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Newsletter 20th February 2006

Monday 20th February 2006
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This week we start in the EU, where scientific information will not be the sole driver of future animal welfare legislation, according to a five-year animal welfare action plan adopted by the European Commission.
     The plan proposes current minimum standards for animal welfare be upgraded across the European Union ‘in line with latest scientific information and public demand’. The Commission may establish a ‘European Centre for Animal Welfare’ to collect and exchange of information on animal welfare issues.
     The action plan foresees a classification system for animal welfare practices, to differentiate between minimum standards and cases where even higher standards are used. It foresees setting up standardised indicators whereby production systems which apply higher animal welfare standards than the minimum standards get ‘due recognition’.

Belgium will keep 76 farms under surveillance as a precaution against more cases of dioxin being found in animal feed but has now lifted its general quarantine, its national food agency said last Tuesday.
     AFSCA has said the dioxin came from the use of an unfiltered ingredient to extract pig fat from the process of making gelatin. The extracted fat was later distributed to producers of animal feed and got into a feed ingredient in October.

EU pigmeat prices in the Low Countries have been unsettled by dioxin in feed problems which were reported last week in Holland and Belgium. As a result exports to key markets in Korea, Japan and Taiwan have been stopped until food safety issues are resolved, report FWi.
     Pigmeat prices in Holland and Belgium have fallen by an average of 5p/kg (£4/pig), but pigmeat values in other EU counties have held firm. GB quotes have also remained virtually unchanged with the Deadweight Adjusted Pig Price moving up a shade to 100.86p/kg.

In the UK, the rules governing Nitrate Vulnerable Zones may be tightened up from July this year, the NPA has learned. It has warned that whole farm average manure loading rates could be lowered from 210kg N/ha to 170kg N/ha.
     Most of the UK is covered by NVZ rules and non-compliance may jeopardise Single Farm Payment rates. A closed period for slurry spreading on sandy and shallow soil currently applies between 1 Aug and 1 Jan.
See Also: Proposed NVZ rules will spark hunt for extra land

Last week, more than 30 wild boar were still on the loose in Devon after being released from a farm for the second time. About 45 animals were freed by animal activists from Alan Dedames' Woodland Wild Boar Farm near South Molton last Monday. Only ten have been recaptured.

In New Zealand all pork producers will be required to complete an Animal Status Declaration when moving pigs within New Zealand as well as when sending them for slaughter as from 1 March this year.
     An amendment notice issued in 2005 to the Animal Products Act 1999, under the Specifications for Products intended for Human Consumption, makes an ASD for Pigs mandatory for all pig movements.

The Canadian pork industry broke export records in 2005, shipping 1.029 million tonnes of pork, worth $2.84 billion. The United States was the largest importer of Canadian pork last year, with 388,000 tonnes purchased, at a value of $1.89 billion.
     However, sales to the U.S. have continued to decline over the past two years, and for the first time in many years, now represent less than 40 per cent of the total Canadian pork export market.
     Japan remains Canada’s second largest customer, acquiring 266,000 tonnes of pork at a cost of $1.01 billion, a jump of 30 per cent in both volume and dollar value. Australia continues to be the third largest market, buying 35,000 tonnes in 2005, for $126 million.

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Alphamune G - Shielding, Earning

In the combined US and Canadian Hogs and Pigs Report, the USDA's NASS report that inventory of all hogs and pigs for December 2005 was 75.7 million head, which was up 1 percent from December 2003, and up slightly from 2004. The breeding inventory, at 7.66 million head, was up slightly from a year ago, and up 1 percent from last quarter.
     Market hog inventory, at 68.0 million head, was up slightly from last year, but down 1 percent from last quarter. The pig crop, at 34.2 million head, was up 1 percent from 2003, but down 1 percent from 2004. Sows farrowed during this period totaled 3.75 million head, down 1 percent from last year.

In the US, a central Iowa company hopes their product can make pork even tastier tomorrow than it is today. Biotronics, Inc. recently introduced the BioSoft© Toolbox for Swine, an ultrasound image capturing and interpretation system. Developers say the software program is the first of its kind to accurately predict the percentage of intramuscular fat, or marbling, in live pigs.
     In the past 15-20 years, hog farmers have done a great job of breeding pigs that are lean and muscular. One of the tools they've used is ultrasound technology that has allowed them to measure backfat in live animals and select sires that stay lean. But reducing backfat has also led to less marbling, less intramuscular fat. More marbling is needed to keep pork juicy and tasty.

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Salmonella, one of the planet's most problematic food-poisoning bacteria, may have an accidental ally: transparent, nearly invisible animals called protozoa, according to the USDA's ARS.
     Microbiologist Maria T. Brandl has provided new evidence of the mostly mysterious interaction between these microscopic protozoa and Salmonella. Brandl's discoveries may lead to new, more powerful, and more environmentally friendly ways to reduce the incidence of Salmonella in meat, poultry and fresh produce, they say.

In their weekly review of the US hog industry, Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain report that the average live weights of barrows and gilts in Iowa and Minnesota have averaged above 270 pounds for eight consecutive weeks, ending on February 11.
     The average live weight for these eight weeks was 1.3% heavier in 2006 than in 2005. They believe pork production in January 2006 was up over 1% due to heavier weights. Producers continue to increase the leanness of hogs. During January, the percent lean of hogs represented under the mandatory price-reporting program was up about 0.7% from 12 months earlier.

In this weeks China Piglet Market Weekly, eFeedLink report that piglet prices remained sluggish in the week ending Feb 16. Buying interest was weak in most regions. However, in Sichuan and Hunan provinces, prices of native crossbreed lean piglets were higher on increased buying.
     Concerned that recent weak hog prices may lead to widening losses, most hog raisers, especially those new to the scene, appear to have turned more cautious in buying piglets.

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In China's Hog Market Weekly, efeedlink report that prices are mostly lower. Except for Guangdong province, live hog prices moved lower during the week ending Feb 13 mainly due to reduced pork demand after the Spring Festival holiday and also the steady release of live hogs into markets nationwide, combined with the fact that cross province deliveries of hogs have generally stopped.

Company news

Intervet, the animal health business unit of Akzo Nobel, have announced an agreement to acquire Bayer HealthCare AG's Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine factory in Cologne, Germany. By acquiring this factory Intervet substantially strengthens its worldwide position in the field of FMD vaccines.
     The acquisition is expected to be completed in July 2006. Both parties have agreed not to disclose financial details. The site in Cologne will become Intervet’s international competence center for FMD vaccine research, development and production.

DuPont Animal Health Solutions - bringing new life to biosecurity.
DuPont Animal Health Solutions - bringing new life to biosecurity.

*This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Obtaining Optimal Reproductive Efficiency
By Dr. Todd See, Swine Genetics Specialist, North Carolina State University - To maintain optimal reproduction and throughput in a swine operation, a complete understanding of the operation and its productivity is required.

Large Group Housing for Finishing Pigs
By Harold W. Gonyou and Lee Whittington and published by the Prairie Swine Center - Conventional management of grow/finish pigs until recently has been to keep one or two litters in each pen in order to minimize aggression. In recent years we have moved to sorting pigs by sex (for split sex feeding) or weight (in an unsuccessful attempt to reduce variation at marketing).

US Pork Outlook Report - February 2006
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the February 2006: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Pork Industry data.

USDA Livestock and Products Semi-Annual Reports: Australia and Russia
By USDA, FAS - This article provides the pork industry data from the USDA FAS Livestock and Products Semi-Annual 2006 reports. This week we have reports for the following countries; Australia and Russia.

Cobactan 2.5% - Rapid recovery from respiratory infections
Cobactan 2.5% - Rapid recovery from respiratory infections.

That's all for this week!

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