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ThePigSite Newsletter - 19th May 2008
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Clean Properly Before You Disinfect!
By DuPont Animal Health Systems, published in a Pig Topics Bulletin. In his latest feature article ‘Clean Properly Before You Disinfect', Jake Waddilove, MA, VetMB, MRCVS advises that, for a disinfection programme to work to its full potential, it is necessary to clean to the maximum levels before disinfecting.
United Kingdom Pig Meat Market Update
UK pig prices continued to strengthen in April according to the latest report from AHDB Meat Services for the British Pig Executive.
Learning & Profiting from Animal Welfare Trends
New definitions and expectations surrounding welfare also carry strong value-added opportunities for the livestock industry, says Dr. John Webster in the proceedings from the Livestock Care Conference, held by Alberta Farm Animal Care.
US Feed Outlook
Allen Baker, Edward Allen, and Heather Lutman, ERS USDA. This monthly report examines supply, use, prices, and trade for feed grains, including supply and demand prospects in major importing and exporting countries. Focuses on corn; also contains information on sorghum, barley, oats, and hay.
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* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  United States

Market Preview: Expect Congress to Override Farm Bill Veto
US - Weekly US Market Preview provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Weekly Review: Feeder Pig Imports Cause Surprise!
US - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

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

A Closer Look at the Food Vs Fuel Debate
URBANA, US - Symptoms of the food-versus-fuel crisis are appearing regularly in the news but the underlying causes - and long-term implications - are poorly understood.

Heluka™ Method of Farming Introduced
IOWA - The Beeler Pork story began in 1846 when Fred Beeler immigrated from Germany to the gently rolling hills of Madison County, Iowa.

US Meat Shows Muscle in Export Market
US - U.S. red meat exports continued their strong showing in the first quarter of 2008 with an increase of 41 percent in pork exports and 29 percent in beef (including variety meat), according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

Online Organic Meat Orders Delivered Overnight
US – On organic meat company yesterday announced that it would be making its meat products available online. Customers will be able to order the meat anywhere within the US and receive it by post.

One Health Initiative gets Nod from ASM
WASHINGTON, DC — The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has endorsed the One Health Initiative, which recognizes the inter-relationships among human, animal, and environmental health.

Colorado Commended for Banning Farm Confinement Systems
COLORADO - Farm Sanctuary, one of the US leading farm animal protection organization, has applauded Colorado in joining Florida, Arizona and Oregon in outlawing gestation crates, and joining Arizona in outlawing veal crates.
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Legal Defense Tries to Stop Animal ID in it's Tracks
FALLS CHURCH, US - Attorneys for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund today sent a Notice of Intent to Sue letter to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) over implementation of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS).

Revised Meat Packers' Legislation Issued
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The much anticipated legislation requiring meat packers to report the prices they pay producers for food animals has finally been issued.

2008 Farm Bill Favorable to U.S. Pork Industry Approved
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The 2008 Farm Bill – officially known as the Farm, Nutrition and Bioenergy Act – approved Wednesday by the House on a 318-106 vote and by the Senate on a vote of 81-15 includes a number of provisions beneficial to the U.S. pork industry.

Record Setting Texas Ag Goes Through the Roof
TEAXAS, US – Texas agricultural production for 2007 was a record $21.8 billion due to higher crop and livestock prices, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service report.

LMPR Law Creates Transparency and Accuracy
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Farm Bureau Federation yesterday hailed a final rule issued by the Agriculture Department that requires meat packers to report prices paid to producers for food animals.

Advanced Breeding Herd Management Seminar
IOWA - ISU Extension, Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa Pork Producers Association are sponsoring an advanced swine breeding herd management seminars: June 10 (Marina Inn, South Sioux City, Neb) and 11(Waverly Civic Center, Waverly, IA).

Final Rule on Mandatory Price Reporting Published
US - The Agricultural Marketing Service today published a final rule, “Livestock Mandatory Reporting: Reestablishment and Revision of the Reporting Regulation for Swine, Cattle, Lamb, and Boxed Beef” in the Federal Register.

Ohio's Ethanol Plants Bring Changes to the State
OHIO, US - Last year's corn-planting session did not leave Ohio's farmers very happy what with the lack of crops to sell to the state's ethanol firms, reports the Columbus Dispatch.

  Russian Federation

Cherkizovo Commissions Fourth Part of Pig Unit
RUSSIA - Cherkizovo Group, one of Russia's leading integrated and diversified meat producers, has commissioned the fourth module at Lipetskmyasoprom, one of the Group's industry leading pig facilities in the Lipetsk region.


Danish Crown’s Half-Year Result in Line with Expectations
DENMARK - Challenges in primary production and rates of exchange effected the half-year result for Danish pig meat giant Danish Crown.

Danish Bacon Goes for Gold with New 2008 Sponsorship
DENMARK - The airwaves are once again sizzling with the sound of Danish Bacon thanks to this year’s highly targeted consumer marketing and promotional campaign with Gold Radio.


Singapore: Pork Processing Firm Accredited
SINGAPORE - According to Sun Star, Singapore has finally ratified the country's plan to export cut pork products. This has, thereby, enabled a local pork processing firm in Mindanao, officials from the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) report.
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  European Union

New Biosecurity Products for a New World
EU - A company that specialises in solutions for safer feed and food, has chosen VIV Europe, to launch two new products which it says will benefit even the modest modern feed mills.

EU Pig Prices: Stimulated By High-Pressure System!
EU - At present, the price increases look almost untamable in favour of EU pigs mature for slaughter.


Myanmar’s Food Bowl Devastated
MYANMAR - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called for US$10 million to assist poor farming and fishing communities in Myanmar devastated by cyclone Nargis.

Relief Estimates for Cyclone Hit Livestock
MYANMAR - In parallel to ongoing priority humanitarian aid assistance, Relief Web says that we need to start looking at the longer term, in particular as time is running out to secure planting in June of rice seeds for the main 2008 rice harvest.

  United Kingdom

Pig Industry Gets Royal Backing
UK - The British pig industry has been given royal backing, calling for support for pig farmers.

Measuring Carbon Footprints of Pigs and Poultry
UK - A new programme to map the carbon footprint of the production of pig and poultry products was launched at the British Pig and Poultry Fair this week.

Salmonella Eradication Scheme Refocused
UK - The British pig industry is to refocus its scheme to control salmonella in the national pig herd.

Are Retail Price Hikes Really Beneficial?
UK - Despite steady retail price increases, pig producers are continuing to struggle, and are leaving the industry in droves, says BPEX chief executive Mick Sloyan.

Funding Initiatives for Eco Friendly Meat
UK - On the back of a government initiative to reduce greenhouse gases by a massive 80%, all agricultural sectors have come under scrutiny.

Retailers' Failure Causes Heavy Losses
UK - Many pig farmers are suffering heavy losses and are, as a result, leaving the industry due to retailers' failure to pass on recent price rises on pork and pork products to producers.

Pig Farmers Aided by Restaurant
UK - Sutherland House hotel and restaurant at Southwold in Suffolk has been giving back £1 to the pig industry for each Blythburgh Free Range Pork main course it serves.

Meeting to Merge Pig Industry with Other Sectors
SCOTLAND - A meeting, bringing the hospitality, retail and wholesale sectors together with Scotland's pig industry for the first time, was held yesterday.

Northern Ireland: Pig Producers Ask for Fair Cut
NORTHERN IRELAND - According to Farming Life, the current situation is that Northern Irelands processors are extremely underpaid, as told by one of the region's top pig producers.


Pig Feed Supplement Recalled
AUSTRALIA - A pig feed supplement in Australia has been withdrawn because it contains high levels of lead.

Pig Farmers Fined for Illegal Feeding of Pigs
AUSTRALIA - Three farmers from Forbes in central western New South Wales have been fined almost $33,000 for illegally feeding swill to pigs, according to ABC.


Quake Hits Pig Supply
CHINA - The earthquake in Sichuan province on Monday raised some concern in the mainland stock market, but is not expected to have too much of an impact on individual companies' performances and investor sentiments, according to official sources in China.

Decline in Pork Output Expected
BEIJING - China's pork production is expected to decline due to Monday's earthquake which hit Sichuan, the country's largest lean-hog producing area. As a result of the catastrophe, pork and pork product prices may also rise.

China's Top Pork Producing Province Damaged
BEIJING - According to the China Post, Chinese province Sichuan has experienced a deadly earthquake, the last one having occurred 32 years ago. The quake has caused serious damage to agricultural production, the Ministry of Agriculture said.

Pork Commentry: Hog Prices Rocket Higher
CANADA - Hog prices rocketed to 78¢ lean in Iowa-Minnesota last Friday – up 5¢ lb from the previous Friday (+$10.00 per head), writes Jim Long.

Prairie Swine Centre Suspends Barn Operation
CANADA - PSC Elstow Research Farm Inc., a subsidiary company of Prairie Swine Centre Inc., will be suspending operations due to the unprecedented losses in the pork business.

Producers Encourage Opposition to Hog Moratorium
CANADA - The public is being urged to become involved in the debate over the Manitoba government's plans to impose permanent moratoriums on further hog industry development in much of the province, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Manure Application More Economically Appealing
CANADA - The escalating costs of commercial fertilizers are making the application of livestock manure more economically attractive.

Management Helps Maximize Value of Livestock Manure
CANADA - The Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative says, under proper management, livestock manure is an excellent and cost effective source of crop nutrients, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Federal Cull Program Moves to Phase II
CANADA - The federal cull program for breeding swine is moving into a second phase to spread out remaining funds across all provinces, reports Canadian Cattlemen.

High Commercial Fertilizer Cost Makes Livestock Manure Fertilizer More Attractive
CANADA - The dramatic increase in the cost of commercial fertilizer this spring is prompting growing numbers of grain and oilseed growers to look much more favourably at the use of livestock manure fertilizer as a source of nutrients for their crops.


DA Supports Import of 38,000 MT Pork
THE PHILIPPINES - The Department of Agriculture (DA) is encouraging the importation of 38,000 metric tons (MT) of pork under the minimum access volume (MAV) program in order to augment supply and help cut the price of pork in the local market, reports Manila Bulletin.


Food Producers Unite Against Retail Domination
FRANCE - A seven-strong alliance of French food production industry bodies is opposing proposed legislation that would remove such protection as the current law affords from unreasonable retailer demands.

Company news

Pfizer Pfizer Extends 10 Million Yuan to Earthquake Victims
BEIJING, CHINA – Today Pfizer, an animal health pharmaceutical company, announced it is providing up to RMB 10 million (approximately $1.4 million U.S.D) in medicines and financial assistance to relief organizations operating in the region worst affected by the massive earthquake.

Schering-Plough Animal Health Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health Appoints Executive Team
THE NETHERLANDS – Schering-Plough appointed the Executive Team members of the company’s global animal health unit: Intervet / Schering- Plough Animal Health.

IntervetIntervet / Schering Plough Animal Health at VIV Europe in Moscow.
RUSSIA - Animal health company Intervet / Schering Plough Animal Health is to present the new combined company to a large audience for the first time at the VIV Europe in Moscow.

Draxxin - Treat em' once. Treat em' Right

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