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We start this week in the US, where producers need to plan now to meet two key compliance dates for confined livestock operations next year, says Rick Koelsch, livestock bioenvironmental engineer in the university's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Both deadlines result from the EPA's update on rules dealing with concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs. By Feb. 13, 2006, all large CAFOs must apply for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit, includes those that already have a current state operator's permit. By Dec. 31, 2006 all large CAFOs will also need a fully implemented nutrient management plan for farming operation.

February lean hog futures are closing around $67, some $10 below the recent $77 highs, says Wayne D. Purcell in his Market Report. The summer contracts have seen none of this price decline with the fundamental picture that shows no expansion to speak of supporting the summer and late-year contracts.

In their weekly review, Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain say that retail pork prices in January were up 1.7% from December and up 5.2% from January of 2004. The total marketing margin for pork was down 5.7% in January from a year earlier with the processor-retail margin down 5.5% and the packers' margin down 6.6%.
     Even though retail pork prices were up over 5% in January from a year ago, they were still 2.2% below the record high retail price set in September 2004, they said.
     Meanwhile, live hog prices in January remained stable, gilt and sow slaughter data suggests slow herd growth and Canada's pig crop in October through December of 2004 was a record high and up 4.1% from a year earlier.

This week, Dennis H. Treacy, the Vice President, Environmental, Community and Government Affairs at Smithfield Foods, responded to the "grossly biased and error-laden picture of their farms" in Poland, painted in a recent article from the Chicago Tribune. As Smithfield’s vice president of environmental affairs I have spent time visiting the Poland farms, and what I’ve seen bears no resemblance to what is portrayed in the Tribune article, he says.
See Also: Polish village, U.S. pork giant clash

Despite setting a new export record in 2004, Canada's pork industry slipped to third in terms global pork exports behind the United States at second and the European Union. According to Canada Pork International the volume of Canadian pork sold to customers in 99 foreign markets in 2004 set a new record...but barely. The volume of exports was only 0.4 percent higher in 2004 than in 2003 but the value of that pork went up by 13% pushing sales to 2.65 billion Canadian dollars.

Racing to replace the US as the world leader with the most dynamic economy is China. Currently the Chinese have outpaced the U.S. as the largest consumer of resources. The statistics are impressive, reports Village Voice. China outeats the US in meat, 64 million tons to 38 million.
     Most of China's meat is pork. The country has half the pig population of the world. With the native fish population in the world's oceans declining, aquaculture, or fish farming, is taking over the provisioning of fish all across the world. And here the Chinese once again are the leaders.

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Firm demand throughout Europe where the mainland "big six" average has risen to almost 98p/kg will lift the cost of imports and boost UK cull sow prices, writes Peter Crichton on Fwi. With UK pigmeat supplies still on the tight side spot quotes are continuing to rise and are likely to continue doing so.

In the UK, a new initiative will provide farmers and advisers with free practical advice to help deal with a host of environmental issues, according to ADAS. The DEFRA-funded Environment Sensitive Farming initiative addresses issues from pesticide contamination of water courses, through plastics disposal to soil management, explained Andrée Carter from ADAS.
     "It is a national project, but with a focus on regional issues. We want farmers and growers to understand the environmental impact of their activities and decide how they can comply with environmental requirements."

Bowes of Norfolk is going for growth, reports the NPA. Prompted by several "wholly inaccurate" rumours, the company has written to its pig producer suppliers to assure them the company is doing well and trading profitably. "A business plan has been developed to support the growth of the business, including extensive commitments for ongoing capital expenditure" says pig production manager Mr Jim Burling.

A fund to support more sustainable and profitable farming has been given an extra £3million over the next three years. The government's Agriculture Development Scheme (ADS) pays for projects designed to help farmers and primary producers in England become more competitive and work together better through improved marketing.
     Food and Farming Minister Lord Whitty said: "ADS grants help farmers work together, add value to their products and boost profits. The extra money will help farmers and rural businesses continue this good work."

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* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 8 new features this week:

Does Prostaglandin Improve Sperm Motility?
By Sarah Snyder, MU Swine Production - This article summarises the results of an experiment to evaluate if the addition of prostaglandin to diluted boar semen has any effect on sperm motility.

Tech Talk: You cant see it but diffuse pollution could cost you dear
By BPEX - Diffuse pollution is the latest buzz-phrase but it is one pig farmers must be aware of. This is the pollution that cannot easily be seen.

Evaluating the Saskatchewan Short-Term Hog Loan Program
By Donald Lien, University of Texas and David A. Hennessy, CARD, Iowa State University - The Saskatchewan short-term hog loan program of 2002 provided a non-market credit line to participating hog producers. The repayment conditions for cash advances committed to by the provincial government depend on later hog prices, and so the program has derivative contract attributes. We model the contracts and use an estimated spot price stochastic process to establish summary statistics for producer benefits from the program.

The Mycotoxin Challenge In Modern Feed Production
By Eva M. Binder, PhD, Biomin® Laboratory Singapore Pte. Ltd and published by eFeedLink - Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by filamentous fungi that cause a toxic response (mycotoxicosis) when ingested by higher animals. Fusarium, Aspergillus, and Penicillium are the most abundant moulds that produce these toxins and contaminate human foods and animal feeds through fungal growth prior to and during harvest or as a consequence of improper storage following harvest.

Global Pork Industry Semi-Annual Reports 2005
By USDA, FAS - These articles provide the pork industry data from the USDA FAS Livestock and Products Semi-Annual 2005 reports: Australia, European Union, Korea and Taiwan.

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Topic: The Management of Infertility
Subject: Diseases that Directly Affect Reproductive Loss - Aujeszky's Disease (AD) - Pseudorabies (PR)

This weeks tip looks at Aujeszky's Disease (AD) - Pseudorabies (PR).

This weeks tip: Diseases that Directly Affect Reproductive Loss - Aujeszky's Disease (AD) - Pseudorabies

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* Finally...

Outdoor pigs gain from Single Farm Payment

Outdoor pig units now account for an estimated 35% of breeding production systems in the UK. Prior to the introduction of the Single Farm Payments (SFP) system in 2005 outdoor pig units were not however eligible to receive any payments under the old IACS system.
     Subject to compliance with Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions (GAEC) rules and Statutory Management Requirements (SMRs) pig keepers will be eligible to receive rising SFP payments in the year ahead. Although outdoor pig units will not benefit from any "history" under the SFP system Regional Area Payment (RAP) will be receivable.
     The initial RAP will be worth a comparatively modest £8/acre in 2005 but these payments rise in steps to an estimated £65/acre (after modulation) by 2012. Terms need to be agreed between landowners and pig keepers over the establishment and claiming of the RAP. The person responsible for GAEC standards is allowed to claim payments under the new system. This will include soil management and protection in accordance with guidelines published in February 2005.
     The claimant will have to draw up a simple risk based soil management plan in 2006 which must be followed on farms from 2007 onwards. Statutory Management Requirements (SMRs) will also have to be observed including Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) limits and the correct animal identification and registration of all pigs on the holding.

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