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* News Overview (link to ALL this weeks news)

We start this week in the US by briefly reviewing the latest commentary on last week's Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report.
     Chris Hurt suggests that hog producers will do their part in expanding usage of this fall's large crops although the impact may not be seen until next spring and summer and the full force won't be felt for another year. "Last spring, high grain prices were telling end users they needed to 'hit the brakes' on usage," said Hurt. "Now low grain prices are telling end-users to 'stomp on the accelerator'.
     Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain said the report came in more positive than they'd estimated, especially the market inventories for 60-179 lb. hogs. Looking forward, however, the pair say the big unknown is demand. Year-to-date ther has been a 12% gain in live hog demand, if this is maintained it will easily overwhelm the projected increase in supply even if the market inventories are estimated 2 or 3% too low.

The upwards revision, plus the growth plans in the report are a reflection of the profitable state of today’s US pork industry says Dr Mike Brumm, Extension Swine Specialist at the University of Nebraska. Unfortunately, Nebraska continues to decline in pig numbers relative to the US. All pigs kept for market in Nebraska totaled 2.49 million, the same inventory as in the June 1 report. Mike's article also comments on production in several states including, Minnesota, Iowa, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Illinois as well as Canada.

US productivity growth is alive and well say Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain in their weekly review. The average growth in the past 5 years has been 3.3% for the year ending August 31. They suggest that a conservative person will probably plan on slaughter being up 1-2% in the 4th quarter rather than being down some compared to 2003.

Wendy Powers from Iowa State University is the lead researcher in a new project which is aiming to discover whether changes in diet can effectively reduce gas emissions from animals in livestock facilities. Results of the work could lead to new dietary recommendations for livestock producers that will improve air quality both inside and outside of production buildings.

Livestock farms put out ammonia and hydrogen sulfide emissions, and a court decision could force them to start disclosing those emissions - unless Congress intervenes. An Idaho senator is proposing legislation to exempt farms from the reporting laws, reports the Des Moines Register.

The Canadian Pork Industry has begun distributing a new retail pork merchandising kit which reflects recently approved changes to the naming protocols used for pork in Canada, reports Farmscape.
     Nomenclature refers to the names Canadian retailers must use when labeling meat cuts and products. A new pork nomenclature, developed by a stakeholder task force representing industry, government and consumer groups, was approved by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in July.

A Canadian slaughterhouse is bringing itself back up to code after failing to meet the standards required to ship product to the US, reports Best Brand Meats, a hog-processing facility was recently forbidden from shipping to the US, where quality assurance criteria are different than in Canada. The plant, owned by Maple Leaf Foods, can still ship within Canada.

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The Australian pork industry is fuming that the final analysis permitting more pig meat imports won't be reviewed under Coalition policy, reports Australian Pork Limited has taken legal action against the Government over the analysis, and both Labor and the Democrats say it should be done again. APL's Nigel Smith says if the Coalition promised a review, his group would consider dropping the court action.

In the UK, food producers were treated to another lesson in the growing globalisation of the food industry and their poor performance in meeting this challenge, reports The Scotsman.
     Hans Aarestrup, director of the Danish Pig Producers Group, told a national pig industry conference in Warwickshire that this was due to a combination of failure to grasp new technologies in production and information exchange, in addition to the independence of individual producers.

Some pig buyers were paying an extra 1-2p/kg last week, with cutters worth 102-106p/kg and bacon prices nudging the 100p/kg mark. Cull sow quotes continue to reflect both a shortage of supply and the relative strength of the Euro, with exporters offering between 85p and 88p/kg deadweight.
     On a 10-week growth cycle weaners purchased today will hit the finished pig market in mid-December, when abattoir prices normally dip. This explains why some buyers remain cautious in the market despite the benefit of cheaper feed.

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* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 4 new features this week:

Water as a Predictor of Tomorrow’s Pig Performance
By Dr. Mike Brumm, Extension Swine Specialist University of Nebraska - With the advent of all-in/all-out pig flows, the swine industry has made great progress at determining overall performance and cost of this performance for nursery, finisher, and wean-to-finish facilities.

Pork Outlook Report - September 2004
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the September 2004: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Pork Industry data. The report indicates that hog prices in August weakened seasonally as slaughter numbers reached the 2-millionhead-per-week level during the week of August 21st.

United Kingdom Pig Survey - 2004
By Defra - This release gives provisional estimates of pig numbers in the United Kingdom derived from the June 2004 Agricultural and Horticultural Censuses run by the UK agricultural departments. Comparative figures for June 2002 and June 2003 are also shown.

Effects of increasing dietary Lysine in Phase II diets (15 to 25lb) on Nursery pig growth performance
By M.D. Tokach, S.S. Dritz1, J.M. DeRouchey, R.D. Goodband, J.L. Nelssen, and J.L. Usry, and published in Kansas State University's Swine Day 2003. In this article, a total of 1,260 weanling pigs (initially 18.6 lb) was used in a 19 d growth assay (d 10 to 29 after weaning) to determine the effects of increasing lysine in Phase II diets on nursery pig growth performance.

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* Finally...

Mini lab offers on the spot tests

A portable mini lab that can test for human and animal diseases could save lives and time, say its makers. Developed by the Ministry of Defence's research arm, the system was originally designed to search for biological warfare agents on the battlefield.
     But researchers behind the mini lab say it has much wider and more practical uses.
     These include while-you-wait testing at GP surgeries, food contamination spotting and animal disease detection.
     Spotting illnesses in animals quickly is essential as the 2001 outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease proved.
     Equipping vets with a machine that can immediately spot infectious animal diseases could be an invaluable tool, said Sarah Watts, a vet who has seen the system in action.
     "A faster more reliable diagnosis of disease and infection will enable the veterinary profession to deal with disease outbreaks and health surveillance in a timely manner, which will improve animal welfare and ensure reduced disease spread," she said
     The system uses a process known as Polymerase Chain Reaction, which heats and cools samples using an enzyme to generate billions of copies of segments of DNA, enabling them to be analysed.
     The mini lab could also be used in the food industry to test for contamination such as Salmonella, Listeria and E.coli.

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