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Welcome to this week's newsletter

For those who have been waiting, the most recent edition of the Pig Journal and Pig Journal Index is now available.

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

Post Weaning Scours
Scouring in young pigs in the immediate post-weaning period has long been recognised as a significant problem as NADIS reporting veterinary surgeons routinely record problems on farms of this nature writes Mark Wright BVSc, DPM, MRCVS in the June NADIS BPEX Commentary.
United Kingdom Pig Meat Market Update
Pig prices in the UK are going up according to Tony Fowler Senior Economic Analyst, AHDB Meat Services Economic and Policy Analysis Group in the July United Kingdom Pig Meat Market Update.
Drying Digestates from Biogas Plants
By Dipl.-Ing. agr. Janett Peschel, Big Dutchman International GmbH. Generating power from renewable energies is becoming increasingly important in Germany as well as on the international level.
Slurry Separation - A Systems Approach to Manure Management
By the University of Illinois Extension, Swine Waste Economical and Environmental Treatment Alternatives. Separation of municipal waste water into its solid and liquid components is a technology that has been utilized by municipal sanitation departments for decades.
The UK Pig Industry: What is its Current Status?
David Burch, past president of the Pig Veterinary Society, answers the question.
USDA Quarterly Pigs and Hogs Report - June 2008 (Updated)
This quarter's quarterly Hogs and Pigs report from the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.
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* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  United States

June Quarterly Hogs & Pigs Report Summary
US - USDA’s June Hogs and Pigs inventory report came in more bearish than the average of the trade estimates, write Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

June Hog and Pig Report Summary
US - USDA released the June Hog and Report on June 27, and inventories indicate a change of direction in swine production, writes Shane Ellis.

Commentary: June 1, 2008 USDA Hogs and Pigs Report
US - Dr Mike Brumm, Extension Swine Specialist, University of Nebraska comments on the latest USDA Hogs and Pigs report.

US Swine Economics Report
US - USDA’s latest quarterly survey of the U.S. swine inventory contained a lot of big numbers, says Ron Plain in his Swine Economics Report.

Weekly Outlook: Stocks and Acreage Exceed Expectations
US - The USDA’s June Grain Stocks and Acreage reports revealed larger numbers than generally expected. The estimates were initially quite negative for corn prices, but provided some support for soybean prices.

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

Weekly Review: Optimism in Futures Market
US - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Market Preview: Tracking the Corn Crop
US - Weekly US Market Preview provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.
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USDA: Proposal to Permit Cooked Pork Rind Imports
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing to allow, under certain conditions, the importation of cooked pork rinds--a snack food made from deep-fried pork skins--from regions where foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), swine vesicular disease (SVD), African swine fever (ASF) and classical swine fever (CSF) are considered to exist.

President Urged to Suspend Ethanol Import Tariff
US - The American Meat Institute, joined by more than 30 other organizations concerned about skyrocketing corn prices, sent a letter today urging President Bush to exercise his emergency authority and immediately suspend the duties and quotas on imported ethanol used as a motor fuel additive.

Smithfield Selling Five Per Cent of Shares
US - Smithfield Foods Inc. on Monday announced it has entered into an agreement with COFCO Limited, China's largest national agricultural trading and processing company, for the sale of 7,000,000 shares, or 4.95 percent of Smithfield's common stock.

NFU Seek Assistance for Independent Producers
WASHINGTON - The National Farmers Union Board of Directors, meeting in St. Louis last week called on Congress to take action to assist independent livestock producers struggling with higher production prices. The board also called for relief for the less fortunate to confront rising food costs and high home heating costs this coming winter.

US Prohibits the Extralabel Use of Cephalosporin
US - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it will publish a final rule that prohibits the extralabel use of cephalosporin antimicrobial drugs in food-producing animals, including cattle, swine, chickens, and turkeys.

Blue-Green Algae Fatal to Livestock
US - We all love the warmth that comes with summer. Well, so do blue-green algae which quickly spread in areas of stagnant water like stockponds and small natural water bodies.

CSIF: Agreement Likely to Hurt Independent Farmers
IOWA - The statewide, non-profit and non-partisan Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers (CSIF) said the result of a recent agreement struck between the Iowa Great Lakes Association and several out-of-state hog companies will limit openings for independent family farmers.

Nebraska Livestock Producers Seek Relief
NEBRASKA - Livestock producers are feeling the pinch as prices of corn, soybeans and other livestock feed go higher.
Ivomec Premix - Better products mean better results

French Pig Industry Body Faces Constitutional Row
FRANCE - France's largest pig co-operative Cooperl is preparing to merge with smaller co-operative ARCA. The result will be France's largest pig business, producing 7million pigs/year.

  United Kingdom

NADIS Pig Veterinary Report and Forecast - June 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.

Report: Ensuring Fresh Blood for the Industry
SCOTLAND - A new publication from Quality Meat Scotland has highlighted the challenges in meeting future skills needs for the Scottish meat industry.

Happy Staff = Good Productivity
UK - You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear - in other words, you can have the best pig unit on the planet, but unless you've got the right staff to run it it's worthless.

NFUS: Defra Debate on Cost Share is a Waste of Time
SCOTLAND - NFU Scotland has said that any talks with Defra on sharing the cost and responsibility for animal health issues are a complete waste of time for Scotland. The comments come following a final meeting of a UK consultative forum which NFUS believes has been anything but a consultation.


'Frank' Report Calls for More Disaster Aid
PHILIPPINES - The total loss on agriculture and fishery in Capiz caused by typhoon Frank has reached more than P657 million, according to a report recently submitted top the Philippine government.

  European Union

EU Pig Prices: EU Market Stabilising
EU - For Germany, the end of the EURO 2008 is not exactly a "summer's fairytale".
SowComfort - Never before has standing been so easy!

Live Hog Prices Dependent on Sow Herd Reduction
CANADA - Rabobank International predicts the impact of efforts to reduce North American swine production will take some time to impact live hog prices, writes Bruce Cochrane.

KAP Encourages European Approach to Nutrient Loading Issues
CANADA - Keystone Agricultural Producers is encouraging the Manitoba government to look to Europe for strategies to address concerns related to nutrient loading issues on Lake Winnipeg, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Population of New Sow Research Unit Begins
CANADA - The Prairie Swine Centre has started to populate its new sow research barn at Floral, Saskatchewan, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Pork Commentary: USDA Hogs and Pig Report Not Good News
CANADA - This weeks North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long.

Time Required to Improve Live Hog Prices
CANADA - Rabobank International predicts efforts to reduce North American swine production will take some time to begins to impact live hog prices.

Livestock Production Measures Closer to European Standards
CANADA - The North American Manager of Egebjerg International observes livestock production standards in North America are moving closer to those in Europe, writes Bruce Cochrane.


Bulgarian Pork Import Ban Lifted
SOFIA - According to reports made by the national veterinary service, the EU has lifted a ban on Bulgarian pork imports - a ban fixed in 2006 - due to outbreaks of swine fever in Bulgaria.


Working Group to Ruminate Pork Profitability Dilemma
FINLAND - Finland's Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is working towards setting up a group to help find a way out of the Finnish pork producers' profitability dilemma.

Negative Guidance over Pork and Energy Costs Issued
FINLAND - HKScan, a Finnish food group, cut its full-year outlook, the reason being high pork and energy prices, according to NewsRoom Finland.
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Aborigine Piggery Economically Viable
AUSTRALIA - A community of Aborigines in Santa Teresa is pleased to announce the addition of six new piglets to its greenhorn piggery.

Huvepharma Adds to Veterinary Pharmaceuticals Range
AUSTRALIA - Huvepharma is adding to its product portfolio of anticoccidials, enzymes and in feed microflora managers with the launch announced this week at World Poultry Congress in Brisbane of a range of veterinary pharmaceuticals for the poultry and pig industries.


IFA Hails Sarkozy Intervention Against Mandelson
IRELAND - IFA Deputy President Derek Deane said July 21st in Geneva was D-day for Irish farming and the food industry.

  Russian Federation

Rosselkhoznadzor Bans Meat Imports from Two Brazilian States
RUSSIA - The Russian food safety authority, Rosselkhoznador has imposed temporary restrictions on import of meat and livestock from two states in Brazil.


PCVDs and the Diagnosis and Control of Epizootics
GLOBE - The project management team of the EC-funded Framework 6 research project on Porcine Circovirus Diseases have highlighted the need for vigilance and good laboratory diagnosis if further epizootics of notifiable diseases in pigs are to be identified as early as possible and controlled effectively.


Intelligent Farrowing Pen on the Way
DENMARK - For a newborn piglet, slipping from a warm and secure environment inside its mother’s womb and landing on a cool floor in a modern farrowing pen is not much fun.


Proximity of Proposed Pig Farm Appalls Locals
KUALA LUMPUR - Over 20,000 residents staying near the proposed RM100 million pig-rearing project in Sepang are disgusted by the closeness of the facility to their homes, reports the New Straits Times.

Company news

PVS REVIEW: The Pig Journal, Volume 61 (2008)
UK - The latest edition of the Pig Journal, published by the UK Pig Veterinary Society is available in the new fully refereed and A4 book format.

NEW: The Pig Journal Index Volumes 1-60
UK - The updated index of the Pig Journal volumes 1-60 (1976-2007), which has been kindly brought together by Stan Done and Sarah Brown of the VLA, is quite unique.

New president for Pig Veterinary Society
UK - Mr Derek Armstrong (right) was elected as the new president of the Pig Veterinary Society (PVS) at its spring meeting in Edinburgh at the end of May.

'It's about how good you want to be.'
UK - The new man at the helm of the Pig Veterinary Society is Derek Armstrong. Derek, 48, took over from Jill Thomson, at the Spring Meeting of the PVS, in Edinburgh.

DuPont Chinese Food Safety Under Eye of BAX® System
CHINA - The inspection and quarantine administration of China has announced that Dupont's BAX® system will be used as an official method for pathogen detection in food imports and exports.

Chr. Hansen Chr. Hansen: Meat Industry Activities Strengthened
DENMARK - With a new focused Meat Business Unit in place, global natural ingredients supplier Chr. Hansen is ready to help meat producers respond to consumer demands for natural, healthy and convenient foods.

Hypor Alliance: Cobb-Vantress and Hendrix Genetics
GENERAL - Cobb-Vantress and Hendrix Genetics are forming an alliance that they believe will strengthen Cobb's leading position in the broiler breeding industry and Hendrix Genetics' leading position in egglayer, turkey and swine genetics.

jsrgenetics New Cyprian Boar Stud a Sell-Out Success
EU - Two open evenings at a new 90 place Cyprian boar stud have proved an outstanding success.

That's all for this week!


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