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Monday 24th September 2012.

Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial - International Agencies Tackle Food Insecurity

Weather conditions have been the driving force behind the three food price 'spikes' that the world has experienced in the last five years, according to a new report.

While droughts in one part of the world or another have hit grain production every second year since 2007, floods elsewhere have also hit crop yields, putting up costs of production across the livestock sectors.

At the same time, according to the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the World Food Programme, the increased use of crops that could be used for food for non-food purposes and speculation and hedging have led to more and more volatility in food prices.

"Until we find the way to shock-proof and climate-proof our food system, the danger will remain," the organisations said in a joint statement earlier this month.

The three organisations have pinpointed the main reasons for global food and feed price hikes and they claim that they have put in place "policies and instruments" to tackle the problems.

They warn that for every 10 per cent increase in the price of food, the World Food Programme has to find $200 million a year in food assistance, and they have called for investment in agriculture and social protection and an adjustment in policies to grow alternative uses for grains.

The risk of sharp food price rises exists because global food production is largely in the hands of only a few major food producers and when poor weather causes poor yields and high prices, countries are more likely to put domestic protection measures in place.

"Countries must avoid panic buying and refrain from imposing export restrictions which, while temporarily helping some consumers at home, are generally inefficient and make life difficult for everyone else," the FAO, IFAD and WFP said.

Sharply rising and volatile agricultural commodity prices are causing the world to re-enter a period of 'agflation', with food prices forecast to reach record highs in 2013, according to a new Rabobank report.

In their latest analysis of the pig industry in Viet Nam, Ron Lane and Meggie Vo of Genesus write that pork accounts for about 73 per cent of the total meat produced there in the first seven months.

Pig production during that time has been difficult, they say, because of disease challenges, increasing cost of production, consumers switching to other proteins and a shortage of capital. The latest survey – from June 2012 – reveals a pig population of 26.7 million, 1.5 per cent more than a year previously.

Perhaps reflecting the wet summer in the UK, the latest pig health report from AHVLA suggests that poor feed intake and general ill-thrift in a batch of weaners in the east of the country may have been caused by mould and/or mycotoxins.

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Spanish Integrator Looks Beyond 2013
Stuart Lumb reports on a visit to a large integrator in Spain, where loose housing and electronic sow feeders have already been installed for some years - with success. Up to half of the country's producers are thought to be preparing to leave pig production when the EU partial ban on sow stalls comes into effect in January 2013.

Efficiency of Energy Utilisation by Growing Pigs Selected for Potential Growth Rate
In the 2011 Annual Report from the Prairie Swine Centre, A.D. Beaulieu, J. Shea, D. Gillis and J. Marriott report that segregating pigs and feeding based on potential growth rate does not improve the ability to match feed to requirements.

Feeding Ensiled Citrus Pulp to Finishing Pigs
Feeding ensiled whole or pressed citrus pulp to finishing pigs offered some savings, according to J.D. Crosswhite, N.B. Myers, A.T. Adesogan, J.H. Brendemuhl, D.D. Johnson, and C.C. Carr of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida. However, the corn-soy control diet resulted in a lower cost of gain when the additional labour costs were taken into account.

ISU Researchers Improve Diagnostic Tools to Detect Re-emerging Disease in Pigs
Veterinary researchers at Iowa State University are developing improved methods to diagnose a re-emerging swine disease that was essentially a non-issue five years ago but has become increasingly more common since then.

Identification of an Emerging Recombinant Cluster in PCV2
Investigating Porcine Circovirus (PCV) Type 2 viruses in China, Beijing-based researchers found PCV2b to be the predominant genotype in mainland China in 2009 and 2010, with PCV2b-1C within the PCV-2b genotype an emerging predominant subtype. They classified five strains in a novel cluster, along with PCV2a and PCV2b.

Epidemiology of Clostridium Perfringens Type A on Ontario Swine Farms
In what they believe to be the first study on the epidemiology of Clostridium perfringens in the pig population, researchers at the University of Guelph have provided baseline data from healthy pigs at different stages of production as well as in the manure pits. If C. perfringens type A is confirmed to be involved in neonatal enteritis, they report, the strain(s) responsible might not be identifiable using existing methods.

Effect of Mixing Piglets Affected by E.coli Diarrhoea on Growth and Welfare
Mixing piglets with E.coli diarrhoea reduced growth rate, report researchers from Spain. They added that, after weaning, pigs mixed pre-weaning spent less time fighting than the control group.

Pfizer Names 2012 Allen D. Leman Science in Practice Award Winner
NORTH AMERICA - Pfizer Animal Health has named Julie Menard, Agr., DVM, of Ange-Gardien, Quebec, Canada the 2012 Allen D. Leman Science in Practice Award Winner.
Pig Compass Website is Now Available in Spanish
GLOBAL - Danisco Animal Nutrition, a business segment of DuPont Industrial Biosciences, has launched a new version of the Pig compass website.
Pfizer Invites Proposals for PRRS Research Grant
US - Pfizer Animal Health is accepting research proposals for the PRRS Innovation Research Grant. The programme will allocate $100,000 for porcine respiratory and reproductive syndrome (PRRS) research.
Electronic Sow Feeding System with 25 Per Cent Price Advantage
GERMANY - Big Dutchman electronic sow feeding systems (ESF) have an excellent reputation among sow producers. Now the German housing equipment supplier from Vechta-Calveslage has added a new ESF station to its product range: Call-Inn is ideally suited for small sow production units or large units with fixed groups – with a price advantage of 25 per cent compared to similar systems.
Hypor Publishes First Expert Articles
NETHERLANDS - MAX'ing Capacity concentrates on total system profitability, maximising the bottom line instead of focusing on a single trait or phase.
Danisco Appoints New European Technical Manager
EUROPE - Danisco Animal Nutrition, a business segment of DuPont Industrial Biosciences, has appointed feed additive specialist Angela Riemensperger to the role of regional technical manager responsible for Ireland, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Danisco Appoints New Technical Manager for Eastern Europe
SERBIA - Danisco Animal Nutrition, a business segment of DuPont Industrial Biosciences, has strengthened its technical services in Eastern Europe with the appointment of veterinary surgeon Danko Vujosevic to the role of technical manager.
New Appointment at Merial
GLOBAL - Merial, a world leading animal health company, has appointed Paul Casady Vice President, Business Operations, Latin America and Oceania.
New Hermitage NGT Multiplier in Minnesota
IRELAND - Hermitage NGT is delighted to introduce the Keller family: Matt, Sarah and son James.
Norfolk Farmer Wins Laptop and Pig-Recording Package
UK - Norfolk pig farmer Stuart Mayhew has won a laptop computer and a year's free subscription to PigCom — a windows-based pig management software package — in a prize worth £1,500.
Viet Nam: Hog Markets
VIET NAM - General livestock production as estimated by the General Department of Statistics (GSO) saw, for the first seven months of 2012, total meat production reaching 2.6 to 2.7 million tons. According to estimates by Department of Livestock, meat production in the country for July is estimated at 300,000-315,000 tons of meat, writes Ron Lane, Senior Consultant Genesus Viet Nam and Meggie Vo, Research Assistant.
Hermitage Supplies High-Health Shipments to Russia
IRELAND - Hermitage Genetics has just successfully delivered another shipment of high health gilts and boars from Ireland to Novgorod Bacon (North East of Moscow, close to St. Petersburg) in the Russian Federation on 12 September 2012.
Conferences, Presentations Ensure an Entirely new Concept for VIV China
CHINA - A complete range of conferences, network meetings, workshops, knowledge platforms and presentations on the subject of innovative animal husbandry forms the new format for VIV China.


Keystone Agricultural Producers Calls for Federal, Provincial Gov't Help for Pork Producers
Standardisation of Production Systems Expected to Benefit Producers
More Concentration in Hog Sector
Producers Call for Govt Involvement
Western Canada Remains Low Cost Hog Production Region
No Rebuild for Olymel Princeville Plant
Manitoba Grain Growers Hurt in Puratone Fallout
Govt Invests in Alberta Meat Processor
Sask Pork Calls for More Government-Backed Loans
Pork Commentary: Big Sky, Puratone Debacle on Canadian Prairies

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Stabilising on the Level Reached
Young Farmers Ask for Financial Support
Council Looks to Reform Ag Policy
Europe's Pork, Bacon Supply Contracts


House of Representatives to Not Vote on Farm Bill

   United States

Where Are These Hogs Coming From?
SowBridge Begins Fifth Year of Distance Education
CME: Grain Markets Very Volatile
CME: Hog Slaughter Surge Has Put Pressure on Prices
Call Renewed for RFS Waiver
CME: Analysing the Balance Sheets
Early Corn Harvest, September Stocks
Antibiotic-Resistant Pathogens Persist in Antibiotic-Free Pigs
Two New Cases of H3N2v Flu Strain Reported in Minnesota
Scientists, Farmers Call for End to Antibiotic Use
USDA Expands Drought Assistance
EU Welcomes Trade Talks with Japan
CME: Meat Price Inflation Outpacing Food Price Inflation
EU, US Welfare Organisations Meet
Hog Outlook: Pork, Live Hog Demand Down in July
ConAgra Food Sales Rise


French Govt Acts to Save Producers from Increasing Costs
International Coordination Stabilising Food Prices
FAO and OIE Work on Formal Accord

   Russian Federation

Crackdown on ASF Control in Tatarstan


Exports of Meat, Soy Increase


Ag Export Earnings Remain Strong

   United Kingdom

Scottish Government Support for Halls of Broxburn
Planning Difficulties Highlighted
Strategic De-Stocking Guide
UK Pig Producers Want 170p
Research into Reuse of Ag Wastes
Fewer Sows, More Pigs in Total in UK Census
AHVLA Surveillance Report - July 2012


Can the World Beat Global Food Price Spikes?
Does Higher Welfare Mean Better Nutrition?
Farm Safety Must be a Priority
Agflation Pushes Food Prices up 15 Per Cent
FMD Diagnostics Key First Step in Disease Control
Support to Agriculture at Historic Low


Ukraine Increases Rate of Pork Production


Farmers Appeal to Retailers over Rising Costs


Knowledge of Animal Genomes Contributes to Food Security

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