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ThePigSite Newsletter - 3rd March 2008
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We have 4 new features this week:

Economic Impact of Enterisol® Ileitis in Clinical and Subclinical Herds
By M. Adam, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health GmbH, Ingelheim, Germany. Worldwide, ileitis is prevalent in 3 forms: acute, chronic and subclinical.
Philippine Pork Market 2008
By Pia Abuel-Ang, USDA FAS GAIN Report. The Minimum Access Volume (MAV) utilization for pork increased from five to 19 per cent last year, indicating an increase in importation of more premium pork cuts.
Re-Invention for Feed Formulation
By Jane Jordan, ThePigSite Editor. Livestock producers are struggling within the green revolution, but help may be at hand through biotechnology and nutrigenomics.
Intramuscular Myths: Fat has Little Influence on Eating Quality
Studies by PJ Rincker, J Killefer, M Ellis, MS Brewer and FK McKeith of the Department of Animal Science and Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Illinois, scotch claims that intramuscular fat content governs the taste, tenderness and juiciness of prime pork. Genetics and handling at slaughter probably have a greater influence, writes Jane Jordan, ThePigSite Editor.
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Foot-and-Mouth Fears Shut Down Danish Slaughterhouse
DENMARK - Keep up-to-date with Foot-and-Mouth Disease outbreaks across the world.

  United States

Weekly Outlook: Acreage and Yield
URBANA - The corn and soybean markets need to offer the right incentives for corn and soybean acreage in 2008, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.

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

Weekly Review: Live Hog Prices Were Down
US - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Market Preview: Canada Launches Culling Program
US - Weekly US Market Preview provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Pork Producers Struggle With Inputs Costs
US - The ethanol and biodiesel boom may have lifted prices for crop farmers but pork producers who have to deal with high feed costs say they are having difficulty feeding their animals.

Production Benefits from IIleitis Vaccine
MID WEST - Porcine ileitis, a common disease also known as Porcine Proliferative Enteropathy, is caused by the bacterium Lawsonia intracellularis. The costs of the disease can be high and have been projected to exceed US$22 per affected pig and production losses can be significant even if physical symptoms aren’t apparent, writes JoAnn Alumbaugh.

Pork Board Partners 'Share Our Strength' Hunger Campaign
US - The National Pork Board has joined forces with Share Our Strength®, a national organisation working to make sure no kid in America grows up hungry. A national campaign focusing on childhood hunger kicks off this year with huge events planned for six key cities: Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and New Orleans.
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Facts for a Green Generation
US - Sustainability, environmental protection and efficient production are the watchwords for modern agriculture, and finding ways to feed the world's poor, in a 'green' way must also be a goal.

New Plant Opens Out East
ST. LOUIS — Animal health and nutrition company Novus International,has opened a new animal feed input plant in China. The 23,000 square foot facility, in Shanghai will strengthen its market position in Asia and will help expand overall production capacity.

Excellence Puts OSU Manager into Pork Hall of Fame
OKLAHOMA - Kim Brock is a revered figure in agricultural circles. He has led two national championship livestock judging teams while also making money for OSU selling high-dollar, purebred pigs.

Smithfield Pork Profits Better Than Expected
US - Integrated meat giant Smithfield Foods has reported quarterly results that trailed those of a year earlier. Even so the figures easily beat analysts' forecasts, and showed a surprisingly large gain in pork processing profits.


Pork Commentary: We’ve Had Enough Already
CANADA - This week Jim Long of Genesus comments on the dramatic changes happening in North America's pork industry.

Manitoba Pork Producers Encouraged to Consider All Financial Support Programs
CANADA - Manitoba's minister of Agriculture Food and Rural Initiatives is encouraging the province's pork producers to consider all of the options available as contend with the economic challenges facing their industry, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Big Sky Investor Seeks Exit Plan
CANADA - A Saskatchewan Party official has hinted that finance company Investment Saskatchewan Inc. (IS) wants to sell its majority shares in Big Sky Farms, Humboldt.
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Up to 600 Producers Expected to Apply for Hog Loans
CANADA - The Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation expects between 500 and 600 of the province's hog producers to take advantage of a new provincial hog loan program, Bruce Cochrane.

2007 Farm Cash Receipts Decline for Canadian Hog Producers
CANADA - Figures released by Statistics Canada show, while market cash receipts for Canadian farmers hit a record high last year, hog producers lost ground, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Where Will the Meat Come from in 2030
CANADA - The world’s population is increasing by 78 million each year, and by 2030, more than eight billion people will inhabit the Earth.

Sow Herd Reduction Expected in Saskatchewan
CANADA - The Saskatchewan Pork Development Board expects about eight thousand breeding sows to come out of production in Saskatchewan in the near future as the result of severe losses caused by a combination of negative economic factors, writes Bruce Cochrane.

  United Kingdom

Survey Shows Problems for NI Herd Numbers
NORTHERN IRELAND- The Ulster Farmers’ Union says the results of the December Agriculture Survey, published by DARD, highlight the tremendous problems faced by beef and pig sectors in the province.

Animal Health Launches News Alert Service
UK - Animal Health on Wednesday launched a free news alert service to help people keep in touch with the latest developments on notifiable animal disease.

China the Problem... But is Also the Solution
UK - China’s pork imports last year were 44 per cent up on 2006, according to United States estimates. A further 15 per cent increase is expected this year, says the NPA.
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10,000 Back Pig Industry E-Petition
UK - More than 10,000 people have registered their support for Britain's pig farmers by signing the on-line petition at , calling for fair prices for farmers.

Rallying For a Fair Deal and Survival
UK - Pig farmers will descend on Whitehall next week for a protest against unfair prices. The UK industry is calling for fairer deal for producers before it is too late.

NADIS Veterinary Report and Forecast–February 2008
UK - This months report from the National Animal Disease Information Service (NADIS) says the possibility of financial assistance to help herds control Porcine Circovirus comes too late for many as more producers are choosing to depopulate their units. The data is collected from NADIS UK farm inspections.

Trotters Keep Pace with the Anti-Aging Race
UK - As Britain's spending on cosmetic surgery soars, the quest for youthfulness could benefit from the latest anti-ageing food - Pigs' trotters.


Eurotier: Record Sales 9 Months Early
GERMANY - With more bookings and more foor space than ever before, the International DLG Exhibition for Animal Husbandry and Management, EuroTier 2008 reports record exhibitor participation from Germany and other countries.

  European Union

EU Pig Prices: Patchy
EU - Pig prices throughout Europe are reported as patchy way this week. While the movement is clearly upwards (plus 8 euro-cents) in Spain, slaughter companies in Germany are putting the brakes on.


Disease Control Efforts Praised by OIE Director
CHINA - Bernard Vallat, Director General of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has extolled China's efforts in animal disease control and prevention and called for more cooperation with China in the field.

First GM 'Phytase' Corn Licensed
BEIJING - China-based supplier of crop seeds and agri-biotech research, Origin Agritech, says it has licensed a new genetically modified corn variety that includes the beneficial enzyme Phytase.
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  Saudi Arabia

Brazilian Produce: Saudis Want it All
SAUDI ARABIA - In meetings with representatives of the Arab Brazilian Chamber and the Ministry of Agriculture, yesterday, in Riyadh, Saudi leaders stated that the liquidity coming from oil and the local consumer habits are boosting the demand for foods. As the country is reducing local plantations to economise water for human consumption, it plans to import more from Brazil.

  Korea, Republic of

Binders Could Improve Viability of Cheap Starch Sources
SOUTH KOREA - South Korea's feed industry is feeling the pressure of high cereal prices and short supplies. Some mills are expecting to run out of wheat in the next few months and are considering using alternative raw materials, such as Manioc.

Company news

Bug Dutchman Croatian Minister Opens New EU-standard Pig Unit
CROATIA - Zdravko Škarec, a committed and innovative farmer from Polonje, Croatia, has his sights set on the European Union.

jsrgenetics Sign of Times: GB Nucleus is Cut Back
UK - Leading pig breeding and genetics company JSR Genetics intends to reduce its United Kingdom nucleus herd. The cut backs will be made during this year - but it's not all down to the sad consequences of the current economic situation.

ACMC ACMC Slams Cameron's 'Omissions'
UK - Stephen Curtis (pictured), chairman of Yorkshire-based international pig-breeding company ACMC, has written to David Cameron, leader of the Conservative party, about two serious omissions from his speech delivered at the NFU's centenary meeting.

Merial Merial's SAPO Licence Restored
Merial Animal Health has been given the go-ahead to restart making vaccines to protect animals from foot and mouth and bluetongue disease at its Pirbright Centre in the UK.

Hypor Hendrix Genetics B.V. sells Plumex B.V. to its founder J. de Lange
GLOBE - Hendrix Genetics and Poultry Concepts signed an agreement in which Poultry Concepts acquires an 80% shareholding in Plumex, effective from 1st January 2008.

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