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ThePigSite Newsletter - 2nd June 2008
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

NADIS is a veterinary-based production disease monitoring and recording system covering England and Wales. Practising veterinarians provide day-by-day information of what is happening on pig farms that may have an impact on health and productivity. This paper by Mark White BVSc DPM MRCVS looks in detail at one of the most important limits on pig breeding herd production – that of pigs born dead.
Brazilian Pork in 2007
ABIPECS, the Brazilian Pork Industry and Exporter Association, reviews the movements in the international and domestic markets for Brazilian pork over the last year.
Media Battles: Changing the View of Livestock Production
This article is taken from the proceedings of the Livestock Care Conference, held by Alberta Farm Animal Care. Media is highly influenced by animal activist groups, says veteran analyst Dan Murphy, and reframing the issues can help turn the tide for producers.
Economic Impacts of Foreign Animal Disease
This report by the USDA Economic Research Service presents a modeling framework in which epidemiological model results are integrated with an economic model of the U.S. agricultural sector to enable estimation of the economic impacts of outbreaks of foreign-source livestock diseases. It was produced by Philip L. Paarlberg, Ann Hillberg Seitzinger, John G. Lee and Kenneth H. Mathews, Jr.
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* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  United States

Weekly Outlook: Corn and Soybean Market Fundamentals Assessed
US - Corn and soybean prices continue to be supported by a broad range of fundamental factors. These include strong domestic and export demand and a fair amount of concern about the potential size of the 2008 crops in the U.S.

Slaughter This Week Up From A Year Earlier
US - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Market Preview : A Supply-Demand Short Course
US - Weekly US Market Preview provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

AMI Releases Request for Pre-Proposals
US - The American Meat Institute Foundation (AMIF) has released its 2008-2009 Request for Pre-Proposals.

Report Counts the Impact of Foreign Animal Disease
US - As more is learned about the impacts of foreign animal-disease outbreaks, questions arise regarding the efficacy of existing animal disease-impact models for capturing the array of effects across many economic sectors and time.

Researchers Allay DDGS Food Safety Fears
US - Fears that using dried distillers grains (DDGS) as feed would cause harm to animals and also have a detrimental effect on the safety of its meat have been contradicted by new research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Exposure to Hog Barn Dust Alters Airway Epithelial Ciliary Beating
Swine confinement workers are at increased risk for airway diseases, including mucus membrane irritation syndrome, chronic rhinosinusitis, and chronic bronchitis.

USDA Announces Withdrawal of Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON - USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing withdrawal of a proposed rule published in the March 13, 2003, Federal Register.
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Rodent Control Rule Accountable to Pork Producers
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A final rule on chemicals used to control rodents will not be as burdensome on the livestock industry as initially proposed, according to the National Pork Producers Council, which worked to ease the impact of the regulation on pork producers.

Food Prices Predicted to Remain High and to Grow Volatile
US - Food prices will remain high in the coming decade, with beef and pork prices forecasted to go up an average of 20 percent, according to the latest latest Agriculture Outlook from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

US Agricultural Exports to Hit $108.5 Billion
US – US agricultural exports are expected to reach a record $108.5 billion for fiscal year 2008, according to the US quarterly forecast for.


Record Danish Pig Prices Expected
DENMARK - The decrease of as much as 10% in the Danish sow herd has caused a stir in the European pig industry.


Alberta to Launch Hog Recovery Campaign
ALBERTA - In conjunction with the federal government’s $50 million swine culling program, the Alberta pork industry is launching its own recovery campaign, reports the Alberta farmer.

U.S. Farm Bill Expected to Ease M-COOL Confusion
CANADA - The president of Paragon Economics is confident final passage of the 2008 U.S. Farm Bill will end much of the uncertainty surrounding the pending introduction of U.S. Mandatory Country of Origin Labelling, writes Bruce Cochrane.
Making It Work: Housing Gestating Sows in Group Pens
CANADA - With the current social trend in sow housing is away from gestation stalls, the change has lead to Ontario pork producers examining management skills to facilitate the change from gestation crates to group housing.

Public Opposition to Manitoba Hog Moratorium Builds
CANADA - Manitoba Pork Council reports public support for the abandonment of plans to impose permanent moratoriums on hog industry development on most of the eastern of side of Manitoba is building, writes Bruce Cochrane.


Romania: Pork Prices to Rise as of July
ROMANIA - As of July 2008, pork prices in Romania are to increase by a whopping 15%.


Pork Sales to Cease Three Days a Week
MALAYSIA - The Malaysian Pork Sellers Association plans to get its members to cease pork sales for three days a week starting June 8 if the prices continue to rise the way they do now.

  European Union

Modified L-valine Given Green Light by EFSA
EU - The European Food Safety Authority have recently decided that the feed supplement L-valine, with a 98% degree of purity is safe for target animals, consumers, users and the environment.

Consultation on the EC's Proposed Directive
EU - Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) applies to about 45,000 industrial installations in the EU (about 4,000 in the UK), ranging from refineries to breweries and from intensive pig farms to cement works.
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  United Kingdom

Farmers Expect to be Affected by Climate Change
UK - Almost 70% of pig farmers interviewed by Farming Futures in England report said they expect to be affected by climate change in the next ten years. As a result they’re already taking action: half are reported to be reducing their contribution to climate change by improving their on-farm energy efficiency and water management, and 40% are taking action to adapt to climate change.

Supply Shortage Likely to Lead to Higher Prices
UK - According to warnings from pig farming leaders, a severe increase in sow cullings from January to April 2008 is likely to lead to a shortage in pork and pork products within a matter of a few months.

Scottish Pig Producers Asked to Opine On Way Forward
SCOTLAND - Scottish pig producers are being asked for their opinions on the best way forward for the hard pressed industry at several meetings next week.

NADIS Veterinary Report and Forecast–May 2008
UK - The National Animal Disease Information Service (NADIS) is a veterinary based clinical reporting and surveillance system based upon veterinary surgeons on farm visits. As well as recording anecdotal remarks on health issues (summarised in the monthly NADIS report), production and health data is also collected.


DA Commences Hog Vaccination Program
THE PHILIPPINES - The Department of Agriculture (DA) is pushing a four-point action plan to overcome the negative 4.19 percent growth of the swine industry for the first quarter, which meant a reduction of 20,000 hogs compared to the similar period last year, reports the Manila Bulletin.


Major Meat Traceability Initiative in China
CHINA - DSM, the world´s largest producer of vitamins for animal feed, is to enter into a strategic partnership with Yunnan Shennong Agriculture Group to supply its Optimum Vitamin Nutrition (OVN®) Premix in Yunnan Province in South West China.

China: The Impact of a Modest Love for Meat
CHINA - World food prices are being destabilised by China's rising middle class and the desire to eat meat, but in comparison to the West the Chinese are only modest meat consumers.
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  Taiwan, Province of China

Government Not Interfering in Pork Price Rise
TAIWAN - Taiwan's pork prices have been affected dramatically due to the skyrocketing of international commodities.

Company news

Schering-Plough Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health Appoints Heads of Global Swine
US – Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health appointed the Heads of Global Species teams for the swine, the poultry and the aquaculture segment.

Pic The Best Way to Predict Your Future is to Create It
Farmers at this year's Pig and Poultry Fair in the UK were tested over whether they believed the current market practices could deliver a sustainable future.

BPEX New BPHS Scheme for Producers
UK - The British Pig Health Scheme (BPHS), launched in July 2005 by the British Pig Executive (BPEX), has proved such a hit with farmers and vets that a new improved three-year scheme is starting on 1 July.

Merial PCV2 Sow Vaccine Gets Star Billing at 2008 Pig & Poultry Fair
UK - A vaccine that has helped “revolutionise pig production in the UK” by reducing mortality and improving performance won two major industry awards at this year’s British Pig & Poultry Fair.

Nedap Velos Nedap Agri at World Pork Expo
US - Dutch based eequipment and systems manufacturer Nedap Agri is to continue its introduction of ESF in the US, following a successful introduction last year

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