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Newsletter 12th January 2004

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The BSE crisis in the US is clearly dominating the news this week as the beef industry offers a plan to resume Japanese exports in a meeting with Japan's Trade minister and the Grass-fed cattle sector reports a modest increase in sales.
     Will all this affect the pork market? Well, some pork producers are concerned that if the price of cattle drops because of the BSE scare, it might affect what they get for their pigs.

In Canada, the South Korean government has reconfirmed that it has no immediate plans to resume imports of Canadian beef and beef products.
     Meanwhile, a hog farm manager is warning that a hog barn fire can lead to ruin despite insurance if the farmer doesn't have a contingency plan.

In Australia, after crippling feed prices last year and extensive rationalisation in the industry, pig producers face an equally uncertain 2004, according to former Pork Council of Australia President and South Australian producer, Peter Brechin.

On a similar note in the UK pig producers face another difficult year as 2004 dawns, despite prices rising by an average of 9p/kg over the past 12 months reports FWi.
     Food and Farming Minister Lord Whitty said this week that farmers must take advantage of "revolutionary" agricultural reforms which pave the way to a more profitable and environmentally sustainable future for the countryside.

In Denmark, the Chairman of the Danish People's Party believes butchers ought to intervene when farmers overstep their production allowances. Chr. H. Hansen believes that it is up to the large butcheries like Danish Crown to seek penalties for pork producers who break the law.

In France, Agriculture Minister Herve Gaymard has announced a Euro 4 million aid package for the ailing pork industry. The aid includes Euro 2 million to help farmers who are leaving pig production and another Euro 2 million to help ease the burden of changes.

In Taiwan, according to a recent survey by the Council of Agriculture, nearly all hog farm owners want to maintain their current production capacities over the next few years.

In South Korea, a new suspected case of hog cholera resulted in slaughter of sixty-five piglets at a farm in Yeongdong, officials said Tuesday.

In Malaysia, Singapore authorities are in discussions over possibly importing frozen pork from Johor as part of efforts to increase the sources of supply and keep Singpore pork prices competitive.

In the World Meat Review and Outlook Report, constrained profitability in early 2003 in many major pig-producing countries has slowed growth in output in 2003 to less than 2% to a level of 95.8 million tons.

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We have 3 new features this week

Dealing with Variability in the Growout Barn
By J.F. Patience, H.W. Gonyou and R.T. Zijlstra - Variation is becoming an increasingly important topic of discussion in the pork industry. Differences in growth impact the time that is required to empty a pen, or a room, or a barn and still meet the needs of the packing industry for uniform carcasses.

Ventilation and Heating Costs - Weather in the last month
By Nick Bird for FarmEx - Running costs of heating and ventilation systems depend on the weather. In warmer weather, more ventilation is needed to remove pig heat. In colder weather, more heating is needed. When considering heating running costs, you obviously have to take account of ambient temperature.

Insect Control on Swine
Prepared by Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, University Of Kentucky - This article looks at methods to control insect populations on pig farms, and focuses on the correct insecticides to use for the situation.

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Topic: The Management of Infertility
Subject: Anoestrus in the sow Part 1 of 2

This weeks tip runs through a list of key factors to consider if you have anoestrus in the sow.

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NEXT WEEK'S TIPS:
Topic: The Management of Infertility
Subject: Anoestrus in the Sow Part 2 of 2

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Pig waste as an energy source
Animal waste can be more resourceful than some might think. Conly Hansen, a Utah State University professor, has found a great use for waste by experimenting, and finding a way of turning it into electricity.

An induced blanket reactor developed by Hansen actually turns swine manure into power. Hansen said he has been working on this project for decades trying to solve the major problem of farmers getting less and less money from their animals.

Hansen said the blanket reactor is a type of anaerobic digester that captures anaerobic bacteria, which is a slow-growing type of bacteria. The bacteria eats certain materials. The reactor is a means of capturing bacteria to hopefully stay, live, and thrive, in a layer with numerous amounts of bacteria. The reactor generates bacteria, making the material into methane, which is like a natural gas, Hansen said. The methane generates heat and electricity from any kind of organic waste material.

It's a renewable energy source, said Ed Watts, a consultant for the project. It captures the methane gas and uses it to generate electrical power. Watts said it also allows farmers to control and generate waste.

Carl Hansen, a USU research scientist who has been working on this for four years, said he thinks this will take care of some of the problems in the dairy and hog industry. Carl said it gives farmers the opportunity to make a byproduct they can sell and to get rid of some of the odors on the farms caused by the waste.

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That's all for this week. Best wishes for 2004

Ed.

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