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ThePigSite Newsletter - 17th March 2008

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Monday 17th March 2008
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week:

Peoples Republic of China Livestock and Products Semi Annual - March 2008
By Jianping Zhang & Eric Trachtenberg, the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service GAIN Report. It is uncertain when China will lift its BSE-related ban on U.S. beef and beef products. Although bilateral negotiations continue, no agreement has been reached.
Selling Pigs? Remember Your Swine Brand and PigPass
By Jayce Morgan Livestock Officer Pigs, Cowra NSW. Published in NSW Department of Prime Industries Primefacts. This article outlines the legal requirements for pig branding and obtaining the National Vendor Declaration PigPass in Australia.
Does Dam Parity Affect Progeny Health Status?
By Thomas E. Burkey, Phillip S. Miller, Rodger K. Johnson, Duane E. Reese and Roman Moreno¹. Preliminary data indicate that progeny health status may improve with increasing parity.
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  United States

Canadian Hog Inventory Up
US - This publication is a result of a joint effort by Statistics Canada and NASS to release the total hogs, breeding, market hogs, sows farrowed, and pig crop for both countries within one publication.

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

Market Preview : Of Trends and Such
US - Weekly US Market Preview provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

More than 475 to Lose Jobs With Smithfield Closure
NORTH CAROLINA - Smithfield Packing Company, the nation's largest pork producer, has confirmed that it will close its only unionized plant in Kinston, NC, with the loss of 476 jobs.

Honours for Environmental Steward Awards
US - The National Pork Board's Environmental Steward Award winners will be championed at the National Pork Industry Forum in St. Louis, today.

Ethanol: Powering the Meat and Poultry Price Rise
US - The soaring meat and poultry prices are being fueled by the US ethanol policy drive, says the preliminary results of a recent analysis.

Taking to the Street Helps Promote the Pork industry
US - Educating the public is a priority for producer Bill Tentinger. He knows he has a good story to tell, but just needed a place to tell it.
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US Says Russian Production Poised to Increase
US - American forecasters say that Russia's pig sector is expected yield 41.7 million pigs this year - marking a six per cent increase in productivity.

Pig Link Will Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Research
US - Researchers at the University of Missouri and the University of Iowa have taken the first step in developing a porcine cystic fibrosis model that may more closely mimic the disease in humans.

Hot of the Press: 2008 US Pork Industry Handbook
US - The annual Pork Industry Handbook and DVD is now available and the 2008 version is a good investment for anyone involved in pig production, says authors Purdue University Extension and the US Pork Center of Excellence.

  Canada

Pork Commentary: Corn and soybeans Come Down
CANADA - Iowa-Minnesota closed last Friday at 51.18 lean and with breakevens near 75¢ (at current feed costs). We are seeing losses of $40.00 a head plus. It’s ugly, and it’s painful, says Jim Long.

Wastewater Treatment Upgrades Clears Path for Expansion Plans
CANADA - An agreement on wastewater treatment involving Maple Leaf Consumer Foods and three levels of government has cleared the way for Maple Leaf to move to a full second shift at its Brandon pork processing plant, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Pork Producers Applaud Planned Expanded Hog Slaughtering Capacity
CANADA - Pork producers are applauding new funding agreements that will allow the expansion of processing capacity at Manitoba's two federally inspected hog slaughtering plants, Bruce Cochrane.

Hog Board Offer Quashed
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND - A proposal by Prince Edward Island's Hog Marketing Board to take control of the struggling NOFG processing plant, has been quashed by Premier Robert Ghiz. The plant will now close unless another buyer comes forward.

FCC Awards $2000 to Donate a Hog Program
GUELPH - The Ontario Pork 'Donate a Hog' program has received a CAN$2000 donation from Farm Credit Canada (FCC), presented to the organisation at it Annual General Meeting held in London, this week.
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Mandatory COOL Could Benefit Saskatchewan Slaughter Plant Initiative
CANADA - The Saskatchewan Slaughter Plant Initiative says pending U.S. Country of Origin Labelling is just one of the many reasons for re-establishing primary pork processing in Saskatchewan, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Sask. hog farmers get new AgriStability TAP
CANADA - Saskatchewan's pig producers will be offered early access to their expected 2008 AgriStability payout under a Targeted Advance Payment (TAP) program.

"When Every Penny Counts" Scheduled for Alberta and Saskatchewan
CANADA - The Prairie Swine Centre is encouraging hog producers to consider adjusting their market weight targets as one way to maximize feed efficiency during a time of high feed costs and low hog prices, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Hope Emerging for Ontario Producers?
CANADA - Producers attending Ontario Pork's annual meeting last week said that they were losing as much as $50 on every pig they sell, but they were hoping the deep slump in their industry has now bottomed out.

  Thailand

Betagro to boost pork production
THAILAND - Amid rising prices for pork, the Betagro Group has invested Bt400 million in four new pig farms in Lopburi province. It is aimed at increasing premium quality pork production for the domestic and export markets.

Focus Asia Celebrates Most Successful Event Yet
BANGKOK, THAILAND - The 3rd Pig and Poultry Focus Asia and the 1st Dairy Focus Asia technical conferences that were recently held at the prestigious Imperial Queen's Park hotel in Bangkok, Thailand were a great success with over 600 delegates from over 30 countries from around the world attending.

Exports Ban Aims to Steady Market
THAILAND - A ban on pig exports, in a bid to reduce rising domestic pork prices, could be enforced in Thailand. Numerous media reports hinted at the move during the weekend after Commerce Minister Mingkwan Sangsuwan, a member of the People Power Party (PPP) announced the plan last Friday.
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  United Kingdom

Lessons Learned: Reviewing UK Foot and Mouth Response
UK - The British Authorities have improved their contigency planning, but the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Surrey last year should never have happened.

FMD Review Through the Eye of the Beholder
UK - Yesterdays review of how the Foot and Mouth Disease crises was handled by the government has received an array of reactions, from Hilary Benn's pride, to Jim McLaren's call for devolution.

Taxis Rank First For Scottish Pork Campaign
SCOTLAND - Pork promotion has taken to the streets. A new new campaign has been launched on a fleet of Edinburgh taxis to encourage Scots to support their local pig industry.

Cabinet Secretary Takes Industry Plight to Brussels
SCOTLAND - The difficulties facing Scotland's pig sector will be made clear by Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment Richard Lochhead when he travels to Europe today.

  Czech Republic

Subsidies Yield Profits But Pig Production Suffers
CZECH REPUBLIC - Profit in Czech agriculture nearly doubled year-on-year to a preliminary Kc13.7bn in 2007, namely because of EU and national subsidies.

  China

Chinese Slaughter Heading for a Fall
CHINA - According to a new report, China's livestock slaughter industry is about to take a fall, as the pig industry shrinks under pressure and the poultry industry is sickend with flu.

Dalian Exchange Ready For Futures
CHINA - The Dalian Commodity Exchange, one of China's biggest agricultural traders, said accelerating the start of hog-futures trading could help boost efforts to increase pork production and stabilize prices.

Hubei Now the Nation's Largest Pig Producer
CHINA - A five-year pig raising project, involving 1.36 billion US dollars of investment, has been launched in Hubei. It makes the central China province the nation's largest pig raising base.

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ACMC Conference Report: Energy Production - A Key Earner for Pig Producers
UK - Energy could be the prime earner for pig farmers. In fact, pigmeat production - in financial terms - might simply become a by-product.

Hypor Hypor China Appoints Sales and Marketing Manager
CHINA - Pig genetics company Hypor China has appointed Mr. Wang Laixi (pictured) as Sales and Marketing Manager, for China.

jsrgenetics New Appointment Supports 'Polish Push'
POLAND - Jacek Gajowczyk, Managing Director of Maxypro Jacek Gajowczyk, a pig production consultant based in the south of Poland, has been appointed as JSR Genetic's main distributor in Poland.

Big Dutchman Open House for First Hi-Tech 'Finnish' System
FINLAND - A working partnership between equipment manufactured Big Dutchman and Finland's premier processer LSO Foods will officially unveil its first pig finishing operation tomorrow at Hämeenkoski.

Business Rises From the Ashes with a First for BD
FRANCE - A fire at that completely destroyed the breeding unit at Paul, David and Vincent Pelletier's farm in La Chapelle Thémer at Vendée in western France did not mean the end of pig production. No, it just spurred them into investment and within a of the disaster the 300-sow operation is working at full capacity.

Topigs Gian Giacomo Grandi New Manager Italian TOPIGS Company HBI
ITALY - TOPIGS is pleased to announce the appointment of Gian Giacomo Grandi (1958) as manager for HBI, with effect from 1 January 2008. HBI is the Italian subsidiary of TOPIGS.

TOPIGS and Yurun Food Group Partners in Nucleus Farm
GENERAL - Thanks to a new partnership between TOPIGS and Yurun Food Group, a nucleus farm will be set up to supply TOPIGS genetics to an integrated pig production chain producing 3 million slaughter pigs per year. The aim of the partnership is to improve the efficiency of pig production and the quality of the pigs.

Nedap Velos Expanding in Asia
ASIA - Electronic sow feeding specialist Nedap Agri has expanded its global sales force.



That's all for this week!

Ed.

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