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* News Overview (link to ALL this weeks news)

This week we start in the US, where the NPPC has welcomed the WTO agreement on a framework for the final phase of the Doha Round of trade negotiations. It puts within reach one of the most important US trade policy objectives, the elimination of export subsidies and it also mandates substantial improvements in market access for all products in all countries.

For the six weeks ending this week Federally Inspected slaughter has been up over 4% from 12 months earlier, report Ron Plain and Glenn Grimes. Based on the June Hogs and Pigs Report slaughter for this period was expected to be up about 2%. Weekly import data indicates all of this increase in slaughter is from domestic fed animals. The pair suggest producers should at least keep marketings current and a modest amount of pulling marketings forward could pay off in the next few weeks.

Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman announced the selection of 29 state and tribal projects to receive $11.64 million to advance the national animal identification initiative. "This first phase of funding to states and tribes takes us closer to our goal of implementing a national animal identification system (NAIS) for all U.S. livestock and poultry animals," said Veneman.

In Canada, new federal legislation has cleared the way for the Canadian pork industry to introduce new names to identify several common pork cuts sold through retail outlets across Canada. The new nomenclature protocols for pork cuts, developed by a committee representing industry, government and consumer groups, replaces the naming structure in place since 1977, says Farmscape.

Manitoba Pork Council is encouraging swine producers to make the switch to 100% detectable needles. Swine Extension Specialist Melanie Couture says physical hazards in pork are unacceptable and these new needles help reduce the risk. "The detectable needles are made of metals that are 100 percent detectable by the metal detectors in packing plants."

In the UK, pigmeat imports rose sharply in the first six months of this year, according to figures from the Meat and Livestock Commission. Fresh and frozen pork imports rose 10% compared with last year, while exports have declined by almost the same amount. Independent consultant Peter Crichton said domestic production was being displaced in the market as the sector continued to contract.

One in four samples of meat and poultry products contain unacceptably high levels of bacteria, a study by the Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health has found. SCIEH environmental health consultant Rod House said: "These bacteria will not necessarily cause ill health but environmental health officers will have taken the matter up with individual producers."

In the past few months, the Interessengemeinschaft der Schweinehalter Nord-Westdeutschland (ISN) has been working on the publishing of a weekly European pig price comparison, reports the NPA. It transpires, says ISN, that the quoted prices give a misleading impression, restricting market transparency. By weighting prices to make them comparable, ISN has discovered that, among other issues, price differences are considerably lower than those quoted.

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Twenty-three high-genetic-merit breeding pigs have recently been shipped to Japan from a JSR Genetics' nucleus unit in Australia. They were delivered to Cotswold Japan, JSR Genetics' Japanese franchisee to maintain their nucleus genetic improvement programme. Following the outbreaks of classical swine fever and foot-and-mouth disease in Britain, the absence of a health protocol prevented the supply of breeding stock to Japan direct from the UK.

In Australia, direct to works pig prices have lifted over the past four weeks, as competition reaches its highest level for 2004 so far, reports eFeedLink. This strong demand continues the pattern that was registered earlier in the year with pork servings for the March quarter of 2004 increasing 21.7% on year ago levels.

In New Zealand, a Food Safety Authority audit has found that no effective controls exist to rein in the widespread and indiscriminate feeding of antibiotics in the pork and poultry industries, reports "The report's conclusions are a huge concern," said Ms Kedgley, the Green Party's Food Safety spokesperson.

In Japan, ten pigs suspected of being infected with hog cholera have been found on a pig farm in the town of Takaono, Kagoshima Prefecture, reports Japan Today. Five of the 10 tested positive Monday after the prefectural government examined the blood serum of 10 pigs on the farm. The other five were found to be positive Tuesday as 64 of the some 600 pigs on the farm were tested, the officials said.

In the Philippines, The City Veterinary Office noted cholera among hogs in which five pigs had already been recorded dead. Veterinarian Dr. Banchiran said the remaining pigs have been given anti-cholera vaccinations.

In Thailand, Xinhua report a dozen pigs in the northern province of Kampaengpetch have died of unknown causes. "They had died one by one since July 25, and three more are dying," the owner of the pig farm, Klin Jabpeng said. "The pigs suffered from high fever, cough, swelling eyes, and breathing difficulty," he disclosed.

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* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 3 new features this week

Considerations for the Large Group Housing of Pigs: Part 1
By the Prairie Swine Center - This is Part 1 of 4 of a special document outlining some considerations for the large groups housing of hogs.

Practices to Reduce Dust and Particulates from Livestock Operations
Prepared by Wendy Powers, Iowa State University - Practices to control particulate and dust emissions associated with livestock production can be applied to animal housing and manure storage areas. This document provides an overview of various practices for each situation, highlights their advantages and disadvantages, and allows producers to make informed choices after evaluating production and economic aspects of their operations.

Harvesting pig manure on a conveyor belt shows promising test results
By Sam Bradshaw - Better Pork Magazine - In U.S. trials, the belt housing system proved easy to operate, resulted in good animal performance, and most importantly, yielded feces of five per cent dry matter, a clean urine stream and only one kilogram of ammonia.

* This Weeks Practical Tip (link to weekly tips page)
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Topic: The Management of Infertility
Subject: Litter Size - Sow effects

This weeks tip gives the key points to consider when analysing litter problems; sow effects.

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NEXT WEEK'S TIP: Litter Size - Boar effects

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* Finally...

Make COOL Labeling Voluntary

Mandatory country of origin labeling is "nothing more than a massive unfunded federal dictate that will not only fail to give the public pertinent information about products they wish to consume, but will hit American consumers in the pocketbook every time they try to put a meal on the table," says AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle in the Billings Gazette.
     Boyle argues that after “a decade of free trade in North America and continuing globalization of trade and commerce, livestock and beef products often cross numerous national boundaries between the time of birth, processing and final packaging,” and thus reading a COOL label would be “incredibly confusing.”
    Illustrating this, he notes how a label for ground beef sold in supermarkets might read, “From cattle born, raised and processed in the United States; and cattle born in Canada and raised and processed in the US; and cattle born, raised and processed in New Zealand.”
     Boyle’s editorial follows a recent bill introduced in Congress that would, if enacted, undo mandatory COOL and replace it with a voluntary, market-driven program, a move that AMI supports.

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