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We start this week in Australia, where AAP reports pig farmers are threatening to sue the federal government if tests confirm cases of an untreatable disease that could devastate pork industry. Authorities are investigating two possible cases of Post-Weaning Multisystemic Wasting Syndrome (PMWS) on farms in NSW and South Australia.
     Australia is one of the few countries free of the disease, which has the potential to cripple the $2.5 billion pork industry and the thousands of jobs that depend on it. The most likely way for PMWS to enter the country is through imported pig meat and producers say the government should reconsider its decision not to revoke dozens of import permits.
     The head of the South Australian Farmers Federation's pork committee, Rob Berlin, said producers could sue for compensation if PMWS is confirmed.
     This follows an announcement earlier in the week that the Department of Agriculture was investigating two suspected cases of PMWS in South Australia and NSW. Test results expected in the next two days will determine whether the disease has entered Australia
     Meanwhile, the Murray-Mallee Pig Producers Group says it is pleased with the way the investigation into the outbreak is being handled. The president of Murray-Mallee Pig Producers, Mark McLean, says the movement restrictions in place on the farm are a good move.

An international team, including researchers from CSIRO, have achieved a major breakthrough in the bid to control two killer viruses, according to CSIRO. The collaborative team have identified a cell receptor for both the Hendra virus and the Nipah virus.
See also: US scientists find failings in Nipah virus

Nearly 270 pigs in Vietnam's southern Ca Mau province are suspectedly of having died from foot-and-mouth disease, Xinhua reported last Tuesday. Testing on 19 samples from 268 pigs which died last month indicated that they could have been infected with foot-and-mouth disease. Nearly 1,840 pigs in the province have been infected with common diseases and suspected foot-and-mouth disease in the last few months.

Brazil's farm exports reached a historical high of US$ 20.2 billion in the first half of this year, an increase of 10.2% over the same period in 2004, reports the Ministry of Agriculture.
     Soy continues to lead the farm export sector but in second place are Brazilian meats (beef, pork and poultry) with US$ 3.63 billion in export revenue, an increase of 31.56% over the same period last year.

In the US, a recent study has emerged from previous research that found that minced horseradish roots, potato tubers and white radish roots, combined with small amounts of hydrogen peroxide, removed phenols from water and soil.
     Jerzy Dec, a researcher at Pennsylvania State University, said the horseradish mixture cut odor intensity as much as 50 percent. According to researchers, the odor-causing chemicals were neutralized for at least 72 hours.

In their weekly US industry review, Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain report that last week was positive, despite low hog prices in the long term. Even though hog prices are disappointing compared to 12 months ago, the average cost producers probably made about $15.00 per hog.

In this weeks Swine Economics Report by Ron Plain, he reminds readers of how much bigger hogs are getting. In 1956, the average live weight of barrows and gilts slaughtered in the U.S. was 222 pounds. Last year it was 263 pounds. In the last 48 years, average hog slaughter weight has increased by 41 pounds and there certainly has been no letup in this trend in 2005, he says.

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In an effort to help retailers merchandise and move more fresh and processed pork, the National Pork Board is determined to find out one thing: What motivates consumers to purchase pork?
     A major finding from the POD2 research is that consumers spend 1.4 minutes on average making a pork purchase. 79% of consumers purchasing pork inspected multiple packages and 77% spent time reading package information.

In Canada, the CEO of Big Sky Farms is confident the new national animal welfare assessment for Canadian swine producers will give consumers the assurance they want that animals are well cared for.
     Earlier this week the Canadian Pork Council unveiled its new "Animal Care Assessment Tool." The tool is designed to integrate into Canadian Quality Assurance and allows producers to document their animal care procedures, according to Farmscape.

UK imports of fresh pork rose by 50% during 2004 compared with the previous year, according to a report published by the British Pig Executive. The report also notes the rise in imported fresh pork and associated pork products led to an overall rise in imports during 2004 of 2%.
     The 'Report on the Growth in Pig Meat Imports in the UK 2004' reveals a continuing surge in imports from a rise of 14% in 2003. Worryingly, about two-thirds of all imported pork still does not conform to UK welfare standards, reports FWi.
Report: The Growth in Pig Meat Imports into the UK

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The National Fallen Stock Company is on the verge of announcing that collectors will be allowed to make bulk collections from farms from Jan 2006.
     Producers will be able to store fallen stock in Dolav bins — large sealed boxes — so collectors only need to visit the farm every few days, reports FWi.

McDonald's has hinted at a change in the way it markets its food during a conference at the Royal Show. The burger chain, which recently reformed its menu with healthier food, is looking to emphasise its local sourcing policy.
     The chain already sources all its beef from the UK and Ireland, as well as all its pork, eggs, lettuce and 50% of the wheat in its baps from British farmers.

Irish government grants that pay producers to get pigs out of stalls, come with some demanding conditions - but the general view among Irish pigmen appears to be the money is worth applying for, reports the NPA.
     Grant aid will not be paid for any conversion to loose-housing that involves an increase in the breeding herd on the farm. Nor will it be paid for second-hand materials or equipment.

Danish Bacon is celebrating the bi-centenary of Danish institution Hans Christian Andersen by supporting the world premiere of Bent Sørensen’s ‘The Little Mermaid’, at the BBC Proms on 12th August.
     Renowned for its humorous ads, Danish Bacon has developed an advertisement to feature in the programme for the summer proms season which gives a tasty twist on the classic tale.

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* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 3 new features this week:

E. coli: The Good, The Bad, The Resistant
By Courtney Denard, Ontario Pork - The potential for antibiotic resistance in bacteria has University of Guelph Prof. Patrick Boerlin, Department of Pathobiology, using a genetic approach to try to understand and lessen this occurrence on agricultural operations.

A Review of Reproduction in the Pig
By David Chennells MA Vet MB CertPM MRCVS - The performance of the breeding herd is fundamental to the financial success of any pig farm. If pigs are not born they cannot be sold. Recent surveys by MLC/BPEX indicate that the industry is producing only an average of 18.5 pigs per sow per year (p/s/y) which is woeful compared to many of our European competitors who claim in excess of 22.

A Report on the Growth in Pig Meat Imports into the UK
By the British Pig Executive - Imports of pork, bacon and ham into the UK, which has been rising in recent years, increased sharply in 2003. In 2004, imports increased by a further 2%. This report analyses the volume and type of cuts imported in 2004 and the countries from which they came.

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Subject: Diseases/Conditions that can indirectly affect Reproductive Loss - An Overview

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NEXT WEEK'S TIP: Diseases/Conditions that can indirectly affect Reproductive Loss - An Overview - Leg Weakness (Osteochondrosis - OCD)

* Finally...

Study Finds Antibiotic Use on Farms Breeds Super-Bacteria

     Human exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria is growing because of the use of antibiotics in agriculture operations, according to a research team from the Fogarty International Center and the University of Maryland.
     Antibiotics are used by many agricultural operations to promote growth and prevent disease in livestock. Their use has bred forms of bacteria now resistant to the drugs, and these super-bugs can be found on farms, in water and on meat and poultry sold in the markets, according to the international medical journal PLoS Medicine.
     The authors suggest that "transmission from agriculture can have a greater impact on human populations than hospital transmission,". The high level of antibiotic use in hospitals has been previously recognized as a factor in the emergence of drug-resistant bacteria.

That's all for this week.


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