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* News Overview (link to ALL this weeks news)

We start this week in Canada, where Manitoba Pork Council says increasing US access to Canadian pork processing plants would go a long way toward improving relations between the two industries.
     In an effort to begin the process of restoring relations between US and Canadian pork producers, Farmscape reports the MPC sent a delegation to three US states to meet with US pork producers.
     Pork Council Chair Karl Kynoch says the trip resulted in a lot of positive dialogue and revealed some common concerns among US producers.

In the US, commercial red meat production totaled 3.88 billion pounds in March, down 2% from the 3.95 billion pounds produced in March 2004, report the USDA's NASS in their monthly Livestock Slaughter report.
     Pork production totaled 1.80 billion pounds, up slightly from the previous year while hog kill was 1% below March 2004 and the average live weight was 3 pounds above the previous year, at 271 pounds.

A rise in overseas pork sales - due partly to concerns over the safety of beef - and the popularity of diets high in protein and low in carbohydrates have helped fuel big gains in the US pork industry, reports the Associated Press.
     The top three hog producers - Smithfield Foods Inc, Premium Standard Farms and Seaboard Corp - each reported large jumps in sales and profits during 2004. The benefits even trickled down to individual hog farmers who for years have coped with rock-bottom livestock prices.

March's retail pork prices were 1% below February's but 4.3% above March of 2004 while retail pork prices for the first quarter were 5% above a year earlier, reports Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.
    Live hog prices in March were up 6.2% from 12 months earlier and live prices for the first quarter of 2005 were 17.9% above the same period in 2004. The pair also believe the breeding herd is probably still building at a slow rate.

The NPPC has developed an interactive Premises Registration Map, a tool which enables producers to directly access their state's Animal Identification and Premises Registration website. "Premises registration is still voluntary, but NPPC encourages all producers to take action now as this is the first step toward implementing the tracking system necessary for insuring the health and safety of U.S. livestock," said Dr. Harry Snelson, NPPC's director of science and technology.

In the UK, English farmers are likely to see their single farm payment cheques diminish by 26% after five years, according to experts at Natwest. Ian Kenny, head of agriculture at the bank, said that EU and regional modulation, scale backs due to European budget constraints and the national reserve would all take their toll.
     "We now know enough detail on the single farm payment to start planning, and farmers need to grasp this and start thinking ahead. "It is not just a case of getting the new SFP instead of production subsidies, with the one replacing the other.
     "It's a totally new scheme, no longer linked to production and all about working with the rural community."

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Fears over the future of the Meat and Livestock Commission’s independent carcass classification services have retreated, reports FWi.
     Concerns that Grampian Country Foods, one of the largest pig processors in the country, would drop MLC services at their Malton and Haverhill abattoirs have now been allayed.
     Intervention from the NPA and Grampian suppliers lead the company to retain the MLC service, avoiding the possibility of other large abattoirs following this trend.

The effects of sharply falling EU pigmeat values are starting to be felt on the GB market. The EU mainland deadweight producer average price has now fallen to the equivalent of 87p/kg which is 10p/kg (£8/pig) down over the past three months.
     As a result, most GB spot baconer quotes for supplies the week commencing 18 April were at "stand on" or slightly easier levels. A weakening euro which opened on April 18 at 68.2p is also allowing more competitive imports to undercut the UK market. Though live UK pigs remain in short supply, processors do not feel the shortage will help the domestic market while cheap alternative imports are available.

Bosses of major supermarkets have been sent a pig in a box as part of the latest campaign by the British Pig Executive (BPEX). The 10cm plastic pig in a miniature cage is part of the £1 million campaign which is seeking to encourage retailers to stock more produce which meet UK standards.      The box illustrates that while illegal in the UK, it is still legal in Europe to keep sows in cages that allow them only six inches to move backwards or forwards so they are unable to turn around.

In Poland, the world's largest hog farmer and pork processor, Smithfield Foods - is shutting down one of its Polish plants and has pulled its products off the shelves. The move follows media reports that showed workers there scraping mold off sausages to be put back on the market. Spokeswoman Lidia Zalewska says production has been halted until the matter is cleared up.

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Russia has banned imports of Moldovan meat amid suspicions that it is selling on sub-standard products from third countries, sparking a row between national authorities, reports The ban, which came into force last Monday, covers beef, pork, mutton and poultry as well all Moldovan products derived from meat and will last indefinitely.

Meanwhile, Russia lifted its eight-month ban on imports of Brazilian beef and pork last Wednesday, except for products coming from 8 selected states, Russian news agency Interfax reported.
     The Russians imposed the ban on Brazilian meat on Sep 20 owing to outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease in northern Brazil. Since then, Russian technicians have inspected a number of Brazilian farms that used to export to Russia, and have been in negotiations with Brazil's government.

In India, breakthroughs in animal medicine are increasingly leading to new discoveries which could help humans. Leading veterinary schools across the country are involved in a range of research which could result in new treatments for some of the most serious human diseases such as cancer, HIV, avian flu and CJD.
     Leading vets said the gap between the two forms of medicine was becoming increasingly blurred, while animal rights activists welcomed the potential for spin-offs from new treatments for animals which would help humans. Earlier this month, the WHO warned that 30 animal viruses had mutated into conditions which could infect humans in the past 30 years and it is thought this is one area where veterinary research could prove invaluable.

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 3 new features this week:

Tips for saving water
By Lee Whittington and published by the Prairie Swine Center - Water is an essential nutrient in pork production. Research reveals how we can manage this resource for best results and minimal cost.

UK Pig Production 2002-2003
By Andrew Sheppard, University of Exeter - The UK pig industry has in recent years entered unfamiliar territory. Since 1998, the size of the national pig herd has undergone rapid and sustained decline. A substantial share of the home market for pork and bacon has been lost to imports.

U.S. - Canadian Hog Trade: Market Integration at Work
By Mildred Haley, USDA ERS - The United States is expected to import more than 8 million hogs from Canada in 2004, a far cry from the 921,000 head imported just 10 years ago. Moreover, unlike 1994, hog imports this year will likely continue to be skewed in favor of feeder pigs. Ten years ago, 44 percent of imported Canadian hogs were feeder pigs, versus almost 70 percent in 2004, with slaughter hogs making up the balance in each case. What economic factors changed in the past 10 years to create the demand for Canadian hogs, and, why has the trend developed toward feeder pigs?

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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 Eperythrozoonosis (Epe).

This weeks tip: Diseases that Directly Affect Reproductive Loss - Eperythrozoonosis (Epe)

NEXT WEEK'S TIP: Diseases that Directly Affect Reproductive Loss - An Overview - Erysipelas

* Finally...

CPC Hopes to Be Trading Carbon Credits by Spring 2006

     The Canadian Pork Council hopes to be in a position to begin trading carbon credits on behalf of Canadian swine producers by the spring of next year. Last week the federal government announced the creation of a one billion dollar climate fund as part of its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the Kyoto accord.
     Canadian Pork Council Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Program Coordinator Cedric MacLeod says there's been a lot of interest in trading carbon credits and, while time lines are far from firm, the announcement puts money on the table for the purchase of carbon credits.
     "In order to trade this carbon you're going to have to verification and quantification on your farm of the things that you're doing, the management practices you're putting in place, to establish these carbon credits on your farm and to actually have the emissions reductions seen as being real.
     Science is going to be very involved in the process. It's going to be very important to have the science behind all of the claims you're having of actually reducing emissions on the farm.
     We have been working with other partners in the climate change arena to develop protocols that will allow farmers to indeed apply the science to their farms and to their management practices in a fairly efficient process.
     Again, there's a lot of details that need to be worked out. Registries need to be developed and the credits will have to be verified but there's probably a good chance that by spring 2006 we're going to be looking very hard at packaging up some credits and getting them sold."
     MacLeod says this is a significant opportunity for farmers to gain value out of the good management practices they've been working on for years.
     He says, in a lot of cases, farmers are looking at technologies that aren't just quite economically feasible but, if you toss carbon credits into the mix, it could change the light on many of these technologies.

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That's all for this week.


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