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Newsletter - 10th December 2007

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Monday 10th December 2007
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

I Want it all... and want it now... Eight ball plan could show you how
By Sue Corning, PIC UK. This is a challenging time for the pig industry and indeed the whole supply chain. There are decisions you can make today that will make a difference, or checks that can help confirm and tweak the decisions you have made to optimise efficiency.
Managing Grouped Sows
By Janeen L. Salak-Johnson and Stanley E. Curtis, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Think about drink: Is it draining profit potential
By Jane Jordan, PigSite Editor. Measuring water consumption in commercial pig production is a valuable management tool. However, water intake in relation to livestock production, is a relatively unexplored territory.
Hungary 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 Hungary.
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  European Union

Europe Revises FMD Status of Cyprus and UK
EU - Member States today endorsed Commission proposals to revise certain foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) measures in both Cyprus and the UK, to reflect the fact that there have been no recent outbreaks in either country.

EU pig prices: Well balanced
EU - The European finsihed pig market appears to be stabilising in the run up to Christmas.

  United States

Hog Outlook: Slaughter Pigs Reach New Record High
US - US Weekly Hog Outlook, 8th December 2007 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Market Preview: US Herd Continues Remarkably Stable Run
US - Weekly US Market Preview w/e 8th December, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Weekly Outlook: Corn Demand
URBANA - The strong demand for corn means that U.S. corn acreage will have to remain large in 2008 if supplies are to remain adequate to keep prices "reasonable" for users, according to a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

Performance Traits Best Measure of Animal Welfare
URBANA - It is time to recognise what farmers have known for generations - the highly productive animal will be the animal that appears to be experiencing low stress, says a University of Illinois Animal Sciences professor, Stan Curtis.

Brazil Signs Draft Pork Export Protocol With China
US - Chinese officials have inked a draft veterinary protocol with Brazil for the export of pork to China, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has learned. Although details of the pact are not available, the agreement was announced during last week's High Level Food Safety Forum in Beijing.
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Tough times for pork producers
US - Pork producers are on the ropes and some cattle producers in British Columbia are being forced out of business because of low prices, soaring feed costs and the strong Canadian dollar.

Neuro Illness in Pork Plant Under Official Investigation
US - The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is investigating a cluster of 11 cases of neurological illness in workers at Quality Pork Processors, Inc. (QPP) in Austin, Minn.

Court Denies Rehearing Of Air Emissions Case
US - In a significant victory for the US pork industry, a federal appeals court on 29 November denied a request for a rehearing of a landmark environmental case.

U.S. Pork Industry Disturbed By EU Export Subsidies
US - The National Pork Producers Council is deeply disturbed by the European Union’s decision to reintroduce export subsidies for pork.

US Pork Producers See Export Potential In Mexico, First Hand
US - Members of the Pork Leadership Academy were introduced them US pork marketing programs in Mexico last week. The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) took pork leaders to see how their product sales continue to expand in this neighboring market.

Disease Management Takes Centre Stage at USAHA
US - Diseases with a substantial economic impact were the focus of the 2007 joint scientific session of the US Animal Health Association and the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians.

  Australia

Death knell for the hog industry
AUSTRALIA - Cumberland County's hog industry will soon be a memory with the province's refusal to provide additional funding to struggling farmers, says one of the area's largest pig farmers.

Pork labels confusing say producers
AUSTRALIA - Australian pork producers have called for new labelling legislation to replace current standards which they say are unclear and misleading.

Pork company defends use of imported ham
AUSTRALIA - Australian Pork Limited is calling on Australia's biggest producer of Christmas hams to withdraw one of its products from the market.
  Canada

Best Possible Production Practices Best Defense Against Spread of Disease
CANADA - The Western College of Veterinary Medicine suggests maintaining the best possible production practices is the first line of defense against the spread of disease in the swine nursery barn, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Requiem for Nova Scotia hog industry
CANADA - Facing rising feed costs and a more competitive Canadian dollar, hog producers in Nova Scotia have been lobbying the Department of Agriculture to help through yet another crisis. Unfortunately, the province isn’t willing to do anymore than it already has.

US and Canadian Producers Want Global Trade Agreements in Wake of EU Subsidies
CANADA - The Canadian Pork Council is expressing concern over the European Union's decision to introduce export refunds on pigmeat products. And, the US-based National Pork Producers Council wants a need to see a global trade agreement for pigmeant under World Trade Organization, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Pork, Cattle Industries on 'Precarious' Perches
CANADA - Pork producers are on the ropes and some cattle producers in British Columbia are being forced out of business because of low prices, soaring feed costs and the strong Canadian dollar.

Sows Housed on Straw Perform Longer than Those Housed on Concrete
CANADA - Research at the University of Manitoba's National Centre for Livestock and the Environment shows the longevity of sows housed on straw tends to be better than that of sows housed on partially slatted concrete floors, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Half Ontario's Pork Farms At Risk Of Leaving Business
CANADA - If feed prices and the Canadian dollar continue to rise, then up to 50 per cent of the estimated 3,100 pork farms in Ontario could potentially be facing a dire financial situation, says an agricultural economist working with Ontario Pork.

Report on Environmental Sustainability of Hog Industry Expected by Christmas
CANADA - The Manitoba Clean Environment Commission expects to present its final report on the environmental sustainability of the province's hog industry by Christmas, writes Bruce Cochrane.

  Singapore

Cancer-causing antibiotic found in popular luncheon pork
SINGAPORE - The agent of a popular mainland canned pork product has initiated a recall and suspended sales after tests showed a sample contained a cancer-causing antibiotic.
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  Russian Federation

African swine fever registered in Russia
MOSCOW - The first outbreak of African swine fever in Russia has been registered in a group of wild boars.

  Philippines

New hog farm to benefit Sumilao farmers - San Miguel
PHILIPPINES - San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has appealed to Sumilao farmers who have marched to Manila to “try to look at the bigger picture" in staking their claim on a 144-hectare property in Bukidnon where the company is constructing a state-of-the-art hog farm facility.

  United Kingdom

Refusal to Suspend Levy Puts BPEX Future on the Line
UK - The Meat and Livestock Commission has refused to suspend the £1.05p levy English pig producers are obliged to pay on every slaughtered pig. The National Pig Association has deplored the decision and proposes to challenge it. Member also says it puts the future of British Pig Executive (BPEX) in serious jeopardy.

Latest Lifting of FMD Restrictions Welcomed
UK - Farms in the area most directly affected by this summer’s foot and mouth outbreaks in the UK have been given the goahead to resume exporting meat following the lifting of some of the restrictions that were still in place.

The FMD Fall-out - How Was it Handled in Scotland?
UK - NFU Scotland is asking its members for views on the Scottish Government’s response to the foot and mouth outbreak in Surrey earlier this year.

Diffuse Water Warrants Attention, Says BPEX
UK - BPEX Pig Technologist, Nigel Penlington, has compiled a document summarising the three diffuse water consultations (DEFRA) which have/are taking place.

  Hong Kong

Boycott threatens supplies of fresh pork
HONG KONG - Fresh pork is expected to be absent from most small butchers as buyers stage another boycott today.

Government Steps in as Bidding Causes Disarray
HONG KONG - A decision by Importers of live pigs to auction live pigs in place of the usual allocation process has left the market in disarray. Retailers and households are now paying inflated rates as fresh pork supplies are running out and prices are soaring to new highs of HK$40 per catty or more.

Mainland agrees to boost chilled-pork supply
HONG KONG - The Food & Health Bureau has reached a consensus with the Mainland authorities to increase the chilled-pork supply to satisfy market demand. The market will determine the pork price.
  New Zealand

Pork Industry Board Welcomes Beekeepers’ Win
NEW ZEALAND - The New Zealand pig meat industry has applauded a Court of Appeal decision to maintain strict biosecurity regulations on the country's borders.

  China

Dongguan to ban pig farms from 2009
CHINA - Authorities in this city in Guangdong Province have pledged to ban all pig farming from 2009 amid talk of pork price hikes, as part of efforts to clean up the environment.

Company news

DuPont DuPont Agriculture & Nutrition On Track for Strong 2007
US - The Agriculture and Nutrition (A&N) business of multinational Dupont is on track with its previously announced August financial forecast for the full year 2007, positioning the business for solid 2008 financial performance, according to DuPont Group Vice President Erik Fyrwald.

PIC PIC Announces Expansion of Korean Business
SOUTH KOREA - International supplier of pig breeding stock and developer of genetic potential in pigs, PIC has sent 556 GGPs and GPs to its franchise partner in South Korea.

Topigs Piglet Protocol Gives Insight into Dam Performance and vitality
NETHERLANDS - Piglet vitality and mothering abilities are two key items in the TOPIGS breeding programme.

New Distribution Agreement for Far East
VIETNAM - Agriculture to aquaculture specialists KiotechAgil has successfully agreed a new distribution agreement with JJ- Degussa for Vietnam. It will give the natural additive company additional market strength in the region.



That's all for this week!

Ed.

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