corn
CANADA - The University of Alberta reports increasing wheat and barley prices have prompted western Canadian swine producers to shift to US corn and to include higher amounts of by-products, such as distillers dried grains in rations, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Exports Key to Marketing Increased Pork Volumes from Record U.S. Slaughter
CANADA - Rabobank International suggests the export market will be key to moving the increased volumes of pork resulting from record U.S. slaughter numbers, writes Bruce Cochrane.

  European Union

EU pig prices: Markets still under pressure
EU - Hope for the prices to quickly stabilise on the European markets has ended in smoke over the past few days. The quantities of slaughter pigs now being offered continue to be burdensome to an extent that does not allow the markets to stabilise.

Private storage aid introduced for pigmeat in response to difficult market situation
EU - The Management Committee for Pigmeat on the 18 October 2007 backed a Commission proposal to introduce a private storage aid scheme for pigmeat in response to the current difficult situation on the market.


Pork industry nets $280,000 in Government funding
AUSTRALIA - Australian Pork Limited (APL) has secured grants of $280,000 in the recent round of funding from the federal government’s Advancing Agricultural Industries program.

APL welcomes Productivity Commission inquiry
AUSTRALIA - Australian Pork Limited (APL) has welcomed yesterday’s announcement by the Australian Government that the Productivity Commission (PC) will undertake a safeguards inquiry into the impact of imports of pig meat on the Australian pork industry.

Pig prices slightly stronger
AUSTRALIA - With the Christmas season rapidly approaching, pig prices are set to rise further on the back of a shrinking supply.

Productivity Commission Inquiry into the Australian Pigmeat Industry
AUSTRALIA - The Treasurer, the Minister for Trade and the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry announced that the Productivity Commission will undertake a safeguards inquiry into the impact of imports of pigmeat on the Australian pork industry.

Pig shooters helping to spread disease
AUSTRALIA - Recreational hunters who move feral pigs across Australia illegally may be helping to spread diseases like Japanese encephalitis and foot and mouth, says one researcher.
  Viet Nam

PM calls to curb spread of blue-ear disease
VIET NAM - Vietnam's prime minister has ordered animal authorities to control the spread of the blue-ear pig disease (PRRS), saying livestock producers aren't aware of the threat posed by the virus.

Viet Nam meat must meet Japan specs
VIET NAM - Viet Nam can export processed meat to Japan provided it satisfies the country’s new draft regulations, reports the Viet Nam Trade Office, Tokyo.


Minister urges EU to help pigmeat sector
IRELAND - Agriculture Minister Mary Coughlan is urging the European Commission to support the Irish pigmeat sector by increasing export refunds for fresh and frozen pigmeat.


Mauritius plans epic pig-culling operation
PORT LOUIS - An epidemic of African swine fever has hit the tiny Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, which announced on Wednesday that it would cull almost two thirds of its pig population.


Move to mechanise agricultural operations
INDIA - The Government is toying with the idea of mechanising agricultural operations in the State to tackle labour shortage, said Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam, yesterday.


Belarus to introduce quotas, licensing on food exports
BELARUS - Quotas and licensing for exports of meat and dairy products, will come into force in Belarus, says a source close to the Belarussian government.


New outbreak of swine fever in Romania
ROMANIA - Some 2,500 pigs are to be slaughtered next week after a new outbreak of swine fever was found in a natural park in eastern Romania, local veterinary authorities said Thursday.


Japan considers importing Vietnam pork
JAPAN - Vietnam’s Trade Office in Japan said that the Japanese government is now considering granting permission for imports of Vietnamese pork.
Progressis - PRRS Vaccine
Company news

Euro approval for the World's largest animal health business
EUROPE - Schering-Plough Corporation has received European Commission approval for its planned acquisition of Organon BioSciences, from Akzo Nobel.

Big Dutchman Competent Partner In Finland
FINLAND - Big Dutchman, the worldwide market leader for housing equipment for modern pig management, welcomes a new partner to its tightly woven net of exclusive distributors around the world: the Finnish company SKT Suomen Karjatilatarvike Oy from Iittala has taken over the distribution of Big Dutchman pig housing equipment in Finland as of October 1, 2007.

Boehringer Ingelheim Announces Swine Division Additions
US - Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., (BIVI) swine division announces the following additions to its U.S. swine team.

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