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ThePigSite Newsletter -9th June 2008
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We have 3 new features this week:

United Kingdom Pig Meat Market Update
UK pig prices continued on their upward trend, according to the latest report from AHDB Meat Services for the British Pig Executive, produced by Tony Fowler, Senior Economic Analyst.
Better Beginnings for Pigs in New Type of Pen
By Senior scientist Lene Juul Pedersen, Department of Animal Health, Welfare and Nutrition, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Aarhus.
Does Feeding Distillers Grains in Rations Increase E. coli O157:H7?
By Terry Klopfenstein, Dave Smith, Galen Erickson and Rod Moxley University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  United States

WPX Reports Weekly Review: Steady Decline in Hog Prices
US - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Market Preview: Three Factors Will Shape U.S., Canada Pork Industries
US - Weekly US Market Preview provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Weekly Outlook: CRP Critical Feed Use Initiative
US - Beginning on June 2, 2008, Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) participants with certain established vegetative cover may request a voluntary modification to contracts to utilize certain land.

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

Have the USDA Understated Ethanol Impact On Food?
US - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer is leaning on a weak reed in claiming that the ethanol boom is responsible for only a tiny fraction of the dramatic increase in world food prices, according to an independent agricultural economist.

AMI in Support of Product Test Policy
US - The American Meat Institute (AMI) today told USDA that it would support an agency policy that would require companies to control product tested by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) until the test results are known.

USDA Urged to Help Sell Meat Overseas
Washington, D.C. - Sen. Charles Grassley, who believes that rising corn prices are being unfairly blamed for inflation, is seeking government help for livestock producers hit directly by grain prices.

FDA Gain Greater Insight into Animal Feed Safety
US - The American Food and Drug Administration have decided to take a more methodical approach to the issue of food safety in animal feed. Under the new initiatives the administration will look into producing a system that focuses on risk assessment and preventative measure.

USDA: Treating Hog Manure with Borax Cuts Odor
US - Hydrogen sulfide is one of the compounds contributing to the stink from manure storage pits on hog farms. Microbial activity in the manure releases the hydrogen sulfide and other compounds.

K-State Receives $4.8 Million Funding to Fight PRRS
KANSAS - Because of PRRS, pig producers are known to suffer an estimated loss of $700 million a year. In Kansas alone, losses are estimated at $15 million annually.

Smithfield Income Slashed
US - Smithfield Foods Inc. have released their final fourth quarter results before the company will be sold to JBS S.A. They reported income from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008 of $1.8 million, or $.01 per diluted share, versus income from continuing operations last year of $51.8 million, or $.46 per diluted share.

An Eco-Friendly 'Clearwater' Solution
US - A new barley that benefits the environment as well as farm animals has been developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their colleagues.

Hog Lagoon Replacement Plan Funded
US - Environmentalists regard hog lagoons as a hazardous cause of pollution. They also represent health threats due to waste disposal.
Progressis - PRRS Vaccine

Singapore and Philippines to Strengthen Pork Trade Ties
MINDANAO - Singaporean pork buyers are expected to arrive in the Philippines either by July or August to consolidate trade with the only certified pork exporter.

DA Endeavors to Stabilize Meat Supply and Prices
MANILA - The Department of Agriculture (DA) has been taking concrete steps to stabilize the domestic supply and prices of chicken and pork amid the double whammy of escalating production costs and tightening global supplies, according to reports from top DA officials.

Pork Prices to Go Up Due to Shortage
MANILA - Pork prices in Metro Manila may come up to as much as P220 a kilo in next month because of reduced supply in Luzon.

Philippine Province Suffers from Pork Shortage
MARINDUQUE - Local government officials have reported on a shortage of pork in Marinduque province which has led to prices being driven up to as much as P190 per kg.

  European Union

EU Pig Prices: Austria and Germany Lead Market
EU - Throughout Europe, there seems to be a boost in the slaughter markets.

Experts Cry Out for More as Zoonoses Spread
EU - Zoonoses, diseases that are transmitted between vertebrate animals and humans, are on the rise and the meat industry is having to pay the price.

Generation Gap in EU farmers Worries MEPs
EU - While food production in the future is likely to rise, the future of the next generation of farmers is uncertain. At present just 7.6% of farms in the European Union are run by people under 35.

Football and the Pig Industry: A Heavenly Match?
EU - The Euro 2008 football competition is taking place in Austria/Switzerland in June 2008.

  United Kingdom

MRSA Variant's Entrance into Food Chain Causes Fear
UK - Following the publication in a Sunday paper of information concerning the first three identified cases of farm-animal MRSA in humans in the UK, the Soil Association is calling on the Government to publish interim results of its testing for MRSA in pigs, which has been ongoing since the beginning of the year, and introduce a comprehensive testing programme for MRSA in other farm-animal species.

Pig Industry Facing Losses Amounting to £6 a Second
UK - The afflicted UK pig industry is currently running at £6 loss a second.

Workshop Helps Solve Pig Production Challenges
UK - More than 20 pig producers gathered at Boroughbridge, Yorks for an evening workshop on the challenges facing them when managing the growing pig. The workshop was organised by BPEX KT Manager Lis Ravn.

'Processed Animal Protein' Good News for Pig Farmers
UK - The European Food Standards Agency is to put the subject of processed animal protein on its current regulatory agenda. This signals reintroduction of processed animal protein in some livestock diets.
Aivlosin - the brand new macrolide antibiotic
DDGS to be Made Available for Pig Feed
UK - Distillers Dried Grains and Solubles (DDGS) will be available late spring 2009 from the Ensus plant on Teeside.

Farmers Itch for GM as Feed Prices Remain High
UK - The UK pig industry has called on the EU to speed up the approval process for GM varieties of soya, so UK farmers can compete on an open global market.

BPEX Warns: Don't Leave Data Gathering Dust
UK - A wealth of data is available to pig producers to help improve production and herd health which will, in turn, help improve cost of production.

FDA Publish Cloned Animal Research Report
UK - The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has today published research into the views of the UK public about cloning animals, and cloned animals, their offspring and their products (such as milk and eggs) entering the food chain.

A Little Lesson for British Retailers
UK - To take the tension out of the pigmeat supply chain, British producers need meaningful back-to-back contracts between producers, retailers, and their supplying processors, NPA and BPEX chairman Stewart Houston told European Pig Producers’ congress.


Winnipeg Hog Assembly Yard to Close June 27
CANADA - The Manitoba Pork Marketing Co-op reports June 27 will be the final day that hogs will assembled at its Winnipeg assembly yard, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Canada Reopens Pork Exports to Russian Markets
OTTAWA - The reopening of the Russian market to Canadian pork is a positive development for the industry and demonstrates that Government actions are delivering results for producers, announced Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz.

Pork Commentary: World Pork Expo
CANADA - This weeks North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long.

Canadian Regulations Prove too Tough to Swallow
CANADA - Nine months after it took effect, farmers and elected officials in Powell River are still fighting against the Ministry of Health’s new Meat Inspection Regulation (MIR).

Manitoba Increase Hog Assistance
CANADA - The maximum loan provided under the province’s recently announced Manitoba Hog Assistance Loan Program has now been doubled to $5 million from $2.5 million to assist hog producers who are facing significant cash flow challenges.

Manitoba Livestock Producers Unite to Derail Bill 17
CANADA - Manitoba’s livestock producers are hoping a strong show of support for the withdrawal of Bill 17 will convince the provincial government to abandon plans to impose permanent moratoriums on hog industry expansion in much of Manitoba.

Welcoming Alberta’s Long-Term Livestock Strategy
ALBERTA - Alberta Pork, the organization representing pork producers in the province, says the recent announcement by Alberta Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development George Groeneveld of a long-term strategy and $356 million in funding support for the province’s livestock industry, is welcome news.
Ingelvac PRRS KV is indicated for the control of Porcine Reproduction and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) in breeding sows and gilts.

Lending an Ear to the 76th Annual OIE Session
PARIS - Approximately 600 participants representing the 172 OIE Member Countries and organisations took part in the 76th Annual General Session of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). The session discussed the global progress of animal health and food safety, whilst evaluating the success of the initiatives undertaken in over last twelve months.

  Korea, Republic of

Pork Prices See Renewed Rise
SOUTH KOREA - Pork prices are being driven up because of the existing beef debate.


Pig Production Decline to Affect Over 900 Jobs
DENMARK - Missing environmental approvals to sustain Danish pig production will affect up to 900 jobs at Danish Crown.

  Hong Kong

Sichuan Quake's Impact on HK Food Prices
HONG KONG - Short-term inflation will hinge much on the movement of food prices in global markets, Acting Financial Secretary Carrie Lam says, adding the impact of the recent Sichuan earthquake on food prices remains to be seen.

  Viet Nam

More Fundings for Blue Ear Epidemic Eradication
VIET NAM - The VEPF (Vietnam Environmental Protection Fund) plans to spend 340 million VND to help clean up the environment in provinces struck by blue ear epidemic.

MARD to Launch Clean Pork Production Pilot Plan
VIET NAM - The Livestock Breeding Department of the MARD (Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development) has announced plans to launch a pilot project on the production of clean pork by the end of 2008 in collaboration with some large-scale livestock breeding farms in three of the country's regions.


Malta Meat Production Shoots Up by 14.5%
MALTA - The country's meat production volume rose by 14.5%, while its producer value shot up by 8.9% during the first quarter of the year.


New Pork Processing Regulations to Modernise Industry
CHINA - Zhongpin Inc., China's leading meat and food processing company, has announced that the Chinese government has issued new regulations designed to promote the modernisation of the pork processing industry.


Food Summit Calls Out for More Ag Investment
ROME – The Summit on soaring food prices, convened by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), has concluded with the adoption by acclamation of a declaration calling on the international community to increase assistance for developing countries, in particular the least developed countries and those that are most negatively affected by high food prices.

Company news

Schering Plough Intervet / Schering-Plough Animal Health at IPVS 2008
SOUTH AFRICA - Durban, South Africa is the venue for the biggest bi-annual scientific congresses for swine practioners and scientists: the International Pig Veterinary Society Congress, held on June 23-26 2008.

DuPont DuPont Positions Itself for Long Term Growth
NEW YORK - At an investors’ conference here today, DuPont Chairman and CEO Charles O. Holliday, Jr., said the company is accelerating growth through DuPont innovation that addresses global macro trends related to food, safety and security, and renewable energy.

Topigs Royal Honour for Jan van Vugt
THE NETHERLANDS - Retiring Pigture Group director Jan van Vugt has been appointed Knight in the Order of Orange Nassau. Van Vugt received the Royal honour on 2 June 2008 during the annual general meeting of Coöperatie Pigture Group in Ede, the Netherlands.

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