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Monday 8th March 2004
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This week we start in the US, where an Agricultural Research Service scientist reports he has come up with an alternative to antibiotics to control Escherichia coli, the leading cause of sickness and death in newborn and weaned pigs.

Iowa environmental regulators are getting ready to fine as many as 600 hog-confinement operators who are up to five years late filing required plans showing how they'll keep manure out of lakes and rivers.

The federal government plans to start issuing farm and livestock identification numbers by late fall, a key step toward having a national system for tracking animal diseases. The ID numbers would allow investigators to identify where any cow, hog or other animal has been, from birth to slaughter.

In Canada, the University of Saskatchewan estimates it will take at least 5 more years of breeding before a high fat variety of oat will be available for commercial production. In feeding trials hogs fed a diet based on an experimental line of high fat oats outperformed those fed normal oats.

An Ontario agricultural consultant says a GIS based inventory of Canadian livestock facilities, now under development, will be extremely valuable when tracking the movement of livestock. Angus Geosolutions developed the template that's being used to create a 'Geographic Information Systems' based national inventory of livestock premises.

Canada Pork International is gearing up its promotional efforts in Japan in the wake of that nation's introduction of mandatory country of origin labelling. CPI has several promotional efforts planned, including an advertising campaign to boost the Japanese public's awareness of Canadian product, reports Farmscape.

In Japan, the president of a meat wholesaler has been arrested for mislabeling Canadian pork that the firm was selling as locally produced meat, police said. The Osumi Sanchoku Center mislabeled about 1.7 tons of pork it had imported from Canada as meat produced in Kagoshima Prefecture.

Japan’s poultry industry is the latest sector to feel the effect of avian influenza as outbreaks of the virus has eroded people's appetite for chicken and hammered down the price of poultry. One knock-on effect of the crisis has been an increase in the consumption of pork, so could EU pork exporters capitalise on this situation?

In the EU, average pig prices have risen to close the gap with the UK reference price after a substantial price hike in the Netherlands and Germany. At Feb 22 the average price had risen 1% to about 85p/kg, as a shortage of pigmeat affects the market, particularly in Germany.

In the UK, Genesis Quality Assurance has called off its High Court action against Assured British Pigs. In a joint statement the two companies accept that continuation of the action could have damaged the pig industry, according to the NPA

Producers and allied industries have responded magnificently to calls for help with NPA's relaunched supermarket survey - PorkWatch. The first survey gets underway in three days. Some 300 surveyors will cover several hundred stores the length and breadth of England and Wales.

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The UK's Livestock producers should take control of their feed costs by developing a greater understanding of grain and protein markets says Alastair Dickie, director of crop marketing at the Home-Grown Cereals Authority. Dickie claims this could save livestock businesses thousands of pounds.

In Australia, the Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE) Outlook Conference, specialists said despite the recent pressures of high feed costs and a rising Australian dollar, the pig, poultry and dairy industries are projected to grow over the medium term, reports eFeedLink.

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 3 new features this week

The feeding, economics and environmental impact of heavy pigs
By Mick Hazzledine, Premier Nutrition Products Ltd - This is a report from The 14th Annual JSR Technical Conference held on the 16 September 2003 which examines the feeding of heavy pigs, the economics of production and environmental impact.

Water Intake and Wastage by Grower/finisher Pigs at Nipple Drinkers
By Yuzhi Li and Harold. W. Gonyou for the Prairie Swine Centre - The water intake of pigs is not well known since a large amount of water is wasted from drinkers. A study was conducted to determine water intake and wastage by grower/finisher pigs at nipple drinkers.

Economic position of the UK farming industry (pig focus)
By Defra - This report provides regularly updated economic and statistical analysis of the profitability of the poultry farming industry. It builds on, and in some cases updates, the analysis published in the Strategy for Sustainable Farming and Food.

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

Topic: The Management of Infertility
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Subject: The role of the boar in increased returns to oestrus at 18 - 23 days

This weeks tip looks at the role the boar plays in increased returns to oestrus at 18 - 23 days, the factors resulting in increased return rates and what actions can be taken to reduce return rates.

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Topic: The Management of Infertility
Subject: Diseases that may be associated with repeat matings at 18 - 23 days or more

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* Finally...

Disease fears hitting meat exports hard, FAO says

Animal disease outbreaks and concerns, including avian influenza and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), are currently reducing global meat and animal exports by about one third, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said.

"Approximately one-third of global meat exports, or 6 million tonnes, are presently being affected by animal disease outbreaks," the FAO said. "With the value of global meat and live animal trade estimated at $33 billion (excluding EU [European Union] intra-trade), this could amount to world trade losses of up to $10 billion, if import bans extend throughout 2004."

The losses are mainly affecting 12 countries that are facing export bans or market constraints as a result of concerns about avian flu and BSE, the FAO said. The estimated losses do not include costs of public disease-control measures, losses to producers and consumers due to unstable markets and prices, and general costs to industry.

Because of the bans on poultry and beef imports, the FAO said it expects the demand for substitutes such as pork to surge. In Japan, pork prices increased 40% in February following bans on US beef and Asian poultry, the agency said.

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