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Tuesday 7th June 2004
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Welcome to this weeks newsletter

Just a quick reminder that it's World Pork Expo this week in Des Moines, Iowa. has a stand in the Varied Industries building (stand no. 260) so please feel free to drop in for a chat and some refreshment. We would love to see you.

* News Overview (link to ALL this weeks news)

This week we start in the US, where the General Accounting Office (GAO) has urged federal agencies to step up their efforts to determine if the use of certain antibiotics in animals endangers human health by making bacteria resistant to those antibiotics.

West Lafayette, Ind. sees the USDA's ARS opening a new 2,300-square-foot Farm Animal Behavior and Well-Being Laboratory for the study of stress indicators in livestock. Researchers at the new laboratory will also study the relationship between stress and the ability of pathogenic bacteria to establish themselves in animals.

One aspect of the Animal Identification Plan is to develop a premise identification system that is uniform across the country says the executive director of the Texas Animal Health Commission. Although the system to assign premise ID numbers is not finalized, the goal is to have a system available by the end of the summer.

Mexico's Secretary of Economy announced Tuesday that the country is dropping an anti-dumping case over US pork imports but will initiate a new investigation on imports of US ham and ham products. Though there may have been discriminatory pricing, the Mexican industry failed to demonstrate relevant injury findings.

Canada, for the first time, will host the 15th World Meat Congress which will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba from June 14-17. Meat producers, processors, exporters and retailers will have an opportunity to learn from the world's agriculture policy makers and meat industry experts at the Congress. This year's theme for the Congress is "The World Meat Industry at a Crossroads".

In the UK, another £400,000 has been invested in grants to improve the supply chain and bring benefits to British pig producers, reports BPEX. The Supply Chain Grant Scheme covers six projects, which range from increasing the presence of quality British pork in foodservice, to a website designed to help pig producers sell their products.

GB deadweight pig prices have remained relatively static for the past six weeks, but are now forecast to improve due to sharp rises in key EU markets, which rose by 5% last week. This news will ease the pressure on the GB market, which up to now has been undercut by cheap EU imports, writes Peter Crichton on FWi.

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Pig industry leaders have welcomed the merger between Tulip, Danish Crown's UK subsidiary, and Flagship Foods, which was announced last month. The takeover is subject to competition clearance by the EC but industry sources believe Danish involvement will benefit the pig farming, processing and marketing sectors alike.

One of Britain's most important third country markets for breeding pigs is re-opening its doors reports MeatNews. Britain used to export between 1,000 and 2,000 pigs to Japan each year but it was halted by the outbreak of classical swine fever in 2000. Now, following two missions by the British Pig Executive to Japan where the members met Japanese pig breeders and government officials, the market has been reopened.

A new report by the European Environment Agency signals more restrictions on farmers, says the NPA. It highlights nitrate pollution from agriculture as a continuing problem, despite the measures introduced in recent years, and claims consumers are paying most of the clean-up costs for drinking water.

Russia said on Wednesday it had blocked meat imports from the EU in a dispute over veterinary certificates, leaving beef, pork and poultry piling up at ports and threatening millions of dollars in trade. Russia originally wanted a deal on a new EU-wide veterinary export certificate by May 1, in time for the bloc's enlargement, but negotiations failed.

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* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 2 new features this week

Top 10 cost cutters and revenue generators - Part II
By Lee Whittington, John Patience, Ruurd Zijlstra, Ken Engele, and Shala Christianson and published by Prairie Swine Center. This is Part 2 in the series examining how pork producers can effectively manage costs within their operations. Lowering your cost of production and increasing revenues is more than just good business; for many producers this is the key to surviving the current market situation.

Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) and Biosecurity
By Antec International - This article looks at the causes of Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome and methods of biosecurity to help prevention and control.

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* Finally...

Detectable Needles Become Mandatory June 30th

    Alberta Quality Pork is advising producers of new requirements for the use of 100 percent detectable needles when medicating pigs destined for delivery to federally inspected packing plants in that province.
     Effective June 30th producers who ship hogs to both Olymel and Maple Leaf Pork will be required to use detectable needles on the farm.
     Alberta Quality Pork Manager Sarah Turner says, while Maple Leaf is requiring the use of a 100 percent detectable needle, Olymel has indicated it would prefer a 100 percent detectable needle with a minimum breaking strength of 80 pounds.
     "The reason packers tend to be going this route is that broken needles do cause quite a bit of concern at the packing or the processing level.
     If a broken needle occurs and it isn't reported to them it's very difficult to find a needle that isn't detectable within the product.
     Traditional needles don't have the types of alloys that can be picked up by a metal detector very readily."

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