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Monday 15th October 2012.

Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial - Canada's Pig Breeders Battle Market Volatility

All pig-producing areas around the world are being battered by high grain prices and, equally challenging, extremely volatile pricing. In the latest Global Market Report, Bob Fraser of Genesus says that daily swings are matching what used to be close to annual swings.

In Canada, he says that there has been some tempering of feed prices recently but it has not been enough to offset the decline in hog prices.

As a result of these difficulties, he estimates that as much as 10 per cent of the Canadian sow herd could be in consideration for liquidation.

"Whether we end up with that much liquidating in fact remains to be seen but ultimately a 100,000-sow reduction appears plausible if not likely," he added.

There has been a 12.3 per cent drop in the Scottish breeding herd in 2012 compared with 2011 according to new figures from the June 2012 Scottish Agricultural Census. The category, 'sows in pig' saw a drop of 14.3 per cent compared to the year before.

With the partial sow stalls ban due to come into effect across the European Union in under three months, attempts are being made in Italy and Spain to push producers to comply with the new rules ahead of the deadline.

After a spell with no new reports of African swine fever (ASF) in Russia, the veterinary authority has confirmed another outbreak in Krasnodar.

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Wound Score Comparison among Gestating Sows Housed in Two Different Group Sizes
As Michigan pork producers implement management practices to abide by the established legislative requirements, it is important for them to understand the many factors that can affect decisions about group-housing pregnant sows. Thomas Guthrie (Extension Educator in Jackson, Colorado) and Ronald O. Bates (State Swine Specialist at Michigan State University, MSU) explain these factors in the latest issue of 'MSU Pork Quarterly'.

Stable Fly (Dog Fly) Control
The biology and control of flies are outlined by P.E. Kaufman (associate professor/Extension entomologist) and E.N.I. Weeks (assistant research scientist) in the Entomology and Nematology Department of the Cooperative Extension Service at the University of Florida.

Evaluation of Control and Surveillance Strategies for Classical Swine Fever
Based on the results of a simulation model, Swiss researchers found that pre-emptive culling and vaccination offered no advantages over baseline control strategies in controlling classical swine fever (CSF) in regions with low- or medium density of the pig population. They stressed that early detection of outbreaks is crucial and that risk-based surveillance should be focused on farms with weaners and fattening pigs.

New Tool Predicts Piglet's Nursing Ability
To improve neonatal piglet survival, Agricultural Research Service physiologists have developed a technique to determine whether neonatal piglets have received adequate colostrum from the sow, writes Sanda Avant.

Effect of Infection Order of PCV2 and PRRSV on Dually Infected Swine Alveolar Macrophages
Recent research from Taiwan sheds new light on the development of lung lesions in porcine respiratory disease complex (PRDC) caused by dual infection with porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) and porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) and the variable clinical manifestations of PRDC-affected pigs in the field.

Preparing the Farrowing Crate
Tips on preparing and organising the farrowing room from BPEX in the Work Instruction series (No. 3).

Team Effort Brings Rewards
US - Shane Meyer strives to optimise productivity and financial return for the farm owners of the Plymouth Ag Group, Diller, Nebraska. He implements new technology where feasible and strives to help his personnel develop superior animal husbandry skills.
Silva Receives Technical Specialists' Award
BRAZIL - Dr Bruno Silva is the best technical specialist in the Latin American pig industry. Bruno Silva (32) works for TOPIGS as a researcher and nutritionist. He received the Pork World Industry Award during the Pork Expo 2012 and the Latin American International Swine Congress in Curitiba.
Big Dutchman at EuroTier 2012
GERMANY - Come and meet the Big Dutchman Group and experience the top global event for livestock farming in Hanover at the world‘s biggest exhibition grounds.
Hypor Maxter Arrives at Cypriot Partner Animalia Genetics
CYPRUS - On 15 October Hypor Maxter boars were transported from France to Cyprus. The animals are going to strengthen the Cypriot market with good quality lean meat. With this project Animalia Genetics Ltd. helps to build a steady robust pork production in Cyprus.


Royal Decree on Pig Welfare Standards

   United States

Pork Farmer Makes Sustainable Food Accessible, Affordable
No Farm Bill Leaves Uncertainty for Farmers
Corn, Soybean Prices Searching for Support
Hog Price Rally Accompanies Normal Supply Patterns
FAPRI Report: Corn Prices Fall Less Than One Per Cent With Full RFS Waiver
CME: Harvest Pressure Pushes Corn, Soy Futures Lower
HSUS, Senator Urge Voters to Support Bill Banning Gestation Crates
Weekly Roberts Market Report
CME: State of World Economy Still a Concern for Meat Industry
Grant RFS Waiver to Help Producers, Says NPPC
CME: WASDE Report Holds Little Relief for Producers
Cargill Revenue Down but Earnings Up
Hog Outlook: US Pork Exports Down, Imports Up
CME: Pork Production up from Previous Year


Pig, Poultry Production Costs Stable in September
Daily Meat Exports Increase in October
Brazil to Become Main Soy Exporter


Canada Hog Markets - Liquidation, How Much?
Cash Hogs Start to Rebound
Research Offers Solutions to Feed Grain Shortages
NIRS Workshops Helps Get Most Out of Feed Ingredients
New Service Connects Grain Buyers, Sellers
Swine Health Board Encourages Seasonal Flu Vaccination Clinics
CHSB Initiatives Show an Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure
CPC Applauds Participation in Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Negotiations
Information on the Advance Payments Programme for Farmers
Replacing Traditional Feedstuffs with Low-Cost Alternatives


Irish Day of Action Begins
Irish Farmers Send Message to EU

   New Zealand

Successful Year for AgResearch NZ


Slow Growth Projected for Pork Market

   Russian Federation

New Outbreak of ASF in Krasnodar
Cherkizovo Welcomes Zero Tax on Agricultural Profits

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Market is Well Balanced, Stable
HKScan Continues Efficiency Measures
Animal Transport Rules Must be Properly Enforced, says Ag Committee


Chinese Premier Awarded Agricola Medal

   United Kingdom

New Director General Joins National Farmers Union
Recognise Farmers for Their Vital Role in Food Security, NFU Tells MPs
Breeding Herd Records 12 Per Cent Drop in 2012
Reminder of BPEX 2TS Finishing Conferences
Prime Minister Joins Campaign to Save British Bacon
Prices May Flatten Off
NFU Campaign Clarifies Labelling on Supermarket Products

   Korea, South

Rising Korean Pork Supplies Pressure Prices


Government Further Strengthens Agri-Fishery Education


New Animal Welfare Add-Ons for Finishing Pigs


Postcard Warning on Sow Stalls for Italy


DC Nordic CEO Resigns


Nutreco Agrees Sale of its Hungarian Business

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