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* News Overview (link to ALL this weeks news)

We start this week with the latest on the continuing
Pork War between Canada and the US. Manitoba's Agriculture Minister is promising an aggressive defense of Canadian pork producers against American efforts to impose countervail and antidumping duties on live Canadian hogs, reports Farmscape.

The American hog industry should look in its own back yard to understand why Canadian hogs are shipped into the US, says a Maple Leaf Foods spokesperson. Gary Stott said heavily subsidized corn and soybeans give US producers an edge when it comes to finishing hogs

Foodmakers and grocers would begin applying country-of-origin labels on red meat, seafood, produce and peanuts on Sept. 30 - a return to the original starting date - under a U.S. House bill unveiled on Thursday. The bill would overturn a two-year delay approved by Congress in January, reports Reuters.

In Japan, unauthorized vaccination may have caused hog cholera antibodies in blood samples from pigs at a farm in Kagoshima Prefecture, reports Japan Today. "We think the antibodies were created through the use of a vaccine and cannot believe the pigs were infected from outside," a Kagoshima official said.
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Suspected hog cholera cases found in Kagoshima

Japanese poultry and pork processors will offer the same product traceability to their retail customers and consumers that they currently offer for beef. Nippon Meat Packers will enable customers via the Internet to pinpoint the farms where its chickens and hogs were raised and to find other information, such as feeds and vaccines used in raising the animals, reports MeatingPlace.

The European Commission has ended pork export subsidies as a result of a supply glut of pork coupled with rising prices. However, pig producers are concerned that the efforts to reduce food prices further could have harmful consequences for the industry. Farm to retail price spread has dropped from 284% to 271% for fresh pork over the past six months.
See Also: Export refund suspended

An industry expert claims that food safety in Europe is lagging behind the US because supermarkets here don’t care enough and manufacturers don’t have enough money to implement adequate systems. As a result the European food industry needs to think about some form of financial redistribution, reports FoodProductionDaily.

In the UK, more British pig meat will soon be on it way to Japan following the success of a BPEX stand at the major Foodex show. This was a follow-on from the two highly successful mission mounted by BPEX which were instrumental in re-opening the huge Japanese market to top quality British pig meat.

Pig producers are concerned that lower food prices pledged by major UK supermarkets will drive down farmer returns rather than promoting more demand at point of sale, according to FWi. This would undo the recent narrowing of the farm to retail price spread, which has dropped from 284% to 271% for fresh pork over the past six months.

In The Netherlands, the size of the pig herd is falling, following the trend throughout Europe but pork production is remaining stable, according to MeatNews. Despite the fact that the size of the national pig herd is falling, Dutch pig meat production in 2004 will be virtually the same as in 2003. The smaller herd will mainly have an impact on exports of slaughter pigs and piglets.

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In Australia, the Federal Government has announced a joint working group to investigate the struggling pork industry, ABC Rural reports. The last few years have seen disaster after disaster hit the pig industry. Prices have crashed, pork imports have increased, grain prices have gone through the roof, and it's all been compounded by the strong Australian dollar. The move has been welcomed by the industry, with the working group due to report back in three months.

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 3 new features this week

Pig Aggression
By The Scottish Agricultural College - Under modern commercial conditions, pigs are mixed with unfamiliar animals several times during their lives, and this leads to aggressive behaviour such as fighting and bullying. The aggression that occurs at mixing results in skin lesions. Losers of fights show signs of social stress, such as trying to escape from their attackers and reduced activity. This article provides the Introduction to work done at the SAC on Pig Aggression and links to the other pages of the report.

Nursery Management and Performance
By J.F. Patience, A.D. Beaulieu, C. Levesque and C. Bench for Prairie Swine Centre - Nursery management and nutrition is attracting increasing attention on the part of many producers for a number of reasons. The first relates to expenditures undertaken in this phase of production. While feed consumption in the nursery is small compared to that in growout, the cost of diets is high.

Effect of vitamin supplements on some aspects of performance, vitamin status, and semen quality in boars (abstract)
By Audet I, Laforest JP, Martineau GP, Matte JJ. Dairy and Swine Research and Development Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The aim of the present study was to determine the effects of dietary supplements of vitamins on vitamin status, libido, and semen characteristics in young boars under normal and intensive semen collection.

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* This Weeks Practical Tip (link to weekly tips page)
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Topic: The Management of Infertility
Subject: Returns to oestrus more than 23 days post mating

This weeks tip continues the theme on returns and looks at the reasons for pigs returning to heat 23 days or more after mating.

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Factors resulting in increased return rates more than 23 days post mating

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* Finally...

SIV Gets More Complicated - Diagnosis and Treatment Include Larger Number of Virus Strains

Swine influenza virus (SIV) used to be a seasonal problem - pigs got sick in the fall and winter and then they got over it. Today's mix of SIV strains has turned swine flu into a year-round problem for swine producers.
     Dr. Kurt Rossow, Veterinary Diagnostic Medicine, University of Minnesota, reports an above average number of cases of SIV through early December. Recent numbers show 11 percent of cases positive for SIV in September 2003, jumping to 33 percent of cases the first week of December 2003.
     "These cases are showing different H1N1 viruses and changes in H3N2 viruses as well," he states. "While it's still out there and needs to be considered, the classic H1N1 (cH1N1) is no longer the predominant SIV type."
     Similar patterns are being seen in Iowa notes Dr. Bruce Janke, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Iowa State University. "The SIV samples we've looked at from 2002 and 2003 nearly all appear to be the new reassortant H1N1 rather than classic H1N1."

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