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ThePigSite Newsletter - 23 April 2012

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Monday 23rd April 2012
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial – Market Impacts of EU Sow Welfare Directive

EU regulations banning battery cages for laying hens and sow stalls have much to commend them but the impacts on the market may have been overlooked or underestimated.

Just three months after the battery cage ban, EU egg production is reported to be down by between 10 and 15 per cent and there has been much disruption in the market, including in some unexpected areas. A partial ban on sow stalls is due to come into force in January 2013 so what can we expect for the pig sector?

In a report published in the last week entitled Market Impact of EU Regulations on Group Housing of Sows, it is stated that fewer than half EU Member States are expected to be fully compliant with the EU Directive, according to the British Pig Executive (BPEX), part of the AHDB.

This is expected to result in market disruptions, says the report. Pig production in the EU could to fall by between five and 10 per cent as ‘significant numbers’ of producers quit the industry because they will be unable or unwilling to comply with the new sow stall ban. Pig meat processors and retailers are expected to face substantial price increases.

The European Commission has made it clear that it expects the new rules to be rigorously enforced and will initiate infraction proceedings against Member States which are not fully compliant, just as for the egg industry.

AHDB Senior Analyst, Stephen Howarth, said: “Historically, even small changes in pig production have led to significant shifts in price. With production likely to fall by five per cent or more, prices could be at least 10 per cent higher, possibly more.”

BPEX Chairman, Stewart Houston, said: “It is imperative for retailers and processors to ensure contract arrangements that guarantee the supply of pig meat under terms that allow sensible business decisions to be made and for everyone in the supply chain to work towards a sustainable, profitable sector.”

The report envisages three possible scenarios.

The most likely scenario, suggest the authors, is that total EU pig meat production in 2013 would be around five per cent lower than in 2011.

A second scenario, which would result if enforcement of the new rules were to be rigorous, would lead to a 10 per cent cut in pig meat output in 2013 compared to 2011.

The third scenario presented considers the possibility that the regulations would be a catalyst for a realignment of production in the form of integration across much of the EU, with breeders in North West Europe supplying piglets to finishers in Eastern and Southern Europe. This situation would have significant impacts on the environment, welfare and the processing sector but it may reduce production costs, suggests the report.

Spain’s livestock industries are under attack from all directions, it seems. Not only is the present drought hitting domestic feed crops yields, as previously reported but now, the country's farmers are threatened by a possible ban on imports of soy and other products from Argentina. The ban is being considered in retaliation for a political wrangle between the two countries over the ownership of an oil company.

Colombia's farmers are concerned about the free trade agreement (FTA) with the US, which begins on 15 May 2012. The agreement will eliminate most tariffs immediately and phase out the remaining tariffs over periods of up to 19 years. Pork is among the US farm products that will receive immediate improved market access in Colombia.

This treaty is a double–edged sword for Colombia. The livestock sector generally wants access to cheap corn and soybeans to feed their animals, since they import large quantities of these products from the US, while the poor state of the country's roads may be put into the spotlight.

Global pork production for 2012 is expected to be around 104 million tonnes, according to a new report from USDA. China, the EU, and the United States will account for most of the forecast growth but higher output is also predicted from Russia and Mexico.

Outbreaks of swine fever – both classical and African variations – have been reported in Russia during the last week.

Jackie Linden

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 9 new features this week:

Market Impact of EU Regulations on Group Housing of Sows
Updating an earlier report, the British Pig Executive (BPEX) forecasts that, following the partial ban on sow stalls in the EU from January 2013, pig production in the region is likely to fall by between five and 10 per cent and that processors and retailers are likely to face substantial price increases. The organisation presents three possible scenarios following discussions with European partners, based on the experience of the battery cage ban for laying hens in January this year, the likely level of compliance in the different Member States and the Commission's response to non-compliance.
Waste of Processed Product at Retail and Consumption Level
Roughly one-third of the edible parts of food produced for human consumption, gets lost or wasted globally, which is about 1.3 billion tons per year. Food is wasted throughout the food supply chain, from initial agricultural production down to final household consumption, writes Dr Ashleigh Bright from the Farm Animal Initiative.
Teeth Clipping and Grinding
The correct procedures for teeth clipping and grinding are described in no. 18 of the Work Instruction series from BPEX.
ELISA Detection of Antibodies against Swine Influenza Virus in Western Romania
In a survey of 45 pig herds in western Romania, 44 per cent were found to be positive for the H1N1 sub–type of the swine flu virus.
Novel Bead–Based Assay to Detect Antibody Responses against Toxoplasma and Trichinella in Pigs
Scientists in the Netherlands and Belgium have developed a new method to detect specific antibody responses in pig serum simultaneously against Toxoplasma gondii and Trichinella spiralis – two zoonoses passed from pigs to humans.
Epigenetics: A New Challenge in the Post-Genomic Era
While controversial, epigenetics does appear to offer potentially significant value to livestock genetic programmes. Oscar Gonzalez-Reico from the Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria, Madrid, Spain looks at the challenges faced in dealing with epigenetics in Frontiers in Genetics.
Combating Health Issues
Every day, new reports are published in newspapers worldwide reporting about the effects of antibiotic resistant bacteria and their consequences on human health, according to Biomin.
Novartis Animal Health
* Market Reports

 » QMS Market Report - March 2012
 » AHDB UK Market Survey - 13 April 2012
 » AHDB European Market Survey - 13 April 2012
 » USDA Livestock & Poultry: World Markets & Trade
 » USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook - April 2012
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - April 2012
 » USDA Livestock Slaughter April 2012
 » BPEX Export Bulletin – Week 16
 » AHDB European Market Survey - 20 April 2012
 » AHDB UK Market Survey - 20 April 2012

* Company News

Brazilian Hog Markets
BRAZIL - Pork exports in 2011 at 516,419 tonnes were a shade below the total for 2010 of 540,417 tonnes, but total receipts increased by 7 per cent to US $1,435 million. However, exports in 2012 are promising well, and January figures show an increase of 8.5 per cent in volume and 4.1 per cent in value compared to January 2011, writes Martin Riordan, Sales and Service Genesus Brazil.
Another Genesus Nucleus in China
CHINA - Sichuan Giastar Group, a large feed manufacturer, breeding stock producer, and integrator, was recently in Manitoba to purchase a nucleus herd from Genesus.
BPEX Announces Promotion for Katrin Turvey
UK - Katrin Turvey has been appointed BPEX Veterinary Programme Manager with responsibility for managing the BPEX Research and Development programme of activity for improving pig health and pig meat safety.
Jason Zhu New General Manager of Hypor China
CHINA - With effect from 1 March, Jason Zhu is appointed General Manager for Hypor in China. Jason Zhu is strongly connected to the pig industry. The on-going work, interaction, cooperation and business development over the years gave him a strong partnership with key players.
Groundbreaking Event for Premix Plant in Viet Nam
VIET NAM - On 4 April 2012, BIOMIN Viet Nam held the groundbreaking ceremony for a new premix plant at Viet Nam – Singapore Industrial Park 2 (VSIP 2) in Binh Duong province.
Novus Celebrates Record Year of HMTBa Production
US - Confirming what commercial partners and animal nutritionists have known for decades, Novus is continuing to harness the full value of the HMTBa molecule in several species.
New Regional Director for TOPIGS in Asia & Pacific
ASIA & PACIFIC - TOPIGS has announced the appointment of Glen Illing as regional director of Asia Pacific.
PIC Sets New Record with San Miguel Foods, Inc.
PHILIPPINES - PIC Philippines has flown in 1,317 GGP and GP breeders from Canada to stock the first phase of the newly constructed 5,000-sow unit of San Miguel Foods, Inc. (SMFI) in Quezon province.
JSR Wins Queen’s Award for International Trade
UK - Leading UK pig genetics company, JSR Genetics have won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade as recognition for outstanding export success.
* Global Pig Industry News

   United States

 » Has the 2011 Corn Crop Been Rationed?
 » How to Curb Discharge of the Most Potent GHG
 » NFU in Washington: Pass a Farm Bill in 2012
 » CME: Lean Hog Futures Continue to Slide
 » CME: Corn Plantings off to a Strong Start
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » March 2012 Hog and Pig Report Summary
 » Livestock Legislation Compromises Welfare
 » FTC Complaint Filed Over Animal Welfare Claims
 » Global Pork Production Expanding

Pfizer Animal Health - Draxxin

 » Solving a 700 Million Pig Problem
 » China Expects Slowing Farm Produce Price Growth
 » Chinese Olympics Athletes Stop Eating Meat
 » Olympic Athletes Could Get Branded as Cheats


 »  Pork Commentary: Pork Industry Round Up?
 » NIR Offers Quick Accurate Feed Quality Analysis
 » Protection from Disease for Canada's Swine Herd
 » Factors Affecting Stress During Transport
 » Research: Heat Exchangers Cut Heating Costs by Half
 » Final Stage of Ag Policy Framework Negotiations

   European Union

 » Brussels Faces Another Blow to its Credibility
 » EU Pig Prices: Conditions Still Stable in EU Markets
 » BPEX Updates Likely Impacts of EU Stalls Ban
 » EU Ag Reforms Criticised as Too Complex
 » EU Welfare Regulations and the Law of Unintended Consequences
 » Short Supply Chains Increase Farm Returns
 » Commission Reduces Refunds on Pork Products
 » Excessive Bureaucracy Under EU Subsidies

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   United Kingdom

 » Don’t Forget Water, Says BPEX
 » Training in Intensive Livestock Health and Production
 » Global Supplies Under Spotlight at Outlook 2012
 » Government Fails to Improve Livestock Sustainability
 » Bold Tulip Goes up 3p

   Viet Nam

 » Tainted Pig Feed Ingredients Seized in Viet Nam


 » Colombian Agriculture Concerned about FTA

   Korea, South

 » IPVS 2012 Photo Contest

   Russian Federation

 » Three Outbreaks of Classical Swine Fever in Russia
 » Russia Reports Two ASF Outbreaks
 » Russian Vets Hold Workshop on ASF
 » Awareness of Wild Boar as a ASF Vector

Biomin - the natural way

 » Maltese Pig Population Down in 2011


 » Import Restrictions on Soy Would Affect Farmers


 » Helping Keep Track of Queensland's Livestock
 » Pork Certification: Taking Out the Guesswork


 » Ireland Focuses on Chinese Trade Export Potential
 » Steady Growth in Rosderra's Pig Exports to China


 » Joint Efforts to Address Animal Welfare
 » AgFeed Incurs Net Losses in Second Half of 2011
 » World Pork Production Continues to Grow

Performance, Unleashed

 » Renaissance of the Danish ‘Bacon Pig’


 » Success of Pig Health Project in Chile


 » DA Orders Inspection of Markets for Smuggled Meat


 » EuroTier 2012 Remains Bound for Success

That's all for this week!

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