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This week we start in South Korea, where the Agriculture Ministry said Monday that blood samples from pigs on Jeju Island have tested positive for hog cholera antibodies, prompting Japan to temporarily suspend pork imports from South Korea.
     "The suspension of quarantine inspection for Jeju pork went into effect this morning after Seoul notified Tokyo," said the director general of the ministry's Livestock Bureau.
     It is understood the antibodies were a results of the pigs been given vaccination shots. Such actions are prohibited on the island.

In Hong Kong, a vaccination programme for pigs against Japanese encephalitis will be launched before summer next year, according to the Director of Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Thomas Chan. Mr Chan stated that Japanese encephalitis virus will become more active in warm weather.

The leader of Australia's pork council has said he'll resign if there aren't big changes made in the industry. In a radio interview with ABC, Dr Paul Higgins says he's angry the industry is still fighting the same issues as ten years ago, and admitted responsibility had to lie more with him than anyone else in this industry.
     He has called on producers to embrace a new industry restructure, to double fresh pork consumption and make the industry more competitive.

Maybe the threat is working.... as AAP has reported Australians are now buying more fresh pork meals than fresh chicken. The Roy Morgan survey of fresh meat serve purchases found Australians bought 28.8 million serves of fresh pork in the December quarter which was a a 22% increase over the 2002 December quarter.
     For the first time, more than a fifth of all fresh meat purchases were of pork.

The European Union has brought forward the end date for its pork subsidy program in response to Australian concerns, Australian Agriculture Minister Warren Truss said last week. The EU subsidy program was brought in in response to drought conditions in and depressed world prices.
     Mr Truss said the EU had responded the wrong way by introducing the subsidies in the first place. "The (European) commission responded to the problems of their industry by providing more subsidies, limiting any improvements in competitiveness, and putting off the inevitable restructuring of the European industry,"

Countries such as Poland are being pushed towards intensive agricultural production by spiralling demand for cheap food, reports the BBC. High tech Pig factories are multiplying around Poland, as the fresh EU member jostles to bring cheap food to Europe's hypermarkets.
     Foreign owned companies - like the US pork giant Smithfield Foods - are taking root around the country, ready to collar the European pork market, they say.

In Canada, an Associate Professor with the Western College of Veterinary Medicine has said effective management is emerging as the front line defense for minimizing the risk of disease within the swine herd.
     Despite the adoption of a range of health technologies, such as three site production systems and all in all out management systems to eliminate the risk of infection, disease control is as great a challenge today as it was 20 years ago, Dr. John Harding told Farmscape.

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. has adopted a method for tracking its pork products with DNA, a safety system that should be adopted by the Canadian meat industry, chief executive Michael McCain said Monday. The Canadian food and meat processing industry can differentiate itself from its largest competitors in the United States by putting the focus on producing safe meat, at a time when consumers worldwide are worried about food safety, McCain said in an interview.

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Canada said it may impose retaliatory duties on U.S. imports for the first time since 1986, underscoring strains in the world's largest trading relationship. Prime Minister Paul Martin's government, seeking to persuade the U.S. to comply with a WTO decision, published a list of imports it may tag with punitive levies totaling about $10 million next year.

In the US, the National Pork Board has approved a $53.7 million budget for 2005 that will allow for the first major change in the pork industry’s consumer marketing program since the "Pork. The Other White Meat" campaign was launched in 1986.
     The new budget also includes support for an industry-wide effort to begin mapping the swine genome and for a producer-led effort to bolster the image of the industry in the communities where they live and work.

Schering-Plough Animal Heath have recently announced the launch of an innovative new antibiotic for use in feed. Called Aivlosin, this product is a new macrolide antibiotic licensed as a premix for medicating pig feed.
     Initially indicated for treatment and prevention of enzootic pneumonia caused by Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae, scientific information presented at the 18th I.P.V.S. congress in Hamburg depicted the products efficacy for the prevention and treatment of Swine Dysentery and Ileitis.

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 4 new features this week:

Pork Outlook Report - November 2004
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the November 2004: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Pork Industry data. The report indicates that Q4 hog prices are continuing well last year.

Non anti-microbial growth promoter now globally at hand
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Planate - Consistent planned induction of farrowing
By David G S Burch BVetMed MRCVS, Octagon Services Ltd - The use of prostaglandins for the controlled induction of farrowing has been successfully and widely used over many years. The advantages are to improve batching of farrowing and to induce farrowing in the daytime when labour is more readily available and farrowing can be better supervised, so prompt assistance may be given to a sow, which may have difficulty.

Optimizing Heating Costs in Grower-Finisher
By S.P. Lemay and L. Chénard and published by the Prairie Swine Center - Livestock production under cold climate requires control systems that provide a healthy environment for animals and workers without wasting energy. Most of the control systems that have been and are being used in swine facilities are controlled by temperature, relying on a constant minimum ventilation rate (MVR) for relative humidity (RH) and contaminant control during the cold season.

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Subject: Factors that affect Reproduction on the Farm 1 of 7

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This weeks tip: Factors that affect Reproduction on the Farm 1 of 7

NEXT WEEK'S TIP: Factors that affect Reproduction on the Farm 2 of 7 - A checklist for the Mating Area- Outdoor production

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* Finally...

Animal Transport rules to be reviewed in four years

    Europe's farming ministers have reached an agreement on new rules governing the welfare and long-distance transport of live animals. Earlier attempts to reach a deal on this dossier floundered in April with ministers unable to agree on how far maximum journey times should be cut.
     But in a comprise text offered up by the Dutch EU presidency in September, changes to journey times were dropped, in return for a raft of less contentious commitments related to animal welfare during transport that were given the go-ahead by ministers yesterday, with the proviso that the whole question be looked at again in four years.
     Permitted travelling times remain unchanged - pigs can be transported for 24 hours without a break, but with permanent access to water, and horses can travel for up to 24 hours, with water every eight hours. Young animals still on milk can be transported for 18 hours with a one hour break, and cattle, sheep and goats can be in transit for 29 hours with a one hour break.
     The Agriculture Council reached political agreement by qualified majority on the basis of a compromise drawn up by the presidency, which the Commission could endorse. The Danish delegation indicated they would vote against while the Belgian, German, Luxembourg and Swedish delegations indicated their intention to abstain.
     The Regulation will be adopted as an A-item by the Council at a forthcoming session. Most of the amendments adopted by the European Parliament and accepted by the Commission have been inserted in the regulation. Concerning the case of farmers transporting their own animals from farm to farm or for sale on a market, the administrative requirements will not be applied for this category of transporters transporting animals up to a maximum distance of 65 km (instead of 50 km) counted from the place of departure to the place of destination.

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