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Newsletter 26th January 2004

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* News Overview (link to ALL this weeks news)

We start this week in the US, where Congress has finally decided to delay country-of-origin labels until autumn 2006, despite arguments that the labels would reassure consumers during the current mad cow disease crisis.
     Trade groups speaking for cattle, hog and produce growers said they will craft a cheaper, voluntary labelling system as a replacement. The groups - including the NPPC - said their effort would provide market-driven labeling information to meet the needs of consumers, but with lower costs and less bureaucracy than the mandatory USDA program.

Meanwhile, a new poll by the National Farmers Union shows strong support for such labels among consumers, backed up with a willingness to pay a little more for labeled foods, and an inclination to buy food produced in the US, reports Agriculture Online.

If you've ever been inside a livestock confinement building, you can appreciate the importance of air movement. To help producers make wise choices in agricultural ventilation systems, thousands of people in the livestock industry worldwide have relied on a unique research lab at the University of Illinois.

The Canadian Pork Council says efforts to create a common system for tracking the movement of livestock in Canada are moving ahead rapidly on several fronts, reports Farmscape. The goal is to develop foreign animal disease preparedness plans for each commodity group, to identify necessary legislative changes and to facilitate zoning.

Pigmeat prices in Europe have declined significantly in recent months and swine producers there are struggling with diminished return, which could soon lead to a return of export subsidies on pork, an action opposed by a U.S. pork group, says eFeedLink.

The European Council is expected, this year, to reconsider its meat and bonemeal ban, reports the NPA. The council will not sanction the feeding of animal proteins to cattle but it may decide the practice can quite safely be resumed for monogastric animals, such as pigs.

The UK's NFU slammed a damning report put out by Oxfam on farming and the CAP Reform proposals, branding it as inaccurate and one-sided. The report challenges both reform options proposed by the EU. It also fails to mention that the link between production and subsidy will be broken, so that in future farmers in Europe will not be pushed to produce by the CAP.

The increase in cereal prices may be a lifesaver to you arable farmers but it poses us a problem," said NPA chairman Stewart Houston when he addressed NFU council on Monday. "Once these increases are reflected in the price of our compound feed rations we are looking at cost of production increases of 15p to 19p a kilo… which is a massive £11 to £14 a pig.

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One of Northern Ireland's leading pedigree breeders has called on Government to act now in order to encourage young people back into the pig sector. "The industry is dying on its feet," Robert Overend told Farming Life. "Young people are walking away from pig production in their droves.

The Russian government will decide within two weeks whether to issue an individual quota for the import of poultry and pork from Brazil, Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev said in Moscow late Tuesday. Gordeyev said if the decision was positive, the individual quota for Brazil would come into effect in 2004.

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 2 new features this week, one looking at space allocation, the other air quality.

How Pigs Perceive Space
By Harold W. Gonyou, Prairie Swine Centre and W. Ray Stricklin, University of Maryland - Space allocation is an important part of barn design and management. When planning your facility you need to design your pens to accommodate the pig flow you expect. If you already have a barn, and litter size or market weights change, an understanding of space requirements is essential to create new pig flow patterns in your barn.

Controversy over Air Quality
By Theo van Kempen, Swine Nutrition Specialist, North Carolina State University - The biggest challenge for the animal industry is likely air quality. Odor may affect the quality of life of those down-wind from a swine farm. Ammonia may contribute to eutrophication. Dust may affect the health of both animals and people, especially in facilities.

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

Topic: The Management of Infertility
Subject: Ovulation and fertilisation

This weeks tip runs through a list of key factors to maximising ovulation rate - Part 1 of 2.

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NEXT WEEK'S TIPS:
Topic: The Management of Infertility
Subject: Ovulation and fertilisation - Part 2 of 2

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* Finally...

Swine center friendly to pigs and the environment
A new "hog high-rise" at the UW-Platteville Pioneer Farm aims to make the production of pigs more environmentally friendly.

The recently completed swine center features an upper floor where pigs will be bred and raised, and a lower floor that will collect their waste and begin an odor-free composting process.

The $1.4 million facility was built on land donated by a local banker and paid for with donations and money borrowed by the UW-Platteville foundation. The foundation plans to raise money to repay the loan and then donate the center to the university, said Frank Friar, chairman of the UW-Platteville Foundation Board.

Addressing pollution concerns is a main focus of the center. A primary feature is slotted floors that allow waste to fall through into a lower level.

Concrete floors on the lower level have small holes allowing forced air to dry the manure. Other mechanical features and ventilation systems also were designed to avoid excess water accumulation in the pens.

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That's all for this week.

Ed.

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