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Newsletter 2nd February 2004

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Welcome to this weeks newsletter

A quick Hello to all those we met at Iowa Pork Congress last week, hope everyone had a good show. Next stop World Pork Expo!

* News Overview (link to ALL this weeks news)

We start this week in Canada, where the Manitoba Pork Council is fast tracking a new study to examine how the new Canadian Agricultural Income Stabilization Program will work for the province's hog producers. MPC has approved the hiring of a financial consultant to examine how the new CAIS program can be applied to the swine industry, reports Farmscape.

The Western Producer reports that a new era in manure composting may be emerging on the Prairies. It's an era in which the benefits of composting outweigh the costs, as composted manure can have a moisture content below 30% and the material has less bulk, so the cost of composting is offset by the reduced hauling costs.

The Western Producer also reports that the US Congress has delayed COOL until 2006, giving Canada time to encourage greater value-adding to homegrown pork and beef.

In the US, opponents of MCOOL breathed a sigh of relief last week as the Senate finally approved an omnibus appropriations bill containing a two-year COOL moratorium, reported Food Chemical News.

NPPC president Jon Caspers said that "attempts by activist groups to cast COOL, a promotional tool, as something that will offer additional food safety assurances, are disingenuous and just plain dishonest." According to Caspers, pork producers support a workable, voluntary country-of-origin labeling program and a national animal identification system.

It has been confirmed that Costa Rica will now be included in the Central America Free Trade Agreement. CAFTA will now eliminate all tariffs on pork and open the Costa Rican market in addition to these other markets for U.S. pork producers, according to the NPPC.

In the UK, farmers' incomes are at their highest level since 1997, following the third annual increase in a row. Total UK income from farming rose by 32 per cent in 2003 to £3.2 billion compared to £2.49 billion in 2002, according to official figures released by Defra.

Pig farmers are calling for the growing population of wild boar to be culled in order to prevent the spread of disease and cross-breeding, reports the BBC. With increasing numbers of pigs kept outside, the NPA warns wild boar are breaking in and intermingling with farm-kept pigs.

With an EU ban on antibiotic growth promoters in animal feed from 2006, alternatives need to be found urgently. Research at the University of Leeds suggests that the use of plant extracts, once dismissed as quack science, is attracting growing interest from the industry, according to FoodProductionDaily.

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The European Commission has officially announced that the E.U. pork production sector faces a major crisis. The Commission said the crisis has been caused because the Euro is currently very strong against the dollar, feed prices are very high due to last summer's drought and consumer demand for pork is low, reports MeatNews.
     The EC has responded to the problems by introducing export refunds, which came into force last week, says FarmingLife. The refund has been set at EUR40/100kg (£28/100kg). The exports have to be carried out before the end of April 2004.
     Following the introduction of export subsidies, the UK's NPA reports the Australian pig producers have called on their government to investigate anti-dumping measures.

Pig producers are continuing to fight against EU proposals for compulsory tagging of young pigs, according to FWi. The proposals are part of an EU requirement that all farm livestock can be identified and traced from birth to slaughter. Pigs going for slaughter do not have to be tagged, providing they are clearly double-slapped with producers' herd marks.

As millions of chickens are culled across Asia in a bid to stem the spread of bird flu, the World Health Organisation has warned that pigs could also carry the virus. Farm pigs could contract avian influenza from infected fowl and, because the animals are also susceptible to mammalian viruses, they could act as 'mixing vessels' to produce entirely new and virulent strains.

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 4 new features this week

Understanding Influenza Virus
This paper, presented at the 2002 ISU Swine Conference, summarizes understanding of the current influenza viruses circulating in the swine populations of the world with particular emphasis on the situation in North America. This paper is highly relevant at present given the avian influenza situation in Asia.

On-Farm Feed Milling: Gearing up for Compliance in the 21st Century
By Eduardo Beltranena IAZ PhD, published by Prairie Swine Centre - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) published in the Canada Gazette (Part 1; 2000 February 05) the proposed new regulations for the mixing of medicated feeds. These minimum compliance standards must be met by manufactures of medicated feeds in order to be licensed and sell medicated products.

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Pork Outlook Report - January 2004
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the January 2004: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Pork Industry data. The report indicates that hog prices are steady and retail pork prices are slightly lower in 2004.

Lymphoid hyperplasia resulting in immune dysregulation is caused by PRRSV infection in neonatal pigs (abstract)
By Lemke CD, Haynes JS, Spaete R, Adolphson D, Vorwald A, Lager K, Butler JE. - This is an abstract from a study on how Lymphoid hyperplasia is caused by porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus infection in neonatal pigs.

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

Topic: The Management of Infertility
Subject: Ovulation and fertilisation

This weeks tip continues from last week covering the key factors to maximising ovulation rate - Part 2 of 2.

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Topic: The Management of Infertility
Subject: Ovulation and fertilisation - Key factors to maximising fertilisation

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* Finally...

Odor Control Accomplished With AWRS Swine Waste Treatment

Pork producers attending the Iowa Pork Congress were given their first look at a totally new approach of recapturing the value of swine waste, while cutting associated odors 97 percent and preserving 97 percent of the nutrients for use as a value-added dry fertilizer product. The new system, developed by Ag Waste Recovery Systems Inc. (AWRS), Ames, Iowa, holds huge promise for protecting groundwater quality in the process.

AWRS expects the system to be widely adaptable and cost effective for all sizes of swine operations beginning mid-year 2004.

The multi-stage AWRS process works by routing the original animal waste through a chamber that produces high-powered ultrasonic waves, destroying the cell walls of bacteria and pathogens, rendering them inert and virtually odorless.

Testing has demonstrated that because the odor-causing bacteria have been destroyed by the ultrasonic waves and other proprietary processes, the odor will not return when the fertilizer is rewetted. The current system has processed in excess of 100,000 gallons of swine manure and is in operation at the Burt Farm, near Marshalltown, Iowa.

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That's all for this week.

Ed.

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