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In Canada, turkeys at a medium-sized farm have contracted a harmless flu virus that seems to have spread from infected pigs brought in from the Prairies, the chief veterinary officer said on Friday. While stressing the virus doesn't present any public health concerns, Dr. Ron Lewis said it's the first time in Canada that it has crossed from pigs to poultry.
     "It's not a significant disease in terms of human concern, it's really not even a significant disease in terms of the birds that are involved," Lewis said.

In the US, researchers at Pennsylvania State University have devised a simple and inexpensive concoction of horseradish root and hydrogen peroxide to help deodorize swine manure.
     "The problem of odours from farm manure has never been solved. Yet it is a problem that needs to be addressed given the strain it puts on the increasing number of people living nearby," says Jerzy Dec, co-author of the new study. "Our new approach is a very simple method that doesn't really take a lot of time, money or effort to do."

In their weekly review of the US hog industry, Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain report that the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that the Beef Checkoff did not infringe on individual rights because it was government speech, so the checkoff will continue. This is good news for supporters of the Pork and Dairy Checkoff they say.
     They also report that pork demand at the consumer level continued soft during April. For January-April, their demand index shows a loss of 2.8% in consumer demand from a year earlier. The good news is that the demand for live hogs shows a 3.2% growth for January-April compared to 12 months earlier.

US Pork producers are using the Congressional Memorial Day recess to raise the stakes and communicate with federal lawmakers on a number of issues of critical importance for the US pork industry. According to NPPC President Don Buhl, pork producers will be discussing a number of important issues including five-year reauthorization of the mandatory price reporting program, crafting a voluntary country-of-origin labeling program and maintaining access to livestock antibiotics.

The NPPC also reiterated the strong support of pork producers nationwide for the Free Trade Agreement with five Central American countries and the Dominican Republic (CAFTA-DR). “Pork producers nationwide have been writing letters, calling, and visiting their Members of Congress for months now to emphasize the fact that the CAFTA-DR is a big win for U.S. pork producers and ask for their support,” said NPPC President Don Buhl.

In Australia, the pork industry is within its domestic and international rights to fight a quarantine decision that could wipe out millions of local pigs, a key industry leader says. Australian Pork Ltd chairman Nigel Smith said quarantine rules appeared to be swinging too much in support of free trade and not enough to preserving Australia's high disease-free status.
     His warning echoed criticism last week by Federal Court Justice Murray Wilcox of a decision by the nation's quarantine chief to allow the import of pork from several nations.
See also: Zero-risk approach to imports

Pig manure could become a source of electricity in the south of New South Wales under a development application lodged by Energy Australia. The company plans to build a methane powered plant which will harvest the gas from five large lagoons filled with pig manure near Corowa. Energy Australia says the plant will produce enough power to run the piggery, as well as 1,500 homes.

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In the Netherlands, the IKB quality system is ready for Added Value markets, reports the Dutch Meat Board. Increased competition from low-wage countries means that the EU, and hence the Dutch meat and livestock industry, will have to focus more and more on these premium markets.
     The EU domestic market will be the main target, but markets outside the EU are also important. The Dutch meat sector will therefore have to concentrate even more on aspects such as food safety, logistics, quality and specific consumer demands, they say.

In Northern Ireland, eight food firms have been given a cash injection from Europe worth almost £2.8m (€4m) to expand and modernise their operations, it emerged last week. Grampian Country Pork in Cookstown will use the funds to modernise its pig meat processing plant, reports IrelandOnLine.

In the UK, pig production costs in the UK are still amongst the highest in Europe, with the average cost of producing 1kg of pigmeat over 100p, according to the MLC. Feed accounts for 56% of this figure, with labour calculated at 30% and other variable costs averaging 14%, leaving a slim margin for producers with prices at their current levels.
     The latest GB Euro Deadweight Adjusted Pig Price (DAPP) for pig traded the week commencing May 23 is 106p/kg, compared with 109.8p this time last year. In 2003, Britain’s cost of production soared to 110p, according to MLC statistics, but the benefit of cheaper feed prices this year should help ease these costs.

Poor farm biosecurity helped in the spread of pig wasting disease PMWS, a new study has claimed. The British Pig Executive-funded research, carried out by the University of Warwick, found that it took just three years for the disease to become endemic in the UK pig herd after it was first identified in south-east England in 2000. It spread slowly north and, by 2003, the first cases were identified in Scotland.

Almost 35,000 people have registered their support for British pork by endorsing the Quality Standard Mark and asking that imported pork should match UK animal welfare levels, according to FWi. The move followed a leafleting campaign by BPEX which reached 240,000 consumers nationwide and a further 240,000 through copies of the Observer newspaper.
     BPEX Marketing Manager, Chris Lukehurst said: "The next step is to present our findings to the retailers individually and to demonstrate to them that consumers really do care about the welfare of pigs and want them to ensure that they only sell Quality Standard pork, bacon, ham and sausages."

Europe's bid to remove Britain's trichinella-free status will burden either the government, or the pig industry, or both, with unwarranted extra costs, says the NPA. The current system of monitoring the adult pig population, and surveillance of potential wildlife vectors such as foxes provides all the necessary reassurances for both consumers and producers, says NPA in a response to a Food Standards Agency consultation on draft EU Commission plans for new food hygiene legislation.

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In Paris, new standards to help safeguard the welfare of animals transported by road and sea have been agreed at a major conference by the OIE. The new guidelines also give increased welfare protection to animals prior to slaughter for human consumption as well those killed to control the spread of disease. The agreement will help set best practice standards of animal welfare across the organisation's 167 member countries.

Chinese officials remain tight-lipped over reports of a foot and mouth outbreak outside Beijing. The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture says it is not aware of any outbreak, despite reports suggesting the contrary. There is a certain irony here, reports the NPA, because China remains closed to British pigs and pigmeat since the outbreak of swine fever in East Anglia in 2000.
     Over 2,000 cattle have reportedly been slaughtered in Yanqing (a district to the northwest of Beijing) and quarantine conditions have subsequently been put in place.

Hog farmers in China have made handsome gains from high pork prices of the past two years, report eFeedlink. The questions now being asked are: How long can the market sustain such high prices? And how will hog farms and farming households react to any downward revision in prices?
     According to Cheng Jianguo of the Shandong Academy of Agricultural Sciences, firm live hog prices in the first half of this year have helped earn strong profits for farmers.

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 3 new features this week:

Structural Change in the Meat and Poultry Processing Industries
By Michael Ollinger, Sang V. Nguyen, Donald Blayney, Bill Chambers, and Ken Nelson, Economic Research service, USDA - Consolidation and structural changes in the food industry have had profound impacts on firms, employees, and communities in many parts of the United States. This report examines consolidation and structural change in meatpacking, meat processing, poultry slaughter and processing, cheese products, fluid milk, flour milling, corn milling, feed, and soybean processing.

UK Pig Disease Monthly Surveillance Report - March 2005
By Veterinary Laboratories Agency - This report monitors trends in the major endemic pig diseases and utilises the farmfile and VIDA (Veterinary Investigation Disease Analysis) databases. The report is compiled using disease data gathered by the network of 15 VLA regional laboratories which carry out disease investigation in the field.

Grower-Finisher Water Usage with Wet/Dry Feeders
By Shala K. Christianson M.Sc, Stéphane P. Lemay Ph.D, C. Laguë Ph.D, John F. Patience Ph.D and Harold W. Gonyou and published by the Prairie Swine Center - Water conservation is a growing concern in intensive swine operations (ISOs) for both financial and environmental reasons. The water usage of a grower-finisher room in an ISO was measured using dry and wet/dry feeders.

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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 Porcine Parvovirus Infection (PPV).

This weeks tip: Diseases that Directly Affect Reproductive Loss - Porcine Parvovirus Infection (PPV)

NEXT WEEK'S TIP: Diseases that Directly Affect Reproductive Loss - An Overview - Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS).

* Finally...

Behavioral Traits Found to be a Good Indicator of Swine Production Potential

     Research at the Prairie Swine Centre has shown groups of pigs made up of diverse personalities will out perform groups where pigs demonstrate similar personality traits.
     In an effort to determine how behavior might be used to predict productivity, scientists at the Prairie Swine Centre conducted several series of tests to assess behavioral characteristics.
     Dr. Harold Gonyou says researchers ultimately settled on the "approach to humans test", where a pig's interaction with humans is measured and three specific traits emerged as the best indicators.
     "We found approachability was one factor. Pigs would differ on that but they would be consistent over time.
     We also found aggressiveness towards other pigs, some pigs are more aggressive than others and that also was consistent over time. The third thing we found was investigation. Some pigs are just, what you might say, naturally curious.
     If they're moving down a hallway they have to snoop and investigate everything in the hallway where others can move right along without doing that. Those three things seemed to come forward as being fairly characteristic and consistent among pigs.

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