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Monday 5th November 2012.

Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial - Chinese Sow Herd Still on the Rise; US Numbers Fall More Slowly than Forecast

China is the pork powerhouse of the world with over 51 per cent of the world's population of pigs raised there, according to Ron Lane, senior consultant for Genesus in China.

Looking at the size of the breakdown of the inventory for August 2012, breeding stock was around 49.74 million and total on farm inventory was around 464.90 million (as compared to July 2012 breeding stock was around 49.54 million and total on-farm inventory was around 460.75 million). These figures represent increases of 1.8 per cent and 3.1 per cent for the total and sow populations, respectively.

Profit margins continue to show declining returns and many farmers say they are just breaking even.

Since 2001, large specialised and/or commercial farms have been rapidly increasing in market pig production in China, contrasting with the formerly largest production base from the backyard farms. Backyard production has dropped from 74 per cent of total hog production in 2001 down to 37 per cent in 2011, according to Mr Lane, citing a report from Rabobank International.

To promote the development of its agricultural sector, China invested more than six trillion yuan (CNY; US$930 billion) during the decade from 2003 to 2012, the highest in the country's history.

The recently published 11th Revised Edition of the Swine NRC was given much consideration at the Latin American Animal Nutrition Congress (CLANA) in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Dr Lee Southern, Professor Emeritus of the School of Animal Sciences at Louisiana State University in the US presented the committee's work.

"The National Research Council (NRC) is an arm of the National Academy of Sciences. It publishes for any species of animals. It calls itself an unbiased source. It can only use peer-reviewed published literature.

"If there was no published data or change, we didn't make a change. The vitamin information is exactly the same as in 1998. There have been no new published papers on vitamin content in feed ingredients," added Dr Southern.

There are signs that herd liquidation in the US is not as bad as first thought. When corn prices hit more than $8 per bushel back in August, there was plenty of talk about rapid liquidation of the US hog breeding stock.

However, Steve Meyer and Len Steiner now say that individual producers may have reduced some of their numbers but not all sectors of the market have been equally affected.

Sow slaughter for the period 2 September to 20 October shows producers sent 445,000 head to market, about 12,163 head or 2.8 per cent more than a year ago. But sending more sows to slaughter is only one of the ways in which producers can reduce the size of the breeding herd; more gilts destined for the breeding herd may be slaughtered before breeding.

Data from University of Missouri indicates, in fact, that gilt slaughter during the last four weeks was down 1.3 per cent from a year ago. With only a modest increase in sow slaughter and fewer gilts going to slaughter, it is unlikely that come December, the expected reduction in the breeding herd may not have taken place, according to Meyer and Steiner.

It is reported that 85 per cent of Spanish pig farms will comply with the coming EU ban on sow stalls by the deadline on 1 January 2013.


Big Dutchman at EuroTier 2012

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  • Sow Check, Automatic ostrus analysis system, Stand 11-D21
  • BigFarmNet health monitoring, software tool for health checks of sows in group management, Stand 11-D21
  • Farm Power Manager, Energy management system, Stand 11-D21 and Stand 9-C24a
  • Automatic manure belt control, Stand 9-C24a
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Effects of Low Protein Diets on Lean Genotype Pigs: Growth, Feed and Nitrogen Intake and Fat Indicators
Feeding a low-protein diet supplemented with lysine to pigs from 40 to 115kg resulted in growth similar to the normal protein control diet but with more intramuscular fat, according to researchers based in the UK and Italy. However, six per cent more feed was needed to produce 1kg of liveweight gain over the period for the lysine-supplemented pigs than for the controls, which the authors attributed to deficiencies of other amino acids.

Leptospira Pomona Infection of Likely Wildlife Origin on a Pig Unit
Information for farmers and vets in Great Britain on the clinical signs, diagnosis and prevention/treatment from the AHVLA Pig Expert Group. Leptospira interrogans serovar Pomona (L.Pomona) was identified in wildlife on a pig unit during an investigation in 2011 into leptospirosis in sows on a breeder-finisher with reproductive disease. This is the first isolation of L.Pomona in Great Britain.

Risk Factors for PRRS Virus Infection and Resulting Challenges for Effective Disease Surveillance
Evidence of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) circulation was confirmed on 35 per cent of the farms in this UK study. Active PRRSV infection was more likely on farms that used a live virus vaccine, were located in areas with many other pigs or had mortalities collected from the farm.

Semen Storage and Handling
Storing and handling semen correctly at all times will help to improve reproductive performance, according to BPEX in No. 6 of its Work Instruction series.

Dealing with High Feed Costs
Tips on managing high feed costs are offered by Doug Richards, Swine Grower-Finisher Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs in the latest 'Pork News & Views' newsletter from OMAFRA.

Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Relationships of Denagard and Other Antibiotics for Respiratory and Enteric Infections in Pigs
An understanding of the pharmacokinetics of a drug is very helpful in the understanding of how it works and coupled with the pharmacodynamic data should enable clinicians to make better choices regarding the type of drug and the dose needed to treat pigs, according to veterinarian, David G.S. Burch of Octagon Services Ltd in the UK.

Cutting Costs
Not so long ago, veterinarians spent a lot of time trying to convince their clients of the benefits of prevention rather than cure and, in particular, the economic benefits of vaccination. However, vaccination is like insurance: if you don't have to make a claim, you always wonder if you really needed it, says Life Technologies.

British Semen to Mexico
UK - British pig-breeding company, ACMC Ltd, has been singled out to supply genetically-advanced semen to Mexico.
New Bottle Simplifies MycoFLEX, CircoFLEX Mixing
EU - Boehringer Ingelheim has announced the European approval for its latest innovation in Animal Health: the MycoFLEX Headspace bottle, a simple and practical way to mix the two pig vaccines Ingelvac CircoFLEX and Ingelvac MycoFLEX for their simultaneous application.
New Chinese Franchise for JSR
CHINA - JSR has strengthened its position in China by signing a franchise deal with Tianjin Bo Hui Rui Kang Livestock Breeding Ltd based in the Jinnan district of Tianjin in Northern China.
Effective Vermin Control
UK - Vermin on farm are a problem on many fronts. They are unpleasant for the staff, pose a health risk both to people and livestock, are highly destructive to fixtures and fitting and can eat a significant quantity of feed, says ACMC.


Hurricane Sandy Could Cost Jamaica $1 Billion
Initial Assistance of $200 Million for Farmers Hit by Hurricane Sandy

   Russian Federation

Agricultural Bank Backs Pig Meat Project
Cherkizovo Looks East for Agricultural Development
Strong Opportunities for US Pork Exports to Russia


Farm Produce Prices Show Small Rise
Livestock Offered as Security for Loans
China Has Invested Over Six Trillion Yuan Into Agriculture
China: Hog Markets

   United States

Plenty of Pork for the Holidays
CME: Livestock Futures Mixed on Monday
Monitoring Corn Consumption
Carnival Cruises Eliminates Sow Stalls
USDA Asks Farmers, Ranchers to Record Losses from Hurricane Sandy
Capturing and Recycling Ammonia Emissions from Livestock
Weekly Roberts Market Report
HSUS Aims to Eliminate Sow Stalls from Pork Supply
CME: Restaurant Business Slows Down
New Farm Labour Programme Proposed
CME: Herd Liquidation Not as Bad as First Thought
Hog Outlook: Growing Unemployment Threatens Pork Industry


Pig Industry's Decline Could Cost C$13.4 Billion
Study of Role of Temperament in Sow Lameness, Longevity
Scientists Harnessing Genetics to Select Healthier Gilts
Maple Leaf Foods Sees Earnings Rise
Scientists Examine Potential of Air Filtration to Protect Pigs from Disease
Manitoba Pork Producers Respond Positively to PRRS Prevalence Study
Pork Producers Challenged to Ensure Accurate Information is Circulated
Research Helps Producers Control Brachyspira
Simple Nursery Diets Reduce Feed Costs
Pork Commentary: Canadian Pork Industry Threatened


New Drought Strategy Receives Support
Agriculture Key to Australia's Role in Asia
Group Planning for Group Housing

   European Union

Mention of Animal Protection Standards Welcome in Trade Talks
EU Pig Prices: End of Downward Trend in Sight?
Farming Unions Reject EU Budget Proposals


Brazil's Pork Exports Show Upward Trend


Maize Production Forecasts Tumbling
GHG Emissions for Agriculture Must be Addressed
US Thick-Cut, Branded Pork Highlighted in Japan

   United Kingdom

Farming's Hidden Contribution to UK Society
Shoppers Support Red Tractor Logo
Weighing Pigs is Worth the Effort
£1 Million Welfare Grant to Boost Industry Skills
European Prices Weaken


EPP Invitation to EuroTier Pig Event
New Animal Welfare Standards Could Impact Trade


Atria Increases Transparency in Meat Production


Bond Sale Success for Danish Crown


OIE: Two More Cases of Classical Swine Fever Reported


Swine NRC 2012: How It Came About
Mexico Starts Pork Exports to China


Sow Welfare Scheme Deadline Extended


25 Million Pigs Will Spend Christmas in '' Five Star'' Farms


APK-Invest Sees Output, Sales Soar

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