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Monday 31st December 2012.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

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Editorial - Looking Forward to 2013

Global investment in agricultural research and development is growing but some of the poorer developing nations are more vulnerable to volatility of funding than the more developed countries.

The new wave of investment in R&D in developing nations follows a long period of decline, according to a report from the Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators group based in Italy.

In a recently published report, ASTI assessed the growth or decline in agricultural R&D spending from the start of the millennium until 2008. This study has shown a US$5.6 billion or 22 per cent growth in agricultural research spending from $26 billion to $32 billion - an annual growth rate of 2.4 per cent.

The study shows that the positive outcome of the increase in spending is that most of it came from the developing nations. However, while these nations were spending more, the bulk of the investment was from middle income developing countries such as Brazil, China and India.

India and China alone account for half of the spending growth.

Also looking to the future, producers are using the markets more and more to hedge their costs and reduce their financial risk.

By entering the cattle and pig futures markets, producers are mitigating the risk of volatile markets and by using the corn, grain and soybean futures markets, producers can help to mitigate the effects of fluctuations in cost - particularly high feed costs.

When it comes to the question of the heath of livestock, advances in gene technology and testing can help producers to monitor disease and maintain surveillance for the spread of infections so they can take preventative measures.

There has been much discussion in the trade press about the level of preparedness in European Union countries for the partial ban on sow stalls, which comes into effect on 1 January 2013. Around half the member states are thought to have significant numbers of producers who still have not yet converted most of their sow accommodation to group housing. The impacts on the pig meat market - both within the EU and more globally - are much talked about but difficult to predict.

In preparation for the unknown, FAO organised a high-level meeting about the threat of African Swine Fever spread in Eastern Europe in early December 2012, from which emerged 14 recommendations to help control the disease.

With best wishes for a happy New Year and a healthy and prosperous 2013 to all readers of ThePigSite.


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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

Threat of African Swine Fever Spread in Eastern Europe: Urgent Need for International Collaboration
One of the main recommendations of an FAO regional meeting on African Swine Fever (ASF) was that the disease should be considered as a top priority animal health problem by all affected countries and a threat for the whole Europe.

Global Pig Meat Markets Developments
An analysis of recent market trends in the world's major pig meat exporting and importing countries by David Owens of Bord Bia for the Pig Farmers' Conference organised by Teagasc in the Republic of Ireland in October 2012.

What Have I Done to Make My Land-Based System Successful
Kent Condray, a pork producer from Clifotn, Kansas, shared the secrets of the success of his business with delegates at the 2012 Kansas State University Swine Profitability Conference.

Effects of Ingredients of Plant and Animal Origin on Nursery Pig Performance
At the 2012 Kansas Swine Industry Day, K.J. Jones and colleagues reported that the inclusion of animal products (plasma protein and fish meal) and soybean meal (30 per cent of the diet) enhanced the performance of weaners.

Factors Associated with Occurrence and Level of Isospora suis Oocyst Excretion
Application of early routine treatment with toltrazuril reduced both the odds and the level of Isospora suis oocyst excretion in nursing piglets in farrow-to-finish herds in Greece, according to new research. Good biosecurity and hygiene also reduced the odds of oocyst excretion.

Incidence, Severity of Sow Lameness Hinge on Flooring, Pen Design and Animal Aggression
As the European swine industry moves from individual stalls to group-housing systems, producers need to take extra measures to prevent foot, leg and muscle injuries that could become more prevalent with the sows' increased movement and direct interaction with other animals, according to Zinpro.
Company News

Merial to Acquire Animal Health Division of Dosch Pharmaceuticals
INDIA - Merial, the Animal Health division of Sanofi, has announced that Sanofi has entered into a binding agreement to acquire the animal health division of the Indian company Dosch Pharmaceuticals Private Limited, creating a market entry for Merial in that country’s strategically important and growing animal health sector.
Russian Hog Markets
RUSSIA - The largest country in the world has huge opportunities for pork production. With a land mass of 7 million square miles, it is twice the size of the United States, writes Paul Flint, Genesus Russia.
Market Reports

USDA Livestock Slaughter - December 2012
QMS Monthly Market Report - December 2012
USDA Hogs and Pigs - December 2012

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

Cruelty Law Enforced in Wyoming
Hog Outlook: Hog Prices in 2012 Second Highest Ever
US Swine Economics Report
NPPC Praises Animal Traceability Rule
IFES 2012: Crop and Livestock Price Prospects for 2013
CME: Pig Crop, Hog Slaughter Increase; Breeding Herd Declines
Weekly Roberts Market Report
Hog Outlook: Hog Inventory Down at Start of December
IFES 2012: The Impact of Biofuels Mandates on Grain, Oilseed
CME: Highlights of 2013 Price Predictions

   Canada

Pork Commentary: Why Are Europeans Not Meeting Stall Ban Time?
New Tools to Assist in Converting to Group Housing
Producers Applaud Proposed Hog Stabilisation Programme
Updated Pig Code of Practice Expected to be Ready by June
Zephyr Gun Effective for Euthanising Piglets
2013 Banff Pork Seminar to Focus on The Challenge of Change

   Finland

New Rules for Killing and Slaughter of Animals

   European Union

Environmental Concerns over Zinc in Feed
Eurostat Publishes Annual Pocketbook
CAP discussed at latest Agriculture and Fisheries Meeting

   United Kingdom

Pork and Beef Christmas Market Boost
Christmas Pigs Cleared
No New Year Hangover

   China

Chinese Farm Produce Prices Rise
Measures Targeted at Supply Chain Expenses

   Global

Investment in Research Growing

   Denmark

DanAvl and Danish Pig Research Centre Achieves ISO 9001:2008 Certification

   Australia

Animal Welfare Reforms to Cover 100 per cent of Australia's Livestock Trade

   Spain

Farm Review Shows Income Has Regressed 20 Years

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