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Monday 10th September 2012.

Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial - Governments Called upon to Act as Producers Come under More Pressure

In a report from Genesus last week, China was described as 'the pork powerhouse of the world'. Ron Lane, Senior Consultant for Genesus China, justified the comment by explaining that more than 51 per cent of the world's population of pigs are raised in that country. The signs are that, with feed prices rising, producer profits are falling; the government is taking action.

The inventory in July 2012 - breeding stock was around 49.54 million and total numbers of around 460.75 million - is similar to a year previously.

Profit margins continue to show declining returns, according to Mr Lane. Current profit margins are showing ranges from break-even to losses from RMB40 to RMB110 (US$6.35 to $17.46) per head in some major pork production regions of China. Average profit for 2011 was estimated at RMB500 ($79.37) per market pig.

Price/profit predictions for 2012 include: pig price of RMB16.6 ($2.63) per kg liveweight; average price of corn at RMB2,500 ($396.83) per tonne; pig and corn ratio of 6.93:1 and average profit of RMB350 ($55.56) per market pig.

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) started a new round of frozen pork purchasing and storage in August, apparently with the aims to bring pork reserves to about 100,000 tonnes and also to stabilise the price. As mentioned before, the high summer temperatures that causes lower consumption of pork along with over-production, keeps the market price low. By buying the pork, the NDRC hopes to stimulate some market pig price increases.

Beijing Orient Agribusiness Consultant Co. predicts that the import of US pork will grow by 29 per cent this year. Last year, there were 620,000 tons of pork imported into China, of which, 480,000 tons came from US suppliers.

A global shortage of pig meat is being predicted by the UK's National Pig Association (NPA). The world's pig farmers are warning of a shortage of bacon and pork next year because pig-feed has become unaffordable following disastrous growing and harvesting weather. Governments are becoming increasingly concerned.

Around the world, pig farmers are selling their herds because they can no longer afford to feed their pigs. As well as China's move to put pig meat into cold storage, the US government has introduced a pork-buying programme in a bid to keep its pig farmers in business.

Pig industry leaders from across the European Union met in London last week to explore ways to ensure pork remains the world's most affordable red meat, reports NPA. They reported that pig herds are being sold because prices are not rising fast enough in supermarkets to cover the cost of record-high pig-feed costs.

"It usually takes at least six months for higher production costs to filter through to shop prices — but pig farmers simply haven't got that long," said NPA chairman, Richard Longthorp.

In an interesting development in Ireland, sample testing has begun as part of the 'DNA-certified' programme for pig meat. The aim is to expose misleading labelling and provide assurances to producers and consumers about the origin of pig meat.

Meanwhile, Irish farmers are reported to be losing patience with retailers over pig prices. Irish Farmers Association (IFA) President, John Bryan, said that retailers that fail to address escalating production costs by not returning higher prices to producers are threatening farm viability.

Mr Bryan has also said in the last week that a major national effort is required to assist the farming sector to recover and get back on track following the worst weather on record over the summer.

Concern is growing in several countries about a possible new flu epidemic, following the emergence of the variant H3N2 influenza virus in people and pigs in the United States. In Canada, the food inspection agency is reminding pig producers to take appropriate biosecurity measures to protect the health of their animals and people who may have contact with them. The death of 40 pigs in a flu outbreak in southern Queensland, Australia, has also sparked concern.

And finally, turning to news of African Swine Fever, another village pig herd in the Krasnodar region of Russia has been culled following an outbreak there in August.

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Sorting Sows by Parity to Reduce Aggression in Group-housing Systems
Research at the University of Minnesota has revealed that housing young sows (first parity) in gilt-pens resulted in fewer skin lesions caused by aggression at mixing than whne the young sows were housing in sow-pens, reports Yuzhi Li, Swine Scientist at West Central Research and Outreach Center.

Effects of a Lactobacillus Product on Pig Growth and Pork Quality
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Animal Welfare and its Effects on Carcass and Meat Quality
Several initiatives, including research and development, increasing stakeholders' awareness and application of legislation and recommendation, have been carried out in Latin America to promote animal welfare and meat quality.

Glasser's Disease: Microscopic Pathogen Yet Terribly Dangerous
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Biosecurity for Organic Livestock Producers
Practical tips on everything from property planning to day-to-day management by Karen Omalley of IDO Organic Farming in a factsheet from News South Wales Department of Primary Industries.

Antibiotic Resistance in Campylobacter Raises Concerns in Mexico
High levels of resistance to ciprofloxacin in Campylobacter found in chicken, pigs, cattle and children in Mexico preclude the use of fluoroquinolones for the treatment of human campylobacteriosis there, according to new research.

Happy as a Pig in Grass
On an outdoor unit in Norfolk, 2,000 sows and gilts are testing out a new grass variety, Rhizomatous Tall Fescue. The system and keys to success are described in Farm Case Study No. 34 from BPEX.

Overview of Salmonella in Livestock and People
Summary of the 2011 edition of 'Salmonella in Livestock Production in GB', an annual publication from the Veterinary Laboratories Agency, providing data on salmonella reports from livestock species in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland).

Hypor Works with Genomics Lab to Create Industry First
NETHERLANDS - Lead scientists in Hypor, the pig breeding division of Hendrix Genetics, have teamed up with Hendrix Genetics' new Genomics Laboratory to develop an innovative and effective programme of genomic selection.
Danisco Appoints US Key Account Manager
US - Danisco Animal Nutrition, a business segment of DuPont Industrial Biosciences, has announced the appointment of Bill Gade as new US key account manager.
Herd Restock a Success, Thanks to JSR
UK - A Nottinghamshire herd has seen increased productivity and performance thanks to cutting-edge genetic technology from JSR in the form of the Genepacker and Geneconverter.
Boehringer Ingelheim Restructures Swine Team Leadership
US - Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. (BIVI) has restructured the leadership of its fast-growing swine division to better serve the needs of veterinarians and producers.
Novus Announces New Design for Product Packaging
US - Novus International, Inc. announces the unveiling of a new design in its product packaging.


Reducing the Risk of PRRS
Research Confirms Effectiveness of Zephyr
Research to Make Alberta PRRS-Free
Key Research Priorities Include Cost of Production, Sow Housing
Strengthen Biosecurity to Protect Health
Pork Producers Trade Growth Rate for Reduced Feed Costs
Feed Cost Advantage Shifts to Western Canada

   United States

US Farm Exports Reach Historic High
Packaged Meats Boosts Smithfield's Results
Antimicrobials Alter Intestinal Bacteria
Pork Producers Prepare to Tackle 2013 Budget
Higher Grain Prices Could Have Long-Lasting Effects
Sustainable, Accessible, Affordable Pork on Offer
Hog Slaughter Numbers Rise, Weights Coming Down
Hog Outlook: Breeding Herd Declined in July but Steady in August
Industry Urges Senate to Refrain from Disaster Bill


Largest Market Opens Doors to Brazilian Pork

   United Kingdom

Help to Reduce Infertility Risk
Benchmark Holdings Adds Animal Health Vaccines Plant to Portfolio
Caroline Spelman, Jim Paice Go in Defra Reshuffle
Spot Sellers Made More Than Shout Sellers

   European Union

Call for 'Evidence, not Emotion' on GM
EU Pig Prices: Slaughter Numbers Unchanged
Audit Reports EFSA is Functioning Well


Ukraine Highlights Growth Potential


China Hog Markets

   Russian Federation

Russia Tightens Controls on US Pork Exports
One New ASF Outbreak Reported in Krasnodar


Home Meat Processing Promoted


Pork Commentary - Liquidation - It's Happening
China-Swedish Agriculture Agreement Signed
Direct Relationship between Animal Health, Food Safety Outcomes
FAO Food Price Index Holds Steady
Worldwide Pork Shortage Predicted


DNA Testing of Pig Meat Uncovers Mislabelling
Co-ordinated Plan to Deal with Weather Crisis
End to Farmers' Patience with Retailers


PorkMark Licensees Celebrate Success
Pig Farms on Flu Alert
EMAI Biosecurity Centre Attracts Industry Recognition


Govt, Private Sector Put Key Farm Products into Clusters


Minimising Pain in Farm Animals

   New Zealand

Novel Insect Project Could Provide Protein Feed Solutions


Pork Output to Increase as Coahuila Free of Aujeszky's


Farms Represent Sources of Environmental Zinc, Copper

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