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This week we start in Canada, where Sask Pork expects the global demand for pork and US slaughter numbers to be the primary factors that will drive North American live hog prices over the rest of the second quarter and throughout the third quarter of 2005.
     With the US slaughter numbers only up about one percent from 2004, the main driving factor behind the reduction in hog prices is believed to be a reduction in the demand for pork.

In their weekly review of the US hog industry, Glen Grimes and Ron Plain point out that pork demand is a worry as hog prices decline. Pork production is in line with expectations while the composite pork cutout value dropped from $80.10/cwt on May 16 to $65.36 last Friday, June 3. That was a loss in value of nearly $30 per hog, they report.

Combining key traits of its two best selling boars, PIC launched the new PIC380 AI terminal boar at the 2005 World Pork Expo in Iowa this week. This hybrid sireline is designed to maximize system throughput (pounds of quality pork produced and marketed), while maintaining very high standards of carcass and meat quality.
     "The PIC380 boar development is a result of the highest genetic improvement rates ever engineered by PIC," said Dr. Bill Christianson, Operations Director for PIC North America. "This unprecedented hybrid sireline combines the best traits of our PIC 337G and PIC 280M lines."

Also at World Pork Expo, Symbol III, the US pork industry's "Standard of Excellence" for the modern market hog, was unveiled, according to the Pork Checkoff. Symbol III is the third ideal pig adopted by the Pork Checkoff since Symbol I and II were unveiled in 1981 and 1995, respectively.
     "As part of what was then the Pork Value Program, we asked ourselves what the ideal pig would look like. We called it the 'symbol of perfection,'" David Meisinger, assistant vice president of education for the Pork Checkoff said.

The NPPC President commended the House of Representatives last week for approving a provision of the fiscal year 2006 Agriculture Appropriations Bill that delays the date to implement the mandatory country-of-origin labeling program for meat.
     “By passing this delay, Congress now will have time to take action on a meaningful, bipartisan country-of-origin meat labeling program that makes sense for both pork producers and American consumers,” said Buhl.

ConAgra Foods has announced "several significant personnel changes" to the management team at its packaged meats operations, in an attempt, it said, to reduce further losses. Higher pork and beef costs and lower sales prices had lowered the profit forecast for the fiscal fourth quarter that ended on May 29.

In Australia, a landmark court ruling could secure the future of the local pork industry by protecting it from imported pig diseases, reports MurrayValley Standard
     The Federal Court recently upheld an Australian Pork Limited lawsuit against the Federal Government, calling for it to immediately stop importing pig meat from countries affected by the crippling pig disease Post Weaning Multisystemic Wasting Syndrome, or PMWS.
     This disease, which is not harmful to humans, is present in all but two pork-producing countries other than Australia, and has crippled the New Zealand industry in the 12 months since the country was contaminated.

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The Canadian Pork Council is however, applauding word that the government of Australia will appeal the court ruling. On Tuesday Australia announced that ruling will be appealed and action will be taken to ensure trade continues while the appeal is heard.
     Canadian Pork Council Executive Director Martin Rice says the use of the courts to block trade sets a dangerous precedent. This confirms the Australian government will be trying to vigorously defend its position as being the body that should be responsible for making these decisions.

In the UK, Following talks with NPA and BPEX chairman Stewart Houston, the Duke of York has written to the Chinese ambassador in London asking when exports of British breeding stock and pork to China can resume. Exports were halted by the Chinese following the swine fever outbreak of 2000 in East Anglia. With the help of the Duke of York - who is UK's Special Represenative for International Trade and Investment - BPEX has been working with Chinese officials to get the ban lifted.

The NFU has welcomed comments from Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and Secretary of State, Margaret Beckett, acknowledging climate change as “one of the most important issues on the world’s political and scientific agenda”.
     They called on the Government to commit to a UK biofuel and biomass policy to help deliver the positive, sustainable and long-term environmental benefits needed to reverse climate change. NFU President, Tim Bennett said "Farmers in the UK have the potential to deliver significant environmental outcomes on a regular basis and on a large scale."

British pig producers can be heartened by the British Pig Executive’s June 2005 pigmeat market update, report FWi. The GB Euro Deadweight Adjusted Pig Price has risen from 100.4p at the start of the year to 106.24p for the week ending June 2, pointing to better viability for the industry as a whole.
     UK feed wheat prices have remained remarkably constant since January, with latest ex farm quotes at £63.80, compared with £76/t in June last year. Weaner values are also reflecting more producer confidence and cheaper feed.

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Pig producers are expected to get their first chance to meet new food and farming minister Lord Bach at a seminar for the pig industry and Defra on Wednesday, June 29. The event will provide an opportunity for BPEX and NPA to explain the current state of the industry and to outline various initiatives designed to improve the viability of the industry.

Roadshows have been organised by the British Pig Executive to bring vets and allied industries up to speed with the abattoir monitoring scheme before it goes nationwide.
     The scheme looks for a number of key health conditions in pig carcases in the abattoir and the information is rapidly passed back to the farmer and his vet. The aim is to achieve an overall improvement in the health of the national herd which could save the industry as much as 5p per kg deadweight. BPEX will launch the scheme on July 4 in assured abattoirs across the country. they say.

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 2 new features this week:

Is My Controller Adjusted for Summer Ventilation?
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Researchers Study Ways to Protect Immune Systems of Young Pigs
By the USDA's Agricultural Research Service - A piglet today is commonly weaned from its mother after 18 to 21 days, and sometimes as early as 10 days, because diets now available are much better suited to the piglet's immature digestive system and support a rate of growth desirable to producers in the United States. However, the piglet's immune system may still be vulnerable at that age to infection from pathogens.

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Topic: The Management of Infertility
Subject: Diseases that Affect Reproductive Loss - An Overview

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* Finally...

Pig genomic sequence released to public

    CHINA - Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Danish Committee of Pig Breeding and Production (DCPBP) have jointly announced the public release of pig genomic sequences.
     The released sequence data include 3.84 million pieces of the genomes of five different domestic pig breeds from Europe and China. The data are generated from the first large scale pig genome sequencing effort, the Sino-Danish Pig Genome Project, started in 2001 on the basis of a long standing collaboration of scientists and research institutions from China and Denmark.
     An open access research article from the Sino-Danish Pig Genome Project can be found at: and the genome sequence data are immediately accessible from the NCBI Trace Repository (Center name: "SDJVP"; Project name: "Sino-Danish Pig Genome Project") and GenBank, a public DNA sequence database of the US National Institutes of Health.
     In addition to the genome survey, 100 libraries of expressed sequences from different pig tissues and developmental stages have been analyzed. These sequences will be released in the near future together with a publication on pig gene expression.
     The domesticated pig (Sus scrofa) is an obvious choice for genome sequencing, because of its important economic value for meat production and its relevance to biomedical research. The evolutionary position of the pig as an artiodactyl, where no other large scale sequencing efforts have so far been published, makes it valuable for comparative genomics.

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