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NEWS FLASH: Volume 55 of The Pig Journal is now available. This volume is a very full publication with a wide-ranging, interesting subject matter.

* News Overview (link to ALL this weeks news)

We start this week in the US, where Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain in their weekly review of the US hog industry discuss the pre-report estimates of the June 1 Hogs and Pigs report. It shows a little less than a 1 percent increase for all hogs and pigs, breeding and market, but even this modest increase, if true, will be too much for the benefit of producers, they say.

Commercial red meat production for the U.S. totaled 3.71 billion pounds in May, up 3% from the 3.60 billion pounds produced in May 2004, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in their monthly Livestock Slaughter report. Pork production totaled 1.61 billion pounds, up 7% from the previous year.

"Lean marbled pork" was a popular topic among the hundreds of pork farmers and enthusiasts at the annual World Pork Expo this month. "Some people think we've gone too far in taking all the fat out," said David Meisinger, assistant vice president of educational services at the National Pork Board. The goal is to keep pork healthy and lean while improving taste and texture by adding more marbling, Meisinger said.

'Real-time' monitoring of herd performance is probably the best investment a pig producer can currently make, says a recent report. "We now have the technological know-how to pin-point problems involving health, the pigs' environment, energy use and feed and water supplies when they actually occur," FarmEx Director Hugh Crabtree told delegates attending a seminar preceding the World Pork Expo at Des Moines, Iowa.

The NPPC has urged members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry to support the reauthorization of mandatory price reporting for a period of five years. At the general oversight hearing, NPPC Past President Jon Caspers provided testimony highlighting mandatory price reporting’s effectiveness in terms of providing pork producers with a better understanding of the marketplace.

A high pressure system using ozone gas would eliminate the use of hot water and chemicals when cleaning equipment at food processing plants, according to the product's inventor, US-based The hosing equipment, called the Pulsator, can be used in plants processing pork, beef, poultry, seafood and fruits and vegetables and would eliminate the need for chlorine, they say.

In Canada, the use of anaerobic digesters is just now beginning to emerge as a viable tool for adding value to livestock manure, reports Farmscape.
     Anaerobic digestion is a biological process which harnesses bacteria to break down a wide variety organic wastes. In April, the federal government announced two programs that are expected to add to the economic viability of these systems.

Stiffer competition between countries exporting wheat, oilseeds, sugar and livestock will intensify over the next ten years, bringing down prices, according to forecasts by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the UN.
     While those buying the commodities will benefit from the lower prices and the increased ability to source products from more developing countries, farmers in OECD countries will have to make additional efforts to improve their efficiency as profit margins fall, the organisations stated in a forecast report released this week.
     Pig meat prices in 2004 were supported by strong demand from the Pacific market that should lead to an increase in pork production over the next year the report states.

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In the UK, Food safety, especially regarding meat, should be a priority for Dame Deirdre Hutton when she takes over from Sir John Krebs as chair of the Food Standards Agency in July, according to Dr Grant Walling, head of research and genetics with JSR Genetics.
     In particular, he highlights the anomalies relating to the import of pork into Britain. "Imported pork may pose the greatest risk to public confidence as it does not always meet the high standards set in the UK," he said.

As part of a development programme British Pig Executive (BPEX) Foodservice Development Manager Richard Fagan tested cheek meat in a local restaurant. Cheek meat is tender, succulent and full of flavour but is little used in this country, though it is apparently very popular in France.
     Richard said: "It is lovely relatively inexpensive meat which is perfect for steaming, braising or stewing and turns out beautifully.
     "This should encourage both farmers and those in the meat trade to persuade restaurants to put more emphasis on pork and particularly innovative pork recipes. It would help them all be selling more and getting greater value from the whole carcase."

New Zealand pork producers are nervous that imported pork is jeopardising efforts to rid the country of PMWS (post weaning multi-systemic wasting syndrome). The disease, which was first identified in New Zealand in 2003, has been contained through a co-operative approach between the New Zealand Pork Industry Board and Biosecurity New Zealand.
     Pork Industry Board Chairman, Chris Trengrove, said the disease is endemic in most pork producing countries and is devastating for producers, affecting up to 30% of young growing pigs, and killing a high proportion of those.
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* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 3 new features this week:

U.S.D.A Quarterly Pigs and Hogs Report: June 2005
This quarter's quarterly Hogs and Pigs report from the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The article provides the report text and graphs, and helps explain what it all means. Link also to the full PDF report.

UK Pig Disease Monthly Surveillance Report (to April 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.

Fine tuning insemination procedures
By Bernard Peet, Pig Production Training and thePigSite Consultant - Over the last few years I have carried out a number of audits of clients' insemination procedures, usually where farrowing rate or litter size have been below par. Insemination is a critical task, with many steps which contribute to the end result.

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Vira-Matrix - Herd Health, Naturally.

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

This weeks tip looks at Cystitis and Pyelonephritis.

This weeks tip: Diseases/Conditions that can indirectly affect Reproductive Loss - Cystitis and Pyelonephritis.

NEXT WEEK'S TIP: Diseases/Conditions that can indirectly affect Reproductive Loss - An Overview - Gastric Ulcers.

* Finally...

The Guardian: Danish MPs get millions in farm subsidy

     Four Danish cabinet ministers, several of its MPs and even the country's EU commissioner receive payments under the Common Agricultural Policy running into millions of pounds.
     In what will alarm campaigners against global poverty, Denmark's international development minister, Ulla Tornaes - who is meant to be fighting for fair trade for developing countries - receives £43,370 from the CAP, which locks out producers from poorer nations. Tornaes owns a pig farm in Poland.
     Denmark's EU commissioner, Mariann Fischer Boel, receives £34,670 for farmland that she and her family own.
     Steve Tibbett, head of campaigns at Action Aid, said: 'This crazy system beggars belief. The CAP undermines Europe's credibility.'
     There now seems to be an unstoppable wave of support growing around Europe for full disclosure of who receives the bulk of the £30 billion CAP payout.
     In France, which gets the biggest CAP return, campaigners are close to revealing for the first time the identities of some of the most secretive agribusinesses who scoop up most of its handouts.
     In Holland, MPs have invoked Freedom of Information legislation, which will shortly reveal the chief beneficiaries of the CAP. In Britain, the biggest payments go to royalty, aristocrats and big business rather than small-scale farmers.
     Jack Thurston, an expert on trade and subsidies at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, said: 'CAP payments increase land values and this calcifies the system. If you own land, you're doing OK.'

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That's all for this week.


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