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Please note that next weeks newsletter will be sent out on Tuesday due to Monday being a Bank Holiday in the UK.

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We start this week in the US, where Glen Grimes and Ron Plain highlight that demand for pork and other meats remains very strong showing substantial growth from a year earlier. This is very unusual the pair say.

The National PRRS Initiative, coordinated through the Pork Checkoff, received a major boost this week as the USDA's National Research Initiative committed $4.4 million to research in that area. According to the National Pork Board, PRRS is considered the most economically significant disease in the pork industry today.

The West Virginia DA recently announced that swine born and raised exclusively in West Virginia may now be considered pseudorabies free, and owners will not have to present associated pseudorabies certifications at fairs and festivals this summer, reports the Dominion Post.

The U.S. government may pay about one-third the estimated $550 million cost to set up an animal identification system, an official said on Monday, providing the first outline of the Bush administration's financial commitment to the program, reports Reuters.

As grain farmers look forward to profitable crops because of high corn and soybean prices, livestock producers worry it could mean a big jump in their expenses. Corn at $3 per bushel and soybean meal prices of about $300 per ton are raising the cost to feed a hog by $4 to $5 for every 100 pounds of animal, says the Associated Press.

In Brazil, Q1 pork exports fell 22%, due to a new system of import quotas implemented for 2004 by Russia. While some pork exporters gained individual quotas for this year, Brazil will have to compete for a 179,500 tons joint quota with several other countries, reports eFeedLink.

In Canada, a University of Manitoba researcher says several alternatives are showing potential as replacements for the low level use of antibiotics as growth promoters in swine diets. The inclusion of antibiotics to promote faster growth has become common but fears that contributes to antibiotic resistance in humans is fueling efforts to eliminate this use.

In the UK, an unprecedented increase in sales of breeding stock to European countries has been reported by JSR Genetics. Since the New Year, shipments to The Netherlands have continued to grow, and healthy increases have also been recorded in Belgium, Italy and Spain.

The recent drop in EU pig prices may have ended, with the EU average levelling at €1.25/kg (83p/kg) last week, which compares with €1.32/kg (88.2p/kg) in early March. Any recovery in EU prices will ease the pressure of cheap imports to the UK, says Peter Crichton on FWi.

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The UK pig herd is continuing to shrink, according to the MLC's provisional pig census for December 2003. The EU total of sows and in-pig gilts is quoted at 12.17 million head and the UK herd now comprises just 4.6% of this figure, at 564,000 head, down 3.7% on the previous 12 months.

In Australia, pork producers have welcomed the EU's decision to remove its export subsidy on uncooked pig meat, but say there's a long way to go in the fight for fair trade. The EU reintroduced export subsidies for pig meat in January, prompting uproar from Aussie pork producers, who argued that it would be impossible to compete.

The New South Wales government has demanded the Federal Government rule out the importation of bananas, pigmeat and apples. State Agriculture Minister Ian Macdonald said his Federal counterpart Warren Truss had left a cloud of uncertainty over three key rural industries. It follows heavily criticised reports from the nation's quarantine watchdog, Biosecurity Australia. Meanwhile, the report on pork will go to an import risk analysis appeal panel.

The Australian Bureau of Ag and Resource Economics (ABARE) says according to a study on their livestock and feed grain industries, domestic demand for feed is expected to grow strongly over the next five years. Feed consumption in the pig industry is projected to expand by 24%.

The Philippine government has decided to restore the tariff rates from 10 percent to 30 percent for in-quota and 40 percent out-quota on swine meat, in a bid to provide assistance to the local livestock and poultry sectors facing economic difficulties, according to eFeedLink.

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* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 4 new features this week

Top 10 cost cutters and revenue generators – Part I
By Lee Whittington, John Patience, Ruurd Zijlstra, Ken Engele, and Shala Christianson and published by Prairie Swine Center. Lowering your cost of production and increasing revenues is more than just good business; for many producers this is the key to surviving the current market situation. Ideally, all farms are using many of the following ideas, but if not, now is the time to revisit this list and see if there are hidden profits waiting to be discovered.

Is Reducing Soybean Meal Use a Wise Move?
By Duane Reese, Nebraska University Extension Swine Specialist and Al Prosch, NU Pork Central Coordinator - Rising soybean meal prices have prompted some pork producers to consider reducing the amount of soybean meal in grow-finish swine feeds in an attempt to reduce diet cost.

Livestock Price Outlook - April 2004
By Chris Hurt, Extension Economist, Purdue University - In his latest Outlook report, Chris Hurt indicates that pork supplies are expected to be at record high levels in 2004, but stronger domestic and foreign demand will help keep prices above year-ago levels.

Agriculture in the United Kingdom 2003
By Defra - Agriculture in the United Kingdom fulfils the requirements under the Agriculture Act 1993 that ministers publish an annual report on such matters relating to price support for agricultural produce as they consider relevant and cover in the report developments in agricultural policy, including policy on agriculture and the environment. This report is taken from Chapter 6 and looks purely at the pigs and pigmeat commodity information. A full contents list is also provided.

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Iowans see pork exports poised for growth in Asia
Two Iowa hog producers traveled to Japan and China last month, assessing two very different markets for pork exports from the United States, reports the Des Moines Register.
     Craig Christensen, a hog farmer from Ogden who is the National Pork Board president, and Gene Ver Steeg, an Inwood hog producer and member of the Iowa Pork Producers Association board, were on a trade mission financed by the National Pork Checkoff in cooperation with the U.S. Meat Export Federation.
     The NPB provides about $4 million in pork checkoff money a year to the U.S. Meat Export Federation for export promotion activities, Christensen said. The pork checkoff money is used to match U.S. Department of Agriculture funds for market access and market development programs.
     Christensen said the trip gave the producers an opportunity to see how the food marketing system, particularly for pork, operates in the Asian countries.
     China is the fourth-largest market for U.S. exports of pork and pork variety meats. The market has potential to be even bigger in the future, according to the Meat Export Federation, because of China's large population, its rapid economic growth and because China has joined the World Trade Organization, which has lowered trade barriers for U.S. pork.
     In contrast, Japan is considered a "mature" market for U.S. pork, having been the largest buyer of U.S. pork for years, according to the federation.

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