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Monday 11th March 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial - New Look at COOL Welcomed by US Farmers

Changes have been proposed to the COOL labelling system in the US. US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proposed modification to the rules required for the labelling of muscle cut commodities covered under the Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) programme.

Under the proposed rule, origin designations for animals slaughtered in the US would be required to specify the production steps of birth, raising and slaughter of the animal. In addition, this proposed rule would eliminate the allowance for any commingling of muscle cut covered commodities of different origins.

The changes are designed to provide consumers with more transparency by providing specific information about muscle cut covered commodities.

"USDA expects that these changes will improve the overall operation of the program and also bring the current mandatory COOL requirements into compliance with US international trade obligations," said Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack.

The proposal follows a ruling by the World Trade Organization in June last year that the United States' COOL requirements for certain meat commodities discriminated against Canadian and Mexican livestock imports and thus were inconsistent with the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade. The United States has until 23 May this year to come into compliance with the WTO ruling in COOL.

The National Farmers Union (NFU) was quick to hail the proposed changes to COOL rules.

"The proposed rule changes are an excellent response to decisions by the World Trade Organization that called for changes to our COOL implementation," said NFU President, Roger Johnson. "By requiring further clarity in labels and stronger record-keeping, the set of rules released today are a win-win for farmers, ranchers and consumers."

In February, NFU and other groups released a legal analysis that detailed the available options for successful US compliance of the WTO's ruling on COOL. The analysis concluded that an effective way of complying with the WTO decision was to provide more information and more accurate details to consumers. It would not require producers or processors to collect additional information; nor would it increase food cost to consumers as the Office of Management and Budget determined the changes are not economically significant.

The US Farm Bill will be tackled soon. House Speaker, John Boehner, was unable to report progress on the Bill to the Ohio Farm Bureau last week but he did pledge to get a new Farm Bill done and said he expected the Senate to do the same this year.

In the meantime, President Obama continues to seek a compromise to the latest US Congressional budget battle that will end the sweeping, across-the-board government spending cuts now taking effect.

Speaking at the 2013 Commodity Classic recently, Secretary Vilsack spoke to farmers and agribusiness attendees at the annual association meeting for corn, soybeans, wheat and sorghum to explain some of the consequences of the sequester taking effect.

He said the sequester will reduce USDA's operating budget by between $1.0 to $1.5 billion and every line item of the budget will be impacted. Every account that is not exempted by Congress has to be cut by a certain percentage.

Turning to the more general global matters, world agrifood prices are expected to be 11.5 per cent higher in 2050 than 2007 and this increase is driven by stronger global demand stemming from increasing incomes and population and resource constraints that are likely to affect productivity increases.

According to a report from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES), with food security at the forefront of government policy agendas worldwide, much of the focus is on how the world will respond to a rise in food demand over the next 40 years.

Fish meal and oil, fish, meat, oilseed oils and cereals are forecast to experience the largest price rises over the projection period.

In the US and Germany, the respective governments are moving towards a further tightening of controls over the use of antibiotics in farm livestock.


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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

Non-Competitive Feeding Systems: Gated Stalls
Drs Harold W. Gonyou and Fiona Lang of the Prairie Swine Centre explain how free access stalls impact sow feeding and behaviour and they offer tips on how to manage such systems in 'Science of Ethology'.

Reducing Phosphorus Levels in Grower and Finisher Diets
Dietary phosphorus can be reduced below the current commercial standards without negative effects on pig health and performance, whilst at the same time reducing diffuse phosphorus levels in the manure and effluent, and consequently reducing phosphorus load to the environment, according to BPEX in No. 15 in the 'Research into Action' series.

Feed and Fodder Challenges for Asia and the Pacific
Harinder P.S. Makkar, Animal Production Officer with the FAO in Rome explores the options to address feed and fodder challenges in Asia in the coming years. He focuses on making better use of feed resources, seeking alternative feeds and fodders and putting a greater emphasis on ruminants to provide animal protein as they can use food sources that humans cannot.

Pig Meat in Australia: Outlook to 2017–18
Australian pig meat production is forecast to fall by two per cent in 2013–14 to around 340,000 tonnes and then to increase gradually over the medium term to around 360,000 tonnes by 2017–18, according to Clay Mifsud and Caitlin Murray in the latest quarterly 'Agricultural Commodities' report from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES).

Antimicrobial Susceptibility of Porcine Pasteurella multocida, Streptococcus suis and Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae
Over the years 2001 to 2010 for the US and Canada, researchers found that A.pleuropneumoniae and P.multocida remained susceptible to ceftiofur, enrofloxacin, florfenicol, tilmicosin and tulathromycin while S.suis remained susceptible to ceftiofur, enrofloxacin and florfenicol.

Effects of Trailer Design on Animal Welfare Parameters and Carcass and Meat Quality of Three Pietrain Crosses Transported over a Long Distance
The pot-belly trailer had no adverse effects of pig welfare or meat quality in a study reported by researchers based in Canada and Spain. Pietrain-cross pigs (50 per cent Pietrain) were more susceptible to transport stress but pork quality was acceptable, provided they did not carry the halothane gene.

Risk Informed Management of Salmonella in Deep Tissue Lymph Nodes
The removal of deep tissue lymph nodes at the processing plant is time-consuming and may not significantly reduce Salmonella contamination in ground pork, reports Scott Hurd, Associate Professor at Iowa State University.

Company News

First Chinese Litters Allow Further Expansion of JSR's Global Breeding Programme
CHINA - JSR's global breeding programme has seen its first litters born in China, signalling the spread of the company's genetics into the most important market in the world.
DanBred Pig Management Seminar
THAILAND - DanBred will be holding a seminar which will will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, on 12 March 2013.
Hermitage Genetics Callan AI Station Approved for Semen Export to China
CHINA - Following an inspection visit from an official delegation from AQSIQ (The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine) of the People's Republic of China last year, Hermitage Genetics Callan AI station has been officially approved for the export of porcine semen to China.
BIVI Announces 2013 PRRS Research Award Recipients
US - Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI), announces the 2013 recipients of its annual Advancement in PRRS Research Awards. This year, BIVI awarded $75,000 to support three separate studies by independent swine researchers and practitioners in their investigations of novel ways to diagnose, control and eliminate this costly swine disease.
Biomin Explains Enzymatic Detoxification of Fumonisin
SINGAPORE - Biomin has released a video of a presentation that shows its enzymatic method of hydolysing the mycotoxin, fumonisin, is effective to detoxify it.
Selection for Feed Intake and Feed Conversion
CANADA - All in the pork business agree that the impact of high feed prices has been significant on the bottom line. Genetic improvement for feed conversion can play an important role in addressing the impact of high feed costs, writes Bob Kemp, PhD PAg, Vice President of Genetic Programs and R&D, Genesus Inc.
Zoetis Unveils Vision for Europe Africa and Middle East
GLOBAL - Zoetis, the former animal health business unit of Pfizer, is aiming for strong and sustainable business growth.
Market Reports

USDA GAIN: EU-27 Livestock and Products Semi-annual - March 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 5 March 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 6 March 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 7 March 2013
USDA GAIN: Ukraine Livestock and Products Update - March 2013
USDA GAIN: Canada Livestock and Products Semi-annual 2013
USDA GAIN: Japan Livestock and Products Semi-annual 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 8 March 2013
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 7 March 2013
USDA GAIN: China Livestock and Products Semi-Annual 2013
USDA GAIN: Mexico Livestock and Products Semi-annual 2013
USDA WASDE - March 2013
BPEX Export Bulletin – Week 10

Global Pig Industry News


SENASA Creates New Brucellosis-free Certification


Cell Phones Revolutionise Kenya's Livestock Sector

   United Kingdom

Co-operative Food Raises Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare
New CEO at Tulip UK
Ladies in Pigs Promote Healthy Pork to Schoolchildren
NOAH Calls for Unified Communications in Food Chain
Farmers Urge Lords to 'See Sense' over Wages Board
Students Help Judge England's Best Pork Products
NFU, Tesco Discuss Supermarket's New Pledges
Livestock Research Initiative Has Greater Sustainability as Goal
National Exposure for Pork Adverts
Spot Surges Ahead, Shouts Stand-on

   United States

Antibiotics Remain Important for Animal, Public Health
What Does the Sequester Mean for US Agriculture?
Spring Pork Price Recovery Forecast
USDA to Survey Farmers about 2013 Planting Intentions
Word to the Wise: Cover Your Corn Needs
Agricultural Groups Welcome US-EU Trade Talks
CME: State of Pork Demand Raises Questions
NFU Delegates Adopt Policy, Convention Adjourns
Groups Express Outrage with EPA's Release of Information
CME: US Currency Value Impacts Meat Trade
House Speaker Boehner Pledges Farm Bill in 2013
CME: US/Canada 2012 Hog Inventory Lower Than Previous Year
Smithfield Foods Reports Strong Fiscal 2013 Q3 Results
USDA Proposes Rule to Amend Labelling under COOL
Land is Top Concern of Young Farmers
Hog Outlook: USDA Increases 2013 Red Meat, Poultry Production Estimates
Reduced Exports, Sequestration Threaten Spring Pork Price Recovery
Leafstedt Receives Pork Distinguished Service Award
Pork Checkoff Honors 2012 Pork Industry Environmental Stewards
CME: Mixed Picture for January Meat Product Exports

   European Union

Stronger Effect of Pig Husbandry Regulations
EU Pig Prices: Optimism with the Coming of Spring
NFU in Final Push Ahead of Historic CAP Vote
Report Shows Too Much Processed Meat Increases Death Risk
Copa-Cogeca Presses for Strong CAP in Run-up to Vote


German Parliament Proposes Strict Measures to Cut Antibiotic Use


Australia's Total, Export Earnings Forecast to Rise


Fourth Quarter Meat Production Down


Harbin Flu Lab Designated as FAO Reference Centre
Prices of Major Farm Produce Fall Further
Pig Virus Causing PCV Detected in Shanghai River Water
Shake Up on the Cards for Food and Drug Safety
China: Hog Markets

   Czech Republic

Czech Farm Profits Plummet


Meat Consumption Rises Following State Support


Will Trade Liberalisation Meet Growing Food Demand?
Russia/China Actions Renew Debate on Science-based Trade
Increased Wheat Production Seen in 2013


Feed Additive Increases Ability to Manage Phosphorus
Rubber Mats Stimulate Exercise by Group-housed Sows
Scientists Improve Transgenic Enviropigs
Cool Reaction to USDA's Proposed Regulatory Changes to COOL
Pork Commentary: Lean Hog Price = Losses


Bolivia Holds Workshop on National Swine Health


2012 Brazilian Pork Exports Rose Compared to 2011
February Protein Exports Up Year-on-year

   Viet Nam

PRRS Recurs in Central, Southern Viet Nam


Pig Farmers Encouraged to Turn Profits from Pig Waste


Hog Raisers Attend Marketing Lectures


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