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Newsletter 16th August 2004

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We start this week in the US, where Glen Grimes and Ron Plain report the USDA's most recent estimate of pork production for 2005 is for an increase of less than 0.1% from 2004.They also report hog prices for 2005 are estimated to be around an average of $47.00 per cwt for 51-52 percent lean live hogs, slightly below this years estimate.
     However a survey of forecasters by Ron Plain is more bullish predicting further expansion in pork production and lower, but still profitable, hog prices over the next 17 months. The survey group expects 2005 commercial pork production to be 1.4% higher than in 2004 with an annual average price of $48.40/cwt. This is $1.71/cwt lower than the group's price forecast for this year, but still the second highest annual average price since 1997.

Enrollment in the pork checkoff-funded Trucker Quality Assurance (TQA) program has continued to climb and has led to improvements in hauling quality, reports MeatingPlace.com. TQA was designed to ensure the safe transport of hogs to slaughter, and the FSIS says it is working.

The feeder pig and barrow/gilt categories are leading the growth in total swine imports from Canada, reports eFeedLink. Feeder pig imports are up about 23% from a year ago and account for 51% of the year-on-year increase in total hogs and pigs from Canada. Barrow and gilt shipments from the northern neighbor so far in 2004 are a whopping 72% above a year ago and are nearly 48% of the increase in total swine imports.

Canada Pork says new naming protocols for pork will make it much easier for consumers to identify the many different cuts of pork introduced over the past 30 years. Retailers across Canada have begun the introduction of new cut names for pork. A stakeholder committee representing wholesalers, retailers, packers, primary producers and government spent about two years updating the pork nomenclature, reports Farmscape.

In the Philippines, swine raisers are urging the government to impose a farmgate floor price of at least PHP83 per kilo for their produce after the price again plunged to as low as PHP70 per kilo. The Agricultural Sector Alliance of the Philippines made the appeal amid the high cost of pork in the markets which they blamed on haulers and retailers.

Meanwhile, swine producers and hog raisers all over the country are to shut down all their farms in twelve months reports Edwin G. Espejo in Sunstar. The reported "closure", detailed in a statement from the South Cotabato Swine Producers Association (Socospa), comes in the face of alleged indifference of the government to the plight of hog farmers. Instead, farmers will "join the foreign and local investors in the importation of dressed and processed pork meat".

India's Ministry of Agriculture issued a statement last week banning the import of chicken, chicken meat, eggs and pork for the next six months. "The government has issued a notification to prohibit the import of some livestock and livestock products from all countries in view of the reported outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza," the statement said.

In the UK, a new vaccination policy and a change in management have more than halved post-weaning mortality rates on an Aberdeenshire farm. What was thought to be a PMWS problem, causing the loss of 15-18 pigs a week from Fraser Pigs' 450-sow outdoor herd, turned out to be Glässer's disease.
     The unit's vet advised vaccinating with Fort Dodge's Suvaxyn M Hyo Parasuis and increasing the weaning age from 25 days to 28 days to get a more robust pig at weaning. As a result, mortality levels have dropped from over 12% to between 5-6% - about six or seven pigs a week.

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The race is on to make outdoor pigs more environmentally friendly, reports the NPA. It should be possible, believes Howard Revell of BQP, to draw up a set of best-practice guidelines that will answer the critics and ensure producers escape crippling regulation.
     The aim is to produce a blueprint that meets the demands of government and its agencies, without being unduly restricting to producers.

One of the benefits arising from the Mid-Term Review (MTR) is the inclusion of land used for outdoor pig production, reports FWi. Subject to cross compliance rules outdoor pig land will be eligible to receive the regional element of the Single Farm Payment (SFP) with effect from 2005. To trigger entitlement to the SFP on a piece of land however, the occupier must show that the land is "at his disposal for 10 months".

In Ireland, pig farmers from throughout the country met in Co Laois last week to discuss the planned closure of two Dairygold pig factories in Mitchelstown and Roscrea. The company announced the closures earlier this week. Some 270 workers are to lose their jobs because of the move.

In Belgium, pig farms without much land have to process their slurry, or pay a hefty yearly penalty that runs into thousands of pounds, reports the NPA. One way of treating the slurry is to pre-dry it with warm air from the piggeries. Using this method it is possible to reduce a thousand tonnes of slurry to just 15 tonnes, at a cost of around £8.30 a tonne of slurry.

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* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 3 new features this week

Considerations for the Large Group Housing of Pigs: Part 2
By the Prairie Swine Center - This is Part 2 of 4 of a special document outlining some considerations for the large groups housing of hogs.

Practices to Reduce Dust and Particulates from Livestock Operations
Prepared by Wendy Powers, Iowa State University - Practices to control particulate and dust emissions associated with livestock production can be applied to animal housing and manure storage areas. This document provides an overview of various practices for each situation, highlights their advantages and disadvantages, and allows producers to make informed choices after evaluating production and economic aspects of their operations.

Progress Report on Salmonella Testing of Raw Meat and Poultry Products, 1998-2003
By the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service - The FSIS has released regulatory sampling data showing a continued downward trend in positive tests for Salmonella. The Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) rule, implemented July 25, 1996, established Salmonella performance standards in seven categories of meat and poultry products; broilers; market hogs; cows/bulls; steer/heifer; ground beef; ground chicken; and ground turkey.

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* Finally...

Proposed Food & Ag Institute would be a billion-dollar bust

Government projects sometimes sound awfully promising — until you analyze the details, that is. Such is the case with the proposed National Institute of Food and Agriculture, according to MeatingPlace.com.
    According to a press release from the task force that studied the project, the organization would be "modeled after the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation." The task force members said that the planned institute, with funding exceeding a billion dollars, would become "the centerpiece" of the Agriculture Department's efforts to "increase the international competitiveness" of U.S. agriculture.
    There are serious problems with such thinking. First of all, if "competitiveness" refers to offsetting the subsidies foreign governments provide their farmers and ranchers, that is clearly outside the purview of a research institute. NIH, for example, doesn't deal with the economics of escalating health care costs or the challenge of providing affordable health insurance.
    In agriculture, the economic issues are formidable, due in large measure to the global presence of market-distorting price supports, of which the United States is as guilty as any country. Additionally, there is a growing gap between the value of low-cost agricultural commodities - a $4 bushel of wheat - and high-priced finished foods - a $4 box of Wheat Thins.
    Those are policy issues, however, and have little to do with any conceivable blue-sky projects dreamed up by some agrarian think tank. You don't solve the problems created by price supports by dishing out grant money or running tests in a laboratory.

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That's all for this week.

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