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Newsletter 12th November 2007
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We have 4 new features this week:

Livestock Price Outlook - Lots of Pork Will Keep Margins Thin
By Chris Hurt, Extension Economist Purdue University. Pork production is going to surge by 5 percent this fall and remain 2 to 4 percent higher through 2008. Slaughter rates this fall will be near capacity at times.
Starting Newly Weaned Pigs
By Ed Barrie - Swine Sow-Nursery Specialist/OMAFRA and published in October 2007 Pork News and Views. Starting newly weaned pigs on feed is a management intensive task.
The production of breeding material with a good health status
By Geertjan van Groenland, veterinary surgeon, Topigs. Animal health and breeding go hand in hand. The top breeders in the sector work with material with a good health status. By starting eradication programmes at these nucleus breeding farms, it has been possible to banish a number of infections from the sector.
Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong. A link to the full report is also provided. The full report includes all the tabular data which we have omitted from this article.
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Foot And Mouth Disease In The UK - Summary

This week NFU Scotland welcomed a decision by the European Standing Committee which allowed meat exports from most of Great Britain to resume as normal and without restriction. However, the NFU representing English farmers took an opposite view and branded the decision as perverse and unreasonable. It soon came to light that the conditions imposed by the EU will also mean movement restrictions being tightened for hundreds of farmers, and this more than five weeks on from the last confirmed outbreak.

Meanwhile the battle for compensation continued. The government turned down a request to provide market support for farmers hit by the restrictions and was accused of "burying its head in the sand" by the All Party Group on Hill Farming chairman, Tim Farron.

On Friday the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX) forecasted a pessimistic outlook of the situation by suggesting that the economic impact of the situation is likely to continue for quite some time.

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  United Kingdom

British pig farmers may become scarce
UK - The traditional British banger could become a luxury food item because of a growing crisis in pig farming, industry leaders have warned.

Outrage at plans to change IPPC thresholds
The poultry industry has been thrown into turmoil by European Commission plans to reduce the IPPC thresholds, writes NPA's Digby Scott.

Feed mycotoxin risk may be higher
UK - Pig producers are urged to be cautious about the mycotoxins in cereals this winter – a result of the wet harvest, says the British Pig Executive.

New herd model evaluates change/cost implications
UK - Changing one thing on a pig unit can have unexpected consequences in other areas, but now the British Pig Executive (BPEX)has a Breeding Herd Calculator that can help producers evaluate the effects of management changes on productivity and financial performance.

The British banger could become a luxury item
UK - We recently sent six cull boars to Hull livestock market. They made just 2p/kg (0.09p/lb). The heaviest boar, which weighed 250kg, returned the princely sum of £5, but after deductions we received an average of just £2.99 per boar, says Stephen J. Curtis, Executive chairman, of pig breeding and production company ACMC.
UFU want answers on price differential.
UK - The UFU says it won’t drop the price differential issue. Prices for cattle and pigs in Northern Ireland are consistently below prices paid to producers in GB, even though our produce is destined for the same marketplace.

NADIS Pig Veterinary Report and Forecast – November 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.

  United States

Market Preview: Thinning Profits Inevitable
US - Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 9th November, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Hog Outlook: Pork Industry Benefits from Higher Retail Prices
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 10th November 2007 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Filthy Food: Serious Meat Safety Violations
CHICAGO - Before you eat another turkey sandwich, chew another piece of steak or bite into another pork chop, consider how that meat is being shipped to your plate.

Producer uproar as US toughens tests on Canadian meat and poultry
US - The United States is imposing tough new restrictions on Canadian meat and poultry exports after concerns were raised about inspection practices at an Alberta packing plant.

New Study Reveals MRSA Bacteria Common Among Pigs and Farm Workers
US - A new study published in Veterinary Microbiology found methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) prevalent in Canadian pig farms and pig farmers, pointing to animal agriculture as a source of the deadly bacteria.

Pork Producers Oppose Packer Ownership Ban
US - The Bush administration isn’t alone in its opposition to the ban on packer ownership of livestock included in the Senate Ag Committee’s farm bill. Joy Phillippi - Immediate Past President of the National Pork Producers Council - says pork producers are also extremely disappointed with the provision.
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Iowa producers get facts on PQA Plus
IOWA - A factsheet has been produced to help pig producers learn more about the Pork Checkoff's Pork Quality Assurance Plus program (PQA Plus).

NPPC Applauds Passage Of Peru Trade Pact
US - With passage by the House of the Peru Trade Promotion Agreement (PTPA), the US pork industry is one step closer to gaining 28 million potential new customers and increasing profits for U.S. pork producers, said the National Pork Producers Council in applauding today’s 285-132 vote.

High feed costs hurting pork producers
US - Grain prices are giving corn and soybean producers Iowa something to smile about, but not everyone is profiting.

  Korea, Republic of

Pig production business planned for North and South Koreans
KOREA - North Korea and South Korea have decided to establish a jointly operated hog farm in the North's capital as part of an attempt to alleviate the communist nation's chronic food shortages, a South Korean official said today.


Belgium's meat, fish and poultry market on the rise, says new report
BELGIUM - The world's largest market research organisation - Research and Markets - has added a detailed analytical report on the Meat, Fish and Poultry market in Belgium to 2010 to it's on line library. It says the sector is growing steadily every year and this new publication makes very interesting reading for anyone involved in the food industry.
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Rising Dollar Lowers Profitability in Swine Production
CANADA - The Saskatchewan Pork Development Board reports the rising value of the Canadian dollar continues to erode the profitability of western Canadian swine producers, Bruce Cochrane.

Municipal Livestock Operation Policies Slow in Being Developed
CANADA - Manitoba Pork Council predicts municipalities within Manitoba will need more time to comply with new provincial requirements that they develop livestock operation policies, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Canada braces for backlog with new US meat tests
CANADA - Canadian meat exporters braced for delays in shipments to their biggest export market after the U.S. Agriculture Department said it would begin on Friday to double its testing of shipments crossing the border


Vaccine success as China's PRRS infections fall
BEIJING - A domestically-developed vaccine has loosened the grip PRRS is having on China's pig industry. The number of pigs affected by blue ear disease (PRRS) in the state has dropped significantly - a direct result of the new vaccination campaign, say Government officials.

CHINA - In round figures half the world's pigs are in China. It's a massive market, one which many overseas companies feel it's vital to be part of, although getting established there takes time and patience.

Prices rise while ministry takes measures to ensure supplies
BEIJING - China's wholesale price of pork leapt back up to 18.69 yuan (US$2.5) per kilogram on 5 November, a 5.4 percent rise on October prices. Although, prices in large and medium-sized cities was still 7.5 percent lower than the record level set in August

Jail for PRRS vaccine fakers
BEIJING - Three peole who produced and sold fake vaccine for blue-ear disease (PRRS), have been jailed.

Pork plays a part in inflation
CHINA - In China, the wholesale price of pork, the country’s staple meat, has gone back up to US$2.5 per kilogram.
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  New Zealand

Draft health standards for pig meat released
NEW ZEALAND - MAF Biosecurity New Zealand (MAF BNZ) today issued, for public consultation, four draft Import Heath Standards (IHSs) developed for pig meat and pig meat products. The draft standards are based on an import risk analysis on porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus in pig meat.

Company news

Nedap Velos Czech producers fight rising feed costs with modern technology
CZECH REPUBLIC - Farm AGRA Beznice near Bechyne in Czech Republic and BAUER TECHNICS recently invited a number of producers to visit its new installation of a Nedap Velos ESF system. The aim was to discuss group housing options for pregnant sows and demonstrate the benefits of electronic sow feeding (ESF).

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