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Monday 11th June 2012.

Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial – Highlights of the World Pork Expo and World Meat Congress

Official figures have not yet been released but the projections of nearly 20,000 pork producers and industry experts from 38 countries visiting the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, US, last week look likely to have been reached, if not exceeded. Exhibitors at the event, organised by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), reported a steady flow of visitors to the main hall.

A new study from the University of Missouri shows that US producers have a long way to go towards total loose housing for sows, if that is the way they choose to go. A survey covering more than 60 per cent of the nation’s sows on larger units reveals that just 17 per cent of US sows are currently loose-housed during pregnancy. In the light of recent announcements from restaurant and retail chains about their commitment to supply product for a ‘stall-free’ future, much work and investment will be needed to maintain pork supplies in the country.

The US had record pork exports in 2011 and very strong exports in the first quarter of 2012. However, currency exchange issues and fewer exports to China will make 2012 a more challenging year, according to R.C. Hunt, President of the NPPC, at a press conference at the World Pork Expo. He said that the future of the US pork industry depends on free and fair trade and the continued expansion of exports. He pointed out that in 2011 the US exported a record of $6.1 billion in pork, accounting for 27 per cent of all pork produced in the country.

As pigs are very sensitive to temperature extremes, the amount of in-transit bedding used during cold, mild and hot weather presents welfare issues. Avi Sapkota, a Texas Tech University PhD student, presented the results of a study at the Expo.

Also at the World Pork Expo, NPPC was vocal about its opposition to the proposed Egg Bill, which would set federal standards for minimum space size per hen, because of the precedent it sets for all animal agriculture.

Also held last week was the World Meat Congress in Paris, France. The congress, attended by more than 700 delegates from around the world, was opened by the International Meat Secretariat president, Arturo Llavallol, who stressed the importance of sustainability for the future of the global meat industry.

The global meat industry has two main challenges – to meet the growing world demand for food and the challenge to meet environmental concerns.

France’s new Agriculture Minister, Stephane Le Foll, at the opening of the Congress, called on the meat industry to face up to the challenges.

The upsurge of African Swine Fever, particularly in Russia, and the failure of conventional prevention and control measures to counter its spread have underlined the need for a major shift in approach. Dr Klaus Dietze, Animal Health Officer from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the UN outlined the need for urgent action.

The International Meat Secretariat is to join forces with the FAO to establish global standards to assess the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions caused by livestock production.

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Bedding Study: Less Can be Better
The standard in the US industry is to use four bales of bedding per semi-trailer but new research challenges that set amount, according to the National Pork Board.

Reducing Feed Costs
BPEX offers advice on cutting feed costs in its Knowledge Transfer Bulletin No. 14.

External Parasites of Pigs
An overview on mange (sarcoptic and demodectic), lice, ringworm and ticks in pigs by Dr Amanda Lee, Pig Health Coordinator for the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries in Australia.

Subclinical Ileitis: Diagnostic and Performance Parameters in a Multi-dose Mucosal Homogenate Challenge Model
Subclinical infection caused by Lawsonia intracellularis significantly reduced growth rate and feed efficiency in weaned pigs in research reported by scientists from Canada and the US. They found that routine diagnostic methods may be negative in sub-clinically infected animals.

Longitudinal Study on Transmission of MRSA CC398 within Pig Herds
According to a group of researchers in the EU, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) of the type CC398 can spread and persist in pig herds, becoming endemic. They found that transmission rates depend on antimicrobial use and pig age.

Analysis of Factors to Predict Piglet Body Weight at the End of the Nursery Phase
Season, sex, birth and weaning weight and bodyweight at six weeks of age are the main determinants of piglet bodyweight at the end of the nursery phase, according to new research from the Netherlands.

Farrowing Paddock Management
Tips on hut design and managing outdoor farrowing from BPEX in No. 32 in its series, Action for Productivity.

Spain and European Hog Markets
EU - Beginning spring and the summer is the best price period in the Spanish Market, writes Javier Santamartina, Sales and Consultant for Genesus Spain, Portugal and Italy.
Pig Water Intake Plays Key Role in Health, Performance
BELGIUM - Pig water intake is still a much underestimated parameter when it comes to its influence on piglet production and health.
Hendrix Genetics Awarded with RusPrix 2012
RUSSIA - His Excellency Mr Roman A. Kolodkin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation in the Netherlands, has granted the RusPrix Award 2012 to Hendrix Genetics. Hendrix Genetics receives this special acknowledgement for `the best results achieved by a Dutch company on the Russian market`.
Hypor Delivers 487 Breeders to Easy Bio System Korea
SOUTH KOREA - On March 2012, a shipment of 487 SPF Hypor breeders arrived safe and healthy at Incheon Airport Seoul Korea. After a two week successful quarantine period, Hypor breeders were transported to their final destination: Easy Bio System (EBS) Jiri Mountain GP multiplication farm. In total Jiri Mountain will be an 850 sow Bio-Hypor GP multiplication farm. A second delivery to fill this GP Bio-Hypor farm is scheduled.
Boar Stimulation
UK - Boars have a marked stimulating effect on sows and gilts at point of service, causing increased production of the hormone oxytocin which aids semen transport within the uterus, according to ACMC.
US Hog Margins, 1 June 2012
US - Margins improved significantly in the second half of May, particularly in spot Q2 and nearby Q3 periods, with deferred marketing quarters showing stronger margins as well, writes Doug Lenhart, General Manager of Genesus USA.
Champagne Celebration for JSR Pig & Poultry Winner
UK - Congratulations to Vicky Scott who wins a bottle of champagne in a JSR Genetic competition held at the Pig and Poultry Fair in May.
Pfizer Update on Animal Health Strategic Alternatives
US - Pfizer Inc. has announced the next steps in the strategic alternatives review process for the company's Animal Health business. Preparations are underway to file a registration statement in the US for a potential initial public offering (IPO) of a minority ownership stake in the new company.

   United States

WPX 2012: Experts Discuss Latest Findings in Managing Swine Respiratory Diseases
WPX 2012: People from 38 Countries Attend World Pork Expo
Pork Commentary: World Pork Expo Here We Come!!
WPX 2012: Doing What’s Right vs. Looking for the Camera
WPX 2012: Roundworm Control Still Critical
WPX 2012: US Producers Have Long Way to go towards Stalls-Free Sows
WPX 2012: Pork Producers Strongly Oppose Egg Bill
WPX 2012: US Pork Exports in 2012 Not as Strong as 2011
WPX 2012: Is Less Bedding Better for Pig Transport?
WPX Introduces Mobile App to Enhance Expo
US Exports to EU Decline Amid Competition
Govt Lowers Estimates of First Quarter Growth
May Farm Prices Received Index Declined Two Points
CME: Hog Slaughter Lower Than a Week Ago
National Pork Board Responds to McDonald's Statement
Is Agriculture Leading the Way Out of the Recession?
CME: Potential Impact of Weather on Crop Yields
Kroger Provides Update on Animal Welfare
National Pork Board Elects New Officers
NPPC Disappointed with McDonald’s Decision
Court Cracks Down on Antibiotics Use in Animal Feed
NFU Internationally Represented at WFO General Assembly
Farm Bill Good for Young Farmers
Survey: Only 17 Percent of Sows Housed in Open Pen Gestation
Pork Checkoff Showcases Continuous Improvement Efforts
Finding Ways to Feed Pigs for Less
Senate Farm Bill Passes Key Procedural Vote
Potential Consequences of FMD Outbreak Examined
Higher Pork Prices Projected as a Result of Elimination of Gestation Stalls
CME: Beef Supplies Higher; Pork Production Lower


WMC - Industry Warned over Unintended Consequences of Changes
WMC - Battling Threat of African Swine Fever
WMC - IMS in Partnership with FAO on Livestock Emissions
WMC - Meeting Challenges to Global Meat Industry
Sustainability Theme to World Meat Congress


Ag Outlook: Grain Exports Up; Imports at Record $107.5B
Soybean Prices: a Roller Coaster
Global Meat Production to Increase
Lithuanian Pig Producer Invests in Russia
Bright Future Predicted for North American Pork Production
Consumers More Likely to Choose GM if Benefits Clear
FAO Food Price Index Drops Sharply
Global Pig Industry Takes the Lead
Fighting Child Labour in Agriculture - More Must be Done

   United Kingdom

Tulip Shout Price to Remain at Stand-on Levels
New Dutch Research Supports Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics
Pig Industry Assurance Summit
Shortage of Pigs Starts to Bite
Pig Industry Facts and Figures


Prairie Winter Wheat Crop in Excellent Condition
Correct Balance Important When Revamping Pig Code of Practice
Bird Construction to Build Maple Leaf Plant
Ontario Pork Congress - Celebrating Pork
International Market Development for Swine Genetics Pays Off
Labelling Law for Beef and Pork Impeding Canada-US Trade


China Pork Prices Stabilizing
Chinese Farm Produce Prices Down Last Week


Russian Agro-holding Invest in Ukraine Pig Complex

   Russian Federation

Norwegian Firm Expands in Russian Pork Market
Clarification of the ASF Virus in the Tver Region

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Steady as Well as Increasing Quotations
Danish Crown, Saria in Joint Venture
Measures Proposed to Ensure Green Transition
European Pork Exports to China Rise in Q1 of 2012


Health Experts Say Most Pork in Kampala Unsafe


Soccsksargen Strengthens Livestock & Poultry Sector
Govt Allots P20M for Agri-Fishery Projects in E. Visayas

   Saudi Arabia

UN Welcomes $66 Million for Projects in Saudi Arabia


Investments in Future-Focused Innovation


Tulip Food Company Appoints New CEO

   Korea, South

Bayer Animal Health Helps Swine Producers Feed the World


Maltese Distributors Resort to Pork Imports


Jamaica's Pig Farmers Hopeful After Feed Tax Roll-back


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