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Tuesday 29th March 2005
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We start in the US, where the USDA have recently released their latest Quarterly Pigs and Hogs Report (March 2005). The report has hardly set the pulses racing with the numbers being very much in line with forecasts, and a concensus that the good times will continue for now.
     Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain said there were no major surprises in report and that the total herd at 101%, the breeding herd at 100% and the market herd at 101% of a year earlier were the same as their pre-report estimates.

Chris Hurt was of much the same opinion highlighting the lack of expanded farrowings this spring and summer should provide incentives for fall and winter futures prices to increase from pre-report levels.
     Hog producers in the U.S. say they have made no movement toward expansion yet, and will actually farrow a few less sows this summer. With little threat of expanding pork supplies, pork demand factors continue to favor highly profitable prices through the summer.

Dr Mike Brumm, Extension Swine Specialist, University of Nebraska also said the report held few surprises for the markets. In addition to having inventories very near to pre-report estimates, there were very few revisions to inventory estimates in previous reports. As has been the on-going story, Nebraska once again had a decline in the number of pigs in the kept for market category.

A reduced beef supply due to a U.S. beef ban in South Korea has driven up local beef prices and resulted in increased demand and higher prices for domestic pork since it is being used as a beef substitute in Korean restaurants.
     The U.S. Meat Export Federation saw this as an opportunity to increase U.S. chilled pork sales and responded with one-on-one contacts with restaurant owners to demonstrate how U.S. pork's taste and texture are comparable to domestic pork while costing 20-25% less.

In Canada, the Manitoba Pork Council says it's committed to increasing the province's slaughter capacity and value added processing as part of its effort to reduce the province's dependence on the US.
     MPC Chair Karl Kynoch says, with approximately 80% of Manitoba's pork production shipped out of the province, exports are very important, according to Farmscape. He says Manitoba's producers have been especially dependent on the US market.

Although figures released by Statistics Canada show efforts to reduce the Canadian pork industry's reliance on the US market are working, stakeholders are anxious to reduce that dependence even further, reports Farmscape.
     Canada Pork International Executive Director Jacques Pomerleau says, what's interesting to note is that a greater share of those exports are leaving North America. "For the first time in many years our exports to the U.S. went down significantly, by close to ten percent."
In the UK, some land agents are still advising their landowner clients that outdoor pigs spell trouble under the cross-compliance rules, according to the NPA. But those who have researched the issue now accept that outdoor pigs are a valuable break-crop on light land and do not pose a threat to the landowner's single farm payment, they say.

Peter Rogers, a former Welsh Assembly member has made a token challenge of fallen stock regulations, according to FWi. On legal advice he withdrew an invitation to other farmers to put their dead animals with his in a pit he excavated at Cefn Dderwen, his beef and sheep unit on the island of Anglesey. At the last minute he also decided to avoid prosecution by covering the rotting carcasses of ewes and lambs with a tarpaulin rather than soil.

A range of projects from supplying organic pork burgers to schools and retailers to a major programme looking at three different production systems have won grant aid. The aim of the grants is to improve co-operation along the supply chain for the benefit of the producer and connect producers to the final point of sale.

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Last week, the Rural Payments Agency published details of CAP payments made in England in 2002 and 2003, reports the National Farmers Union. The information released relates to a system which has now been abolished and replaced with new non-production based payments.
     Tim Bennett, NFU President, said; "The details of individual farm payment released relates to the old pre-CAP reform payments. Now, in 2005, farmers receive support for helping to manage the countryside. All payments from now on are subject to tough environmental conditions. The public get real value for money. Farmers will receive £1.7bn, which equates to only 0.14% of total public spending, in return for managing 75% of land in England.

UK pigmeat prices have remained firm in the run up to the Easter holiday despite two "short" slaughtering weeks aheah, report FWi. Lack of slaughter pig availability has continued to put upward pressure on the spot bacon market which for the week commencing Mar 21 saw quotes of 109-113p/kg. On the other hand, the rise in the GB Euro Deadweight Adjusted Pig Price (DAPP) has been more moderate this week, moving to just 104.62p/kg.

The EU and Russia have resolved a trade dispute that threatened to halt imports of EU beef, pork and poultry worth $1.4 billion a year, according to The dispute centred over Russia's insistence that meat imports from the 25 EU countries use a uniform veterinary certificate instead of separate certificates from individual EU countries. Russia warned that it would re-introduce a ban on EU meat exports at the end of this month if it did not receive further guarantees of the safety of EU meat.

In Australia, gathered around a table at the Maine Emergency Management Agency last Tuesday morning, state and federal veterinarians and officials from the Maine Department of Agriculture took part in a mock Foot and Mouth exercise. It was designed to test the state's emergency response capability, planning and readiness for just such an outbreak and was part of a series involving the United States, Mexico and Canada.

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In Taiwan, to ensure the safety of the nation's meat supply, agricultural inspectors will work closely with police and prosecutors to conduct inspections this year, the Taiwan Council of Agriculture (COA) said yesterday. The comments came after a joint operation that exposed an illegal slaughterhouse in Yunlin County yesterday.
     As the inspectors were accompanied by police and prosecutors, who have greater authority, the team was able to launch a raid on the slaughterhouse and discovered the carcasses of nine pigs that had died from disease.

In Vietnam, bumper crops and millions of tonnes of agricultural products exported annually are major achievements after 10 years of the agricultural extension programme, according to Voice of Vietnam.
     The results have not only come from the great efforts of farmers across the country, but also from agricultural officials who play an active role in transferring technology to farmers and providing them with new methods to improve productivity.

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 2 new features this week:

U.S.D.A Quarterly Pigs and Hogs Report: March 2005
This quarter's quarterly Hogs and Pigs report from the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The article provides the report text and graphs, and helps explain what it all means. Link also to the full PDF report.

Redefining the Optimal Marketing Core
By Ken Engele and published by the Prairie Swine Center - Recently there has been a lot of attention paid to marketing within the core. On most grading grids within western Canada is core is approximately 85-100 (dressed) kgs. This range is quite often the weight categories where the highest index, and weight premiums are possible for individual carcasses.

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Topic: The Management of Infertility
Subject: Diseases that Directly Affect Reproductive Loss - Classical Swine Fever (CSF) - Hog Cholera (HC)

This weeks tip looks at Classical Swine Fever (CSF) - Hog Cholera (HC).

This weeks tip: Diseases that Directly Affect Reproductive Loss - Classical Swine Fever (CSF) - Hog Cholera (HC)

NEXT WEEK'S TIP: Diseases that Directly Affect Reproductive Loss - Encephalomyocarditis Virus (EMCV)

* Finally...

Vaccine for deadly foot and mouth disease invented

     A group of Chinese scientists from Fudan University is claiming to have invented a new type of genetic vaccine to prevent foot and mouth disease in pigs which, compared to normal vaccines, reportedly enhances the animal's "immunity."
     Last week, the group got a license from the central government to mass-produce the medicine, which researchers said will boost the country's pork exports.

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