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Newsletter 1st March 2004

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We start this week in Canada, where Canada Pork International is gearing up its promotional efforts in Japan in the wake of that nation's introduction of MCOOL.
     CPI plan to hold an advertising campaign to boost the Japanese public's awareness of Canadian product and then two educational seminars to update Japanese buyers on the latest developments in Canadian pork production.

Danish swine production expert Jacob Rasmussen said that Canadian pig production costs are now the lowest of all the major exporters. With the lowest overall cost of production, improved efficiency will simply make Canadian pig production more competitive, reports Western Producer.

New environmental and management strategies will be revealed next month at an Ontario swine industry event dedicated to key industry issues. The fourth annual London Swine Conference runs April 1-2 at the London Convention Centre.

In the US, Pork's recent newfound status as "the only meat of choice" among some of this country's leading meat exporters may be in jeopardy if Mexico reopens its border to U.S. beef, as some industry sources are expecting. USDA's chief economist, Keith Collins, has said that he expects Mexico to ease its ban on U.S. beef "in a matter of days."

Demand for pork is influenced more by changes in the price of chicken than in the price of beef, according to a study conducted by Texas A&M University. The three-year research project investigated consumption and price relationships, the National Pork Board said.

A roster of some of the top scientists in livestock handling and animal science told attendees at the industry’s first-ever scientific conference on animal handling that "there are no easy answers to developing animal welfare strategies" that effectively balance ethics, economics and consumer demands.
     Topics at the International Meat Animal Welfare Research Conference included 'Transport issues for pigs' and 'Assessing invasive procedures in swine'.

Feed efficiency could keep hog farmers in the black, reports the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier. High feed costs and overproduction will make it difficult to keep red ink out of the books for most producers. By taking steps to lower feed costs and minimize waste, farmers could save thousands of dollars during the marketing year, which could be the difference between making a profit or taking a loss.

In the EU, EUpolitix reports a possible pork war looms as Canberra has warned Brussels that it could face the international trade courts over subsidies introduced on pork in January.
    The EU brought in export support for pigmeat earlier in the year to stop the rot in a sector under pressure from sliding prices, but Australia believes these short-term subsidies have distorted world markets.
See also: Australia Ready To Retaliate Against EU Pork Subsidies

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In the UK, a joint announcement by Defra, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Northern Ireland and the Board of the National Fallen Stock Company Ltd stated that the National Fallen Stock Scheme will now go ahead in the Autumn of 2004.

NPA allied industries member Rod Tuck has written to Conservative MP Richard Bacon to support his bill on improving food labelling. Mr Bacon wants it to be a legal requirement to show country of origin on packaging and menus. Mr Tuck says he supports the Norfolk MP's bill (to be introduced under the ten minute rule next month) for many reasons, including giving the consumer the choice - price or origin.

Cheap imports have put a lid on the recent rise in UK pig prices, reports FWi. Once again the falling Euro is not helping this sector and the current high cull sow prices are mainly due to fierce competition among GB abattoirs for a shrinking supply rather than any significant upward movement in EU prices.

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 3 new features this week

Sow Bodyweight Changes in Gestation
By Dana R. Cooper, John F. Patience, Ruurd T. Zijlstra and Meike Rademacher - Defining nutrient requirements and feeding strategies for the modern high-producing sow is a step leading to greater efficiency in the breeding herd. Results demonstrated that setting target weight gains in gestation and feeding to meet these targets might not always provide predictable results.

Valuing Market Hogs: Information and Pricing Issues
By James Mintert and Ted C. Schroeder, Kansas State University and Eric P. Berg, University of Missouri-Columbia - This report was published by the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service and looks at the rapidly changing hog market structure and other pricing issues.

Neighbourhood infections of classical swine fever during the 1997-1998 epidemic in The Netherlands
By Crauwels AP, Nielen M, Elbers AR, Stegeman JA, Tielen MJ, Farm Management Group, Department of Social Sciences, Wageningen University - This abstract looks at how data of the 1997-1998 epidemic of classical swine fever (CSF) in The Netherlands was analysed in survival analysis to identify risk factors that were associated with the rate of neighbourhood infections.

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

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)

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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NEXT WEEK'S TIPS:
Topic: The Management of Infertility
Subject: How to take corrective action - The role of the boar in increased returns to oestrus at 18 - 23 days

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* Finally...

Canadian agencies launch action to control the release of GM animal material.

Federal officials across Canada have launched measures to control a release of genetically modified animal material from TGN Biotech Inc., a Quebec research firm. When notified by researchers at TGN Biotech Inc., the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Health Canada and Environment Canada acted immediately to assess potential risk to human health, limit the distribution of the genetically modified material in animal feed, and determine potential violation of federal regulations.
     Health Canada’s health-risk assessment concluded and advised that, based on the information available, the low levels of rendered genetically modified material in the feed are not likely to result in human exposure or pose a health risk. Environment Canada is in the process of determining whether this error contravenes the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.
     A similar health risk assessment carried out by the CFIA has concluded that livestock consuming the affected feed are not at risk. Because the material is an unapproved feed ingredient, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has taken steps to detain the rendered product and associated feed. The CFIA is working with the provincial environment ministries in order to ensure appropriate disposal of all products.

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That's all for this week.

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