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This week we start in Ireland, where the final results from samples taken from a number of pigs in Co Carlow suspected of having Foot and Mouth disease are due back today. Preliminary tests carried out on samples taken from 12 of the animals at a meat plant in Ballon were returned yesterday morning and showed no evidence of the disease.
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Carlow samples show no sign of foot and mouth
Possible foot-and-mouth case in pigs

In the UK, farmers have branded the fallen stock collection scheme a shambles and claimed there have been instances where animals have not been collected for days. Powys beef and sheep farmer Hugh Besent said he had to wait five days for a dead sheep to be collected, report FWi.
     Michael Seals, chairman of the National Fallen Stock Company, said since the scheme started there had been 15,000 collections and only a handful of complaints. "We have got 19,000 members so far and the majority that have used the service haven't found it a shambles," he said.

Look for the label and buy locally-produced pork and bacon, Northern Ireland consumers were told last week. Earlier this month, the British pig industry launched a £1m 'Standard Mark' campaign to give home grown products a better identity. In future, home-produced pork and bacon products will carry a Union Jack flag reports the Belfast Telegraph.

In Denmark last week, Danish Crown opened negotiations with the staff at the Hjørring plant in Northern Jutland over the closure of the plant in May. In 2000 Danish Crown issued a structural plan in which the workforce was informed that the Hjørring slaughtering operations might be transferred to the new slaughterhouse in Horsens. The Horsens slaughter plant is now in its running-in phase and the number of pigs killed is steadily rising and set to reach around 75,000 pigs per week during the year.

In their weekly review of the US hog industry, Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain say that the retail pork price in December was 0.9% lower than in November but 4% above a year earlier. For January-December of 2004 retail pork prices were 5% above a year earlier. All of the increase in retail pork prices plus some was bid into live hog prices.
     For December live hog prices were nearly 48% higher than a year earlier while marketing margins were almost 10% below 12 months earlier. For all of 2004 live hog prices were 33% higher than in 2003.

The 2005 Iowa Pork Congress, which has established itself as the largest winter swine trade show in the U.S., will be held Jan. 26-27 at the new Hy-Vee Hall in downtown Des Moines. As an official function of the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA), this Midwest swine symposium offers the latest information, products and services available to pork producers. The two-day trade show will feature hundreds of exhibitors, seminars and workshops, making it appealing to many pork producers.

Canadian hog producers won't likely know until at least mid-April which argument the International Trade Commission (ITC) sides with as it considers claims that Canadian farm subsidies are causing injury to the U.S. hog industry, a long-standing industry conference was told here this week. Representatives of both the U.S. and Canadian pork industries, stated their clear, but opposing viewpoints on the countervailing duty issue as they addressed more than 700 producers and industry representatives attending the 32nd annual Banff Pork Seminar.

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AP - Your Source for swine production equipment

Canada's pork producers are being urged to support a national plan that could see hog farms locked down within hours of a contagious animal disease being detected. "Canada is the most vulnerable country in the world to an infectious foreign animal disease outbreak," Clare Schlegel, president of the Canadian Pork Council, said Friday at the Seminar. As the world's largest exporter of pork, Canada shipped more than half of the 30 million animals raised here last year.

In a similar veign, Canadian hog producers need to get behind a national plan designed to minimize the economic and social impact on the industry if there ever is an outbreak of a contagious animal disease.
     Producers need to be making emergency plans in their own provinces and on their own farms to manage a foreign animal disease outbreak, such as the avian flu outbreak, which wreaked havoc with the B.C. poultry industry in 2004, said Clare Schlegel.

China has approved Canadian collection centres and processing facilities thereby allowing trade in porcine semen and blood products to resume, which will restore access to one of Canada's most important export markets in Asia.
     A ban on imports of bovine and certain porcine products followed the discovery of BSE in May 2003. China lifted the ban on a number of products in September 2004, following a series of technical discussions with Canadian officials. The recently approved Canadian establishments can now begin immediately to export these products, as well as porcine blood products, to China.

In Russia, vaccination has so far failed to localize an outbreak of Pig Plague (Classical Swine Fever/Hog Cholera) at a farm in the Vladimir Region bordering on the Moscow Region, Itar-Tass reports. A total of 200 pigs have already died since Tuesday night, and 300 more have fallen ill. Specialists have already vaccinated the entire stock of 2,000 pigs, and the farm has been put on quarantine.

JSR Genetics, JSR Healthbred - Genetics you can trust
JSR Genetics, JSR Healthbred - Genetics you can trust

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 4 new features this week:

Pork Outlook Report - January 2005
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the January 2005: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Pork Industry data. The report indicates that pig crops plus farrowing intentions reported in the December Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report point to 2005 pork production of about 20.7 billion pounds, almost 1 percent above production last year.

Problems of antibiotic resistance in pigs in the UK
By David Burch - The fact that large quantities of antimicrobials are used in pig production in the UK has led to the assumption that antimicrobial resistance must be posing major problems. This, in turn, raises a number of pertinent questions. This article reviews recent data on antimicrobial usage and resistance problems in pigs, with a view to shedding light on these questions and related issues.

PRRS virus infection in the boar: a review
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus infection in the boar: a review - By Cinta Prieto and José M. Castro, Universidad Complutense de Madrid - Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) is caused by PRRS virus, which, like other members of the Arterividae family, has the ability to infect macrophages and to persist in tissues for at least several months after the acute stage of infection subsides.

Responsible use of antimicrobials in pig production
By RUMA - This article summarises the responsibilities of pig farmers as they use antimicrobials to safeguard the health and welfare of their animals.

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

* 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 6 of 7

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

This weeks tip: Factors that affect Reproduction on the Farm 6 of 7

NEXT WEEK'S TIP: Factors that affect Reproduction on the Farm 7 of 7 - A checklist for the Farrowing Area - Outdoor Production.

* Finally...

Commission approves Danish introduction of a new tax on phosphorous in feed

The European Commission has decided not to raise objections to Denmark’s proposed new tax on phosphorous in feed, which aims at reducing the use of phosphorous in agriculture.
     In order not to increase the overall tax level in the Danish agriculture sector, the tax on agricultural land will be lowered in return. The scheme is considered not to constitute state aid in favour of farmers. Even if there would be an element of state aid, the Commission finds it can be declared compatible with State aid rules.
     A general reduction of the land tax for agriculture is considered the administratively most efficient way of redistributing the revenue from phosphorous tax to the agricultural sector. The land tax will be decreased for all agricultural sectors, not only those using animal feed and paying the phosphorous tax, which, at least in theory, could lead to an advantage for plant producers.
     However, based on the environmental logic of the scheme and the fact that the relevant State aid rules expressly refer to property tax as one way to counterbalance new environmental taxes, the Commission has decided not to raise objections even if the scheme were to lead to such an advantage. The average amount of the tax reduction per farmer is also very low (approx. 700 DKK (95 €) per year).

Ingelvac PRRS KV - for the control of PRRS in breeding sows and gilts
Ingelvac PRRS KV - for the control of PRRS in breeding sows and gilts.

That's all for this week.


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