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ThePigSite Newsletter - 31st March 2008
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Russian Federation - Livestock and Products Semi Annual Report 2008
Pork production is expected to increase 6 percent in 2008, due in most part to growing investments in swine production and higher reproductive yields, according to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Services.
Effects of Increasing Concentrations of Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles (DDGS) on Growth Performance of Weanling Pigs
By Thomas E. Burkey, Phillip S. Miller, Swapna S. Shepherd, Roman Moreno, Erin E. Carney1.
Impact of Feeder Adjustment on Weaner Performance
By Laura Smith, A. Denise Beaulieu, John, F. Patience, Harold W. Gonyou, and R. Dean Boyd. An experiment was conducted to examine the impact of group size / density and feeder adjustment on the performance of weanling pigs. Providing more floor space resulted in increased body weight at 10 weeks of age.
USDA Quarterly Pigs and Hogs Report - March 2008
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Tightening-Up Space - Does it Effect Growth?
CANADA - With the current shift in the industry toward housing pigs in groups of 100 to 1,000 per pen, questions have been raised as to whether pigs can perform as well in large groups as they do in small.

U of M Questions Science Behind Manitoba Moratoriums
CANADA - The University of Manitoba is raising concerns over the manner in which scientific information it provided is being used by the provincial government to justify its ban on swine industry expansion in most of Manitoba, writes Bruce Cochrane.

PEI Pig Plant Closure Brings Opportunities to Berwick
CANADA - The closure of Prince Edward Island's Charlottetown pig processing plant provides Maple Leaf-Larsen in Berwick, Nova Scotia with some new opportunities.

Superbug Found in Retail Pork
CANADA - Antibiotic-resistant Staph bacteria have been found in pork products purchased in retail stores across Canada. The discovery by Canadian researchers raises questions about how the contamination occurred, how often it happens and the implications for human health.

MPC Puts a Hold on Research Funding
MANITOBA - The Manitoba Pork Council plans a "temporary pause" on all of its research funding in view of what it says is a "permanent moratorium" on the province's hog industry.

Pork Commentary: Iberian Insight Re-affirms Future Hopes
CANADA - This week Jim Long is in Spain where the industry is staying strong. Sure rationlisation is occuring, but there is optimism - a trait he says the pork production industry does right to believe in.


Mexico - Top-Ranked Market for US Pork and Beef
MEXICO - Wehn it comes to shifting volume, then Mexico is the top export destination for US and Nebraska pork and beef. And livestock producers are being encouraged to understand this marketplace and make the most of the continued opportunities it offers.
M+Rhusigen - A First In Erysipelas
  European Union

EU Pig Prices: Sideways Movement
EU - This week, the EU slaughter pig market does not appear to move that much. The Easter holiday does not appear to have caused any slump in productivity or demand and overall a sideways movement has been seen in quotations.

More Aid Unnecessary, says EC
EU - Positive signs of an improvement in the market may be behind the European Commission's rejection of calls for further aid for the pig industry.

  United States

Weekly Review: Cold storage stocks of pork were up 6 percent
US - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Market Preview : Look for Analysis of USDA Report
US - Weekly US Market Preview provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

US Inventory Predictions: Marginal Contraction in Breeders, While Hogs Continue to Rise
US - On March 28 USDA will release the results of their latest survey of the US swine inventory. Ron Plain believes the national breeding herd will have contracted by 1.0 per cent on the previous year ago, but the market hog inventory has, and will continue to move in the opposite direction.

USDA Reports Could Be Important For Crop Prices
US - Three upcoming USDA reports will provide valuable fundamental information for crop markets. These include the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report on March 28 and the Quarterly Grain Stocks and annual Prospective Plantings report on March 31.

No Humanity in Humane Slaughter Law
WASHINGTON, D.C., US – With meat recalls due to bacterial contamination and the horrific handling and slaughtering of downer cows making headlines in recent months, consumers are increasingly aware of some of the problems occurring behind slaughterhouse doors.

Pig Manure to Contribute to Energy Generation
US - Registrations have begun for a pilot program that will allow farmers to sell electricity, generated from processing pig manure, back to the national supply.
Ingelvac PRRS KV is indicated for the control of Porcine Reproduction and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) in breeding sows and gilts.
Burger King Hungry for Welfare
US - Burger King has been praised for reaching objectives for the U.S. system’s purchase of pork products from gestation stall free operations. In doing so they help increase welfare standards nationwide.

U.S. Food Prices Pork Out
US - If your diet consists entirely of bacon, you probably haven’t noticed that food prices in the United States are rising. Practically everything else is going up, and the respite for lovers of pork bellies is temporary.

  United Kingdom

Signs of Recovery in NI
NORTHERN IRELAND - The green shoots of recovery are starting to appear in Northern Ireland pig sector, says industry leader and respected pig breeder Robert Overend.

Call to Protect Local Abattoirs
WALES - The Farmers’ Union of Wales has called on Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones to explore all possible options to reduce the threat to small abattoirs from plans to increase inspection charges.

Report: Meat in the Hands of Supermarket Giants
UK - The NFU has released a report examining the £7 billion industry of UK meat retail sales. It focuses on the 76 per cent market domination of the top four supermarkets - Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Asda.

BPEX - PCV2 Vaccination Project On-stream by April
UK - The details of the major PCV2 vaccination project are being finalised and it will be launched in early April, reports David Burch.

Does British Outdoor Pork Have Export Potential?
UK - Do our high welfare outdoor-bred pigs, and finished pigs reared on straw, represent an opportunity to sell branded consumer products on the export market.

Chips Could Speed Up Detection of Livestock Viruses
UK - Some of the worst threats to farm workers and farm animals such as bird flu, foot-and-mouth disease and other emerging viruses could soon be quickly identified by using a simple screening chip developed by scientists from the Institute for Animal Health.

Pigs Are Worth It
UK - Three little pigs will start a tour of Britain today (Monday) to help raise awareness of the crisis currently facing British Pig farming.

Female Vets Love Pets but Shun Farm
UK - A recent increase in the trend for female vets to choose careers looking after domestic pets has left the livestock industry high and dry... And also in fear of a major, uncontrollable outbreak.
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  Russian Federation

Russians Block Meat Imports
RUSSIA - The Russian food safety authority, Rosselkhoznador has blocked more than 2000 tonnes of meat products entering the country in the St Petersburg district because it was declared unsafe.

Third Unit at Cherkizovo's Lipetskmyasoprom Pig Facility Complete
RUSSIA - Cherkizovo Group, one of Russia's leading integrated and diversified meat producers, has completed the construction of the third module at Lipetskmyasoprom, the Group's industry leading pig facility in the Lipetsk region.


Irish Push For Strong Export Refunds Regime
IRELAND - The Irish agriculture minister Mary Coughlan has called for a strong pig meat expoort refund regime across Europe.


More Government Aid goes to Ease Storm Losses
GUANGDONG - As of 4 March , Guangdong's agricultural and livestock industries had lost more than 3 billion yuan ($423 million) to the snowstorms. In addition, the province's aquaculture sector lost more than 6 billion yuan, according to figures from the Guangdong agriculture department.

Chinese Agricultural Boost to Beat Inflation
CHINA - China is to increase financial support for agricultural production in a bid to cool inflation, which has been blamed on food shortages.


Ministry Action Aims to Keep Pork Price Reasonable
THAILAND - In a bid to stabilise pork prices the Thai Commerce Ministry is planning to tackle the practice of price speculation by major pig breeders.

  Viet Nam

Pig disease reoccurs in Vietnam
VIETNAM - Central Ha Tinh province has become the first Vietnamese locality being affected by Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) over the past four months after the disease has recently hit 2,500 pigs in the province.


Norwegian Pig Production Trotting Along Nicely
NORWAY - Last year 297 000 tonnes of meat from domestic animal production were approved for the market in Norway. According to Statistics Norway this accounts to an increase of 4 000 tonnes from the year before.
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Topigs Taking the Helm in Italy
ITALY - Gian Giacomo Grandi (1958) has taken the helm of TOPIGS Italian subsidiary HBI.

Pfizer New Vaccines Offer Breeding Herd Protection
NEW YORK - Swine producers can now protect breeding animals against major reproductive diseases. Two newly formulated 2-ml vaccines have been launched by Pfizer Animal Health that target porcine parvovirus, erysipelas and leptospirosis.

Hypor Hypor Genetics Arrive in South Korea
SOUTH KOREA - The first shipment of Hypor breeding stock has arrived in South Korea. The consignment of 197 GGPs arrived on during February and the second shipment is currently in quarantine and expected to be delivered early April.

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