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BPEX Export Bulletin - June 2008
The June 2008 Export Bulletin from the British Pig Executive reports further job cuts at the Danish processor, Tican, and an expected increase in Spanish pig prices for 2008/2009.
Balancing Sow and Piglet Welfare with Production Efficiency
This article by Sandra Edwards of the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development at Newcastle University in the UK is taken from the London Swine Conference in Ontario.
US Feed Outlook - July 2008
By 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.
UK Pig Disease Surveillance Report (Jan - Mar 08)
By Veterinary Laboratories Agency - This report monitors trends in the major endemic pig diseases and utilises the farmfile and VIDA (Veterinary Investigation Disease Analysis) databases. The report is compiled using disease data gathered by the network of 15 VLA regional laboratories which carry out disease investigation in the field.
World Agricultural Production - July 2008
This report prepared by the USDA FAS International Production Assessment Branch reflects official USDA estimates released in the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE-460) 11 July 2008.
Selection for Piglet Vitality Pays Off
Breeding effort since 2002 shows more piglets and less mortality
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Pork Commentary: Road Trip Through the Mid-West
CANADA - This weeks North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long.

2008 Billboard Campaign Receives Positive Feedback
CANADA - The Farm Animal Council of Saskatchewan reports its 2008 "Billboard Campaign" is attracting attention and feedback has been extremely positive and encouraging, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Certified Livestock Transport Training Embraced
CANADA - The trucking manager with a southern Alberta based feedlot says training under the "Certified Livestock Transport" program offers valuable information for both new and experienced livestock transporters, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Quebec Purchases Meat for Food Banks
QUEBEC - The government has announced that Quebec plans to donate about 300,000 kg of slaughtered pork in a countrywide cull to food banks across Canada.

Doors to be Open to Higher Yielding Wheats
CANADA - The Western Feed Grain Development Co-op says the August 1 elimination of kernel visual distinguishability requirements in the registration of wheat will open the door to the development of new high yielding varieties of wheat suitable for livestock and bio-fuel production, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Changes in Registration Requirements for Wheat
CANADA - Canadian International Grains Institute is confident two key changes in the registration requirements for new varieties of wheat will speed up the development of higher yielding varieties specifically suited for livestock or industrial use, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Disease Protocols for Animals and People
CANADA - Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) has developed new biosecurity protocols to assist veterinarians and farmers to prevent and manage disease outbreaks.

Cost Effective Deadstock Removal Option Offered
CANADA - The operator of a southeastern Manitoba weaning operation is endorsing the use of in-vessel composting as a cost effective biosecure option for the disposal of deadstock, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Elimination of KVD Applauded
CANADA - Saskatchewan pork producers are applauding key changes due to take effect at the start of the new crop year in the registration requirements for new varieties of wheat, writes Bruce Cochrane.

  United States

Stores with Recalled Meat to be Listed
WASHINGTON - Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer today announced that beginning next month, USDA will begin listing retail stores receiving meat and poultry products involved in Class I recalls.

Ice Hockey Promotion for Pork Producers
IOWA, US - The Iowa Pork Producers Association is continually looking for innovative ways to promote pork and its latest venture may well be its most unique.

Dallas County Hog Confinements to be Built
IOWA - Construction of two large hog confinements were voted in opposition on Friday by the Dallas County supervisors. However, they do acknowledge that the move is little more than symbolic.

Progressis - PRRS Vaccine
USDA Report: Corn Stocks Exceed Expectations
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Crop numbers in July’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate (WASDE) report released by the Agriculture Department are generally in line with what the industry was expecting, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

CME: Pork, Beef and Poultry Exports
US - CME's Daily Livestock Report for 11th July, 2008.

Cargill: New Antibiotic-Free Pork Brand Launched
KANSAS - Cargill Meat Solutions has announced the launch of Good Nature pork – the company’s new, all-natural, antibiotic-free pork brand.

US Pork: Another Export Record Set
US - Export sales continue to provide welcome news for the US beef and pork industries, with May pork sales setting yet another monthly record.

Swine Farrowing Course to be Presented in Spanish
MINNESOTA - Spanish-speaking pork producers, unit managers and employees have an opportunity to improve their knowledge and skills in farrowing management during a one-day workshop.

Pork Producers Caught in the "Perfect Storm"
NEW YORK - After three years of profitability, a new Rabobank podcast explores why producers have been seeing red for the past nine months.

Weekly Outlook: Corn and Soybean Prospects
US - Corn prices and, to a lesser extent, soybean prices have come under pressure over the past two weeks. The weakness started with the USDA’s June Acreage report and continues as production prospects improve.

CME: Corn and Feedstock Futures
US - CME's Daily Livestock Report for 14th July, 2008.

USDA Recall Product Plan Flawed, Says AMI
US - American Meat Institute (AMI) is opposing the latest USDA plan to list retail stores receiving recalled meat and poultry products, citing consumer confusion.

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

Corn Prices Impact Minnesota Hog Farmers
MINNESOTA - A lot of Minnesota hog farmers are forced to shut their businesses down as a result of soaring corn prices.

Rabobank: Pork Profitability to Return by End of 2009
US - Although higher input prices have kept pork producers in the red for close to nine months, a new Rabobank report, "U.S. Pork," predicts they are likely see profits again in 2009.

Flexible Protection Offered by PCV2 Vaccine
US - USDA has approved Suvaxyn PCV2 vaccine for use in pigs as young as three weeks of age.

NPPC Commends Approval of Drug-Review Law
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The NPPC applauds the House Energy and Commerce Committee for the approval of the animal-drug review law and a new generic animal-drug review statute.

USMEF's New Communications Director Named
US - The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has named Joe Schuele as its new director of communications.

New National Pork Board Officers to be Elected
US - The National Pork Board will elect officers for the next year during its meeting July 21-22 at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.

Pork Checkoff's Future Leaders Receive Sponsorship
US - The Pork Checkoff and industry partners have joined to address one of the industry's critical issues, the development of human capital.

NPPC Applauds CRP Utilization
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) applauds the ruling of the United States District Court Judge John Coughenour to allow livestock producers to utilize at least 2.5 million acres of noncritical Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land for haying and grazing.

JBS-Swift Hog Plant Faces Temporary Shutdown
US - JBS-Swift & Co.'s Worthington, Minnesota, plant has been temporarily shut down by the USDA's inspectors due to an alleged breach of humane slaughter practices.

Antibiotics in Animal Feed Pose an Urgent Threat
US - The Pew Environment Group has spoken out against the use of antibiotics in animal feed, calling the decision a key public health priority.

Weekly Review: Phenomenal Pork Export Demand
US - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Market Preview: Watch for Feed Buying Opportunities
US - Weekly US Market Preview provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

CME: While Pork Prices Go Up, Cattle Prices Go Down
US - CME's Daily Livestock Report for 18th July, 2008.
M+Rhusigen - A First In Erysipelas
  United Kingdom

Pig Slurry of Value to Pig Farmers
UK - According to BPEX experts, rather than just the livestock itself, it is also what the animals produce that is of immense value to pig farmers.

Ways to Avoid Rising Feed Costs
UK - The pig industry is hard-hit by rising feed and fuel cost challenges and the ever-increasing red tape burdens.

Higher Standards in UK Industry
UK - The majority of pigs in the UK, including those in Scotland, are kept to a higher welfare standard than elsewhere in the EU and other countries.

Rapid Rise in British Pork Exports
UK - British pork exports are showing a year-on-year rise of over 20 per cent.

Report on Scottish Pig Welfare
SCOTLAND - Richard Lochhead responded to a report from the Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC) which states that pig welfare standards in Scotland are the highest in Europe.

Midland Pig Farms on the Brink of Ruin
UK - Midland pig farmers are on the brink of collapse because of skyrocketing food prices. The region's herd have been cut down to nearly half over the last ten years.

COOL to Be "Main Thrust" for MPs
UK - A delegation of pig industry leaders, including two Norfolk producers, will press Europe to adopt clear labelling for pork, bacon and ham.

UK Slaughter Statistics July 2008
UK - The numbers of clean pigs and sows and boars sent for slaughter in the UK during June rose slightly on the May figures, but were still well down on the five week month of April, according to the latest figures from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Government to Review English Pig Industry
UK - The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee is to undertake a short inquiry into the English pig industry.


Food Safety Paramount for China
CHINA - As the Summer Olympics approaches in Beijing, farms are carefully scrutinized.

New Chinese Pig Farming Joint Venture Formed
CHINA - China Resources Enterprise (CRE) has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Ng Fung Hong Limited, has merged with Henan Cereals, Oils & Foodstuffs Imp. & Exp. Group Corporation, Ltd. (HNCOF) in Henan Province with a registered capital of RMB350 million.

  European Union

EU Pig Prices: No Summer Slump!
EU - Things continue to be bright in the European slaughter market this week.

EFSA Publishes Advice Biological Feed Hazards
EU - Biological hazards in animal feed are a constant threat to livestock producers, but now the European Food Safety Authority has published its latest prevention advice to help tackle the problems they face.

Exciting Opportunities Created by PCV2 Genotype
EU - It is rare for definitions to be regarded as exciting opportunities for further research. But the EU PCVD Consortium believes that its proposed framework for international agreement on consistent naming for existing and future isolates of porcine circovirus 2 (PCV2) has created significant opportunities for international research teams to compare and contrast findings.


Pig Farmers Asked to Bring Production Down
MALAYSIA - Pig farmers have been asked to cut down on production by 25-30% and decrease the number of sows for breeding.

Group Urges Relocation of Hi Tech Pig Farm
MALAYSIA - An independent group has urged the Selangor government to relocate its controversial hi-tech pig farm project to an island.


Subsidy Program Set for Backyard Growers
THE PHILIPPINES - The Department of Agriculture is carrying out a P70-million piglet subsidy and feed support program for backyard hog growers in the country’s typhoon-battered regions as part of its comprehensive rehabilitation plan for farm and fisheries stakeholders.

Mindanao Pork to Go to Singapore
PHILIPPINES - Pork from Mindanao, having no record of foot-and-mouth disease, could be reaching Singapore soon.

Hog Cholera Found in 110 Kilos of Pork
PHILIPPINES - A total of 110 kilos of pork was found to be infected by hog cholera when meat inspectors conducted an investigation on the 14 July at Angeles City.

Ingelvac PRRS KV is indicated for the control of Porcine Reproduction and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) in breeding sows and gilts.
  Russian Federation

Federal Authorities Urged to Fight ASF
RUSSIA - North Ossetia has urged federal authorities to help in the fight against African swine fever, the deputy head of the republic’s administration, Stanislav Baskayev, said on Tuesday.

ASF Kills over 330 South Russian Pigs
RUSSIA - It's been reported that 330 pigs have died of African Swine Fever (ASF) in Russia's North Caucasus republic of North Ossetia.

About 1,600 Pigs Culled Due to ASF
RUSSIA - Close to 1,600 pigs have been culled in Russia's North Caucasus Republic of North Ossetia, after an outbreak of the African swine fever virus (ASFV).


Smithfield Increases Investment in Romania
ROMANIA - Smithfield Foods, the US pig meat processing giant, is to invest about €100 million this year in its farms in Romania.


Aussie Vendor Declarations Improve Biosecurity
AUSTRALIA - New research by Animal Health Australia (AHA) has shown that livestock producers are highly aware of National Vendor Declarations (NVDs) and are using them effectively.

  Viet Nam

PRRS Control and Prevention Regulations Issued
VIET NAM - The Ministry of Agriculture has issued regulations on the control and prevention of PRRS (porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome).

Three New Viet Nam Provinces Struck by PRRS
VIET NAM - Three new regions have been hit by PRRS, the total number of affected areas now being ten.


OIE: Wildlife Surveillance Key to Biosecurity
GLOBE - Wildlife diseases are of growing concern worldwide. In addition to threatening populations of wild animals themselves, wildlife disease can affect domestic animals and human health, writes OIE Editorial Director, Dr Vallat.


Japan Cutlet Chain and S. Korean Restaurant Settle
JAPAN - Yabaton, a Japanese pork cutlet restaurant chain, has settled with a South Korean restaurant over trademark violation dispute, President Takayuki Suzuki said Thursday.


IFA: Farmers Warned Against Low Grain Prices
IRELAND - IFA National Grain Committee Chairman, Colum McDonnell warned growers not to be conned into taking low prices for grain this harvest, as the trade tries to talk down prices.

  Korea, South

Korea's First Hog Contract Introduced
SOUTH KOREA - Asia's fourth largest economy, South Korea, has introduced the trading of lean hog futures in the midst of concerns that the first contract for may fail to attract investors.


Danish Pig Production Declining
DENMARK - Danish pig production is falling, whilst exports of weaners and finishers to Germany are increasing — and if this trend continues Danish Crown’s slaughterhouses will become increasingly unviable, according to a Danish press report.

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ACMC ACMC: Tips to Avoid Autumn Infertility
UK - July and August are months when pig producers should start thinking about autumn infertility. Rapidly-falling day lengths are one of the triggers leading to increased returns in sows over the autumn period.

Topigs TOPIGS SA Delivers Sows to Frey’s Food Brand
SOUTH AFRICA - During March, April and May 2008, TOPIGS South Africa delivered 105 A-line nucleus sows and 850 TOPIGS 40 F1 gilts on an upgraded, cleaned and disinfected grower facility of Frey’s Food Brand in the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Midlands.

Nedap Velos Nedap Launches New US Sow Unit
US - End of May 2008 Nedap Agri, North America has started up first half of a 6000 sow unit in Carthage, Illinois, USA. In static groups of 56 with 1 Nedap Velos Electronic Sow Feeding (ESF), the batches of gilts are being introduced and breeding has started.

PIC Pig Improvement Company Goes Large in Africa
SOUTH AFRICA - PIC South Africa went the extra thousand miles in order to serve a growing enterprise in Angola.

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