FYI on Swine
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The Organizing Committee of the Digestive Physiology of Pigs invites all to Keystone, Colorado, USA on from 29 May to 1 June 2012 for the 12th International Symposium on Digestive Physiology in Pigs. This event has grown to become the premiere event where discussions focus specifically on various aspects of digestive physiology. The organisers expect to attract more than 300 attendees from Europe, Asia and North and South America.
Ground beef processor AFA Foods filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday and said it plans to sell some or all of its assets, citing the impact of media coverage related to a meat filler critics have dubbed "pink slime."
Geissler’s Supermarkets will be the first U.S. grocery retailer to feature the OnVu Intelligent indicator on meat product labels. OnVu uses state-of-the-art technology to enable shoppers to tell at a glance that meat has been kept at safe temperatures after purchase. The United States is the latest country to adopt the innovative technology, which debuted in 2009 in Switzerland.
The main producer of "pink slime" and the politicians defending the company will have a hard time persuading consumers and grocery stores to accept the product, even if the processed beef trimmings are as safe as the industry insists. Three governors and two lieutenant governors plan to tour Beef Products's plant in South Sioux City, Neb., Thursday afternoon to show their support for the company and the several thousand jobs it creates in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.
In general, a bullet to the coal industry provides a shot in the arm for natural gas. That the latest proposals from the Environmental Protection Agency haven't done so is telling. The EPA wants to limit carbon emissions from new power plants to a level that, in practical terms, could only be met by efficient gas-fired turbines. This is supportive of gas taking market share from its lumpy rival.
The accounting scandal at snack maker Diamond Foods in recent months may have shocked shareholders and some California walnut farmers. But a number of accounting and industry experts spotted red flags some time before. A close examination of business practices at Diamond Foods, the nation's largest walnut processor and maker of Emerald nuts, points up a number of warning signs, including unusual timing of payments to growers, a leap in profit margins, and volatile inventories and cash flows.
Like the rest of the world, China’s recovery from the global financial crisis was the result of “Botox economics.” Taking advantage of a centrally controlled, command economy, Beijing boosted output through government spending and directed bank lending to maintain growth.
Vital medical research is under threat in Britain because ferry companies and airlines are bowing to pressure from animal rights activists and refusing to carry animals destined for laboratory testing, scientists and drugmakers said on Wednesday. Researchers said all ferry companies operating routes into Britain had now banned the import of mice, rats and other animals, which are used in research labs to explore the potential of experimental new drugs.
Beijing and the influential U.S. agriculture department may have overstated China's corn crop by as much as 14 percent, pointing to higher imports from the world's second-largest consumer of the grain that could squeeze already tightening global supplies. If China plugs the gap between projected and actual domestic supply with additional corn imports, it would drive up international prices already near four-month highs. Wheat markets could feel the impact too if Beijing snaps up the grain as a substitute to corn for animal feed.
US - For the first time in US history, ethanol refiners are consuming more of the US corn crop than livestock producers and this trend is set to continue to at least 2014 as government mandates and exports boost fuel demand, writes Gerard Brickley, Director of Meat at Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board. Corn use for ethanol has risen almost fourfold from 1.32 billion bushels in 2005 to 5.02 billion in 2011, exceeding 40 per cent of the total harvest last year. Feed, which previously accounted for the biggest share of the crop, fell by almost 22 per cent during the period to 4.79 billion bushels as livestock and poultry farmers in the US turned to alternative feeds, including dried distillers grain, an ethanol byproduct.
If you apply Newton's third law, the equal and opposite reaction to potential increased regulations on the U.S. poultry and livestock sectors may be anything but pleasant for consumers who are already facing increased food costs associated with higher input costs.
Corn imports by China, the world’s second-largest consumer, may surge sevenfold to a record 28 million metric tons by 2015-2016 as local production fails to keep pace with increased demand, according to INTL FCStone Inc. Imports may gain from 4 million tons in 2011-2012 and reach 13 million tons by 2012-2013, Mike O’Dea, senior risk manager, told a conference in Singapore. The local harvest may reach 187 million tons next year, 6.5 percent less than projected demand, according to a presentation from O’Dea.
The FCC announced earlier this week that permission to build the network would be denied. Other investors have also sought legal advice on possible litigation. The primary objective of any lawsuit would likely be to force a technical fix to the GPS interference, either by allowing LightSquared to swap its wireless airwave license for a different bandwidth or by forcing GPS operators to use filters to block LightSquared's signals.
The pork production sector has seen a rash of pressure from animal activists in recent weeks, the latest being an undercover video at an Iowa hog farm. Those working daily with farm animals have different experiences and expertise in animal care and can sort through the credibility of what the videos show. To the public, however, the hidden camera investigations can raise many questions and the perspectives they hear are too often one-sided.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is currently deciding whether or not to approve an application by Dow Chemical for its controversial genetically engineered (GE) corn variety that is resistant to the highly toxic herbicide 2,4-D, one of the main ingredients in Agent Orange.
A few years ago, hog farmers throughout the Midwest noticed foam building on top of their manure pits. Soon after, barns began exploding, killing thousands of hogs while farmers lost millions of dollars. A team of University of Minnesota researchers is looking to find a fix for the foam that is plaguing hog farms. The foam traps gases like methane and when a spark ignites it causes an explosion. About a half dozen barns in the Midwest have exploded since the foam was discovered in 2009.
From an overall meat demand perspective, the world market is a major driver and a key reason why the US has been trading at extended price levels the past few years. In 2011, the IMF lowered the GDP numbers a little bit, but the US is expected to see average growth - in the 1 to 2 per cent range for 2012, said Rich Nelson, Allendale director of research, in late January at the Allendale Ag Leaders Outlook Conference.
On Saturday, pork aficionados will meet up in Des Moines, Iowa, for the fifth annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival, billed as America's "premier" bacon celebration. The event, which sold out all 4,000 tickets in 25 minutes, offers something to make every swine lover swoon: unlimited bacon samples, a bacon-eating contest, educational lectures, a bacon-themed songwriting contest and crowning of a new bacon queen. Organizers plan to serve up about three tons of the fatty strips.
Regulatory Pressures and Product Variations to Drive Growth in the Global Feed Acidifiers Market, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.
Much in contrast to popular opinion, the use of organic/inorganic acids and salts as feed acidifiers in animal diet has been a long-standing concept. The livestock industry has been using both organic and inorganic acids for promoting animal health for over three decades. However, the complete ban on use of Antibiotic Growth Promoters (AGPs) by EU in 2006, sparked an aggressive search for new alternatives, thus bringing life to latent interest and demand for non-antibiotic substitutes such as probiotics and feed acidifiers. During the recent years, the concept of feed acidification witnessed growth in several European and Asian countries and end-users are seen increasingly seeking complete technical information relating to mould inhibitors, acids, and antioxidants.
USDA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Food & Drug Administration, effective Jan. 19, which will serve as an umbrella agreement to aid in the exchange of information related to food safety and public health activities beyond existing agreements.