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Newsletter 5th November 2007

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

More Accurate Breeding for Conformation
By Abe Huisman, Hypor R&D. Introduction of conformation index makes breeding more accurate
PCVAD: When Immunology goes wrong, life on the farm becomes very expensive
By Thomas G. Gillespie, DVM Diplomate, ABVP Rensselaer Swine Service and presented at the Midwest Swine Nutrition Conference 2007.
Japan 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 Japan. A link to the full report is also provided. The full report includes all the tabular data which we have omitted from this article.
Russian Federation 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 the Russian Federation. A link to the full report is also provided. The full report includes all the tabular data which we have omitted from this article.
Salmonella Control: The Dutch Experience
By Wayne Du - Pork Quality Assurance Program Lead/OMAFRA. This article looks at the Dutch salmonella control experience and research projects, summarising what can be learned.
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Foot And Mouth Disease In The UK - Summary

Following on from the announcement this week by the Scottish Government of an emergency aid package for farmers, Scotland’s farm union has spelt out the next steps in the fight for full foot and mouth compensation.

Meanwhile, The South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) has announced the launch of a £150,000 support package for South East farmers affected by the outbreak. The money will be deployed through the charities in the Farm Crisis Network, the English Beef and Lamb Executive and the South East Food Group Partnerships.

More positive news came at the end of the week when the Surveillance Zone put in place in the Egham area around the second set of outbreaks, which occurred during September, was removed.

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

  United Kingdom

NADIS Pig Veterinary Report and Forecast - October 2007
UK - This is a monthly report from the National Animal Disease Information Service (NADIS), looking at the data collected from their UK farm inspections.

Norfolk stockman wins trainee award
UK - The revamped Pfizer Pig Trainee of the Year Award has been scooped by to Paul Hume, who manages an outdoor breeding unit for Bowes of Norfolk. His determination, eagerness to learn and motivation skills secured him the prize of a £2000 training grant plus £500 cash.

'Pig people's' pig man wins industry's top accolade
UK - Yorkshire pig farmer and tireless industry campaigner Richard Longthorp has been named this year's David Black Award winner.
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Survey Asks How Much Meat In Meat
UK - Food Standards Agency guidance to manufacturers on the calculation and declaration of meat content in products, such as pies and sausages, is delivering results, according to a new survey by the FSA.

Over-supply is a dead weight on prices
UK - Foot and mouth movement controls, the loss of two weeks of slaughtering, and restrictions on exports have created a glut of pigmeat on the marke.

College Tackles Shortage Of Disease Experts In The UK
UK - Outbreaks of bird flu, foot-and-mouth and bluetongue in the UK have exposed a shortage of disease experts, according to the Royal Veterinary College.

Minister compliments English industry
UK - Food and farming minister Lord Rooker has paid tribute to the leaders of the English pig industry for their help during the foot and mouth crisis. And he has agreed that government should now take measures to restore confidence in the industry, writes Digby Scott.

Label ambiguity rife: Industry must step up surveillance
UK - The NPA urgently needs to get a handle on who is importing what. It will be doing this category by category, starting NOW with Fresh Pork.

NFU 'Snapshot' scheme will help producers take stock
UK - The NFU is giving its livestock members the chance to improve their profits by taking part in a unique scheme that gives a fast and accurate picture of their business.

  Viet Nam

Pig disease hits Hanoi
VIET NAM - Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) outbreaks among pigs have recently been reported in capital Hanoi, raising the total number of localities hit by the disease in Vietnam to four so far, according to a local veterinary agency on Tuesday.
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  European Union

World pigmeat prices continue to fall
EU - Worldwide pig meat prices have continued to fall, with EU mainland pigmeat producer quotes slipping from €1.50 to €1.25 over the past three months.

EU pig prices: Gaining ground all over
EU - After weeks of price pressure, the the slaughter pig market seems to be stabilising throughout Europe. There are still large numbers of finished pigs on offer, however, quotations are reported unchanged from across the continent.

EU must guarantee our food supplies
EUROPE - Just four years after the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, concerns over food security are being discussed at the European Parliament, writes Jonathan Evans, Conservative MEP for Wales.

  Ireland

Pig farmers warned to "be realistic" on cashflow
IRELAND - Pig farmers attending this year's Teagasc pig conferences were warned to "be realistic" on cash flow and decide now, how they will get through the next six months of high feed prices.

  United States

Hog Outlook: Canada Faces Continuing Declining Hog Numbers
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 2nd November, 2007 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Market Preview: Farm Bill Could Impact Hog Market
US - Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 2nd November, written by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Computerised livestock management aids business efficiency
US - Lawson Software has expanded its partnership with Norwegian IT specialist Mercatus to use IT to manage livestock and fish. A new system is also planned for launch in the US, South American and Pacific rim.

US Pork economy needs new trade agreements
US - The future of the US pork industry depends on concluding new trade agreements, says the National Pork Producers Council.

Schafer named Agriculture Secretary
WASHINGTON - President Bush has nominated Edward Schafer, a former two-term Republican governor from North Dakota, to lead the Agriculture Department.
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  Australia

New processing line for PPC Linley Valley Fresh
AUSTRALIA - Meat processor PPC Linley Valley Fresh has officially opened its new $4 million pork boning line at its Wooroloo plant in Western Australia.

  Canada

New Analysis Shows Pork is Leaner than Ever
CANADA - The Canadian pork industry is circulating two new fact sheets which provide updated information on the nutrient content of pork, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Consumers Confident in Canadian Food Supply
CANADA - Research conducted by Ipsos Reid shows Canadian Consumers continue to have an extremely high level of confidence in the quality and safety of Canadian food products, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Industry In Denial At Carcinogenic Meat Claims
TORONTO - The Beef Information Centre, Canadian Pork Council and the Canadian Meat Council disagree with certain conclusions in the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) Report. The report is a global review of diet, physical activity and obesity in relation to cancer risk. Red meat producers value research on health issues, however, they urge caution with some of the Report's recommendations.

Hog farmers granted faster access to funding help
CANADA - Struggling hog producers in Nova Scotia may be able to access a pot of money by the end of the year.

Swine Manure Fertilizer Boosts Forage Yield and Quality
CANADA - Research conducted by the University of Manitoba shows swine manure fertilizer dramatically increases the yield and quality of forage on hay and pasture land, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Pork Commentary - Canadian Swine Inventory Declines
CANADA - Last week, Statistics Canada released quarterly swine inventories, reports Jim Long.

  Russian Federation

Russian ban on Polish pork may be lifted
RUSSIA - The 17th month-long embargo by Moscow on Polish meat imports may be lifted in the near future. Russia is sending inspectors in the company of EU experts to Polish meat production facilities.
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  General

Rebrand and management boost for natural additives specialist
WORLDWIDE - Following Kiotech International’s acquisition of Agil at the end of 2006, the company has rebranded to become Kiotechagil. The move reflects the union of expertise in both companies across the three key meat production sector - poultry, pig and fish.

  Taiwan, Province of China

Sugar Corp. denies hoarding feed and profiteering
TAIWAN - The state-run Taiwan Sugar Corporation has clarified that the it has not been hoarding animal feed for profiteering purposes, as charged by some lawmakers.

  Jamaica

Agriculture Ministry Seeking to Identify Alternative Feeds
JAMAICA - Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Christopher Tufton, has said that he is in discussion with the Bodles Agricultural Research Station among other entities, to identify alternative feed for the livestock industry.

  New Zealand

Integration And Collaboration - Key Tools for Meat Industry
NEW ZEALAND - Meat processors, marketers and exporters met with scientists recently at a two day workshop focusing on market assurance and research and development initiatives in the red meat industry.

Company news

Nedap Velos ESF a favourite option on new spanish farms
SPAIN - Since the introduction of Nedap Electronic Sow Feeding (ESF) in Spain, more than four years ago, many farms have gained the benefits of group sow housing with individual feed management. More farms are being constructed and many plan to use the latest developments in livestock management, says Nedap Velos.



That's all for this week!

Ed.

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