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ThePigSite Newsletter - 6th May 2008
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We have 5 new features this week:

Impact of Auto-Sort Systems on Pig Welfare
By Janeen L. Salak-Johnson PhD, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and published in the North Carolina Swine Extension Volume 31 Numbers 2 and 3.
Livestock and Poultry World Markets and Trade
New countries have been added to the pork PSD to reduce the gap between total imports and total exports by selected countries, writes the United States Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service.
Multi-Sire, Multi-Mating - A Multitude of Sins
By Jane Jordan, ThePigSite Editor. In Denmark organic pork production is based on applying natural principles to animal husbandry techniques and management practices where and whenever possible. However, research at Aarhus University has shown that relying on natural matings when serving sows can be inefficient. Producers may do better to consider other methods.
CAFOs Uncovered - The Untold Costs of Confined Animal Feeding Operations
The Union of Concerned Scientists looks into the costs of confined animal feeding operations.
Canadian Hog Statistics First Quarter 2008
By Statistics Canada. As of April 1 this year, Canada had almost 1 in 5 (-19.3%) fewer hog farmers than in April 2007. Farmers had an estimated 13.0 million hogs on their farms on April 1, down 1.7 million, or 11.7%, from the same date last year. The number of sows fell 4.6% during this 12-month period.
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  United States

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

Weekly Review: Pork Demand Takes Giant Leap
US - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Market Preview: Hog Prices Just an Anomaly?
US - Weekly US Market Preview provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Weekly Outlook: Corn Production Prospects Uncertain
US - The USDA’s Prospective Plantings report released on March 31 provided much of the fuel for the spring rally in corn prices.

Swine, Avian Flu Genes in Same Virus
US - An unknown pathogen isolated from infected pigs at two midwestern swine production facilities in 2006 has proved to be a new strain of H2 influenza virus.

NPPC Welcomes Farm Bill Funding Agreement
US - “The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has congratulated members of the House-Senate Farm Bill conference committee on reaching a broad funding agreement.

IFAP Damned on Health, Welfare & Environment
US - Industrial Farm Animal Production methods have been critisised by a report deeming them unacceptable and a risk to public health, the environment and animal welfare.

The Key To Recovery For Hog Producers
US - A hog market analyst in Memphis, Tennessee says immediate sow herd reduction is the key to the recovery of the hog industry.

Minnesota's Pork Producers Suffering
US - Minnesota pork producers are not benefiting from higher prices. And rising feed costs are hurting the industry.

Biodiesel from Pork Fat Production Begins at Guymon
OKLAHOMA CITY — Texas County has long been recognized as the leading agricultural county in the state. Now it is also Oklahoma’s top biofuel county.
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Pew Report Overlooks Producers Progress
US - Recommendations issued yesterday from a commission composed primarily of members opposed to modern livestock production would raise the cost of producing food animals and increase meat prices in the face of a global food crisis, says the the National Pork Producers Council.

Report Sees Impending US Food Safety Crises
US - A news report developed by the Trust for America's Health has lambasted the US food safety system, claiming to have uncovered major gaps in state regulations that leave American unnecessarily vulnerable.

Emergency Pork Puchasing Granted
US - Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer has heeded calls from hog farmers and members of Congress to make $50 million in emergency pork purchases. The aims is to boost the sagging American pork market.

No Rebuild for Cargill's Booneville Plant
US – US poultry, beef and pork processor Cargill says it will not rebuild the its fire damaged Value Added Meats (CVAM)plant in Booneville, Arkansas.

AMI Looks Back on Food to Fuel Mandate
US - AMI, joined by a cross-section of America's environmental and hunger groups, food industry organizations, tax and budget groups and Hispanic community advocates, today issued an open letter calling on Congress to revisit the food-to-fuel mandates that are contributing to the growing global food crisis.

FSIS Issues Notice on Verification of Carcasses
US - The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued FSIS Notice 35-08, “Verification of Carcasses That An Establishment Further Processes Without An Official Inspection Legend.”

The Pros and Cons of Individual and Group Housing
MISSOURI - At the Missouri Pork Expo, Tim Safranski, University of Missouri Extension swine specialist reviewed individual and group housing and described the pros and cons of each.

  Russian Federation

Full Spectrum Conference for VIV Europe
RUSSIAN FEDERATION - The first Special Edition of VIV Europe takes place in Moscow from 27-29 May.

Russian Export Ban for Tyson and Smithfield
RUSSIA - Russia, the fifth-largest buyer of US pork, has banned imports of the meat from certain plants run by Tyson Foods and Smithfield Foods.

Alberta to Fund Pork for Food Banks
CANADA - Around $300,000 will be provided by Alberta's Provioncial government to process ground pork from animals slaughtered through the federal cull breeding swine program. The meat will go to the province's charity food banks.

Cull Program Passes Halfway Point
CANADA - Canadian pork producers have already submitted applications to cover more than half of the 10 per cent target set by the Cull Breeding Swine Program.

Canadians Cautioned to Expect Higher Food Prices
CANADA - The University of Guelph is cautioning consumers to expect higher prices for everything from corn flakes to pork chops in the coming months, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Commission to Analyse Long-Term Prospects
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND - A new commission on the future of agriculture and agri-food in Prince Edward Island expects to draft a long-term vision for its agri-sector.

Biofuel Ethusiasm Problematic for Hog famers
CANADA - According to industry figures, when a hog farmer takes his hog to market, he suffers a loss of between $50 to $60 a hog, which, in a year's time, averages $300,000 to $360,000 in total net losses per farm.

Manitoba Abbattoirs Interested in Culled Swine
CANADA - Manitoba Pork Council reports a strong interest among provincial abattoirs in processing the pork from the hogs slaughtered under a federal program to reduce the national breeding for use by food banks, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Pork Commentary: Canada’s Industry Downsizes
CANADA - This weeks North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long.

Hog Producers Pay to Wait
MANITOBA - The Winnipeg Free Press says: Manitoba's weanling pig producers are playing an expensive waiting game (it costs some of them thousands of dollars a week) while U.S. legislators put the finishing touches on this year's long-delayed American Farm Bill.

Phase One of Revitalization Plan Launched
CANADA - Alberta’s pork industry, fighting an unprecedented financial crisis, is searching aggressively around the world and outside the pork industry in order to build a realistic plan for long-term revitalization.


Sow Housing Scheme Closed
IRELAND - The Irish Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Mary Coughlan has closed the 2007 Sow Housing (Animal Welfare) Scheme for new applications.

EU's Plan for Pig Remains Causes Rage
IRELAND - While the EU's plan to permit pig remains to be used as poultry feed could save farmers millions, animal rights activists and certain religious sects are enraged by this plan.
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  United Kingdom

Gold Sponsorship Deal for Danish Bacon
UK - The UK airwaves will once again be sizzling with the sound of Danish Bacon thanks to a highly targeted consumer marketing and promotional campaign that's been renewed with Gold Radio.

Competition Report Welcomed
UK - British farmers have applauded the findings of a Competition Commission report, which they believe will improve relations between the big supermarkets and producers.

NADIS Veterinary Report and Forecast – April 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.

BOOK REVIEW: Guide to Antimicrobial Use in Animals
UK - In summary, this is an excellent book, earnestly trying to cover a difficult and complex subject, which, politically, is a very active area for debate.

Scottish Assurance: a Shining Example
UK - A new report has specifically picked out Scotland's Quality Assurance scheme as a prime example of good animal welfare methods and traceability throughout the world.

Tesco Opts for Pork from Bowes of Norfolk
UK - Outdoor-reared Norfolk pork will be going into every Tesco store across East Anglia from today, writes Michael Pollitt (EDP Rural Affairs editor).

  Viet Nam

Cholera Adds to PRRS Woes
VIET NAM - Animals at the porcine research center attached to the National Institute of Animal Husbandry in Hanoi have been infected by the hog cholera virus, an official said Tuesday.

PRRS: Vietnam Sees Signs of Encouragement
VIET NAM - According to Thanhnien News, there have been no new sightings of blue ear disease in the last three days, which is a positive sign, particularly for Thanh Hoa, one of the more hard-hit areas in Viet Nam.


Burke’s Silence Will Kill off Pig Industry
AUSTRALIA - Opposition agricultural spokesman Nigel Scullion says that productivity commission's report on the inquiry into safeguards into the import of pig meat has left Australian pork producers in a precarious position.

Ozzie Opinions Urged on Transport Welfare
AUSTRALIA - The Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F) is urging North Queenslanders to have their say on proposed Australian Standards and Guidelines for the Welfare of Animals for the Land Transport of Livestock.
  New Zealand

Long-Term, Returns will Improve says NZ Pork Chief
NEW ZEALAND - Further to comments made earlier this week that low NZ pork prices would bolster consumption, Sam McIvor, chief executive of New Zealand Pork says that producers will have to bide their time until the benefits from cheap pork reach them.


Grain Drain: A Chinese Affair with Meat
CHINA - A change in Chinese meat consumption habits since 1995 is diverting eight billion bushels of grain per year to livestock feed and could empty global grain stocks by September 2010, according to a new study from Biofuels Digest.

Chinese Pork Exports Halved in First Two Months
CHINA - China Customs figures show that pork exports have reduced by half in the first two months as compared to the same time last year.


Pork and Chicken Price Changes Differ
THE PHILIPPINES - According to ABS-CBN, while the price of pork goes down, chicken prices take a leap.


French Abatoirs Deemed Scandalous
FRANCE - It has been reported that almost half of the slaughterhouses in France fail to conform to European standards of hygiene, as per a memorandum from the Directorate General of Food (DGAL).

Company news

Merial Infectious Disease Control at VIV Europe
MOSCOW - A product range for swine at the forefront of infectious disease control will be the themes for a presentation by Dr Stéphane Imbert at this year's VIV Europe trade fair in Moscow.

Nedap Velos More Profit Through Innovative Farm Equipment
MOSCOW - In the pig breeding industry profitability gain is only possible provided productivity increases. Along with other critical indices are the following: fertility and sows insemination efficiency, neonatal and natal piglet mortality.

ACMC Testing System Builds-in Big Feed Savings
UK - With sustained high feed prices continuing to put producers under pressure, pig-breeding company ACMC will be demonstrating at the British Pig and Poultry Fair how the use of genetically-superior stock can reduce production costs.

That's all for this week!


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