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Newsletter - 20th March 2006

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Basic Pig Husbandry - The Boar
By Graeme Taylor and Greg Roese, Livestock Officers Pigs, Intensive Industries Development, Tamworth - This Primefact is one of five articles providing an overview of basic pig husbandry, covering boars, gilts and sows, the litter, weaners and grower herds.

Agricultural Commodity Markets Outlook
By the European Commission - This report analyses the evolution of world agricultural commodity markets over the course of the last 25 years and anticipates the potential changes that will likely take placeover the coming decade. It is primarily based on the medium term outlook of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the economic forecasts of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI).

US Pork Outlook Report - March 2006
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the March 2006: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Pork Industry data.
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We start this week in the Eastern Cape where pig farmers are bearing the brunt of recent culling efforts in the wake of a spate of swine fever outbreaks. David Osborne, one of the directors of Number Two Piggeries, said the farm had 26,000 pigs culled in August last year and had lost R65 million (approx US$1 million) as a result.
     Simon Streicher, the chief executive of the SA Pork Producers Association, said swine fever had initially been diagnosed in August last year and that is was a good sign that the disease has been contained in one province.

Zimbabwe might soon experience a shortage of pork products because of a critical lack of stock feed, the Daily Mirror reported today. Paul Ndiweni, director of the Pig Industry Board, was quoted as saying that "The shortage is going to affect viability of the industry and our excellent market."
     He said farmers were now resorting to non-conventional foods to sustain the porkers. The PIB boss said maize shortages in the country had resulted in reduced feed production by manufacturers.

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In India, the bodies of ten pigs were recovered from Indore on Saturday sparking fears that the avian influenza virus had managed to penetrate the City’s porcine population. The pigs were however buried without post-mortem and the cause of their death will remain a mystery, reports the Hindustan Times.
     "Nearly 400 pigs in the city have died over the last 4 months. During the last bird flu scare we carried out random post-mortems and the cause of death was found to be viral pneumonia. In all probability, the animals buried today died of the same disease", Indore Municipal Corporation Health Officer Dr MK Gautam said.

Moving to the US, Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain this week report that hog slaughter continues to run at record high levels. The average weight of barrows and gilts in Iowa-Minnesota for the week ending March 11 was a record high for that week at 269.3 pounds, up 1.5 pounds from a year earlier.
     Good news continues to flow from the foreign trade arena, they say. Pork exports for January of 2006 were up 20.2% from 2005. The growth in January pork exports since 2004 is 50% and since 2003 a whopping 72%. Will it be possible to get a 20% growth in pork exports for the year 2006 following two years of plus 20% growth? At least January results say yes.

"The other white meat" has been pork producers' slogan for a decade, but some are now using an even newer identity for their products: niche pork. After years of trying to slenderize pigs and market pork as a smart alternative to chicken, a small number of pork producers have taken to reintroducing pork the way it used to be: with fat and without additives.
     Demand for niche pork has grown, and Carpentersville-based Trim-Rite Food Corp. is banking on that demand to continue as they prepare to build a $17 million processing facility in Freeport. Niche producers avoid giving pigs antibiotics, flavor enhancers, sodium or growth hormones says the report.

Postweaning Multisystemic Wasting Syndrome, or PMWS, research is near the top of the Pork Checkoff’s list of funding priorities in the area of swine health in 2006. The Swine Health Committee, a producer-led working group tasked with setting swine health research priorities and selecting proposals, has approved the funding of six projects related to PMWS and Porcine Circovirus-2 (PCV-2) for a total of $300,000.
     Producers on the Swine Health Committee identified PMWS as a funding priority following an increase in the incidence of PMWS cases reported from operations around the country.
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In his weekly hog review, Wayne D. Purcell reports that lean hogs on the CME finished higher after opening in light buying. The APR’06LH futures contract closed at $59.725/cwt., up $0.968/cwt. The JUNE’06LH futures closed at $68.625/cwt, up $0.475/cwt. The higher cattle market helped lean hogs amid lessening fears that one mad cow could hurt the cattle market, he said.

In Canada, scientists at the Prairie Swine Centre are recommending a combination of strategies to reduce the need to include inorganic phosphorus supplements in swine diets. Because 40-50% of the phosphorus in feeds is tied up as phytate phosphorus and is not available to pigs, swine producers often supplement with inorganic phosphorus to meet nutritional needs.
     Prairie Swine Centre swine nutritionist Dr. Denise Beaulieu says producers have several options, the most effective being the use of an enzyme that helps the pigs utilize the unavailable phosphorus.

The Animal Industry Corn Users (AICU), a coalition consisting of the Canadian Pork Council, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, and Animal Nutrition Association of Canada, was shocked and outraged by the CBSA final decision released last week. The CBSA have reaffirmed the preliminary determination of dumping and subsidizing, and maintain the duty of US$ 1.65/bushel until the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) concludes its inquiry in mid-April.
     The only glimmer of hope was the reduction of the dumping and countervail margin to US$ 1.47/bushel. Clare Schlegel, CPC President explains, “The newly established rate is still prohibitively high, and doesn’t prove that Canadian corn producers are suffering injury caused by U.S. corn imports. We will argue this at next week’s Trade Tribunal hearings.”
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A surge in cheap pigmeat imports by Britain's supermarkets are being blamed for a dramatic cut in UK farmgate pig prices reports The Press and Journal. Grampian Pig Producers said the future of the Scottish pig sector was again under threat as Tesco and Asda had in the last month increased pork imports and cut UK purchases dramatically.
     The moves are already understood to have left the Grampian Country Food Group (GCFG) without a market for 17,000 of the 55,000 pigs it slaughters weekly at its UK processing plants. Mr Howie said: "We believe this is a cynical move, triggered by the supermarket price war to flood the market with surplus pigs and reduce the UK national average price on which contract prices are based.

Regarding pig numbers, the UK pig breeding herd decreased by just under 7% report Defra in their final results from the December 2005 survey of agriculture for England. The number of fattening pigs decreased by just over 1%.

Firmer EU values may feed through to the domestic market in the weeks ahead, raising UK pigmeat from their current low levels, reports FWi. The EU “Big Six” Mainland average price has risen to the equivalent of 96p/kg deadweight and stands at its highest level since September 2005.
     Domestic UK prices have moved in the opposite direction during the first two months of the year with the latest Deadweight Adjusted Pig Price quote of 100.16p/kg compared with 101.89p at the start of 2006. Signs of EU consumers switching from poultry due to bird flu concerns and reports of Classical Swine Fever in Germany may benefit UK producers at a time when price rises are needed.

In New Zealand, waitangi day weekend will go down in the memory of pig farmer Chris Trengrove for the worst of reasons. The farmer knew something was wrong was when many of his young pigs began to waste away. Trengrove, chairman of the NZ Pork Industry Board, learnt that they had almost certainly been exposed to PMWS.
     About 5% of his weaners have since been taken down by the syndrome. The closest estimate is that 1000 weaners have died so far out of the 20,000 pigs that have gone through the susceptible six-week to 12-week age group from November.
Further information: PMWS Technical Zone

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The NZ pork industry is hoping that a new product based on the classic pork and apple combination will put some zest back into a sector under siege from expanding imports and shrinking prices, reports Radio New Zealand. In what is believed to be a world first, Massey University scientists have taken the moisture enhancement process commonly used in pig meat a step further, and developed a way of infusing pork with apple juice.

China should allow pigs to be bought and sold on commodity exchanges in an effort to stabilize fluctuant pig prices and increase farmers' incomes. So said Zhu Yuchen, director of the Dalian Commodity Exchange and deputy of the 10th National People's Congress, speaking last week in Beijing. "An exchange will help to stabilize the price of pigs, reduce related risks for producers and consumers, and help to increase farmers` income in rural areas," Zhu said.

In this weeks China Hog Market Weekly, eFeedLink report that live hog prices were marginally lower during the week ending Mar 13, with stability or slight gains seen in some regions. As hog prices continued to move lower in most regions, producers were less inclined to release stocks into the market.

Company news

The worldwide leading manufacturer of housing equipment, the Big Dutchman group, received prominent support in Skandinavia last week as Kesko Agro Ltd. took over the distribution of pig housing equipment as exclusive Big Dutchman distributor in Finland. Kesko Agro Group Director Eero Pajulahti was very optimistic highlighting the "Innovative technology, unsurpassed know-how and fast service".

Switching semen supplier could save pig producers more than £12.50 per litter - or over £14,000 per year for a 500-sow herd, according to Ed Sutcliffe, technical director of Yorkshire-based pig breeding company, ACMC. "Attaining optimum performance is vital in today's economic climate, so I advise any producer to check out the performance potential of the semen they are buying."



That's all for this week!

Ed.

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