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* News Overview (link to ALL this weeks news)

We start this week in the US where the value of monitoring water consumption as a means of controlling disease has been demonstrated dramatically in a large-scale pig farming operation. The task has enabled an Iowa company to save over $19,800 (£11,000) a year through lowered mortality, reduced medication costs, and improved performance, reports FarmEx.

Based on a hog structure study by the University of Missouri and Iowa State University, hog market contracts continue to be popular with hog producers, reports Glen Grimes and Ron Plain in their weekly review of the US hog industry. One surprise from the study was the number of hogs sold on a formula type contract tied to pork product prices they said. On the all important prices front, the pair report hog prices ended July on a strong note.... more.

Livestock in Delmarva must be fed differently to make their waste less rich in nutrients that are in effect choking the Chesapeake Bay, a new report finds. The report, released Wednesday by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, finds that manure is the single largest contributor of nitrogen and phosphorous -- 18 % and 25%, respectively. (see and Finally for more on this subject...)

A 4 year-old research project on how to treat hog waste has found two systems that perform better than the much-maligned lagoon method now used on hog farms throughout the state. But no one is certain whether the new systems are affordable, and it could be years before either is put into place in North Carolina. "I want to make it very clear: We're not at the end of the process. We're at a very significant milestone," said Mike Williams, director of the Animal and Poultry Waste Management Center at North Carolina State University.

NCSU plans to build a new swine barn that could hold up to 200 or 300 hogs at its Lake Wheeler research site in south Raleigh. Researchers say the buildings will help their research on hog nutrition, hog waste technology and piglet growth, says a report in

A new U.S. animal identification plan should build consumer confidence and may mean more money to livestock producers, according to a plan committee member. However, several unanswered questions remain about how the system will work, said Dick Jurgens, member relations vice president of Normal-based United Producers Inc.

In the UK, Morrisons crashed the bacon price this week - and with it the fragile confidence of Britain's slowly recovering pig industry, says the NPA. They have created a differential of over £1 a pack between them and their high street competitors with a bargain-basement tertiary brand - "Farm Fayre" - using Danish product.
     NPA contends the Danish meat comes from farms with production systems that would be illegal in the UK, despite the fact that over 90 percent of British consumers say they want imported meat to come from farms that meet British production standards.

Pig producers will be pleased that after a year of volatile feed prices due to the Europe wide drought in 2003, the outlook for 2004 appears more settled, says Peter Crichton on FWi. There are indications of good grain harvests throughout Europe and soya prices are at much more moderate levels than a year ago.
     New crop feed barley is currently quoted at £54-£57/t ex-farm, compared with £63-£66/t in July 2003. Delivered prices for soya have also eased significantly, with Hipro soya at about £150/t, compared with £170 in July 2003.

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Scottish agriculture is facing a severe shortage of skilled labour, especially stock people, according to The Herald. Finding suitable people to look after pigs is the biggest problem, and it may even be putting a brake on expansion, especially in the north-east, they report.

Japan said Thursday it will move to protect local farmers by raising tariffs under World Trade Organisation rules after pork imports rose sharply, partly due to a ban on US beef over fears of mad cow disease. Tariffs on boneless pork, which accounts for almost all imports, will rise 24.6%, an official with the agriculture ministry said.
    The hike would affect mainly American, Danish and Canadian and Mexican producers who accounted for almost 90% of pork Japan imported in the year.

Australian pig producers will carry through their threat against the federal government and take legal action over the handling of the nation's quarantine system. Australian Pork Ltd chair Paul Higgins said a Federal Court directions hearing had been set down for August 10 over the organisation's application to have new quarantine laws set aside. It follows the decision by the nation's quarantine chief to approve an import risk analysis which paved the way for up to 11 countries to try to sell pork products in Australia. The move has incensed domestic producers who believe Biosecurity Australia, the nation's quarantine watchdog, has ignored the risk posed by the disease PMWS.

The dictionary defines ham as being smoked or salted meat from a pig's thigh. But it seems some Australian meat processors have been dressing up mutton and passing it off as ham. Des Sibraa knows all the tricks. As a food inspector he's spent years investigating and prosecuting food companies for pulling the wool over consumers' eyes. "Mutton, the cheapest meat available, is being used for one of the dearest meats - that's pork leg," Mr Sibraa said.

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* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 3 new features this week

Stabilizing pork producers' financial roller coaster
By Robert Fieldhouse, Ontario Pork - Dramatic price fluctuations can be set off by the subtlest changes in supply and demand for meat. But University of Guelph researchers studying the Ontario swine industry's competitiveness believe strong farm policies and good production and financial information can lead to greater stability - and therefore profitability - for farmers.

Canadian pork industry faces long and costly litigation battle over U.S. countervailing challenge
By Randy Duffy - Better Pork Magazine - On April 8, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced its decision to initiate antidumping and countervailing duty investigations on imports of live swine from Canada. If the case goes against Canada, the export market for Canadian pigs could take a hit and a new and far-reaching precedent could be set in U.S. relations with its trading partners.

Pork Outlook Report - July 2004
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the July 2004: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Pork Industry data. Although returns to pork producers have been favorable, the June Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report indicated that producers remain cautious in their future production plans and reduced the breeding hog inventory.

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* Finally...

Treating Both Swine Diets and Manure Can Slash Phosphorus Runoff

    Feeding phytase to swine, combined with adding aluminum chloride to their manure, can cut phosphorus pollution of water by as much as 70 percent, according to a study by Agricultural Research Service scientists and cooperators.
     Douglas Smith, now a soil scientist at the ARS National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory in West Lafayette, Ind., conducted the study while he was a graduate student at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. The study focused on the effects of combining both practices, which have usually been studied separately. Smith worked with soil scientist Phillip Moore at the ARS Poultry Production and Product Safety Research Unit in Fayetteville, and with University of Arkansas scientists.
     Simply adding aluminum chloride to the manure reduced phosphorus in runoff by 53 percent. Aluminum chloride binds with phosphorus to form an aluminum phosphate, which is less susceptible to losses in runoff. Such a reduction could significantly reduce the amount of phosphorus reaching rivers, lakes and bays, where it can cause harmful algal blooms.
     Adding phytase, an enzyme, to animal feed reduced phosphorus in manure by 13 percent.
     Phytase allows livestock to digest more of the phosphorus that is in feed, lowering the amount excreted in manure.
     Smith and colleagues applied aluminum chloride-treated manure, from pigs fed the added phytase, to a pasture at a rate commonly used by farmers. Then they used sprinklers to simulate rainfall and analyzed the runoff.
     The scientists found that phosphorus runoff from the combined practices was no more than that from land to which no manure had been added.
     As swine operations become more concentrated, less land is available for manure spreading. Using this combination of practices might allow swine producers to apply more manure without increasing the risk of pollution, says the article.

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