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Newsletter 19th July 2004

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We start this week in the US, where Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain report that pork exports in May were up nearly 22% from 2003 and for January-May were up 29.7 percent from a year earlier. They also say that the probabilities are very high for a 390 thousand or larger daily slaughter in every month of 2004 with the exception of May. Despite record slaughter number the pair say prices are continuing to hold quite well.

Market analysts and agricultural economists hold mixed views on whether the wholesale pork carcass composite value will retest its multi-year high hit mid-May, reports eFeedLink. The composite value, commonly called the pork cutout, reached $87.88 per hundredweight on May 17 which was the highest the cutout has been in the history of the latest series since the USDA adjusted the way the cutout value is calculated.

Maintaining access to all established markets will be critical to the economic health of the U.S. pork industry, reports Rebecca Wilson on AgriNews. In the face of a forecast year of record production in 2004, the industry will have to find markets for a lot of pork. To this end trade negotiations are under way in Central and South America with Congress due to vote on a Central American Free Trade Agreement after this fall’s elections.

Iowa’s pork industry has achieved what was once thought to be an impossible accomplishment. Last week, the Iowa Department of Agriculture announced the state has reached Stage V status and is now officially free of Pseudorabies (Aujezky's Disease). The highly contagious disease has cost Iowa pork producers millions of dollars and has forced many producers to sell off their valuable breeding stock; rebuild their herds; and, in some cases, leave the business.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty visited a Farm last week to share the recommendations of a 14-member task force he appointed in November to study the barriers to livestock industry growth. In a 35-page report, the task force called for changes in the way livestock facilities are sited and permitted and asked for more and better livestock research from the University of Minnesota.

In Saskatchewan, Farmscape reports a newly commissioned biogas production plant is now generating a consistent supply of electrical power. The plant, built adjacent to a 1,200 sow farrow to Finnish swine barn uses anaerobic digesters to convert manure into biogas, a mix of methane and carbon dioxide, which is burned in micro turbines to generate electricity.

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EU pigmeat prices continue to improve, causing cheap imports to pose less of a threat to the domestic market writes Peter Crichton. The current European mainland average price is equivalent to almost 99p/kg deadweight, compared with an average of 78p/kg one year ago.

Just one percent more lean meat in every pig slaughtered in Britain would produce an astonishing 160 tonnes more pork every week. And now, with AutoFom, the NPA says British producers have the wherewithal to discover the winning formula that will create that extra percentage point (or more).

In the UK, a snapshot survey of uncooked pork on sale in supermarkets, conducted by Shropshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service, revealed that raw pork with added water was being sold alongside genuine uncooked pork often at a premium price. The actual meat in some of the products is as low as 87%. It is reported the Food Standards Agency is aiming to draw up plans for clearer labelling to make customers more aware.
See also: Survey finds 'watered-down' meat - BBC

Pig producers were on the look out for misleading labelling of pork products on food stands at the Great Yorkshire Show (Jul 13-15). Members of the National Pig Association's PorkWatch scheme are lobbying for better labelling to identify country of origin. The NPA believe consumers are keen to buy British pork, but say information on packaging is often confusing.

UK Pig farmers are stepping up their fight against foreign pork and bacon by targeting shops and restaurants, reports ThisIsHull. Retailers and caterers are being urged to sign an "honesty pledge" to show their pork meets British pig farming standards.

The government has launched a draft Animal Welfare Bill which it says is the most comprehensive modernisation of laws on domestic and captive animals in 100 years. The bill aims to consolidate and modernise over 20 pieces of animal welfare legislation relating to farmed and non-farmed animals, reports Andrew Watts on FWi.
See also: Written evidence on the Government’s draft Animal Welfare Bill

Northern Ireland's Department of Agriculture warned that the hot summer weather can prove dangerous to pigs and poultry. "Periods of hot weather can present dangers for the welfare of livestock and people must be extra vigilant for them during such periods," a spokesman stated.

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* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 4 new features this week

Performance of Grower Pigs Fed Mustard Meal and Canola Meal Diets
By R.T. Zijlstra and J.F. Patience, Prairie Swine Center and D.R. Hickling, Canola Council of Canada, Winnipeg - A sample of either mustard meal (Brassica juncea) or regular canola meal was included at 15% in diets fed to grower pigs for 28 days. Pigs fed mustard meal tended to have a 5% better growth performance and had a 2.5%-unit better feed efficiency and an equal feed intake than pigs fed canola meal.

Animal Diseases and Trade Restrictions
By USDA, Economic Research Service - This report looks at US livestock exports and how they have been affected by disease-related trade restrictions.

Brazilian Meat Production
By USDA, FAS - This report looks at Brazil's recent export success, focussing on how the Brazilian Pork industry is suffering under Russian TRQ's. Brazil’s export prowess in agricultural products is the result of a deliberate strategy that began in the early 1990’s. After discarding a policy of import-substituting industrialization, which for years crippled agriculture by diverting state resources into industrial development, Brazil has now fully embraced agriculture as a way to generate export revenue and encourage employment in rural areas.

UK Animal health 2003 Report
By Defra - This annual report by the Chief Veterinary Officer sets out the main aims of both the Animal Health and Welfare Strategy and the Veterinary Surveillance Strategy's over the year ahead and looks in particular at the protection of public health in relation to food safety and diseases transmissible to humans.

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* Finally...

Premium Standard Farms Breaks Ground on Revolutionary Fertilizer Plant

    This week, Premium Standard Farms broke ground on their new Crystal Peak fertilizer plant at Valley View farm in Sullivan County, Missouri.
    The plant will convert hog manure into a high value commercial fertilizer using a process developed and patented by Premium Standard Farms and its technology partners and will eliminate the use of traditional anaerobic lagoons for manure treatment and storage.
    “Today represents another important milestone in our continuing commitment to environmental innovation,” said John Meyer, CEO of Premium Standard Farms. “Premium Standard Farms has always been on the leading edge of environmental improvement in the pork industry. The Crystal Peak process represents a new generation of environmental technology for agriculture.”
    The $9 million plant at Valley View will produce 8,000 tons of 12-8-8 slow release, odor free, pathogen free fertilizer each year. In addition the system generates the energy needed to dry the fertilizer and it captures dust and gas emissions and recycles them back into the fertilizer. The J.R. Simplot Company has signed an agreement to purchase 100 percent of the product from this plant.

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That's all for this week.

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