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Newsletter - 28th January 2008
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

Optimising Energy Efficiency in Pig Buildings
By pig specialists at the Prairie Swine Centre, Saskathchewan. Energy conservation and efficiency can be achieved by improving management techniques, making minor structural changes to buildings and prduction systems and adopting new technologies. Here, PSC technicians revise some key areas where savings can be made.
Feeding Food Wastes to Livestock1
By Robert Myer and Holly Johnson2- Many food wastes have a high nutritional value, and recycling them for animal feed can be a viable waste disposal option.
Castration of Pigs
By Dr. Allen Harper, Extension Animal Scientist – Swine, Tidewater AREC and published by Virginia Cooperative Extension, Livestock Update. Castration of male livestock intended for meat production is a long standing management practice.
Sow Herd Management
By Ed Barrie - Swine Sow-Nursery Specialist/OMAFRA. Individual sow nutrition is one of the aspects of maximizing sow herd performance in terms of pigs produced per litter, and in the quality of the pigs produced.
UK/EU Pig Populations - December 2007
By Defra - This article is extracted from Chapter 5. of the quarterly pig bulletin published by Defra and provides a brief overview of the latest statistics relating to pig populations in the UK and Europe.
UK/EU Pig Statistics - December 2007
By Defra - This article provides an overview of the latest statistics relating to pigs in the UK and Europe and includes Slaughter figures, Carcase weights, Pigmeat production, trade and supplies and UK and EU Prices and value of pigs.
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Confidence in Long Term Viability of Pork Production
CANADA - Despite one of the most serious economic crisis ever to confront Canadian pork producers, industry leaders remain convinced of the long term viability of the industry, Bruce Cochrane.

Workers Commit To Get Surplus to Charity
CANADA - Pork plant workers in Quebec have put in extra hours to process surplus supplies for charity.

Pork Commentary: Liquidation is underway
CANADA - This week Jim Long reports on the Minnesota Pork Congress in Minneapolis. The US industry is in a state of flux, with significant rationalisation predicted from some corners. Here he notes some key observations from the meeting.

Canada and Circovirus to Blame for State's Failing Pork Market
CANADA - Success in controlling circovirus and Canadian imports are being blamed for Nebraska's oversupply of pork and market collapse.

Feeding Tips That Benefit the Bottom Line
SASKATCHEWAN - Lowering costs of production and increasing revenues is more than just good business, says Canada's Prairie Swine Centre Team. For many producers this is the key to surviving the current market situation.

Energy Efficient Kit Cuts Costs and Protects Environment
CANADA - Manitoba Hydro is encouraging swine producers to cut their energy costs while protecting the environment by replacing heat lamps with heat pads and incandescent lights with fluorescent lights, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Improved Economies of Scale Are Key to Competitive Ability
CANADA - A senior market analyst with the George Morris Centre suggests improved economies of scale are key to restoring the ability of Canadian pork packing plants to compete with their American counterparts, Bruce Cochrane.

Foreign Workers Help Ease Chronic Farm Labour Shortage
CANADA - The production manager with Sunterra Farms says that hiring foreign workers has proved an effective solution to the chronic labour shortage plaguing western Canada's agriculture sector, Bruce Cochrane.

Conference Report: Time to Protect and Reinvent
BANFF - If the world hopes to meet growing demand for food without destroying wildlife habitat, it needs to rethink the relationship between habitat and high yield farming. At the same time, agriculture needs to reinvent itself in order to regain the trust of the public.

Partnership Worries as Industry Urges a Phase Period for Mandatory COOL
MANITOBA - A delegation representing Manitoba’s pork producers is urging the US government to allow a phase in period for Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling.
  United States

Weekly Outlook: Soybean Basis
URBANA - Producers who want to forward price the 2009 or 2010 soybean crops may have to sell futures directly, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

Weekly Review: Pork Exports Up for November 2007
US - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Market Preview: Sow Prices Crumple
US - Weekly US Market Preview provided by Steve R. Meyer, PhD, Paragon Economics, Inc.

Pork and Total Red Meat Production Touches Record Highs
US - In December, pork production totaled 1.97 billion pounds, up 10 percent from the previous year, says the US Department of Agriculture. Hog kill was 9.69 million head, up nine percent from December 2006 and the average live weight increased one pound from the previous year, at 272 pounds.

Market Dominates, But Planning Also Key Issue at Iowa Congress
US - At the Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines this week, producers were asked about the most important issue facing them. The answer depended on who was asked, says Peter Shinn.

Demand High and No Cut in Livestock Expected
US - Farm prices are unbelievable - and if you are a livestock producer on the consuming end of corn and soybean meal, then that high price is a high cost, and loading up losses, writes Stu Ellis of University of Illinois Extension.

Evolving PRRS Maintains Challenge for Producers
US - A new strain of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS), under observation by the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Lab since the Spring of last year, is likely to keep the virus bubbling on US pig units well into 2008.

PCV2 Lowers Vaccine Efficacy
In 2006, Iowa State University scientists Dr T Opriessnig and Dr. PG Halbur demonstrated experimentally that subclinical PCV2-infection is associated with decreased vaccine efficacy, write JoAnn Alumbaugh at Farms.Com.

Eat Meat for a Healthy Diet
LEXINGTON, US – After recent conflicting studies regarding a potential link between meat, obesity and cancer, many people might be puzzled about the nutritional value of meat and the proper amount to include in a healthy diet.

Capitalist Attitude Needed to Survive
US - Rising feed costs, lower pig prices and over supply are squeezing finances and crippling hog producers' bottom lines. Future prospects for the industry where at the forefront of the 5,000 producers attending the 2008 Iowa Pork Congress this week.
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  United Kingdom

UK Slaughter Statistics - Pigs Falling
UK - January 2008. This publication by Defra shows various statistics for obtained from surveys of slaughterhouses run in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

New Ad Campaign Launched
UK - A new £1.5m, national advertising campaign has been launched to help save the British pig industry by winning a fairer price for their pigs.

IPPC Problems - Help Is At Hand, Says NPA
UK - As Pollution Inventory forms from the Environment Agency arrive at IPPC pig units, it is becoming clear that producers will need more help than is currently available.

Chinese Export Opportunities Move Closer
UK - The dream of opening the China's diverse pigmeat market to British industry is becoming reality. A technical agreement on a protocol covering the export trade has been finalised and means the Chinese market should be open for British business in the near future.

Farmers' President Gives Evidence to the Anderson Inquiry
UK - British National Farmers' Union President Peter Kendall has been giving evidence to the Anderson Inquiry which was set up to review the Government's handling of last year's foot and mouth outbreak.

Supply Issues Curbing Organic Growth
UK - Mintel Analysts say expansion of the UK's organic food market is being held back. Forcasters say the sector could grow by half its size again within the next five years but it is hampered by supply problems.

New Site Holds Key, says BPEX
UK - Data on average feed prices in the major EU pig industries and weekly sow slaughterings throughout the EU are just some of the information available in a new Key Business Indicators section of the BPEX website.

Kilkenny Protest Over Imported Meat
IRELAND - IFA National Pigs Chairman Michael Maguire has accused Irish secondary processors that trade under Irish names while processing substantial quantities of imported pigmeat, of undermining Irish pig producers who are losing €1m a week.

  Hong Kong

Hygiene Standards Aid Suppy
HONG KONG - Hong Kong imported about 1,000 tonnes of chilled pork on average each month last year, about 83 per cent of it from the Mainland, says Secretary for Food & Health York Chow.


Expo Tour Leads to Exports
PHILIPPINES - Co-ordination between the National Swine Registry and the local Philippine hog industry during a World Pork Expo Tour has resulted in imports of about $450,000 worth of live breeding swine and semen from the US since last year.

Sharp Rises Prompt Personal Yap Inspection
PHILIPPINES - Prices hikes in at least two major wet markets in Quezon City, has promptes the Department of Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap to personally inspect the situation..


Ministerial Inquiry Into Free Range Pork
AUSTRALIA - A Ministerial inquiry has been launched into the rearing procedures used that constitute genuine free-range pork.


Price Rises Spark Ideas for Return to Tradition
CHINA - Liu Yonghao, who started out selling pig feed and later became one of the mainland's richest, sees recent pork price hikes as a call to go back to his old business.

  New Zealand

Pork Consumption on the Up
NEW ZEALAND - New Zealanders consumed a record 21.4kg of pork per capita last year according to the New Zealand Pork Board’s recently released Annual Report.
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Hypor Hypor To Acquire France Hybrides
NETHERLANDS - Hypor, the pig breeding division of Hendrix Genetics BV has signed a memorandum of understanding to acquire France Hybrides from Groupe Glon.

New Test Tracks Genetic Origin As Well As Meat
SPAIN - A joint research project on Hypor's Pork Quality Concept with the University of Barcelona has developed a new DNA test that can confirm the breed and origin of meat from farm animals.

Pfizer Revenues Up for Pharma Giant
NEW YORK - Global Pharmaceutical leader Pfizer has released its financial results for the fourth-quarter and full-year 2007

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