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Newsletter 23rd August 2004

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This week we start in China, where it was announced on Friday that scientists had made the first ever discovery of a deadly strain of bird flu in pigs, a development that could have ominous implications for efforts to restrict the disease's spread to humans.
     However, today China has said it tested more than 11 million pigs and found no evidence any were carrying a strain of bird flu responsible for 27 deaths across Asia this year. Scientists fear that human and bird flu viruses could mix in pigs and form a strain more easily transmittable to humans.
     The ministry, which did not directly refute the scientists claim, said it found no infected pigs when it conducted tests early this year in the midst of a bird flu outbreak in the southern provinces.

Canada's hog inventories as of July 1 totalled just over 14.8 million head, up 1.4% from the same time a year ago, and 1.9% higher than the April 1 level, according to figures released by Statistics Canada on Thursday. The government agency also said exports during the latest quarter jumped by 42.8%, reports eFeedLink.

The Canadian Pork Council is applauding a preliminary US Department of Commerce ruling which rejects the imposition of countervail duties on live Canadian hogs entering the US. The investigation has determined government supports provided to Canadian producers are not large enough to merit countervail duties, reports Farmscape. A final ruling on the issue is due in December.
See also: CPC Praises US Trade Ruling
Claims against Canadian subsidies dismissed


US Hog slaughter since the first of July is running nearly 4% above last year, report Glen Grimes and Ron Plain this week. This figure is about double the increase expected from the June 1 Hogs and Pigs report and the entire overrun is believed to be due to U.S. production for slaughter hog imports from Canada, since July 1 is about the same as a year earlier.
     The pair also report seeing substantial productivity growth over the last 3 months indicating another hog slaughter record in the fourth quarter.
     Despite continued strong demand, the record slaughter pushed cash hog prices lower in the week. If this overrun continues cash hog prices for the remainder of the year may be pushed a little lower than expected into the low to mid 40's for 51-52-percent lean hogs for the fourth quarter, they say.

Research on the new pork value cuts program and how those cuts should be marketed was a major discussion topic at the 2004 Pork Quality & Safety Summit, which was hosted by the National Pork Board, reports MeatingPlace.com.
     Called "opportunity cuts" by the NPB, the new whole muscle cuts are based on the popular beef value cuts program of recent years - a program that has been a great success for the beef industry.

The National Pork Board has approved the use of Pork Checkoff funds for research to help fight Mexico’s claims that the US is selling hams below fair market value in Mexico. Mexico is seeking to impose an anti-dumping levy, similar to a tariff, on US pork imports.

In New Zealand, Taranaki has been officially cleared of having post-weaning multisystemic wasting syndrome (PMWS). The Taranaki Pork Producers chairman, who said weeks ago that it appeared unlikely Taranaki had PMWS, said it was a big relief to have MAF officially declare the two piggeries free of the disease "not just for them but for the whole industry in Taranaki".

In the UK, the new AML2 movement forms are very definitely not just another piece of bureaucracy, they are pivotal to pig industry biosecurity, reports the NPA. They suggest that producers should complete the forms thoroughly, because then, in the event of an outbreak of foot and mouth or classical swine fever, the infected animals can be quickly traced to their source and hopefully the outbreak will be stopped in its tracks.

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In South Africa, The Western Cape department of agriculture has announced that all pigs on farms where blue-ear disease has been diagnosed have to be destroyed reports allAfrica.com. Tests indicate the presence of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome, the official name of blue-ear disease, on 16 farms in the Western Cape to date. An estimated 3 000 pigs will be slaughtered, starting today.

In the Philippines, the president of the South Cotabato Swine Producers Association Inc. has assured the public that the ongoing phase out in the swine industry will not result in an increase in the retail price of pork. Socospa president James Chua said prices of pork should not be more than P120 per kilo. He also allayed fears there would be shortage of pork in the next 12 months because they expect prices to go down "considering that it's a closing sale."

M.hyo Vaccine Study: The results of one of the largest abattoir surveys ever conducted, which examined more than 80,000 lungs from more than 800 farms, were presented at the recent International Pig Veterinary Society Congress in Hamburg. It provided pig vets and producers with interesting statistics on the efficiency of the current range of commercially available Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae vaccines.
     The study confirmed that vaccination against M. hyopneumoniae has a positive effect on lung health which proved to be statistically significant. It also showed that all M. hyo vaccines are not "the same". When comparing the performance of different vaccines used in the study, Boehringer Ingelheim report that their Ingelvac®M hyo vaccine performed significantly better than the other one-dose vaccine and most of the two-dose vaccines.
     The company feels the improved Impran® Adjuvant System used in their Ingelvac® M hyo vaccine may form the basis of the improved efficacy provided.

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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 3
By the Prairie Swine Center - This is Part 3 of 4 of a special document outlining some considerations for the large groups housing of hogs.

Boosting Boar Power in the Breeding Barn
By Banff Pork - This report provides the introductions and links to 4 articles presented at the Banff Pork Seminar 2004 Proceedings concerning the health and productivity of Boars. The articles include;
- Boar Nutrition for Optimum Sperm Production
- Limitations to Improvements in AI Efficiency
- The Real Impact of Boars in Breeding Programs and the
- Practicalities and Pitfalls of Semen Evaluation

Pelleted Diets for Lactating Sows
By E.C. Baudon and J.D. Hancock, Kansas State University. This article reports on a study conducted with 76 sows (parities one to four) to determine the effects of pelleted diets on sow and litter performance.

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Topic: The Management of Infertility
Subject: Litter Size - Nutrition, Management and Environmental effects

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* Finally...

Great Britain Pig kill falls again

Pig slaughter numbers fell by 8.4% in the year ending July 2004, to an average weekly kill of 145,560 head, according to latest Meat and Livestock Commission figures for GB says Peter Crichton on FWi. Spot prices are also trading at their lowest levels this year in the 92-96p/kg range.
     The GB Euro Deadweight Adjusted Pig Price (DAPP) slipped a further 1.23p in the week ending Aug 7, to 104.97p.
     As the DAPP includes a significant proportion of cost-of-production related contracts, lower feed prices will continue to edge it downwards as the autumn approaches. This will come at a time when spot quotes normally recover.
     However, cull sow prices have remained firm as UK export abattoirs chase a dwindling supply and EU pig meat prices stay strong.
     The Euro has also improved slightly in value, to 66.9p on Mon, Aug 16, which will help to maintain cull sow values and lift the cost of imports.
     But the weaner market remains one of the most selective areas of the trade with the MLC 30kg average of £31.63 ex-farm still well below costs of production.

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That's all for this week.

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