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ThePigSite Newsletter - 7th April 2008
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We have 4 new features this week:

Use of Vaccinations and Other Veterinary Treatments in Organic Livestock Farming
Farmers (in Australia), who wish to certify their farm’s produce as ‘organic’ must in the first instance meet the requirements of the National Standard for Organic and Bio-dynamic Produce, according to Robyn Neeson, Organic Farming Liaison Officer, at Systems Research, Yanco Agricultural Institute, New South Wales. This article was published in the February 2008 Primefacts newsletter.
Effects of Nutrition During Gilt Development on Lifetime Productivity of Sows of Two Profile Maternal Lines
Differences in litter performance between genetic lines do not appear to be due to gilt management. Dietary energy restriction during the gilt development period positively affects litter weaning weight. By Phillip S. Miller, Rodger K. Johnson, Roman Moreno, Matthew W. Anderson, Jeffery M. Perkins, Donald R. McClure, Thomas McGargill1. Published in the Nebraska Swine Report.
Mexico: Livestock and Products Semi Annual Report 2008
By USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service - This article provides the cattle industry data from the USDA FAS Livestock and Products Semi-Annual 2008 report for Mexico. A link to the full report is also provided. The full report includes all the tabular data, which we have omitted from this article.
Anaerobic Digesters
By Mahendran Navaratnasamy and Brian Koberstein of the Agriculture Stewardship Division, and Bruce Partington, Rural Utilities Division, Alberta Agriculture and Food. The anaerobic digestion process is gaining attention in the agriculture industry because of its potential for renewable energy production and manure stabilization.
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  United Kingdom

NADIS Veterinary Report and Forecast – March 2008
UK - This is a monthly report from the National Animal Disease Information Service (NADIS), looking at the data collected from their UK farm inspections.

Telling Us Porkies - May Be?
UK - Supermarkets are masters of persuasion. They use every guile to persuade shoppers to spend more than they need to and they do it by employing well established rules to get most of us to trade up, writes Digby Scott.

UK Prices Benefit from EU Rises
UK - UK producers' hopes of better domestic pigmeat prices to help offset sharply rising feed costs hav been bolstered by reports of sharp rises in EU pigmeat values.

Increase to MHS Charges Implemented
UK - Increased charges for official checks in meat businesses in the UK have come into force this week.

East Anglian Solidarity for UK Pig Trade
UK - The Pig Issue Tour hit East Anglia today with rallies in key country towns Ipswich, Norwich and Cambridge. ThePigSite gave its support and joined the region's pig farmers to spread their message to shoppers to buy British pigmeat and support their crisis stricken industry.

Asda Support and Good Prospects Against Imports
UK - The pig industry’s campaign for better prices to offset high feed costs has made significant strides since the London Rally last month, says the NPA.

Minister Backs Industry Drive For Fair Trade
UK - Supermarkets are endangering British pork production, says Defra's Lord Rooker. However, the Government can't interfere with retail pricing structures.

Gambling For A Future
UK - With a reputation for militancy UK Pig Farmers are actually gaining public support. Recently, they held a demonstration in London that received a lot of attention, not least with their recording of the song Stand By Your Ham.
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  United States

Commentary on March 1, 2008 USDA Hogs and Pigs Report
By Dr Mike Brumm, Brumm Swine Consultancy, Inc., North Mankato, Minnesota.

Weekly Outlook: Three Friendly Reports For Corn
US - The USDA’s quarterly Hogs and Pigs report, quarterly Grain Stocks report, and annual Prospective Plantings report all appeared to be supportive for corn prices, says Darrel Good, Extension Economist, University of Illinois

Weekly Review: Live Hog Prices Higher Compared To Last Week
US - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Market Preview : What’s Up with Sow Prices?
US - Weekly US Market Preview provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

March 2008 Hog and Pig Report
The March Hog and Pig Report was released March 28 and reports a national inventory of just less than 66 million hogs, up 6.5% from this time last year, write John Lawrence and Shane Ellis.

March Quarterly Hogs & Pigs Report Summary
USDA’s March Hogs and Pigs inventory report was substantially more bearish than the average of the trade estimates, write Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

US Swine Economics Report
The end of March brought more bad news for US hog producers, writes Ron Plain in his Swine Economics Report.

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

USDA Report Called Ugly
US - If US and Canadian hog producers needed any more cold water to shock them into full-scale contraction, Friday’s Quarterly Hogs & Pigs Report from USDA ought to do it, says Economist Steve Meyer.

PQA Plus Reaches 10,000-strong Milestone
US - Pork Checkoff says that 10,000 pork producers have become certified in PQA Plus™. The milestone reflects the industry's renewed commitment to social responsibility and accountability, says the organisation.
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New Spreadsheet Evaluates DDGs Inclusions
URBANA - An Excel spreadsheet that helps swine producers calculate the value of including distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) in their feeding program, has been developed at the University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences.

Enzyme technology significantly improves DDGS Digestibility
US - Pig producers looking to reduce feed costs by including DDGS in the feed formulation can use the latest developments in enzyme technology to improve nutrient digestibility,

Feed-Production Fact Sheet Will Help Cut Costs
IOWA - Rapidly increasing costs are making it difficult for pork producers to turn a profit, and so the US Pork Centre of Excellence, Pork Checkoff program and university experts from around the country have created a tipsheet that addresses the challenges now facing the industry.

Soybean and Livestock Go Hand in Hand
US - Livestock and poultry consume about 98 percent of domestically used soybean meal, making them the No. 1 customer for U.S. soybean producers.

  European Union

EU Pig Prices: North Sets Positive Trend!
EU - This week’s EU slaughter pig market sees some steady and positive development, with the situation visibly more optimistic in the Northern European countries.

EU Feed Proposal
EU - Last month the European Commission presented a proposal for a new framework regulation on the labeling and marketing of feed.


Pork Production - Growth Industry in Morocco
AUSTRALIA - Although pork consumption is a religious taboo in Morocco, pig farming is booming in the Muslim country as a result of its booming tourism trade.

No Assistance for Aussie Producers
AUSTRALIA - Hopes that the pig industry would get extra Government support and some protection from imports have been dashed. A report to the Federal Government from the Productivity Commission says the problems are being faced aby the whole livestock sector and the pig industry should not be singled out for indiuvidual aid.
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Pork Commentary: Hogs and Pigs Report Offers No Panacea for What Ails Us
CANADA - The USDA March Hogs and Pigs Report was released last Friday, writes Jim Long. Unfortunately, it offers at first glance little positive news for our industry.

Primary Processing Capacity Key to Saskatchewan Hog Industry's Future Viability
CANADA - An official with Humboldt based Big Sky Farms is convinced the availability of primary processing capacity is key to the long term sustainability of Saskatchewan's pork industry, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Winter Fair Offers Hands-On Experience of Livestock Production
CANADA - The 101st annual edition of the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair kicked off yesterday at Brandon's Keystone Centre and visitors are getting a unique opportunity to learn about what actually happens on a modern livestock operation, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Government Policy Blamed for Pork Farms Bankruptcy
SASKATCHEWAN- A flawed federal farm support program is being blamed for the bankruptcy of Saskatchewan's second-largest pig producer Stomp Farms Ltd. The Leroy-based business employs 250 people and has been losing money since late last summer.

Manitoba Minister Calls for Cooperation Over Nutrient Loading Concerns
CANADA - Manitoba's minister of agriculture is encouraging stakeholders to work together as the province takes action to reduce the amount of nutrients ending up in Lake Winnipeg, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Minister Ritz at New Brunswick Agriculture Summit
CANADA - The Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, will co-chair the New Brunswick Agriculture Summit today.

Strategy Session Planned to Fight Hog Ban
CANADA - Manitoba’s pork producers are demanding the provincial government accept the science and reverse its decision to impose permanent moratoriums on the development of new or expanded hog barns in three regions of the province.

Sask Pork Calls for End to Support Caps
CANADA - The Saskatchewan Pork Development Board is calling on government to remove the caps on agricultural support programs designed to help livestock producers contend with the economic crisis currently affecting their industry.


Perdigao Sees Income Rise by 174 per cent
BRAZIL - Brazilian poultry, pig meat, beef and food processor Perdigao has seen its income for 2007 rise by 174 per cent to R$ 321.3 million (US$ 188.4 million) compared to 2006.

Government 'Neglect' is Crippling Business, say Producers
CEBU CITY – Pig producers in Central Visayas says that the lack of government support for the local livestock industry is helping to fuel increases to meat prices.

Two Phase Livelihood Plan aims to Minimise Risk
PHILIPPINES - The Bacolod City Government Employees Multipurpose Cooperative will implement the Swine Livelihood Project in two phases, because it considers the business to be “high risk”.

  Viet Nam

Ministry Urges Disease Containment as PRRS Suspected in Another Province
VIET NAM - The Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has asked localities to prevent the spread of the blue-ear pig disease. The infection has recurred in two provinces since January.


Rising Grain Prices Hit Pig Numbers in Hungary
HUNGARY - Pig numbers in Hungary have fallen to 3.86 million down from about 10 million in the 1980s, according to latest reports.


Report Reveals State of China's Livestock Industry
CHINA - A report analysing China's feed market notes a particularly difficult time in 2006. It also noted that hog prices slumped from late 2005 to mid 2006 due to a market surplus leading to heavy losses and a substantial reduction of hog inventory.

Company news

Topigs Social Behaviour Now Included in Selection
NETHERLANDS - Sociable pigs can now be bred thanks to a method developed jointly by the Institute for Pig Genetics (IPG) in Beuningen and the Animal Breeding and Genomics Centre of Wageningen University. It's the first time such a trait has been included in genetic selection criteria.

Business Support Manager for South Asia and Russia
GLOBAL - TOPIGS has appointed René ten Brinke to its international team.

Selection for Piglet Vitality Pays Off
THE NETHERLANDS - A decision taken in 2002 to select for piglet vitality is now showing more piglets per litter and less mortality, says breeding company TOPIGS

BPEX Make Time to Evaluate and Reap the Rewards
UK - The start of a new financial year is a good time to review production targets and set new ones, says BPEX. More producers are now seeing a gradual improvement in herd health with the stabilisation of PMWS and most herds there are showing signs of improved performance and better productivity.

Vaccine Voucher Scheme Launched
UK - A £1.5million vaccine voucher research project being run by teh British Pig Executive (BPEX) is now up and running.

Year-End Profits Will Spur-on Further Development
GLOBAL - Natural feed additives specialist Kiotech International reports a profit for 2007. Its the first year the business has shown profit since it became a public company in 1997 and proves that its acquisition of Agil just around 18 months ago, has been very beneficial.

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