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Monday 23rd July 2012.

Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial – US Farm Bill May Cause Delayed Shock-Waves

When the US Farm Bill was finally approved earlier this month by the House Agriculture Committee, it was hailed by the American Farm Bureau Federation as a fiscally responsible, bipartisan measure that continues to provide a basic-but-broad foundation of risk management protection for America's farmers and ranchers.

Implications of the Bill have begun to emerge in the meantime. It has been suggested, for example, that it offers an opportunity to bring Mandatory US Country of Origin Labelling (M-COOL) legislation into compliance with international trading rules.

This follows the news last month that the World Trade Organization has upheld an earlier Dispute Settlement Panel ruling that US M-COOL discriminates against imported livestock and is inconsistent with US trade obligations. The US now has 15 months to bring the law into compliance or face the prospects of retaliatory tariffs.

Dr Ron Plain, agricultural economics professor at the University of Missouri, says the US Farm Bill presents an opportunity to resolve the issue.

He said this could form part of the next revision of the general farm legislation or it could be achieved with stand-alone legislation that would move through to settle the dispute.

Dr Plain suggested US farmers have more to lose through trade disputes than those in most other countries so most of US agriculture will be in favour of the government resolving the problem.

An amendment to the Farm Bill that received little attention at the time could have considerable implications for the US swine industry.

It aims to prevent barriers to the free movement of animal products between states.

Congressman Steve King of Iowa achieved what he describes as a 'legislative victory' when an amendment he offered during the Agriculture Committee was adopted in the Farm Bill. It prohibits states from enacting laws that place onerous conditions on the means of production for agricultural goods that are sold within its own borders but are produced in other states.

The Protect Interstate Commerce Act (PICA) is aimed to prevent states entering into trade protectionism by requiring cost-prohibitive production methods in other states.

Rep. King commented: "PICA blocks states from requiring 'free range' eggs or 'free range' pork but covers all agriculture products listed in section 206 of the Agriculture Marketing Act of 1946."

Citing an example from the egg industry, he said: "By 2014, California will require only 'free range' eggs be sold and the impact of their large market would compel producers in every other state to invest billions to meet the California standard of 'means of production'.

"PICA will ensure that radical organisations like the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and PETA are prohibited from establishing a patchwork of restrictive state laws aimed at slowly suffocating production agriculture out of existence," he added.

Having commented last week on the relatively healthy profitability of US pig production, margins are reported to have plummeted as feed prices have soared and hog prices have slumped.

There are signs that the latest outbreaks of African Swine Fever in the Russian Federation are being taken seriously. Movements of pigs are being restricted in one of the affected regions, Volgograd, while in Tver, the transportation of hogs, wild boars and their meat has been banned and hunting of wild boar is likely to be prohibited as early as this week.

And finally, the long-awaited new edition of Nutrient Requirements of Swine, also known as the 'Swine NRC' has been published.


New Electronic Sow Feeding System »Call-Inn«

CALVESLAGE, July 23, 2012 - With Call-Inn Big Dutchman offers an economic, high quality electronic sow feeding system (ESF) for pregnant sows in group housing. In addition to the familiar sturdy design, the stainless steel trough and closed side partitions, the system also features a reliable and simple system control by means of BigFarmNet.

Big Dutchman's Call-Inn fulfils all conditions of modern group housing including the best possible utilisation of housing space and individual feeding.

Call-Inn has extremely high functional reliability and stands out due to the precise metering of feed. The new electro-pneumatic metering mechanism is as amazing as is it precise. A small cylinder reaches into the storage hopper. If a sow is entitled to receive feed, the cylinder is lowered up to the limit stop and approx. 60 g of feed (depending on the feed consistency) trickles into the trough. This process is repeated until the sow is no longer entitled to receive feed or until she leaves the station.

Loading Facilities for Market Hogs: Saskatchewan's Top 10
A study by Jennifer Brown, T. Stevens and Harold W. Gonyou shows that farms with high prod use actually had the longest loading time. Their paper is published in the 2011 Annual Report from the Prairie Swine Centre.

Evaluating Performance and Management Practices in Pork Production
The productivity and profitability of a swine enterprise can be improved by routine evaluations conducted by someone not involved in the day-to-day management of the farm, according to Dr Todd See of North Carolina State University in a new factsheet from Pork Information Gateway. These farm evaluations allow potential opportunities and problems to be identified and addressed.

Solutions to Summer Infertility
As soon as the temperature rises above 18°C, the adult pig will need to cool itself. If pigs struggle to stay cool, the farrowing rate can drop by as much as 25 per cent, according to the latest newsletter from BPEX, with a small drop in litter size too.

Effects of Xylanase in Growing-Finishing Diets Varying in Dietary Energy and Fibre
Pigs fed diets higher in energy had better performance than those fed lower-energy diets, according to Kansas State University researchers. Acid detergent fibre digestibility was increased with xylanase supplementation.

Cerebral Abscesses in a Pig: Atypical Manifestations of Streptococcus suis Serotype 2-induced Meningoencephalitis
Researchers in Brazil describe what they believe may be the first case of S. suis serotype 2-induced cerebral abscesses in a pig.

Genesus Shipping Hundreds of Pigs to China
CHINA - 850 head of elite Genesus Registered Pure Breed pigs were loaded onto a China Cargo Airlines Boeing 747-400 freighter at the Winnipeg International Airport this week and flown non-stop to China.
Local Agents in Asia to Promote UK Genetics
THAILAND & VIET NAM - JSR Genetics, the leading international pig genetics company, has made strong inroads into the expanding Asian market by securing two new highly experienced agents, in Viet Nam and Thailand.
Symposium Marks Official Launch of ZUPREVO 4%
BELGIUM - MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal health in the USA and Canada) formally launched ZUPREVO® 4% (tildipirosin) injectable solution for pigs in all EU markets at a recent veterinary symposium held in Bruges (Belgium). ZUPREVO is indicated for the treatment of swine respiratory disease (SRD) associated with Bordetella bronchiseptica, Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae, Pasteurella multocida and Haemophilus parasuis.
Free Ventilation Advice to Boost Pig Health
UK - Ventilation specialist John Chambers will answer pig producers' questions about the potential effects of ventilation on pig productivity at the next BPEX Live online workshop, on Monday 30 July 2012, 7.00 – 8.00pm.
Swine Influenza, Circovirus Disease at Heart of Debate
GERMANY - Between 30 May and 1 June, over 230 swine pathology experts, veterinarians, and researcher from over 28 countries of Europe and South Africa, participated in Merial's 4th Swine Forum in Berlin; the aim of this Forum was to find a reply to the question: Have we got PCVD and Swine Influenza under control?.
Best-Selling Authors Unveiled as Guest Speakers at the World Nutrition Forum 2012
SINGAPORE - International best-selling author, John Naisbitt, and the Director of the Naisbitt China Institute in Tianjin, Doris Naisbitt, will deliver their guest speech on Day One of the 5th World Nutrition Forum in Singapore.
US Hog Margins, 16 July 2012
US - Margins plummeted over the past two weeks, continuing the downward move from mid-June, as feed prices have soared and hog prices have slumped, writes Doug Lenhart, General Manager of Genesus USA.
Meriden Exhibits at Indo Livestock 2012
INDONESIA - Meriden Animal Health Limited exhibited at Indo Livestock 2012 last week with their Indonesian distributor, PT Swadesi Candrasentosa.
Review: The Pig Journal, Volume 67
UK - The latest edition of the Pig Journal, published by the UK Pig Veterinary Society is now available.
BPEX Field Trial - Concrete Slat Dimensions
UK - All concrete floor slats used in pig houses in England will have to comply with the dimension requirements set out in pig welfare legislation no later than 1 January 2012.

   United States

Expected Price Pattern for Corn and Soybeans
Tight Corn Supplies Could Get Even Tighter
Tips for Pork Producers to Beat Summer Heat
CME: Corn and Soybean Situation Equally Bad
Retail Prices for Meats, Dairy and Eggs Decline Slightly
Public Food Pathogen Genome Database Created
Helping Pigs to Digest Phosphorus
US Pork Tops Korean Blind Taste Test Competition
Congress Fails to Restore Disaster Support, as USDA Visits Struggling Producers
Pressure Mounts to Phase out Gestation Crates
US Breeding Herd to Decline Due to Drought
NCBiotech Launches Center to Commercialize New Crops
NPPC: Animal-Rights Group Not Telling Truth About Animal Care
Weekly Roberts Market Report
CME: Beef, Pork and Chicken RPCE Demand
Revised Edition of 'Nutrient Requirements of Swine' Released
Drought Threatens Financial Well-Being of Livestock Sector
Study Supports Need to Reform Ethanol Production Mandate
AFBF: Impact of 2012 Drought to Remain Unknown
National Pork Board Disagrees with Mercy for Animals
US Farm Bill Offers Opportunity to Resolve M-COOL Dispute
Study Released on Future of Grains, Biofuels and Feed
Hog Outlook: Corn, Soy Prices Reach Record Levels
Important Amendment Included in Farm Bill
Pork Commentary: National Pork Industry Conference Report


Swine Traceability System Reaches Important Milestone
Balance Required in Pig Code of Practice Revisions
China Buys Canadian Pigs
Government Seeks Comments on Proposed Traceability Regulations
Amendments Proposed to Health of Animals Regulations
Swine Traceability Could Benefit Entire Pork Value Chain


National Food Plan for Australia
Farmers Ask for Quarantine Facilties to Stay
DPI: New Livestock Traceability Rules Bolster Biosecurity
Pork Demand Chops into Korean Beef Market
Farmers Call for Better Food Labelling for Consumers
Farm Health and Safety Should be Front of Mind

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Markets Steady Almost Everywhere
Farm Ministers Look at Strengthening Agricultural Markets
Report Shows Drop in Dietary Dioxin Exposure over Last Decade

   South Africa

Three ASF Outbreaks in Mpumalanga Resolved


EC Authorises Changes to Pig Carcass Grading in Spain

   Russian Federation

New Outbreaks of ASF in Volograd, Tver
Russian Authority Clamps Down on ASF


Government Introduces Support Measures for Pig Producers


New Carcass Grading Method Authorised for Denmark

   United Kingdom

Smart Solutions at Soil and Water LIVE 2012
Farmers for the Future - Breaking Down Barriers
Depressing Day for Sellers as Tulip Drops Shout Prices


China's Farm Produce Prices Retreat


Pig Farmers Face Pressure from Foreign Competitors


No Long-Term Effects of Feeding GM Diets
China, Ukraine to Boost Agricultural Trade
Call for Countries to Comply with Moratorium on Virus Research


Smithfield's Romania Investments Reach US$600M


Nutreco Invests in Swine Nutrition Research


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