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We start this week in the US, where hog prices have been on a roller coaster for the last two weeks, according to Glen Grimes and Ron Plain. Last week they set a record one-day high for this year and had $60 plus live hog prices for the first time in December. This week the market has been in a free fall with top live prices Friday at $8.00 to $10.00 per cwt below last Friday, they say.

Wayne D. Purcell explains that the pork sector continues to ride high on the strength of a huge increase in demand in the world market and especially in Japan where beef shipments are still banned.
     Purcell believes the futures market is anticipating an end to the demand surge coming from Japanese buying when the beef channels are eventually open again. However he's not sure that will get done by February and expects to see the market rally again.

The Supreme Court heard arguments challenging the constitutionality of the mandatory beef checkoff program last Wednesday. The decision, expected in the spring of 2005, will likely determine the fate of the mandatory pork checkoff, which is also being challenged in court.
     Opponents say the programs, which require producers to contribute to a fund used to promote their respective products, violate the constitutional right to Freedom of Speech.
     "Hog farmers are sick and tired of paying into a system that promotes factory farms and industrial agriculture over independent producers," said Iowa CCI member Larry Ginter. "Mandatory checkoffs have been fueling the demise of family farms." he said.

In Texas, field trials for animal identification have been launched. Ranchers and other livestock facility owners from every facet of the Texas livestock and poultry industry can now sign up for a unique “premises identification number,” for their livestock facilities. It is the first step in implementing a national system for quickly tracing livestock and poultry for disease investigations or during a disease outbreak or animal health emergency.

South Dakota State University is researching how well pigs digest dried distillers' grains when mixed with feed. The research shows that DDGS can have economical as well as health-related benefits when it is added to traditional corn and soybean feed. Bob Thaler extension swine specialist at SDSU said the nutrients found in DDGS are three times higher than what they are in the corn before going through the distilling process. Feeding DDGS is also said to help fight ilietis.

The Pork Trade Action Coalition called on the National Pork Producers Council and other U.S. pork producers to end their antidumping case against live swine imports from Canada, citing record high U.S. hog prices announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture this week.

Meanwhile, in Canada, experts expect strong hog prices to continue well into 2005, despite the 14% US anti-dumping duty on imported Canadian live hogs. According to Sask Pork Industry and Policy Analyst Brad Marceniuk, avian flu in chicken and BSE in cattle have no doubt prompted some consumers to shift to eating more pork, and strong demand has clearly been the story for 2004.

The Canadian Pork Council says 2005 will be a critical year for forwarding efforts aimed at establishing a national livestock identification and traceability system. CPC National Identification and Traceability Committee Chair Dennis McKerracher says the report will provide insight into potential identifiers and costs in recommending an ID and traceability system and now the challenge is to bring all of the provinces up to speed.

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The European Commission has decided to impose fines totalling €66.34 million on Akzo Nobel, BASF and UCB for operating a cartel in the market for choline chloride. Choline chloride, also known as vitamin B4, is used mainly as a feed additive for poultry and pigs, to increase growth, reduce mortality and improve meat quality. Clients are animal feed producers, which in turn supply to European farmers.

The introduction of the General Food Law Regulations in the EU requires all business operators in the European food and feed sectors to select and implement their own traceability system. This obligation is applicable as of 1 January 2005, report the Dutch Meat Board. Business operators in the Dutch pigmeat sector made their choice twelve years ago, opting for the quality assurance system known as Integrated Chain Control (IKB).

In the UK, a London based law firm is calling for farmers to join a £2bn legal action against the government over the alleged mis-handling of the foot-and-mouth crisis. "Our case against the government focuses on the crucial delay between the discovery of the disease at an abattoir in Essex and the halting of animal movements," Mr Alexander said. "The delay allowed the disease to spread by a huge factor – there is no question of that. The rest of the EU shut movements down immediately but the UK delayed its ban.

Pig prices remained steady, although cull sows slipped slightly, according to FWi Wednesday. With the GB Euro DAPP still almost stationary, spot and contract quotes for bacon were in the 99-102p range, with cutters worth more at 104-106p.
     The €uro has also eased against the pound, opening last Monday at 69.1p. This and the approaching Christmas break lead most cull sow buyers to ease their bids back to 80–84p. Traders are reporting a little more interest in weaners amid signs that there will be fewer finished pigs in early 2005.
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* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 3 new features this week:

Water Utilization and the Growing Pig
By Marnie I. Shaw, John F. Patience, A. Denise Beaulieu and published by the Prairie Swine Center - A study was conducted to determine if the crude protein or mineral content of a diet affected water consumption by growing pigs.

Pork Quality and the Role of Market Organization
By Steve W. Martinez and Kelly Zering for the USDA's Economic Research Service - This study addresses changes in the organization of the U.S. pork industry, most notably marketing contracts between packers and producers, by exploring their function in addressing pork quality concerns.

Detection of economically important viruses in boar semen by quantitative RealTime PCR technology
By van Rijn PA, Wellenberg GJ, Hakze-van der Honing R, Jacobs L, Moonen PL, Feitsma H, Central Institute for Animal Disease Control - The objective of this study was to develop quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (ReTi-PCR) tests for the detection of five economically important viruses in swine semen namely, pseudorabies virus (PRV), classical swine fever virus (CSFV), foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV), swine vesicular disease virus (SVDV), and porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV).

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Topic: The Management of Infertility
Subject: Factors that affect Reproduction on the Farm 3 of 7

This weeks tip gives a checklist for the Mating Area - Indoor Production

This weeks tip: Factors that affect Reproduction on the Farm 3 of 7

NEXT WEEK'S TIP: Factors that affect Reproduction on the Farm 4 of 7 - A checklist for the Dry Sow Area - Indoor production

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* Finally...

Dutch see increase in size of national pig herd

     In August 2004 the Dutch national pig herd comprised of 11.3 million animals, an increase of 0.4 million (3.6%) compared with August 2003. Dutch pigmeat production has also risen in 2004. Up to the end of week 44 Dutch slaughterhouses slaughtered 12.1 million pigs, a 3.4% rise compared with the same period the previous year. Experts anticipate that the increase in pigmeat production will continue in the fourth quarter of 2004 and in the first six months of 2005.
     Over the past few years the Dutch pigmeat industry has invested a great deal in quality. The quality assurance system Integrated Chain Control (known as IKB in Dutch) was introduced in 1992 and over a period of ten years has developed into one of Europe’s leading quality systems for pigmeat production.
     In order to implement improvements in quality management and animal welfare and to control the adverse effects of pig farming on the environment, the Dutch national pig herd was reduced in size by 24% over five years (see Table 1).
     This downward trend has not continued in 2004. As a result of increased productivity in sow farming and lower exports of piglets, more pigs could be fattened in the Netherlands. This even led to an increase in the size of the national pig herd.

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