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ThePigSite Newsletter - 27 February 2012

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial – EU Pig Population on Downward Trend

According to a report from the UK's Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board (ADHB), the overall pig population in the EU looks to have fallen two per cent between 2010 and 2011.

Most EU Member States have now published provisional results of their pig censuses, taken between November 2011 and January 2012. The results cover 92 per cent of the total EU pig herd. The fall in the breeding herd was sharper, with the number of sows down by three per cent. The number of in-pig gilts was down by four per cent, suggesting that further falls can be expected during 2012.

Over the last year, there have been two main drivers behind the decline in the pig population: rising feed costs and the increase in pig welfare, particularly the sow stalls ban from January 2013. Increased sow productivity, however, has partly offset these downward pressures.

The same report highlights once again the dramatic increase in US pork exports – up 25 per cent from 2010. For fresh and frozen pork, increased shipments to Asian markets were the key driver of the growth in export volumes, particularly to Japan.

Imports of fresh and frozen pork to Japan picked up in the last quarter of 2011 and for the calendar year, and increased five per cent on 2010 levels, according to the AHDB report. The Japanese domestic pig market suffered in 2011 on the back of the earthquake and tsunami and the subsequent nuclear crisis, reducing domestic production and raising food safety concerns.

The US was the dominant supplier of pork imports, accounting for 41 per cent, a slight increase from 2010.

Looking forward, it is anticipated that the weak Japanese economy and domestic situation will continue to affect the pork market in 2012. Although pork production is forecast to show a small recovery and, with consumption projected to hold steady, no significant further growth in imports is likely.

Continuing on trade issues, Canada's Agriculture Minister says ending the restrictions imposed by US mandatory Country of Origin Labelling would benefit livestock producers on both sides of the Canada-US border.

In what has been described as a ‘ground–breaking commitment to animal welfare’, Bon Appétit Management Company, which operates more than 400 cafés for corporations, universities, museums and specialty venues in 31 US states, has announced the roll–out of the food service industry’s most comprehensive farm animal welfare policy to date. Among its new standards is a requirement for all pork it serves – currently three million pounds annually – be produced without gestation crate confinement systems.

And finally turing to news on foot and mouth disease, Taiwan has reported a new outbreak in Kinmen, which has resulted in the slaughter of 98 pigs. There has also been an outbreak in cattle in the Ningxia region of China.

Jackie Linden

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 7 new features this week:

Clean Vehicle Programme to Cut Pig Diseases
A study into vehicle cleaning facilities abattoirs was conducted by BPEX with the aim to reduce the risk of spreading diseases in the UK pig industry, according to Colin Stone of BPEX. As a result of the study, from April 2012, it will be required for adequate facilities for the cleaning and disinfection of livestock vehicles to be available at all times at abattoirs.
Wild Boar: an Increasing Concern for Aujeszky’s Disease Control in Pigs?
Studying the Aujeszky’s disease virus in wild boar over 10 years in six regions of Spain, researchers found the virus to be stable in the wild boar population, which increases the difficulties of eradicating the disease in domestic pigs in those regions.
Effect of Olfactory Stimulation during Suckling on Agonistic Behaviour in Weaned Pigs
The application of a banana scent to the skin of the mammary glands increased milk consumption by the piglets, according to researchers based in Espinardo, Spain. While the treatment did not affect post-weaning performance was applied to the feed trough, the presence of the banana scent during the suckling phase was associated with less aggressive behaviour in these piglets.
Use Estimates of In-Feed Antimicrobials in Pig Production in the US
In a collaboration among several research institutes, scientists have calculated that the US pig industry uses almost 534 tonnes of chlortetracycline, 166 tonnes of tylosin and 155 tonnes of oxytetracycline annually during the nursery, grower and finisher phases.
Rising Prices and Costs for Chinese Pork
Rising prices in China’s domestic pork market were the main contributor to the country’s rising pork imports, write Fred Gale, Daniel Marti and Dinghuan Hu in a report entitled ‘China’s Volatile Pork Industry’ from the USDA Economic Research Service.
Technology, ‘Fighting the Fringe’ is Key to Pork Industry Progress
The pork industry needs to fight against ‘the fringe one per cent’ and champion technology to create a more prosperous industry and – more important – a better and more sustainable world, Jeff Simmons, President of Elanco Animal Health, told the 2012 Banff Pork Seminar.
Manipulable Materials for Pigs: Environment Enrichment Tools
The UK Red Tractor Assurance Scheme standards for manipulable material have been amended and come into force on 1 April 2010.
JSR Genetics - Genetics you can trust
* Market Reports

 » United States and Canadian Hogs - February 2012
 » BPEX Export Bulletin - Week 7
 » January Pork Production 5 Percent Above Last Year
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - February 2012
 » AHDB European Market Survey - 24 February 2012
 » AHDB UK Market Survey - 24 February 2012
 » Outlook for US Agricultural Trade February 2012

* Company News

BIG Challenge: Fight Against Cancer
NETHERLANDS - BIG Challenge is an initiative by the pig breeding industry against cancer.
TOPIGS Starts Daughter Company Polska
POLAND - TOPIGS has started a daughter company in Poland. TOPIGS owns a SPF breeding company in Poland that produces a large amount of breeding material for the local market and for export to Russia.
Key to Achieving Breeding and Finishing Targets
UK - East Anglian Pig Company, based in Norfolk, who are predominately outdoor pig producers, also operate four indoor breeding units and have 2,400 sows. They take regular deliveries of GP90 maiden gilts and use GC750 semen for the indoor units.
Genesus Attends Trade Mission in China
CHINA - Genesus was recently honored to attend a Canada Trade Mission in China.
New Vet at JSR Genetics: Adrian Cox
UK - JSR Genetics would like introduce it's new Company Vet - Adrian Cox.
JSR Introduces New AI Sales Co-ordinator
UK - By now many of you will have spoken to JSR's new AI Sales Co-ordinator Rachael Bayliss. Ms Bayliss has taken over the position from Annette Cook, who has left JSR to follow a new career path.
Danisco’s New Axtra XB Enzyme Combination
UK - Feed accounts for almost 60 per cent of pig production costs, so the price of feed ingredients is a key element of profitability. Given the likelihood of continued price volatility within feed markets, nutritionists able to use a wider range of feed raw materials stand to gain the most.
US Hog Margins
US - Margins continued to improve since the end of January, particularly in the second half of 2012 with historically strong profitability being projected for Q3 and Q4 which are now around the 98th percentile of the past 5 years, writes Doug Lenhart, General Manager for Genesus in USA.
Hermitage MAXGRO Continues to Set New Records
IRELAND - Results from the Freneystown performance testing station in Ireland confirm that the Hermitage Maxgro Terminal boars are some of the fastest growing genetics in the World.
Hermitage Genetics at AgroFARM Russia 2012
RUSSIA - Hermitage Genetics consolidated its position as a leading supplier of high health pig breeding stock to Russia at the recent AgroFARM exhibition held in Moscow on 7 – 9 February.
Big Dutchman Expands Hungarian Office
HUNGARY - No matter whether he visits the German Big Dutchman headquarters or his Hungarian customers, Gábor Peresztegi is a well-known expert for Big Dutchman housing equipment as well as a reliable partner for constructive team work.
* Global Pig Industry News

   United Kingdom

 » NFU AGM - Protests Greet Conference Delegates
 » NFU AGM - Farming to Help Kick Start Economy
 » NFU AGM - CAP Greening Will Not Penalise Champions
 » NFU AGM - Farmers Attack CAP Reform Proposals
 » Slight Rise in Beef and Pork Production in January
 » Attraction of Renewable Options for Farming Community
 » eFoodChainMap Offers Wealth of Industry Information
 » UK Drought - Save Water Now, Says Spelman
 » Gilts to be Included with Sows in Farming Regulation
 » Make Sure Pig Movements are Legal From April
 » Healthy Food from Healthy Animals
 » Freeing up Farming to Reach its Full Potential
 » Freedom Food Uptake Grows
 » Pork Still Selling Well in the UK
 » Masterclass Highlights Quality & Versatility of Pork
 » Pig Prices Finally Start to Move Ahead
 » Gut Function Key to Weaned Pig Performance

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   United States

 » Pork Commentary: McDonald's Joins Gestation Parade
 » CME: Beef, Pork & Poultry Stocks Down
 » Groundbreaking Commitment to Animal Welfare
 » The "Ag-gag" Law - Is it Right?
 » Corn and Soybean Export Progress
 » Year-End Consumption Data Good News for Pork
 » Pork Cutout Value Down from Previous Month
 » Study Finds Origins of MRSA Strain in Food Animals
 » Pork Checkoff Advances 2012 Pork Industry Research
 » National Pork Board to Meet at Pork Industry Forum
 » Hormel Foods Earnings Down
 » Laws Seeking to Ban Farm Investigations Opposed
 » CME: Corn Prices for 2012/13 to be Almost 20% Lower
 » Fewer Farms, Less Land but Greater Production
 » Logsdon Named CEO of The Maschhoffs


 » FMD NEWS: FMD Outbreaks Affect Pigs and Cattle


 » Reports Point to Strong Showing for Agriculture
 » Interest in Biosecurity Training Strong
 » CME: Canadian Pork Industry - Signs of Improvement
 » 'Defining the Future' Takes Focus at Conference
 » Considering Solid-Liquid Manure Separation
 » Chance for Pork Producers to Improve Profitability
 » Hog Producers - Are You Paying Too Much for Feed?
 » Addressing Pork Industry’s Integrated Market

Novartis Animal Health
   Russian Federation

 » Classical Swine Fever Outbreak Reported in Russia
 » 2011 a Landmark Year for Russian Agriculture
 » Russia Reports New Outbreak of ASF


 » China & US Co-operate in Agriculture
 » Pig Meat Demand Fairly Stable in Denmark
 » Bill Gates Donates $51 Million to Combat Disease
 » Canada and US Strengthen Ag Trade Relationship
 » Pig Power Science Yields Good Results
 » Call for End to Restrictions Imposed by M-COOL

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Scarce Supply and Steady Prices
 » EU Misses Out on GM Livestock Feed Opportunity
 » First 2011 EU Pig Meat Output Figures Published


 » Farm Produce Prices Drop Last Week


 » Pig Farmers Back in the Black

Biomin - the natural way
   Hong Kong

 » Pig Company Aims to Raise $300m from Local Bourse


 » Mapping Out a Food Secure Future


 » Ukraine Meat and Dairy Production to Increase


 » Livestock Production Grew by 7.8% in Six Years


 » What if Pigs Recombined Bird and Human Viruses?

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