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Newsletter 27th February 2006

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We start this week in Ireland where pig prices remain unchanged this week, according to the Irish Examiner. Prices range from €1.26 to €1.35 in most plants, with a 6c/kg bonus for welfare pigs. IFA sources say that because factory throughput is back 3,000 head on the corresponding week last year, at 46,504, significantly higher spot prices are being offered to secure supplies.
     Export plants mostly quote flat rate at €1.28 to €1.31/kg net. Welfare pigs average €1.32/kg. Pork Slaughterers quote from €1.32 to €1.36/kg. Weaner prices are steady at €42 to €44 for 32 kg. Sow prices were steady at €28 to €30/cwt liveweight, or 0.85 to 0.94 per kg deadweight.

In the UK, spot price for pigs is nine pence down on last year and demand is uncannily flat, according to the NPA. The Deadweight Average Pig Price looks likely to follow it downwards over the next few weeks - unless action is taken now, they say.
     The NPA are concerned that several retailers are making a concerted effort to walk away from British pork. Chairman Stewart Houston has cleared his diary for next week and will begin a round of meetings with retailers and processors.

In his US Market Report, Wayne D. Purcell says that lean hogs on the Apr’06LH contract closed up $0.75/cwt at $63.25/cwt while the June’06LH futures contract closed at $70.725/cwt, up $0.075/cwt. Gains in futures trailed gains in the cash hog market.
     The pace tapered off late in the day amid talk that cash hog prices may weaken by the end of the week. Several dealers anticipate the number of market-ready hogs increasing this week as bitter cold in the Midwest slows hog deliveries.

Meanwhile, Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain report that hog weights continue to run at record high levels but slaughter numbers for the past three weeks have been below a year earlier. With the smaller number slaughtered, hog prices have rallied back into the solid profit level for the average producer.
     For the year through the week ending February 11, sow slaughter is below a year earlier by 3.6%. However, even though gilt slaughter ran below the five-year average in December, January's gilt slaughter was near the 5 year average and the first three weeks of February is near the five-year average for February. If we are building the breeding herd, it is at a slow rate based on gilt and sow slaughter for the last two months, they say.

In Missouri, the Marion County Health Department is proposing a health ordinance to monitor large confined animal operations (CAFOs), but it won't have the backing of Marion County Commissioners. Health Department officials believe they can enact the ordinance without commission approval, but commissioners and some county officials disagree. The ordinance, written by environmental health specialist Rex Pflantz, is geared to reduce odor and the volatile organic components and chemicals that go with it.

In Canada, the new federal agriculture minister is concerned about the outbreak of Post-weaning Multi-systemic Wasting Syndrome which has killed hundreds of thousands of pigs in Quebec and has also shown up in Ontario. Chuck Strahl discussed the impact of PMWS with Quebec Agriculture Minister Yvon Vallieres when they met for the first time in Montreal Thursday.
     He said PMWS is being monitored by provincial governments to try to understand the depth of the problem and whether it's getting worse. PMWS killed 200,000 pigs in Quebec in 2005, which represents six per cent of total pork production in the province. It has been estimated that one-third of Quebec pork producers could be affected if governments don't provide emergency assistance.
For more information on PMWS see ThePigSite: PMWS Technical Zone

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The Canadian Pork Council suggests, in the face of stable North American consumption, it's important for the Canadian pork industry to continue its focus on sales opportunities in non-NAFTA countries. Last year Canadian pork set new records in terms of both the volume and value of its exports.
     While exports to the United States, Canada's largest export market, declined sales to other key markets, most notably Japan and South Korea increased dramatically. CPC President Clare Schlegel suggests, with demand in Canada and the US holding stable, we'll definitely need to see sales continue to rise it in countries beyond North America.

In Brazil, the city of Foz do Iguassu will be once again the hosting site of the Latin American Pork Expo, responding to the survey carried out with the participants in the 2004's exposition. That survey highlighted a preference of both corporations and participants to holding the event every two years and, as ever, the organizing commission accepted this suggestion, bearing at all times as prior aim to get the satisfaction of customers, partners, friends and visitors.

In this weeks China Piglet Market Weekly, eFeedLink report that piglet prices remained sluggish in the week ending Feb 23. Weak hog prices discouraged hog raisers from replenishing piglet stocks. To reduce production cost, some raisers kept piglets produced in their farms and sent sows for slaughtering.
     Hog raisers' profits have hit their lowest levels in two months. Profits may not rise in the near term as there were still no signs to suggest a quick turnaround in hog and piglet prices.
     In the Hog Market Weekly, live hog prices continued to move lower during the week ending Feb 20, except in the Guangxi region. Cross province deliveries, though few, were more than that the previous week.
     With many workers returning to the city after the Spring Festival holiday, hog deliveries from the countryside to the city and urban pork demand improved. Hog prices in northern China were mostly lower than that in southern regions.

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In New Zealand, heightened competition from Australian imports and falling lamb prices is leading to a sharp drop in incomes for pig farmers. Since Christmas, the pork schedule has fallen by 30 cents a kilogram, reflecting changing dynamics in the global pork industry, and a severe drop in prices for New Zealand lamb, which has become much more competitive in supermarkets.
     At the same time the high value of the Kiwi dollar is seriously eroding returns from the important Singapore market. NZ Pork Industry Board chief executive Angus Davidson says large quantities of chilled and frozen Australian pork are being sold in supermarkets, butchers and other retail outlets. He says the Australians appear to be selling spare production into New Zealand at discounted prices.

Moving pigs between farms is about to become subject to the same paperwork as sending them to slaughter. From March the first, all pork producers will have to complete an Animal Status Declaration when moving pigs anywhere within the country.
     Pork Industry Board chief executive Angus Davidson says the new legislation brings the industry into line with other meat export sectors. Mr Davidson says the rule is merely making mandatory something most pig farmers have been doing on a voluntary basis since a declaration was first drawn up in 2002.

Taiwan's Department of Health said last week that a ban on the sale of three batches of pork ribs imported earlier this year from the Netherlands had been lifted after tests showed that the meat did not contain excess amounts of dioxin as had been suspected.     Nevertheless, the DOH said a ban on imports of Dutch pork and pig viscera imposed on Feb. 3 remains valid pending further evaluation reports from Dutch authorities about risks of dioxin contamination.

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In Papua New Guinea, the National Agriculture Quarantine and Inspection Authority warned yesterday that hog cholera (or swine fever) has spread to Jayapura following an outbreak reported in Timika in Papua province of Indonesia in 2004, and this could spread to PNG soon. NAQIA said all pigs and their products which were not cooked and brought into PNG from across the border must be detained and destroyed without exception.
     The managing director of NAQIA, Andrew Yamanea, said that although hog cholera does not affect humans, NAQIA will do everything they can to prevent the disease from entering the country, especially from the PNG-Indonesian border at Vanimo.

A Scottish sheriff ruled last week there are no wild boars in the UK - only "hairy pigs". The decision saved the bacon of farmer Ian Hogg, 43. He had faced a fine and up to three months' jail after being accused of breaking the law on keeping dangerous wild animals. Environmental health officials claimed he needed a licence for a herd kept on his Perthshire smallholding.
     But a pig expert told Stirling Sheriff Court the definition "wild boar" was just a gimmick. Dr Alastair Macdonald, senior lecturer at the Royal (Dick) Veterinary School in Edinburgh, said: "There's nothing I'd regard as a wild pig in the UK, except perhaps in a zoo.

Finally, a German, village in the state of Bavaria is recovering after being flooded with liquid pig manure reports the BBC. A tank containing the fetid fertiliser burst, sending a deluge of porcine waste into the courtyards and streets of Elsa, police said.
     The sewage was half a metre (1.6ft) deep in places. "The village was swamped with green-brown liquid - the mother of all muck," police spokesman Rainer Prediger, from nearby Coburg, said. The tank held about 52,800 gallons (240,000 litres) of fertiliser.

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*This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Effects of Housing Grow-Finish Pigs in Two Different Group Sizes and Two Different Floor Space Allocations
By Brandy Street and Harold Gonyou and published by the Prairie Swine Center - Past studies on small groups (10-40) of pigs have found a negative impact of crowding on productivity and welfare. Studies examining groups of greater than 40 pigs per pen have found setbacks in the growth rate of pigs soon after mixing. Research into the effects of crowding on grow-finish pigs housed in large groups is minimal, although it has been suggested that pigs housed in large groups may be able to use space more efficiently.

Diagnosing SIV and the Strain of SIV in a Swine Herd
By Robyn Fleck, DVM, Technical Services Veterinarian - In this Technical Service Update, Schering-Plough Animal Health looks at performing SIV genetic analysis.

Pork Central Hog Market Thoughts -February 2006
By Al Prosch, Nebraska University Pork Central Coordinator - Pork prices are staging a mild recovery. Futures prices and cash hog prices have recovered slightly from the recent low. The chart below shows the Western Corn belt cash lean hog price as reported by the Livestock Marketing Information Center.

USDA Agricultural Baseline Projections to 2015
By the Office of the Chief Economist, World Agricultural Outlook Board, USDA - This report provides longrun baseline projections for the agricultural sector through 2015. Projections cover agricultural commodities, agricultural trade, and aggregate indicators of the sector, such as farm income and food prices.

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.

Enterisol Ileitis - The oral vaccine against ileitis
Enterisol Ileitis - The oral vaccine against ileitis

That's all for this week!

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