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Monday 17th September 2012.

Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial - Global Water Situation Becomes a Crisis

Every day for the last few months, we have been receiving reports from around the world about 'weather events' and their impacts on feed prices that are so important to the sustainability of the pig industry.

In the last week, the global water situation is being described as a crisis.

The world today faces a water crisis with critical implications for peace, political stability and economic development, experts warn in a new report issued jointly by the InterAction Council (IAC), a group of 40 prominent former government leaders and heads of state, United Nations University, and Canada's Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation.

"The future political impact of water scarcity may be devastating," says former Canadian Prime Minister and IAC co-chair, Jean Chrétien. "Using water the way we have in the past simply will not sustain humanity in the future. The IAC is calling on the United Nations Security Council to recognise water as one of the top security concerns facing the global community.

"Starting to manage water resources more effectively and efficiently now will enable humanity to better respond to today's problems and to the surprises and troubles we can expect in a warming world."

A few mind-boggling facts from the report: approximately 3,800 cubic kilometres of fresh water is extracted from aquatic ecosystems globally every year. With about one billion more mouths to feed worldwide by 2025, global agriculture alone will require another 1,000 cubic kilometres (one trillion cubic metres) of water per year - equal to the annual flow of 20 Niles or 100 Colorado Rivers. It is expected that water demand in India and China alone – the world's two most populous countries – will exceed supplies in less than 20 years.

Turning to news from the markets, pig prices in Europe have risen to historical records this summer, and continue to climb, according to Javier Santamartina, Genesus Rep for Spain, Portugal and Italy. He demonstrates that this price development is quite different from the pattern of the last two years, which he attributes to escalating feed prices.

Mixed fortunes have been reported for some of the leading pig meat companies. In Canada, Saskatchewan's largest pork producer, Big Sky Farms, is in receivership and may be sold.

In Russia, integrated and diversified meat producer, Cherkizovo Group, saw revenues increased by 16 per cent on a ruble currency basis in the first half of the year.

On its pig meat sector, Sergey Mikhailov, Chief Executive Officer of Cherkizovo, commented: "We continue to benefit from high pork prices, caused by the deficit from African Swine Fever in some regions of Russia and a veterinary ban on imports of live pigs. We expect prices to remain relatively high for the remainder of the year.

Continuing on African Swine Fever (ASF), the FAO has produced a new report on the current status of the disease across the world. Its authors describe the dynamics of its spread as 'worrisome' and warn that the steady spread towards unaffected areas could have a disastrous impact. New ASF outbreaks have been reported in the last week in the regions of Kuban and Tver.

Finally, a new outbreak of foot and mouth disease involving pigs has been reported in China.

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African Swine Fever: Recent Developments and Timely Updates
The dynamics of the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) are described as 'worrisome' in a new report from FAO, and it warns that the steady spread towards unaffected areas could have a disastrous impact.

Selling Sustainability? In Search of the Retail Business Case for Sustainable Diets
This report presents the results of a research exercise commissioned by WWF and conducted by Brook Lyndhurst during the latter part of 2011 and early part of 2012. The research was designed to investigate the business case for retailers to further support and promote sustainable diets.

Time is a Scarce Resource: Practice Effective Time Management
Helpful tips on assessing how you use your time and how to organise things better from Dr Nicole Olynk and David A. Widmar of Purdue University in a new factsheet from Pork Information Gateway.

Genetics of Litter Size and Prenatal Survival in Pigs
Secreted Phosphoprotein 1 (SPP1) appears to play a role in placental and foetal development, according to the thesis by Silvia C. Hernandez Velasco for The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Recombinant Porcine Norovirus Identified in Piglets with Diarrhoea
Researchers have, for the first time, found a recombinant new genotype of porcine norovirus that causes diarrhoea (scouring).

Irish Annual Review and Outlook for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Pigs
The 'Annual Review and Outlook for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 2011/2012' provides a reference for all those who are interested in monitoring the performance of the agri-food sector. It provides an analysis of the structure and performance of the sector and it quantifies the benefits EU membership has had in terms of budget and trade. It also provides a view of likely trends in the sector over the coming months.

Global Grain Markets Tighten - FAO Cereal Supply and Demand Brief
Continued deterioration of cereal crop prospects over the past two months, due to unfavourable weather conditions in a number of major producing regions, has led to a sharp cut in FAO's world production forecast since the previous report in July. Based on the latest indications, global cereal production would not be sufficient to cover fully the expected utilization in the 2012/13 marketing season, pointing to a larger drawdown of global cereal stocks than earlier anticipated.

Salmonella in Animal Feedingstuffs and Other Products Associated with the Animal By-Products Regulations
Of the almost 45,000 tests carried out on these materials in Great Britain last year, fewer than one per cent were positive for Salmonella, according to the 2011 edition of 'Salmonella in Livestock Production in GB', an annual publication from the Veterinary Laboratories Agency.

Sales Boost Expected after Stalls Ban
UK - Yorkshire-based international pig genetics company, ACMC, is expecting sales of its AC1 gilt and grandparent stock to increase substantially next year after the new welfare codes come into force in mainland Europe. Following an EU directive, a partial ban on sow stalls will take place in 2013, with the result that continental producers will have to switch to group-housing systems.
Netherlands Reinforces Position in Innovative Livestock Breeding
NETHERLANDS - Four Netherlands-based international companies - CRV (beef cattle), Hendrix Genetics (poultry and pigs), TOPIGS (pigs) and Cobb Europe (poultry) and Wageningen University & Research have committed themselves to reinforcing the position of the Netherlands as an innovative livestock breeding country through the Breed4Food initiative.
Spain Hog Markets
SPAIN - Hog prices in Europe have raised to historical records this summer, and continue to climb, according to Javier Santamartina, Genesus Rep for Spain, Portugal and Italy.
JSR Conference Examines Range of Farming Issues
UK - JSR held its annual conference at the University of York this week, with the theme 'Working Together for Greater Profit'. Senior editor, Jackie Linden, reports.


Pork Commentary: Hog Price Tumbles
Weekly Overview: Producers Call for Support
Livestock Sector Could Reduce Poverty
Global Grain Balance Forecast Tightened
Global Water Crisis: an Urgent Security Issue
Water - The Threat and the Challenge


Retailers Making Australian Producers Uncompetitive
Pork Welcomed to the National Family Farm
Pork CRC Professional Pathways Pays

   European Union

Tillmann Goes as VION CEO
EU Pig Prices: Still Increasing in the South
Protecting the Next Generation of EU Farmers
Rising Raw Material Costs Threaten Production


Hendrix Opens New Genomics Lab in France
Major Pig Breeder to End Pig Castration

   United States

Swine Castration Webinar Announcement
No Nutritional Benefit to Organic Produce
CME: Focus This Month is on Harvested Acres
NFU Kicks Off Legislative Fly-In
Just the Facts: Ethanol Ate Our Lunch
No More Stalls for Jack in the Box Suppliers
July Pork Exports Trend Lower, Beef Exports Largest of 2012
CME: Minor Changes to Grain, Meat Protein Production Estimates
Iowa Researchers Shed Light on PRRS Diagnosis Issue
Farm Bill Now Rally Draws Hundreds of Supporters
Nebraska's Rep. Adrian Smith: a 'Friend of Pork'
CME: US Pork Exports Up 10 Per Cent
Caution Urged when Pumping Manure from Deep Pits
NFU Urges Congress to Schedule Floor Time to Vote on Farm Bill
Hog Outlook: Estimated Barrow/Gilt Production Costs Break Record

   United Kingdom

UK Pig Market Strikes a Balance
Industry Leader Backs Green Squeezed Farmers
IAH to Become Pirbright Institute
Shouts Up Two Pence But Spot Still Ahead
Advice on Expected Pork Shortage

   Russian Federation

Meeting Calls for Cull of Wild Boar
More ASF Outbreaks in Tver, Kuban
Russia's Pork Production Forecast Decreased
New Outbreaks of ASF in Kuban
Cherkizovo Continues to Grow
Russia Vows to Step Up Fight against ASF


New Veterinary Network Opens Dialogue Among Swine Practitioners
Increased Use of Pulses Expected in Swine Rations
Livestock Species, Diet Influence Manure Composting Recipes
Positive Veterinary Response to New National Communications Network
Troubled Pork Producer for Sale
Return to Profitability Expected by Mid-2013


Pork Imports Expected to Grow to Historic High Levels


Agribusiness Exports Grow 1.8 Per Cent
Cost of Production of Chickens, Pigs Reach Record Highs in August
Minister Participates in the Launch of National Pork Week
Sales of Pork, Beef to Russia Increased 327.5 Per Cent in August
Pig, Poultry Industries to Benefit From Tax Relief


Farm Produce Prices Begin to Fall
More FMD Confirmed in Tibet


New Classical Swine Fever Outbreak in Guatemala


Tabasco Free of Aujeszky's Disease


Census Will Help Develop the Industry


Co-ordinated Action Plan to Deal with Weather Gets Go-Ahead
Traditional Irish Product Wins Organic Acolade


Trichinosis: Recommendations to Avoid, Prevent the Disease

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