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We start this week in the US, where Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain report that Sow and gilt slaughter continues to support the belief that producers are building the breeding herd, at least at a slow rate. Sow slaughter for the 4 weeks ending March 5 was down 8.4% from a year earlier after adjusting for herd size.
     Bigger than expected weekly slaughter levels have put pressure on the cash market and on pork prices in this complex, and the profitable prices we have seen for months will eventually bring some expansion, says Wayne D. Purcell in his weekly report.

Looking for ways to keep market-bound swine as free of Salmonella as possible, researchers have come back to what most suspected in the first place: follow principles of sanitation on the farm, keep the transport vehicles clean, maintain sanitation in processing companies’ abattoirs, watch out for dirty water and handle the carcasses carefully.
     “Intervention at just one point is probably not going to be sufficient,” explained Ron Griffith, a Food Safety Consortium researcher in veterinary microbiology at Iowa State University.

Scientists have often compared pregnant sows in different housing situations but now scientists from the USDA's ARS and Purdue University are asking the sows for their preferences. Animal behavioralist Ed Pajor decided to do just that in a search for what little extras might enrich life for sows.

Sask Pork says that continued strong demand for pork, a stable North American meat market and stable US slaughter numbers will be key to maintaining strong live hog prices during the remainder of 2005, according to Farmscape.
     "The US hog market, both cash and futures, initially reacted positive to the announcements that the US border would remain closed to Canadian cattle and that the DoC imposed a final dumping duty of 10.63% down from 14.06% in October, says Policy Analyst Brad Marceniuk.

In Canada, research conducted by the Prairie Swine Centre shows improved handling during the transport of pigs can dramatically reduce stress and the losses associated with that stress. Research Scientist in Applied Ethology Dr. Harold Gonyou says the observations were striking.
     "It's a huge difference. The gentle handling, we had only one pig out of 50 that showed any sign of stress during this handling.

Ontario’s pork producers and industry supporters raised $12,510 towards Ontario Pork’s annual Donate a Hog program. Monies raised by the Donate a Hog program will be used by the food bank to distribute pork and pork products across the province this winter. This is a time when food bank donations are traditionally low.

Pig farmers throughout Ireland are being offered the opportunity to take control of their own destinies, Farming Life reports. They are being given the opportuning to support a share offer in a new business, 'The North South Pig Company', which has the core objective of establishing a significant producer foothold within the island's processing sector.
     This development has been facilitated by converting the former co-op of the same name into a new commercial entity which supporting producers will have the opportunity of owning on an exclusive basis.

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In the UK, the National Fallen Stock scheme, jointly set up by Government and the farming industry to help farmers meet their legal responsibilities for disposing of dead animals, has had 25,000 more sign-ups. Michael Seals, Chairman of the NFSCo which administers the scheme, said: "The sign-up rate has been impressive but there are many more farmers out there who could benefit from our service.

Food safety and the eating quality of pork will be the big issues facing the global pig industries in the future, predicts Brian Edwards, director of international business for JSR Genetics.
     Although cost of production remains important to profitability, if this were the sole determinant of where pigs were produced then there would be a major shift, with exports from low-cost areas such as Brazil, Canada and the USA, to markets with high domestic production costs, such as Japan, Korea and parts of northern Europe.

Technological advances have enabled a high-tech company in Berkshire to launch a revolutionary system which, it claims, has the potential to yield a 30% improvement in performance on pig units and save an average unit £10,000 a year.
     A new method of 'real time' monitoring, known as the Dicam Monitoring Service, developed by Farmex will enable farmers to scrutinise key production factors - such as water and feed consumption, temperature and energy use.

The Danish Bacon and Meat Council is launching a new £1 million advertising and promotion campaign in the UK, which for the first time will feature posters at London Underground (subway) stations. The campaign will present a new look to the advertisements and will target a different audience.
     “We’ve undertaken considerable research to fine-tune our approach and, as a result, we’ve got a really exciting campaign lined up,” John Howard, marketing director of the Danish Bacon and Meat Council, said.

In Macedonia, the government has temporarily stopped the export of live pigs from Bulgaria because of a disease spreading among the wild pigs in the region around the border. The disease, known as pig plague, can also be transferred to domestic pigs, but it is harmless to people. There is no danger for spreading the disease on the territory of Macedonia, the Macedonian State Veterinary Inspection has announced.

In Japan, food producer Ajinomoto Co said Friday its Thai affiliate will soon begin making frozen processed pork products for export to Japan. Ajinomoto Betagro Specialty Foods Co, a joint venture founded in February 2004 between the Japanese firm and Thailand's Betagro Agro-Group Public Co, will use pork supplied by Betagro, which uses specific-pathogen-free technology in pig farming.

In Vietnam, classes on livestock breeding will be offered this year to over 500 farmers. Through the classes, farmers will receive instruction in a new livestock-rearing model and in small livestock breeding component of a programme mostly sponsored by the Danish government.
     The deputy director of the National Agricultural Extension Centre, said, "The living standards of breeders and their families will be improved by increasing their productivity in the rearing of pigs and poultry."

AP - Your Source for swine production equipment
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* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 3 new features this week:

Do pigs really suffer from 'drafts'?
By Nick Bird for FarmEx - So, what about "draughts"? After years of research, I feel I can tell you a little about them. Draughts are something your granny feels, but you don't. They are something that pigs that tail-bite feel, but pigs that are happy do not. They're something that you can't see, touch, feel or smell.

Feed Processing and Nutritional Quality among Wheat Classes
By Ruurd T. Zijlstra, David Overend, David R. Hickling, P. Howard Simmins, and John F. Patience and published by the Prairie Swine Center - Feed processing and nutritional quality for CPS and Durum wheats have traditionally been expected to be lower than for Hard Red Spring (HRS). Performance of weaned pigs was compared among six wheat classes, whilst considering particle size and diet pellet quality. Results indicated that feed processing quality and growth performance did not differ among wheat classes. Weaned pigs fed various classes of wheat including CPS and Durum may grow similarly.

US Pork Outlook Report - March 2005
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the March 2005: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Pork Industry data. The report indicates that, last year, strong demand for U.S. pork products drove U.S. retail pork prices to all-time highs and live U.S. hog prices to 7-year highs.

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Topic: The Management of Infertility
Subject: Diseases that Directly Affect Reproductive Loss - Brucellosis

This weeks tip looks at Brucellosis.

This weeks tip: Diseases that Directly Affect Reproductive Loss - Brucellosis

NEXT WEEK'S TIP: Diseases that Directly Affect Reproductive Loss - Classical Swine Fever (CSF) - Hog Cholera (HC)

* Finally...

Seven times lucky for the pig tamers

     Pigs were domesticated at least seven times, according to a genetic analysis of wild and modern pigs. This suggests domestication was likely when prehistoric people settled down to farm.
     Genetic studies of horses, donkeys and dogs have suggested multiple origins for domestic breeds (New Scientist, 26 June 2004, p 14). But using genetics to infer the history of our tamed animals is difficult in these species because their wild ancestors roamed widely.
     By contrast, wild boars move around less, so local populations are more distinct. This makes it easier to link modern pigs to ancestral locations.
     Archaeologists long believed that pigs were domesticated in eastern Turkey about 9000 years ago. Then later digs and genetic studies identified a second domestic root in China.
     "Domestication looks like a natural consequence of people settling down," says Greger Larson of the Ancient Biomolecules Centre at the University of Oxford. "It happens in many places independently."

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