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This week we start in North America, where the BSE scare is set to boost sales of organic meat products, reports High market growth is forecast as consumers’ fear for food safety raises consumer demand for organic meats, which are perceived to be healthier than non-organic meats.
     In contrast to the successful organic poultry, organic beef and pork are rarely found in retailers because of the low production volume and the high prices, which can be up to three times higher than conventional beef and pork.
     Prices are likely to decrease however as organic meat producers raise production levels and as more volume goes into the retail trade.

In the US, hog prices have fallen fast in recent days, reported Ron Plain on Wednesday. The National average negotiated hog purchase price for the first week of May was $77.68/cwt. The second week averaged $75.02, the third week averaged $74.73, and the fourth week averaged just $68.85/cwt. It is unusual for hog prices to be steadily declining at this time of year, he says.

However Saturday, Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain's weekly review said that cash hog prices had finally stabilized following the substantial decline during a period of the year when prices are usually developing strength.
     The problems appear to be from the demand side of the equation, they say. With less than a 1% increase in slaughter from last year, prices live for the last 2 Fridays have been $5-7 per cwt below a year earlier and carcass prices have been around $7 below 12 months earlier.

Wayne D. Purcell has also highlighted the fall stating cash hogs are in the $66 to $67 range and are still well below the June futures. However, he feels there are some early signs that the cash market will get better from here, and predicts there won't be any major downside moves from here in the June lean hogs.

Environmental Defense in New York says the use of antibiotics in livestock feed might interfere with the effectiveness of antibiotics for humans. The national report released Wednesday estimated livestock producers annually use 26.5 million pounds of antibiotics as feed additives - more than seven times as much as U.S. physicians prescribe to their patients.
     Hog producers accounted for 69% of all medically important drugs used as feed additives, while poultry producers accounted for 19% and cattle producers for 12%.

The Canadian Livestock Identification Agency hopes to be in a position to begin accepting registrations of agricultural premises, as part of a national livestock identification and tracking system, by the end of the year.
     The Canadian Livestock Identification Agency is the umbrella organization created to coordinate the integration of existing livestock identification and tracking systems in Canada into a national multi-species identification and tracking structure.

Danish pigs farms will have to double in size over the next eight years to survive, according to Danske Slagterier senior consultant Finn Udesen. He expects production costs for a 300-sow herd producing 4500 slaughter pigs to rise from 9.5DKr/kg (88p) to 9.8DKr/kg (91p) by 2013.
     The main reason for the increase is higher labour charges and building costs. But by increasing the unit to 600 sows producing 9000 finishers that cost falls to 9.3DKr/kg (86p).

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The Irish government has introduced an aid scheme to help producers convert from sow stalls to loose housing. The maximum investment that will be grant-aided is €300,000 (£202,680). A standard grant rate of 40% will apply.
     "It demonstrates the government's continued commitment to the maintenance of animal welfare standards in the farming sector in Ireland," said minister for agriculture and food Mary Coughlan.

In the UK, spot bacon prices remained firm despite the bank holiday, while the DAPP slipped as forecast from 106p to 105.79p against the trend, reports FWi. Spot pigs remain in short supply with a number of buyers electing to hold their prices at positive "stand on" levels rather than chase dwindling numbers.
     EU prices have remained relatively firm, but any further widening of the gap between the UK and Europe will lead to an increase in the flow of imports. The relative stability of the euro, which started the week at 68.6p, is also helping to stop imports undercutting domestic market any further.

Sampling has taken place at around 30 ZAP 0 and ZAP 1 farms in England and Scotland and more visits are scheduled over the next few weeks, according to the NPA. This is part of a Vetererinary Laboratories Agency study into salmonella on pig farms and the results will help producers tackle salmonella problems.

In Malta's, first quarter of 2005, total meat production dropped 26.% when compared to the same period last year, reports Data published by the National Statistics Office show that whereas beef production increased by 25.8%, pig meat and broiler meat production dropped by 4.2% and 53.6% respectively.

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In China,Guangzhou, capital city of South China's Guangdong Province, is bringing in a new system of health controls for farmers’ markets, the China Daily newspaper reported last week. "By the end of this year, over 70% of farmers' markets in the city's urban districts will have to introduce the market access system," said an official.
     According to Dong Jian, the system will also be implemented in markets in the city's rural areas. "Now, any agricultural food products that fail to pass strict scrutiny will be denied market access to ensure food security," he said.

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 3 new features this week:

Frequently Asked Questions: Manure Management Plans
By Mindy J. Spiehs, REE Livestock Manure Systems and published by University of Minnesota - This article answers a series of frequently asked questions about manure management plans.

Nutritional Value of Corn and Wheat Distiller's Dried Grain
By G. P. Widyaratne and R. T. Zijlstra and published by the Prairie Swine Center - DDGS is primarily a by-product from the cereal grain-based ethanol industry. With the growth of the ethanol industry, increasing quantities of DDGS are available for livestock rations. However, the potential of DDGS in swine industry is not fully realized because of the scarcity of information on its nutritional value for swine.

Prospects for Agricultural Markets and income 2004 - 2011 for EU-25
Market projections for the main agricultural products in the EU-25 were established under a specific set of assumptions. These cover the outlook for the macro-economic environment, with a recovery of EU economic growth and a strengthening of the US$ over the medium-term.

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Topic: The Management of Infertility
Subject: Diseases that Affect Reproductive Loss - An Overview

This weeks tip looks at Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS).

This weeks tip: Diseases that Directly Affect Reproductive Loss - Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS)

NEXT WEEK'S TIP: Diseases that Directly Affect Reproductive Loss - An Overview - Swine Influenza (SI).

* Finally...

Australia 'at risk' from pig virus

    A common pig virus at the centre of a looming pork trade dispute is probably already present in Australia and should not be used as a trade barrier, Canadian scientific experts say.
     An Australian court ruling that could result in a ban on pork imports from Canada, Denmark and the United States as early as next week is based on politics, not science, said John Ellis, a researcher at the University of Saskatchewan's veterinary college, according to
     "I think is another example of a non-tariff trade barrier, based on very minimal risk to the Australian hog industry," said Ellis, who was an expert witness for the Australian government in the court case.
     Australia imported 70,000 tonnes of pork in 2004, mostly from Canada and Denmark.
     The country claims it is free of post-weaning multi-systemic wasting syndrome - a disease that causes piglets to stop growing and lose weight at the age of six to 10 weeks.
     Australian pork producers won a court case on Friday that could see bans placed on pork imports.
     But North American researchers said the virus that causes the disease was likely to be in Australia already because it was present around the globe.
     "It's endemic in pretty much every pig population we've looked at," said Ellis, who is part of an international consortium studying the disease.
     Porcine circovirus syndrome - the smallest known virus among mammals - causes the wasting disease, and is believed to spread to pigs through the air, via faeces and from sows to their piglets.
     Most pigs carry the virus. But scientists are still researching why only a small number develop the wasting disease, which cannot be treated.
     There is no evidence the virus can spread to humans who eat meat from infected animals, scientists said.
     The virus has existed for decades, but the wasting disease was first detected in the Canadian Prairie province of Saskatchewan in 1991.

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That's all for this week.


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