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ThePigSite Newsletter - 21st April 2008
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USDA Livestock and Products Semi-Annual Reports 2008
By USDA, FAS - Two new articles appear this week providing the pork industry data from the USDA FAS Livestock and Products Semi-Annual 2008 reports for Brazil and South Korea. Within each article is a link to the full report which includes all the tabular data which has been omitted from these articles.
Effects of Lysine Supplements on Growth Performance
Research at the University of Nebraska by Roman Moreno, Phillip S. Miller and Thomas E. Burkey1 looked at the Effect of Increasing Lysine:net Energy Ratio on Growth Performance and Plasma Urea Nitrogen Concentration of Late-Finishing Barrows Fed Low-Protein Amino Acid-Supplemented Diets and Ractopamine.
Drinker Design - Key To Minimising Waste, But Not Pig Performance
How water, which is now a costly item, as supplied to growing pigs has no effect on their performance but it can make a difference when it comes to waste and slurry volume, writes Stuart Lumb.
Development of Novel Technologies for Swine Production
The swine production industry operates under a narrow profit margin that has tightened in recent years due in part to increasing governmental regulations, Chad Stahl said in his presentation to the Carolina Feed Industry Association Fall Conference and published in NCSU Swine News Volume 31, Number 01.
US Pork Outlook Report - April 2008
By U.S.D.A, Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the April 2008: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report.
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Ottawa Farmers Get $50-million for Culling Herds
CANADA - The federal government plans to pay pig producers up to $50-million in total to slaughter as many as 150,000 breeding pigs. The move is aimed at curbing the deepening crisis in Canda's pig industry.

Study Identifies International Marketing Opportunities for Canadian Pork
CANADA - A study conducted by Canada Pork International has identified a range of opportunities for Canada to promote and expand the sale of its pork products on the international market, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Tough Decisions Needed to Recover Increasing Costs
CANADA - Faced with uncertain future and the inability to recover record-high feed bills, Canadian hog farmers have no option but to slaughtering breeding stock and even young piglets to cut their losses and lift market prices.

Paylean Approval Could Come By Summer
CANADA - Canadian market access to China is expected could improve later this year if Chinese officials decide to approve the use of the hog feed additive commonly marketed under the brand name Paylean.

Pork Commentary: Exports on a Roll
CANADA - Last week Jim Long reported that the Iowa-Minnesota lean price was US$48.89 on 21 March. Three weeks later - 10 April - the price was US$ 58.76, giving a 10¢ ($20 per head) increase in 3 weeks. He says producers can expect another $30/head increase in the next few weeks.

North American Pork Producers Call for Immediate Direction in Regards to M-COOL
CANADA - Pork producers on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border are appealing for answers to as yet unresolved questions over pending mandatory U.S. Country of Origin Labelling (M-COOL) legislation.

Sow Liquidation-Weekly Slaughter-Storage Stocks to Determine Live Hog Prices
CANADA - A Saskatchewan livestock economist expects North American sow liquidation, weekly US hog slaughter numbers and global demand for North American pork to drive live hog prices heading into the summer and the fall, writes Bruce Cochrane.
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  United States

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

Weekly Review: Pork Exports Are On Fire
US - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Market Preview: Why Heavyweight Hogs, Now?
US - Weekly US Market Preview provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Weekly Outlook: Corn Fundamentals Still Look Strong
US - Corn prices dipped in the third week of March, but recovered following the USDA reports of 31 March. The uptrend that began in early October 2007 is still in place, says Darrel Good, Extension Economist, University of Illinois. Last week, December 2008 futures traded to a high of US$6.285,

Cargill Reports 86 per cent Rise in Earnings
MINNEAPOLIS – US agrifood, animal feed and meat processing company Cargill has net earnings of US$1.03 billion in the third quarter of the 2008 financial year, up 86 percent from US$553 million in the same period a year ago.

Pig, lamb sale prices exceed last year's auction
US - Prices paid for swine and lamb were better than expected at the annual Monroe County Pig and Lamb Sale held earlier this week at the Monroe fairgrounds.

Capturing Conversion - Ways to Cut Costs and Aid Environment
US - With the rising price of fertilisers in the US market, many farmers are seeking alternative means to cut their costs. Relief seems to be just round the corner in the form of a new technology that promises to capture and recycle gas emissions from livestock waste.

200-plus Voice Concerns at Minnesota Meeting
US - More than 200 farmers attended an industry meeting held in Mankato yesterday. Organised by producer Mitch Truebenbach, the financial hardship being caused by escalating grain prices was top of the agenda.
Exports Still Breaking Records
US - Pork exports from the US in February reached 346 million pounds, or 156,969 metric tons that's a 55 per cent increase over export totals from February 2007, says the Pork Check-off and excellent news for an industry where crisis is looming.

Weighted Benefits - Reductions Could Help Prices
MINNESOTA — Low hog prices combined with high feed costs are putting the squeeze on hog producers and hog producers need to re-evaluate market weights, says Mark Whitney, University of Minnesota Extension.

Neurology Conference Debates Illness in Pork Plant Workers
CHICAGO – New details on the neurological illness that has affected workers at several pork processing plants will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 60th Anniversary Annual Meeting in Chicago, April 12–19, 2008.

Securing Safety in the Heartland Disease Lab
US - With a project of the magnitude of the $451 million National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, or NBAF, there are bound to be questions about what impact it will have on the community and region, including, "How safe is it to study animal diseases in a location near people and animals?"

Hog Companies Agree to Change
US - Pork producers in the Lower Arkansas Valley say a bill before Gov. Bill Ritter that requires more space for pregnant pigs will be a financial burden, but they support it.

Buy Up Surplus Pork and Aid Crisis, says Senator
MINNESOTA - Senator Amy Klobuchar has urged the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Secretary Ed Schafer to assist Minnesota pork producers who have been devastated by a combination of low hog prices and high input costs.

  United Kingdom

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

Grampian's Position Needs to be Sorted, says Industry
SCOTLAND - The crisis stricken Scottish pork industry has called for a quick end to the sale process for Grampian Country Food Group. It claims that the uncertainty over its future is adding to the suffering of the sector, writes Steven Vass.

Wheat Plant Breathes New Life into Livestock
MANCHESTER, UK - The opening of Cargill's redeveloped Manchester wheat processing plant will provide benefits for the livestock and dairy sectors as well as arable farmers, the chairman of the NFU's combinable crops board said today.

Action Demanded to Save the Industry
UK - Scotland's pig farmers are going to the Scottish parliament, Holyrood, to demand action to save their industry.
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US Ex Flexibility Needed in Meat Hygiene Reform
SCOTLAND, UK - Plans to transform the Meat Hygiene Service (MHS) into a more efficient organisation were ratified in 2007, but now the National Farmers' Union for Scotland (NFUS) is calling for greater flexibility to allow for the unique situation within Scotland.

Plight of Pig Industry Highlighted
UK - Threats to the British pig industry from rocketing feed costs and almost static prices are likely to continue says an independent report just published.

Action to Support Pig Sector
SCOTLAND - A Task Force will be set up immediately to alleviate the plight of Scotland's pig meat sector, it was announced today.


Govt Under Fire for Pig Unit Approvals
MALAYSIA - The new Selangor state government, which includes the opposition Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS), has come under fire from Umno-backed groups after it gave the go-ahead for a RM100 million (S$43 million) modern pig farm.

  Russian Federation

Cherkizovo Doubles Income
RUSSIA - Russian integrated pig and poultry meat producer Cherkizovo has seen its net income more than double over the last year.

Russian Import Quotas Set
RUSSIA - Russia has given the go ahead to the import of 493,500 tonnes of pork from 380 companies for the coming year.


AVA Approves More Importers
SINGAPORE - Singaporeans will soon have more options when buying pork. The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) has approved the import of pork from Chile and the Philippines.

  Viet Nam

PRRS spreads to one more Vietnamese locality
VIET NAM - Local reports say that Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS), has hit another of Vietnam's central provinces. It brings the total number of affected localities to six.
Alphamune G - Shielding, Earning
  European Union

EU Pig Prices: Bottoming Out?
EU - Last week’s trend continues. The European slaughter pig market is seeing the majority of pig price quotations falling, as they are unable to withstand the overall pressure being exerted, to a large extent, by German slaughter companies.

Concern Mounts over Antimicrobial Resistant Bacteria
EU - The use of antimicrobial agents in animals, plants and food production contributes to a growing, diverse range of resistant bacteria and of bacteria-borne resistant genes that can be passed on to humans through food, according to the European Food Safety Authority’s BIOHAZ Panel.


Almost 15 per cent of Producers Quit Pigs
SPAIN - Spanish pig industry association Anprogapor says its members are struggling with rising feed costs. It estimates that 15 per cent of the 70,000 pig producers in Spain have now ceased production.


AgFeed Buys Several Pig Farms in China
CHINA - China's AgFeed Industries, Inc. has signed agreements to acquire a majority ownership of several commercial pig farms located in south China provinces.

Exports Warrant Development, Says Producers
CHINA - Domestic pig producers are alling for for the government to help them develop more export opportunities for pigs and/or pork products to mainland China to secure viable operations.

Chinese Pork Prices to Stay High
BEIJING - Chinese pork prices, which have helped drive inflation to 12-year peaks, are likely to stay high well into the summer, until farmers like Shao Zuohuan can bring new pigs to market, writes Langi Chiang.


Cash Boost for Argentine Animal Health and Food Safety
ARGENTINA - The Argentine food safety authority, Senasa, is to receive US$300 million from the government and Inter-American Development Bank to strengthen its quality control processes.

Company news

Bug Dutchman Dutch Study Certifies Efficiency of BD Air Washer
THE NETHERLANDS - MagixX, the Big Dutchman exhaust air washing system, has been proven to be one of the best combi-systems for reducing dust, ammonia, and odour emissions from pig houses.

jsrgenetics New World Beating Boar Goes to War on Feed Costs
UK - A new boar bred by UK's pig genetics company JSR Genetics, is consistently achieving a record breaking reduction in feed conversion rates (FCR) - 13.4 per cent less than the UK average - and the lowest achieved by any pig, anywhere in the world.

Genesus Canadian Genetics Shipped to Expanding Russian Agri-Business
CANADA - Genesus has just completed the successful delivery of a Four Plane Shipment of swine genetics to Kuban AgroHolding of Krasnodar, Russia.

Topigs Breeding for Vitality Works - Weaning Performance Excels
THE NETHERLANDS - Dutch pig farmers using TOPIGS sows have achieved an average production of 26.36 weaned piglets per year in 2007. Compared with 2006, this is an increase of 0.65 piglets

boehringer First ever European PCV2-Research Award Winners Honoured
GERMANY - Prof. Hans Nauwynck, Prof. Joaquim Segalés, Danja Wiederkehr together and Dr. Xaver Sidler are the first ever winners of the European PCV2 Research Award

Grimaud and Newsham Form Strategic Alliance
US - Newsham Choice Genetics and Groupe Grimaud have entered into an agreement to form a long term strategic alliance.

That's all for this week!


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