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* News Overview (link to ALL this weeks news)

This week we start in the US, where North American hog and pork prices are currently very profitable, according to eFeedLink. However, sources were unsure how high values could actually go before retreating amid unprecedented strong demand. A trade dispute between Canada and the U.S. also has the potential to disrupt the market, sources added.

Even though federally mandated animal ID systems may a year or more away, it is in farmers and ranchers' self-interest to start voluntarily tagging their livestock electronically now, reports Eurekalert. "With an animal ID system in place, the search for the BSE source could have theoretically taken 48 hours instead of 48 days," said a Texas Cooperative Extension specialist.

Burger King Corp is testing its new pork range with the "Smokehouse Barbecue Pork Sandwich" in its Atlanta, Omaha and Sioux Falls stores. The new product was reportedly developed with the help of the National Pork Board, reports

The NPPC welcomed Australia's announcement May 10 that it would be implementing its import risk assessment to allow US pork imports, as previously, Australia had banned U.S. pork because of alleged sanitary issues.

In Australia, the Senate's Rural Affairs Committee has written to the country's head of quarantine, urging him to reverse the decision to allow pig meat imports into Australia. Biosecurity Australia says the new policy is very tight, and any countries with cases of pork respiratory or wasting diseases will have to cook their meat prior to export.

In New Zealand, Pig farmers are urging pork industry bosses to think twice before trying an expensive and unproven strategy to combat a disease threatening the pig farming industry. The strategy to eliminate PMWS would involve reducing all stock numbers, fumigating piggeries, and starting from scratch on affected piggeries, effectively costing each farmer a year's production.

In China, eFeedLink reports that in the first two months of 2004, China's pork export turnover reached US$101 million which represents a year-on-year increase of 23%. Q1 Live hog inventory rose marginally while slaughtered hogs and the production of pork showed an upward trend.
Europe's governments have turned their noses up at a EU proposal to scrap labels like "British beef" and replace them with an "EU origin" logo. Discussions in Ireland between farm ministers revealed widespread resistance to the EC's overhaul of beef labeling systems. Germany, France, the UK and eleven other countries rejected the idea despite agreeing that better information was needed in the wake of the BSE crisis.

Austria stopped imports of Hungarian hogs on the hoof unlawfully according to a resolution of a standing committee of the EC's Health and Consumer Protection Directorate General, reports Austria banned imports of hogs on the hoof from Hungary, saying no guarantees existed that the Hungarian stock was completely free from Aujesky disease (pseudorabies).

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In the UK, the National Fallen Stock Company has announced its new proposals for a National Fallen Stock Scheme, according to Defra. Chairman of the Board Michael Seals said that: "Following the delay in launching of the Scheme this Spring, we have taken the opportunity to consult with the farming industry on a new approach which would charge farmers according to their usage of the Scheme".

The NFU this week announced its support for the structure of the new national fallen stock scheme and is pleased with the approach taken by the National Fallen Stock Company. NFU President Tim Bennett said: “The NFSC has presented a fairer and more equitable scheme for the entire livestock industry.

Dedicated people from across the UK livestock and meat industry have agreed to join the newly created Health and Welfare Council. The council is a key step in the development of the national Pig Health and Welfare Strategy launched by BPEX at the end of last year, reports the NPA.

Pork cheeks and pork belly are among the more unusual cuts of meat being used by chefs in pubs and restaurants, according to the British Pig Executive. At the BPEX chef conference, held last month, chefs showed a lot of interest in unusual pork cuts and swapped ideas about how to use them.

The Government has published its strategy for developing a comprehensive surveillance programme for antimicrobial resistance in animals for England and Wales. The emergence of antimicrobial resistance as a serious problem in human medicine has led to increasing concern about the use of antibiotics in veterinary medicine and animal production.

The British pig and poultry industries have announce initiatives to regain some of the recent massive drop in their respective markets. In the past year alone, imports of pork and processed products have increased by 14% to nearly 800,000 tonnes. Denmark and the Netherlands are major pigmeat suppliers, though industry sources claim a significant share comes from third countries with from systems that do not meet UK minimum legal standards.

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* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 3 new features this week

The Likely Effects of EU Enlargement
By the USDA's Economic Research Service – As ten new countries join the European Union, this report by the ERS looks in detail at what effects this will have on the EU's current agricultural market.

Can Spot and Contract Markets Co-Exist in Agriculture?
By Miguel Carriquiry and Bruce A. Babcock, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University. - New production technologies, consumers who are more discriminating, and the need for improved coordination are among the forces driving the move from spot markets to contracts.

Effect of high lysine corn diets on growing swine
By Asche GL, Crenshaw JD, Lewis AJ, Peo ER Jr. - This article looks at the effect of dry, high-moisture and reconstituted normal and high-lysine corn diets and particle size on energy and nitrogen metabolism in growing swine.

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* Finally...

Tulip and Flagship Foods to merge

     Flagship Foods Limited and Danish Crown have reached agreement to combine the businesses of Flagship Foods Ltd and Danish Crown's UK subsidiary Tulip Limited creating one of the UK's largest meat groups, according to the NPA.
     The new group will be called Tulip Ltd. Flagship group comprises Roach Foods Ltd, Dalehead Foods Ltd, Flagship Fresh Meats Ltd (the business acquired from Glanbia PLC in 2003) and BQP.
     Tulip Ltd has several processing factories in the UK including Hygrade acquired in 2003.
     The new group plans to cover the complete range from farm to fork, including pig production, abattoirs and fresh meat operations, as well as significant bacon, cooked meats and other further processed products.
     The UK sales of the new group will be close to £1 billion, and it will employ almost 7,000 people across 21 sites.

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