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Newsletter - 14th January 2008
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

New Pig Housing for Polish Family Farm
Looking at the situation in the Polish agriculture, it is likely that only few farmers will decide to make new investments to increase production.
Meat Products: Competition from Low Cost Countries
By Peter van Home and Robert Hoste for the FAO. The EU is a leading exporter of meat: net exporter for pork and poultry and net importer for beef.
Genetic Gains - FCR Should Be The Focus
By Jane Jordan, ThePigSite Editor. As feed costs continue to rise pig producers are trying to squeeze every scrap of growth and performance from their herds - which is not easy given the many variables involved in producing a quality carcases.
Zoonotic Infections in Europe: Trends and Figures
The following report is a summary of the EFSA-ECDC annual report.
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* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  United States

Market Preview: Tough Year - But How Bad Will It Get?
US - Weekly US Market Preview, provided by Steve R. Meyer, PhD, Paragon Economics, Inc. This year will be tough, he says.

Weekly Review: Hog Slaughter Still Above Expectations
US - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Weekly Outlook: Poor 2008 Pork Outlook
US - This year may be the worst financial year for pork producers since the infamous 1998, said a Purdue University Extension marketing specialist.

AgFeed Industries Receives Chinese Government Grant
AgFeed Industries' Lushan Breeder Hog Farm was designated a "National Breeder Hog Center" by the Chinese government.

Turning up the Heat on Transport Requirements
WASHINGTON - The US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has put forward plans for new regulations on animal transport requirements.

Pork Checkoff and Illinois Corn Growers Collaborate on DDGS Research
ILLINOIS - The National Pork Checkoff Board and the Illinois Pork Producers Association have announced a collaborative programme with the Illinois Corn Marketing Board aimed at improving pig feed utilisation.

Hog Feedlot Controversy
US - A judge is considering new evidence in a feed lot controversy. Holden Farms is building a feed lot ten miles south of Austin that will hold eventually up to five-thousand hogs.

Painful Predictions for US Producers
US - Expansion last year in the US hog industry could come back this year to bite producers in their collective wallet.


Bio-methane Gas Generator Inaugurated
PHILIPPINES — The first bio-methane gas generator in Mindanao has been inaugurated at the Cecilia Stock Farms, a large-scale piggery in Barangay Mahayag, Bunawan, in Davao City.

Market Research Helps Livestock Industry Better Meet Consumer Demands
CANADA - Research being conducted on behalf of four Canadian livestock commodity groups is providing producers, processors and retailers information to help them take advantage of opportunities to meet consumer demands in the market place, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Hog industry on verge of collapse
CANADA - Bacon. Ham. Anything pork related and most people salivate at the thought. But as that $5 per pound bacon sizzles away in the family’s cast iron skillet filling the house with that wondrous aroma, consider the pork producer and the fact he was paid pennies to produce what consumers are paying top dollar for.

Research Seeks Environmentally Friendly Manure Management
CANADA - New research being conducted by the University of Manitoba is looking for ways to manage livestock manure without imposing significant risks to the environment, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Pork Commentary: Rationlisation Inevitable, But Future Has Prospects
CANADA - In this week's pork commentary, Jim Long analyses the effect of the Christmas holidays. Market stability now depends on a clear run of trading for at least three weeks.

Finacial Help on TAP for Sask. Pig Farmers
CANADA - The Canadian Government has approved a targeted advance program (TAP) for hog farmers in Saskatchewan under the AgriStability program.

Live Hog Prices Expected to Edge Up
CANADA - The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture predicts live hog prices will improve in western Canada during the first half of 2008 but will continue to fall short or break even, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Canada's Hog Industry Awaiting Federal Help
OTTAWA - Canada’s 11,000 hog farmers have called on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to step in to keep the industry alive.

First Standards for Live Pig Futures Announced
CHINA - A panel composed of academics and officials has reviewed and passed China's first industry standards for live pig futures at the Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE), one of the country's three futures exchanges.

Glowing Developments: Fluorescent Sow Reproduces Trait
CHINA - Reports in Chinese State Media say that a fluorescent green Chinese pig has given birth to piglets that share the dam's transgenic characteristics.

Pig Shortage Will Push Prices Skywards
CHINA - Traders are feeling the heavy hoof of growing pork prices for the second time since December.

China Ploughs $Millions into Abattoir Upgrade
BEIJING - China is to invest more than 500 million yuan (US$68.8 million)in a nationwide pork quality overhaul. It will upgrade 3,279 abattoirs, said the Ministry of Commerce (MOC).

  European Union

2007 Comparison of European Pig Prices
EU - Trading levels in the EU pig market are undershot by seven per cent throughout the community compared with last year. Germany is no longer close to Spain and the Netherlands has been outdistanced by France. Poland's pig market started to racing at the end of the year, with new opportunities for Russian exports.


EU-Romania Deal on Pig Slaughter
ROMANIA - The EU will let Romania continue slaughtering animals in the traditional way for Christmas and Easter, Romania's agriculture minister says.
Porcilis M Hyo is an inactivated vaccine for active immunisation of pigs to protect them against Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae during the whole nursery and fattening period.
  United Kingdom

Ant Know-how Could Access the Wireless for Pigs
UK - Computer systems specialist, David Dobson has been appointed by Berkshire-based technology company Farmex to research methods that could revolutionise the way piggery systems are controlled and monitored.

Consultation on New Animal Diseases Bill
UK - The Northern Irish agriculture ministry has launched a consultation on proposed new measures to prevent and control animal and poultry diseases.

Feed Costs Continue to Hit Pig Meat Production
UK - France and Spain are the only EU countries expected to increase pig meat production as the industry continues to be hit by high feed costs and disease outbreaks.

Scottish Pig Producers Rise to the FCI Challenge
Scottish pig producers were brought down to earth with a bang in the New Year with the introduction of the EU's new Food Chain Information requirements.

5p Price Increase Could Have Saved Pig Company
UK - Yorkshire-based pig production companies, DRS Pigs Ltd and MCB Sow Company Ltd, both went into administration yesterday having amassed debts of over £3 million.

Levy Investment Delivers NI Producers Profit Value
NORTHERN IRELAND - Pig producers in Northern Ireland contribute 21p for every pig slaughtered in Northern Ireland to the ‘Pig levy’ The Pig Production and Development Committee (PPDC) has been responsible for the distribution of this money and during the past 10 years, and 2p of the 21p per pig has been allocated to pig research at AFBI, Hillsborough - an investment that's proved very worthwhile.

TraceAssured Launches World First from Northern Ireland
UK - In a ground breaking world first, TraceAssured Ltd has tlaunched a new online food chain traceability initiative aimed at providing the global food industry with the ability to trace the source and content of all food product ingredients instantly.

Cash for New Ideas
The British Pig Executive has earmarked £200,000 to help producers and processors develop new ideas.

Pig Aid Launched
UK - The British pig industry is looking for pig farmers, who can sing and play musical instruments, to take part in a recording of a campaign song.

PCV2 Vaccination Project
A new vaccination project has been given a tentative thumbs-up by the British Pig Executive (BPEX) with backing of potentially as much as £2 million.
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Alliance Brings Genetic Gains
WORLDWIDE - Cobb-Vantress and Hendrix Genetics have announced an alliance that will strengthen both company's position in the livestock genetics business. The deal hopes to be finalised by Summer 2008.

  Viet Nam

PRRS Outbreak in South Viet Nam
VIET NAM - A Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) outbreak has been reported in Vietnam's southern Bac Lieu province.

Black Market Theives for Tainted Meat
VIET NAM – The Reports in Viet Nam say that low quality meat, preserved by toxic chemicals, is slipping through the border province of Lang Son from China.


'Alzheimer' Piglets Earn Science Accolade
DENMARK - The birth of the world’s first cloned piglets with genes for Alzheimer’s disease have won an award for Denmark's best scientific breakthrough of the year 2007.


Ban Lifted on Pork and Poultry imports from Moscow Area
UKRAINE - The Ukraine has lifted the ban on pork and pigmeat and poultry, poultry meat products and raw materials rom Russia's Moscow region that it had imposed in 2007 due to health disease risks.


Nutreco to Buy Spanish Feed and Meat Operations
SPAIN - Nutreco is set to buy the feed and meat assets of Copaga in Catalonia, Spain.


Quit Rate Up and National Herd Falls 10 Per Cent
AUSTRALIA - Australian press reports suggest that high numbers of pig farmers are deserting the industry. They cannot compete against an increasing wave of cheaper imported pigmeat products.

RSPCA Australia Rallies Against Cruelty
AUSTRALIA - The Australian Royal Society for Protection of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has joined the worldwide mounting clamour for improved welfare conditions in pig and egg production.

Company news

NEW: The Pig Journal Volume 60 out in new A4 Format
UK - The latest edition of the Pig Journal, published by the UK Pig Veterinary Society is now available in a fully refereed and new A4 book format.

Hypor Packer Pays Premium For Hypor Hogs
CANADA - In Quebec, Hypor Genetics will not only give you preference to packers, but it could also put some premium dollars in your pocket.

Pfizer New Communications VP for Pfizer
NEW YORK, US - Pfizer Inc today named Sally Susman Senior Vice President of Worldwide Communications and Chief Communications Officer with overall responsibility for Pfizer’s global communications, reporting to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Kindler. She will join Pfizer’s Executive Leadership Team.

Topigs New CEO For Pigture
THE NETHERLANDS - Martin Bijl has been appointed as new general director of Pigture Group, the parent company of TOPIGS.

New SPF Nucleus in Germany
GERMANY - The opening of the new breeding farm at in Western Germany, gives TOPIGS SNW has a new nucleus source in the region.

High Health Unit Opts for Own Transport
THE NETHERLANDS - Dutch SPF Nucleus breeder Hendriks has purchased its own truck to transport feed from the mill to its breeding farms.

That's all for this week!


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