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ThePigSite Newsletter - 13 September 2010

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Monday 13th September 2010
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial - Pressures Mount on EU Pig Farmers

The pig sector in Europe is predicted to suffer a wave of closures as farmers sell up rather than invest to meet tighter rules on environmental emissions and animal welfare. A likely outcome is that the region's herd will be reduced to its smallest in at least a decade.

A 'high percentage' of European Union pig farmers are expected to leave the industry, citing concerns over meeting ammonia-emission limits and the possible future requirement for full anaesthesia for castration.

The French sector was set to see a particularly high rate of closures, after suffering from particularly poor profitability and failing to follow a modernisation drive implemented in top-producing states such as Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands.

Another concern for livestock producers is the prospect of rising feed costs, a situation made more likely following last week's news that Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin had extended his country's export ban on grain until at least the end of 2011.

A senior economist for the UK's National Farmers Union of England and Wales warned that the big concern has to be rising wheat costs for animal feed.

He said: "If the supply chain doesn't recognise higher feed prices, in the short term at least, rising production costs are more likely to result in tighter margins for farmers than increased farm-gate prices."

And finally, Russia has reported a further 13 outbreaks of African swine fever.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Precision Management: What Top Managers Are Doing to be Profitable
The secrets of success, according to Hans Rotto of Innovative Agricultural Solutions LLC in Ames, Iowa, are setting the right goals, committing to clear expectations, using objective measures and making them a priority every day. He was speaking at this year's London Swine Conference.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate - September 2010
The forecast for 2011 has been reduced as higher feed prices encourage cattle producers to keep cattle on forage longer and tempers pork, broiler, and turkey production gains, according to the USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.
Japan - Livestock and Products Semi-Annual
The outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in Miyazaki is unlikely to have a significant impact on national cattle and pig production this year due to the fact that the disease was contained by the end of July without spreading further to neighbouring prefectures and other major livestock-producing regions in Japan, according to the latest Beef and Pork Market Outlook from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
Brazil - Livestock and Products Annual
Beef production is forecast to increase in 2011 by 3.5 per cent and exports by 8.0 per cent, while pork output and exports will rise by 3.0 and 2.5 per cent, respectively. These are the predictions of Joao Faustino in the latest GAIN report from USDA Foreign Agriculutrual Service.
BPEX Export Bulletin - August 2010
The British Pig Executive's (BPEX) Export Bulletin for August 2010 reports pig industry trends from around the world.
* Company News

Swine Influenza Widespread in England, France
EU - The prevalence of swine influenza in England is much higher than previously thought, according to newly published research carried out by the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and the COSI Consortium.
Nedap Velos ESF on Chinese Farm
CHINA - Nedap Velos has won a contract from Guangxi Jingdeto install electronic sow feeding (ESF) systems into a farm with 600 sows, the first phase of a larger project.
* Global Pig Industry News


 » FMD NEWS: USDA Seeks Comments on FMD Vaccine
 » Greater Food Market Stability Needed, Says FAO

   United States

 » Market Preview: GIPSA Provision is a Bit Murky
 » Weekly Outlook: Soybean Prices Remain Strong Too
 » New Initiative: Young Scots Cooking with Red Meat
 » CME: Producers Aware Good Times Won't Last
 » No Link Between Red Meat and Colorectal Cancer
 » Smithfield Sees Sales Rise
 » July Pork Exports Down Compared to Last Year
 » CME: The Best and the Worst Times for Pork
 » July Pork Exports Slightly Lower than June
Ingelvac PRRS KV is indicated for the control of Porcine Reproduction and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) in breeding sows and gilts.

 » No More Meat in Swiss Swill


 » New Bolton Center Professor Shares Expertise
 » Pork CRC Looks Ahead

   Russian Federation

 » Russia's Grain Export Ban Extended to 2011
 » Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) Reported in Russia
 » Thirteen New ASF Outbreaks in Russia

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Situation Generally Steady


 » A/H1N1 Flu Breaks Out in Swine; Issue Resolved

   United Kingdom

 » Taskforce Will be Guided by Outcomes
 » Contract Space Remains Tight
 » NFU Opposes Ban on Direct Advertising of Antibiotics
 » VLA: H1N1 Virus Predisposed to Streptococcus Suis
Intervet - Research makes the difference

 » Nitrates Directive a Threat to Pig, Poultry Industries
 » Pork Sales to Japan Grow Despite Challenges


 » Argentina Sees Vast Potential for Agriculture


 » New Farm Building Code to Be Monitored Closely
 » Manitoba Celebrates 21st Season of Great Tastes
 » Higher Demand Projected for Feed Supplies
 » Reduced Prairie Cereal Grain Production Projected
 » Tight Supplies, Strong Demand Restore Profitability
 » CFIA: Proposal for Regulatory Imported Food Sector
 » Pork Commentary: Road Trip to Russia


 » France to Lead Wave of European Pig Farm Closures


 » DC Employees Honoured by Danish Crown Prince
That's all for this week!

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