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Monday 30th July 2012.

Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial – Just One Topic in the News: Feed Prices

Prospects for global grain stocks and prices for 2012/2013 could be bleaker than some analysts are already predicting, according to a new report.

In May and then again this month, the International Grains Council cut its production forecasts for wheat by five million tonnes to 665 million tonnes. This is more than 30 million tonnes below the estimates for the 2011/2012 harvest or a four per cent drop.

Much of the reduction in wheat production has been put down to the forecast poor harvest in the former Soviet Union countries – in particular Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan – where the harvest is expected to be 17 per cent down on the 2011/2012 estimates – a fall of about 24 million tonnes.

The European Union suffered a huge freeze during the winter and is expected to see a four per cent drop in its wheat harvest or five million tonnes although according to France AgriMer, the EU’s own forecasts are less pessimistic reducing production by just two million tonnes.

These falls in production have to be added to the poor harvests in countries such as Australia, Argentina and Morocco, where wheat production could be reduced by as much as 40 per cent because of drought. Australian wheat production is expected to be reduced by 19 per cent to 24 million tonnes, and Argentina will be see a drop of 14 per cent to 11.5 million tonnes.

By contrast, North American wheat production is forecast to rise with the US expecting an 11 per cent rise and Canada a five per cent rise, producing a total of around 87 million tonnes.

As reported previously, drought across much of the US, however, is likely to hit the corn harvest hard and soybean volumes will also be down unless rain falls in the coming weeks.

This is increasing feed prices and quickly spelling financial disaster for livestock producers, according to Purdue agricultural economist, Chris Hurt.

Lower harvests will inevitably raise feed prices. However, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service economist, the future of corn prices and the impact on fed livestock continues to be an unfolding, tumultuous situation but they have not reached crisis point – yet.

Continuing hot, dry weather and the continuing rise in feed prices. Corn and soybean prices reached record levels in recent weeks, with corn at times above $8 per bushel, soybeans above $17 per bushel and soybean meal above $550 per ton, report Ron Plain and Scott Brown of the University of Missouri.

Of course, many leading pig producers will have made plans to mitigate the risks of exposure to high prices. For example, the world’s largest pork producer, Smithfield Foods Inc. of the US has said it will import corn from Brazil, a move that reflects how surging costs for US feed grains are rippling through the livestock and meat industry.

In Brazil, the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply has set a minimum price of R$0.40 (US$0.20) per kilo of pigs. The measure aims to ensure the flow of production from producing regions and cover the cost of production of the sector. This is just one of a series of measures to be announced recently to alleviate the industry problems

A modest improvement of pig prices in recent weeks is being overshadowed by a surge in feed prices in Scotland.

Australian feed grain prices increased dramatically in July, underpinned by developments in international markets.

The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) has voiced an urgent concern that the rise in feed and food costs will continue unabated for the foreseeable future, in large part due to the diversion of feed and food grains and oilseeds into biofuels. This will result in critical pressure on feed manufacturers worldwide and higher prices for consumers.

Changing the subject, three new outbreaks of African Swine Fever were reported by the Russian veterinary service in the regions of Krasnodar and Volgograd last week, and one new outbreak in Tver.

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Impact of Dietary Protein Source on Life Cycle Assessment of UK Pig Production
Crop production for feed is the main contributor to environmental impacts of pig production systems, according to K.L. Stephen in her thesis from 2011. The results of her study suggest there is scope to lower the overall environmental impact by using home-grown peas, beans or lupins as the main protein source, rather than imported soybean meal.

Creep Feed Provision in the Farrowing Room Provides Benefits to Piglets Showing Evidence of Intake
Creep feeding improves weaning and nursery exit weights for those pigs that actually eat, concluded N. Bandara, J. Shea, D. Gillis and A.D. Beaulieu from their study reported in the 2011 Annual Report from the Prairie Swine Centre.

Antimicrobial Resistance, Serotypes and Virulence Factors of Streptococcus suis Isolates from Diseased Pigs
Streptococcus suis isolates obtained from diseased pigs in China were found by resarchers in Guangzhou to be genetically diverse, resistant to multiple antibiotics and carry known virulence factors.

Serological and Bacteriological Survey of Brucellosis in Wild Boar in Belgium
More than half of the wild boar tested in Belgium were positive for brucellosis and seroprevalences appear to be increasing, which represents a growing risk to outdoor pig farms, according to new research from Liège.

Hands-off Handling!
A farm case study from BPEX - nuumber 31 in the series - on using a piglet sorter. Benefits were reported for the piglets and for the staff on weaning day.

Comparison of Tiamulin (Denagard) with Tylosin (Tylan) Premix for the Treatment of Ileitis
Both medications were highly effective in treating a relatively mild ileitis infection but the tiamulin treatment gave a higher return on investment, according to research reported by David Burch (Octagon Services Ltd) and others at the 2012 IPVS Congress in South Korea.

Improve Feed Conversion to Cut Costs
UK - With feed costs rocketing, improving feed conversion (FC) has never been more important. Pig producers could save nearly £9 per pig by improving their finishers’ feed efficiency by 0.54. This might be a staggering figure but it is well within the realms of practicality, says Matthew Curtis, managing director of Yorkshire-based pig-breeding company, ACMC Ltd.
900 High Genetic Merit JSR Pigs Delivered to China
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MSD Animal Health Introduces PANACUR AquaSol for Swine in Europe
EUROPE - MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the US and Canada) has introduced PANACUR AquaSol (fenbendazole), a new, water-administered dewormer for swine that stays in suspension without re-stirring, thereby ensuring more uniform intake and proper dosing of the field-proven anthelmintic.

   United States

Are Soybean Prices High Enough?
Drought Threatens Financial Well-Being of Livestock
Webinar Examines Livestock and Crop Options During Drought
Proposed APHIS Rule Could Impact Farmers
Forage Crops Could Provide Opportunities Following Corn
Grain, Corn Prices Reach High - But Not in Crisis Yet
Smithfield Foods to Import Corn from Brazil
USDA Criticised over Meatless Monday
Veterinarians Provide Latest Information on Animal Health
House Leadership Urged to Finish Farm Bill Amid Deadline, Drought Concerns
Weekly Roberts Market Report
NPPC Says Trade Barriers Need to Fall
Novel Influenza A Viruses Detected in Indiana
Altering the Renewable Fuel Standard is Not an Option, Says NFU
Faster Growth Needed to Sustain Meat Demand


Pork Commentary: Drought Pushes Corn to Record Highs
Webinars Planned to Explain Proposed Changes to Canada's Health of Animals Regulations
Canada Under Pressure to Reform Pig Industry
TQA Training Reduces Hog Losses During Transport
Social Media Allows Vets to Share Info on Disease Threats
Updated CLT Expected to be Ready for Classroom Delivery
Pork Producers Advised to Participate in Provincial Biosecurity Program


Aussie Government Supports Research and Innovation
Pork Prices Likely to Rise
Feed Grain Prices Surge Throughout July

   Russian Federation

New Outbreak of African Swine Fever in the Tver Region
New Outbreaks of ASF in Krasnodar, Volgograd Regions


South America Aims to Eradicate Swine Flu by 2020


Agri Pinoy Technoklinik Reaches out to Farmers, Fishermen

   United Kingdom

Desinewed Meat Ban Described as Heavy Handed
BPEX Offers Advice on Feed Crisis
Funding to Improve Animal Welfare
Two Men Convicted of Pig Farm Cruelty
Feed Price Surge Overshadows Modest Pig Price Movement
NFU Frustrated at 'Inconsistency' Over Energy Plans
Weights Lower, Spot Prices Higher


Brazilian Goverment Guarantees Minimum Price for Pigs


Increasing Costs of Production Eating Farm Profits
Farmer Concerns in Animal Health and Welfare Bill

   New Zealand

Meat Production Booms in New Zealand
Pork Results Show Power of In-store Demos by Demoworks


China Farm Produce Prices Edge Up

   European Union

Spain and EU Hog Markets
EU Pig Prices: Prices Increasing in Southern Europe
Advanced Direct CAP Farm Payments Approved


Global Feed Industry Voices Alarm at Rising Feed Costs
Global Weather Conditions Hitting Grain and Oilseed Production


Atria's Results Start to Improve


Eight Pig Carcass Grading Methods Approved


Mexico Exports Increased 10.7 Per Cent in First Half of 2012


Germany Reviewing Animal Welfare Standards


Nutreco Reports Strong Momentum Across All Segments

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