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ThePigSite Newsletter - 17 August 2009

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Monday 17th August 2009
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial - A Week of Winds Both Fair and Ill

In his Pork Commentary, Jim Long of Genesus estimates that Canadian producers look to be facing a $40.00 per head loss for the next six months - amounting to a nationwide deficit of $2.5 billion. Their neighbours to the south are faring little better. Since September 2007, the US pork industry has lost nearly $4.4 billion, which equates to an average loss of $21.37 per pig over the past 21 months.

The British expression: 'It is an ill wind that brings nobody any good' seems particularly apt this week. Two of the leading pig producing companies - Zhongpin in China and Cherkizovo in Russia - have reported significant improvements in their pork sales in both volume and value terms.

Clearly, genetics companies, Génétiporc and Designed Genetics Inc. have an optimistic view for the future. They have announced a new strategic alliance aimed at marketing their respective products and programmes in targeted Canadian, US and international markets.

Finally, let us all spare a thought for Taiwan's pig producers, who are now known to have lost more than 118,000 animals in the wake of Typhoon Morakot - on top of the tragic loss of human lives. Officials estimate that it will take at least six months for the industry to recover.

Jackie Linden

JSR Genetics - Genetics you can trust
* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 7 new features this week:

US Feed Outlook
In spite of a cool wet spring that delayed plantings, the 2009 corn crop is forecast to be the second largest on record, according to the USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS).
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - August 2009
According to the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report from the World Agricultural Outlook Board, weak demand for cattle, hogs and broilers is pressuring prices.
Orego-Stim Optimises Intestinal Growth and Function
A Korean study demonstrates that piglets receiving a natural phytogenic feed additive (Orego-Stim from Meriden Animal Health) showed significantly increased intestinal enzyme activity and maintained higher enzyme activity for approximately seven days. The results are published by Meriden as Technical Bulletin No. 17.
Research on Porcine Circovirus-Associated Diseases
A review of current projects researching Porcine Circovirus-Associated Disease (PCVAD) from the BPEX Annual Technical Report 2008-2009.
Climate Change and Pig Production
Climate change presents new challenges and opportunities for pig farmers. They need to consider the productivity impacts of climate change on businesses and the welfare issues of animals, according to this report from UK-based Farming Futures in its Climate Change series.
Improving Sow and Piglet Health
An article from Hypor covering uterine and udder health and feet/leg problems in sows and gilts, and joint-ill, greasy pig disease and scours (diarrhoea) in piglets.
Issues and Prospects in Corn, Soybeans, and Wheat Futures Markets
The past 5 years have seen large increases in trading of corn, soybean, and wheat futures contracts by nontraditional traders, a trend that coincided with historic price increases for these commodities, says a report from the Economic Research Service, USDA.
Alphamune G - Shielding, Earning
* Company News

Merial: Combine Vaccination with Parasite Control
US - Even if producers vaccinate correctly, they may be throwing that investment away if they do not control parasites and monitor nutrition.
Merial: Performance Data Drives Improvement
UK - A willingness to try new techniques is integral to Kevin Gilbert’s approach to improving pig production at Womblehill, Aberdeenshire.
Changes in Hypor Spain
SPAIN - As a consequence of the reorganization of Hypor, Nicolas Alvarez Hoggan has been appointed General Manger Hypor South West Europe that includes operational companies in Spain and Italy.
Hypor-Hypig Renew Commitment to Philippine Industry
PHILIPPINES - Hypor B.V. announced today that it has extended its partnership agreement with Hypig Genetics Inc/ Bounty Fresh Group based in The Philippines.
ACMC Tip: Dealing with Deadstock
UK - Unit bio-security is critical to maintaining health on a pig unit. One route of disease transmission which must be controlled is the disposal of dead stock.

Registration Opens for VIV China
CHINA - Registration is now open to attend VIV China 2009, which will be in Beijing on 19 to 21 October.
Novartis Animal Health
* Global Pig Industry News

   Canada

 » Pork Commentary: Is There Any Floor to this Market?
 » Strategic Alliance between DGI and Génétiporc
 » Pork Producers Encouraged to Work with Lenders
 » Feed Barley Supplies Likely to be Tight this Winter
 » Expanded Herd Reduction Forecast for Fall Quarter
 » Options for Utilising Lower Quality Crops Evaluated
 » Canadian Govt Supports Hog Industry Restructuring
 » Pork Producers Applaud Govt Restructuring Plan

   United States

 » Chemaphor and Elanco End Relationship
 » Governors Urge Obama to Help Pork Producers
 » First Members Elected to Meat Industry Hall of Fame
 » Industry Concentration not Blamed for Food Inflation
 » Share Biosecurity Plans with Manure Applicators
 » AFBF: Report Bearish for Corn, Neutral for Soybeans
 » Korea Lifts Restrictions On US Hogs, Pork
 » Slump Continues for US Pork Exports
 » Could Viruses Promote Health?
 » Coalition Voices Opposition to Animal Antibiotic Ban
 » CME: Cooler-than-normal Weather a Big Help
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Weekly Review: Lower Feed Prices Positive for Hog Industry
 » Market Preview: Pork Industry Here to Stay
 » Weekly Outlook: Wheat Exports Off to a Slow Start
Pfizer Animal Health
   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Spanish Quotation In the Doldrums

   General

 » Award Winning Green Feed Technology Debuts in US
 » Canadian Beef and Pork Penetrate Panama Market

   United Kingdom

 » Call for More Imports of GM Feed Ingredients into EU
 » Defra, FSA Report Analyses Impacts of GM on Imports
 » RSPCA's Supermarket Animal Welfare Competition
 » Positive Step Towards Tackling Aujeszky's Disease
 » Processors Under Pressure
 » Welcome for New Jobs at Dunbia

   Australia

 » No End in Sight to High, Volatile Feed Grain Prices
 » Red Meat Production Down, but Chicken Up

   Norway

 » Light Shed on Mycobacterium Pathogenicity

   China

 » H1N1 Hit Hard but Zhongpin Reports Better Results

   Russian Federation

 » Cherkizovo Sees Poultry, Pork Sales Rise

   Philippines

 » Animal Production on the Rise in the Philippines
 » Tariff Reduction on Pork, Poultry Products Sought

   Taiwan

 » Livestock Industries Suffer in the Wake of Typhoon

   India

 » Pig Breeders Feeling a Case of the Jitters

   New Zealand

 » NZPork: Canadian Pork Support ‘Subsidies in Drag’



That's all for this week!

Ed.
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