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We start this week in Canada, where the Canadian Pork Council says the latest figures released by Statistics Canada clearly indicate the Canadian swine industry is operating in accordance with market conditions.
     Ongoing expansion of the Canadian breeding herd coupled with a surge in slaughter hog exports in 2003, has generated concern within the US industry resulting in antidumping duties being applied to imported live Canadian hogs. CPC Executive Director Martin Rice says the Canadian herd is actually expanding a slower rate than the US herd.

The Pork Trade Action Coalition initiated a new advertising campaign last week, stating "Don't Tax Our Pigs!" in opposition to the duties placed by the U.S. Department of Commerce on imported Canadian pigs.
     The ad, running in the Des Moines Register, is signed by seventy-seven independent Iowa farmers and calls on all farmers in the state to "join us to fight this unfair tax."

John Caspers, past president of The National Pork Producers Council said "We want to set the record straight, since there's a lot of misinformation out there,". Caspers comments were aimed at answering materials that have been circulated by the Pork Trade Action Coalition, about which he noted: "Frankly a lot of it is not true."
     Overall, the thought is that the duties will have a much greater impact north of the border, and will be slightly price-supportive on the US side, because Canada will slow expansion in feeder and weanling pigs, NPPC said.

While not unanimous, US producer reaction to the provisional antidumping duties has been very positive, reports Feedstuffs. Economists Steve Meyer and Dermot Hayes believe the vast majority of the impact will be lower hog prices in Canada and higher hog prices in the U.S.
See: Pork Wars Latest for all the news.

For only the fourth time on record, the US managed $50 per cwt live hog prices during the last week of October, report Ron Plain and Glenn Grimes. The last year for $50 in late October was 1996 but the one big difference is that there is 20% more pork in 2004 than in 1996.
     The pair also point out that this has been another good week for hog prices, however the months of October to November usually see some price weakness which is the most likely possibility for this year, they say.

In the first quarterly report by the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service discussing the combined US and Canadian hog inventory, NASS reports that the inventory of all hogs and pigs for September 2004 in the U.S. and Canada, was 76.0 million head, up 1%. The breeding inventory was also up by 1%.

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In the UK, following the havoc caused by foot and mouth, Defra wants to streamline the way it pays for compulsorily slaughtered pigs. Its plan is to pay against a regularly updated table of set values for each class of animal.
     One potentially troublesome issue, particularly in the pig sector, will be breeding stock and other high value animals. In due course long and detailed discussions will take place on this point, reports the NPA.

In Denmark, production of slaughter pigs will rise to a record level of 25 million pigs in 2005, Danish pig producers announced last week. Slaughter pigs are expected to amount to 23 million in 2004 and be 26 million by 2015, according to figures by the Danish Statistics Office.

In France, in the first decision of its kind on such grounds, the tribunal administratif de Rennes has blocked the extension of a pig farm in view of the risks of phosphorus pollution. The Morbihan Prefect who issued the Decree authorising the extension of the farm "was guilty of an error of judgement in view of the danger notably to public health and well-being", the court states in its recent ruling.

In Russia, domestic pork prices have increased 70 percent over the past 12 months. During July to September domestic pork prices grew 27 percent, and imported pork 17 percent, report the NPA. Key factors behind the higher prices in the Russian Federation have been the import quotas and tariff-rate quotas imposed by the Russian government, compounded by an average grain harvest and higher-than-expected grain exports during the 2003/2004 grain marketing year.

China's Ministry of Agriculture has recently issued directives to relevant authorities and organizations throughout the country to closely monitor the quality and production process of animal feed and feed additives production in order to combat the illegal use of clenbuteral and other banned drugs in feed production. These measures will be a nationwide effort to ensure safety standards of animal feed production.

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Scientists are now learning more about how animals can be hosts for flu viruses. Birds are believed to be a global reservoir of influenza virus genes that make their way to humans, reports the USDA's ARS.
     Since pigs can be infected with both avian and human strains, they may also be a "mixing vessel" in the transmission process. When bird influenza viruses infect pigs that already contain a swine or human influenza virus, gene segments from each virus can mix and a new influenza subtype virus can emerge.

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 4 new features this week:

Effects of diet complexity and replacement of soybean meal on growth performance of weanling pigs
By E.C. Baudon, J.D. Hancock, and N. Llanes, Kansas State University Swine Day 2003. In this article, a total of 192 pigs (avg initial BW of 13.9 lb and avg initial age of 21 d) were used to determine the effects of complex diet formulations (with plasma protein and whey) in nursery diets with wheat gluten used to replace soybean meal.

Production responses of weaned pigs after chronic exposure to airborne dust and ammonia
By Wathes, C.M and published by the Prairie Swine Center - In this study, nine hundred and sixty weaned pigs were exposed for 5.5 weeks to controlled concentrations of airborne dust and ammonia in a single, multi-factorial experiment.

Pork Outlook Report - October 2004
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the October 2004: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Pork Industry data. The report indicates Hog prices are high, despite the increased production.

U.S. - Canadian Hogs and Pigs Quarterly Report: October 2004
This new quarterly report from National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and Statistics Canada reports on the combined US and Canadian hog inventory....

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* Finally...

Commission clears Cargill acquisition of Brazilian pork and poultry producer
     The European Commission has cleared, under the European Union’s Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of the Brazilian pork and poultry producer Seara Alimentos, S.A. by Cargill Inc. of the United States.
     Although it has an impact in Europe, the acquisition poses no serious competition concerns.
     On 27 September, the Commission received notification under the Merger Regulation of Cargill’s agreement to acquire the majority of shares of Seara Alimentos, S.A. (Seara). Both companies are active in the supply of chicken parts in the European Economic Area (EEA) as well as worldwide.
     The principal area of competition between the parties relates to the supply of boneless chicken breast meat products in the EEA. However, the companies overlap only to an insignificant degree and will continue to face competition from other important suppliers.
     Cargill is also active in the supply of further processed chicken products (e.g., kievs, goujons, chicken nuggets) for which boneless chicken breast meat is used. But this aspect of the transaction did not give rise to any type of foreclosure concerns either, since the integration of Seara into Cargill’s will not have a significant impact on the ability of other industrial processors to obtain boneless chicken breast meat.
     The Commission has, therefore, granted regulatory clearance to the transaction in the EU.

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