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Newsletter 23rd February 2004

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* News Overview (link to ALL this weeks news)

We start this week in Vietnam, where a United Nations organisation has reported that the Avian flu virus has been found in pigs in Hanoi. The news has been played down by the authorities and not yet confirmed by the WHO says The Times.
    The pigs, which showed no symptoms, apparently tested positive for H5N1 in nasal swabs; the WHO says that the presence of the virus in nasal cavities means the pigs may simply be contaminated but not infected.

China has achieved a breakthrough in fresh pork preservation, reports eFeedLink. Recent research by the Hunan Agricultural University and Hunan's Wanli Food Technology Group have developed a new method in which pork can be preserved and freshness retained for up to 30 days.

In New Zealand, the MAF has indicated there is a possibility that PMWS may have entered the country through pigs being fed uncooked pig meat. The disease was first discovered on a Waikato farm last September and it has since been found on 15 farms, all north of Hamilton.

In the US, the NPPC welcomed the release by the Australian government of its final risk assessment on pork imports but stated that support for the U.S. - Australia FTA would not be forthcoming until Australia implements the decision and U.S. pork exports commence.

Hog prices in the US market reached their highest levels since the third week of June last year, says eFeedLink, exceeding all expectations and first quarter price forecasts.

Not wasting any time since passage of a two-year moratorium on mandatory country-of-origin labeling, food industry representatives are beginning to craft an alternative voluntary program, states a article in Food Chemical News, picked up on by the NPPC.

In Canada, research being conducted by the University of Manitoba will help determine the best time of year to apply swine manure fertilizer to get optimum forage yields. The multi-disciplinary project will assess the environmental implications of applying swine manure to pasture and the nutritional value of the forage produced.

Canada's hog inventories as of January 1 shrank to 14.608 million head, down from 14.672 million a year ago, according to figures released by Statistics Canada on Wednesday. The government agency said a softening in hog prices during the past two years led to the slight decline.

Brazil is on the rise to prominence as an agricultural powerhouse, reports Western Producer. Brazil's hog industry, dominated by mid-sized farms, has built itself into a large producer which is beginning to have an impact on world markets.

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In the UK, the fallen stock collection scheme is facing further delays, delegates at the NFU Scotland annual conference were told. The National Fallen Stock Company said there was no indication of when a scheme would become operational. One of the key problems in the pig and poultry sectors was the lack of a guarantee of a uniform standard of biosecurity - FWi.

To meet their Climate Change Agreement targets, UK pig producers must reduce energy consumption. But where is the energy used, and how much can be saved? Nick Bird of the NPA Climate Change Group has translated a range of commonly used electrical devices into their "pig equivalent". The aim for a typical 500-sow birth-to-slaughter unit is to save about 2000 "pig equivalents" a year, which would put an extra £3,000 on the unit's bottom line.

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 4 new features this week

Simple Strategies for decreasing antibiotic resistance on the farm
By Dr Morgan Morrow, Swine Veterinary Specialist, North Carolina State University - In response to growing concern by consumers about the prevalence of antibiotic use in feed animals, the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) recently approved a resolution to encourage producers to limit or halt antibiotic use during the finishing stages of hog production. The action from the nation's largest swine-producing state focuses on the sub-therapeutic use of antibiotics.

Lost days - the key to breeding herd efficiency
By Bernard Peet, Pig Production Training and thePigSite Consultant - Lost days, empty days or non-productive days (NPDs) are one of the most important influences on breeding herd efficiency. They represent the number of days in the breeding cycle or per year when the sow or gilt is not either pregnant or lactating.

Micronized and Flaked Wheat in Nursery Diets
By Alison Orr, Raelene Petracek, Murray Pettitt and Eduardo Beltranena. This report by the Prairie Swine Centre looks at how micronization and flaking grain can affect the nutrient utilization.

Livestock and the Environment
By Ontario Pork - This article looks at livestock farming issues, such as manure management, odour controls and ways to improve water quality.

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Topic: The Management of Infertility
Subject: How to take corrective action - Returns to oestrus (repeats) at 18 - 23 days post mating (part 1 of 2)

This weeks tip is designed to identify what corrective action may be required for Returns to oestrus at 18 - 23 days post mating (repeats)

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Topic: The Management of Infertility
Subject: How to take corrective action - Returns to oestrus (repeats) at 18 - 23 days post mating (part 2 of 2)

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* Finally...

US trade to increase pig disease risk

Pork producers have warned of an increased risk of a serious pig disease coming to Australia if US farmers force their way into the market under the banner of a free trade deal.
     Australian Pork Ltd. says a CSIRO study predicts that under proposed new protocols covering pork imports generally, there is a 94 to 99 per cent chance that post-weaning multi-systemic wasting syndrome (PMWS) would enter Australia within a decade.
     The disease, which has killed 8 million pigs in Europe at a cost of $1.5billion since its appearance a few years ago, is not dangerous to humans but has no vaccination or cure, and only Australia, Finland and Belgium are free from it.
     The CSIRO study was commissioned by APL to argue that protocols governing pork imports are already too lax.
     But APL is now using the study as a further argument that US pork producers may apply political pressure under an FTA to get their product into this country, compromising strict quarantine procedures.

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That's all for this week.

Ed.

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