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Tuesday 1st June 2004
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Welcome to this weeks newsletter

Due to yesterday being a Public Holiday in the UK, this week's Newsletter has been sent today. Apologies for forgetting to mention this in last week's newsletter.

* News Overview (link to ALL this weeks news)

We start this week in the US, where NPPC President Keith Berry applauded President Bush and his trade negotiators for signing the US-Central America Free Trade Agreement. "Pork was an extremely contentious issue in these negotiations, but U.S. pork producers ended up with a great result" said Berry.
See also: Farm groups divided on effect of CAFTA on agriculture

The USDA's revised forecast of agricultural exports for fiscal year 2004 shows sales of $62 billion, an increase of $5.3 billion over the previous year. That level of sales, if realized, would be the highest ever, eclipsing the old record of $59.8 billion set in fiscal year 1996, the agency said.

A number of Nebraska farm and rural organizations are supporting legislation introduced last week in the Senate to restore the Sept. 30 implementation deadline for COOL. However, Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., questions whether there's enough time to implement the program according to The Independent.
See also: Statement on the Proposed Voluntary COOL Program

Hespellia is the name of a new genus of bacteria discovered by ARS and Reading University scientists, posthumously named in honor of ARS microbiologist Robert B. Hespell. The team discovered the Hespellia bacteria while cataloging microbial species that inhabit swine manure and produce its offending odor.

Research being conducted by Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development shows composting solid livestock manure provides a much superior end product than does stockpiling. The big difference between stockpiling and composting is the presence of oxygen. This allows a different set of bugs to work the waste resulting in a product that is much more palatable, says Rick Atkins, Head of Agricultural Engineering.

Meanwhile, a bacteria-laden foam developed in Korea could destroy the foul-smelling pongs from animal waste on intensive farms reports New Scientist. See And Finally... for more.

In Canada, after a year of record low prices, Prince Edward Island farmers are starting to get more money for their hogs, but prices must remain high for a long time before they'll feel any relief says Mike Nabuurs executive director of P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture. The improvement is seen as a result of the Avian Influenza outbreak. During the last year, some hog farmers on P.E.I. were forced from the industry because they were losing money.

Canadian pork exports to Japan are increasing, in part because of a Canadian advertising campaign and pressures on the domestic Japanese industry, according to eFeedLink. Some of the increase is the result of the substitution of pork over beef on concerns over BSE in the cattle sector. In addition, Japanese production has declined because of increased feed costs.

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In China, huge quantities of livestock waste continue to be dumped into the South China Sea, continuously degrading the quality of its waters, reports ABS-CBN. More than half of the world’s population of hogs and more than one-third of poultry are raised in East Asia. To address this problem, the World Bank, GEF, and the FAO have launched a project titled "Livestock Waste Management in East Asia."

China's Wen's Group recently held its second internal company seminar to discuss its plans for hog production in China during the next five years. The Group has mapped out a framework for the demand and supply of breeder hogs and facilities for rearing meat hogs, as well as a system for marketing and customer-service. According to the company's plan for 2005-2009, the group will increase its hog inventory to more than 3 million commercial hogs and 1 million breeder hogs.

In the UK, cattle genetics and services company Genus has been awarded a Defra contract to provide vaccination in the event of another outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. Genus will provide emergency back-up services to the State Veterinary Service in vaccinating farmed livestock and other susceptible species if required, reports FWi.

The British pig industry is unlikely to challenge Danish Crown's takeover of Flagship Foods, believes BPEX chairman Stewart Houston. The takeover, which will create one of Britain's biggest food groups, is conditional upon competition clearance by the European Commission, reports the NPA.

The true proportion of farms with PMWS is being estimated in a new on-farm study that identifies links between current management practices, serology and PMWS, says the NPA. Over 100 farms have been recruited onto the study and more are still needed - particularly non-PMWS units - to help establish the prevalence of, and possible risk factors for PMWS.

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The Japanese desire to eat pork from a rare English pig breed has led to the development of a DNA-tracing technology to track the entire production process. The meat from black-skinned Berkshires is known as kurobuta but there is more of this prized pork being sold in shops than there are animals to supply it, according to the BBC.

Japan has put in place a labeling system that allows consumers to trace meat and poultry on the Internet, according to Growing food safety concerns have prompted Japanese lawmakers to implement a stricter labeling system for pork, poultry, rice, and vegetables. According to public opinion polls, most Japanese consumers favor the new measures to trace the origin of foods, even if it adds to the cost.

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 2 new features this week

West Nile Virus and the Risk to Pigs
By The Food Safety Consortium - This article is taken from Mays issue of the FSC's Newsletter and looks at the susceptability of pigs to West Nile Disease.

Pork Outlook Report - May 2004
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the May 2004: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Pork Industry data. The report indicates that lower red meat production is more than offset by larger poultry production.

* This Weeks Practical Tip (link to weekly tips page)
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Subject: Abortion and / or Embryo / Foetal Loss.

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NEXT WEEK'S TIP: Investigating abortions.

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* Finally...

Bug-laden foam destroys stink of manure

    A bacteria-laden foam could destroy the foul-smelling pongs from animal waste on intensive farms.
     The waste from intensive pig and chicken farms produces smells that can destroy the quality of life for nearby communities.
     People who are only familiar with ordinary farmyard smells find it hard to believe how bad it is, says Amy Chapin, who studies the health effects of intensive farming at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. "It's an incredibly strong and pungent odour," she says.
     US federal regulations mandate farmers to deal with odorous compounds such as hydrogen sulphide - the "bad egg" smell.
     At present, this usually means passing the air through a filter, but this is not always feasible with outside odour sources such as lagoons of swine faeces. Also, filters have to be maintained at the correct temperature and humidity to be effective.
     To deal with localised sources of smell, a Korean team led by Kyoungphile Ham at Seoul National University in Korea have developed a bacteria-containing foam that is capable of removing whiffy compounds such as ammonia and hydrogen sulphide.
     The foam would be sprayed directly onto dung heaps or lagoons. The base of the foam is the protein keratin, which is the key compound in hair and nails. It is "fluffed up" by passing compressed air through it. "It is like whipping cream," says Nam.

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