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Newsletter - 3rd December 2007

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

How to Exceed Production Targets
Dr. Jose Henrique Piva, Technical Services Director for PIC. Producers would like to believe their herd performance is always above average, but in reality, that may not be the case. This eight-point action list may help you get closer to exceeding production targets.
Understanding and Improving Feed Intake
By Dr. Todd See, North Carolina State University - Feed intake can account for 60 to 85 percent of the variation observed in pig growth rate during finishing (Young, 2005). The facilities and production systems in which most pigs are raised will limit feed intake in some respect.
The Fourth IMS World Pork Conference
This article lists the presentations given at The Fourth International Meat Secretariat World Pork Conference and provides links to the respective articles.
Hog prices respond to additional supplies
A review of key hog prices and market drivers by Shane Ellis and Robert Wisner of Iowa Farm Outlook
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* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  United Kingdom

NI farmers want aid and action for pigs and CAP
NORTHERN IRELAND - The Ulster Farmers’ Union is stepping up its campaign to help the province's beleaguered pig industry. It's also calling for sensible approach to CAP and the EU's Health Check proposals.

Farm Visit Highlights FMD Impact to Welsh Office Minister
WALES - The devastating impact of the recent foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak for Welsh farming families was brought home to Wales Office Minister Huw Irranca-Davies during a farm visit in Ceredigion last week.

EU Move Set to Help Pig Sector
SCOTLAND - The pig sector, though much reduced in numerical terms in Scotland over the past decade, has suffered as much as any other part of the livestock industry in recent months through vastly increased feed costs and restrictions on exports.

ImportWatch Sets Sights on Ham
UK - In the run-up to Christmas, the NPA will focus its ImportWatch campaign on ham.

Welsh Farmers Get Wise on Livestock Transport and Re-couping Costs
WALES - NFU Cymru in Ceredigion has used its brain power to overcome the Animal Transport Test. It's also managed to re-coup the £75 fee for training.

  United States

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

Weekly Outlook: Reduce the Pork Herd
US - Hog numbers will continue to run higher than anticipated, dragging out the potential for losses until next spring, says Chris Hurt, a Purdue University Extension marketing specialist.

Hog Outlook: Slaughter a Strong Candidate
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 1st December 2007 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Market Preview: Worst of Fall Hog Prices May Be Over
US - Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 30th November, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.
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Smithfield Rejects Cloned Pork
US - Market leading pork producer Smithfield Foods, says it will not produce or use pork from cloned animals. It says the technology is, as yet, unproven and requires further investigation.

US Calls for More MRSA Surveillance in view of Canadian findings
US - News that Canadian researchers had found MRSA on pig farms in Ontario has prompted calls for the US government to insist that federal regulators introduce a more intensive surveillance system.

The Billion Dollar FMD Question Awaiting in Kansas
KANSAS - As much as $945 million. That's what agricultural economists at Kansas State University say could be the impact on Kansas' economy were there a large-scale foot-and-mouth outbreak in a region thick with livestock operations.

US Meat Production Hits Record High
US - Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.61 billion pounds in October, up 10 percent from the 4.20 billion pounds produced in October 2006. USDA's National Statistics Service says it's an all time record.

Natural Preservative Discovered in Grape Seed
URBANA - Food technoilogists at the University of Illinois have discoverd that Grape-seed extract is a viable, natural food preservative.

Hormel Loses Spam Court Battle
US - Pig meat processing giant Hormel has lost its court battle with computer software company Spam Alert over its right to use the term SPAM.

US Eases Up on Canadian Meat
WASHINGTON - The US Department of Agriculture is relaxing its demands on Canadian meat and poultry exports following problems at a now bankrupt Alberta meat-packing plant.

About Turn for Meatpacker ban
IOWA - Iowa Pork Producers Association is opposing a ban on meatpackers owning and rearing thier own livestock. It fears that such a ban would upset the marketing arrangements farmers have made with processors and put even more pressure on the already fragile pork market.

National Pork Board Approves 2008 Budget, Operating Plan
US - The National Pork Board has given its approval to a $51 million budget and operating plan for 2008. It addresses five critical issues facing the US pork industry.

Sharp Drop in Profits for Smithfield Foods
US - Meat processing giant Smithfield Foods has seen a sharp drop in income for the second quarter of the year down to $18.7 million compared to $46.4 million for the same period last year.

Ethanol By-product a Health Option for More than Six Years
US - Health is the motivation and why Mission Hill hog farmer Ray Epp is using dry distiller grains (DDGS) in the rations for his 1,200-head pig production operation.
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  Viet Nam

Retail pork prices soar VND10,000 per kilo
VIET NAM - Big enterprises like Sai Gon Agriculture Incorporated (S.A.I) and Ho Chi Minh City’s leading meat processor Vissan began raising retail prices of pork by approximately VND10,000 (US$0.6) per kilogram Saturday.

  Canada

U.S. M-COOL Could Reduce Interest in Producing Pork in Canada
CANADA - The Canadian Pork Council warns, if U.S. Mandatory Country of Origin Labelling reduces Canadian access to U.S. processing plants, interest in producing pork in Canada will probably decline, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Prairie Swine Centre Expands Group Housing Research
CANADA - Renovations are underway at the Prairie Swine Centre's Floral research facility in Saskatchewan. It will allow scientists to expand research into group housing of sows and weaning age of piglets, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Producers' Plight Warrants Better Income Stabilisation and Short Term Loans
CANADA - The Canadian Pork Council (CPC) says that federal and provincial governments must understand the immediate need to find solutions for Canada's hog producers and act quickly to provide some financial relief.

Pork Commentary: Light at the End of the Tunnel
CANADA - This weeks North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long.

Pork producers looking for provincial help
CANADA - New Brunswick pork producers are looking to the province for financial assistance “to help get them through right now.”

  European Union

EU Pig Meat Export Refunds Proposed
EUROPE - European Agriculture Commissioner, Mariann Fischer Boel, is to take steps to introduce export refunds for pig meat carcases, cuts and bellies as a response to the difficult market situation.

EU pig prices: Stabilising with prospects
EU - The European finished pig market has hardly changed during the past week.
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  China

Germany and China Sign Agreement Paving Way for German Pork Imports
CHINA - Germany and China have signed an agreement for closer cooperation over food security and animal and plant health.

China clamps down on unsafe pork
CHINA - China will start a renewed push against illegal slaughterhouses and the sale of diseased, spoiled and doctored pork. It is part of a campaign to ensure food safety, says the Commerce Ministry.

Wholesale Pork Price Rises for Seven Weeks
CHINA - The Chinese Ministry of Commerce says that edible oil and meat prices have increased last week, during. Market monitors noted that pork prices have risen consecutively for seven weeks.

China insures 45 Per Cent of Sows to Ease Pork Shortage
CHINA - China HAS insured 44.5 percent of sows nationwide in a bid to ease a pork shortage and curb the rising price of China's staple meat.

Changhua Raises African Swine Fever Alert
CHINA - Animal and livestock disease control authorities in Changhua County raised an alert on Thursday against a possible outbreak of African swine fever that has reportedly wreaked havoc on hog farms in northern China recently.

  Netherlands

Herbal worm control a plus for organics, say researchers
NETHERLANDS - Studies by the Animal Sciences Group at Wageningen University in the Netherlands have proved that a non-pharmaceutical worming programmes, using specific plant extracts can be very effective.

  Australia

Democracy Or Corruption In The MLA
AUSTRALIA - ABA Chairman Brad Bellinger said today, At the MLA's Nov 22 AGM ordinary MLA members will have a hollow vote on the appointment of only three candidates for three vacant MLA Director positions.

Australian Pork Ltd. Welcomes New R&I General Manager
AUSTRALIA - Australian Pork Limited is pleased to welcome Dr Darryl D´Souza, who has been appointed to the position of General Manager, Research & Innovation. Dr D´Souza completed his PhD studies in 1998, at the University of Melbourne, and has worked in a variety of management roles within Australia´s pig industry organisations.

Imports overwhelm pig industry
AUSTRALIA - The amount of pork consumed by Australians has jumped by more than one-third since 2002 to 486,000 tonnes.
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  Thailand

Swine farmers call for price supports and reduced feed tariffs
THAILAND - Rising oil prices are taking a toll on swine production in Thailand as pig farmers carried their protest to Government House, urging the government to set up a fund to buy their animals at higher than market prices and revoke the tariffs on imported pig feed to help reduce production costs.

  Finland

Pig And Poultry Bare Brunt Of Finlands New Subsidy
FINLAND - Finland and the EU reached an agreement on the future of domestic agricultural subsidies through the year 2013 on Tuesday. Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Sirkka-Liisa Anttila met with EU Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel in Brussels to discuss continuing the support for farmers in southern Finland.

  Hong Kong

Pork Crunch in Hong Kong
HONG KONG - Pork lovers will have to dig deeper into their pockets following another price rise - the third in six months.

  South Africa

Obituary: Gerard Braak, Pig Industry Pioneer
PRETORIA - One of the pioneers of industrial and organised pig production in South Africa, Gerard Braak (Senior), has died. He passed away yesterday in Pretoria following a long illness.

Company news


Merial Newport Laboratories Announces Agent Agreement
US - Newport Laboratories, Minnesota has agreed to become sales agent for Merial swine vaccines. It will promote the products through Newport’s veterinarian and swine integrator customer base and earn the rights to market and distribute vaccines including SwiVax™-MH and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae bacterin in the United States.

NOW AVAILABLE: The Pig Journal on CD - Vols 1 - 59
The UK's Pig Veterinary Society is pleased to announce that The Pig Journal Volumes 1-59 are now conveniently available in an easily searchable two CD ROM set.

Two Named Winners of Marbocyl Awards
UK - Consultant practitioners David Chennells (MA, VetMB, CertPM, MRCVS) and John Mackinnon (BVetMed, CertPM, FRCVS) are the winners of the 2007 Marbocyl Achievement Awards.


That's all for this week!

Ed.

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