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We start this week in the UK, where moves by the British pig industry to open trade links with China have taken a major step forward. Breeding pigs can now be exported and British Pig Executive (BPEX) Chairman Stewart Houston said there was business waiting to be done.
     The announcement comes a week after Houston went to China with Foreign and Commonwealth Office minister Ian Pearson as part of a visit by Tony Blair. Stewart said: “This is a very significant step forward and something we have been working towards for a long time."
See also: China drops ban on UK pigs

A co-ordinated plan to tackle urgently needed research in the British pig industry is being drawn up by BPEX. Director of Pig Industry Development Mark Wilson is writing to research scientists and development workers in the pig industry. He is pulling together ideas with a view to commissioning programmes of work appropriate to the needs of the industry.
     Mark said: "The BPEX strategy for the development of a sustainable pig industry in the UK began with "The Road to Recovery" which was developed with extensive consultation with the pig industry. "With a research and development strategy in place to deliver the goals of R2R, BPEX will begin to address the challenges facing the industry now and in the future through research and development, demonstration, knowledge transfer and industry uptake.

This year has seen the longest run of reasonable and stable prices in living memory for many pig-keepers - but industrial unrest at Grampian is casting a shadow over this scene of tranquility, says the NPA. Sellers are hoping the Grampian dispute over pensions will be settled soon to avoid more pigs being rolled in the weeks ahead.
     On Friday most spot abattoirs were able to buy bacon pigs in the 103-105p range for this week, reports Traffic Lights. Cutters earned a modest premium at between 106-109p. The cull sow market has remained relatively firm reflecting more stable EU values with buyer's quotes averaging circa 74p/kg.

A new study has found significant links between temperature levels and pig productivity. Research has confirmed that hot weather generally spells bad news for European pig producers.
     European temperature levels normally peak in late June and fall thereafter as the autumn approaches. This year July and August temperature levels in the UK were lower than average and this has led to better growth rates on finishing units.

Declining EU pigmeat values have hit UK producer prices at a time of year when they normally rise, according to FWi. The EU mainland average producer pig price has fallen 7p since late June to 91p/kg. It is being tracked down by the GB Euro Deadweight Adjusted Pig Price, which has hit 104.5p/kg, compared with 106.4p three months ago.
    Better growth rates with the return to cooler weather have also put extra supplies onto the European market where retail demand is described as lacklustre. But the rate of decline in EU pig prices is reported to be levelling out with signs of better demand in Germany and Denmark on the horizon.

Dutch pig meat export figures are on the rise, according to provisional figures by the country's Product Boards for Livestock, Meat, and Eggs (PVE). Dutch pig meat exports increased to 536,000 tonnes during January-August this year, a 9-percent rise from the same period last year.
     The growth is mainly attributed to an export rise to Poland, Hungary and other accession EU countries, amounting to an overall rise from 13,000 to 27,000 tonnes. Export of Dutch hams to Italy also increased - the amount of ham exported so far rose by 13,000 tonnes, pushing up the number to 134,000 tonnes.

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The European Probiotic Association reports on the success of its International Seminar that took place September 6th, in Roma, as part of the 3rd Probiotics, Prebiotics and New Foods Congress.
     The seminar gathered scientists, nutritionists, veterinary, as well as industrials from the animal feed and the food sectors. For the first time, the EPA decided to link its seminar to a human nutrition congress, believing that both communities share many topics and issues, and it was a good opportunity for exchanges and discussions between experts of both human and animal nutrition.

In their weekly review of the US hog industry, Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain say that the almost unbelievable growth in pork exports still continues. For July, pork exports in 2005 were up 36.9% from a year earlier and pork exports for January-July were up 26.2%. This is on top of a 27% growth in 2004.
     US exports in the first seven months as compared to 2004 by country were: Japan up 16.7%, Canada up 36.8%, Mexico up 2.6%, Russia up 124.6%, South Korea up 174.7%, Hong Kong down 61.7%, Mainland China up 64.3% - exports to Hong Kong and mainland China were up 18.9%, Taiwan down 14.8%, the Caribbean up 70% and all other up 148.6%.
See also: US pork exports continue strong run

In a span of less than one month, Smithfield Foods, Inc., has launched major expansion projects on behalf of three subsidiaries that are stimulating significant economic development and job growth at four company locations in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.
     The $213.5 million expansion projects for subsidiaries Farmland Foods, Patrick Cudahy and John Morrell & Co. are part of Smithfield Foods’ overall plan to spend $354 million during the next 18 months to expand processed meats facilities at nine company locations.

The construction of large hog confinements hit a record high in Iowa this year as environmentalists and rural neighbors continued to protest the spread of the livestock farms. Driven by higher hog prices, many producers who scaled down or got out of the business, are again seeing the profit potential in raising hogs, reports AgriNews.
     State officials reported that 137 construction permits were issued for new livestock operations through August, a 59 percent increase over last year's record. For the third straight year, Iowa has issued a record number of permits for new livestock operations. Most of them were for confinements to house more than 2,500 hogs.

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Nitrogen management is probably the single most variable production input growers face in agriculture, and with the continued increase in fertilizer costs, application efficiency is becoming increasingly important. In response to this need, Ohio State University soil research and Extension specialists are evaluating the use of optical sensors in nitrogen management.
     "Nitrogen efficiency in crop production, such as corn, is estimated to be only about 33 percent, suggesting that under current nitrogen recommendation methods the majority of nitrogen applied is going elsewhere other than into the crop," said Robert Mullen, an OSU Extension specialist with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and an assistant professor for the School of Natural Resources.

The Canadian Pork Council has kicked off the first round of consultations on a proposed national swine traceability system. Over the next three weeks representatives of the provincial pork organizations will get their first look at the first draft of a proposed national swine identification and traceability system.
     The system, which has been under development for the past two years, is intended to provide traceback in the event of foreign animal disease. CPC Hog Traceability Working Group Chair Dennis McKerracher says representatives will outline what the committee looked at and gather feedback.

In this weeks China hog report, eFeedLink state that live hog prices in China generally moved lower in the week ending Sep 19. Pork consumption during the current festive season in China did not match the quantity of live hogs released into domestic markets. This consequently dampened market sentiments that formerly anticipated a rise in live hog prices during China's current Mid-autumn Festival. With farmers facing a significant build up in live hog inventories and an oversupply in the market, live hog prices generally started to weaken.

In less than seven weeks, Japanese Encephalitis (JE) has killed more than 1,000 people, mostly children under 15 in northern India and neighbouring Nepal, reports New India Press. The disease has spread to more than 25 districts in Uttar Pradesh and other districts. Nearly, 4,000 infected people are still fighting for their lives in the overcrowded hospitals in districts of UP and Bihar.
     The situation has deteriorated due to unexpected revival of monsoon across north India. Further, a shortfall of vaccines and life-saving drugs have aggravated the problem.

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Kenya has notified the World Trade Organisation of a ban of pork products from South Africa. This follows an outbreak of swine fever in the country. Announcing the decision, the chief hygiene officer at the Ministry of Livestock Development, Dr Joseph Musaa, said: "Consumers of pork products need not be alarmed ... as there has been no recent importation of pork products from South Africa."
     The Department of Veterinary Services communicated the decision to the WTO last week. The products banned include domestic and wild pigs, products intended for animal feed, and products for agriculture as well as industrial use.

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* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 6 new features this week:

Pork Outlook Report - September 2005
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the September 2005: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Pork Industry data. July exports continued to add strength to wholesale pork demand and hog prices.

Swine Research Review 2005
This page links all the University of Guelph Swine Research Review 2005 articles.

Hong Kong Livestock and Products Annual - September 2005
By USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service - This article provides the pork industry data from the USDA FAS Livestock and Products Annual 2005 report for Hong Kong. A link to the full report is also provided. The full report includes all the tabular data which we have omitted from this article.

Korea Livestock and Products Annual - September 2005
By USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service - This article provides the pork industry data from the USDA FAS Livestock and Products Annual 2005 report for Korea. A link to the full report is also provided. The full report includes all the tabular data which we have omitted from this article.

Philippines Livestock and Products Annual - September 2005
By USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service - This article provides the pork industry data from the USDA FAS Livestock and Products Annual 2005 report for Philippines. A link to the full report is also provided. The full report includes all the tabular data which we have omitted from this article.

Taiwan Livestock and Products Annual - September 2005
By USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service - This article provides the pork industry data from the USDA FAS Livestock and Products Annual 2005 report for Taiwan. A link to the full report is also provided. The full report includes all the tabular data which we have omitted from this article.

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* Finally...

Farmers fear impact from Katrina

      ILLINOIS - His face smudged with dark grit, Glen Mueller stepped down from a mammoth combine this week and stared out across a corn crop jeopardized by quandaries far larger than the machinery towering over him.
     He and other farmers are facing a double whammy as the harvest begins. The record yields of last year are a faded memory, replaced by crops parched, browned and thinned by months of drought.
     And now, damage done by Hurricane Katrina threatens to push up the cost and create delays in getting this year's crop to export terminals down the Mississippi River.
     "It's going to be a rough year," says Mueller, his clothes covered with a fine dust of pulverized corn husks and stalks. "I just hope to make enough to be here next year."
     Even as the river reopens to shipping, the snarled barge traffic caused by Katrina continues to threaten the ability of Mueller and other farmers to get their grain to overseas markets. Many farm cooperatives and grain elevators say they have little, if any, storage space for farmers who still haven't even hit the stride of their harvests.

That's all for this week.


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