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ThePigSite Newsletter - 3 May 2011

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial - Times Are Tough for Producers but Global Pork Output Estimate is Raised

The latest statistics from Canada show there were 1.4 per cent fewer hogs on the nation's farms on 1 April this year than on the same date in 2010, while the sow inventory was more–or–less unchanged.

Canadian hog exports totalled 1.4 million in the first quarter of 2011, down 3.6 per cent from the same period last year. During the first quarter of 2011, approximately 5.5 million hogs were slaughtered in Canada, a decline of 2.8 per cent from a year earlier.

Combined pig inventories were released last week for the US and Canada. There are 27,000 more breeding animals and about 500,000 more market hogs year-over-year or about 20,000 more market hogs a week. There is next to no change, according to Jim Long in his Pork Commentary. The statistics indicate productivity gains, not expansion. With an ever-increasing continental population and strong pork export demand, he expects to see lean hog prices to be around $1.00 lean per pound for the summer of 2011 and have strong prices for a further year.

The average producer of finishing pigs in the UK, however, is losing around UK£18 (US$30) per pig sent to market. Little recovery in profits are expected soon with cost of production estimated at UK£1.60 (US$2.66) per kilogram carcass weight.

High feed prices are forecast to continue to challenge global hog producers, yet the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service now expects global pork output in 2011 to be 52.5 million metric tonnes (MMT), up from its October 2010 estimate of 51.5MMT.

Efficiency gains in China and higher slaughter weights in the EU are expected to more than offset the foot and mouth disease-related drop in South Korea. World trade is being driven by strong demand from South Korea, China and the Ukraine.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 7 new features this week:

Porcine Post-Weaning Multi-Systemic Wasting Syndrome: Genetic × Environmental Interactions
A summary of the initial findings from a research project entitled 'Aetiology, pathogenesis and immunology of porcine PMWS: genetic-environmental interactions', published by BPEX as number 7 in the Research into Action series.
Vesicular Diseases
Advice from the Canadian Swine Health Board on how to spot pigs with blisters on nose, mouth, feet and sometimes teats on recently farrowed sows, and what action to take in case of concerns.
2011 Trade Forecast Update: Pork Higher; Beef and Broiler Meat Stable
Global pork output in 2011 has been increased to 52.5 million metric tonnes (MMT), up from the October 2010 estimate of 51.5MMT, according to the latest Livestock and Poultry World Markets and Trade report from USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
United Kingdom Pig Meat Market Update - April 2011
James Park, senior economic analyst with AHDB Meat Services Economic and Policy Analysis Group, explains the latest trends in the UK and EU.
Canadian Hog Statistics - First Quarter 2011
By Statistics Canada. There were 1.4 per cent fewer hogs on Canadian farms on 1 April this year than on the same date in 2010, while the sow inventory was more–or–less unchanged.
EU-27 Livestock and Products Semi-Annual Report 2011
Lower feed prices in the first half of 2010 sparked piglet production and encouraged farmers to slaughter cattle and hogs at higher weights, according to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. As a result, the EU’s domestic supply of beef and pork rose significantly during the second half of 2010.
South Korea Livestock and Products Semi-Annual Report 2011
The FMD crisis is winding down and is expected to come to an end by mid March, according to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. While the cattle sector, which was much less impacted, is still set to expand in 2011, the swine industry is reeling after one-third of total inventories were culled.
Circovac - Nothing protects earlier
* Company News

Walling to Lead JSR Genetics Business
UK - JSR Genetics has appointed Dr Grant Walling as Managing Director, taking overall responsibility for JSR's sales business and breed improvement programmes.
Merial Launches Cashback Offer for Circovac
UK - Merial Animal Health has launched a cashback offer on its Circovac® PCV2 vaccine. The offer represents a £10 discount for every 25 sow dose or 100 piglet dose pack of Circovac® purchased by producers from their vet up to the end of July 2011.
ACMC Tip: Weigh Before Dosing
UK - Antibiotic therapy is generally only effective if the correct dose is administered. The commonest problems arise from under-estimating the weight of pig to be treated, says Paul Thompson, veterinary consultant to pig-breeding company ACMC Ltd.
Top Performance From Pig Professionals
UK - Eleven inspirational pig managers celebrated completion of the first BPEX Professional Manager’s Development Scheme (PMDS). They wowed a small pig industry audience with their energy, professionalism and achievements during a special evening of presentations.
L.A Top Genetics New TOPIGS Distributor for Cyprus
CYPRUS - L.A Top Genetics LTD is the new distributor of TOPIGS Hellas for Cyprus. With the appointment of L.A Top Genetics as distributor, pig farmers on Cyprus get access to the high level genetic material of TOPIGS as well as state-of-the-art technical support from its specialists.
Feeding the World
US - The world’s human population is growing fast, particularly its low and medium income groups. At the same time, those low and medium incomes are growing even faster.
Big Dutchman Top of DLG-Image-Barometer
GERMANY - In its recent Image Barometer 2010, the DLG (Deutsche Landwirtschafts- Gesellschaft; German Agricultural Society) reports Big Dutchman as industry leader in the area of 'technology – livestock housing'.
Hypor at FIMA 2011
SPAIN - Hypor was present at the 10th edition of the livestock fair Fima, held from 15 to 18 March at the Zaragoza Trade Fair.
VIV Sets World Standard in Animal Protein Production
NETHERLANDS - VNU Exhibitions Europe says its shows set the world standard for top quality in innovative animal protein production.
Three Tours Create Prelude to World Pork Expo
US - The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has announced it will offer three tours for people who want to experience Midwestern agriculture — and hospitality — at its finest before World Pork Expo opens on 8 June.
BPEX Re-Organisation
UK - Head of Research and Development and Knowledge Transfer Dr Mike Varley has decided to leave the organisation and return to his work in international consultancy.
TOPIGS Combines Genomic Selection with Pigbase
NETHERLANDS - TOPIGS has linked the emerging technology of genomic selection to Pigbase, its enormous databank.
Centro Verri Italia Signs Agreement with Goland
ITALY - At the recent International Pig Fair at Reggio Emilia, an important agreement was signed between Italian pig genetics company, Goland, and Hermitage Italia's multi-brand boar stud, Centro Verri Italia.
Genesus Global Market Report: China Markets
CHINA - "China: it is the pork powerhouse of the world with over 51 per cent of the world’s population of pigs being raised within China," writes Ron Lane, Senior Consultant for Genesus in China
* Global Pig Industry News

   Korea, South

 » FMD NEWS: FMD Breaks Out in South Korean Pigs
PIC
   United States

 » Federal Data Show Meat & Poultry Safe, Says AMI
 » Weekly Outlook: Corn and Soybean Prices
 » Market Preview: Pork Demand Could Remain Strong
 » CME: Significant Appreciation of Commodity Prices
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » Statements Regarding Developments on Panama FTA
 » CME: Consumers Spend More on Meat and Poultry
 » CME: Hog Price Series Post Significant Gains
 » DGS Research Helps Livestock Industry
 » Commercial Red Meat Production Up in March
 » FSIS Publishes New Guide on RTE Product Hygiene
 » High Live Hog Prices Continue
 » Market Preview: Pork's Profit Prospects Stymied
 » Pork Producers Support a Sustainable Future
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » Report Ranks Food Safety Issues on Cost
 » CME: Slow Start to Corn Planting Season
 » Smithfield Sells Texas Hog Farm to Cargill
 » Corn And Soybean Prices Continue Erratic Pattern
 » US and Canadian Hog Inventory Up One Per Cent
 » Hogs Bring Money to North-Central Missouri
 » Market Preview: Inter-Agency Situation to Disrupt Market?

   United Kingdom

 » Animal Welfare Award for SAC Researcher, Colleague
 » CIWF Urges a Cut in Meat Intake to Save the Earth
 » Positive EP Vote on Country of Origin Labelling
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - April 2011
 » Bank Holiday Blues
 » Responsibility for Animal Health, Welfare Policy
 » NFU: Success Depends on Board Members
 » BPEX Environment Roadmap Launched
 » Meeting Looked in Depth at Livestock Market
 » When Will Retailers Pay Sustainable Prices?

   China

 » Zhongpin Secures Finance for Growth
 » Meat Processor's Shares Plummet After Suspension
 » NDRC Expects Food Prices to Stabilise

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Quotations Display Price Increases
 » Committee Sets Out Clearer Rules on Labelling
 » EU Pig Prices: Good Demand Pushes Prices
 » EU to Target Antimicrobial Resistance in 2012
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   Malta

 » Malta's Pig Population Up by 7.1 Per Cent

   Ireland

 » Teagasc: Road Maps for Farming and Food Sector

   General

 » Global Preparedness for Influenza Pandemics
 » Strong Growth in Feed Acidifiers Predicted
 » US, Canadian Pork Producers Face Similar Challenges

   Canada

 » Discussion of Sustainability Plan with Pork Producers
 » Taking Advantage of Strong Crop, Livestock Markets
 » Recapturing Lost Domestic Market Opportunities
 » Ensuring Replacement Pigs are PRRS-Free
 » PRRS-Free Herd Certification to be Made Available
 » Maple Leaf's Fresh & Prepared Meats More Profitable
 » Pork Commentary: US Pork Exports - Very Strong
 » Pork Commentary: Lean Hog Prices Push to $1.00
 » Tough Week for Hog Producers

   Thailand

 » Ministry Moves to Hold Down Egg, Pork Prices
 » Pork Exports to Continue

   India

 » Dutch Input to Boost Meat Processing
Intervet - Research makes the difference
   Tanzania

 » Eighty Pigs Perish as ASF Hits Dar es Salaam

   Australia

 » Sydney Show Suggests Pig Industry is Rebuilding

   Russian Federation

 » Producers to Receive More Funding
 » ASF Infected Meat Claims Rebuffed
 » Cherkizovo Reports Higher Sales in All Divisions

   Japan

 » Livestock and Feed Production Resume

   Myanmar

 » PRRS Disease Reported in Naypyitaw Pig Farms

   Brazil

 » Brazil's Pork Exports Lower in March

   Mexico

 » Bachoco Closes 'Difficult' Quarter

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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