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Newsletter 19th November 2007

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Monday 19th November 2007
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Testing new feed concepts with modern technology from Big Dutchman
By Big Dutchman. Construction of a new barn with exhaust air washer for 3,300 rearing piglets.
Housing, husbandry and animal health and welfare in fattening pigs
By the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Opinion of the Scientific Panel on Animal Health and Welfare on a request from the Commission related to animal health and welfare in fattening pigs in relation to housing and husbandry.
Domestic and Foreign Demand - Domestic pork supplies record highs
By Shane Ellis, Iowa Farm Outlook. Domestic pork supplies will be at record highs in the fourth quarter of this year, while beef production will be down from a year ago.
Tail biting: Vice with a £10,000 or more price tag
By NADIS advisers. Aberrant aggressive behaviour in pigs is widely referred to as vice. In the growing pig this can take the form of tail, ear, flank, stifle or even vulval or penis biting. However, tail biting is viewed as the most widespread and serious of these problems.
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  United States

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

Hog Outlook: Slaughter Estimated to be Higher Than a year Earlier
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 16th November 2007 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Market Preview: Pork Exports' Remarkable Rebound
US - Weekly US Market Preview for the weeke ending 16th November 2007, provided by Steve R. Meyer, PhD, Paragon Economics, Inc.

Profits for Tyson Foods but weak outlook for '08
US - The world's largest meat company, Tyson Foods has reported a fiscal fourth-quarter profit compared with a loss of a year-earlier. However, forecasts for fiscal 2008 are poor and have knocked values off company shares.

U.S. Pork Exports Set September Record
US - U.S. pork and pork variety meat exports set a new record for the month of September with an 8 percent increase in volume to 101,131 metric tons (mt) and 10 percent growth in value to $251 million compared to last September, according to the latest USDA statistics compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

Meatpacking Powers Threaten Jobs and Communities
WASHINGTON - Today, the nation’s largest meatpacking worker union announced its support for an effort to ban meatpacking corporations from owning livestock.
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PQA Plus Program assures pork quality
US - The National Pork Board began the Pork Quality Assurance Program in 1989 to help producers review their management practices to ensure a healthy and quality product. Since then, the program has been updated to keep with industry changes.

Strike at biggest pork processing plant
US - More than 500 workers at a huge North Carolina food processing plant were on strike Friday, Facing South reported.

Pork Board works to preserve the industry's image
US - Image is important to any industry’s success, and the Pork Industry is no exception. National Pork Board President Lynn Harrison says one area the industry should focus on is the image of the pork industry as it is portrayed to the general public.

Groups Attack California Veto on Cloned Food Labeling
US - California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's decision to veto a bill that would have required the labeling of foods from cloned animals has attracted fierce opposition from consumer groups.

  New Zealand

NZ Pork Industry appalled at MAF’s actions
NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand Pork Industry Board appalled at MAF’s actions putting New Zealand’s pig health status at risk

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  China

You Can't Just Trot Into The Golden Pig Market
BEIJING - Last week German veterinarians flew into Beijing to discuss the possibility of intensifying international cooperation in the pigmeat trade.

China pork safe for all, not only Olympic athletes
BEIJING - The capital's largest pork provider on Monday displayed to locals and the world alike that its meat was safe for all, not only Olympic athletes.

China signs quality inspection agreement for Spanish pork imports
BEIJING - China has signed a quality inspection agreement covering Spanish pork imports, officials said.

  Canada

Per Hog Losses Deepen as Meat Starts Moving into Storage
CANADA - The CEO of the Manitoba Pork Marketing Co-op Inc. reports, as North American production of pork has started to overtake consumption, losses to Canadian producers have deepened, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Ritz Fighting In The Corner For Canadian Meat
CANADA - Canadian Minister Ritz has retaliated to recent allegations that Canadian meat is unsafe. Last week the USDA announced that it will be inspecting all Canadian meat exports.

Hog farms get $25M for circovirus vaccinations
QUEBEC – The Honourable Christian Paradis, Secretary of State for Agriculture, on behalf of the Honorable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, today announced the launch of the Circovirus Inoculation Program (CIP) to help address disease-associated mortality issues affecting hog herds in Canada.

Construction of New Slaughtering Plant Expected to Begin Next Spring
CANADA - Fishing Lake First Nation expects to be in a position to break ground for the construction of a new one million head per year capacity hog slaughtering plant in Saskatoon by this coming spring, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Saskatchewan Pork Producers Seek Government Support to Survive
CANADA - The Saskatchewan Pork Development Board is calling for government support to help hog producers ride out the current downturn in markets for live hogs, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Pork Commentary: 10 per cent more hogs than a year ago!
CANADA - This weeks North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long.
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  Czech Republic

Czech pig breeders want direct subsidies, plan rally
CZECH REPUBLIC - Czech pig breeders want direct subsidies worth Kc2.5 per kilo of live weight or about Kc1 billion in total from the Agriculture Ministry, Agricultural Chamber president Jan Veleba told journalists Monday but Minister Petr Gandalovic said the ministry would not provide any subsidies.

  United Kingdom

First Global Animal Health Conference To Enhance Positive Environment For Veterinary Medicines
LONDON - The first Global Animal Health Conference, jointly organised by the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) and the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH), in conjunction with the Drug Information Association, (DIA), will take place at the EMEA on 15-16 November 2007 in London, UK.

Some pig farmers doing 'perfectly well', says retail consortium
UK - According to the British Retail Consortium’s Richard Dodd, a significant proportion of the pig industry is doing perfectly well and supermarkets are supporting them.

Heavier pigs hitting the market
UK - Foot and Mouth restrictions have caused a huge backlog of pigs which means average slaughter weights are now some 3kg higher, reports the Meat and Livestock Commission's latest edition of Pig Market Trends.

Outrage at BRC man's ignorance
UK - Comments made by Richard Dodd of the British Retail Consortium have provoked venomous anger in Britain's pig industry. The man is ill-informed with an understanding 'remote from the reality', says Independent consultant and NPA member Nick White - and he speaks for the entire pig sector.

Farmers' anger at £40m disease control levy
UK - Farmers face having to pay an extra £40 million a year to the Government to offset the costs of dealing with animal diseases such as foot and mouth, bluetongue and bird flu, it has been confirmed.
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  European Union

EU pig prices: Brisk sale at low price level
EU - On the European pigs-mature-for-slaughter-market, the prices continue to stabilise. Great demand is observed on the part of the slaughter companies, meeting declining supply.

  General

Why Food Production Is Big News
GLOBE - I was especially interested to hear Carr’s chief executive Chris Holmes describe the impact of the milk price rise that our poor struggling dairy farmers have finally managed to extract from the retailers. Actually, it is not the retailers at all, because they have passed the price rise - and a bit more besides - straight through to you and I, writes Tom Bulford in his e-letter Penny Sleuth.

Company news

Hypor China a new market for Canadian pigs
CANADA - When pigs fly, Canadian pork breeders' business expands.

IVF And AI Experts Link Up To Boost Sperm Success
LEEDS - Scientists at the University of Leeds, renowned leaders in the field of reproductive biology, have joined forces with JSR Genetics in a project that could improve embryo implantation rates - in pigs and eventually humans.



That's all for this week!

Ed.

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