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Newsletter 30th January 2006

Monday 30th January 2006
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This week we start in Belgium, where authorities have decided to temporarily close more farms after they found traces of a carcinogenic chemical in animal feed, authorities said today.
     The food safety agency closed 96 pig and chicken farms on Friday as it traced the source of dioxins found by a Dutch firm last week back to a vat of Belgian pork fat. The fat is mixed with other feed for the livestock industry.
     Over the weekend, it became clear that more feed might be affected and the authorities planned to close an undisclosed number of additional farms that could have used it, Pascal Hoebaert of the food safety agency told VRT network.

South Korea has suspended pork imports from Belgium and the Netherlands following the dioxins revelations, a quarantine official said on Sunday.
     The move came after Dutch food authority VWA said it had found dioxin in pork fat produced by Belgium's Profat TM. Belgium's Food Agency confirmed that a ban has been put in place and that it was in contact with the South Korean authorities in a bid to resume trade.

In the UK, the gauntlet has been thrown down to the pig industry to make real improvements in productivity and in turn improve cost of production. The challenge was made at a workshop on improving reproductive performance in pigs organised by the British Pig Executive (BPEX).
     BPEX Director of Pig Industry Development Mark Wilson called on the industry to achieve an extra pig born alive per litter and an extra two sold per sow per year. Mark was one of the speakers at a workshop called Setting a New Standard which aimed to improve reproductive performance by training the trainers attended by a wide cross-section from the industry including vets, breeding companies, advisors and larger producers.

Issues facing British pig and poultry keepers, including welfare, increasing energy costs and the effects of bird flu, will be up for debate at the biennial British Pig and Poultry Fair on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 9 and 10, at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.
     "Exhibitor sales are ahead at this stage compared with the last fair in 2004," said Andrea Rutledge of organisers Haymarket Land Events.

In Ireland, Teagasc yesterday disclosed that some vital elements of the advice it had provided on the nitrates directive were not fully included in the final statutory instrument. It said that had this happened, it would have allowed pig farmers access to more grassland farms as an outlet for pig slurry and would have allowed for more flexibility for farmers with less intensive systems of production.
     Fine Gael TD Denis Naughten last night said the Environment Minister Dick Roche and Agriculture Minister Mary Coughlan have serious questions to answer over the Teagasc statement. Teagasc said the advice mainly focused on how soil fertility indices and rates of nitrogen and phosphorus use might be applied in the Irish context.

In Canada, the organizations that represent pork producers in the three prairie provinces have begun the process that will ultimately lead to the creation of a national identification and traceability system for swine, reports Farmscape.
     The Canadian pork industry is targeting 2008 as the date by which it intends to have full identification and traceability as a line of defense against the economic effects of a foreign animal disease outbreak. The system being proposed by the National Hog Identification and Traceability Working Group consists of four main elements, which are being phased in over time.

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In the US this week, Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain report that the prices of live hogs rallied some in early week, but ran into problems in late week. The top live prices last Friday morning were from $1 to $3 lower than a week earlier.
     Hog prices are not expected to rally very much until slaughter is reduced. Even with the slaughter last week over 2.1 million under Federal Inspection, slaughter barrow and gilt weights increased for the week ending January 21 from the week ending January 14. This is the first time in at least the last nine years for hog weights to increase from the second to the third week of the year.

Illinois farmers will soon have a new market available to them - selling carbon credits they can earn by adopting a variety of conservation practices.
     The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and a number of state agencies and private organizations are developing a program that will allow producers and land owners to earn and sell "carbon credits" for using conservation practices, such as no-till and planting grasses and trees.

Bacteria are usually viewed as “the enemy” and targeted with potent antibiotics to curb their ability to cause infection, but according to Agricultural Research Service scientists, microbes can be a farmer’s ally when it comes to reducing the risk that antibiotic-containing manure may pose to the environment.
     Storing waste from antibiotic treated animals in a warm, moist place for as long as possible before spreading it onto fields allows beneficial soil microbes an opportunity to act on an antibiotic, before it has the chance to leach into soils and waterways.

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The Brazilian government intends to develop a National Hog Raising Plan to promote sustainable growth in this sector. The announcement was made last week by the minister of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply at a meeting sponsored by the Brazilian Hog Raisers' Association (ABCS).
     "Hog raising has been growing vigorously in the rural economy, and it is a very good sector for small farmers, very important to family farming, and a segment of great interest to the government," the minister emphasized.

In China eFeedLink report in their Piglet Market Weekly that piglet prices were mixed in the week ending Jan 26. In the south, prices were up on increased buying activity and higher hog prices.
     As piglets are prone to diseases of the respiratory and digestive systems under low temperature conditions, farmers in northern China had held back on plans to replenish stocks. Piglet prices in the provinces of Hebei, Shandong, Jiangsu and Henan were unchanged on lacklustre buying.

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In this weeks hog report, live hog prices in China generally moved lower during the week ending Jan 23. Most meat product businesses have completed stocking up inventories in the run up to the Spring Festival that falls in late January. Fewer hog procurements were seen, while hog raisers anticipating a drop in hog prices after the Spring Festival have released more hogs into the market to clear their stocks quickly.
     With more workers returning to their villages as the Spring Festival approaches, pork demand in large and medium cities fell. On the other hand, pork demand in rural areas has gradually improved lately.

Company news

Expect earnings of $2.60 per share for 2006, say DuPont in their latest financial report. Net income for the fourth quarter was $153 million, or $.16 per share, including a $.03 per share significant item benefit from lower than expected tax cost associated with the repatriation of cash under the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004.
     Fourth quarter 2004 net income was $278 million, or $.28 per share, including significant items totaling a net after-tax charge of $93 million, or $.09 per share. See Schedule B for a summary of significant items.

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*This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week:

Easing Problems Caused by Urease
By Alicia Roberts, Ontario Pork - Piglet health is under close watch now that University of Guelph researchers have identified a potential leading factor in post-weaning piglet diarrhea. The symptom is caused by an enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC), specifically O149 E. coli, which produce toxins in the gut.

Economic Impact of Research in the Swine Industry
By Ken Engele and Lee Whittington and published by the Prairie Swine Center - Today’s pork industry is global in nature, and pork producers find themselves always looking for areas of competitive advantage. One significant area of competitive advantage is through the early adoption of research results.

Pig Loading Decision Tree
By Sarah Fischer, Ontario Pork - This article is a flow chart that looks at the decisions farmers need to make when loading pigs.

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That's all for this week!

Ed.


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