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We start this week in the US, where the food industry is set to benefit from soybean research, as scientists gain funding to map the soybean genome. A team of researchers led by Purdue University plant geneticist Scott Jackson have received $4.5 million to sequence one of the world's leading edible oil sources.
     Used extensively in food formulations and enjoying growing popularity on the back of claimed health benefits, today soybean oil, together with palm oil, accounts for over half of all oil consumed in the world: but production vulnerability means soy prices can fluctuate dramatically. By mapping the genome, scientists hope knowledge gained can be used to reduce the risk to crop supplies.

In their weekly review of the US hog industry, Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain report that Pork exports have continued to grow at an almost unbelievable rate. For August, the 2005 growth was 29.6% compared to 12 months earlier.
     For January-August, pork exports in 2005 are up 26.5%. It now looks like the 2004 total may be exceeded by the end of October. This will be the fourteenth consecutive year for record high exports. For January-August, pork exports amounted to over 13% of US production. For these 8 months, net pork exports were 8.16% of production---up 3.28% of production from 12 months earlier.

With a slower than normal growth rate, the US hog industry is expected to experience higher prices in the first three months of 2006, with much lower prices to end of 2006. Ron Plain, University of Missouri livestock analyst, told Agriculture Online, he sees a slowing pork demand lowering live hog prices to the mid $30 per cwt range by the end of 2006.
     On a live weight basis, for barrows and gilts weighing 265 pounds, prices are seen averaging $45.00 per cwt for the first quarter of 2006, ending the year around $37.00, Plain forecasted.

During October Pork Month, leaders of the National Pork Board, which administers programs funded through the Pork Checkoff, have been assessing the success of their current programs and making plans for 2006.
     “At the National Pork Board, we’re especially pleased by the early success of the new 'Don’t be blah' campaign, which is designed to help members of the so-called ‘fast-food generation’ think of pork when planning meals", said Danita Rodibaugh.

Canadian swine producers are being advised to be prepared in advance for the next US industry initiated trade action. This past spring a US antidumping duty on imported live Canadian swine was repealed and duties collected refunded after the US International Trade Commission determined the imports did not harm US producers.
     The biggest concern for Canadian producers now is that a proposed Canadian duty on US corn will drive up Canadian feed prices making it harder to cover production costs adding to the risk of another trade challenge. Washington based trade lawyer Dan Porter is advising his clients to be ready to hit the ground running.
As the Russian government looks to decrease the country’s reliance on meat imports, research group Market Advice talks about the development of the domestic meat sector. Cynics say that there is no chance that Russian meat production will become competitive enough to provide an adequate level of support to agribusiness. They point out that this sector buys more and more meat from other countries focused on meat exports.
     Yet, other analysts say that a quota-driven Russian meat market is becoming ever more attractive to investors, even though the sector is still dependent on imports. The government wants average meat consumption to reach 70kg per person and is actively promoting domestic producers to help achieve this.

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Visitors to the World's biggest international food fair inundated British Pig Executive (BPEX) staff with queries about buying British pork, breeding stock and processed pork products like sausages. And many of the inquiries at Anuga, in Cologne, came from China and south east Asia as well as our traditional European customers.
     Hopes are high the Chinese market, already open for breeding stock, will soon be opened for pig meat and pig products. BPEX Export Manager Jean Pierre Garnier said: "We struggled to cope with more than 250 pork-related inquiries over the five days.

The European Commission says it wants to produce an action plan next year on how to cut Common Agricultural Policy red tape. "The reforms of 2003 and 2004 gave a major boost to efforts to simplify the CAP, by combining a large number of direct payments into the Single Farm Payment scheme," said Mariann Fischer Boel.
     "I now want to build on this to create a simpler and more streamlined set of laws to govern EU farm policy. The creation of a single Common Market Organisation will reduce bureaucracy and costs for farmers and administrations, give citizens better value for money and allow farmers to concentrate on what they do best: farming."

Country of origin labeling will soon be applied to Irish pork. The move was announced by the Irish Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture and Food, Brendan Smith, at the Teagasc Pig Conference in Longford.
     Smith said that it was the department's intention to extend pig meat labeling legislation to require that consumers be made aware of the true origin of the product they are purchasing. He explained that identification and traceability were important in today's marketplace. The minister complimented pig producers on the significant contribution of the pig sector to the agricultural economy.

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In China, piglet prices were mostly lower in the week ending Oct 20, report eFeedLink in their weekly report. Piglet prices fell sharply in the provinces of Henan, Hubei, Sichuan as well as in Guangxi Zhuang AR. In the provinces of Hunan, Hebei, Liaoning and Shandong, prices were also lower.
     The persistent weakness in live hog prices in the past two weeks has caused profits for hog raisers to decline further. Most of them have become increasingly pessimistic over the price outlook for live hogs and have chosen not to make stock replenishment in the near term. Despite the marginal recovery in live hog prices in northern China this week, hog raisers are still unable to break-even, they say.

In this weeks hog report, eFeedLink report that live hog prices in China generally continued moving lower in the week ending Oct 17, but were stable to higher in some regions. The rapid and significant decline in live hog prices over the past half-month was unexpected.
     Due to significant returns from live hog rearing in 2004, more farms have turned to hog rearing. Improved sow breeds also helped to raise inventory levels. Although live hog diseases have affected hog survival rates, recent hog inventories remained substantial, and unsold hogs were raised as fattening hogs.

In the Eastern Cape, more than 52000 pigs had been culled since August 22 to combat an outbreak of swine fever there, the provincial agriculture department said last week. “We are still continuing culling in the hotspots around Butterworth and East London,” said the department’s Dr Lubabalo Mrwebi.
     Mrwebi said 60% of the animals culled so far were from the commercial sector and 40% were from communal areas. “It is a huge setback for the industry. Eastern Cape farmers have made a massive contribution to the national production of pork.”

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An important agreement for the exclusive supply of genetically-advanced breeding stock has been signed by Yorkshire-based pig-breeding company, ACMC and UAB Kemp ir Partnerai, an influential marketing company in Lithuania.
     The deal, which has the potential to open up future markets in other Baltic States, followed a presentation at a meeting in Kedainiai, by ACMC managing director Matthew Curtis to a group of pig producers representing over half the country's national pig herd.

Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health GmbH recently announced the pan-European launch of ENTERISOL® Ileitis, the first enteric vaccine to have received marketing authorization in the EU to improve pig’s weight gain and to reduce body weight variability. From now on, Enterisol® Ileitis is available in 19 European countries.
     Ileitis is a common enteric disease of pigs which is transmitted by oral-faecal infection with the bacteria Lawsonia intracellularis. The bacteria cause severe intestinal lesions, diarrhea and gut bleedings which can negatively affect growth performance in fattening due to reduced weight gains, extra feed costs in growing pigs and increased body weight variation at slaughter.

Intervet have recently launched the first needleless vaccination tool: the IDAL Vaccinator. The IDAL Vaccinator has three revolutionary features: 1:) It is controlled electronically, 2:) There is no needle and 3:) It delivers the vaccine intradermally. This innovative device makes the vaccination easier and safer for the operator, and a lot more friendly for the pigs.
     The Intervet vaccines - Porcilis Begonia (for the control and/or eradication of Aujeszky's Disease) and Porcilis PRRS (against PRRS virus infection) - are approved for use with the IDAL. The vaccinator is already in use in several countries around the world, with good results.

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* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 4 new features this week:

Effects of sickness on behaviour and resource use of pair-housed piglets
By ST Millman, KC Sheppard, A Gallien and JT Gray, Department of Population Medicine, University of Guelph - This article is taken from the University of Guelph Swine Research Review 2005 report. Sick animals often display characteristic behavioural changes including lethargy, anorexia, increased thermoregulatory behaviour, increased slow-wave sleep, avoidance of social contact, and reduced exploratory behaviour.

US Pork Outlook Report - October 2005
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the October 2005: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Pork Industry data.

Pork Central Hog Market Thoughts for October 2005
By Allen Prosch, Pork Central Coordinator, University of Nebraska - Hog markets responded well to the Hogs and Pigs Report. While the report was as predicted, the lean hog futures contracts moved higher in response to indications of little or no expansion in the breeding herd.

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* Finally...

New research boost for pork industry
     Reducing soaring feed prices will be a focus of a new research centre for Australia's pork industry. The Pork Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), based at the University of Adelaide's Roseworthy campus, aims to pump millions of dollars into the industry through research including better use of feed grains and genetic improvements.
     The centre was launched in Adelaide by federal Agriculture Minister Peter McGauran. CRC Chief executive Dr Roger Campbell said the gaps in the industry's efficiency and competitiveness needed to be identified more clearly.
     "I am excited to be part of what will be a revitalisation of the Australian pork industry and see potential for marked improvements in efficiencies and cost reductions," Dr Campbell said.
     "We are seriously disadvantaged in Australia by the cost and supply of grain, so we are going to look at ways of reducing grain usage, developing grains better suited to pigs, enhancing the availability of nutrients from grains and developing animals and systems that do not require high levels of feed.

That's all for this week.

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