Newsletter - 4th February 2008
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We have 4 new features this week:
Modified Diet May Increase Swine Birthrate
By Stacy Kish, Cooperative State Research a, Education and Extension Service, United States Department of Agriculture. For more than 20 years, intensive genetic selection has led to an increase in both litter size and birth weight in swine.
Revisit Management and Gain Bottom Line Benefits
From the Prairie Swine Centre in Saskatchewan. Ideally, all farms should be using many of the following ideas, but if not, now is the time to revisit and re-evaluate them to see if there are hidden profits waiting to be discovered. The changes can be implemented and monitored easily.
Three Tricks to Improve Profits in Hog Production
By Steve Dritz, Kansas State University. The following paper is taken from a presentation to the Shakespeare Swine Conference in Ontario.
Corn Price Rises Could Hit Increasing US Pork Production
By Chris Harris, Senior Editor ThePigSite. The US pig meat industry is continuing to produce more and more meat with fewer and fewer livestock numbers.
Demand For Free-range Pork Increases
UK - Demand for free-range pork has gone up but supply could be limited if action is not taken to support farmers, warns a leading producer, reports MeatInfo.
Warning over Global Food Security
UK - Global food supplies are set to become less secure and prices more volatile. This was the prediction from UK Meat and Livestock Commission Chairman Peter Barr as he opened the organisation's annual Outlook Conference on Tuesday.
Reported Drop in Sow Body Condition
UK - A drop in sow condition has been observed by a number of NADIS reporting vets in the UK over the last two months, despite the fact that so far the winter has been fairly mild.
Manitoba Pork Producers Call for Changes to CAIS
CANADA - Manitoba Pork Concil says those farmers who followed the advice of government by diversifying their operations are falling through the cracks of the Canadian Agricultural Income Stabilization Program, writes Bruce Cochrane.
Future Viability Questioned
CANADA - Government support is vital if PEI producers are to survive the current market crisis. However, critics are asking if the industry is capable of sustaining the high feed costs that are predicted for the long-term.
Pork Commentary: Iowa Pork Congress Report
CANADA - Last week we were at the Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines , Iowa . The Iowa Pork Congress is the premier state show and this year had more exhibitors than a year ago, says Jim Long.
Quebec Producers to get PMWS Aid in February
QUEBEC - The $17.5 million aid package for Quebec's PMWS-hit pig farmers will start next month. The province announced plans for direct aid and interest-free loans yesterday and will be welcome relief to the cash-strapped industry.
CANADA - Manitoba's chief veterinary officer says advance planning for animal health emergencies is critical for the protection of Canada's livestock industries, Bruce Cochrane.
Protest over Mandatory Cool Urged
CANADA - Manitoba Agriculture Food and Rural Initiatives is advising Manitoba pork producers to encourage their American customers to express their concerns over the pending introduction of Mandatory U.S. Country of Origin Labelling, writes Bruce Cochrane.
Targeted Advance Payment Fails to Meet the Needs of Prairie Pork Producers
CANADA - Canadian swine producers are calling for further adjustments to Canada’s agricultural safety net programs after the latest efforts by the federal government deliver help fell far short of expectations.
Weekly Review: Hog Prices Gained Strength This Week
US - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.
Market Preview: Futures Could Stem Liquidation
US - Weekly US Market Preview provided by Steve R. Meyer, PhD, Paragon Economics, Inc.
Weekly Outlook: Corn and Soybeans
URBANA - Corn and soybean prices will likely continue to be very volatile and influenced by a large number of factors, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.
Weekly Roberts Report: Prices Rising
US - Agricultural US Commodity Market Report by Mike Roberts, Commodity Marketing Agent, Virginia Tech.
Illinois Pork Expo focus is staying profitable
ILLINOIS - Peoria is about to become hog heaven again, reports Steve Tarter, PJ Star. The 2008 Pork Expo sets up shop Feb. 5-6 at the Peoria Civic Center.
Groups Urge Congress To Pass Colombia Trade Deal
WASHINGTON – The Agriculture Coalition for Latin American Trade, which includes the National Pork Producers Council and 41 other food and agricultural organizations, sent a letter dated 28th January 2008 to Congress urging passage of the Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement, which will open to U.S. producers a market of 43 million consumers.
US - For more than 20 years, intensive genetic selection has led to an increase in both litter size and birth weight in swine.
1,000 Pig Per Day Plant Proposed for Butte
MONTANA - The Ranchland Packing Company wants to invest $13.5 million in a pork production plant in Butte's TIFID District. The proposed 66,000 square foot operation would slaughter 1,000 pigs a day and is likely to hire some 90 workers.
US Hog futures Pushed by Chinese Favour
US - US pig prices increased to the highest level in four months prompted by speculation that China will latch onto American pork imports as a means of curbing inflation and rising food costs.
Lagoon Conversion Scheme Open for Business
NORTH CAROLINA - The Lagoon Conversion Program (LCP) is now accepting applications from pig farmers seeking financial assistance to install innovative waste management technologies.
Challenges Facing Pork Industry at Annual Meeting
US - Pork Act Delegates are to discuss some of the key issues, challenges and opportunities facing the pork industry during the annual meeting of the US pork industry.
China Off Tyson's Export Hit List
US - Tyson's Chinese trade links are not as have been reported. The Arkansas-based meat giant is not poised to sell product into China and prospects for the near future are unlikely.
Smithfield Case Expected to Go to Trial
US — A US federal court has allowed a civil case brought by pig processing giant Smithfield Foods and Smithfield Packing Company under the RICO statute against the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) and others to move forward.
Investigation Continues into Disease Among Pig Slaughtermen
US - Health officials in the US are now investigating three pig slaughterhouses for possible cases of progressive inflammatory neuropathy (PIN)- a disease believed to be caused among slaughtermen processing pig heads.
IPPA Bestows Honours
IOWA - The Iowa Pork Producers Association has named the winners of its Honorary Master Pork Producer Award. The prestigious honour is given to two people each year for their outstanding and distinguished service to the betterment and success of Iowa's pork industry.
African Swine Fever in Azerbaijan
AZERBAIJAN - The African swine fever virus (ASFV) has been discovered in Azerbaijan, the press secretary of the Agriculture Ministry's veterinary service said Tuesday.
Czech Pig Meat Production on the Up
CZECH REPUBLIC - The Czech Statistical Office (CSU) released the latest results for animal products yesterday. Pig meat production went up by 2.4 % compared to the previous year.
Crisis Aid Extended for French Pig Producers
FRANCE - In a year of strong demand and weak prices, total French pig slaughter numbers rose by 1.3 per cent during 2007 to 25.3 million head. French farm minister Michel Barnier last week added a further €6 million to a €33 million emergency package he announced at the end of last year. The government is funding crisis loans and help with interest payments for pig farmers.
Irish Agriculture Minister in Talks with EU Commissioner
IRELAND - The plight of the Irish pig industry was at the fore when Irish Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Mary Coughlan this week met with Mariann Fischer Boel, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, in Dublin.
Shares Fall as China-Made Pork Products are Recalled
JAPAN - A recall on frozen pork products by Japan Tobacco Inc, the nation's biggest cigarette company, has hit share values. Company shares fell to the lowest in more than 10 months after it recalled products imported from China suspected of being contaminated with pesticides.
Investigators Gear up to Locate Illegal Pork
TAIPEI - In the clamp down to rid the market of unsafe, illegal meat investigators and City Government officials raided two freezing tanks in Hsining Market and Loyang Street in Taipei yesterday in an attempt to find pork from sick and dead pigs.
Russia Blocks Dutch Pork
RUSSIA - The Russian food safety authorities have blocked a shipment of pig meat from Holland because it did not have the correct documentation.
EU Pig Prices: Stifled of Stimuli
EU - The situation is static in Europe's slaughter pig market. Analysts say that overall trade is 'well balanced'.
Hypor Signs MOU To Acquire France Hybrides
FRANCE - Hypor, the pig breeding division of Hendrix Genetics B.V, announces that they have signed a memorandum of understanding whereby they will acquire France Hybrides from Groupe Glon.
Ileitis on a High Says Scottish Census
SCOTLAND - Results from a recent survey indicate that more than 60 per cent of slaughter pigs suffer some degree of Ileitis during their lives. The findings, collected from a comprehensive blood-testing programme carried out in Scotland, provides valuable information on the disease and how control methods could be improved.
Putting a Price on Faster Growth
UK - Improving growth rate in the finishing herd by just 70g per day could help hard-pressed pig farmers increase returns by £2.86 per pig. And that could add up to a benefit of more than £30,000 for the annual output from a 500-sow herd, says Ed Sutcliffe, Technical Director at ACMC.
That's all for this week!