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We start this week in Europe where Roland Bonney of the Food Animal Initiative urged the British pig industry to adapt and "reach out" to the end-consumer. The industry should 'de-commoditise' its products to achieve sector growth and improve margins by adding value.
     Speaking at the 15th Annual JSR Technical Conference, held at Nottingham University, Bonney said the greatest opportunity came from higher value products and those which could only be supplied by the home market.

To remain competitive in Europe, pig producers should aim for a production cost of no more than 90p per kg, suggested Glenn Dams, managing director of JSR Group production."
     Restocking a herd was such a sound investment it could pay for itself within 18 months through improvements in performance by allowing pigs to demonstrate their full genetic potential, he explained.

Meanwhile, Dr Paul Meggison an international animal feed consultant warned European meat producers they are likely to find themselves increasingly squeezed by continuing growth in Asia and the Americas.
     Within 20 years, he said, Asia will move from third place behind the Americas and Europe to become the undisputed leader in animal feed production.

Things are looking up in the UK with June's pig census indicating a potential recovery in the UK herd size reports Peter Crichton on FWi. Encouragingly, the number of maiden gilts for future breeding has risen by 7% and an increase in the number of progeny pigs under 50kg is another welcome sign that better sow productivity and lower mortality are emerging.

On another positive note, breeding pigs have been exported from Great Britain to Japan for the first time in 5 years following a BPEX trade mission there this month. The team also visited China to press for export health certificates both for pig meat and breeding stock. "The discussions with the Government officials were very positive but there is still some way to go." said Stewart Houston, BPEX Chairman

In North America the battle continues between Canada and the US over pigs with the Canadian Swine Industry calling on U.S. Pork Producers to withdraw its trade cases, quoting the U.S. Commerce Department findings that the Canadian swine industry farm support payments are fully in compliance with U.S. law and international trade rules.
     However, despite the ruling the National Pork Producers Council is to press on with trade actions. NPPC Past-President Jon Caspers said the organization was asking the commerce department to consider additional information prior to issuing its final determination.

Despite the continuing large slaughtering, US pork demand continues to surge say Ron Plain and Glen Grimes. Since August 27, the market has recorded 10 of the 22 largest daily hog kills ever with retail demand and solid export growth helping to maintain this year's strong hog prices. During July, the U.S. exported 13.8% more pork than a year earlier and imported 7.1% less. Hog prices ended this week sharply higher than last Friday and the highest in over a month.
See Also: US Swine Economics Report & US July Pork Exports Up 16% From Year Ago

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The animal ID debate also continues this week with the American Meat Institute stating it want to see a mandatory animal identification program for all livestock species implemented immediately.
     Others however, are not so positive. The U.S. Under Secretary of Agriculture was at Keystone College Friday night and got an earful of concerns about the development, structure and implementation of the proposals. In Minnesota, Donavon Stromberg of the State Farm Bureau said he fears there will be little compliance unless farmers are assured that the information will not be passed to private companies, and that it won't be used for other regulatory purposes.

Chinese exports of pork to North Korea surged in the first half of the year reports e-feedlink. North Korea imported US$76 million worth of pork from China in the January - July period, up almost fourfold from $19.3 million a year ago and up from $1 million annually only four years ago.

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* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 3 new features this week:

UK Pig Disease Surveillance Report - August 2004
By Veterinary Laboratories Agency - This report monitors trends in the major endemic pig diseases and utilises the farmfile and VIDA (Veterinary Investigation Disease Analysis) databases. The report is compiled using disease data gathered by the network of 15 VLA regional laboratories which carry out disease investigation in the field.

Managing Large Group Grow-Finish Pigs
By Banff Pork - This report contains 3 articles taken from the Banff Pork Seminar 2004 Proceedings concerning management of grow-finish pigs. The articles include: Considerations for Large Group Housing of Finishing Pigs; Managing Grow-Finish Pigs in Large Groups; Managing Large Group Grow Finisher Pigs

Livestock and Products Country Reports for 2004
By USDA, FAS - This article provides the pork industry data from the USDA FAS Livestock and Products Annual 2004 reports. We have 4 new countries this week; Brazil, Bulgaria, Philippines and Romania. Within each article is a link to the full report which includes all the tabular data which we have omitted from these articles.

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* Finally...

Using frost-damaged soybeans in swine diets

Swine operations may provide an alternate market for using green or frost-damaged soybeans, a South Dakota State University specialist has said.
     SDSU Extension Swine Specialist said using frost-damaged soybeans in swine diets is an option for swine producers to consider if this year's cool temperatures prevent a crop from making it to full maturity, or if the region gets an early frost.
     Since frost-damaged soybeans are often discounted at the elevator, pigs provide an alternate market for them, Thaler said. As long as the green beans are round and not too shriveled, the main difference between them and normal soybeans is that the green beans contain more chlorophyll than brown ones.
     Due to the high fat level (18 percent) in extruded soybeans, the pigs fed the frost-damaged soybean diets actually had improved feed efficiencies (7 percent). Since both green and normal beans contain anti-nutritional factors, both must be heat-treated, typically extruded, before being fed to pigs. More...

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