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Welcome to this week's newsletter

For those who have been waiting, the most recent edition of the Pig Journal is now available.

Also, don't forget that the Iowa Pork Congress is on Wednesday and Thursday this week.

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

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.
Shoulder Sores in Sows
By Mark White BVSc DPM MRCVS, NADIS Health Buletin. Ulceration of the skin over the point of the shoulder producing a “shoulder sore” is a common finding in indoor sows.
Feeding Bioenergy Coproducts to Swine
By Brian J. Kerr, Research Leader, USDA-ARS, Ames, Iowa; Mark Honeyman, professor, and Peter Lammers, research assistant, Animal Science Department; and Sherry Hoyer, Iowa Pork Industry Center, Iowa State University.
US Pork Outlook Report - January 2008
By U.S.D.A, Economic Research Service.
Netherlands Livestock and Product Opportunities on the EU Market
By USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
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* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  United Kingdom

Positive Signs at the Coal Face
UK - The British pig industry is still showing improved production performance according to the latest Cost of Production survey published by the British Pig Executive (BPEX).

Seeing Red May Benefit Sales
UK - Would red-top readers buy more British pork, asks the NPA. Questions are being raised about the industry's current pig industry marketing campaign.

More Flexibility - Prime Factor for Tulip Re-negotiations
UK - Producers who supply pigs to Tulip abattoirs, including Geo Adams, will have thier contracts renegotiated. However, Tulip has assured that it is not planning to cut contract numbers.

Labels Mislead and Must be Improved
UK - Campaigners says that pork labelled 'free-range' can be misleading.

Sustainable/Environmental Biofuel Feedstock is Praised
UK - Rules being published under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation to set new standards on green sustainability, have received praise from the National Farmers' Union.

  United States

Adjust Weights to Accommodate Feed Price
AMES - As lower hog prices and higher feed costs continue to pressure pork producer margins, Iowa State University Extension livestock economist John Lawrence says it’s time for producers to take a new look at their market weight strategies.

New Fact Sheet Crude Glycerol
IOWA - The director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC), Iowa State University, Professor John Mabry, says a new fact sheet on crude glycerol - a co-product of the bio-fuel industry - provides valuable information about its potential as a swine diet component.

Weekly Review: Hog Slaughter at 2.419 Million Head
US - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.
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Weekly Roberts Report: Lean Hogs Bounce Mildly
US - Agricultural US Commodity Market Report by Mike Roberts, Commodity Marketing Agent, Virginia Tech.

PQA Adviser Training from IPIC
IOWA - Pig industry professionals can become Pork Quality Assurance Plus™ Advisors under the National Pork Board's PQA Plus™ program.

New Group Sinks Teeth into Meaty Issues
US - There was a time, in Iowa, when many rural communities supported a small meat processing plant, where farmers could get hogs or calves butchered for family and friends, or hunters could get wild game processed.

Swiss Sausages Suffer Casing Shortage Under Brazil Beef Ban
US - Swiss sausage processors are gearing up to challenge the EU ban on Brazilian beef over concern that the rule will stop production of one of their best-selling products.

Conference Will Tackle Tough Year Ahead
US - Strategies and management techniques to help pork producers cope with what is likely to be one of the toughest years ahead, will be presented at the 2008 Central Indiana Pork Conference on 22 January in Rossville.

US Offers Credit Guaranteed for Exports to Eurasia
WASHINGTON – The USDA has announced the availability of credit guarantees for sales of US agricultural commodities under the Commodity Credit Corporation's Export Credit Guarantee Program for fiscal year 2008.


Danish “Agro-Oscar” for Big Dutchman-innovation
DENMARK - Pig housing equipment company, Big Dutchman, is to be rewarded for the development of a feed valve for pig feeding at the Agrmek 2008 show in Herning Denmark, this week.


Pork Commentary: Feed Prices Continue to Climb
CANADA - Jim Long's weekly commentary.

Triticale Triumphs in Weaned Pig Diets
CANADA - Nutritional research on the use of triticale in weaner diets has found that the hybrid cereal may offer performance advantages, cost savings and environmental benefits during the latter end of nursery production.
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North American Producers Prepare For Loose Housing
CANADA - The Chair of the VIDO Swine Technical Group suggests producers need to be aware of the strengths and weakness of the various systems before making the switch to housing gestating sows in groups.

Livestock Loan Support Valued at CAN$90M
CANADA - Saskatchewan's agriculture ministry has released application forms for its short-term loan programs for livestock producers.

Processor Told to Pay Up or Close Down,
CANADA - The Prince Edward Island government is demanding an Island hog plant pay back its $1.5-million loan because it has not met the terms of the loan with the P.E.I. Lending Agency.

Saskatchewan Lab First For New Vaccine
CANADA - A new enteric swine vaccine, developed in Québec, will be produced in Saskatoon by the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC). Production starts this month and it is the first live animal vaccine to be developed, validated, and produced in Canada in the past ten years.

US COOL Will Have An Impact in Canada
CANADA - Like their Canadian counterparts, swine producers in Minnesota are extremely concerned about the potential negative impact of Mandatory Country of Origin Labelling.

Variable Quality Limits Inclussion of DDGS in Swine Rations
CANADA - Alberta Agriculture and Food says variable quality remains a key obstacle to increasing the inclusion of co-products from ethanol production in swine diets.


HKScan Board Member Dies in Accident
FINLAND - A member of the board of the Finnish pig meat producer HKScan member Heikki Kauppinen, was killed in an accident while skiing on last week.

New Managing Director of Rakvere Lihakombinaat
FINLAND - Anne Mere has been appointed managing director of AS Rakvere Lihakombinaat, part of Finnish pig procesing company HKScan’s Baltic Group, from 2 February.
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TEAGASC Consult Industry on Future
IRELAND - A study of the pig industry to prepare a Development Strategy for the sector has been carried out by the Teagasc Pig Production Development Unit.


Chinese Market Reopens to Germany
GERMANY - The Chinese market has reopened to German pig meat.

  European Union

EU prices: Light at the End of Tunnel?
EU - The situation in the European slaughter pig market remains unchanged.

No Compassion in Cloning
EU - The animal welfare group, Compassion in World Farming, has said that they are appalled at the recently released European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) draft Opinion on animal cloning.


China Moves to Steady Prices Amid Inflation Concerns
BEIJING - China is to take legal, economic and the necessary administrative measures to stabilise prices in the face of concerns over growing inflation.

Moves Stamp Out Price Manipulation
CHINA - Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam- kuen has announced arrangements with Beijing's Ministry of Commerce that will stamp out price manipulation on pork.

  Hong Kong

Profiteering Suspected in 'Unusual' Market
HONG KONG - The Consumer Council has started an investigation into the recent spate of pork price surges. It wants to find out if wholesalers are profiteering from market conditions.

Volunteer Prices or Law Will Enforce Publication
HONG KONG - Legislation demanding that pork wholesalers publish their pricing details could be enforced unless the industry volunteers the information.

Export Focus for Mandaue Convention
PHILIPPINES - Enhancing Pork Production for Export will be the theme of The National Federation of Hog Farmers Convention from 24 to 26 April Mandaue City, Cebu.

Company news

Nedap Velos North American Business for ESF Specialist NEDAP
NORTH AMERICA - As US and Canadian pig producers start transfer to group housing gestating sows, following a ban in some states on the use of gestation-stalls, electronic housing specialist NEDAP Agri has set up a N. American arm to its business.

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica UK New Additon to Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Swine Team
MISSOURI – Bill Knoch has joined Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica as sales representativeannounced within its swine division.

ACMC - The new tradition in genetic excellence Thompson's Tip: Lesson for Lumps and Lameness
Many cases of lameness in pigs are a result of mechanical injury and do not always need antibiotics, says vet Paul Thomson MRCVS, consultant practioner with breeding company ACMC.

Mixed Infections Pose Serious Financial Threat to Swine Industry
SWITZERLAND - New survey data released today shows that swine specialists worldwide believe mixed enteric and respiratory infections pose a serious problem to infected herds.

Topigs José Antonio Gómez New Manager TOPIGS Iberica
SPAIN - José Antonio Gómez has been appointed manager for TOPIGS Iberica.

That's all for this week!


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