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Monday 8th October 2012.

Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial - China's Growing Demand for Pork Will Impact Global Grain Markets

If current trends in Chinese pork production and industrialisation continue, annual maize imports could approach 20 million tonnes within five years, according to a new Rabobank study.

This is one of the impacts that China's pork industry is likely to have on world markets.

The pace in the industrialisation of the pork sector is the factor that is most likely to determine whether China will move back towards self-sufficiency or become an even bigger importer. If China could improve its maize yields and feed conversion to US levels, Rabobank says that its goals of self-sufficiency are achievable.

However, if China does not have to import pig meat, it will need to import maize and if current trends in Chinese pork production and industrialisation continue, corn imports would rise significantly.

In Rabobank's view, China is likely to continue to be an importer of both pork and maize for the foreseeable future but the balance between these two will rest on improvements in the supply chain, according to its report.

Turing to another of the BRIC countries, Genesus reports that, following dramatic increases in prices during August, the Brazilian market has dropped back some 10 per cent and stabilised.

Prices for maize and soybean meal have remained fairly stable although very high in historic terms, according to Martin Riordan. Despite strong gains in pork exports in September, he expects there to be many casualties in these difficult times as they are forced out of pig production as their accumulated debts reached a critical level. This is a social tragedy, he adds.

In the US on 30 September, the 2008 US Farm Bill, which governed many US farm policies, expired and the new 2012 Farm Bill is currently bottled up in the House of Representatives, leaving US farmers and ranchers at risk.

Experts agree that US farmers, in general, are all hurt by the lack of a Farm Bill because it is difficult to plan for 2013 when farmers do not know what to expect. How do farmers talk to their banker when no one knows what type of financial safety net will be agreed on?

Expiry of the 2008 Farm Bill has little or no effect on some of the major programmes that do not expire, like crop insurance and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps. However, it has eliminated a number of important programmes that will affect many farmers across the country. Dairy producers will face considerable challenges, and the impacts on the Foreign Market Development Program and Conservation Reserve Program will be felt before long.

In June, the Senate passed its version of the bill and the House Agriculture Committee approved a similar version in July. However, House Republican leaders would not bring a bill to the House floor, saying they did not have the necessary votes to pass it.

Congress has left Washington and will return in mid-November for a so-called 'lame-duck session' prior to final adjournment in December.

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Periweaning Failure to Thrive Syndrome (PFTS) in Pigs
Information for farmers and vets in Great Britain on the clinical signs, diagnosis and prevention/treatment from the AHVLA Pig Expert Group.

Evaluation of Heat Exchanger, Ground Source Heat Pump and Conventional Heating Systems
After two heating seasons, the use of the heat exchanger and ground source heat pump systems resulted to 54 per cent and 45 per cent reduction in energy consumption, report L. Dominguez and Bernardo Predicala in the 2011 Annual Report from the Prairie Swine Centre.

Gilt Replacement Strategies Used in Two Swine Production Areas in Quebec in Regard to PRRSV
Under the conditions of this Canadian study, gilt replacement strategies may involve some weaknesses that could impact porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) management at the farm or regional level. Researchers identified acclimatisation techniques as being particularly important in this respect, and they recommended that producers are informed about their implications.

Space Allowance for Gestating Sows in Pens
Neither floor space in group-housed pregnant sows nor the stall environment was adequate for sow well-being, according to University of Illinois researchers studying behaviour, cortisol and immune responses. However, they remarked on the sows' abilities to evoke the appropriate responses needed to adapt to their environment.

Meta-Analysis of Feed Intake and Growth Responses of Growing Pigs after a Sanitary Challenge
Researchers at INRA in France used published papers to examine the effects on growth rate and feed intake of pigs following digestive bacterial infections, poor housing conditions, lipopolysaccharide (LPS) challenges, mycotoxicoses, parasitic infections and respiratory diseases. They found that all the challenges resulted in a reduction in the performance parameters and, following digestive bacterial infections and mycotoxin ingestion, the pigs did not fully recover during the experimental period.

The Value of Diagnostics
Infectious disease continues to be the biggest cause of economic loss for livestock farmers. At a time when input costs are high and margins are being squeezed, losses due to culling, poor growth, variability and treatment need to be minimised, if businesses are to realise their full potential, according to Life Technologies Corporation.

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ACMC: Mycotoxin Warning
UK - After the appallingly wet weather of our latest ‘summer’, high levels of mycotoxins in this year’s wheat crops are forecast, warns Paul Thompson, veterinary consultant to pig-breeding company ACMC.
Vet Students Invited to Apply for Pfizer Scholarship
US - For the fourth consecutive year, Pfizer Animal Health and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) invite second- and third-year students of veterinary medicine to apply for the Pfizer Animal Health Scholarship.
Brazil: Hog Markets
BRAZIL - After the dramatic increase in prices during August, the market has dropped back some 10 per cent and stabilised, leaving producers a bit below break-even price on average but with much smaller losses than in the recent past, writes Martin Riordan.
Keeping Mycoplasma under Control, Out of Your Herd
US - Over the last few years, Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (Mhp) is increasingly threatening the health and efficiency of swine operations around the country. According to Brad Thacker, DVM, with Merck Animal Health, the occurrence of this bacterial disease is on the rise.
Position Opportunity at Genesus
US - A position opportunity has arisen at Genesus as General Manager USA.
Pfizer Offers Grants for Swine Antibiotic Research
US - Pfizer Animal Health is seeking research proposals to support the continued study of the clinical efficacy of DRAXXIN (tulathromycin) Injectable Solution, a macrolide for the treatment of swine respiratory disease (SRD), the leading cause of swine mortality in the US.

   United States

Pork Commentary: US Breeding Herd Liquidating
Pig Crop Report Verifies Cutbacks Are Underway
Large Losses Still Loom for Pork Industry
Grain Stocks Estimates Provide Surprises
NFU Calls for Farm Bill to be Passed after Election
PRRS Programme Steps up in Michigan
September Hogs and Pigs Report
Who Suffers Most Without a US Farm Bill?
Pork Month Celebrates Producers Doing the Right Thing
Meeting Pigs’ Phosphorous Requirements with Fermented Soybean Meal
FDA Approves Measure to Lower Aflatoxin in Feed
Small-Scale, Niche Market Production Conference
CME: Statistics Canada Will Not Release October Hogs Report
Record Sales for US Farm Cooperatives
Chili's Moves to Take Gestation Crates off the Menu
Issues on the Horizon for Livestock Producers
HSUS CEO Puts Name Forward for Tyson Board
DAT-Schaub in US Takeover
Kansas State’s Swine Day Set for 15 November
CME: More Aggressive Bids for Hogs, Lower Margins
Not Surprising Farm Bill Expired Before New Bill Passed
Hog Outlook: Summer Farrowings Down
Congresswoman Hits out over Residues in Pork to Taiwan

   European Union

EU Near Record Pork Prices in 2012
EU Pig Prices: Steady on a High Level
Improving Sustainable Agriculture
EU Farm Leaders Call for Strong, Market Orientated Farm Policy


New Division Director for Danish Crown
Danish Crown on a Stable Course


Advancing the Science of Pork Production - Celebrating 20 Years
PRRS Prevalence Study Being Set up in Manitoba
Maple Leaf Allows Option to Reverting to Lighter Weights
PRRS-Free Certification Pilot Deemed a Success
Allowing Lighter Hogs Helps Producers with Costs


26th SPACE: Looking to the Future


Agricultural G-20 Bids to Revive WTO Negotiations
FAO Food Price Index up Slightly
Brazil, Argentina Agree on Pork Trade


DanAvl to Enter the Finnish Market


World Pork Shortage Good News for Australian Farmers


Sales of Soybean Meal, Pork Exports Increase

   United Kingdom

Northern Ireland Gains Aujeszky Disease-Free Status
Introducing the Pirbright Institute
NFU Strengthens its Water Resources
Former Ag Minister Wins Top Prize
Applications Invited for HSA 2013 Humane Slaughter Award
A Better Day as Retail Demand Picks Up
Olympic Gold for Pork
Phased Closure for Hall’s of Broxburn


Draft Swine Sector Review Completed


Pork Balls Found to Contain Ractopamine


Ireland Achieves Aujeszky's Disease-Free Status


China’s Demand for Pork Increasing


Increased Planting Area Benefits Venezuela Feed Production

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