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ThePigSite Newsletter - 12 October 2009

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Monday 12th October 2009
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Editorial - Canada Requests WTO to Consider US M-COOL Law

The Canadian government has announced its intention to file for a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement process over the US mandatory country-of-origin labelling (M-COOL) law that went into effect in March 2009.

"The US COOL requirements are so onerous that they affect the ability of our cattle and hog exporters to compete fairly in the US market," explained Stockwell Day, Minister for International Trade. "That is why our government has no choice but to request a WTO panel. This request demonstrates our ongoing commitment to resolving this issue and defending the interests of Canadian producers."

Meanwhile, Irish pig farmers and processors affected by last December's pork contamination scandal have received more than €100 million in compensation for their losses. It is estimated that the Irish government will spend at least another €49 million on claims and costs associated with the recall from overseas markets. Exports to Russia and China still have not been re-opened.

The Department of Agriculture investigation into the contamination is not yet complete, nor is the police investigation.

And finally, official reports continue to emerge of swine fever in Russia. A first case of classical swine fever was reported last week, following a series of outbreaks of African swine fever in both wild boar and domestic pigs.

Jackie Linden

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Health Issues and Pork Consumption
The pig meat industry needs to highlight the positive nutrients in meat and communicate that pork is nutrient rich, writes ThePigSite senior editor, Chris Harris.
Dietary Iron in Post-Weaning Swine Diets
Dr Adam Moeser of the Department of Animal Science, North Carolina State University explains how to achieve the right balance between meeting requirements and gastrointestinal health in the University's Swine News.
Effect of Dam Parity on Growth Performance and Immunity of Weaned Pigs
Growth performance in the nursery may be affected by dam parity. That is the conclusion from work reported by Erin E. Carney and colleagues in their paper published in the 2009 Nebraska Swine Report.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - October 2009
According to the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report from the World Agricultural Outlook Board, total US meat production for 2009 is raised as higher pork production is expected to more than offset lower beef and turkey production. Weak demand and large supplies of all major meats continue to pressure prices.
JSR Genetics - Genetics you can trust
* Company News

ACMC Tip: Autumn Airflow
UK - Temperatures are already dropping sharply at night so pig producers should make sure all flaps and fans in their buildings are working properly and that doors are closed at night.
Two 'Innov’SPACE-stars for Liquid Feeding Innovation
FRANCE - Big Dutchman reflects on successful participation at the recent SPACE 2009, the leading trade fair for modern livestock management in Rennes, France.
* Global Pig Industry News

   General

 » FMD NEWS: South Korea Reopens to British Pork
 » First Round on Agriculture ‘Templates’ Completed
 » Southeast Asia Major Growth Market for DDGS
   United States

 » Weekly Outlook: Early Corn and Soybean Exports
 » Market Preview: Price Spreads Exacerbated
 » CME: Canadian Breeding Herd Reduction Slowed
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » US Swine Economics Report
 » CME: Output Numbers Will Not Drive Feed Prices
 » Ohio 'Pork and Beans' Support Promotes Pork Ribs
 » JBS Swift Seeks to Expand Iowa Pork Complex
 » Lawmakers Ask USDA to Help Pork Producers
 » CME: M-COOL a Legitimate Policy?
 » CME: Current Situation Index in August Down
 » NPPC Supports New USDA Research Agency
 » Weekly Review: Upward Spiral of Feeder Pig Prices
 » CME: Larger-than-Expected Corn Production Indicated
 » Pork Production Keeps Rising, Prices Stabilizing

   Canada

 » Canadian Govt Invests in Farm Animal Care in BC
 » Pork Producers to be Eligible for Restructuring Loans
 » Quick Application for New Debt Consolidation Loans
 » Canada Requests WTO Panel on US M-COOL
 » WTO Panel to Be Requested to Address US M-COOL
 » Early Registration for Hog Farm Transition Program
 » Pork Commentary: Markets Continue to Languish
Novartis Animal Health
   Ireland

 » Compensation over Pork Contamination Paid Out

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Slaughter Market Going Downward

   United Kingdom

 » Cranswick Sales Up on Record Hog Prices
 » PiGIS Awarded Prize for 'Next Big Thing'
 » Spot and Contract Too Far Apart
 » Consumers Shown How to Love Pork More
Aurofac / Aureomycin - Justified, Reliable
   Denmark

 » Danish Crown: Checked and Approved

   Belgium

 » Belgian Pig Producers Send Out Alarm Signals

   Russian Federation

 » African Swine Fever Pressing on in Russia
 » Russian Veterinary Authorities Report Case of CSF


That's all for this week!

Ed.
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