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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

New Ileitis and Colitis Treatment Indications for Denagard Premix
By David G.S. Burch, BVetMed DECPHM MRCVS, Veterinarian, Octagon Services Ltd.
Handling and Transportation for Swine Producers
By Elizabeth Franz, AOE Pork Educator, Cassopolis, published in the Michigan State University Pork Quarterly volume 13.
Understanding and Managing Sudden Death in Fattening Pigs During Summer
Summer = danger! High temperature often leads to digestive upset in pigs, and farmers often experience sudden deaths in fattening pigs, making preventive measures an economic necessity, write Dr Vincent Couture and Dr Yannig Le Treut from Lallemand Animal Nutrition (France).
Ventilation Efficiency to Cut Costs
With oil prices hitting $130 a barrel and in the US electricity prices $0.09 per kW and propane $2.25 a gallon, energy costs are increasingly becoming a major cost and a major area for saving in agriculture, writes ThePigSite Senior Editor, Chris Harris.
Ingelvac PRRS KV is indicated for the control of Porcine Reproduction and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) in breeding sows and gilts.
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  United States

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.

Tyson Foods: Third Quarter and Nine Months Results
US - Tyson Foods Inc. reports third quarter 2008 sales of $6.8 billion compared to $6.6 billion for the same period last year. The company's Pork segment achieved a margin above the normalized range, and sales for the quarter were up.

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

NPPC Supports Release of CRP Acres
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) applauds the federal court decision to let the U.S. Department of Agriculture proceed with processing applications from farmers seeking to modify their Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts to allow haying and grazing on non-critical land. The move is expected to ease pressure on corn and other commodity crops.

Interim Final Country-of-Origin Rule Released
US - USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) yesterday put on public display an interim final rule regarding mandatory country-of-origin labeling of meat products. The new requirements take effect September 30, 2008.

Land Release Decision Disappoints US Pork Industry
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Stating that it will have adverse consequences for the U.S. pork industry, the National Pork Producers Council expressed extreme disappointment over the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision today not to release land from the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) to address the need for more acres in crop production to meet the growing demands for food, feed and fuel.

CME: US Pork and Beef Imports in 2007
US - CME's Daily Livestock Report for 29th July 2008.

Pork Checkoff Applauds USDA Renewal of PRRS CAP
US - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced it is renewing its funding of the Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) Coordinated Agricultural Project (CAP).

NPPC Disappointed by WTO Trade Talks
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Pork Producers Council is deeply disappointed by the breakdown of the World Trade Organization trade talks in Geneva, Switzerland.

CME: Livestock Producers Face Prospects of $8 Corn
US - CME's Daily Livestock Report for 30th July 2008.

AMI Unveils Focused COOL Web Site
US - The American Meat Institute unveiled an updated country-of-origin labeling (COOL) Web site,, that reflects changes included in the recently passed 2008 Farm Bill. Mandatory COOL takes effect September 30, 2008.

CME: Higher Pork Wholesale Prices Reported
US - CME's Daily Livestock Report for 31st July 2008.

Managing Pigs in Tough Times
URBANA - Pork producers have a place to turn for advice and information in tough economic times thanks to a joint project of the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) and University of Illinois Extension. "Managing Pig Production in Tough Times" is an online program that covers a number of key decision areas for producers.

Weekly Review: Strong Growth in Pork Product Value
US - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Market Preview: Ag Secretary Schafer Disappoints
US - Weekly US Market Preview provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Modern Farms Balance Efficiency with Responsibility
INDIANA - It’s no secret that the farms of today are significantly different from those of generations past.

Countries of Meat's Origin Soon to be Stated
US - Imagine this - picking up a T-shirt with the label: Product of the United States, China, Indonesia and/or Honduras.
Never Stop Improving

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, with numbers showing no sign of easing in the short term.

Australian Pork Industry Fights Back
AUSTRALIA - The pork industry claims that it can't afford to match a radio advertising campaign against intensive pig farming, being run by Animals Australia.


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.


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.

The Advantages of On-Farm In-Vessel Composting
CANADA - A US-based weanling producer is convinced on farm in-vessel composting is the way of the future for disposing of dead animals, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Maple Leaf Reports Financial Results for Q2 2008
CANADA - Maple Leaf Foods' report to 30 June 2008 includes adjusted earnings (loss) per share of ($0.01) compared to $0.13 last year, as higher grain and fuel costs outpaced price increases. Restructuring of protein operations are on track, with Brandon plant expansion ahead of plan. Benefits from restructuring, stabilization of commodity markets and pricing are expected to improve earnings in the second half of 2008.

Trade Hopes Pinned on Bilateral Trade Negotiations
CANADA - Canada's international trade minister is pledging to press ahead on bilateral and multilateral trade discussions following the collapse of the latest effort to reach a new world trade agreement, writes Bruce Cochrane.

CPC Confident WTO Negotiations will Resume
CANADA - The Canadian Pork Council is confident stalled negotiations aimed at achieving a new world trade agreement will ultimately resume, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Higher Priority on Bilateral Trade Called for
CANADA - The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan is encouraging Ottawa to shift its priority to bilateral trade agreements in the wake of the suspension of the latest round of World Trade organization negotiations, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Pork Commentary: Low Sow Price = Large Liquidation
CANADA - This week's North American Pork Commentary from Jim Long.

Focus Shifts to Bilateral Trade Following Collapse of WTO Negotiations
CANADA - Following the collapse of the latest effort to secure a new global trade agreement, Canadian agricultural producers are counting on the federal government to step up and place a greater focus on securing new regional trade agreements.
Progressis - PRRS Vaccine
  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.

  European Union

EU Pig Prices: Germany Shows How it's Done
EU - This week, we find that prices go on rising in the European market.

VION's Acquisition of Grampian Approved by EU
EU - The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Grampian of the United Kingdom, by VION of the Netherlands.


Philippine Producers Demand Pork Import Bans
THE PHILIPPINES - The Philippines hog sector has urged the government to ban pork imports from China, Vietnam, and Cambodia in order to prevent the spread of the highly-destructive swine-flu known as porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS).

Meat Laboratory Inaugurated in South Cotabato
THE PHILIPPINES - Agriculture Secretary Arthur C. Yap spearheaded the opening of the state-of-the-art P20 million meat laboratory as swine industry stakeholders brace for the country's shipment of pork meat products to Singapore.

Swine Producers Go to DA for Help
THE PHILIPPINES - Swine producers in South Cotabato have urged the Department of Agriculture (DA) for funding assistance that would expand accredited piggeries output by 20 percent as Mindanao gears to the looming shipment of cut pork meat products to Singapore.

  Russian Federation

ASF Kills over 600 Pigs in Russia's N.Caucasus
RUSSIA - On Monday, the regional emergencies service reported that the total number of pigs killed by ASF (African Swine Fever) so far in Russia's North Caucasus republic of North Ossetia has come up to 608.

Swine Fever Spreads in South Russia
RUSSIA - An outbreak of the African swine fever (ASF) virus in Russia's North Caucasus republic of North Ossetia has so far killed 1,076 pigs.

Atria Russia's New Plant Delayed
RUSSIA - The completion and opening of Finnish pig meat processing company Atria Russia's new meat product plant in St Petersburg is estimated to be postponed until 2009.

Russia Declares Emergency over African Swine Fever
RUSSIA - Russia's North Caucasus republic of North Ossetia has declared an emergency situation due to an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF).

  Trinidad and Tobago

Pig Farmers Ask for Permanent Security
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO - Pig farmers with large farms in Trinidad plan to approach Agriculture Minister Arnold Piggott for help with provision of some form of permanent security.


Perdigao: Q2 Sales Grow by More Than 80%
BRAZIL - Perdigao closed the second quarter of 2008 with gross sales of 3.3 billion real (BRR), 81.2% more than the same period in 2007.

  New Zealand

Kiwi's Eat More Pork
NEW ZEALAND - Each New Zealander has eaten half a kilogram more of fresh pork every year for the last five years.
SowComfort - Never before has standing been so easy!
  United Kingdom

Fife Looks Locally for Red Meat Supply
SCOTLAND - School children and the elderly in Fife can be assured they have good food on their plates thanks to Fife Council’s support for local farmers.

UFU: NI Farmers Relief as WTO Talks Collapse
UK - The Ulster Farmers’ Union says local farmers will be relieved that the current world trade talks in Geneva have ended without agreement.

Million Piglets Vaccinated for PCV2
UK - More than a million piglets have been vaccinated as part of a BPEX research project into PCV2 in the UK.

EU Breeding Sow Numbers Collapse
EU - EU member states are only obliged to carry out surveys of pig numbers once a year, in December writes Tony Fowler, BPEX Ltd. However a year is a long time in the pig industry, and consequently most major producing countries also carry out surveys around mid-year.

NADIS Veterinary Report and Forecast - July 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.


Japan Suspends Chilean Pork Imports
CHILE - Chile has called the Japanese ambassador in Santiago to express concern over Tokyo’s decision to suspend imports of Chilean pork allegedly for sanitary reasons.

  Viet Nam

Another Vietnamese Province Struck by PRRS
VIET NAM - "Blue ear" disease, or Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS), has struck Vietnam's southern Ba Ria Vung Tau province, raising the total number of affected localities in the country to 13.

Culled Animal Households Can Defer Debt Payments
VIET NAM - Any animal breeding households whose poultry and cattle are culled due to the diseases are allowed to defer their payment of debts, declared the Governor of the State Bank in a recent official document.

Feed Companies in Trouble
VIET NAM - Up to 40 feed companies have ceased trading so far this year as they struggle with imports and unfavorable exchange rates.


Meat Prices Rising Steeply
CHINA - Meat and poultry prices have risen by more than 27% in the last year.

  Korea, South

Korean Swine Assn. Opposes Chicken Cos. Move
SOUTH KOREA - The Korea Swine Association has stated it opposes recent moves by Halim Co., a local chicken processing company, to move into the pork processing business.

Company news

Hypor Agreement to Acquire France Hybrides Finalized
FRANCE - Hypor, the pig breeding division of Hendrix Genetics, has acquired France Hybrides from Groupe Glon.

Bug Dutchman 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.

New High Tech Barn Meets High Expectations
GERMANY - The feed testing farm of Agravis Raiffeisen AG near Cloppenburg, Germany, expanded their barn capacity for piglet rearing with a new barn by 3,300 places to achieve an overall stocking density of 6,500 pigs.

Pfizer Pfizer: FDA Approves Swine Respiratory Disease Drug
US - The U.S. Food Drug Administration (FDA) has approved EXCENEL® RTU EZ (ceftiofur hydrochloride) Sterile Suspension for the treatment and control of swine respiratory disease. New Excenel RTU EZ is an improved formulation that makes injections easier for user convenience.

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