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* This Weeks Industry Showcase
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Ingelvac M.hyoIngelvac M.hyo is indicated for active immunisation of pigs from three weeks of age to reduce lung lesions following infection with Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae
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* News Overview (link to ALL this weeks news)

We start this week in the EU, where the European Commission has announced plans to develop an EU wide animal health strategy for all Member States. Ulster Farmers’ Union President Campbell Tweed welcomed the effort to improve agriculture’s ability to prevent and control disease outbreaks, but emphasised that adequate resources had to be made available by Governments and the EU.

The first estimates of EU agricultural income for 2004 show a year-on-year increase of 3.3% in the European Union as a whole. This increase was primarily thanks to the contribution of the new Member States, where agricultural income increased by an average of 53.8%.
     This shows the overwhelmingly positive impact of accession to the EU on the agricultural sector, through access to the Single Market and implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy. Income in the "old" 15 Member States also increased this year, by 0.8%.

In the UK, a campaign to get greater transparency from retailers on sourcing has taken a significant step forward say the NPA. The campaign was launched this summer in the wake of news that two-thirds of pigmeat imported into this country is produced under conditions which would be illegal here.

In The Netherlands, the ongoing optimisation and rationalisation at Danish Crown’s pig and cattle slaughterhouses resulted in production cost savings approaching DKK 250 million for 2003/04 in relation to general wage and price developments, reports the Dutch Meat Board.
     "Normally, the task is to offset cost increases by rationalisation and restructuring," said CEO Kjeld Johannesen. "But in the current, international competitive situation, this is no longer sufficient."

Canadian swine producers are hopeful the verification phase of the antidumping investigation will result in a reduction of duties. Preliminary antidumping duties on live swine imports from three Canadian companies and a 14.06 percent duty on all other live hogs imported from Canada were announced in October.
     Manitoba Pork Council General Manager Ted Muir says it's hoped reinstating one company dropped from the investigation and eliminating another which has ceased operation will reduce the numbers when the Commerce Department announces a final duty in February.

Canada Pork says Canada's new pork nomenclature will improve both the clarity and the consistency of the naming of the various cuts of pork at retail, reports Farmscape. In an effort to make the cut names for pork more consistent with those of others species, more palatable to consumers and less cumbersome, an industry task force has updated the naming structure.
     Canada Pork Manager Mary Ann Binnie says the goal of the exercise was to streamline the cut names and ensure their continuity across the country while maintaining consumer friendliness and usefulness.

In the US, in his regular report on the Swine industry, Ron Plain says that US pork exports during October were the largest for any month, ever. With two months left to go, foreign purchases have made 2004 the thirteenth consecutive year for record U.S. pork exports. US pork imports during the first 10 months of 2004 were down 7.4% compared to January-October 2003.

Aurofac / Aureomycin - Justified, Reliable
Aurofac / Aureomycin - Justified, Reliable

In his weekly report, Wayne D Purcell says that February lean hogs have dipped more than $7.00 off their $77.70 high. Lean hog traders would like to know what and when with regard to the reopening of beef shipments to Japan. He said "each time we hear an agreement will be reached, the lean hog prices dip. Then, there is a follow-up report that says it will still take time and the hog market rallies again."

People could be exposed to antibiotic-resistant bacteria from breathing the air from concentrated swine feeding facilities, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. They detected bacteria resistant to at least two antibiotics in air samples collected from inside a large-scale swine operation in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.

The US pork industry is threatening to take action against Australia if it isn't granted full market access for pig meat imports, according to An industry official is predicting continuing friction between the two countries in the New Year, despite the start of the new free trade deal on January first. NPPC trade chief Nick Giordano says the US industry - awaiting a court ruling in Australia on processed product - won't rest until it gets full market access to Australia.

In Thailand, recent research has shown that yoghurt is beneficial to piglets. According to a study yoghurt is able to cure diarrhoea in pigs, one of the main killers of piglets in local farms.
     "Yoghurt works perfectly in curing piglets that have been infected with e. coli bacteria," stated Dr. Tassanee Apichartsarangkura, a researcher of Chiang Mai University's Agriculture Faculty.

In the Philippines, the price of pork is expected to go up over the next few days despite assurances made by the interagency National Price Coordinating Council (NPCC) that prices of chicken and pork would remain stable during the Christmas season.
     National Federation of Hog Raisers president Albert Lim Jr. told reporters after a meeting of the NPCC that the price of pork is expected to go up a little over 7 percent to P150 per kilo over the next few days from P140 because of increased demand.

Suvaxyn - Pig vaccines you can trust
Suvaxyn - Pig vaccines you can trust

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 3 new features this week:

Growth Promotion Trial: AlphamuneTM G versus Salinomycin
By Alpharma Animal Health - This trial reports on performance improvements seen in nursery pigs given Alphamune G feed supplementation compared to pigs treated with Salinomycin as a growth promoter.

Stressful Handling of Pigs
By Harold W. Gonyou and published by the Prairie Swine Center - 'Downer’ pigs are a problem for both packers and producers. Levels of downer pigs arriving at various U.S. packing plants are typically reported at 0.25 to 0.75 %; however, levels as high as 10 % have been reported for individual loads. The incidence of downer pigs has increased from 0.08 to 0.30 % over the past 10 years. Stressful handling appears to be a triggering factor for the occasional high levels of downer pigs.

UK Pig Disease Surveillance Report - November 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.

* This Weeks Practical Tip (link to weekly tips page)
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Topic: The Management of Infertility
Subject: Factors that affect Reproduction on the Farm 4 of 7

This weeks tip is a checklist for the Dry Sow Area - Indoor Production

This weeks tip: Factors that affect Reproduction on the Farm 4 of 7

NEXT WEEK'S TIP: Factors that affect Reproduction on the Farm 5 of 7 - A checklist for the Dry Sow Area - Outdoor production

Ivomec - Better products mean better results
Ivomec - Better products mean better results

* Finally...

Pork industry rejects Productivity Commission report

     The Australian pork industry has been told it doesn't need government assistance, or tariffs to be placed on imported pig meat.
     The Productivity Commission's draft report on the industry sees the drought and high feed prices as the key problems.
     James Martin has more. "The commission's findings contradict the pork industry's council, Australia Pork Limited, which wants import safeguards and a further $40 million in taxpayer assistance.
     "Instead, the draft report says feed grain availability is the number-one concern for the industry, and says a review of Australia's wheat marketing arrangements should be priority. "The commission says the industry is heading in the right direction, and the future is positive for producers who can keep pace with the global market place.
     "And the report found while the number of pig producers declined from around 40,000 to just over 2,300 between 1970 and 2003; at the same time, annual pig meat production increased by over 130 per cent. Australia Pork Limited says the draft report was rushed, and is full of inaccuracies and errors.
     Chairman Dr Paul Higgins hopes the final report may contain a different set of recommendations.
     "What we are disappointed with is that they've come through with some recommendations on imports that are so strong in this situation before they've gathered all the material. "So there's some glaring inconsistencies I think we need to fix on this; and as I say they seem to have this attitude: as long as subsidies and trade distortion benefits consumers, who cares about agriculture?"

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