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Newsletter 19th January 2004's Weekly Swine Industry Newsletter's Weekly Swine Industry Newsletter
Monday 19th January 2004
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We start this week in South East Asia, where China has banned imports of all pigs and pig-related produce from Korea following the outbreak of hog cholera. All pigs, wild boars and their produce that have been transported to China from Korea will be returned or destroyed, according to eFeedlink.

As more farmers in south China switch from growing crops to raising livestock, the distribution of China's livestock husbandry is undergoing deep change, reports Xinhuanet.

Canada will soon be one of the most important pork producers in the world, reports Western Producer. Jordi Masbernat, a manager for PIC in southern Europe, said Canada is one of few countries with an abundance of land, high quality standards and plenty of feed.

In the US, the Indiana State Panel approved a new rule spelling out how 500 livestock farms will be regulated beginning this spring. The rule will put into effect a new federal permit system, which officials say will give them a stronger hand in protecting waterways from large amounts of manure produced by sprawling hog, dairy and poultry farms.

NPPC President Jon Caspers has expressed support for the initiative undertaken by Trade Ambassador Robert Zoellick to revitalize the WTO trade negotiations, which had been effectively on hold since the failed meeting in Cancun. "The WTO negotiations continue to be the top trade priority for U.S. pork producers," said Caspers.

In the UK, Defra has launched a consultation on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee report on Vets and Veterinary Services, that was published last October. "I would urge industry to respond to the consultation over the next three months to help with our response to the EFRA committee" said Animal Health Minister Ben Bradshaw.

The NPA report that there are two unresolved issues as far as the pig carcase collection scheme sector is concerned: cost, and whether there are sufficient carcase collectors in all areas to meet the stringent biosecurity needs of producers.

In Holland, pig farmers have rejoined the Integrated Chain Control (IKB) quality assurance scheme in huge numbers. Re-registration was necessary as a result of the more rigorous measures introduced into the system as of 1 January 2004. The Dutch Meat Board reports that the pig system has been revised in a large number of areas.

In Australia, a team of CSIRO Livestock Industries researchers are helping to make pigs healthier and happier, while fattening the bottom line. By learning more about the pig immune system and modulating its responses, antibiotics and chemicals currently used to control disease may be reduced or replaced with the added benefit of improving health and increasing resistance to disease.

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Ventilation - Cost of Treatment?
By Nick Bird for FarmEx - Nowadays, it seems that producers are often advised to give "plenty of fresh air" to prevent ill health due to respiratory problems and contaminated air, which is interpreted as increasing the minimum ventilation rates. As with any "treatment", advisers and producers should consider the cost as well as the benefit.

Livestock Price Outlook - January 2004
By Chris Hurt, Extension Economist, Purdue University - In his latest Outlook report, Chris Hurt indicates the the hog industry needs more downsizing in 2004.

Effect of Enzymes in Wheat and Canola Meal Diets
By Ruurd T. Zijlstra, Shaoyan Li, and John F. Patience - Carbohydrases in 25% canola-meal diet consumed freely by weaned pigs: increased daily gain (up to 13%), increased feed intake (up to 16%), did not affect feed efficiency, reduced viscosity of digesta in ileum, and did not affect nutrient digestibility.

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* This Weeks Practical Tip (link to weekly tips page)

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

This weeks tip continues from last week with the remaining list of key factors to consider if you have anoestrus in the sow.

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Topic: The Management of Infertility
Subject: Ovulation and fertilisation

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* Finally...

Plumper pigs put lean pork in predicament

After two decades in which pork chops got nearly as lean as chicken breasts, a new type of fattier, darker and tastier pork is starting to hit store shelves and restaurant menus. The pricier meat's biggest selling point: It tastes like pork used to taste — before pig farmers bred their hogs to produce meat that's 30 percent leaner than it was 20 years ago.

The plumper variety often comes from "purebred" pigs, animals that have not been crossed with other varieties for many generations. These aristocratic swine are gaining favor partly because low-carb eating plans like the Atkins diet have made lean meat seem passe. Another selling point: At a time when the public is concerned about mad-cow disease and other food-safety issues, pedigreed pork provides the ultimate in traceability. It comes from pigs whose "family trees" can be looked up in registries such as the National Swine Registry.

The pork — also known as heritage, heirloom, rare breed or pedigreed — also tends to be darker and redder than regular supermarket pork, and is mostly raised by small farmers who use "natural" farming methods, such as giving the animals fewer antibiotics and letting them roam freely. Then there's the taste: "The great ambrosial element in pork is the fat," says Josh Ozersky, a meat expert and author. Regular supermarket pork is "almost like tofu on four legs, because it's so lean."

The blueblood porkers even got a recent nudge from the National Pork Board. In November, the main industry trade group rolled out a Web site telling consumers, among other things, how to find farms selling pork descended from Oliver Cromwell's pigs.

The difference between pedigreed pork and regular supermarket pork is the result of a deliberate strategy conceived in the 1980s by the industry to change pork's image from a high-calorie, down-home meal to a dining option just as healthy as chicken. Today, conventional pig farms are populated by a mutt race that has been bred to be lean and perform well in large-scale production.

Not everyone agrees that pork has to be purebred to be delicious. Bill Niman, who runs luxury meat company Niman Ranch, says that he believes the most consistently tasty pork comes from Berkshires, Durocs and Hampshires that have been crossbred.

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


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