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ThePigSite Newsletter - 28 July 2008
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Disinfection Clears Virus from Transporters
By Jake Waddilove. A.E. Waddilove MA, VetMB, MRCVS is a swine specialist veterinarian in practice in eastern England. This report has been obtained with the help of DuPont Animal Health Solutions.
Salt Poisoning and Water Deprivation
Dehydration is a common sequel to many disease problems and management circumstances. The pig appears to be particularly vulnerable to a form of dehydration that presents as a specific disease entity, which we refer to as salt poisoning or water deprivation, writes Mark White BVSc DPM MRCVS in the June NADIS Health Bulletin.
Minimising Heat Stress in Outdoor Sows
It is important to provide for the sows' needs in the summer - and luckily it costs very little to do so, according to farm manager Tom Leddra, in BPEX KT Farm Case Study 3.
Is There an Optimum Production System?
This paper by Michael C. Brumm of Brumm Swine Consultancy is from a presentation given to the London Swine Conference in Ontario.
Hernias in Growing Pigs
By Ronald O. Bates (State Swine Specialist, Department of Animal Science, Michigan State University) and Barbara Straw (State Extension Swine Veterinarian, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University) and published in the Michigan State University Pork Quarterly, volume 13.
US Hog Inventory Up, But Herd Down (July 2008)
By Chris Harris, Senior Editor, ThePigSite. Our snapshot of the ongoing global pig industry trends as reported in July 2008 Whole Hog Brief. To read the full detailed analysis including all the commentary and graphical data, subscribe to the publication.
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FMD: Provision Prevents FMD Transmission
GLOBAL - Keep up-to-date with Foot-and-Mouth Disease outbreaks across the world.

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.

  United States

Weekly Outlook - Corn, Soybean Prices - Now What?
US - December 2008 corn futures increased about $2.00 per bushel during the month of June, topping out just under $8.00.

CME: While Pork Prices Go Up, Cattle Prices Go Down
US - CME's Daily Livestock Report for 18th July, 2008.

Winn-Dixie: New Animal Welfare Plan
US - Five months after receiving a complaint from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Winn-Dixie Stores has announced plans to improve farm and slaughter conditions for some chickens and pigs in its supply chain.

Illinois County could get 9,600 more Hogs
ILLINOIS, US — An additional 9,600 pigs could call Woodford County home if the Illinois Department of Agriculture approves the expansion of two hog farms and the construction of a third.

Police Investigate Iowa Hog Heist
IOWA - Law enforcement officers are investigating an unusual heist in Iowa - a truck load of 120 market hogs.

Amendment to Block Argentine Meat Moves On
US - A move to close US borders to the threat of foot and mouth disease from meat and livestock imports from Argentina has taken a step closer.

CME: Improvement in Corn and Soybean Conditions
US - CME's Daily Livestock Report for 21st July, 2008.

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

Friend-of-the-Court Briefs Filed by Ag Groups
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Court documents filed by the American Farm Bureau Federation proved vital in communicating the concerns of farmers and ranchers in a lawsuit challenging an Agriculture Department program to allow the use of Conservation Reserve Program acreage as a critical feed source for livestock.

CME: USDA Monthly Cold Storage Report
US - CME's Daily Livestock Report for 22nd July 2008.

AFBF Launch Animal Care Initiative
WASHINGTON, D.C. - To address consumer concerns about the care provided to farm animals in the production of meat, milk and eggs, the American Farm Bureau Federation has launched the Conversations on Animal Care initiative.

Southeast Iowa Pork Producers to be Aided
US - A group pork producers in northwest Iowa are helping out the southeast Iowa pork producers who were affected by the June floods.

USDA: PRRS CAP Funding Renewed
WASHINGTON - USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) has renewed funding for the Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) Coordinated Agricultural Project (CAP).
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Steve Weaver Elected National Pork Board President
US - Steve Weaver, a pork producer from Elk Grove, Calif., has been elected president of the National Pork Board.

COOL Workshops to be Hosted
US - The American Meat Institute, in partnership with the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the United Fresh Produce Association, will present a series of workshops in August to explain how to comply with new country-of-origin labelling (COOL) laws.

NFU Respond to Critical Feed Use Program
WASHINGTON - National Farmers Union President Tom Buis made the following statement today in response to a U.S. District Court decision regarding the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Critical Feed Use program.

Weekly Review: Retail Pork Prices Up in June
US - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Market Preview: Hog Market Trifecta Welcomed News
US - Weekly US Market Preview provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

US Pork Production Up 7% From a Year Ago
US - Pork production for June 2008 totaled 1.76 billion pounds, up 7 percent from the previous year.


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.

Antibiotic from Mushroom to Improve Pig Health
PHILIPPINES - Scientists have discovered an antibiotic-producing microorganism from mushrooms that is effective in treating pig diseases.

Buffalo Imports Threaten Philippine Livestock
PHILIPPINES - A decision made by the Philippines Department of Agriculture to open the market to buffalo meat importation may adversely effect the rest of the livestock industry, whilst also posing a serious threat of disease.


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.

New Farm To Address Illegal Pig-Rearing In Selangor
MALAYSIA - Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said today the aim of the proposed high-tech pig farm in Kampung Tumbuk, Sepang was to resolve the problems of illegal pig-rearing farms scattered around the state.

Hi-Tech Pig Farm Project to Continue
MALAYSIA - Despite some protests, the modern pig farming project in Ladang Tumbuk, Tanjung Sepat, is to go on.
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  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 may fail to attract investors.

  Russian Federation

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).

Follow-up on Russia's ASF Situation
RUSSIA - A total of 435 pigs are reported to have died of the African swine fever virus in Russia's North Caucasus republic of North Ossetia.

Russian Meat Imports Bounce
RUSSIA - The Russian economy is booming, and little wonder, given the fact that the country holds vast reserves of oil and gas. Living standards, especially in the major cities, are also increasing with consumers demanding more meat than in former times.


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.

Higher Wheat Yields Key to Improvement
CANADA - Manitoba Pork Council says achieving higher wheat yields is key to improving the competitive position of Canadian livestock producers compared to their U.S. counterparts, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Maple Leaf Ventures into Pork Processing
TORONTO - Maple Leaf Foods has announced that it has begun the formal process of selling its Ontario pork processing business located in Burlington, Ontario.

Shift in Feed Cost Advantage Expected
CANADA - Manitoba Pork Marketing predicts the rising price of corn in the United States will shift the cost advantage for feeding hogs back to western Canada, writes Bruce Cochrane.

$20M Available under Cull Breeding Swine Program
CANADA - The Canadian Pork Council reports, with just over one month left before the application deadline, there is still about 20 million dollars available under the federal Cull Breeding Swine program, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Interest Shown in Manufacture of Biodiesel
CANADA - The Canadian International Grains Institute reports a growing interest among farmers in manufacturing their own biodiesel fuel, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Revitalization of Wheat Research Expected
CANADA - Western Canadian livestock producers are counting on two key changes to the registration requirements for western Canadian wheat to revitalize efforts to develop wheat varieties suited specifically for their industry.

Canadian Hog Farms Face Tough Times
CANADA - "For the last two years, it has been hard getting up in the morning knowing no matter what you do you're going to lose money," says Dennis Rivest, a 38 year old pig farmer. "Why would you want to go to work?"

Biodiesel Reported to Improve Fuel Economy
CANADA - The Canadian International Grains Institute reports the use of biodiesel can improve fuel economy while reducing engine wear, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Pork Commentary: Grain Prices Collapsing
CANADA - This weeks North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long.

  European Union

PCV2 Genotype Definition Creates Opportunities
EU - The latest newsletter from 'The Control of Porcine Circovirus Diseases (PCVDs): Towards Improved Food Quality and Safety' has been published, updating on progress in a number of key areas of investigation into the interaction between PCV2 and pigs.

EU Pig Prices: Halt in German Prices
EU - This week, the European slaughter market has a pleasant picture to present.


CPF: New Investment in Grain Terminal
THAILAND - Charoen Pokphand Foods Plc (CPF) plans to develop its animal feed operation in Nakhon Ratchasima as a grain terminal in order to benefit from plentiful maize production in the north-eastern provinces.

  United Kingdom

Government Extends Nitrate Vulnerable Zones
UK - The regions of England that will be designated Nitrate Vulnerable Zones are to be significantly increased following the announcement of a new Nitrates Action Programme by the British government.

QMS Wants Local People Eating Local Food
SCOTLAND - Ensuring Scottish farmers get a larger slice of Scotland’s £80 million food procurement bill is the aim of a new QMS publication.

Livestock Transport Legislation Grinding to a Halt
SCOTLAND - Scotland’s traditional livestock production is once again under threat from impractical and costly transport legislation.

First North Meeting for Young NPA Members
UK - The first meeting for young National Pig Association (NPA) members in the North-East was well attended at the Ramada Hotel on the outskirts of York.

Defra: Opening the Box on UK Animal Imports
UK - The Annual Review of Controls on Imports of Animal Products 2007/08 was published yesterday.

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.

Successful Season for Producer Clubs
UK - This season's East Anglian pig producer groups, funded by BPEX, came to a close recently with a successful farm walk.

Training Session Leads Staff by Example
UK - The first season of meetings for the BPEX Devon and Cornwall training group has gone with a bang.
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  New Zealand

Pig Breeding Boosted for Transplant Tissue
NEW ZEALAND - An entrepreneur of biotechnology, seeking ministerial approval of Auckland experiments to implant pig tissues in diabetes patients, is ramping up its production of piglets to kill for transplant tissue.


CSIRO Opens Rapid Response Animal Disease Centre
AUSTRALIA - The Federal Minister for Industry, Innovation, Science and Research, Senator the Hon Kim Carr, officially opened CSIRO Livestock Industries’ Diagnostic Emergency Response Laboratory (DERL) at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong today.

Aussie Pork Industry Challenged by Imports
AUSTRALIA - The ailing Australian pig industry is finally starting to turn a corner, with prices on the way up, but imports remain a challenge.


Japan: More Leftovers Recycled for Animal Feed
JAPAN - What with prices for animal feed and fertilizer rising, the Japanese food-recycling sector is seeing high demand for pellets for pigs and poultry made from recycled leftovers.

  Viet Nam

Farm Animal Disease Warnings
VIET NAM - Several outbreaks of PRRS, Foot and Mouth disease and avian flu have occurred over the last two weeks.


Calls for Livestock Waste Control
CHINA - At the first environmental protection meeting for rural areas, Vice-Premier Li declared that livestock waste utilisation is to rise to 10 per cent.


IFA President Meets Taoiseach on WTO Negotiations
IRELAND - As livestock farmers gathered in Tullamore demanding the veto to block WTO cuts, Irish Farmers Association (IFE) President Padraig Walshe met the Taoiseach on 26 July.

  Czech Republic

Czech Meat Output Down 2.5% in Second Quarter
PRAGUE - Czech meat output fell by 2.5 percent year-on-year to 152,143 tonnes in the second quarter of 2008, the Czech Statistical Office (CSU) reported on Friday.


Strong Global Food Growth Predicted
GLOBE - Demand for the '4 Fs' (i.e. food, feed, fibre and fuel) is set to continue to increase worldwide, predicts Rabobank in its latest report.
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Company news

jsrgenetics JSR Customers Enjoy Swell Time
UK - ‘Gone fishing’ signs were out in force for customers of JSR, the pig genetics company, when they set sail from Bridlington Harbour on 2nd July on their keenly anticipated annual fishing trip.

Alpharma Alpharma Donations Aid Flood Hit Communities
US - Animal health company, Alpharma Inc, a leading global specialty pharmaceutical company, is to donate a portion of all US livestock product sales recorded in July to help fund flood relief efforts throughout the Mississippi River valley.

Bug Dutchman Big Dutchman Anniversaries: Company Hosted 450 Guests from Around the World
GERMANY - The company's recent 5th International Agents’ Meeting celebrated the double anniversary of 70 years of Big Dutchman worldwide and 50 years of Big Dutchman in Germany and Europe.

Big Dutchman: Rebuilding of Fire Ravaged Sow Farm
FRANCE - Paul, David and Vincent Pelletier from La Chapelle Thémer in the west French departement Vendée have not given up: just one year after a fire almost completely destroyed the sow farm of the Pelletier family, the system for 300 sows was taken into operation already at the end of September 2007.

Pfizer Pfizer Revenues Rise
GLOBAL - Pharmaceutical and animal health company Pfizer has reported revenues of $12.1 billion, for the second quarter of the year, an increase of nine per cent compared with $11.1 billion in the quarter a year ago.

Topigs TOPIGS Genetics: 26.36 Weaned Piglets / Sow / Year
THE NETHERLANDS - Dutch pig farmers with TOPIGS sows achieved an average production of 26.36 weaned piglets per year in 2007. Compared with 2006, this is an increase of 0.65 piglets.

Columbian TOPIGS Rep Cercafé Certificated
US - TOPIGS representative and genetics user in Columbia, Cercafé, is certificated by the international supermarket company Carrefour as CNC pork producer.

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