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To all our United States readers, "Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof."

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US Pork producers scored a major win last week with Senate passage of the Free Trade Agreement with Central America and the Dominican Republic (CAFTA-DR) by an 54 to 45 margin. NPPC President Don Buhl said while this was a great victory for the nation’s pork producers, this was just one step in the process and there was still more work to do.

Sen. Tim Johnson said last Wednesday he is to sponsor a bill that sets January 30 as the start date for requiring grocery store labels to identify where meat comes from. As part of the 2002 farm bill, mandatory country of origin labeling had been set to begin in 2004. Congress delayed it to September 2006 and this month the U.S. House voted to postpone it again.
     Labels already are in effect for fish and shellfish, Johnson told reporters Wednesday and his bill would set an implementation date for other commodities, such as cuts of beef and pork.
See also: Pork Producers Urge Support for Voluntary Labelling Program

Futures traders of lean hogs could not make up their minds about hogs early last week, report Glen Grimes and Ron Plain in their weekly review. On Monday, several contracts were limit-up; but on Tuesday, most contracts lost at least half of the Monday gains.
     One possibility was that lean hog traders believed the cow that was retested for BSE would come back positive and that this would be positive for pork demand. However, when the futures price for live cattle ended the day up in price on Monday, the hog traders possibly changed their minds.

In Canada, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine says, because the virus responsible for Post-weaning Multisystemic Wasting Syndrome is endemic is swine herds, depopulation is not considered a realistic option for dealing with the infection.
     Professor Dr. John Harding says the virus responsible for the disease, porcine circovirus type 2 has been around for over 30 years, but few farms actually ever experience PMWS, reports Farmscape.
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The Ontario Pork Producers Marketing Board hopes members of the Illinois Farm Bureau will take the message back to government officials in their country that Canadians are friends, reports Farmscape. As part of its annual market study tour approximately 20 members of the Illinois Farm Bureau spent Canada Day meeting with officials of Ontario's pork industry and touring various agricultural operations and enterprises in Western Ontario.

More than 200 GGP gilts and boars were imported from PIC's Bluegrass Genetic Nucleus herd in Kentucky USA to populate newly constructed facilities on the island of Negros in the Visayas region of the Philippines.
     The herd will be developed to at least 400 GGPs from the initial seedstock and is designed to supply Multipliers and Customers in the Visayas and further afield. "This is a strategically important achievement", said Vincent Borromeo, general manager of PIC Philippines, PIC's wholly-owned Manila subsidiary.
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The EU's food and drinks sector is in danger of losing its market share unless more is done to boost its competitiveness, says a body representing the industry — which also supports a reduction in domestic subsidies for its members, reports FoodProductionDaily.
     Citing a slow down in productivity growth and low innovation in the development of new processed products, the Confederation of the Food and Drink Industries (CIAA) said the industry needs more help from the European Commission if it is to face the increasing competition from Asia, South America and the US.
     The association called on the EU to do so by increasing support for exporters and by opening access to cheaper agricultural imports. The issues are due to be discussed at a World Trade Organisation meeting in December this year.

Danish Crown, Europe's largest meat processor has approved the sale of another slaughterhouse in its domestic market, as it attempts to expand internationally and lower costs. The sale is part of a restructuring plan announced by Danish Crown five years ago under which the company plans to concentrate its processing operations and expand internationally. The pig meat industry in northern Europe has become increasingly concentrated in recent years as the large players try to use economies of scale to lower costs.

In the Netherlands, the pig farming industry saw some positive changes in 2004, reports the Dutch Meat Board. The size of the national pig herd, production, exports and selling prices all showed an upward trend. Consumption remained unchanged. These are just some of the facts published in the new Yearbook entitled “Livestock, Meat and Eggs in the Netherlands 2005”.

The UK Government and the pig industry want the same outcomes, says Duncan Prior, head of Defra's pigs and poultry branch. When disagreements occur it may often be over the way policy is implemented. "That said, I have yet to find an example of a policy-maker setting out to deliberately have a negative impact on industry."
     When executing policy, government must be sure to take the industry's needs into account, he says. "I'm not advocating it must always do what industry wants. What I am advocating is policy and its implementation being driven by interested stakeholders in a way that delivers policy objectives effectively and at minimum cost - both to the public purse and to industry."

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All assured pig abattoirs in England and Wales have now joined the British Pig Health Scheme which goes nationwide next week, reports BPEX. The national launch of the scheme, organised by the British Pig Executive (BPEX), follows a successful pilot project which looks for key health conditions in pig carcases at the abattoir and rapidly passes the information back to the farmer and his vet.
     BPEX Strategy Co-ordinator Andrew Knowles said: "This is extremely important for the industry. It has been estimated that health issues could be costing as much as £50 million a year in reduced productivity and extra cost.

The Irish Food Board Bord Bia has launched a major new programme to develop outlets for Irish beef and pork in Russia’s rapidly growing supermarket sector, reports the Irish Examiner. Agriculture and Food Minister Mary Coughlan headed an Irish delegation to St Petersburg for the launch of the promotional drive, the paper said. Given the development of both the Russian economy and the retail sector, the prospects for expanding trade in Irish food and drinks products are considered to be good over the next couple of years.

Russia will keep its right to set quotas on poultry, beef and pork imports until 2009, the country's chief negotiator with the World Trade Organization (WTO) said Thursday in the lower chamber of parliament.
     Speaking at a session of the State Duma's committee for agrarian issues, Maxim Medvedkov said that quotas would remain unchanged. But he added that quotas would be raised by 2%, if Russia joined the WTO. "This is the price of our partners' consent to keep the quotas," Medvedkov said. "This figure is half of the expected minimum growth in the consumption of the relevant products in Russia."

The New Zealand Pork Industry Board (NZPIB) supported its Australian counterpart in its bid to ban pig meat imports from PMWS-affected countries, reports eFeedLink. Australian Pork Ltd. had earlier brought up the case to the Australian federal court due to concerns about the serious pig disease, Post-Weaning Multi-systemic Wasting Syndrome.
     The NZPIB said it could identify with the Australian industry's concern because the disease was discovered in New Zealand in 2003 and imported pig meat was suspected to have been the cause of it.

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In Fiji, livestock farmers have been urged to raise more pigs because the local demand for pork is at an all time high. "We're urging our farmers to grab this opportunity and make the best use of the situation," said Shiu Chand, the director of the Agriculture Ministry's animal health and production division.
     Mr Chand said raising pigs would be the best option for food security and income generation because the market for pork was readily available. The country was only 45% sufficient in meeting the local demand for pork, he said.

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 4 new features this week:

Finding Value in Alternative Feed Ingredients
By Ruurd Zijlstra and Ken Engele, and published by the Prairie Swine Center - Mustard meal might be a valuable ingredient for the swine industry domestically and internationally. In some export markets, concerns exist regarding the voluntary feed intake of pigs fed mustard instead of canola meal in their diets.

UK/EU Pig Statistics - June 2005
This article provides an overview of the latest statistics relating to pigs in the UK and Europe and includes Slaughter figures, Carcase weights, Pigmeat production, trade and supplies and UK and EU Prices and value of pigs. Extracted from the quarterly pig bulletin published by Defra.

UK/EU Pig Populations - June 2005
This article is extracted from Chapter 5. of the quarterly pig bulletin published by Defra and provides a brief overview of the latest statistics relating to pig populations in the UK and Europe.

Fine-Tuning Fertility
By Judy Maus, Ontario Pork - Researchers look at AI timing and semen preservation to investigate ways of improving swine breeding efficiency.

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Antibiotic Use in U.S. Animals Rises in 2004

US - The sales of antibiotics used to treat, prevent and control disease and maintain the health of animals rose 7.5 percent in 2004, according to data provided by the research-based companies that produce animal medicines.
     In 2004, 21.7 million pounds of antibiotics were sold for use in farm and companion animals, an increase from 20.2 million pounds sold in 2002. Antibiotic production has trended down since 1999, when 24.4 million pounds were sold. The data was collected from a survey of members of the Animal Health Institute (AHI), consisting of companies that make medicines for pets and farm animals. As antibiotic use has declined, meat production has increased, indicating greater efficiencies being gained by animal producers.
     “Antibiotic use in animals is a function of the number of animals and the scope of disease outbreaks farmers and ranchers must deal with in their flocks and herds,” said Alexander S. Mathews, AHI President and CEO. “Without these important life-saving antibiotic products, death and suffering among livestock, poultry and companion animals would increase.”
     Mathews said the animal health industry is committed to the use of good scientific data as a basis for public policy decisions. The rigorous review process at the Food and Drug Administration was strengthened in late 2003 when the agency added a risk assessment requirement for all antibiotics. New antibiotics as well as those already approved are subject to this requirement.
     In addition to providing annual data regarding overall use of antibiotics in animals, the industry supports programs like USDA’s Collaboration on Animal Health, Food Safety and Epidemiology, which collects farm-level data and compares antibiotic use patterns to the incidence of antibiotic resistant bacteria at other steps in meat processing.

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