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Newsletter 4th April 2005

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* News Overview (link to ALL this weeks news)

We start this week in Canada, where the government said on Thursday it would impose a 15% surtax on U.S. imports of live swine, cigarettes and some fish in retaliation for Washington's failure to repeal a controversial anti-dumping law, according to Reuters.
     Canada said the new tax will bring in revenue of about C$14 million ($11.6 million) a year from its primary trading partner. It announced plans just hours after the European Union announced similar sanctions against the United States.

Research conducted by the Prairie Swine Centre shows reducing the volumes of water wasted by pigs as they drink will also translate into reduced manure storage and application costs. Research Scientist Dr. Harold Gonyou says scientists found up to 45 percent of the water flowing into the barn through the drinker was being wasted.

The US government has accused 61 countries including Bulgaria and groups of nations of significant trade barriers that harm US manufacturers and farmers. The government's 672-page report on trade barriers is designed to guide US negotiators over the next year in their efforts to attack barriers seen as doing the most damage to American companies. In particular, the high import tariffs favor Bulgaria's inefficient domestic chicken and pig meat industries, reports Sofia News Agency.

If local governments approve an economic incentive package, Farmland Foods Inc. plans a $25 million expansion to its hog slaughter and pork processing plant in Denison, company officials said. Smithfield, the world's largest hog processor and producer, bought the assets of Farmland Foods for $367 million in 2003.

In their weekly review of the US hog industry, Glen Grimes and Ron Plain continue to believe the breeding herd is in a slow growth mode. Even slow growth is probably too much for the economic well being of the industry given the current productivity growth of the breeding herd, they say. They also believe the probabilities are high that demand for live hogs has peaked and will likely weaken more as we go through the remainder of 2005.

The USDA's APHIS is amending its regulations by adding 4 Mexican states to the list of regions considered free of classical swine fever. This action authorizes the importation into the US of pork, pork products, live swine and swine semen from these regions as a result of the CSF status.
     However, import of certain commodities may still be restricted because of risk from other porcine diseases endemic in Mexico, the report says.

In the UK, government efforts to prop up the price of beef have allowed cheaper meats, especially poultry and pork, to undercut it, say Sean Rickard, past NFU chief economist. Not that this is good news for British pig farmers, who get very little government help, reports The Economist.
     Porcine numbers are more volatile than bovine ones, but they, too, are shrinking. Pig farming had a good patch in the late 1990s, thanks to a weak pound and a disease outbreak in German and Dutch herds. Now the pound is stronger, foreign herds have recovered and, since 1999, new rules require more spacious living quarters for British pigs. European porkers will get them only in 2010. That means that the pig population is likely to remain low for the foreseeable future.

On the 17th and 18th March 2005, researchers, academics and livestock industry representatives from around the world gathered in London to discuss advances in the field of research into animal sentience. Speaking at the Compassion in World Farming International Conference, Professor Marian Dawkins of Oxford University warned of the danger of defining animal welfare "in terms of what well-meaning people think animals want or what pleases people rather than allowing animals to speak for themselves.
     "Livestock farming is becoming more animal centred" says Roland Bonney, international food industry consultant and director of the Food Animal Initiative (FAI) in Oxford. Bonney described how he and his colleagues are developing livestock systems that 'build welfare' in at the design stage.

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The NFU is calling for a fair price structure for collecting and disposing of deadstock under the National Fallen Stock Scheme, ahead of the tendering deadline for collectors. The scheme, which has been running since November, was jointly set up by government and the farming industry following the implementation of the Animal By-Products Regulations in July, reports the NPA. The scheme exposed the fragility of the existing infrastructure and since then huge variations in the prices being charged by collectors have caused frustration amongst farmers.

In Japan, a free trade agreement between the world's second largest economy and its eighth largest has come into effect, reports the BBC. Japan signed the agreement with Mexico last year after two and a half years of tough negotiations. From Friday, Japan's 9,000 pig farmers will experience something entirely new - competition. Under the terms of a landmark free trade agreement with Mexico, pork will be subject to much lower tariffs along with a range of other products.

In Vietnam, poultry producers may be struggling to stay afloat after the deadly bird flu outbreak, but the crisis is a boon for the country's hog industry. Hog prices in Vietnam were up about 15% from last year, prompting swine farmers and feed makers to look at ways to boost capacities, said Tran Trong Chien, chief representative for Vietnam of the US Grains Council. "Nobody is eating chicken and the hog industry is reaping the benefits," said Chien.

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* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 2 new features this week:

Do We Need Large-Scale Confinement Animal Feeding Operations?
By John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO - This paper was presented at Food and Society Networking Conference, panel on Revitalizing Non-Confinement Raised Meats, sponsored by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Olympic Valley, CA.

Preparing for Spring and Winter
By Brian Andries and published by the Prairie Swine Center - The variation in temperature changes starting late fall and progressing into the winter months requires strategies dealing with ventilating pig barns in our cold climate regions. Ventilation deals with brining in fresh air to meet heating and cooling requirements.

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* This Weeks Practical Tip (link to weekly tips page)
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Topic: The Management of Infertility
Subject: Diseases that Affect Reproductive Loss - An Overview

This weeks tip looks at Encephalomyocarditis Virus (EMCV).

This weeks tip: Diseases that Directly Affect Reproductive Loss -Encephalomyocarditis Virus (EMCV)

NEXT WEEK'S TIP: Diseases that Directly Affect Reproductive Loss - An Overview - Endometritis and the Vulval Discharge Syndrome

* Finally...

Effective ventilation brings pig health benefits in chilling times

     During extremes of weather pig farmers tend to become more aware of the specific ventilation needs of the pigs in their care, according to Pork Chain Solutions. In particular, as winter turns to spring and back to winter in the same day, respiratory stress can be a problem particularly when there is a vast daily fluctuation in ambient temperature.
     The change to all-in/all-out production imposes greater demands on the competence of the ventilation system because of the wider weight range between the entry and exit weights of pigs in the same building. When lightweight pigs first enter the building, ensuring that excessive air movement does not chill the pigs is important and this is often brought about by running the pig environment at the minimum ventilation rate or simply depending on air leakage to achieve it.
     As pig farmers become more aware of their responsibilities within the food chain and increasingly commit themselves to producing wholesome pork from healthy pigs, making the time to develop a better understanding of cold weather objectives should be a cost-effective investment.
     The minimum ventilation rate has to cater for the least number of pigs at their lightest weight and their lowest feed intake. Heat loss from the building, heat generated from the pigs and ancillary equipment in addition to any supplementary heat must also be taken into account.

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That's all for this week.

Ed.

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