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Tuesday 25th March 2008
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Production Viruses - A Global Challenge That's Costing a Fortune
By Jake Waddilove, MA, VetMB, MRCVS. In the late 1980's and early 1990's pig production throughout the world started to experience a change in disease patterns that has had a profound impact on the way we have kept pigs ever since.
EU 27 Livestock and Products Semi Annual Report 2008
By USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. During the second half of 2007, increased supply of pork and rising feed costs induced a “return of the pig cycle”.
UK Pig Disease Quarterly Surveillance Report (to December 2007)
By Veterinary Laboratories Agency - This report monitors trends in the major endemic pig diseases and utilises the farmfile and VIDA (Veterinary Investigation Disease Analysis) databases.
US Feed Outlook
By Allen Baker, Edward Allen, and Heather Kmak, ERS USDA. This monthly report examines supply, use, prices, and trade for feed grains, including supply and demand prospects in major importing and exporting countries.
US Pork Outlook Report - March 2008
By U.S.D.A, Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the March 2008: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report.
* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  United States

Weekly Roberts Report: Economy Antics Shaking Markets
US - Agricultural US Commodity Market Report by Mike Roberts, Commodity Marketing Agent, Virginia Tech.

Weekly Review: Pork exports in January were a record high for a month
US - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Market Preview : Is There Some Hope Rising?
US - Was that the sound of a bubble bursting – or was it just the sound of a leak, asks Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D. of Paragon Economics, Inc. in his Weekly US Market Preview.

Livestock Slaughter: Total Red Meat Production Down from Previous Month
By the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service

USDA Reports Could Be Important For Crop Prices
US - Three upcoming USDA reports, due at the end of th month, will provide valuable fundamental information for crop markets, says Darrel Good, Extension Economist, University of Illinois.

'Don't be blah' Campaign Nets $2.23 ROI
US - After 33 months of action, the Pork Checkoff's 'The Other White Meat. Don't be blah' brand campaign has proved a success - in terms of consumer pull and economics.

Feed Prices Whipping up a Perfect Storm
US - All those in hope of some relief on food prices this summer can think again as feed prices continue their relentless increase.
USDA Sees Challenges For Pork, Egg and Beef Sectors
US - USDA issued its latest Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Wednesday. The report suggested challenges and opportunities for the entire sector in the year ahead, reports Peter Shinn, Brownfield.

Mexican Grain Imports Will Increase, says US
US - Mexico’s total imports for grain and feed are likely continue to increase in for 2008/09 period due mainly to the dynamic performance of its livestock sector, says the US Department of Agriculture.

Tyson Boasts 'Above Standard' Ethics
ARKANSAS, US – According to a recent poll on company ethics, Tyson has been labelled 'above standard' and has boasted a ranking of 21st in a listing of the "Best Ethics Programmes Overall".

  Canada

Three Groups Unite to Fight Manitoba Hog Moratorium
CANADA - Three Manitoba based organizations have joined forces in an effort to convince the provincial government to end its recently announced moratorium on swine barn expansion, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Minister Demands Industry Reconvene Crisis Talks
QUEBEC - Following the breakdown of 'survival' talks between Government and Quebec's pig industry, Agriculture Minister Laurent Lessard has called for another meeting with the province's pork processors and pig producers.
Alphamune G - Shielding, Earning
Maple Leaf Closes Plant in Expansion Plans
TORONTO - Canadian pig meat processing company Maple Leaf Foods is to go ahead with its double-shift programme at the value-added cut operations at its Brandon, Manitoba pork processing plant.

Pork Commentary: Is There Any Relief in Sight!
CANADA - The cash market remains dismal, writes Jim Long, President and CEO, Genesus Inc. Last Friday Iowa-Minnesota averaged 49.53 lean. With breakevens around $75.00 that works out to a $50.00 a head loss. With the Canada-USA slaughter hovering around 2.7 million head a week it translates industry wide into an equity evaporation of about $130 million a week.

A Science Based Approach Needed to Address Nutrient Loading
CANADA - Keystone Agricultural Producers is urging the Manitoba government to abandon its recently imposed moratoriums on swine barn expansion and adopt a science based approach to dealing with nutrient loading, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Olymel and Westco Join Forces
CANADA - Major Canadian pig meat and poultry company, Olymel, is to join forces with Groupe Westco - a major poultry production group in New Brunswick.

Government Proposes New Feed Rules for Biofuel Grains
OTTAWA — The Government of Canada is working hard for farmers and continuously exploring new and innovative possibilities for our producers.
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  United Kingdom

Scottish Industry Facing Extinction
UK - Industry observers say that Scotland's pig industry could disappear within a few months,

PMWS and PDNS in the UK
UK - Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) Quarterly Surveillance report on PMWS and PDNS from October to December 2007.

Levy Reduction Will Come in April
UK - A 10 pence cut in the pig levy has been announced as part of a strategy agreed by the board of the British Pig Executive (BPEX) to help the industry in its hour of need.

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

  European Union

EU Pig Prices: Easter Breather!
EU - On the verge of Easter, the EU pigs-mature-for-slaughter-market proves to be generally balanced.

  Ireland

Retailer Loss Leaders Choking Irish Pig Sector
DUBLIN - IFA President Padraig Walshe says retailers are killing the Irish pig industry by using pigmeat as a loss leader.
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  New Zealand

Shoppers Can Now "txt" for Recipes
NEW ZEALAND - The New Zealand pork industry has launched a new promotional campaign - by text message.

  Dominican Republic

Caribbean Swine Producers Tough It Out
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Producers the world over are having to live with massive increases in feed costs and the Dominican Republic is no different, especially since its producers rely on imported corn and soya from the USA, writes Stuart Lumb.

  Czech Republic

Czech pork prices rise on falling pig numbers
PRAGUE - Czech farmers reduced pig numbers by nearly 80,000 to 2.661 million last year, and continue cutting the numbers this year owing to low buyout prices, according to statistics the Agricultural Chamber have reported.

  Philippines

Filipino Livestock Farmers Acquire a Cutting Edge
PHILIPPINES - Good news is just around the corner for livestock and meat exporters of the Philippines, says Agricultural secretary Arthur Yap.

Company news

ACMC Exports - A Ray of Hope For UK Pig Industry
UK - Yorkshire-based pig breeding company ACMC has announced orders for breeding stock worth nearly a quarter of a million pounds. They come from a number of European countries, including Poland and Spain where new genetics company, Genetica Meidam Sl, is being set up with ACMC as a major shareholder.

Pfizer Pfizer to Acquire Genomics Companies
NEW YORK, US - Pfizer Animal Health is set to acquire two market-leading livestock genomics companies: Catapult Genetics and Bovigen.



That's all for this week!

Ed.

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