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Monday 13th August 2012.

Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial – Latest Cuts in US Maize and Soya Harvests

The 2012 growing season began on a very optimistic note for US growers, with the fastest corn planting pace on record. However, hit by one of the worst droughts on record, US production is now forecast to be 10.8 billion bushels, down 13 per cent from 2011, according to the Crop Production report released on last week by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. This year’s soybean production is forecast at 2.69 billion bushels, down 12 per cent from 2011.

Wheat production remains largely unaffected by the drought and is forecast at 2.27 billion bushels, up 13 per cent from 2011.

The global animal feed additives market was worth US$13.5 billion in 2011 and is expected to reach $17.5 billion in 2018, according to a new report.

Transparency Market Research says that the global animal feed additives market will grow at a rate of 3.8 per cent from 2011 to 2018. In the overall global market, Asia Pacific is expected to maintain its lead position in terms of revenue until 2018. Asia Pacific is expected to enjoy 32.4 per cent of global animal feed additives market revenue share in 2018, followed by Europe.

The spread of African Swine Fever from the Caucasus to the east coast of the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine presents an alarming and concerning situation.

One recent outbreak – discovered at the end of July and confirmed through PCR tests on samples taken from back yard pigs in the Zaporozhye region of Ukraine – is worrying because it represents not so much a gradual spread of the disease but a dramatic jump.

The outbreak has occurred 170 kilometres from the Russian border. Until then, the disease had been found mainly in the Tver, Ivanovo and Rostov regions to the north of Moscow, Bryansk and Smolensk to the west of Moscow and the Volgograd and Krasnodar regions to the south as well as outbreaks in Georgia.

The leap across the border into Ukraine is likely to mean that similar illegal transportation of pigs or pig meat products has taken place or that transport has travelled from infected regions without proper biosecurity measures being carried out.

The most concerning aspect of the latest outbreak in Ukraine, where three pigs on a back yard farm died of the disease and two others were destroyed is that the disease has now spread to another mainland Eastern European country.

The veterinary authorities in Russia have admitted that the disease is out of control in the country. Virtually every inspection made on farms in areas that are supposed to have tight biosecurity and sanitary measures in force has found breaches of the regulation.

Earlier this year, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations’ Chief Veterinary Officer, Juan Lubroth, warned: “African swine fever is fast becoming a global issue.

“It now poses an immediate threat to Europe and beyond. Countries need to be on the alert and to strengthen their preparedness and contingency plans.”

Following the recent outbreak of ASF in Ukraine, the veterinary service in Russia has strengthened the control over the transportation of controlled products, mainly meats, including hand baggage and luggage of passengers, in the Kaliningrad region.

Also in Russia, a meeting is scheduled for 14 August at the Office of the Russian veterinary service (Rosselkhoznadzor) for Bryansk and Smolensk regions, aimed to agree measures to prevent the spread of ASF in wildlife.

Eleven new outbreaks of ASF were reported last week to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), starting between 19 July and 3 August in the regions of Krasnodar, Volgograd and Novgorod. More than 74,000 domestic pigs were affected and have been slaughtered.

And most recently, Rosselkhoznadzor has reported new ASF outbreaks in the Tver region and, for the first time, in the Kuban region, which is in the south of the country between the Sea of Azov and the Caspian Sea. There, more than 13,000 pigs on one farm were affected and the surrounding area contains more than 23,000 pigs.

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Opportunities and Challenges Explored for Pig Farming in Baltic States
Despite a number of significant challenges, pig production in the region appears to have a great deal of untapped potential, which was revealed at this year’s annual meeting of the European Pig Producers (EPP). Senior editor, Jackie Linden, reports.

Effects of Transport Duration on the Stress Response and Pork Quality of Pigs
Improvements in truck design and optimisation of handling and transport practices will reduce most of the stress experienced by pigs during long transport, according to a report in the 2011 Annual Report from the Prairie Swine Centre. The study was carried out by J. Brown, Y.M Seddon and H. Gonyou of the Prairie Swine Centre Inc., T. Crowe (University of Sakatchewan), T. Widowski and R. Bergeron (University of Guelph) and L. Faucitano (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada).

Wild King: High-Welfare Pork from China
Cross-breeding and a high welfare approach are providing a workable alternative to intensive pork production in China, according to a Model Farm Project by Farm Animal Initiative (FAI).

Solvency and Repayment Capacity Issues Facing the Swine Farmer
Peter R. Scheffert of Riverland Community College looks at solvency and repayment capacity measures suggested by the Farm Financial Standards Task Force in a recent Pork Information Gateway factsheet.

Early-in-Life Experiences Impact Lifetime Reproductive Performance and Longevity in Sows
An introduction to the concept of 'foetal programming' and how management of the foetal, suckling and nursery pig may influence reproduction and longevity in mature swine by Dr Mark J. Estienne of Virginia Tech.

Risk Factors for Contacts between Wild Boar and Outdoor Pigs in Switzerland: Investigations on Potential Brucella suis Spill-over
Based on a questionnaire, around one in four outdoor pig farmers reported contact between wild boar and domestic pigs. The country is officially free of brucellosis in domestic pigs. One farm was found to be positive although the source of infection was not identified.

Senior Project Sales Manager For Pigtek Europe Named
GLOBAL - Jan Lok has been named Senior Project Sales Manager for the European division of PigTek Pig Equipment Group, according to George Murdoch, Vice President and General Manager for the CTB, Inc. business unit.
Danisco Animal Nutrition Strengthens Central American Sales Team
GLOBAL - Danisco Animal Nutrition, a business segment of DuPont Industrial Biosciences, has strengthened its technical sales team in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean with the appointment of Aaron Lopez as technical sales manager.
Alternative Control Strategy Successful in the Face of Persistent SIV
GLOBAL - The veterinarians in charge of two swine operations experiencing persistent swine influenza virus (SIV) knew something different had to be done. Diagnostics showed that sows were shedding SIV to piglets. But how to combat SIV, boost herd immunity and produce SIV-negative pigs without losing precious time - and pigs? The solution was a two-dose strategy using FluSure XP in the entire breeding herd 21 to 28 days apart.
Kristensen Named Director of PIC Europe
EUROPE - PIC has announced the addition of Dr Peter Kristensen as Director of PIC Europe.
TOPIGS: Number One in Total Feed Efficiency
GLOBAL - TOPIGS is the number one when it comes to Total Feed Efficiency.
TOPIGS at Eurotier
GERMANY - From 13 to 16 November 2012 the Eurotier event will be held in Hannover, Germany.
World Pork Expo US a Big Succes for TOPIGS
US - At the beginning of June TOPIGS participated in the American pork trade show, the World Pork Expo.
TOPIGS+ Campaign Launched in Germany
GERMANY - TOPIGS Germany SNW recently launched a campaign in Germany to emphasise the benefits of TOPIGS animals.

   Russian Federation

Inspections Show Health, Welfare Violations on Pig Farms
Russia Lifts Restrictions on Pigs from Czech Republic
ASF Control Strengthened in Kaliningrad Region
Veterinary Service to Hold Meeting to Combat ASF
New Outbreak of ASF in Krasnodar
More ASF Outbreaks in Tver, Kuban Regions
Eleven New ASF Outbreaks Reported to OIE

   United States

Pork Commentary: US Drought Continues, Feed Price at Record High
USA Hog Markets

Tyson Reports Drop in Income
House Avoids US Farm Bill, Approves Disaster-Only Measure
Market Weights, Sow Sales are the Wild Cards in Pork Supplies
Revised Edition of 'Nutrient Requirements of Swine' Released
Weekly Roberts Market Report
Coming to Grips with Drought Response Decisions
Senators Ask EPA For Waiver Of Corn-Ethanol Mandate
State Fair Takes Precautions After Pigs Show Flu Symptoms
Get Agriculture’s Input On Fire Standard, Says NPPC
Purdue Extension Holds Regional Meetings on Drought
USDA Offers More Drought Assistance to US Producers
Colorado Extends Livestock Travel Requirements
CME: Analysts Expect Corn Yields of 127.3 Bushels Per Acre
July Hottest Month on Record but is El Nino Around Corner?
Smithfield Foods Issues Integrated Report
Technology Enhanced to Evaluate Meat Quality
New Opportunities for Small Meat and Poultry Processors
Drop in Earnings for Cargill
CME: Pork, Beef Prices Down Despite Drought
Drought Leaves Hay, Livestock Producers High and Dry
First Half Results Encouraging for US Meat Export Values
Hog Outlook: Crop Situation Continues to Deteriorate
USDA Forecasts Sharply Reduced Corn, Soybean Crops
US Growers Expect to Produce 13 Per Cent Less Corn
CME: USDA Reports Made Big Revisions

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Scarce Supply, Prices Steady to Rising
African Swine Fever Threatens All Europe
MEPs Lodge 7,000 Changes to EU Subsidy Reform


Strong Forecast for Brazil Maize, US Drought Raises Feed Costs


Pork Industry Anger over Abattoir Cruelty Footage


Farmers Rush for Pig Insemination Technology


Ukraine Restricts its Pork Exports to Russia

   United Kingdom

Livestock 2012: The Business Debates
Only British Shoppers Can Put the Sizzle Back in British Bacon
Simplify Rights of Way Process, Says NFU
Specially Selected Pork Campaign Achieves Record Consumer Awareness
Casualties Inevitable; Pork Demand Not Improved

   New Zealand

Efficiency with Farm Inputs - Essential for Success
Simpler Rules for Agricultural Vehicles Welcomed


Social Pigs May Provide Genetic Progress


Pork Industry Stakeholders Encouraged to Review Proposed Changes to Health of Animals Regulations
Swine Health Intelligence Network Allows Communication Among Swine Veterinarians
Canada and BC Invest in Sustainable Agriculture
Neepawa Plant Ramps up to Full Capacity

   Korea, South

Record Heat Wave Kills Over 830,000 Farm Animals


Feed Additive Market to Reach Value of $17.5 Billion
FAO Food Price Index up Six Per Cent


Pig Price Increase Welcome but Insufficient


Zhongpin Continues to Invest in Tough Market

   Viet Nam

Livestock Sector Gets Support
Agricultural Sector Shows Stronger Growth

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