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Newsletter 18th July 2005

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We start this week in the US, where Sow slaughter continues to run well below a year earlier, according to Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain in their weekly hog report. For the week ending July 2, sow slaughter was down over 9 percent from a year earlier after adjusting for herd size. For the 4-weeks ending July 2, sow slaughter was 6 percent below last year and for the year through the week ending July 2, sow slaughter was down 5.6 percent from 12 months earlier.

Meat from the lab directly to the table is still in an experimental stage right now, but a team of scientists have jumped ahead of the crowd by indicating how it might be done on an industrial scale, reports Food Production Daily.com.
     A team of scientists led by university of Maryland doctoral student Jason Matheny, propose how companies could mass produce cultured meat using scientific techniques to create a product that is healthier than the real thing.

Biofilters can dramatically reduce odors coming from livestock operations, clearing the air between farmers and their urban neighbors, reports AcesNews.
    According to University of Illinois research, the filter's effectiveness can be improved by the choice of materials used, and by maintaining an appropriate moisture level in the filter. With the right combination of organic material, odors can be reduced by as much as 80%.

For many years, pork producers have known a certain number of their pigs would either die or be injured during transport from farm to slaughter, however an increase in those rates during the 1990s coupled with concerns about animal welfare have led to a University of Illinois research project addressing the problem.
     Mike Ellis, professor of animal sciences, speculates that too much space may actually lead to more jostling during travel and, hence, more stress on the animals.

In Canada, Saskatchewan and Agriculture Food warns, unless US pork consumption increases, live hog prices can be expected to drop below the cost of production this fall. Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food's Hog Market Update for July indicates overall consumer demand for pork in the US has decreased over the last few months, compared to 2004, putting downward pressure on North American live hog prices.

Manitoba Pork Council says word that Maple Leaf Foods will build a new 110 million dollar state of the art hog slaughtering plant in Saskatoon will give its efforts to promote trade advocacy with the United States a huge boost.
     Earlier this month Maple Leaf Foods announced it will replace its 65 year old Mitchell's Gourmet Foods plant in Saskatoon. The new facility will be capable of processing 20 thousand hogs per week on one shift with the potential to double that number by adding a second shift.

Brazil's exports of pork rose sharply in the first half of 2005, to US$ 553 million, an increase of 80% over the same period last year. For the last twelve months, pork export revenue has been slightly over US$ 1 billion.
     Russia is the biggest importer of Brazilian pork. Its imports for the first half, totalling 178,000 tons, were up 32%, compared to the same period in 2004, reports Brazil Magazine.

In the UK from early autumn, the new improved PorkWatch from the NPA will step up its activities by including actual examples of retailer transgressions. PorkWatch surveyors who spot misleading labelling or products that don't comply with a retailer's publicly-stated we-support-British-agriculture policy will be asked to buy an example of the offending item and send it in with their survey returns.
     So in future supermarket chiefs will receive hot-from-the-shops evidence of their stores' shortcomings, they say.

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Long term forecasts of stable EU wide pigmeat prices have helped to keep UK demand at fairly firm levels, reports FWi. Although the GB Euro Deadweight Adjusted Pig Price closed slightly easier at 106.21p (w/c July 18), most stand on and contract prices have remained at similar levels.
     Spot bacon traded in the 108–111p/kg range with lighter pigs worth 4–6p more than this, thanks to barbecue demand.

A co-operative of 4,000 members in Northern Italy have signed an agreement to produce pigs for Parma Ham using the genetics of international pig breeding company, JSR Genetics.
     Progeo Mangimi, one of the largest Italian farming co-operatives, has purchased grandparent gilts from JSR Genetics' nucleus herds to supply its own multiplier herd in Italy.

East Yorks pig business Cranswick has sold its on-farm finishing enterprise to Cumbrian farmer Thomas Dent. Cranswick chief executive, Bernard Hoggarth said 3000 sows, their associated progeny and equipment, had been sold for an undisclosed sum.
     However he stressed that it would be ‘business as usual’ for the 20 or so producers affected. “From 7 July, farmers have been sending their pigs to Cranswick under an arrangement with Thomas Dent,” said Mr Hoggarth.

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A leading vet says the rare case of a pig with bovine TB in Cornwall does not mean the industry is on the verge of a major outbreak, reports the BBC. Government vets are still examining the source of the disease in two pigs and some piglets on a farm near Bodmin.
     But Andy Biggs, president of the British Cattle Veterinary Association, said the evidence so far showed the disease had been confined to the farm. There is no risk of bovine TB spreading to humans.

In New Zealand, a campaign is underway to inform people about new hog regulations which prevent pigs being fed untreated food scraps from the family kitchen, restaurants, hospitals and other institutions, reports Stuff.co.nz.
     It is believed that up to 10 per cent of all pork consumed in this country is produced by small operators who may fatten a few pigs for a big occasion, and have none at all at other times. Angus Davidson, chief executive of the Pork Industry Board said it is difficult to let such people know of the new regulations.

In the Western Cape, South Africa, a suspected outbreak of swine fever has prompted authorities to quarantine all pig farms in the area and to ban exports. Samples were collected after a number of pigs died last week on a farm near Worcester. The department is now awaiting the results of lab tests from Britain.
     The disease only affects pigs and has no effects on humans or other animals but it could potentially damage the pig industry and the international trade in pig. South Africa has been free of the disease since 1918.
See also: South African Govt urged to place ban on pork imports

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* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 4 new features this week:

Attitudes of consumers towards the welfare of farmed animals
By the European Commission - This survey focus's particularly on the attitude of consumers to the welfare and protection of farmed animals. The survey has been carried out by TNS Opinion & Social, interviewing 24 708 citizens in the 25 Member States of the European Union between 9 February and 20 March 2005.

From Sustainability to Sustained Ability
By the National Pig Association - This report is a Strategy for Continuous Professional Development within the Pig Production Industry in England.

Boosting Immunity in Young Pigs: Spray-dried plasma and fish oil
By David Elstein, formerly with the USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) - Illness during a piglet’s first few weeks of life can affect its eventual size and market-readiness. But the common practice of early weaning increases piglets’ risk of disease, because their immune and digestive systems are less developed. So farmers must find ways to keep their piglets free of diseases as they grow to market size.

Tail Biting - Pinpointing the causes
By The National Committee for Pig Production, Annual Report 2004, Denmark and published by NCSU Swine Extension - Tail biting is one of the most frequent problems in weaner and finisher units. We are trying to pinpoint the causes of tail biting with a view to eliminate the problem. There is constant focus on labour-saving pen types and feeding systems that at the same time increase the economic profit of each pig.

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Subject: Diseases/Conditions that can indirectly affect Reproductive Loss - An Overview

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* Finally...

China to send pig sperm to space

     China is planning to study the effects of space on sperm, by sending the semen from pedigree pigs into orbit.
     Some 40 grams of pig sperm will be taken on board the Shenzhou VI spacecraft for its October launch.
     Some of the sperm will be kept outside the spacecraft's biological capsule and some inside, according to China's Xinhua news agency.
     Surviving sperm will be returned to Earth and used to understand better the processes involved in pig reproduction.
     The pigs chosen are a breed called Rongchang, named after an area in the southwest of the country and famed for their physique and for the quality of their meat.
     Agricultural experts hope to use the sperm to fertilise pig eggs back on Earth - to see what effect a period of microgravity will have had on the sperm's activity.

That's all for this week.

Ed.

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