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ThePigSite Newsletter - 27th May 2008
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Global Feed Commodities Market
This report looks at the Impact of the Global Feed Commodities Market on the British Pig Industry and Risk Management Strategies to Mitigate This. Prepared by BPEX Ltd with independent contributions by ABN and Barclays.
Navel Bleeding
Loss of blood through the navel of the newborn pig can result in severe anaemia, failure to grow and, in the extreme, early death, writes Mark White BVSc DPM MRCVS in the NADIS Health Bulletin.
Dietary Fiber in Sow Gestation Diets — An Updated Review
Opportunities exist for pork producers to maintain or improve sow reproductive performance by using fibrous feedstuffs during gestation, write Duane E. Reese, Allen Prosch, Daryl A. Travnicek, Kent M. Eskridge1.
Canada Livestock and Products - Hog Production in Transition
The cost-price squeeze in the Canadian hog industry that has worsened over the past two years has resulted in a near record hog inventory drop and a dramatic loss in the number of hog farms in Canada, USDA Foreign Agricultural Service reports.
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APL Urges Consumers to Purchase Aussie Pork
AUSTRALIA - APL (Australian Pork Limited) recently issued a brochure to aid consumers in comprehending product labelling and purchasing Australian pork.

  United States

Market Preview: Cold Storage Trending Up
US - Weekly US Market Preview provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Livestock Slaughter: Total Red Meat Production at Record High for April
US - Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.30 billion pounds in April, up 14 percent from the 3.75 billion pounds produced in April 2007.

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

Weekly Review: Pork Prices Up From A Year Earlier
US - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Hog Prices: Do You Believe in Miracles?
US - Could this be a miracle? Where have these “high” hog prices come from? It’s almost as if prayers have been answered!

Sustainability Becomes a Desirable Product Factor
US - Half of U.S. consumers say they consider at least one sustainability factor when selecting brands to buy or stores to shop, according to a recent Information Resources Inc. (IRI) survey.

Iowa: Livestock Confinement Ban Proposed
IOWA, US - Iowa's Democratic candidate for Congress Ed Fallon has made a proposal to ban the construction or extension of large-scale livestock confinements by corporations.
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PORK Academy Presented at World Pork Expo
US - The Pork Checkoff is presenting the Producers Opportunity for Revenue and Knowledge (PORK) Academy on Thursday, June 5 and Friday, June 6 at World Pork Expo on the Iowa State fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa.

E. coli is Also Present Among Swine
US - By Nancy Cornick, an ISU associate professor of veterinary microbiology (The Food Safety Consortium).

Saturated Fats in Diet Produce a Lower Deposition
US - It has been proven, in poultry, that the incorporation of saturated or monounsaturated fats in the feed increases fat deposition, whereas this does not happen with polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Disease Lab should be at Least-Risk Location
WASHINGTON – A new national laboratory for researching and diagnosing foreign animal diseases should be located on the US mainland in an area with small livestock and wildlife populations, the National Pork Producers Council said in congressional testimony this week.

Hormel Earnings Up
US - US pig meat processing giant Hormel has reported a rise in earnings for the second quarter of the 2008 financial year.

Mankato Company and U of M Develop PRRS Vaccine
MINNESOTA - A Mankato-based company, along with researchers from the University of Minnesota, has developed a new pig vaccine that farmers and veterinarians are hoping will gradually obliterate PRRS, a disease that costs the industry more than $550 million a year.


Discord Between Farmers and Ag Ministry over Pork
FIJI - There is discord between some of Fiji's major piggery owners and the Agriculture Ministry, the former saying that "it is the feed and not the seed that matters."
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  United Kingdom

Environment Agency Viewed as 'Out of Control'
UK - "The Environment Agency appears to me to be out of control," pig producer John Godfrey told farming minister Lord Rooker, reports NPA.

Pig and Poultry Fair Carries an Upbeat Message
UK - This year's British Pig & Poultry Fair saw the food supply chain uniting to deliver positive messages for the future as producers, processors, retailers and feed manufacturers linked up for the first time to address market challenges together.

No Permits Refused Over Emissions
UK - It could be several years before pig and poultry farmers near sensitive sites know if they have a secure future. But for now, their IPPC applications have been granted and they can continue in production.

Meet Defra's New Chief Veterinary Officer
UK - Nigel Gibbens was yesterday appointed as the UK Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO).

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

Feed Cover Survey for Producers
UK - The British National Pig Association is to conduct a survey of pig producers to discover how much cover they have taken out to protect themselves from rising in-put costs.

Scottish Government Meets with Pig Sector Representatives
SCOTLAND - Environment Secretary, Richard Lochhead has met with stakeholders in the pig sector to discuss the future sustainability of the industry, asserting that it was crucial to involve the whole food chain in finding solutions to problems facing different parts of the sector.


Aklan Government Contemplating Hog Farming
THE PHILIPPINES - The government of the province of Aklan is contemplating venturing into hog-raising to help meet the supply of pork in the province.
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Livestock Manure an Environmentally Friendly Fertilizer Option
CANADA - Research conducted in Saskatchewan has shown, when applied in balance according to manure nutrient analysis and soil testing, livestock manure is an environmentally friendly fertilizer option, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Manitoba Program to Protect Farmers' Livestock
MANITOBA - Manitoba will continue to help farmers protect livestock from natural predators through an agreement with the Manitoba Trappers Association, Conservation Minister Stan Struthers announced today.

Local Producers First To Enrich Pork with Omega3
ONTARIO - As the pork industry continues to face so many challenges, one area family is trying to put themselves at the top of the industry.

"Express Support" for Withdrawal of Bill 17
CANADA - Manitoba's pork producers are urging those involved in agriculture and their supporters to become directly involved in the debate over the province's plan to ban the construction of new or expanded swine operations in most of the eastern part of Manitoba, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Pork Revitalization Plan Presented to Producers
ALBERTA - The final draft report on the Alberta pork industry’s revitalization strategy is near completion and details will be presented to the province’s pork producers at two open industry meetings the week of May 26.

Phase II of Cull Breeding Swine Program Begins
CANADA - Canadian pork producers are now applying for the second and third allocation of funds under the Cull Breeding Swine Program. The first phase of the program was completed May 14.

Public Input on Food Labelling in Canada
CANADA - The House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food expects its report on the labelling of food products to form the basis of discussions aimed at revamping the definition, "Product of Canada," writes Bruce Cochrane.

Pork Commentary: COOL Supported by Congress
This weeks North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long.


Eruption Descends on 40,000 Abandoned Livestock
CHILE - The Chaiten volcano in Southern Chile has blasted ash some 20 miles into the atmosphere, which has forced thousands to evacuate, leaving farm animals vulnerable to the toxic cloud.

  Russian Federation

Cherkizovo Pig Sector Plumping Up
RUSSIA - Cherkizovo, one of Russia's leading integrated and diversified meat producers, today announced that volumes in the company's pork segment more than doubled (2.45 times) in the first quarter of 2008.

Agriculture Ministry Changes in Putin's Government
RUSSIA - The agricultural and food portfolio in Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's new Russian government is held by one of two first deputy prime ministers, Viktor Zubkov, who is the immediate past Prime Minister.
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Quake has Minor Impact on Pig Meat Company
CHINA - A leading vertically-integrated meat-processing and meat product supplier in China, China Yurun Food Group Limited, has reported that it only had minor interruption to production at its three hog slaughtering factories in Sichuan as a result of the recent earthquake in southwest China.


Majorcan Black Pig Selected Among the 15 Most Interesting
SPAIN - The European project quality Pork Chains selected the Majorcan Black Pig, among 15 production models, to be studied from the sustainability point of view, as well as from that of the genetic particularity of this animal, catalogued in Spain's list of breeds as an endangered autochthonous pig breed and in FAO's as a 100% purebred.

  European Union

EU Pig Prices: Europe's Glass Half-Full!
EU - This week sees good news! Europe's slaughter market seems to be in high spirits, reports

EC Acts on CAP Health Check and UK Reacts
EU - The European Commission today proposed to further modernise, simplify and streamline the Common Agricultural Policy and remove remaining restrictions on farmers to help them respond to growing demand for food.

Prevention Before Cure: New Health Plan
EU - Animals in Europe, from wild and farmyard animals to domestic pets, could soon come under the remit of a proposed EU-wide animal health strategy. The aim is to put the onus on prevention rather than cure.

  Taiwan, Province of China

Retail Pork Prices Rise Due to New High
TAIPEI - Hogs Taiwan were sold for NT$7,419 per 100 kilogram yesterday - a new nine-year high - due to a supply shortage, reports The China Post.

  New Zealand

Budget Money for Animal ID Welcomed
NEW ZEALAND - Meat & Wool New Zealand has welcomed the Government’s commitment to assist in the funding of a national animal identification and tracing system and farm register, announced in the Budget today (Thursday).

Heller Awarded for NZ's Top Bacon
NEW ZEALAND - Kiwis know nothing beats a rasher of 100% New Zealand Bacon on a Sunday morning – and now they know the best to be had is from Heller in Christchurch.


An Irish Crisis Develops in Geneva
IRELAND - The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith TD, speaking after the Council of Agriculture Ministers meeting in Brussels today, re-affirmed the Government's resolve to achieve a balanced outcome to the ongoing WTO negotiations.


US to Assess Brazilian Meat Conditions
BRAZIL - In order to assess fresh beef and pork production conditions in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, the Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that they will make a technical mission.


Environmental Impact Assessment in Pig Production
DENMARK - A more efficient use of nitrogen on pig farms and pig feed with digestion-promoting qualities can help reduce the effect on the environment when farmers produce pigs, according to a PhD thesis from the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences.

Better Beginnings for Pigs in New Type of Pen
DENMARK - Floor heating in the farrowing area reduces piglet mortality, according to studies of a new farrowing pen prototype. In their design of the pen, scientists have taken natural sow and piglet behaviour into consideration.


Azerbaijan Ministries Pay for Quarantine Swine Slaughter
AZERBAIJAN - The State Veterinary Service (Ministry of Agriculture of Azerbaijan) and the Finance Ministry have compensated the damage of AZN 1.265 million caused to 378 residents of the Nij village of Gabala region because of slaughtering of swines, reports

  Viet Nam

Vietnam Pigs Affected by PRRS
VIETNAM - Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS), known as "blue ear" disease, has hit 270,000 pigs in Vietnam, or one percent of the country's pig population, since late March, local newspaper Vietnam Economic Times reported Tuesday.

  Korea, Republic of

Government to Consult Local Livestock Group Leaders
SEOUL - The government plans to meet local livestock group leaders to come up with a way to improve the the competitiveness of cattle and hog growers as the country moves to fully open its market to U.S. beef.

Company news

BPEX Facing Up to the Challenge
UK - The British Pig Executive (BPEX) technical group has set itself four main targets in the face of serious challenges to the pig industry.

Dupont DuPont Opens Facility in Asia for Animal Health Solutions
CHINA - DuPont has expanded its biosecurity offering in Asia with a new DuPont Animal Health Solutions facility in Shenzhen, China. The plant produces Virkon® S, the leading virucidal disinfectant. DuPont plans to manufacture other animal health product offerings at the site in the future.

ACMC Don't ZAP Salmonella Control
UK - With changes to the ZAP salmonella scheme having been recently instigated, there is now a requirement for all finishing pig farms to have a Salmonella Control Plan. This has to be drawn up in conjunction with the unit's vet and audited as part of the Farm Assurance scheme.

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