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* News Overview (link to ALL this weeks news)

This week we start in the US, where Rep. Stephanie Herseth blasted a House subcommittee's approval last Monday of a spending bill that includes another delay for mandatory country-of-origin labeling for meat and meat products. Mandatory labeling, originally intended to go into effect in 2004, was delayed last year to 2006.
     "Mandatory COOL is on the books and should be implemented by now," Herseth said in a news release. "Unfortunately, House Republican leadership is siding with corporate agriculture interests and against the interests of family ranchers in South Dakota and across the country."

Over the years, there has been a constant struggle between hog farmers and environmentalists about controlling hog wastes. Even the state-mandated lagoon and sprayfield system raises some concerns. So the hog farmers of Frontline Farmers came up with a possible solution. It's a closed-loop purification system that could mean the end of lagoons on some hog farms. "The key is purifying the water, disinfecting it and sending it back in for drinking," says hog farmer Chuck Stokes.

In their weekly review of the US hog industry, Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain report that cash hog prices rallied in early week but ran out of steam in midweek and were weak the remainder of the week.
     The live top prices on Friday were steady to $5.00 lower than a week earlier. Retail pork prices for April were up 5% from April a year earlier while retail pork prices for January-April were up 5% from 12 months earlier.

The new Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) unveiled its "Strategic Plan For Agriculture" this week and sets in motion the greatest opportunity Indiana's pork industry has ever seen for long-term, sustainable growth, reports the Indiana Pork Producers Association.
     The strategic plan calls for doubling pork production by 2009. IPPA President Alan Wilhoite says pork producers are excited that state government finally recognizes pork production as a vital segment of Indiana's economy.

The Canadian Pork Council expects to have a new western Canadian based database, in place by the end of this summer that will store the information necessary to help contain a foreign animal disease outbreak, report Farmscape. “Pig Trace”, which is being developed by the western provinces in cooperation with the packers, will store information from the packing plants on hogs and hog numbers in a central database.

The CPC also says a new national swine tattoo numbering scheme and registry will be up and running by the end of this year. Canadian Pork Council ID and Traceability Working Committee Chair Dennis McKerracher says, in conjunction with the provinces, the CPC is developing a national tattoo registry that will eliminate duplication and allow verification of system.

China's first ever admission of foot-and-mouth disease last weekend did not reveal the extent of the country's problem with the livestock-wasting illness, officials in the animal feed industry said this week.
     Although Beijing has become more open in reporting disease since the initial cover-up of the SARS epidemic in 2003, they said it could have done more to alert the world to a foot-and-mouth outbreak that has raged for more than two months, raising doubts about China's commitment to international standards.

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In Australia, the need to keep the country free from emergency diseases such as: Classical Swine Fever, PRRS, PMWS, foot-and-mouth disease, BSE and Avian influenza has drawn commitments from State and Federal Governments and agricultural bodies to collaborate on protecting Australia's 'clean from disease' reputation.
     In a series of initiatives including training, simulations, hotlines and awareness campaigns, producers are being provided with the skills and resources to minimise the risk of an emergency disease outbreak.

With the upcoming EU ban on the use of antibiotic growth promoters in animal feed, companies such as Medipharm and Chr. Hansen are rushing to provide farmers with natural alternatives, reports MeatProcess.
     Probiotics are live microbial feed supplements meant to beneficially affect the host animal by preventing other micro-organisms from infecting animals. Reacting to safety concerns the EU has banned the use of all antibiotic growth promoters from 1 January 2006. The ban has fuelled an increased demand for natural pro-nutrients within the bloc.

Rising EU pig meat prices and dwindling UK numbers pushed up spot quotes for pig supplies last week, reports FWi. European pigmeat producers are now receiving an average of 91p/kg deadweight - up by 5% over the past four weeks.
     In the UK, a "two tier" market has developed as spot bacon quotes for the week from May 16 were in the 109–113p/kg/dw region compared with contract base prices which are 5–7p/kg below this.

It's now almost certain that the support registered by producers in Northern Ireland by way of share options taken in the North South Pig Company will be sufficient to allow the business to activate its much heralded business plan.
     In an exclusive interview with Farming Life, company commercial director Paul Gilmore confirmed that approximately 55% of the sows in the Republic have been covered courtesy of the responses received from farmers in that region.

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In Ireland, a stinging criticism of the two main pig processors by the IFA Pigs Committee Chairman said that the failure of Glanbia and Dawn to increase prices for pigs slaughtered this week has confirmed to producers that their future under this regime is not bright.
     In a week where every country across the EU increased prices, Irelands two major players abused their dominant market position by refusing to pass back even a portion of the price increases seen in other countries.

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have new features this week:

Pork Outlook Report - May 2005
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the April 2005: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Pork Industry data. The outlook for 2006 largely reflects the “steady-state” of the North American pork industry, and a continuation of strong foreign demand for U.S. pork products, deriving from a low-valued U.S. dollar and sanitary restrictions on imports of beef and poultry. The live equivalent price of 51-52 percent lean hogs is expected to range between $44 and $48 per cwt.

Pork Central Monthly Hog Report - May 2005
By Al Prosch, Nebraska University Pork Central Coordinator - Live hog prices have enjoyed an exceptional run and provided most producers with good profits since the fall of 2003. A number of factors came together in a very positive manner for the pork industry. However, there is evidence the overall situation is changing and will be less positive in the future.

Pro-nutrients: Alternatives to antibiotics
By Biovet S.A. Laboratories - The intensive livestock production and the spreading of high productivity genetic stocks, have conditioned the common use of chemical substances known as "growth promoters".

Porcilis PRRS - The PRRS vaccine that pays off
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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 Porcine Cytomegalovirus Infection (PCMV).

This weeks tip: Diseases that Directly Affect Reproductive Loss - Porcine Cytomegalovirus Infection (PCMV)

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

* Finally...

Healthy Eating Means More Meat

     UK - Fresh red meats are among the fastest growing foods in popularity as parents and schools get the healthy eating message.
     Figures produced for the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX) and British Pig Executive (BPEX) show a jump in the amount of fresh red meat eaten on "child only" occasions at home with pork up 102%, lamb and mutton up 101.1% and beef up 69.7% in the same period.
     And in schools bacon sandwiches (up 129.7%), beef sausages (up 67%) and spaghetti bolognese (up 35.2%) were all in the top five fastest growing foods between 2003 and 2004.
     Attitudes of women in households with children showed an increase from 51.2% to 58% in those saying they look out for healthy meals and a drop from 51.3% to 44% in the numbers saying they buy what their children want.
     Marketing Director Richard Lowe said: "It is very encouraging to see that the healthy eating message is getting through and that message includes red meat as part of a balanced diet."

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That's all for this week.


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