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This week we start in the UK, where the British pig industry is putting £1 million behind the launch of a new Quality Standard Mark to help consumers distinguish between British produce and imports. A study by the British Pig Executive (BPEX) says that two thirds of imported pork, bacon and ham do not meet UK minimum standards and would be illegal to produce in this country.
See Also: Farmers in "pig welfare" ad war

Plans to overhaul UK veterinary medicine regulations could make NPA's house journal uneconomic to publish, a meeting of the NPA allied industry committee heard last week. The proposals, as they stand, would make it illegal to advertise prescription-only medicines to pig producers and as a result Pig World and other specialist journals targeted at producers would be thinner and have to carry a significantly higher cover price to make up the shortfall in revenue, says Digby Scott, publisher of Pig World.

The increasingly global nature of agriculture is placing huge pressure on the UK's intensive poultry and pig sectors, resulting in a significant rise in the level of imports, according to The Herald. However, after years of decline the pig sector appears to have stabilised, with imports of pork rising only marginally to 316,915 tonnes between January and October 2004.

The European Commission has approved the acquisition of Hendrix Meat Group by Sovion under the EU merger control Regulation. Both companies are based in The Netherlands and are active in slaughtering of pigs and meat sales. The new company will be the largest player in The Netherlands and one of the largest in Northern Europe.

The EC has decided to send Denmark a final written warning that it is infringing the IPPC Directive, aimed at regulating agricultural installations with a high pollution potential, as Denmarks legislation could lead to some pig or poultry installations not being covered even though they fall under the directive. If it does not receive a satisfactory response the Commission may decide to take the case to the European Court.
Also see: IPPC - A good idea gone wrong
IPPC stipulates phase feeding is best practice, but...

In Australia, CSIRO Livestock Industries' Australian Animal Health Laboratory is attempting to develop treatments against Hendra virus and Nipah virus. Dr Mungall says that while the 1999 Malaysian outbreak of Nipah virus was believed to be transmitted from bats to pigs to humans, there is evidence that the 2004 Bangladesh outbreaks involved direct bat-to-human and possibly human-to-human transmission.

In Canada, lawyers representing Canadian swine producers expect preliminary rulings in countervail and antidumping actions against imported live Canadian pigs to be upheld when the US Department of Commerce issues its final determinations in March. Matt McCullough, with the Washington based firm Willkie, Farr and Gallagher, says "its all focusing on a very broad legal issue about whether Canadian whole farm programs target the Canadian hog industry and I think the facts are clear that they do not".

In the US, pork exports to Japan have increased substantially relative to a year earlier, according to Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain. For January-July, pork exports to Japan were up 6.3% from 12 months earlier. For August they were up 18%, for September up 29.6%, for October up 34.6%, and November up 40.5%.

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In 2004, the US pork industry sold more than $2 billion worth of pork and pork variety meat products to export markets for the first time. Although December statistics are not yet in, U.S. pork exports to countries around the world totaled $2.015 billion in the first 11 months of the year, which, according to the US Meat Export Federation, is almost half a billion dollars more than the value of U.S. pork exported in the whole of 2003.

Experts had been expecting an expansion in the US hog herd in reaction to favorable market conditions, but the hogs and pigs report released in late December did not reflect a major increase in pigs. In reviewing the numbers, Steve Meyer of Paragon Economics noted: "In virtually every case, the numbers are smaller than what was expected going into this report as indicated by the Dow Jones survey."

In Russia, the government has approved the quotas for pork, beef, poultry meat imports in 2005. Under it, this year Russia can import 467,400 tonnes of pork, including 236,000 tonnes from countries of the EU; 53,800 tonnes from the United States; 1,000 from Paraguay and 176,600 tonnes from other countries, reports Novosti.

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 3 new features this week:

Comment: IPPC - A good idea gone wrong
By Digby Scott, NPA - 'Unless the Environment Agency has a major rethink about the way it implements IPPC, the British pig industry, which has recently started to expand again after five years in the doldrums, will find it is critically short of pigs by the end of next year. The pig industry's aim now must be to minimise the pain of this directive without reducing its environmental effectiveness. This means persuading the Environment Agency to see its policing duties in a new light.'

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Growth Promoters - Past, Present and Future - By David Burch BVetMed MRCVS, Veterinarian, Octagon Services Ltd - Article written on behalf of BASF and published in "Pig World" December 2004 - Growth promoters were those ‘things’ put in pig feed to make them grow faster and as vets we did not really have to think too much about them; they were the nutritionist’s or feed company’s responsibility.

Beef, Pork, and Poultry Industry Coordination
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Subject: Factors that affect Reproduction on the Farm 5 of 7

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* Finally...

IPPC stipulates phase feeding is best practice...

     but new research questions its cost-effectiveness. Producers who change from dry feed to liquid co-products could reduce their cost of production by over 13p a kilo, according to the latest results from Stotfold's finishing pigs research.
     In its first trial, Stotfold showed that dry versus liquid feed (but not using co-products) could give a cost of production advantage of 4.6p a kilo in favour of liquid feeding. In the second trial - results just published - liquid feed using co-products is compared with liquid feed not using co-products.
     The co-product diet, which includes Greenwich Gold and Lactose 16) shows an 8.8p a kilo advantage over the liquid diet without co-products, and a 13.4p advantage over a dry diet. Daily growth rates are also better at 886 grammes for the co-product diet compared with 796 grammes for the non co-product liquid diet and 754 grammes for the dry diet.
     This second trial compared single diet liquid feeding using co-products with phase liquid feeding using co-products. The results show better growth and lower costs from the single diet - with the single diet pigs growing 26 grammes a day faster.
     The trial throws up some interesting challenges for producers and points to the need for further research into phase feeding. As MLC points out, the use of a single diet from entry to slaughter could cause greater carcase variation than when using phase feeding but conversely, if phase feeding underestimates the protein requirement for lean disposition just before slaughter, it too may increase variability in growth rate and carcase fatness.
     Another difficulty is that IPPC says phase feeding is best practice, because matching protein to need has the potential to reduce the amount of pollutant in pig manure.

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