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ThePigSite Newsletter - 14th April 2008
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Biosecurity: Transport and Vehicle Controls
By Jake Waddilove, MA, VetMB, MRCVS. The importance of biosecurity for all vehicles associated with pig production cannot be stressed enough, as they provide an excellent vector through which disease can spread.
USDA Livestock and Products Semi-Annual Reports 2008
By USDA, FAS - This article provides the pork industry data from the USDA FAS Livestock and Products Semi-Annual 2008 reports. Within each article is a link to the full report which includes all the tabular data which has been omitted from these articles. This week two new reports appear covering the pork industry in Canada and Japan.
Fetal Pig Programming - An Emerging Concept with Possible Implications for Swine Reproductive Performance
By Mark J. Estienne and Allen F. Harper, VA Tech Tidewater AREC, Suffolk, VA. Livestock Update, April 2008.
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* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  United States

Market Preview : Pork Exports Gain More Strength
US - Weekly US Market Preview provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Weekly Outlook: Pork Producers Need a Bailout Too
US - Who is going to bail out the pork industry, asks Chris Hurt, Extension Economist, Purdue University. The Federal Reserve Bank of the United States has recently assured that a well-known investment bank would remain liquid and the US Congress is considering potential assistance for home owners caught up in sub-prime mortgage problems.

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

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

Pork Checkoff Highlights Work on Public and Producer Health
US - In celebration of National Public Health Week, the Pork Checkoff is featuring some of its efforts in public and producer health on its web site.

AFBF Urges Help for Pork Producers
WASHINGTON, DC – The American Farm Bureau Federation this week asked the Agriculture Department to make additional Section 32 purchases of pork to help provide some stability for the sector, as well as supply the healthy protein source to users of the nation’s nutrition programs.

Analysts Forecast Looming Crisis
US - Crisis looms for US pig producers later this year due to falling prices, increasing pork supplies, and the rising cost of corn-based feed.
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Farm Link will Aid Inner Cities
CALIFORNIA - A county Board of Supervisors is taking steps to encourage inner city communities of western Contra Costa County to think about food and where it comes from. It is aiming to link the vast agricultural fields of East County with the produce-scarce neighborhoods of West County.

Export Markets Are Bright Spot For US Pork and Beef Industries
US - Continued success in the export market helped buoy the US pork industry in the first two months of 2008, according to data released by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and compiled by the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

NPPC Agrees with New Livestock Pollution Rules
US - The National Pork Producers Council says it supports the tough new regulations covering livestock farms, saying they represent a major step forward in environmental protection. And it's stressed that most of its members are already in-line with the new requirements.

  Korea, Republic of

Sand Solution in Pork
KOREA - Sandstorms are proving a boon for Korea's pork market. Domestic sales are up, due to an element of foklore which says the meat and quel the effects of dust on the respiratory system.


China's Feed Market Held Up by Hogs
CHINA - China's feed market experienced a hard time in 2007, says a recent report. Hog farms suffered a substantial reduction of hog inventory.

Food Safety for Olympic Sailors
CHINA - The Chinese authorities have launched a system to ensure food safety for the Olympics in Qingdao, the venue for Olympic sailing competition.


Hog Raisers in WV Join ‘Pork-in-a-Box’ Project
PHILIPPINES - A Pork-in-Box scheme is helping pig farmers in Western Visayas boost returns from markets in Metro Manila. They can now ship carcases from the Passi City abattoir safely to Pontevedra Meat Cutting Facility in Capiz for processing.

Ditching Pork For Other Meats
PHILIPPINES - Consumers are shifting meat purchases from pork to chicken and goat meat, says Dr. Alice Utlang, a Cebu City veterinarian.
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  United Kingdom

Top Rank Campaign, But Fair Trade Vital for Survival
UK - More than 17,000 poeple have pledged thier support for the 'Pigs Are Worth It' campaign - a figure that ranks it one of the best all time supported Downing Street petitions. But Fair Trade remains THE issue for the nations pig sector.

Meeting of Minds Aims to Beat PRRS
UK - Scientists, vets and farmers are coming together in a bid to tackle a debilitating virus that has ravaged the pig industry for almost 20 years - PRRS.

Dreary Forecast for the UK Meat Market
UK - Meat is an integral part of the UK diet, consistently accounting for nearly a quarter of total household expenditure on food. According to National Statistics, UK consumers spend more on meat than on any other category of food, with the exception of fruit and vegetables, yet, in spite of this, the meat industry growth is expected to remain low.

Pig Company Share Boost as Prices Rally
UK - Premium sausage producer Cranswick saw its share value increase after announcing it would pass on rising costs to its customers.

BRC Support for Scottish Pig Sector
SCOTLAND - The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has given its backing to strengthen engagement with Scotland's pig industry.


Pork Commentary: Carnage Continues But Ethanol Ideal is Over
CANADA - Last week Jim Long reported that Spectrum, a Manitoba feed/ 20,000-sow production operation and genetic supplier Danbred were in receivership. Another Western Canadian production system was also in trouble and this week comes the sad news that Stomp Farms, a 25,000-sow system in Saskatchewan is also facing bankruptcy.

Futures Markets Suggest Higher Hog Prices By Summer
CANADA - The Saskatchewan Pork Development Board reports the current futures markets suggest western Canadian hog prices could start to see a rebound by early 2009, writes Bruce Cochrane.
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Manitoba Pork Council Calls on Ottawa to Challenge M-COOL Under NAFTA
CANADA - Manitoba Pork Council reports Canadian weanling pig producers are beginning to feel the impact of pending U.S. Mandatory Country of Origin Labelling legislation, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Early Access to AgriStability TAP
MANITOBA - The provinces beleaguered hog farmers will be offered early access to their expected AgriStability payout for 2008, under a Targeted Advance Payment (TAP) program that was announced by Manitoba's government yesterday.

Cull Program Applications to be Available Monday
CANADA - Applications for the federal government's 50 million dollar Cull Breeding Swine Program will be made available beginning Monday, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Support Building to End Manitoba Hog Moratorium
CANADA - Support among Manitoba's agricultural commodity organisations for an end to the province's ban on hog industry expansion continues to build, writes Bruce Cochrane.


Drought Figures: Oz Farmers Hot Under the Collar
AUSTRALIA - According to recent figures, several areas in Australia are already slipping back into draught. The news will draw massive concern amongst farmers who suffered a disastrous set back in production after last years draught.

NSW Pork Industry Will Die, says Farmers
AUSTRALIA - The NSW Farmers Association has endorsed claims made earlier this week that the Federal Government must act now to save the local pork industry.

Final PC Inquiry Hammers Australia's Pig Farmers
AUSTRALIA - Australia's pig farmers claim their hope of import Safeguards and extra support for the industry's dire situation have been ignored by the final report to the Federal Government from the Productivity Commission (PC).

  European Union

EU Pig Prices: Causing Upset
EU - This week, the EU slaughter pig market shows a sudden decline in price - a factor that has angered producers and caused upset throughout the pigmeat production chain.

European Initiative Will Develop Livestock Health Technologies
EU - A range of new technologies including genetic modification (GM) and RNA Interference are being deployed to improve the health of farm animals in a series of European and global initiatives.

EU Pig Committee Views Market Situation
EU - The latest market situation was the top subject for discussion at the March EU Pig Meat Management Committee meeting.
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African Farmers Missing Out on Global 'Livestock Revolution'
AFRICA - African farmers are missing out on a global boom in demand for meat products because of out-of-date international regulations.


Government Will Meet Pig Farmers To Discuss Relocation
MALAYSIA - The state government plans to relocate the country's pig farmers to a an area where they can continue their businesses in a clean, healthy and Japanese Encephalitis (JE)- free environment.

  Viet Nam

Government Money to Help Tackle Blue Ear
VIET NAM - The Vietnamese Government has allocated 120 billion VND to help provinces affected by blue ear disease (PRRS). It hopes the funds will help producers and vets control the disease and prevent an epidemic.


Pig Farm Permit Angers Locals
MALTA - Malta's Environment and Planning Authority has approved outline permission for a pig production site, close by 10 other farms

Company news

Topigs New Regional Manager for TOPIGS
GLOBAL - Alfonso Arenilla will join TOPIGS international sales team in June as regional manager for Spain, Portugal, Central and South America.

Pfizer Hunt on for Top Trainees
UK - The UK pig and poultry sectors are once again searching their best students. Pfizer Animal Health has launched its 2008 Pfizer Trainee of the Year Award and is seeking nominations.

ACMC Free Conversion to PigCom for Easicare users
UK - Pig breeding company ACMC is offering free conversion to their advanced PigCom pig recording system to producers currently using the Easicare programme.

PIC WANTED: Technical Manager for Apex GN Complex
USA - PIC USA are looking for Technical Manager to implement and manage an efficient breeding and testing program to optimise the rate of genetic improvement within their Apex GN Complex, in South Dakota.

DuPont New Study Proves Virkon® S Misting's Superior Value
Us - A team of leading researchers in the USA have found that directed misting of a four per cent solution of disinfectant Virkon® S can successfully reduce environmental bacterial contamination, such as Staphs and Salmonella, to extremely low levels - significantly lower than many other disinfectant could achieve.

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