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ThePigSite Newsletter - 16 August 2010

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Monday 16th August 2010
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Editorial - Latest Crop Estimates Bring Some Relief

Following the recent news of a halt in Russian cereal exports and the threat of similar action from other leading grain-exporting countries, there was some slightly better news for pig producers last week.

USDA'S monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report included forecast yields and crop sizes for maize and soybeans that were higher than the previous month's estimates.

Indeed, USDA is now expecting the largest average national maize yield and largest maize crop in history at 165 bushels per acre and 13.365 billion bushels, respectively. These eclipse last year's records of 164.7 bushels per acre and 13.110 billion bushels. US wheat production is also forecast to be higher than last season, and the report says that southern hemisphere cereal production looks promising.

The forecast for this year's soybean yield (44.0 bushels per acre) matches last year's record while forecast soybean production of 3.433 billion bushels would, like the maize crop, break last year's record or 3.359 billion bushels.

Owing to the growing use of maize for ethanol, the latest news is unlikely to return feed ingredient prices to normal levels but at least, it should not exacerbate an already difficult situation.

And finally, the World Health Organization has announced that influenza H1N1 has entered the so-called 'post-pandemic period'. The new H1N1 virus has largely run its course.

WHO secretary General, Dr Chan did warn, however, that the H1N1 virus might take on the behaviour of a seasonal influenza virus and continue to circulate for some years to come.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Danish Breeding Herd Recovery Falters (August 2010)
By Jackie Linden, Editor of ThePigSite. Our snapshot of the ongoing global pig industry trends as reported in August 2010 Whole Hog Brief. You can read the full detailed analysis, including all the commentary and graphical data, by subscribing to the publication.
Light Levels in the Farrowing House
We know that temperature requirements for piglets and sows are quite different in the farrowing house but what about the different light requirements of stockpeople and sows? The new Knowledge Transfer bulletin from BPEX provides the answers.
Water Management
Jaydee Smith, Swine Production Systems Program Lead, offers five tips for better water management during the hot summer months in the August issue of Pork News and Views from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).
Stress: It Affects Pigs and Poultry Too
Researchers in the ARS Livestock Behavior Research Unit in West Lafayette, Indiana, talk about their studies on stress in poultry and pigs to Sharon Durham in the latest issue of Agricultural Research.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - August 2010
Global wheat supplies for 2010/11 are reduced sharply with world production lowered 15.3 million tons, according to the USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates for August 2010. Pork production in late 2010 and 2011 is reduced on lower expected imports of live pigs from Canada.
SowComfort - Never before has standing been so easy!
* Company News

JSR’s Technical Conference Offers Food for Thought
UK - The 21st JSR Technical Conference, this year entitled Science – The Key to Feeding the World, takes place on 14 September at Nottingham University’s Sutton Bonnington Campus.
New Gilt Management Package
UK - BPEX is asking producers to re-assess their gilt management practices. It is useful to question or challenge how things are done and the new Two-Tonne Sow (2TS) Gilt Management Pack is full of practical management advice and examples.
Meriden Appoints Director of Feed Safety
UK - Meriden Animal Health Limited has appointed Damian Moore as Director of Feed Safety.
ACMC: Virtual Boar Winner
UK - Winner of ACMC’s ‘virtual boar’ competition at the British Pig and Poultry Fair is H F Hart Ltd, Homeleaze Farm, Gloucestershire. They win £1,000 worth of semen for their 450-sow breeding and finishing herd.
* Global Pig Industry News

   General

 » FMD NEWS: Philippines Remains FMD-Free
 » Formal Agreement on Cooperative Research Signed
 » H1N1 Enters Post-Pandemic Period, Says WHO
 » DDGS Road Show Fosters Sales of US DDGS
 » AgFeed Acquires M2P2
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   United States

 » Beef, Pork Drive Tyson Foods' Sales Growth
 » Market Preview: Fewer Hogs Prop Up Prices
 » Weekly Outlook: Focus on Crop Production Report
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » CME: Continued Decline in Number of Hogs Sold
 » FASS Updates List of GM References
 » CME: Fed Cattle Prices Less Seasonal than Hogs
 » US Stands to Pick Up Wheat Forfeited by Russia
 » CME: USDA Expects Largest Average Corn Yield
 » Missouri Pork Producers Step Up to the Plate
 » Slaughter Weights Get Pulled Down By Summer Heat
 » Strong Mid-Year Results for US Pork Exports
 » CME: June US Pork and Beef Trade Data

   Canada

 » Cattle, Pork Producers Get Time to Repay Advances
 » Canada Secures Access to the Philippines
 » Moose Jaw Reopening Could Provide Economic Boost
 » Live Hog Prices See Improvement
 » Key to Promoting Increased Composting
 » Increased Domestic Pork Consumption Promoted
 » Stalling Choices of Gestating Sows Examined
 » Pork Commentary: Record Price Pork Bellies Become News Story

   China

 » Q2 Continues Good Trend, Says Zhongpin CEO
 » Ag Ministry: Pork Prices Continue 8-Week Rally
 » Strong Growth in Feed Boosts AgFeed Results

   Russian Federation

 » More ASF Breaks Out in Russia
 » Strong Performance in All Segments for Cherkizovo
 » ASF Continues to Persist in Russia
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   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Steady Throughout Europe
 » Ticks Not Involved in ASF Transmission

   India

 » Thai Poultry, Pork Processor Looks to India

   Cambodia

 » Cambodia's Pork Sales Crash on Import Ban
 » Pigs' Manure to Fuel Mong Reththy Farm

   Ireland

 » Ag Minister Urged to Look at Anaerobic Digestion
 » Job Losses Feared from Change in Nitrates Directive

   Ukraine

 » Will Ukraine Ban Grain Exports?

   United Kingdom

 » IPPC Directive Review Clause Explained
 » The Market was Like the Weather
 » Addressing Problems In Slaughterhouses
 » RSPCA: Experts Needed to Help with Pig Project

   Norway

 » Boar Taint Threshold Should be Lower

   Thailand

 » CPF Boosts Overseas Business

   Brazil

 » Brasil Foods' Q2 Sales Up to 6.3 Billion Real
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That's all for this week!

Ed.
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