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Monday 28th May 2012.

Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial – Global Pork Output Forecast to Expand

Global meat production is set to expand by almost two per cent in 2012, according to the FAO’s latest Food Outlook report. A three per cent rebound in global pig meat production has been forecast for 2012. Growing investment and favourable market returns in Asian markets, particularly in China, are expected to result in a four per cent expansion in the region’s output.

Strong growth has been reported in pork production in Chile. The latest statistics from the Ministry of Agriculture reveal that production has increased by an average of 6.7 per cent annually between 2000 and 2010 to reach almost half a million tonnes, and it is the country's second favourite meat behind chicken.

The price of pork in China is continuing to drop, despite government intervention. Weak pork prices recently have resulted in an accumulated decline of 15.7 per cent and marked the 16th consecutive week of declines, according to the Ministry of Commerce. The hog-to-corn price ratio, a major indicator of pig farmers’ profitability, has fallen below 6.0 for the last five weeks due to cyclical fluctuations. A ratio of six is taken as the break-even level for pig producers.

The figures for the pig counts in December 2011 have been revised by France and Romania. The revisions mean that the provisional pig populations in the EU-27 have been adjusted for 2010 and 2011. The change means the reduction in the total pig numbers between those two years was just over 2.58 million or 1.7 per cent. The provisional EU total now stands at a little under 148.55 million for December 2011.

Compassion in World Farming has expressed concern and disappointment that the EU has recognised the US National Organic Programme as equivalent to its own, a move that comes into effect on 1 June. As it stands, the US organic standards on animal welfare are far lower than the EU standards, says CIWF.

There will be a public holiday in the UK next week so your next newsletter will be sent out early, on Friday 1 June. The normal Monday mailing date will recommence on 11 June.

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How do Improvac–ed Pigs Respond to Increasing Lysine Levels in Their Diet?
Lysine requirement for immunised males to maximise growth performance and minimise carcass fatness over the time period investigated (60 to 108kg) was lower than for entire boars, according to Karen Moore of the Department for Agriculture and Food of Western Australia writing in the publication Pig Tales.

Optimising Timing of Service
Inseminating at the right time helps achieve the best farrowing rates and litter sizes, according to BPEX Action for Productivity No. 31.

Selecting Pigs for Youth Swine Shows
Advice for youth exhibitors on how and where to purchase a project pig and what they should look for to achieve success in a swine show by Nicholas Myers, Timothy T. Marshall, William R. Walker, David L. Prichard, Bill Heltemes, Chris Decubellis, Brian Estevez, Saundra H. TenBroeck and Chad Carr for the University of Florida Extension Service.

EU Pig Population – 2011: Updated
The latest estimates for the EU pig population sees the region’s total number of pigs for December 2011 at almost 148.55 million, 1.7 per cent below the figure for the previous year, writes Jackie Linden, senior editor of ThePigSite.

Novus Committed to Local, Sustainable Solutions for Growing Global Protein Demand
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Circovac Delivers Uniform Pig Weight
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Full BPEX Publishes Full Details on Improving Pig Production
UK - Full details of work to improve pig production during the past year has been published in the BPEX Annual Technical Report 2011-2012.
TOPIGS Philippines & QJJ Group Build Top Genetics Base
PHILIPPINES - TOPIGS Philippines chartered 1164 GGP and GP pig breeders for QJJ Farm located in the main pig producing province of Luzon. The animals are currently under strict quarantine and adaptation procedures in the newly constructed modern facility of QJJ Farm.
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BIAH Expands Manufacturing Capacities for Pig Vaccines
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   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Friendly Atmosphere in EU Markets
Assessing Safety of Enterococcus faecium in Feed
France, Romania Adjust Pig Populations
Promoting Farmers, Co-ops in the Food Chain

   New Zealand

NZ Pork Board Appeals Against Court Ruling on Imports
New Livestock Tax Rules in Budget 2012

   United States

Pork Producers Ask, What Happened?
WPX Seminars to Focus on Business Management
CME: Corn Planting Near Record-High Condition
Pork Checkoff Presents PORK Academy at WPX
CME: Little to No Good News for Meat Sectors
Hormel Second Quarter Earnings Up
K-State’s Biosecurity Research Institute Hosts Symposium on ASF
Pork in Cold Storage Up from the Previous Month


Pork Prices Stay High Despite Govt Fuel Freeze


Andean Countries to Implement Plan to Eradicate CSF
M-COOL Affects US Pork Producers Buying Canadian Pigs
CIWF Accuses OIE of Failing Animals?
Ukrainian Pork Production Up; US Consumers Confident
Global Meat Production Forecast to Expand
El Nino Risk Rising for Late Summer
International Animal Welfare Systems Adopted
A New Way to Measure Equivalency

   United Kingdom

FMD Scientist Receives International Award
Team RT Takes Gold for UK Farming
New President for Pig Veterinary Society
Manufacturers Urged to Prove Environmental Claims
AHVLA: Ampicillin–Resistant Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae in Pigs
£38M Investment to Protect UK Livestock
Lords Scrutinise Food Security, Highlight Biofuels
Shoppers Have Yet to Come Out to Play


Support for Swine Health Board Initiatives Stays Strong
Livestock Producers Advised to Make Use of Youtube
High Pork Inventories Blamed for Lack of Spring Live Hog Price Rally
Govt of Canada Supports Manitoba Hog Industry


Genesus Global Market Report - China
Pork Commentary: Roadtrip in China Ends in Crash
Pork Price Continue to Drop Despite Govt Intervention
French Agricultural Experts Investigate Breeding Project


Pork Producers Come to Terms with Welfare Changes
Biosecurity Laws Put NSW on Front Foot


China Authorises Pork Imports from Brazil


Jamaica Conducts Pig Industry Census

   Russian Federation

Cherkizovo Reports Excellent Performance in Q1


87,000 Tonnes of Pork Smuggled into Philippines in 2011


Tunisian Feed Production Leaps Forward


Pressure on VION's Profits in 2011


Health Alert at Chilean Pig Plant
Strong Growth in Chile’s Pork, Poultry Meat Output


Hog Farmers Urged to Avoid Overproduction to Prevent Glut

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