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ThePigSite Newsletter - 18th February 2008
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Field Experiment with Enterisol® Ileitis in Spain
By José Luis Lorenzo and Mª Luisa Rosas of MAPORC S.C. Segovia. Ileitis is a very common disease, and its prevalence is very high on most farms in Spain.
Public Health Risk-Based Inspection System for Processing and Slaughter
By the USDA, FSIS. The US Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing a Public Health Risk-Based Inspection System (PHRBIS) for all processing and slaughter establishments.
Hog Operations Increasingly Large and More Specialized
By William D. McBride and Nigel Key. This finding is drawn from The Changing Economics of US Hog Production, by USDA Economic Research Service, December 2007. Structural change in U.S. hog production during the past two decades has had profound effects on industry performance and on strategies for dealing with change.
US Pork Outlook Report - February 2008
By U.S.D.A, Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the February 2008: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report.
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Pork Producers Demand Safeguards
Pork producers from the states of Michoacán, Queretaro and Jalisco in Mexico have demanded that the federal government enforce safeguards and close the borders to imports of pork meat.

  United States

Weekly Roberts Report: Volatility Continues
US - Agricultural US Commodity Market Report by Mike Roberts, Commodity Marketing Agent, Virginia Tech.

NASS Report: US - Canadian Hog Inventory Up Two Percent
US - The latest National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, shows an increase in pig numbers in both the US and Canada.

Weekly Review: Futures prices ahead of the game
US - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Market Preview: Canadian Pig Count Disappoints
US - Weekly US Market Preview provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Pork Industry and Input Prices
US - Pork producers are experiencing difficult times - and they are likely to continue. Data from John Lawrence at Iowa State University showed that the total cost of producing a 270-pound hog in an Iowa farrow to finish operation for pigs born in July 2007, and slaughtered in December 2007, was $49.53 per hundred pounds live weight, or $66.04 carcass weight.

US Anger at Misleading Aussie Import Info
US - The National Pork Producers Council continues to be concerned about the continued attempt by Australian Pork Limited (APL) to mislead its members and Australian consumers about the economics of imported pork products.
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US Pork Exports Set New Record
US - The US pork industry achieved its 16th consecutive record-setting year of exports in 2007, according to statistics compiled by the US Meat Export Federation.

K-State Expert Heads Disease Delegation in China
KANSAS - Millions of Chinese pigs are dying of a newly emerging disease. But, researchers are now a step closer to understanding the disease complex, thanks to the assistance of a Kansas State University virologist and a team of specialists who recently visited the country.

Hog Farm Helps Political Campaign
US - Paul Thibault, Republican candidate for the 13th state Senate district, was talking about cutting pork from the state's diet.

Meat and Livestock Groups Speak Out Against the SAVE Act
US - The meat, poultry and livestock sectors came together this week to inform Congress that the Secure America through Verification and Enforcement (SAVE) Act, introduced by Representative Heath Shuler and Senator Mark Pryor in November of 2007, would cause serious issues in the meat and poultry industries.

  United Kingdom

Feed Prices Focus for BPPF Debate
UK - Grain prices and risk management will be prime topics at this year's British Pig and Poultry Fair and are set to fuel new forum programme - the feed debate.

Danes in Plea for Help
UK - As a result of the rebellion among Danish Crown suppliers, the Danish Meat Association is to make a plea to the Danish Parliament for pig industry aid.

Confidence Survey Issued
UK - The British Pig Executive (BPEX) is to carry out its second Annual Industry Confidence and Service Quality Survey to discover how the industry has changed over the last year.

Red Meat Body Moves To Ensure Sustainable Future For Pig Industry in Wales
Hybu Cig Cymru-Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is to take direct responsibility for the marketing, promotion and development of the Welsh pig sector from 1 April.
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Are You A Foodie Or A Fuellie?
UK - More and more people are looking at food not only as fuel but also as a pleasure to give satisfaction. In recent years there has been growth in the premium end of food markets, particularly the market for pork and pork products.

Valentine's Day Pig Causes a Stir
UK - Although pigs are not usually seen as the most cuddly farm animal, one little piglet is setting hearts a flurry.

Back to School to Mark the Menu
UK - The British Pigmeat Quality Standard Mark is now a regular feature on school menus throughout Norfolk, Lancashire and Derbyshire. The main aim is to restore parents’ faith in the quality of school meals, writes Digby Scott.


Pork Commentary: Government Should Quit Sask Production
CANADA - Jim Long says North American prices will continue to fall and he also tables his thoughts on Saskatchewan's Big Sky situation and government's ownership of hog production in the province.

Swine Flu Monitoring Important for Farm Workers
CANADA - University of Alberta researchers have called for the monitoring of workers on pig farms as part of influenza pandemic preparedness, saying that a child was diagnosed with swine flu in 2006 on a communal farm in Canada.

KAP Expresses Concern Over Pending Manitoba Employment Standards Code Changes
CANADA - Keystone Agricultural Producers is expressing its concern over plans by the Manitoba government to create different categories of agricultural worker and extend provisions of the provincial employment standards code to those workers based on those categories, Bruce Cochrane.
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Prices Improve But Prairie Pork Producers Continue to Lose Money
CANADA - The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture expects the rate of North American sow liquidation, weekly U.S. hog slaughter numbers, U.S. stocks of meat in cold storage and global demand for pork to be among the key factors driving live hog prices throughout 2008.

Swine Producers Encouraged to Consider PRRS Eradication
CANADA - The St. Peter, Minnesota based Swine Vet Center is encouraging swine producers to consider steps for the eradication of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Meetings Replace Conference to Address Financial and Future Challenges
SASKATOON - The pork industry is under the greatest pressure in recent memory, making it a serious challenge for individual farms to remain a viable enterprise. At this point, after months of below break-even prices, pork producers are looking for any relief they can find.

Prairie Swine Centre Seminars to Focus on Cost Saving Management Practices
CANADA - To help pork producers trim production costs and reduce losses during the low end of the price cycle the Prairie Swine Centre will be hosting a series of information meetings across Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, writes Bruce Cochrane.

New Manitoba Employment Standards Code Cause for Concern on the Farm
CANADA - Agricultural organizations in Manitoba are expressing concern over proposed changes that will expand the scope of the province’s Employment Standards Code to cover most agricultural employees.

  European Union

EU Pig Prices: Spring Awakens Market
EU - This week, the European slaughter pig market is characterised by a change of moods. The tide appears to turning in the European slaughter pig market. After weeks of dpresseion, pig prices seem to have finished hibernating and there are signs of improvement.
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Campaign Launched Against Long Distance Animal Transport
GLOBAL - A global campaign backed by leading animal charities across the world has been launched, calling for an end to the long distance transport of live animals for slaughter.


Pork prices may increase further after disease outbreak in pigs
THAILAND - PRRS and enteric disease are being blamed for a predicted rise in pork prices. The highs are expected to kick in within the next two months.

Company news

JSR Mossie's Pork Finds Five Star Favour
SCOTLAND - Executive Chef Mike Stoddart, of The Marcliffe Hotel near Aberdeen, was so impressed by the flavour and succulence of farmer Ian Davidson's pork that he put it on the hotel menu and gave it its own distinctive name - 'Mossie's Pork'.

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