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Newsletter 6th August 2007

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Foot And Mouth Disease in the UK - On Friday (3rd August) a farmer from Surrey reported that some of his cattle were showing symptoms of vesicular disease. Only hours later DEFRA confirmed the nations fears - Foot and Mouth Disease was back in the UK. A 3km protection zone and 10km surveillance zone was set up immediately.

Controversy mounted when the virus found at the farm near Guildford, Surrey, was identified as being similar to that used in vaccine production last month at a facility shared by the Institute for Animal Health and research company Merial Animal Health Ltd., only 3 miles from the outbreak. Both companies maintain that their strict biosecurity measures have been upheld.

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Disease Focus : FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE
Detailed information about Foot and Mouth Disease from our Pig Health database.
The great crate debate - are there other options at farrowing?
By Jane Jordan, ThePigSite Editor. Welfare is now a key component of EU pig production and as a consequence the systems used to rear pigs are continually under review.
Pig Production in England
A Farm Business Survey by Aksham Bryan College. This report is one of a series being produced based on the results of the Farm Business Survey (FBS) for England.
PCV2 Vaccine Gets Green Light in UK
By Sam Walton, Pig World. Circovac, Merial's PCV2 vaccine, will reach the UK in September.
Alphamune G - Shielding, Earning
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Canada

Pork Commentary: Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) Sanity Prevails
CANADA - It looks like a compromise was forged in the United States House of Representatives on Country of Origin Labeling. The compromise in our opinion will ease record keeping for all US pork producers compared to the insane initially proposed requirements. There will be four categories.

Manitoba Co-op to Assist in Movements From Winnipeg to Other Plants
CANADA - Manitoba's pig marketing cooperative says it will work with its producer members over the next several months to ensure a smooth transition from shipping hogs to Maple Leaf in Winnipeg to the company's primary processing plant in Brandon or to other locations, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Canada bans U.K. animals
OTTAWA -- Canada has halted all imports of animals and animal products from the U.K. that could be at risk of foot-and-mouth disease following the announcement yesterday that the disease had been found on an English farm.

Ignoring the meat of the global warming issue
CANADA - We all emit greenhouse gases simply by breathing - one kilogram of carbon dioxide a day, on average, per person. Scientists don't hold these emissions against us. What public policy options, after all, exist? Breath control?, writes Neil Reynolds.

New recipe for sustainability: stem-cell burgers
OTTAWA - Dutch scientist Henk Haagsman's research team at the University of Utrecht, supported by million-dollar grants from the Dutch government, manufactures a kind of ground pork from the stem cells of pigs. His assignment now is to determine whether the process will work on an industrial scale.

Sweden

Sweden reports first case of PRRS
SWEDEN - The first case of PRRS (Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome) has been reported in Sweden. Since the spread of the disease seems to be limited to a few farms, the Swedish Board of Agriculture has decided to kill and destroy all animals on the affected farms.
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United States

USDA monitors UK FMD outbreak; Bans UK pig meat products
US - The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced it is closely monitoring an emerging animal disease situation in the United Kingdom.

Weekly Roberts Report
US - Agricultural US Commodity Market Report by Mike Roberts, Commodity Marketing Agent, Virginia Tech.

Hog Outlook: Hog Producers' Activities Networked
US Weekly Hog Outlook, 4th August 2007 - Weekly review of the US hog industry, written by Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain.

Market Preview: MCOOL Compromises
US - Weekly U.S. Market Preview w/e 3rd August, provided by Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., Paragon Economics, Inc.

Livestock Producers Can Expect Friendlier Feed Prices
US - Livestock producer organisations have pushed Congress for a policy that protects them against high feed prices resulting from federal policies to promoted biofuels from typical feed grains and oilseeds.

Researcher Speaks Out on CAFO Study
US - The author of a Ball State University study on the economic impact of livestock production is speaking out after being misquoted by anti-CAFO forces.

Sales boom for an excited Tyson
ARKANSAS - Tyson Foods, reports earnings of $0.31 per diluted share for the third fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2007. This compared with the loss of $0.15 per diluted share in the same quarter last year.

Senate bill biofuel mandate boosts corn acres; sends ripples through farm sector
US - A federal mandate to use more biofuels, as passed in the US Senate version of the energy bill, would shift more crop acres into corn, boost corn prices, reduce soybean acreage, cut livestock production and have repercussions across all of agriculture.

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Viet Nam

PRRS puts Vietnamese off pork
VIET NAM - Pork sales have plunged in Ho Chi Minh City markets, but shot up in supermarkets amid fears of infected meat from blue ear disease that has been raging among pigs in five provinces.

Province refuses to take districts off pig disease list
VIET NAM - Quang Nam province in central Vietnam, which has been worst hit by the porcine blue ear disease (PRRS), has refused to declare some districts disease-free because one more locality has reported an outbreak.

China

PRRS (Blue-ear) Outbreak Confirmed in China
CHINA - An outbreak of blue-ear pig disease outbreak has been confirmed in north China's Shanxi Province, but the local government said it has been contained.

Pig breeders to get $152m subsidies
CHINA - The government is to contribute 1.15 billion yuan ($152 million) toward sow insurance payments in a bid to curb the soaring pork price, said the Ministry of Finance (MOF).

Vice premier underscores pork supply, food safety
CHINA - Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu has urged local authorities to make more efforts to ensure pork supplies and food safety.

China to probe into illegal hikes in food prices
CHINA - The Chinese government has announced an investigation into sharply rising food prices, accusing companies of hoarding and threatening social stability.

Taiwan, Province of China

Pig Farmers Ask For Ban On US Pork
TAIWAN - Harmful additive? : A drug used to cause pigs to gain lean weight, known in Taiwan as 'lean meat essence,' has turned up in local shipments and those from the US

European Union

EU pig prices: Balanced market – sinking slaughter weights
EU - This week, the European slaughter pig market turns out to be balanced for the most part.
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United Kingdom

Foot And Mouth Disease in the UK
Click here to catch up with all the latest news about the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the UK

Cross-compliance gold-plating
UK - Pig-keepers are concerned that regulators are making up rules on the hoof. The latest cross-compliance newsletter attempts to gold-plate cross-compliance rules on tail-docking, lighting and manipulable materials.

Disease focus at producer group meeting
UK - The UK pig industry would benefit from an early warning system for notifiable diseases, but retailers must also recognise their responsibilities when importing foreign meat products.

Scientists Start War On Animal Diseases
UK - Endemic animal diseases cost UK farmers, and indirectly consumers, hundreds of millions of pounds a year and cause significant animal welfare problems. £11.5M of new research launched today aims to tackle some of the most harmful and widespread diseases that commonly affect farmed animals in the UK.

Research project will investigate welfare indicators for farm assurance
UK - BPEX is funding research into ways of quantifying the welfare credentials of pig farms. But some producers have voiced concerns about the tone of the proposed research.

Study set to establish vital link between economics and welfare
UK - The Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC) has set up a Working Group to examine the challenges and opportunities surrounding economics and animal welfare.

Georgia

Analysts predict meat imports will rise, eclipse domestic production
GEORGIA - Georgia will soon be eating mostly imported meat, says the newspaper Rezonansi.

Korea, Democratic People's Republic of

Meat imports force fall in domestic pork price
SOUTH KOREA - The rise in imports of livestock products has resulted in a sharp decrease in the price of domestic pork meat.

Ban on British Pork Imports Possible
SEOUL - British pigs and pork are likely to be banned in Korea after a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak at a farm in southern England.
Russian Federation

Russian vets checking US pigs
MOSCOW - Russia's food safety watchdog - the Russian Federal Agency for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision - has started inspecting US pork producers that intend to export their produce to Russia.

Australia

Two major pig events merge
AUSTRALIA - Two of Australia’s premier pig industry events have merged to create the largest single pig industry showcase and exchange of research and innovation ideas in the southern hemisphere – PPPE 2008 “The Leading Edge”.

Pigs key to understanding drug resistance in hospitals
AUSTRALIA - Pigs could be the key to understanding how antibiotic resistant bacteria persist in Intensive Care Units.

New Zealand

Exotic disease incursion worries pork farmers
NEW ZEALAND - The increasing risk of exotic diseases entering New Zealand, as a result of a proposed relaxation of border controls by Biosecurity New Zealand, is casuing extreme to pork producers.

Hong Kong

Illicit pork seized in Tsuen Wan
HONG KONG - Food and Environmental Hygiene Department officers have seized 135kg of suspected illicit pork from a Tsuen Wan fresh provision shop. Two men are being questioned.

Bulgaria

Animal health challenges for the Bulgarian pork
The latest EC inspection of the classical swine fever eradication program in Bulgaria found a number of deficiencies and had negative conclusions.

Philippines

Gov assures Bulacan pork is safe
PHILIPPINES - Bulacan's provincial government has assured the public that pork meat coming from the province is safe to eat. It follows a Department of Health (DoH) statement yesterday stressing that humans were not susceptible to the illness, which is currently affecting pig populations in some areas of the country.

France

France takes preventive measures over foot-and-mouth disease
FRANCE - The French Ministry of Agriculture announced a series of precautionary measures Saturday to prevent the foot-and-mouth disease from entering the country after reports of an outbreak in England were confirmed reports Xinhua.

Romania

Swine fever outbreak hits Romania
ROMANIA - The Romanian authorities have ordered the slaughter of 20,000 pigs after an outbreak of swine fever at a farm in the west of the country.

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That's all for this week!

Ed.

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