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Newsletter 12th July 2004's Weekly Swine Industry Newsletter's Weekly Swine Industry Newsletter
Monday 12th July 2004
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We start in the UK, where farming is said to be responsible for around 70% of nitrogen, 50% of phosphorous and most of the silt pollution in British waters. At best, says the NPA, Defra's paper on catchment sensitive farming heralds the start of close cooperation between farmers and government to reduce pollution; at worst it could shut down some farms.

Farmers in England will have their single farm payment information statements posted to them on one of three dates in July. Bill Duncan, head of the RPA's Central Scheme Management Unit, said an explanatory booklet would go out with the 70,000 statements that set out what farmers needed to do. Producers have 28 days – measured from the day the form arrives on-farm – to respond to the statement, reports FWi.

A worryingly large proportion of farmers is still not ready for CAP reform, according to the results of one of the largest producer surveys carried out in England this year. The ADAS Farmers' Voice 2004 survey covered about 1800 farms in England and Wales during March and April. Over 60% of the businesses questioned said they did not have enough information about the changes and felt unable to plan for the future.

The European Commission has approved Poland’s Sectoral Operational Programme for Restructuring and Modernisation of the Food Sector and Rural Development for the period 2004-2006. The focus is on the modernisation of the farming sector, improvement of the processing sector, and the encouragement of rural development.

In the Netherlands, veterinary use of antibiotics fell by 2% in 2003. This recorded downturn does not include reduced use of antibiotics as animal feed additives. In the run-up to 1 January 2006, when antibiotics will no longer be permitted as animal feed additives, many animal feed manufacturers have in fact already stopped using them, according to the Dutch Meat Board.

In New Zealand, the outbreak of post-weaning multisystemic wasting syndrome (PMWS) may not be as bad as first thought. Twenty-four piggeries, mostly in the Waikato, are under strict control by MAF, but only five to eight of them are believed to have PMWS confirmed says the New Zealand Herald.

In Canada, research conducted by the University of Saskatchewan shows the use of swine manure fertilizer can actually help reduce the risk of soil crusting. A graduate student study, conducted as part of a long term research into the use of swine manure, looked at the effect of repeated applications on surface soil crusting and its potential impact on crop germination and emergence.

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In the US, a recent report from the Government Accounting Office stated that the FDA has found that use of antibiotics in animals poses a risk of increased antibiotic resistance in humans. Antibiotics in beef, poultry and swine accounts for more than 70% of all antibiotics used in the US, the Union of Concerned Scientists estimates. The GAO report recommends that the FDA speed up its review of key antibiotics used in animal agriculture.

In their weekly review of the US hog industry, Glen Grimes and Ron Plain report that the hog industry continues to change as to the size of producers. In 2003, 59% of the slaughter hogs in the Unites States were produced by 159 producers marketing more than 50,000 head annually. The producers marketing less than 1,000 head annually accounted for only 1% of the 2003 figures and every size group below the 10-50,000 herd anuall marketings lost market share between 2000 and 2003.

In Japan, wholesale prices for pork are rising, as demand increases for alternatives to beef and chicken. This follows concern over mad cow and bird flu outbreaks, the Nihon Keizai newspaper said. As pork producers moved up their delivery schedules this spring, the number of pigs sent to market in June and July was about 10 percent below a typical year.

Japan is likely to trigger emergency restrictions on pork imports in August. The safeguard measures are imposed automatically once imports in one quarter exceed the average import volume of the past three years. The emergency measures will stay in place until March 2005 and will be the fourth straight year that such measures are implemented, reports

In Korea, the retail price of pork has hit a record high as mad cow disease and bird flu caused consumers to eat less beef and chicken and more pork, while fewer pigs are being raised. The JoongAngDaily reports the Korea Swine Association as saying pig farmers have also raised their prices.

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* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 2 new features this week

Save Energy in the Farrowing Room With Piglet Hovers / Kennels
By Larry D. Jacobson and Lee J. Johnston, University of Minnesota Extension Service - Piglet Hovers (or kennels) are simple, solid partition enclosures located in the farrowing crate or pen to which piglets have free access. A few commercial companies are selling hovers for use in farrowing, but a majority of the existing units are homemade.

Summer Swine Management
By M. Todd See, NCSU Swine Extension - Summer is here, and for pork producers in the Southeast that means hot, humid weather. It is time to start making plans and evaluating swine facilities for helping pigs cope with summertime weather.

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Topic: The Management of Infertility
Subject: Specific Bacteria that may cause abortion

This weeks tip looks at specific bacteria that may cause abortion.

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NEXT WEEK'S TIP: Seasonal Infertility

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UK Producers offered a retirement roof over your head

    Over the past five years many pig producers who wanted to cut their losses and quit the industry found their units were worth very little - often not enough to cover their debts - because nobody wanted to come into pig production.
    And now, just as buyers are entering the market again, sellers are finding their units are still worth less than they need, because they are in poor condition, as a result of low prices and imported disease over the past half a decade.
    The good news for those who need to retire but find they don't have the wherewithal to buy a house locally, even after selling their pig unit, is that the ARC-Addington Fund can help UK producers.
    If your application is successful the fund will buy a house of your choice and rent it back to you, or, if you have some funds but not enough, it will help you buy a house under a shared equity arrangement.
    This is clearly an excellent offer, so much so that you might expect it to be oversubscribed. But it isn't. The fund has bought 13 homes so far and has approved a further 17. And anybody who makes an application, and who meets the criteria, has an excellent chance of success.
    So if you know someone who would benefit, please urge him or her to call (02476) 690587, for a friendly and sympathetic hearing, in the best traditions of the ARC-Addington Fund.

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