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This week we start in Canada, where one of the lawyers that represented Canada in its successful effort to overturn US antidumping duties on live swine says Canada should be safe from further similar actions for a least a year.
     Last week the US International Trade Commission ruled that imported live Canadian swine do not harm US producers. Daniel Porter, who headed the legal team, says the US industry could launch a new action anytime but experience has shown that is unlikely.

The Canadian Pork Council is encouraging the building of stronger relations among Canadian and US pork producers. On Wednesday the US International Trade Commission voted 5-0 that imported live Canadian swine do not harm US pork producers effectively ending US import duties. Canadian Pork Council President Clare Schlegel says this was the fair and correct decision and a good indication that an integrated Canadian-US live swine industry can continue.

In the US, hog prices at the end of this week were mixed, report Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain in their weekly review of the US hog industry. Terminal market prices for live hogs were lower than a week earlier. However, weighted average carcass prices for Friday morning were $0.72 to 1.38 higher than a week earlier.

The USDA's APHIS is proposing to amend its regulations for importing swine and swine products into the United States by applying uniform requirements to the 15 European Union countries prior to its expansion.
     APHIS is proposing to place import prohibitions on all swine and swine products into the United States from any region in any member state of the EU-15 that has been quarantined by the EU due to an outbreak of classical swine fever (CSF).

By a 40-10 vote, the Montana Senate has tentatively endorsed a statewide requirement that all meat and other food products sold in the state contain information about where the products were produced. The country-of-origin law, which has already passed the Montana House, would take effect on Oct. 1, 2006. Opponents said that the bill will attract a suit from the Federal government, since it conflicts with present Federal standards.

Lawmakers say a single national food safety agency will be more effective in protecting the public, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.. Under the current federal structure, food safety is regulated by two not-so-similar agencies – USDA, which regulates the safety of red meat and poultry, and the Food and Drug Administration, which oversees all other food.
     The two-agency structure may change. This week Senator Richard Durbin and Representative Rosa DeLauro introduced the Safe Food Act of 2005, which, if passed and signed into law, may better protect consumers from foodborne illness by consolidating the current fragmented and overlapping food-safety system.

In the UK, MLC's independent classification service will continue. There were concerns that Grampian would dispense with the service at Malton, and possibly at Haverhill, and that other processors would be tempted to follow suit. However, Grampian has listened to its suppliers' concerns and decided to continue to use the MLC service.
     Currently 21 medium-to-larger abattoirs use the MLC service, representing 64 percent of the British pig kill. The cost is passed on to producers and ranges from 20p a pig to 70p, with some abattoirs recouping just the cost of the service and others making a profit on it.

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The latest reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy have come under heavy criticism by a former chief economist at the NFU. TheGuardian reports Séan Rickard - now a lecturer in agricultural economics at Cranfield University - as being heavily damning of the latest reforms on a number of counts.
     "Just how much of the claimed environmental benefits produced by farmers would be delivered anyway if the single farm payment was phased out?" asks Mr Rickard. "The evidence is clear. These larger scale farms are less damaging to the environment than their smaller counterparts," he said.

Pig farmers who have altered their management systems to combat such diseases as PMWS, have been running into ventilation problems, says Tim Miller, livestock environment specialist with the A Proctor Group.
     To reduce the impact of these devastating conditions the advice has been to cut stress by reducing the number of moves the pigs make. But Mr Miller says that this can mean that pigs are kept too long in buildings which weren't designed to cope with the extra liveweight, leading to problems of under-ventilation.

April 2005 sees the launch of a powerful new logo for the Red Tractor, reports the NPA. Designed by Assured Food Standards (AFS) as part of their new marketing strategy, the logo is presented as a robust and recognisable symbol signifying whole food chain assurance to a rigorous set of independently inspected standards.
     A new consumer message will focus on the fact that Red Tractor food is delivered by an alliance of British farmers, processors, retailers and distributors working together to deliver safe food ‘every step of the way’.

In Northern Ireland, an Ulster Farmers’ Union delegation, led by Deputy President Kenneth Sharkey has met senior DARD officials to raise farmers concerns and frustrations about the new farm mapping exercise.
     The UFU highlighted the need for farmers to be able to resolve their mapping queries as efficiently as possible and the need for a clear resolution, which would allow farmers to complete their 2005 IACS form and associated Field Data Sheets accurately.

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* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 3 new features this week:

Military case study aims to make meat more competitive
By the Food Chain Centre - Providing 3 meals a day for the RAF on a budget of £1.80 per person requires tight cost control and slick logistics. The budget, referred to as the ‘Daily Messing Rate’, hinges on the cost of the main ingredients, especially the protein element. When we examined a chain delivering pork legs and loin for the Defence Catering Group we found a very efficient system but also uncovered opportunities for substantial savings.

Tech Talk: Water, water everywhere but is it fit to drink?
By BPEX - Drinking water is one of the most critical areas to get right for successful pig production, but it doesn't always receive the attention it deserves.

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By the Environment Agency - Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) is a regulatory system that employs an integrated approach to control the environmental impacts of certain industrial activities. In England and Wales IPPC operates under the Pollution Prevention and Control (England & Wales) Regulations 2000 Similar regulations are in place in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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* Finally...

Ballot box beckoning for Scottish agriculture

     The general election will have little immediate impact on the Scottish agricultural industry, reports The Herald. The suspicion has always been that the majority of Scottish farmers voted against devolution, but are delighted that they have a minister in the form of Ross Finnie, who has consistently been prepared to listen and take a different line from his counterparts in Whitehall.
     Elections in May are now par for the course, but four years ago, at the height of the foot-and-mouth crisis, it was Jim Walker, then president of NFU Scotland, who told Tony Blair in no uncertain terms that the poll should be delayed. Walker won the day.
     In the interim, UK agriculture has been downsized and farmers are now being relegated, at least in England, to the role of stewards of the countryside. Food production is in decline; imports of beef have soared from 160,000 tonnes in 1998 to a projected total of 350,000 tonnes this year at a cost of more than £1.5bn. That may be small beer in the overall economic scenario, but the fact remains that British farmers could have filled that gap.
     As The Herald reported last week, the UK pig herd is now at a historic low. At the same time at least one dairy farmer gives up the unequal struggle each day. Little wonder, when a litre of bottled water in the typical supermarket costs more than the same volume of milk.
     Farmers are not particularly party political, but they do care about the countryside. To invest more than 700 hours of parliamentary time in banning hunting with dogs in England and Wales, not to mention the parallel Scottish exercise, seems a dubious legislative choice.
     The more so when the UK is faced with a major epidemic of bovine tuberculosis. Tens of thousands of cattle are being slaughtered at a huge cost to the Treasury. Yet, farming and veterinary opinion knows full well that the answer lies with the badger. Cull a few thousand badgers, which are known to be heavily infected with TB, and the position would be dramatically improved. However, it seems as though badgers have votes.

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