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Tuesday 14th June 2004
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It was good to meet those of you who managed to make the World pork Expo in Iowa last week, we hope a good show was had by all.
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We start this week in Denmark, where the Danish Nature Preservation Society is urging the EU Commission to pressure the Government on what it calls Denmark's breaking-point hog production. EU Environment Commissioner Margot Wallstrom has previously voiced concern that such a large level of pork production in such a small country could be problematic.

In the UK, pig producers are to benefit from a further £600,000 in grant awards from BPEX. The cash is available under the BPEX Supply Chain Grant Scheme, which aims to improve communication in the supply chain. A total of £400,000 has already been awarded to help projects in six market areas, including gaining a stronger stake for British pork in the food service sector.

In the next few years Brussels will be putting together more welfare reform packages and slatted floors, and perhaps farrowing crates, will be top of the hit list. This means pig producers have only a short time in which to explain the positive aspects of slats and farrowing crates to politicians and the public at large says the NPA

The EC has hit out at the decision of the Russian authorities to suspend imports from the EU of food products of animal origin. The Commission said it was surprised because discussions were ongoing on technical questions about veterinary certificates. "Any disruption of trade is unnecessary and unjustified" an EC spokesman said.

In the US, Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain report hog prices have hit a 7-year high. Last month's hog prices - $55.38/cwt live and $77.80/cwt dressed - were the highest for any month since July 1997 but the price run-up was not because of a shortage of pork as preliminary data suggests daily hog slaughter last month was the highest for any May since 1980.

US meat processing giant Smithfield Foods has bought the French meat processor Jean Caby and its related companies for approximately $33.2 million. The company will be merged with Smithfield’s French unit, SBS, and the combined company will operate under the Jean Caby name.

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The Pork Checkoff was celebrating certification programs at this years World Pork Expo, including the 15th anniversary of the Pork Quality AssuranceTM (PQA) Program. "The Pork Checkoff certification programs provide pork producers with tools they need," said Leon Sheets, a pork producer from Ionia, Iowa, and chair of the Pork Checkoff’s Producer Education Committee.

When Hurricane Floyd hit North Carolina in 1999, the downpour caused lagoons of hog waste to overflow, which prompted interest in alternatives to lagoons. Researchers at North Carolina State University are evaluating 16 technologies to limit and treat hog waste. One idea is to eliminate the lagoon entirely, using solids, nitrogen and phosphorus removal technology, reports VOA News.

In China, the current development of hog production is evidently manifested in the prices of piglets. Increased enthusiasm for hog farming (fuelled by profitable finisher prices) has forced piglet prices to rise sharply in recent period. A survey conducted between January and June 2004 in Luzhou area of Sichuan province and Taigu area of Shanxi province showed that high demand had led to prices of piglets rising sharply from January to late April, according to eFeedLink.

Korean pork imports increased by more than 59 percent in the first five months of this year to 43,372 tons, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) announced last Monday. The rise is attributed to the outbreak of mad cow disease, which has scared consumers away from beef, an MAF official said.

New Zealand can expect to see a big increase in the value of its agricultural exports over the next three years, helped by a continuing drop in the value of the kiwi dollar from seven year highs earlier this year, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) analysts have said. However, the Minister said he expected wheat and pig meat prices to fall over the next 12 months.

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* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 3 new features this week

Porcine Immunology: Lymphocyte development and maturation
By Eileen Thacker, Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine, Iowa State University and published by The Pig Journal - To continue to develop the knowledge and understanding of veterinary porcine immunology, we are very grateful to Eileen Thacker of the Iowa State University, who has kindly written the second paper entitled 'Lymphocyte development and maturation' of this three-part series.

Aerosol transmission of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSv).
By W. E. Morgan Morrow, NCSU Swine Extension - Dr. Robert Desrosiers of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, delivered the prestigious Howard Dunne Memorial Lecture at the annual meeting of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians in Des Moines, Iowa, in March. His full lecture on "Epidemiology, Diagnosis, and Control of Swine Diseases" is available in the proceedings. Below are his comments on the aerosol transmission of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSv).

Driving Cost Out of the Production System
By Gary D. Dial, DVM, PhD, MBA, Janelle R. Roker, DVM, and Steven A. McWilliams, MS, Greenleaf Agribusiness Group and published by Prairie Swine Center - As recent history of the U.S. swine industry has evidenced, survival in today¡¯s uncertain economic times depends upon a pig production business having either (1) marketing agreements that provide complete price protection against prolonged declines in both carcass and meat prices or (2) competitively low costs of production along with a marketing agreement that at least dampens declines in market prices.

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Topic: The Management of Infertility
Subject: Clinical examinations Part 1 of 2

This weeks tip lists the factors that may lead to abortion in the sow.

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NEXT WEEK'S TIP: Clinical examinations Part 2 of 2.

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* Finally...

FMD risk through movement of meat, warns FAO

Europe can consider itself almost free from the contagious foot-and-mouth disease but must be remain vigilant - the FMD virus is stable in chilled products and can be transmitted through the movement of meat.
     The FAO claimed today that Europe can consider itself almost free from the extremely contagious foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), after centuries of devastating epidemics that have caused tremendous losses.
     However, the organisation, which made the announcement to mark the 50th anniversary of the European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease in Dublin/Ireland, called upon European countries to remain vigilant against possible outbreaks and to continue their support to neighbouring regions where the virus is still endemic.
     The FMD virus is relatively stable in chilled products and can be transmitted through the - often illegal - movement of animals, animal products or meat. Cattle, buffaloes, pigs, sheep, goats and deer are susceptible to the virus. The risk of introducing the virus through illegal trade remains high, the UN agency warned.
     "Europe has made remarkable progress against FMD over the last decades. Today, out of the 33 member countries of the Commission, 31 countries are free from FMD, while the virus remains endemic in Turkey and Israel," said Keith Sumption, Secretary of the Commission.
     The last major FMD outbreak occurred in 2001, when a devastating epidemic affected the UK, with outbreaks also in Ireland, France and the Netherlands. A total of four million animals were slaughtered in the UK to control the spread of the disease. Losses to agriculture and tourism amounted to about $13 billion. The virus was probably imported from East or South-East Asia through animal products.

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