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* News Overview (link to ALL this weeks news)

This week we start in Indonesia, where the country's Agriculture Ministry said that bird flu has infected pigs, raising fears of a wider outbreak in the world's fourth-most populous country and Southeast Asia's biggest economy.
     The ministry conducted tests on pigs after local scientists reported that pigs in several farms on the main island of Java were infected. "We will continue to take some measures to prevent the avian influenza virus from spreading," said Agriculture Minister Anton Apriyantono.
     Tests have been conducted in several places, including the resort island of Bali, but so far only one area in West Java has shown positive tests for avian influenza in pigs.

In Thailand, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives confirmed today that no cases of avian flu had been found among Thai pigs, pointing to strict measures to ensure that the virus did not spread from poultry to other animals.
     Speaking in response to the discovery of the H5N1 virus among pigs in Indonesia. Dr. Charal Trinvuthipong, Vice Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives, stressed that Thailand had been carefully monitoring for signs of the disease in pigs, but had not found any instances of the virus.

In the US, Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain in their weekly review of the US hog industry report that the loss of demand for pork at the consumer level was a little larger than their April estimates indicated. On the other hand, the good news is pork imports in March were down from a year earlier by 15.6% and pork exports were up by 16.6% from 12 months earlier.
     The pair comment that whilst it is too early to make this statement with much confidence, there is a chance that hog prices peaked for the 2005 high last week.

Grain is one of the US’ most important exports, but grain producers are appreciating more and more that when the US exports beef and pork, it’s really exporting grain. After meeting with EU feed processors, the team was struck by the difficulty in exporting both grains and meat to the EU. Visiting the Netherlands, Belgium and Poland, the team observed USMEF activities designed to increase demand for US beef and pork.

In three years, Illinois livestock producers and their cohorts will be required by law to have an identification number for their farm. They'll also have to individually identify every animal they own and report any movement of their animals from their farm., reports the Pantagraph.
     "This is something we've supported as we have debated between animal ID versus food labeling. We think the ID program is better for the longevity of our industry," said Jim Kaitschuk, Illinois Pork Producers Association executive director.

In Canada, the Manitoba Pork Council believes better communication between the Canadian and US pork industries will help avoid the type of friction that led to a recently ended US challenge against imported Canadian swine.
     Representatives from MPC traveled south to meet with US industry officials in Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota to begin rebuilding relations and found that the one thing the Americans would like is equal access to the packers in Canada.

Brazil's January-to-April pork exports rose 95% compared with the same period last year to $342.7 million, according to figures out last Wednesday from the Brazilian Pork Packaging and Export Association.
     In April an all-time record of 60,040 tons was shipped. "Brazil had never previously surpassed the figure of 60,000 tons shipped in a month," said the Abipecs president.

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In the UK, Scottish pig producers have voted to quit the British Pig Executive in a move to get more out of their share of the levy fund. Nine out of ten Scottish farmers polled voted to spend their levy money through Quality Meat Scotland, representing over half the pig producers north of the border.
     Scottish producers want to focus all of their £750,000 contribution on a three year strategy to improve herd health, increase meat yield per sow and encourage best business practice. QMS chief executive, Jan Polley, said: "The results of the consultation exercise are a clear mandate from Scotland's pig producers and processors about what they want to spend their levy money on in the future to benefit their businesses.

Restricting effective, informative advertising by pharmaceutical companies to pig producers will have a profoundly negative effect on the implementation of the government’s animal welfare strategy, says the NPA in its response to the Veterinary Medicines Directorate’s plans for a complete overhaul of animal medicine regulations.
     NPA has commended the directorate on producing a ‘clear and comprehensive’ consultation document that combines existing national law with new European Commission requirements. But it opposes plans for stricter advertising and distance-selling rules.

A major piece of research financed by Defra and BPEX has shed new light on the spread of PMWS. The work was carried out by the University of Warwick and shows PMWS spread through Great Britain like an epidemic of a new infectious disease. The results were presented to the Pig Veterinary Society at a meeting in Leeds last week.
     A team of researchers collected data from 116 farms in England and Scotland from 2003 - 2004. Farmers were asked whether they had PMWS on their farm and when they first recognised the problem.
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The NPA's Richard Longthorp raises the issue of Foot and Mouth disease entering Britain through ports and Airports. Speaking at NPA Producer Group's meeting this week, Richard Longthorp contrasted the strict biosecurity rules government is imposing on farmers with the country's continued lack of preparedness at ports and airports.

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Rising European prices were reflected by spot bacon buyers lifting their bids for supplies week commencing Mon May 9th. Contract prices have remained almost unaltered with the DAPP virtually static at 106.12p but a shortage of spot pigs saw bids improve by 1-3p for cutter and bacon weights, reports FWi.
     Opportunities to export to the Chinese market have also come a step closer, the British Pig Executive has said. BPEX chief executive Mick Sloyan believes exports to China could be worth up to £2.50/pig for UK producers.

In New Zealand, Agriculture Minister Jim Sutton said compensation would be considered for the Waiheke Island farmers affected by a foot and mouth threat, after a letter delivered to the Prime Minister's office which said a release of the disease had been made.
     Animals are being checked by vets every 48 hours and livestock cannot move onto or off the island. Authorities remain convinced it is a hoax, but asked asked how much the threat had cost to manage so far, Mr Sutton said: "It's clearly millions of dollars a day."

In Russia, fake food and drink products control up to 94% of the market in some sectors and their numbers are rising in others as authorities redouble efforts to fight back, says the country’s consumer agency. According to information from the Ministry of Internal Affairs the ratio of counterfeit products in some fields runs from 73 to 94 per cent – making Russia one of the worst countries in the world for fake goods.

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 3 new features this week:

UK Pig Market Update - May 2005
By the British Pig Executive - This BPEX report looks at the current market situation in the UK and reviews recent price trends and markets throughout Europe.

Factors Affecting US Pork Consumption
By Christopher G. Davis and Biing-Hwan Lin, Economic Research service, USDA - This articles discusses the Continuing Survey of Food Intakes by Individuals, which looks at the pork consumption in the US.

Tips for Improving Returns
By D.L. Whittington and J.F. Patience and published by the Prairie Swine Center - Lowering your cost of production and increasing revenues is more than just good business; for many producers this is the key to surviving the current market situation. Ideally, all farms are using many of the following ideas, but if not, now is the time to revisit this list and see if there are hidden profits waiting to be discovered.

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* This Weeks Practical Tip (link to weekly tips page)
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Topic: The Management of Infertility
Subject: Diseases that Affect Reproductive Loss - An Overview

This weeks tip looks at Leptospirosis.

This weeks tip: Diseases that Directly Affect Reproductive Loss - Leptospirosis

NEXT WEEK'S TIP: Diseases that Directly Affect Reproductive Loss - An Overview - Porcine Cytomegalovirus Infection (PCMV).

* Finally...

48-hour week will hit UK farm profitablility, says NFU

     The European Parliament's decision to end the individual 48-hour working week opt-out in the Working Time Directive will make it increasingly difficult for farmers and growers to operate profitably and will threaten some businesses, according to the NFU.
     Parliament's decision to remove the opt-out by 2009 has gone against the advice of the business community. The NFU also believes it does not take into account the seasonal nature of the employment needs of the agricultural and horticultural industries and, if agreed by the Council of Ministers, will have serious economic consequences.
     NFU vice president, Meurig Raymond said: "The NFU lobbied for a more balanced approach to the issue of the opt-out, one that does not disadvantage UK farmers and growers, yet maintains protection for agricultural and horticultural workers.
     "Agriculture relies on workers to meet seasonal work peaks such as harvest time. These workers are already in short supply, they work longer hours, for short periods of time in order to maximise their income. Ending the opt-out will penalise both employer and employee.
     "There is still an opportunity for the EU Council of Ministers to reintroduce the opt-out and the NFU will continue to press vigorously the case for UK agriculture."

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That's all for this week.


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