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This week we start Iowa, where hog producers rode a wave of profit into Des Moines this week according to the Des-Moines Register. The Iowa Pork Congress drew more than 5,200 people to check the latest equipment and technology on display at the two-day trade show.
     With hog prices smashing records several times last year, exhibitors said producers were in a buying mood. But hog producers said they were being cautious. Most remembered the bad days of 1998 and 1999, when hog prices hit record lows and thousands of producers left the business.

In their weekly review of the hog industry, Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain say that the last few weeks of data for sow and gilt slaughter indicates some building of the hog breeding herd. Because of split sex feeding of hogs, a few weeks may just be sample variation. However, with nearly 3% productivity growth on average for the past five years, hog producers do not need any growth in the US breeding herd. That said, seasonal strength in hog prices continued this week. Top live prices on Friday morning were steady to $1.50 per cwt higher than 7 days earlier.

Talking to Farmsacape, a Manitoba weanling exporter says it's US demand for pigs, not government subsidies that fuel his business. Complaints filed by the National Pork Producers Council with the US Department of Commerce and the US International Trade Commission charge Canadian government subsidies have sustained the expansion of Canadian weanling production.
     Larry Friesen, who has exported weanlings to the US for 20 years and who represents weanling exporters on the Manitoba and Canadian Pork Councils, says it wasn't subsidies but rather US demand for weanlings that fueled the growth.

In the UK, pig farm incomes are expected to have declined 18 percent last year (March 2004 to February 2005) compared to a year earlier, but are still better than 2002, according to Defra total-income-from-farming figures released this week. However, pigs have fared better than most other sectors says the report. Cereal growers, for instance, will have seen their income fall 60 percent. This is small solace for most pig producers as around 60 percent also run other farm enterprises. The place to be last year was in poultry production - up 50 percent.

Compulsory country-of-origin labeling is to get a fresh hearing in Europe, but not necessarily a sympathetic one, says the NPA. The European Commission is planning a new directive that will standardize labeling across Europe. But the intention is to help the packers rather than to guide consumers.
     "National laws vary, leading to increased costs for producers for packaging and labelling," says the Commission. "With tests and interpretations of the law being the same in all member states, manufacturers can look forward to significant cost reductions."

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The chairman of the National Fallen Stock Company has said he was willing to consider changes to the collection scheme but warned this could triple the subscription fee, reports FWi. Responding to criticism of the scheme in Farmers Weekly, Michael Seals said "NSFCo is offering the same service to farmers as existed on the ground before we were invented. All we have done is to advertise..."
     He also reminded producers that even if the NFSCo and its scheme were not in existence then producers would still have to comply with the on-farm burial ban.

The farmer accused of breaching an anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) when his pigs kept escaping has been told there will be no action against him reports the BBC. Charges against Brian Hagan from Norfolk, were dropped last week because of insufficient evidence.

In Ireland, tests of a suspected outbreak of foot-and- mouth disease in County Carlow have proved negative. Experts from Surrey say samples from pigs with suspicious symptoms discovered at Ballon Meats abattoir, are clear of the disease.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin ordered Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev to work out and implement steps to reduce domestic meat prices, the Kremlin press service said. At the meeting, Gordeyev revealed that pork prices have increased about 20% in 2004, partly prompted by 30-40% increases on the world market. The pork import quota for 2005 has been set at 467,400 tonnes. Gordeyev said that the problem of expensive imports could be solved by setting up large pig farms.

In Malaysia, more than 100 pigs recently died in a farm in Paya Mengkuang and preliminary reports show the animals suffered from high fever. The cause of the fever is still not clear, an official said. The animals suddenly collapsed and died last week. "We do not yet know what caused the fever," the official said. "It could be food poisoning, but we do not rule out the possibility of a viral infection."

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* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 3 new features this week:

The Benefits of Planned Farrowing
By Ross Kelly BVMS, MRCVS, Schering-Plough Animal Health. In this article Ross Kelly looks at the benefits of planned farrowing, pointing out that sows, piglets and stockpersons all gain from the practice.

Response to Growing-Finishing Pigs to Dietary Energy Concentration
By J. F. Patience, A. D. Beaulieu and R.T. Zijlstra and published by the Prairie Swine Center - The primary objective of pork production is to produce lean meat in a cost effective and sustainable manner. From a nutritional perspective, energy is perhaps the most critical nutrient, because it is the most expensive to provide in the diet and because gut capacity may limit the ability of the pig to consume sufficient quantities to achieve their full genetic potential for growth.

Interactions between Salmonella Typhimurium & intestinal epithelial cells
By Alpharma Animal Health - This trial looks at the effect of Alphamune G on in-vitro interactions between Salmonella Typhimurium and intestinal epithelial cells, showing positive results.

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

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

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

NEXT WEEK'S TIP: Diseases and conditions affecting Reproduction - Viruses and bacteria.

* Finally...

USDA Launches Web Site Focusing on the National Animal Identification System

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service today announced the launch of a new Web site to inform stakeholders about the national animal identification system (NAIS). The Web site, available at, is designed to be a one-stop resource to facts about NAIS.
     "We hope our stakeholders will visit the site frequently to find out the latest news about the NAIS from a national perspective," said APHIS Administrator W. Ron DeHaven. "It will be updated regularly as new information becomes available."
     In addition to providing national news, the site provides contact information for state and tribal animal health authorities. The states and tribes are responsible for providing each premises under their purview with a nationally unique identification number-the starting point of the NAIS. All states should be able to assign nationally unique premises identification numbers to locations where animals are managed or held by mid-2005.
     Over time, APHIS plans to add to the new Web site resources targeted to specific species and industry-segment groups. Currently, NAIS working groups comprised of industry and government representatives have been established for cattle and bison, sheep, swine, poultry, horses, llamas and alpacas, deer and elk, and livestock markets and processors.
     In implementing the NAIS, USDA's goal is to provide animal health officials the ability to identify all animals and premises that have had contact with a foreign or domestic animal disease of concern within 48 hours after discovery. As an information system that provides for rapid tracing of infected and exposed animals during an outbreak situation, the NAIS will help limit the scope of such outbreaks and ensure that they are contained and eradicated as quickly as possible.

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