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Monday 3rd September 2012.

Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial - Pushing up Pig Prices in Challenging Times

Consumer surveys are notoriously unreliable predictors of consumer behaviour but the latest, from the UK, indicates that consumers are willing to pay more for animal products from more welfare-friendly systems.

Research at the University of Reading suggests that people are willing to pay more for even a slight improvement in the well-being of the animals in their meals, appearing to favour cows and chickens over pigs.

Professor Richard Bennett, an agricultural economist who advises the UK government on animal welfare issues, is leading University's research assessing the extent to which people want to improve the welfare of farm animals.

"Our research shows that people are overwhelmingly concerned about the welfare of animals bred for meat, and would be willing to pay more each year for even a one-point increase on the happiness scale of the animals they eat," Professor Bennett said.

The study suggests that for just a one-point increase on the animal welfare 100-point scale, consumers are willing to pay £4.57 a year to improve the welfare of pigs.

The risk of disease among farm animals and farm biosecurity are public issues, which makes the economic impacts of disease control and ensuring good biosecurity public concerns.

The August issue of EuroChoices, the Journal of the Agricultural Economics Society and European Association of Agricultural Economists, examines the role of economics in animal health decision making and how an economic approach can add value to animal health policies.

More evidence of the impacts of high feed prices on pig numbers has emerged in the last week. UK production is forecast to be down 10 per cent by the end of the year unless pig prices improve. In the US, sow slaughterings are up while pig production is down. Purdue Extension agricultural economist, Chris Hurt, is forecasting the nation's pork industry will continue to experience some of its worst economic losses in recent history. On more positive note, pig prices are improving in almost all EU countries, the result of scare supply and a brisk demand.

Finally, turning to news of African Swine Fever, scientists in Spain have developed a model to assess the risks to the European Union's pig industry of the transmission of the ASF virus from the Russian Federation to EU countries. They found that overall, the risk of the introduction of the virus into EU countries is low and mainly associated with returning trucks but the risks are higher for Poland and Lithuania. They highlighted the importance of good biosecurity, especially regarding the disinfection of trucks.

ASF has also been in the news in Russia. The veterinary service in the Kurgan region has allocated an additional 34 million rubles for measures to prevent the introduction and spread of ASF and leukaemia in cattle. The veterinary service for the regions of Bryansk and Smolensk have addressed measures to keep ASF out of the largest pig farm in Bryansk.

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How Much Space Does a Sow Need in a Group-housing System?
Producers need to consider not only the housing capacity of the barn but also the welfare and performance of sows when determining the space allowance for sows, according to Yuzhi Li of the West Central Research and Outreach Center at the University of Minnesota.

How Cold Chain Shifts Influence Pork and Poultry Shelf-Life
A study by a group of German scientists has shown how higher temperature shifts severely change the potential shelf life for fresh pork and poultry meat products.

Brazil: Competitive Factors in Brazil Affecting US and Brazilian Agricultural Sales in Selected Third Country Markets
A new report from the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) describes and analyses competitive factors in Brazil affecting US and Brazilian sales of agricultural goods - including grains, soybeans and meats - in third-country markets.

On-Farm Energy Audits: Putting the Money Back in Your Pocket
An energy audit helps producers to understand how energy is used on thier farm and identifies how the operation can become more energy-efficient, according to Tonya Grunt, SEP Livestock Assistant with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) in that organisation's latest newsletter.

Summer Infertility Advice
Adrian Cox, BVetMed MRCVS, explains why fertility declines in hot weather and how to ameliorate the symptoms in the latest newsletter from JSR.

Countering the Effect of Feed Price Escalation
Feed prices are high and look to remain so for the foreseeable future. The latest newsletter from the Garth Partnership in the UK offers advice on keeping control of feed costs.

Salmonella Control Plans: Guidelines for the Veterinary Surgeon
A BPEX factsheet for vets in the UK on Salmonella control plans and reviews, both aimed at reducing the prevalence of this bacterium in British pigs.

Grand Opening Japfa Hypor Genetics Company in Viet Nam
VIET NAM - The new joint venture Jafpa Hypor Genetics Company (JHGC) celebrated the grand opening on August 17 of the brand new 700 sow high health pig breeding farm. The-state-of-the-art facility is the first of its kind in Viet Nam.
Updated Feeding Advice for TOPIGS Finishers
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Ontario, Canada Hog Markets
Tax Relief for Drought-Affected Livestock
New Network Opens Communication among Swine Vets
Prairie Swine Centre Annual Report Published
Ag Marketing Boards, Supply Management are Costly for Producers
Discovery Centre Builds Awareness of Food
Swine Manure Can Help Boost Crop Yields this Autumn
Role of Swine Research Evolves
Role of Swine Research Evolves

   United States

Livestock Producers May See Reduced Fertility
Weekly Roberts Market Report
CME: USDA Ruling on Wholesale Pork Price Reporting
Farm Bill Rally Gains Momentum
Producers Affected by Disasters Urged to Keep Good Records
CME: When Will Consumers Feel the Effect of Higher Feed Prices?
Purdue Economist Predicts Record Losses for Pork Industry
Harris Teeter Eliminates Sow Stalls
CME: Russia's Wheat Crop Hits the News
CDC Reports First H3N2v Flu Death as Human Cases Rise to 290
Hog Outlook: Pork Price Competitive Against Beef
Sow Slaughter Up, Pork Output to Drop in 2013

   United Kingdom

Consumers Willing to Pay More for Welfare-Friendly Food
Bird-Proof Pig Units to Stop Diseases
Advertising Authority Bans Welfare Claim Ads
Price Volatility is Not Going Away, HSBC Warns
Prices Start to Move Up - Better Prices to Come
Cranswick Workers on Strike
Poor Prices Cause UK Pig Herd to Shrink


Agriculture, Fisheries Exports Grew 12.5 Per Cent in July
SAGARPA Boosts Ag Development


Japan Recognises Santa Catarina as Free of FMD
Nutrifarms, Royal De Heus Form Feed Joint Venture
Pork Exports to Japan to Start


Successful Bid for Funding to Improve Manure Management
More Room to Move for Queensland Pigs
Spanish Farming System May Bring Jamón to Wheatbelt

   Viet Nam

Banks to Help Livestock, Fisheries Sectors

   Russian Federation

Pork Commentary: Russia Road Trip
Meeting Discusses Protection of Bryansk's Largest Pig Farm from ASF
Bank Invests in Kursk Pig Project
Kurgan Strengthens Veterinary Control


Agricultural Exports Rose in the First Half of 2012


Chinese Farm Produce Prices Keep Rising
Chinese Pig, Human E. coli Only Distantly Related

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Rally is Going On
Risks Assessed of ASF Transmission from Russia to EU


Can Economics Add Value to Animal Health Policy-making?
OIE Adopts New Standards


Seaweed in Pigs' Diet Extends Pork Shelf-Life

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