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Monday 10th May 2004
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Welcome to this weeks newsletter

It's the UK's Pig and Poultry Fair this week, being held at the National Agriculture Centre in Stoneleigh on the 12th and 13th May. As usual we will be there so if you're attending please feel free to drop for a chat at Stand 335 in the Pig Hall.

* News Overview (link to ALL this weeks news)

We start this week in Canada, where Stomp Pork Farm is reported to be making an offer to buy Heartland Pork Management Services and seven-related hog operations. This follows the operations seeking court protection last month.

Research conducted near Saskatoon shows cereal by-products from ethanol production hold great promise as feed ingredients in swine diets, reports Farmscape. Dried distillers grains are said to have generally higher concentrations of fibre, crude protein, fat, vitamins and minerals than their parent grains.

The SPI Marketing Group says a stronger US demand for red meat and poultry has helped fuel a sharp increase in the price of live hogs in Western Canada. Hog prices are running from 25 to 30% higher than at this time one year ago.

In the US, Furnas County Farms, Nebraska's largest hog producer and a division of Sand Livestock, filed for bankruptcy protection this week, which company officials say will allow them to operate, reorganize and make the operation more attractive to a potential buyer.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service is proposing to establish Jan. 1, 2008, as the uniform compliance date for new food labeling regulations affecting meat and poultry establishments, that are issued are issued between Jan. 1, 2005, and Dec. 31, 2006. “Establishing a compliance date will ensure that changes will take effect on a timely basis, but that companies will not have to respond separately to each change.”, said the Agency.

Each year, slaughterhouses and processors voluntarily recall millions of pounds of meat and poultry because of possible bacterial, viral or parasitic contamination. But only about half of it is returned, a new study has found. The study co-author Neal Hooker says the findings suggest the food safety system isn't working well enough.

The USDA last week announced it would spend $18.8 million to begin a three-stage process for setting up a national animal identification system to help contain animal disease outbreaks. This is in addition to the proposed USDA budget for fiscal year 2004 of $33 million for the system, officials said.

Research from the University of Missouri's Glenn Grimes confirmed this week that domestic U.S. meat demand is "smoking", with demand indexes for January to March showing pork demand is up 5.8%. This has help the pork price to levels not seen for many years.
See also: Pork product prices doing well this week

In New Zealand, 25 piggeries have been provisionally confirmed as having a PMWS. More than half of the farms identified with PMWS are in the wider Waikato, where 20% of the country's pig farms are based. Hundreds more farms in country are being investigated.
     Waikato pig farmers have voted to continue their fight to eradicate the potentially industry-destroying disease reports, this despite the Agriculture Ministry saying it is impossible.

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In the UK, an interesting polarisation of views is emerging over the likely affect of CAP reform and cross-compliance on outdoor pigs. Of immediate concern say the NPA, is whether land for renting will be available over the months ahead. The concern is that landowners may decide not to let land for the time being, in case it compromises their Single Farm Payment in the future?

Several U.K. exporters have begun sending pork to Japan in recent weeks amidst increasing demand for the meat as disease bans against Asia and North American countries have reduced the demand for poultry and beef, reports eFeedLink.

Opening the Chinese market to British pig meat and breeding stock could easily be worth £15 million a year to the British industry says British Pig Executive (BPEX) Chairman Stewart Houston, following a successful trade mission to Beijing.

Cull sow values have dived due to large volumes of meat hitting the German and Dutch markets from new EU member countries. UK export prices have fallen by about £20/head since late march, down from 73-76p/kg to 60-63p/kg now, reports FWi.

Pig farms with a capacity of more than 750 sows or 2,000 finishing pigs over 30kg will require an Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) permit by 2007 under planned EU legislation, reminds FWi. It is estimated that between 350 and 400 UK pig farms will fall into these categories.

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* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 3 new features this week

Reducing Electricity Costs: Understanding Cable Losses.
By Nick Bird for FarmEx - A factor that is usually little considered in the cost of electricity is "cable loss". All electrical cables have electrical resistance, albeit it small. This means that a small amount of power is lost between one end of the cable and the other. The power is lost as heat in the cables.

Making a Move on the Russian Swine Genetics Market
By USDA, FAS - This article discusses how the Russian market for swine genetics is the biggest and most competitive of all the livestock genetics segments. While many North American and European companies already work in this field, opportunities still exist for U.S. companies wanting to initiate or increase contacts with Russian genetics importers and pork producers.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Swine Industry
By Claude Laguë, P.Eng., Ph.D., University of Saskatchewan / Prairie Swine Centre Inc. - There is a general agreement in the scientific community to the effect that the increased atmospheric concentrations of what is referred to as greenhouse gases (GHG) are mainly responsible for the global warming trend that the Earth has been experiencing since the beginning of the Industrial Age.

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* Finally...

Korean Scientists Create Medicine-Embedded Pigs

    Milk and urine of genetically engineered pigs will be sources of high-priced medicine for thrombosis, or blood clotting, which can result in a stroke or heart attack.
    With the technology, South Korea has become the world’s second nation to extract the medicine from livestock, following the United States.
    The Rural Development Administration (RDA) said on Monday that it created five pigs containing human tPA (tissue plasminogen activator), a natural gene preventing thrombosis.
    When blood clots in a vein or artery it hinders the supply of oxygen and nutrition to an area of the body.
    The RDA said it created the pigs containing human genes by injecting human tPA into fertilized pig eggs.
     Currently, medicine for thrombosis is mostly produced through cultivation of a hamster cell, so-called rtPA. But the pigs will result in greatly reduced production costs if the separation and refining process has improved, the RDA said.

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