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Newsletter 19th April 2004

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This week we start in the EU, where pork is the most popular type of meat in almost every EU country, according to a recent survey. The only exception is the UK, where poultry just tips the balance. Spain has the largest annual per capita consumption according to figures released in the recent Livestock, Meat and Egg Statistics 2003.
See also: Pork Popularity Leads

The European Commission has introduced TRACES, a new IT system designed to improve the management of animal movements both from outside the EU and within the EU. The system is designed to simplify existing systems and create better tools for managing animal disease outbreaks, reports FoodProductionDaily.

EU pig prices have fallen by 8% over the past three trading weeks, knocking UK markets, says Peter Crichton on FWi. The EU mainland average is currently at €1.26/kg (83p/kg) compared with €1.33 (87p/kg) in mid March. That compares with the latest GB Euro Deadweight Average Pig Price of 108.87p/kg.

In the UK, one in five livestock vehicles stopped by the police during a day of spot-checks last month, was found to be breaking at least one rule on animal transport and movements. Many were not properly cleansed and disinfected and 23 did not have the correct movement documents, reports FWi.

Most British supermarkets are selling too much bacon and ham from countries that use methods of pig production that would be illegal in this country, according to a survey conducted by English pig farmers. On the positive side, the first PorkWatch survey acknowledged that some supermarkets are excellent supporters of fresh British pork.

In the Netherlands, meat is a valuable foodstuff that is ideal as part of a healthy diet. This is the simple message of the Dutch Meat Board in its nutritional information aimed at the Dutch consumers. The Netherlands Nutrition Centre, which is responsible for providing independent information about diet and food, wants to help consumers make a conscious choice for safe and healthy meat.

Moving to the US, Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman announced that USDA will contribute $8.8 million to two international research collaboratives seeking to control and eliminate Johne's disease in cattle, sheep and goats and porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, or PRRS, in swine.

A feed additive given to cows and pigs so they'll produce leaner cuts of meat can now be detected by two new methods, according to Agricultural Research Service scientists. Such testing is deemed crucial to national food safety programs aimed at protecting consumers from misuse of ractopamine and other animal drugs.

There is a growing demand for pork products made from pigs raised outdoors or in a deep-bedded system without the use of antibiotics, growth proponents, or animal by-products, reports the Waukon Standard. Most producers selling pigs raised in this manner follow the Animal Welfare Institute's standards, which don't allow sows to be housed in farrowing crates.

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U.S. pork producers want to distinguish their products from those of their international competitors in the global market, reports MeatNews. In order to help U.S. pork producers accomplish this more effectively and efficiently, the U.S. Meat Export Federation conducted the Global Pork Positioning Study, aimed at enabling global consumers to make more informed pork purchase decisions.

The U.S. Commerce Department announced April 8 that it has initiated antidumping and countervailing duty investigations on live swine imports from Canada, in response to petitions from U.S. pork producers, reports the Bureau of National Affairs.
     The NPPC charged in its March 5 filing that subsidized and dumped Canadian hogs have caused an oversupply in the U.S. market, resulting in declining prices for hogs and severe operating losses for U.S. pork producers.

In Canada, the Canadian Pork Council is vowing to defend Canadian hog producers in the wake of the US Commerce Department's decision to formally investigate the impact of imported Canadian live hogs on the US market. CPC President Edouard Asnong says Canada has done everything possible to ensure its programs comply with international trade rules, reports Farmscape.
See also: U.S. skirmishes with Canada over agriculture

Manitoba Pork Council says the high value market for fresh chilled pork in Japan represents Canada's best opportunity to increase exports to that nation. Last month, in response to new Japanese country of origin labeling requirements, the Canadian pork industry launched its generic 'Brand Canada' promotion in Japan.

In Honk Kong, pork traders and catering business representatives yesterday urged the government to break the monopoly in the fresh pork market, after the sole importer of mainland pigs raised the wholesale price by 8 per cent on Saturday.

Since Australia's ban on pork imports was relaxed in February, helping to facilitate a free trade agreement with the US, 7 appeals have been lodged against the decision and the company which examined the risk of such imports, Biosecurity Australia, according to MeatingPlace.com

Two federal agencies have sought to keep secret a dispute over the risks of exotic diseases spreading in Australia as a result of relaxed quarantine measures, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. Documents obtained by the Herald reveal a clash between CSIRO and the quarantine watchdog, Biosecurity Australia, over risks to the A$2.5 billion pork industry. Two internal memos outline "differences in risk assessments".

In Brazil, Perdigao is to invest R$170 million in the expansion of the Rio Verde Agroindustrial Complex to increase its poultry and hog slaughtering capacity and enlarge production lines. By next December, hog slaughtering will go from 3,500 heads/day to 4,000 heads/day.

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We have 5 new features this week

PRRS elimination, needs and feasability
By Camille Moore, DVM. Published by Prairie Swine Center. PRRS, known as mystery disease at the beginning, was first noticed in 1987 and was a very important disease through the 90’s. It has been identified as a costly disease and reports have shown that a PRRS outbreak could cost up to $ 600 U.S. per sow.

Study: Antimicrobial drug resistance changed little in the past 10 years
By Murray Tong, Ontario Pork Newsletter - As concern mounts about the dangers of antimicrobial drug resistance, on-farm antimicrobial use - which helps fight infection and promote growth in animals such as swine - is a source of worry for the public.

Welfare of the farrowing sow
By The Scottish Agricultural College - The post-war intensification of pig production has led to significant advances in output of pig-meat and decreased costs of production. This article provides the Introduction to work done at the SAC on Pig Welfare and links to the other pages of the report.

UK/EU Pig Statistics - March 2004
This article provides an overview of the latest statistics relating to pigs in the UK and Europe and includes Slaughter figures, Carcase weights, Pigmeat production, trade and supplies and UK and EU Prices and value of pigs. Extracted from the quarterly pig bulletin published by Defra.

UK/EU Pig Populations - March 2004
This article is extracted from Chapter 5. of the quarterly pig bulletin published by Defra and provides a brief overview of the latest statistics relating to pig populations in the UK and Europe.

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* Finally...

Researchers turn manure into crude oil

A University of Illinois research team is working on turning pig manure into a form of crude oil that could be refined to heat homes or generate electricity.
     Years of research and fine-tuning are ahead before the idea could be commercially viable, but results so far indicate there might be big benefits for farmers and consumers, lead researcher Yanhui Zhang said.
     “This is making more sense in terms of alternative energy or renewable energy and strategically for reducing our dependency on foreign oil,” said Zhang, an associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering. “Definitely, there is potential in the long term.”
     The thermochemical conversion process uses intense heat and pressure to break down the molecular structure of manure into oil. It’s much like the natural process that turns organic matter into oil over centuries, but in the laboratory the process can take as little as a half-hour.
     A similar process is being used at a plant in Carthage, Mo., where tons of turkey entrails, feathers, fat and grease from a nearby Butterball turkey plant are converted into a light crude oil, said Julie DeYoung, a spokeswoman for Omaha, Neb.-based Conagra Foods, which operates the plant in a joint venture with Changing World Technologies of Long Island, N.Y.
     Converting manure is sure to catch the attention of swine producers. Safe containment of livestock waste is costly for farmers, especially at large confinement operations where thousands of tons of manure are produced each year. Also, odors produced by swine farms have made them a nuisance to neighbors.

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That's all for this week.

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