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Newsletter 16th January 2006

Monday 16th January 2006
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This week we start in Canada, where the Canadian Pork Council plans to create a new body which will oversee the day to day operation of its planned national hog identification and traceability system.
     CPC Technical Affairs Specialist Francois Bedard confirmed the group is ready to move forward on the implementation strategy and is to develop a policy decision making body that will address the specific components of traceability.

Tomorrow sees the start of this year's Banff Pork Seminar, the leading seminar of its kind being held at the Banff Centre, Banff, Canada. This 35th annual event, themed Pork Wars - Internal and External Threats, features presentations by international industry leaders on the major trade, marketing, production and environmental issues facing the pork industry today.

The volume of Canadian pork exports will rise in 2006 but the value of those exports will drop, according to predictions by Canada Pork International. Factors, including the potential loss of the Romanian market, which was worth about C$50 million of products last year, will prove maintaining the same levels of return difficult, the CPI said.
     Canada sells to the Romanian market with the best dollar/kilogram ratio, after the US, Japan and Australia. However, Romania will be assuming EU import requirements in June this year, which will affect Canadian exports.

A representative of Ontario Pork suggests the free flow of hogs across the Canada US border is something that's good for the industries in both nations and that needs to be maintained.
     Over the next three weeks representatives of Ontario Pork, Manitoba Pork Council and Sask Pork will travel to the US to participate in annual meetings and industry trade shows in Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska. The effort is designed to promote trade advocacy and help enhance Canada US relations.

If US hog producers enjoy a third consecutive year of profit as projected, accumulated earnings are going to be large enough to encourage further expansion, said a Purdue University Extension marketing specialist. "This may make the years 2007 and 2008 more financially vulnerable, but before starting to worry about the future, we should celebrate the three-year winning streak," said Chris Hurt.
     Hurt noted that the possible third consecutive year of profit, a "three-peat," comes in an industry that could hardly find a positive tilt from 1998 through 2003.
In their weekly review of the US hog industry, Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain report that they continue to be worried about demand for pork and live hogs. Demand for all meats this year other than broilers is down from a year earlier. For January-November, pork demand at the consumer level was down 4.7% from 12 months earlier.
     For September-November, pork demand was down 6% from a year earlier. The good news for producers is that demand for live hogs and fed cattle was much better than the demand for meat at the retail level. Live fed hog demand for January-November of 2005 was down only 0.5% from the same months in 2004.

The USDA has awarded the University of Illinois $10 million to provide the initial genome sequence of the pig. U of I animal geneticists, Lawrence Schook and Jonathan Beever recently created a side-by-side comparison of the human and pig genomes and are excited that they will now be able to take that research to the next level.
     Schook, Beever and Bruce Schatz from the Department of Medical Information science at the U of I will coordinate the project. "After many years of laying the foundation for sequencing of the pig genome it is truly rewarding to see our dreams of a porcine sequence come true," said Beever.

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The USDA is considering a new approach for a national animal identification system that would allow the department to link to a network of private and state-operated animal tracking databases, Dr. John Clifford, USDA’s chief veterinarian, said at an American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting conference.
     The system would allow USDA to tap into a portal of various animal identification and tracking systems run by commodity groups or other organizations, as well as into 20 existing state databases. The new approach retains the critical components of a national database already established by USDA: premises registration, animal identification (individual or by groups/lots) and animal tracking.

Farmers in England will not see their single farm payment until the second half of February at the earliest, reports FWi. The news has emerged in the same week that a farming helpline reported calls were on the rise because of farmers becoming desperate about SFP delays.
     The Rural Payments Agency claims it is still on target to begin full payments in February, but it is likely to be toward the end of the month.

Supermarkets have reported a bumper Christmas this year for their premium fresh meat ranges, where sales have more than doubled on some lines to total £60m. Tesco told FWi that demand for British-produced meats like its Finest gammon was up 58% on the year, while Finest beef had seen a similarly impressive growth in sales.
     Sainsbury's reported that sales of its Taste the Difference meat range were up 12%. Tesco commercial director Steve Murrells said it was good news for the British farmers that produce the meat, and he urged more producers to aim for the premium end of the market. "The trend for premium foods sourced in the UK is set to continue well into 2006 and beyond as customers become more and more interested in provenance.

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Health, cost, competitiveness and value are the priorities for a profitable and sustainable pig industry in England and Wales according to the new strategy just published by the British Pig Executive. Road to Recovery 2006-2009 is a completely revised and updated strategy which builds on the successes of the plan originally launched in 2002.
     The aim is to enable the England and Wales pig industry to achieve sustainable international competitiveness through reducing production and processing costs and maximising the value of its pork and pork products.

One of the keynote speakers at the Pig&Poultry Fair seminars on animal health will be Dr Thomas G. Blaha, professor of epidemiology at the School of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover. In his address, Dr Blaha will speak about how carcase scoring in Germany is being used to improve the health of pigs.
     British pig-keepers will be particularly interested in this subject, as most have now signed up to England’s own carcase scoring scheme, which promises great things. Dr Blaha is also a world authority on salmonella and producers in ZAP groups two and three may wish to take the opportunity to quiz him on reducing salmonella on their farms.

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In this weeks China Piglet Market Weekly, eFeedLink report that China's piglet prices moved within a narrow range in the week ending Jan 12. Despite higher hog prices in the week in review, near-term profit concerns as well as increased protein meal prices had kept producers cautious about buying piglets.
     In the provinces of Shandong, Guangdong and Sichuan, small farms and backyard farmers were generally not interested in making piglet purchases. Buying of piglets by a few big farms has failed to prevent prices from declining. Piglet prices in the provinces of Henan, Hebei, Hunan and Hubei were unchanged. Buying interest was affected by the discovery of pig diseases in some farms. Cross-province deliveries of piglets have also declined.
     In the China Live Hog Weekly report, hog prices were generally higher during the week that ended Jan 9 on increased demand. Strong demand for ham and sausage also helped to boost hog prices in these provinces and region. Prices of foreign common crossbreed hogs were up by RMB0.20/kg while those of native common crossbreeds were up by a smaller margin.

In Taiwan, scientists say they have bred three pigs that glow in the dark, the BBC reports. They claim that while other researchers have bred partly fluorescent pigs, theirs are the only pigs in the world which are green through and through. The pigs are transgenic, created by adding genetic material from jellyfish into a normal pig embryo.
     The researchers hope the pigs will boost the island's stem cell research, as well as helping with the study of human disease.

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*This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Prebiotic Feed Additives: Rationale and Use in Pigs
By John A. Patterson and presented at the 2005 Banff Pork - Disease has always been a critical issue in pig production, affecting not only animal health and well-being, but also the physical and economic health of the producer.

Nebraska Swine Report 2005 : Effects of Nutrition During Gilt Development on Sow Lifetime Productivity
By Rodger K. Johnson and Phillip S. Miller and published by the University of Nebraska - A four-parity study is proposed to examine the effects of nutritional manipulation during gilt development on subsequent sow performance.

Preparing Your Barn for Spring and Winter
By Brian Andries and published by the Prairie Swine Center - The variation in temperature changes starting late fall and progressing into the winter months requires strategies dealing with ventilating pig barns in our cold climate regions. Ventilation deals with brining in fresh air to meet heating and cooling requirements.

Impact on EU Pork Trade of US Regionalization for CSF
By USDA Foreign Agricultural Service - This report examines the amount (value) of trade between the US and the EU in pork products, looking specifically at how CSF has impacted EU pork exports to the US. This report also describes the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's (APHIS) efforts to regionalize the EU-25 for Classical Swine Fever (CSF), and details the progress made thus far.

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That's all for this week!

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