Looking further down the road, I did read an interesting piece this morning about changes that are occurring or at least proposed in the Chinese hog industry. According to Reuters, there are at least eight companies that intend to build commercial size hogs operations in the Northeastern region of that country that would produce around 17 million market hogs. It is projected that if this comes to fruition, that part of the country will produce around 20% of the Chinese hogs production or around 120 million hogs per year which would be roughly equivalent to all the hogs slaughtered annually in the . While this is one of the coldest winter regions in China, it is also the least populated, allowing for larger operations and also a major grain region, last year producing around 40% of the nation’s corn. Keep in mind that not only could this present a scenario of greater corn/meal demand but would also potentially create a feedstuff strain in the southern part of the country, bringing them back as importers much sooner than many would suspect. Combine all this with the ethanol program that is currently underway, and it would appear that China could become a substantial player in the global corn market again in the not too distant future.
The October 2009 issue gave "Get-Home-at-Any-Cost" tips for roadside catastrophes, beginning with a leak in the radiator. Crack a raw egg into the radiator filler cap (not the overflow tank). The egg white will plug the hole—for a while. To fill the radiator back up: Top it off with water, diet soda, tea, or any other sugar-free liquid. To fix a punctured gas tank: Stuff a wedge from a bar of soap into the hole. It'll last long enough to get you into town. Oil pan punctured by a stone? Whittle a plug from a twig and hammer it into the hole. But now you're low on oil. To fill the crankcase, add a quart of water. Really. The oil-pump pickup is not on the exact bottom—the remaining oil will float on top of the water.
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