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Tuesday 31st August 2004
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* News Overview (link to ALL this weeks news)

This week we start in Canada, where a surprise announcement by the provincial government to cut all funding to Ontario Swine Improvement Inc. will ultimately result in increased cost for producers relying on the testing services, the company says. OSI has been preparing for self sufficiency for some time now but unfortunately these cuts have come before we were fully ready,” stated OSI Chairman John Gough.

A study conducted by Royal LePage Stevenson Advisors has found no evidence that intensive livestock operations negatively impact neighboring property values in Rural Manitoba, reports Farmscape. An evaluation of the impact of intensive livestock operations on surrounding real estate values looked at residential, improved property and vacant land values in five rural test case areas. "What we found in general was that there was no significant impact from the hog barn or ILO operations" said Brett Ferguson, Royal LePage Stevenson Advisors.

Canada's latest hog inventory survey shows a herd that is continuing to grow, albeit at a slower rate than during the last several years, says Wayne D. Purcell, Virginia Tech. In 1997, the Canadian pig crop was one-fifth the size of the U.S. pig crop. In the first half of this year, the Canadian pig crop had increased to one-third the U.S. pig crop.
     Canadian reproductive efficiency continues to improve, and has averaged over 20 pigs per sow over the past 12 months, three head more than the U.S. average.

In the US, the demand at both the consumer and live level holds very strong for pork and hogs, reports Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain in their weekly hog report. They doubt this strong demand for all meat is sustainable at current levels but are hopeful it will last several years at some level.
     Prices were pushed a bit lower this week for hogs due to large supply, however the strong demand is holding prices sharply higher than a year earlier.

Smithfield Foods Inc. reported net income for the 1st quarter of fiscal 2005 of $54.9 million versus income from continuing operations last year of $17.6 million. Earnings in the quarter reflected improved profitability in the pig production segment combined with strong results in pork. The strong performance in live production and pork was moderated by lower earnings in the beef segment.

A sociologist has been telling farmers their manure is probably far more disturbing to their neighbors than they imagine. Farmers tend to be much more optimistic about what the neighbors are thinking than what the neighbors are thinking," said Ann Reisner, who interviewed five neighbors near each of 60 Illinois farms that applied for permits to build large hog barns.

In the UK, the British Pig EXecutive chairman Stewart Houston went head-to-head with the British Retail Consortium on national radio last week, as high-welfare British pigs continue to back up on farms, shunned by supermarkets in favour of thousands of tonnes of cheap foreign pork, some of it of uncertain provenance.

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In July 2004 Park Tonks Ltd. (manufacturers of ViraMatrix and ApeelMatrix) received accreditation to the FEMAS standard - the UK's feed material assurance scheme. FEMAS is part of an ongoing strategy to build and maintain confidence in UK livestock production through the use of safe animal feed. It is designed to cover the production and supply of all feed materials and ensure the supply of safe feed materials to farms and feed manufacturers.

Following the dramatic reduction, earlier this year, in dietary copper levels in rations fed to pigs above three months of age, many producers have seen a decline in growth rate in finishers of between 30g and 70 g per day. This is the equivalent to extending age at slaughter by four to 10 days, points out JSR Genetics.
     In this month's tip, the company is urging producers to check growth rates and grading profiles and to seek advice from their nutritionist regarding any necessary amendments to diet specification for these finishers where significant deviation from the past is occurring.

In Ireland, pig producers are warning of a serious shortage of capacity if co-op Dairygold goes ahead with the planned closure of its Galtee slaughter plant at Mitchelstown, Co Cork. Irish Farmers' Association pig chairman, Pat O'Keeffe, said Ireland already has under-capacity equivalent to about 4000 pigs a week, though he admits this is sometimes eased by the movement of live pigs going for slaughter in Northern Ireland.

European pig prices appear to be starting to improve, and the stronger €uro against the Pound should also aid domestic values, reports Peter Crichton on FWi. The €uro opened on Mon, Aug 23 at 67.55p, making imports less competitive and adding value to cull sow export prices. Feed costs are also significantly below 12 months ago, with spot wheat trading at about £60-£64/t ex-farm depending on region, however GB contract and spot pig prices continue to ease.

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* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 3 new features this week

Digestible Energy Content of Hulless Barley
By Ruurd T. Zijlstra, Dave D. Maenz, and John F. Patience, Prairie Swine Center - Hull-less barley is used as a source of energy and amino acids in swine rations in Western Canada but is characterized poorly in terms of DE content. The objective was to determine the DE content of cleaned hull-less barley in relation to barley, wheat, and triticale.

Building and Keeping Your Dream Team
By Banff Pork - This report contains 2 articles taken from the Banff Pork Seminar 2004 Proceedings concerning building an effective employee team.

Pork Outlook Report - August 2004
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the August 2004: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Pork Industry data. Third-quarter hog prices (51-52 percent lean, live equivalent) are expected to range between $54 and $56 per hundredweight (cwt), on continued strong consumer demand.

* This Weeks Practical Tip (link to weekly tips page)
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Topic: The Management of Infertility
Subject: Stillborn Piglets

This weeks tip runs through a list of key factors associated with increased stillbirths.

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NEXT WEEK'S TIP: Stillborn Piglets - The types of stillbirth

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* Finally...

New Manual Outlines Revised Pork Nomenclature

     The Canadian Pork Industry is preparing to introduce a new retail pork merchandising manual which reflects recently approved changes to the naming protocols for the various cuts of pork.
     Nomenclature refers to the names Canadian retailers must use when labeling meat cuts and products. A new pork nomenclature, developed by a stakeholder committee representing industry, government and consumer groups, was approved by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency last month and will become mandatory January 1, 2005. Ontario Pork Director of Consumer Marketing Jim Vidoczy says a new retail pork merchandising manual, which reflects all the nomenclature changes, will be rolled out next month.
     "We are gearing up in the east and the west to roll this out through seminars with retailers and butcher shops and anyone who uses our product. It's an 87 page manual and it's quite a work. We will be working with retail to make sure that they fully understand the changes and get them entered into their systems properly.
     We view this as an opportunity to increase pork sales and we will be tracking movement of cuts, especially things like sirloin, ribeye and blade, to see if increased movement will occur because of the new nomenclature. The new pork merchandising manual should be ready for distribution in September.
     Vidoczy says the new cut names for pork are more consistent with the cut names for beef and veal and they are much easier for consumers to understand.

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