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We start in the US, where Glen Grimes and Ron Plain report that this week's hog slaughter remained very high at almost 1.9 million head, a figure never reached under Federal Inspection in the month of July. At retail level pork prices in June increased by 2.5% from May and were 7% higher than the same month a year earlier. January-May pork exports were up 27.9% and pork imports were down 8.5 percent.

The Iowa Premium Pork Co. – parent company of Majestic Food Group - says it has raised sufficient funds through its producer equity drive to renovate a further-processed pork facility in Iowa. The company raised $2.3 million from 115 independent pork producers. The company expects to begin processing pork by October 2004 and will eventually process meat from 1,100 hogs per day.

In Canada, Sask Pork says that with US weekly slaughter numbers for 2004 running about four percent higher than 2003, global demand for pork will need to stay strong to maintain hog prices. Since late April pork prices have rebounded strongly. Policy Analyst Brad Marceniuk says a combination of factors has contributed to the current higher than average prices and a number of factors will guide prices into the fall. Marceniuk says, right now, it looks like prices for index 100 hogs will range from 150 to 160 dollars per hundred kilograms for August and September falling below 150 dollars into October.

Ontario's food safety system needs a major overhaul, including safe-handling warnings on all meat products and a new food inspection agency, a judicial review has concluded. In a sweeping 559-page report, titled "Farm to Fork: A Strategy for Meat Safety in Ontario", Mr. Justice Roland Haines made 113 recommendations for improving provincial food safety.

In Japan, the recent cases of suspected hog cholera in Kagoshima Prefecture may have been caused by unauthorized vaccinations rather than an outbreak of the disease, officials said Thursday. Experts at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries met to look into the cases of 37 pigs suspected of being infected with hog cholera at a pig farm in Kanoya, reports Kyodo News.
See also: Pigs suspected of being infected with hog cholera in Kagoshima

Europe: The impact of ileitis and colitis on European swine production was the focus of a workshop help recently by Novartis Animal Health in Alpbach, Austria. Over 50 swine veterinarians from across Europe heard presentations from leading ileitis and colitis experts. Prof. Dr. Pedro Rubio Nistal, University of Leon, said the workshop was, “A broad and in-depth review of the most current information regarding swine digestive pathology.”

The European Commission said EU ministers have agreed to restart imports of some animal products from China after veterinary standards improved. But they will maintain the ban on pork and beef. The import of pork, beef and dairy products from China has never been authorised because of various animal diseases prevalent in China, such as foot and mouth disease.

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In the UK, producers are relieved that prices have been holding at a time of year when values normally come under pressure says Peter Crichton on FWi. Traders attribute most of the stability within the GB market to much firmer EU prices. The EU mainland pig price is now touching 100p/kg compared with 85p one year ago. At the same time the value of the Euro has remained relatively stable. GB prices have also held due to falling pig numbers being processed by domestic abattoirs.

Pig prices for the week commencing July 19 reflected a relatively stable market with spot baconers quoted at 103-105p/kg and cutter weights at 107-112p/kg. Cull sow quotes continue to harden due to a firm German market, with GB export abattoirs quoting a 2004 high of 75-77p/kg. At the same time GB sow slaughterings have dropped by 8.9% over the previous year.

Epidemiological studies in Britain to try and understand the PMWS/PDNS pattern of spread, and risk factors, have been hampered by the paucity of farms that are free of disease. New Zealand, however, has only recently reported the disease and some interesting features of their outbreaks are already apparent, reports veterinarian Mark White, such as the fact that no live pigs have been imported into the country for 20 years or so.
     "The observation of a new infectious agent causing this devastation echoes the views of British clinicians since 1999," says Mark White. "It remains very disappointing that the bulk of research continues to concentrate on what many of us believe is the wrong bug."
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A handful of mud from a Ugandan lake could revolutionise pig health reports the NPA. A specific bacteria in the mud - mycrobacterium vaccae - is proving successful at reducing the effects of leprosy, asthma and even cancer in humans. And there are promising indications, from trials at Bishop Burton, that treatment of young pigs can significantly improve herd health and growth rates.

In Australia, pork has emerged as the fastest growing fresh meat choice of Australian consumers, with sales jumping 20% in the past year. National marketing manager for Australian Pork Limited David Mogford says they hope to get consumers eating pork on a regular basis. "Things like pork mince is up 50%; things like pork steaks are up 38%: now that really is indicating that Australians are starting to see pork as a meal of choice for everyday meals, not the twice a year pork roast that they like to have."

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* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 2 new features this week

Effect of Social Group Size on Aggressive Behaviour of Grower-finisher Pigs
By Thusith S. Samarakone and Harold W. Gonyou, Prairie Swine Centre Inc. Published by Bacon Bits, Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development - The effect of large group size on the social behaviour of pigs is poorly understood. A study was conducted to assess the social aggression of grower-finisher pigs in large groups. Pigs with large social group experience displayed a significant reduction in aggressive behaviour compared to those living in small social groups.

Longer-Term R&D priorities for the British Pig Industry
Prepared by David Thelwall for the British Pig Executive - BPEX has requested MLC to conduct a review of the long-term (5 to 15 years) research requirements of the British Pig Industry and the resources required to service this need, including the future role of the Stotfold Pig Development Unit.

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Canada Calls for Delayed Enforcement of US Bioterrorism Preparedness Act

    Canada is urging the US to delay full enforcement of its Bioterrorism Preparedness Act until all of its requirements have been finalized.
     The US Bioterrorism Preparedness Act compels processors that export food or feed products to the US to register with the US Food and Drug Administration and shippers to provide prior notification of the arrival of goods at US border points.
     The act came into effect December 12th but FDA's initial focus has been education and compliance awareness.
     Agriculture and Agrifood Canada Senior Trade Policy Analyst David Cox says, even though the rules are still subject to change, full enforcement is scheduled to begin, August 13th.
     "Some of the concerns that the Government of Canada has had is with the extent of awareness.
     The FDA, during its transition period, has only been providing non-compliance letters to companies that haven't been complying since May.
     We've heard some details from companies that the information hasn't really given them enough guidance to make decisions on whether they're in compliance with the rules.
     Cox says indications are that the act could be finalized by March of next year but that's at the discretion the Food and Drug Administration and is subject to change.
     He says the hope is that the education period can continue until the rules are made final.

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