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Briefs continued – for Nov. 5, 2009

New members: The Manitoba Cattle Enhancement Council (MCEC) has appointed three new members to its council.

Barry Todd, deputy minister of Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives is the new chair. Other newcomers include, Charles Gall, of Moosehorn and David Wiens of Grunthal. They join current members Gaylene Dutchyshen, of Gilbert Plains, Albert Todosichuk, of Shilo, and Kathleen Butler, the MCEC’s executive director.

MCEC invests in increased beef slaughtering and processing capacity or enhanced markets for value-added cattle products. Changes welcomed: Manitoba Pork Council (MPC) has commended both the federal and provincial governments for coming forward with an adjustment to the Targeted Advance Payment (TAP) program for pork producers.

Pork producers can now access 75 per cent of their estimated 2009 AgriStability payments, which makes an additional $70 million available to producers. Previously, producers could get up to 60 per cent.

“This will allow a large number of producers access to cash so they can make it to the next profitable period,” said Karl Kynoch, MPC chairman. Shrinking hog herd: A joint U. S.-Canada hog inventory report released last week shows Canada’s herd is shrinking more quickly. While the U. S. inventory of all hogs and pigs was down two per cent from Sept. 1, 2008, it was up one per cent from June this year. Meanwhile, the Canadian inventory was down seven per cent from Oct. 1, 2008 and down 18 per cent from October 1, 2007. The U. S. has 66.6 million pigs. Canada has 11.8 million. The full report can be found at: http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/usda/current/USCH/USCH-10-28-2009.pdf.

Quality concerns:

Stormy weather in the U. S. Midwest has hobbled export sales of U. S. corn as the slowest harvest in years helped push prices above $4 a bushel, depriving potential buyers of the discount they usually enjoy at this time of year. All the wet weather also has hurt the quality of the corn crop, worrying buyers. As a result, the U. S. Department of Agriculture may lower its corn export goal for 2009-10, analysts said. “The simple fact of the matter is that bad quality does not sell well,” said Charlie Sernatinger, an analyst with Fortis Clearing Americas.

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