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ThePigSite Newsletter - 18 October 2010

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Monday 18th October 2010
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Editorial - Lower-than-Expected US Maize Harvest Pushes up Prices

Pig producers will not be happy after reading the latest USDA Corn Crop estimate, which forecasts US corn production at 12.664 billion bushels. That is 3.8 per cent below the 13.16 billion bushel forecast last month and also less than the expected 12.95 billion bushels. By early last week, corn prices had gone up to $5.60 a bushel and some people talking about $7.00 a bushel.

In his latest Pork Commentary, Jim Long says that the corn price move over the last couple of months will have increased the cost of pig production approximately $15.00 per head, which he describes as a 'real margin implosion'. Higher feed prices may also put downward pressure on slaughter weights and it is likely to curtail thoughts of sow herd expansion.

The European Commission has proposed a temporary five-year ban on the use of cloned animals for food, according to a leaked draft report of DG SANCO due to be adopted by the College of Commissioners this week.

The UK's Food Standards Agency is to call on slaughterhouses across the country to install closed circuit television (CCTV) systems as a tool to help protect animal welfare.

On another welfare issue, the head of a pig producers' co-operative in Scotland has warned about the implications of a possible future ban on farrowing crates. Speaking at the Scottish Agricultural College’s pig health event in Edinburgh recently, Gordon McKen, the managing director of Scottish Pig Producers, expressed the fear that pressure from animal rights groups to ban farrowing crates altogether would lead to more piglets being killed by their mothers and the creation of a new welfare issue.

He said: "The problem is the debate is being influenced by some people with no practical experience of the sector. The purpose of confining sows is that it saves piglets’ lives, allows for sow management and protects stockpeople.”

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

US Sows and Market Pigs in Decline (October 2010)
By Chris Harris, Senior Editor, ThePigSite. Our snapshot of the ongoing global pig industry trends as reported in October 2010 Whole Hog Brief. To read the full detailed analysis including all the commentary and graphical data, subscribe to the publication.
Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 Influenza and its Potential Implications for Animal Health
At present, the overall impact of the H1N1 virus for the health of the EU pig population is considered minimal and the current epidemiological situation of the virus in pigs does not justify their vaccination with pH1N1 vaccine, according the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
Effect on Growing Pig Performance of Changes in Energy Intake Achieved Through Restriction of Feed Intake Versus Changes in Dietary Energy Concentration
The utilisation of net energy for body weight gain was unaffected by feeding level or by energy concentration of the diet, according to J.P. Marriott, A.D. Beaulieu and J.F. Patience in the Prairie Swine Research Centre Annual Report 2009.
Eradication of Swine Dysentery in an Outdoor Breeding Herd and its Production Pyramid
Sow health improved rapidly and clinical signs resolved within a week of instigating the medication programme (Denagard; Novartis Animal Health Inc.) and the pyramid has remained free of dysentery for over 12 months since the end of medication, according to Mark Howells (H.M.J. & C.M. Howells, UK) and David Burch (Octagon Services Ltd, UK) in their poster presented at the IPVS Congress 2010.
US Feed Outlook - October 2010
Corn planted and harvested area are both increased this month, but a 6.7-bushel-per-acre decrease in yield lowers forecast corn production 496 million bushels. Production also is decreased for sorghum, barley, and oats, according to the USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS).
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* Company News

Intervet/Schering-Plough: New Integrated Livestock Unit Sales Manager
UK - Jonathan Perkins has been appointed to the new role of Sales Manager Integrated Livestock Business Unit at Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health UK.
Win an Entrance Ticket for the Young Farmers' Party
HANOVER, GERMANY - The EuroTier2010 will be opening its doors in Hanover very soon.
Big Dutchman Expands Sales Force in China
CHINA - Big Dutchman is pleased to announce the appointment of Leiden Lei as Area Sales Manager North China for the pig division.
Pfizer Announces 'Commitment to Veterinarians'
US - Pfizer Animal Health launched a US initiative reaffirming its steadfast support for the veterinary profession. Under the banner Commitment to Veterinarians, Pfizer pledged to comprehensively address the significant short- and long-term unmet needs facing practicing veterinarians and students in the United States.
New Label Claim Extends Use of Swine Antibiotic
CANADA - Draxxin® is now registered for control of swine respiratory disease (SRD) in groups of pigs where SRD has been diagnosed.
Canada: Where We've Been; Where We Might be Going
CANADA - Canada like the rest of North America and several other pork exporting nations in the world has had extreme pressure on its pork industry in the last three years, writes Bob Fraser from Sales and Service at Genesus Ontario.
New Managing Director for TOPIGS South Africa
SOUTH AFRICA - TOPIGS South Africa (TOPIGS SA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Stefan Vermaak as Managing Director of TOPIGS SA effective from 1 January 2011.
Innovations and Trends at EuroTier 2010
GERMANY - At a recent event organised by DLG, Dr Matthias Schick, a member of the EuroTier Innovations Commission and Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon ART of Switzerland highlighted a number of trends in the new products and ideas that will be presented at EuroTier 2010.
EuroTier 2010: 2nd Chinese-European Pig Summit
GERMANY - Following the successful premiere of the Chinese-European Pig Summit at EuroTier 2008, DLG is proud to host the second edition of this highly-popular Summit at EuroTier 2010.
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   United States

 » Weekly Outlook: Markets Get Whipsawed
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Large US Red Meat Presence at SIAL
 » CME: Impact of Corn Estimates on Livestock, Poultry
 » Weak Currencies Could Boost Ag Export Markets
 » CME: World Meat, Poultry Trade; US Ethanol Blend Rate
 » Animal Products Combat Poor Human Nutrition
 » NPPC: EPA's Decision to Increase Ethanol Blend Rate
 » NFU: Congress Should Not Interfere with GIPSA
 » Market Preview: Feed Prices Driven Higher
 » CME: GIPSA Files Complaint Against JBS Swift
 » CME: 2010 Per Capita Consumption Adjusted Down
 » Indiana Pork Producers Bring Home Some Bacon
 » August Pork Exports Down Compared to Last Year
 » Senator Voices Concerns About GIPSA Proposed Rule
 » CME: YTD Pork Exports Higher; Beef Exports Lower
 » Strong Momentum Continues for US Pork Exports

   United Kingdom

 » UK Imports Responsible for Rainforest Destruction
 » Livestock Markets Key to Healthy Food Supply Chain
 » Pressure Mounts for CCTV in Slaughterhouses
 » VLA National Conference Summary
 » Last Chance for Farmers to Have a Say on Red Tape
 » Co-Op Chief Appeals to Retailers Over Pig Crates

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   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Great Receptiveness in the Market
 » UK/German Agricultural Ministers Discuss Reform
 » SCoFCAH Implements New Animal By-Products Rules
 » EC Proposes Ban on Use of Cloned Animals


 » Improved Governance of Global Food Security


 » Pork Commentary: Corn Price Shock
 » US COOL Discriminates Against Canadian Imports
 » Improved Profit Margins Expected in Maple Leaf
 » Moose Jaw Pork Facility Renovations on Track
 » Producers Advised to be Attentive to Feed Quality
 » Nations More Open to Bilateral Trade Agreements


 » Teagasc Pig Conference 2010


 » Vet Department Says ‘Rubbish Pork’ Claims Untrue


 » A Massive Yes to Danish Crown A/S


 » RP to Re-open Pork Trade Talks with Singapore

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