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Newsletter 24th May 2004's Weekly Swine Industry Newsletter's Weekly Swine Industry Newsletter
Monday 24th May 2004
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* News Overview (link to ALL this weeks news)

This week we start in New Zealand, where pork industry leaders believe farmers may have to pay 69c an animal to keep PMWS out of the South Island.
     MAF is unwilling to commit funds to a control/eradication policy due to an inability to screen for the disease, leaving the Pork Industry Board to ask pig farmers to commit between 33c and 69c per pig slaughtered, for a seven to 10-year period.

In Canada, producers faced with the threat of antidumping and countervailing duties on the movement of live hogs to the U.S. are considering the use of the hog option contracts at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
     In theory placing the options would push up prices allowing Canadian producers to profit from the price rises ofsetting lower prices at home. However, this could be a risky strategy and good timing would be crtical said Jerry Johnson, a Lethbridge, Alberta-based broker with Benson Quinn-GMS.

The CFIA says Canada is well prepared to comply with proposed new international codes of practice for animal feed manufacturing and animal feeding, according to Farmscape. The new standard is expected to be forwarded to the CODEX Alimetarius Commission for final approval sometime in July.

In the US, the Pork Checkoff will host two commodity roundtables and dozens of presentations about Checkoff programs during World Pork Expo, which is scheduled for June 10-12 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. The discussions are aimed at updating pork producers on the economics and production of soybeans, corn and pork.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources lacks the authority and resources to properly regulate the states' livestock operations under the federal Clean Water Act, according to The report alleges that Iowa has failed to regulate thousands of confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), despite federal laws requiring the state to do so.

While the West Nile virus has been found in the blood of some piglets in recent studies, the amount is so small that it poses no threat, and usually not enough to transmit back to a mosquito, says the NPB. Neither of two studies recently undertaken found any evidence of pig-to-pig transmission of the disease.

In the Philippines, the Department of Trade and Industry is pushing for the importation of chicken and pork to stabilize prices that have been rising because of a shortage, an official said Tuesday. The proposed importation is to be on a "temporary basis," until prices and supply stabilize.

In Vietnam, the Saigon Agricultural Corporation has put into operation a newly-expanded industrial pig breeding farm in Ho Chi Minh City. With an investment of 90 billion VND, the farm is seen as the country's most modern breeding unit with technologies imported from Denmark, reports eFeedLink.

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In the UK, dedicated people from across the livestock and meat industry have agreed to join the newly created Health and Welfare Council, according to the British Pig Executive. The council is a key step in the development of the national Pig Health and Welfare Strategy launched by BPEX.

Grading carcases by the AutoFOM system, linked to animals of specific genetic merit, will help the UK pig industry become more competitive by identifying lines which can add value for the processor and retailer, predicts Tim Rymer, chief executive of JSR Genetics. "By drawing on the wealth of specialist knowledge, producers will be able to supply exactly the sort of carcase that the processors demand", he says.

Defra and the Scottish Executive have announced a £48,000 contribution to a four year joint research project with industry in a bid to reduce pre-weaning piglet mortality rates across the UK. The study aims to investigate the potential for selective breeding to improve piglet survival.

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* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 3 new features this week

Beef and Pork Values and Price Spreads Explained
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This report examines these price transmission issues and also explains price spread calculations and analyzes the relationship between marketing costs and livestock prices in the long run.

Swine Transport Biosecurity Programme
By Antec International - The importance of biosecurity for all vehicles associated with pig production cannot be stressed enough. This applies especially to livestock and feed vehicles, but also to any others visiting pig premises.

Production Control System for pigs
By Frank Hollwell and David Lee, Swine Nutrition Specialists, North Carolina State University - This report looks at pig production control systems, including the use of Visual Image Analysis, which allows the outline of the body to be traced and quantified.

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* Finally...

UK Pig payments in line for new system

    UK carcass payments are likely to gradually switch to the Danish AutoFOM system following the Danish-backed acquisition of Flagship Foods.
    UK producers are currently paid on a P2 back fat measurement which takes no account of superior eye muscle or more valuable loin and leg meat content.
    Although lean meat percentage levels are shown on producers' grading sheets in most cases payments are simply linked to the P2 measurement.
    There has therefore been little incentive for producers to invest in high carcass conformation breeding stock.
    The AutoFOM system is based on ultrasound technology and effectively scans each carcass to assess lean meat distribution.
    Producer payments are based on 2,000 measurements which calculate the weight of butchered meat in four primal joints.

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