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Newsletter 9th May 2005

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We start this week in the US, where the Meat Promotion Act, a bill that will allow US consumers to determine the availability of country-of-origin labeling for meat products, was introduced in Congress. H.R. 2068 would provide a framework for converting mandatory country-of-origin labeling, which must be implemented by Sept. 30, 2006, to a voluntary program administered by the USDA, reports AMI.
     The NPPC President-Elect Joy Philippi recently expressed support for the voluntary country-of-origin labeling legislation. "We are supportive of a voluntary system which would benefit consumers without unduly burdening producers, particularly independent and smaller pork producers" she said.

USDA Secretary Mike Johanns has unveiled a thinking paper and timeline on the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) and called on agriculture producers, leaders, and industry partners to provide feedback.
     "We're proposing answers to some of the key questions about how we envision this system moving forward" he said.
See also: USDA envisions mandatory NAIS by 2009

In their weekly review of the US hog industry, Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain report that the reduction in pork consumption per capita in the first quarter of 2005 was about 4.3%.
     The total domestic consumption was reduced by 3.3% and population probably grew about 1% which resulted in about a 4.3% decline in consumption per capita, they say. Retail pork prices were up by 5.1% but they needed to be up 8.7% to compensate for the reduced consumption and a 3% inflation to hold demand level.
     However the prices faced by producers for live hogs were up 17.9% and pork production was up 0.1% from a year earlier which resulted in a 3.1% gain in live hog demand with an elasticity of -0.2 or a price flexibility of 5.
     The data indicates the decline in demand was due mostly to reduced consumption but possibly some substitution for a lower price protein. Broiler consumption was up 2.4% for the period compared to a year earlier.

Illinois farmers enjoyed returns in 2004 that were significantly above the average for the last five years, according to a University of Illinois Extension study. "Relatively high livestock prices contributed to the better incomes on livestock farms. The result was that total government payments received in 2004 by producers were above payments received in 2002 and 2003." However, the study warned that there could be trouble on the horizon.

In Canada, Sask Pork predicts continued strong live hog prices for the remainder of the spring and through out the summer. Industry and Policy Analyst Brad Marceniuk says the North American hog market appears stable at this point and, with the removal of the US antidumping duties on imported live Canadian pigs, we should soon start to see a narrowing of the basis between Canadian and US prices, which will be positive for Canadian producers.

Ontario’s pork industry is hopeful that the newly announced Good Government Bill will allow for more certainty in farm planning, environmental protection and sustainable growth. Ontario Pork said it welcomes changes to the Nutrient Management Act that are contained within this legislation. "We are hopeful that this Bill will end the debate over the superseding nature of the Nutrient Management Act," says Larry Skinner, Chairman of Ontario Pork.

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In Russia, the meat processing firm Kampomos has launched the first of its new high margin product range in Russia, aimed at growing demand for freshness and diversity. Russian meat prices doubled in 2004 after having risen 30% the year before, and another domestic firm, Mikoyan, told Cee-FoodIndustry.com that this had hampered development in the sector.
     Accordingly, companies are launching more products in the middle and upper price segments. These categories currently control around 26 per cent of the Russian meat sector but are forecast to have 30 per cent by 2006.

In the UK, farming leaders have met representatives of the National Fallen Stock Company and government to discuss how fallen stock is being collected and disposed of across the UK. Speaking after the meeting, Ulster Farmers’ Union President Campbell Tweed said; "What we now need is progress to deliver a more cost effective and user friendly scheme."
See also: Farm unions give NFSCo backing

Spot and contract quotes have remained firm despite falling EU pigmeat prices and a weakening euro, which closed on Friday 29 April at 67.1p, reports Peter Crichton on FWi. The GB Euro Deadweight Adjusted Pig Price (DAPP) remained unchanged at 106.17p, with most spot bacon buyers prepared to bid in the 106–110p range according to region and availability.
     EU mainland average producer prices are now equivalent to 85p/kg deadweight, almost 20p/kg behind UK quotes after adjustments for carcass weights and bottom line deductions. However, according to the Meat and Livestock Commission, retailers are continuing to improve their margins at the expense of producer prices.

FWi also report that pig slaughterings in 2005 are forecast to rise by 2% after an increase in the number of maiden gilts feeds through.
     The Dec 2004 UK pig herd total of 476,000 was down by 7.4% on the previous year but maiden gilt numbers have risen by 13.8%. This will be the first year on year increase in slaughter numbers since 1998, said to be due to increased sow productivity. UK herd health and output has been greatly compromised by PRRS (Blue Ear Disease) since the early 1990s and more recently by PMWS (Pig Wasting Disease).

The NPA says that, although Somerfield continues to disappoint, there is a pleasing upward trend to the first set of PorkWatch figures for this year, with most major retailers selling more British pork labelled with the Quality Standard Mark.
     Budgens takes top honours with 100 percent fresh British pork, all correctly displaying the Quality Standard Mark. Close behind - and all with improved performances - are Sainsbury's (85%), the Co-op (85%) and Tesco (84%).

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In Australia, dry conditions are pushing more animals to the nation's slaughterhouses, new figures released last week show. The Australian Bureau of Statistics monthly livestock and meat report found that pig numbers were up 5.1% to 461,700 and pig meat slaughter was up 2.8% to 33,200 tonnes.

In Japan, a Nagoya-based meat importer-wholesaler group is suspected of conspiring with a Taiwanese trading house to evade billions of yen in pork import tariffs by falsifying import prices declared to customs, HooversNews reports.
     The group is suspected of having cashed in on Japan's pork tariff adjustment system, designed to protect domestic hog producers from lower-priced imports, the sources said.
* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 3 new features this week:

Water: Optimizing performance while reducing waste
By Glen Almond, NCSU Swine Extension - Due to the relative abundance of water and its “low price”, there previously was little demand for research on the role of water and water delivery systems in US pork production, and specifically with applications to North Carolina.

Alberta Hog Market Commentary and Outlook - Spring 2005
By Kevin Grier, Senior Market Analyst, George Morris Centre, in Guelph and Calgary. Published by Alberta Pork. This is the latest Alberta Hog Market Commentary and Outlook which discusses the latest USDA Hogs and Pigs Report and the anti-dumping case.

Preventing swine influenza in the breeding herd
By DuPont Animal Health Solutions - Swine influenza is a common problem throughout pig production worldwide. It is caused by a number of closely related influenza type A viruses. These are identified from each other by surface proteins. The most common ones are H1N1, H1N1 variant 195852, H1N2 and H3N2. Distribution of these vary but currently in the USA it is estimated that 50% of outbreaks are H1N1 and 50% H3N2.

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Ivomec - Better products mean better results

* 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 Japanese B. Encephalitis (JBE).

This weeks tip: Diseases that Directly Affect Reproductive Loss - Japanese B. Encephalitis (JBE)

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

* Finally...

Costly fine for pig feed spill

     UK - A spillage of pig feed into a ditch watercourse has cost a Worcester farmer more than £6,700, the Environment Agency reports.
     On April 1 the farmer pleaded guilty at Worcester Magistrates Court to one charge relating to him causing polluting matter, namely pig feed, to enter a ditch which eventually flowed into the Martin Brook.
     The charge was brought by the EA, and the farmer was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,797.50.
     Speaking after the case, an EA spokesperson said: "It is important that farms and other businesses take our advice about pollution prevention measures and that they ensure that any potentially-polluting materials are stored and handled in well designed and properly maintained facilities."
     The court heard that in June last year EA officers found a ditch watercourse full of a beige sludge, later identified as pig feed, draining into the Martin Brook, a tributary of the River Salwarpe.
     Samples of the sludge showed that it had an organic strength over 140 times that of raw sewage, the EA found.

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Vira-Matrix - Herd Health, Naturally.

That's all for this week.

Ed.

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