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Monday 7th January 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial - New Year, New Regulation

First and foremost, a very Happy New Year to all readers of the weekly newsletter from ThePigSite. Let us hope 2013 is a better one for pig production in those countries where farmers are struggling to achieve higher prices for their animals to cover the increase in feed costs.

Two of the new articles on the web site this week address ways to reduce feed costs, either by reducing the nutrient density of the diet or by using more unconventional feed ingredients, such as bakery waste.

In the EU on 1st January, the sow stall ban came into effect. Eleven of the 27 member states not yet able to comply with the regulation, according to a welfare campaigning organisation. Eurogroup for Animals says that the European Commission has already announced it will launch infraction procedures against non-compliant Member States and that these are "very likely" to be included in the January infringements package to be published on 24 January 2013.

Higher welfare standards are usually associated with increased production costs. However, in an unusual example of research showing improved welfare can boost the bottom line, researchers in the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland have reported that reducing tail-biting can reduce both carcass and financial losses. Speaking at the Teagasc Pig Farmers' Conference last year, Dr Laura Boyle of Moorepark said that the ability to reduce many of the financial losses associated with condemnations resulting from tail-biting is within the control of the producer.

ThePigSite's Editor-in-Chief, Chris Harris, attended the annual Oxford Farming Conference last week and reported on some of its highlights, which included a new assessment of the contribution that agriculture makes to society in general, the allocation of funds from the EU Common Agricultural Policy and UK government support for genetically modified organisms in agriculture. There was also a call for better implementation of EU rules rather than ever more regulation.

Last but not least, the latest quarterly 'Hogs and Pigs' report has been published by USDA.

The total inventory of all hogs and pigs in the US on 1 December 2012 was down slightly from the previous year, while the breeding herd was slightly larger. The September-November 2012 pig crop was up slightly from the same period of 2011. The average number of pigs reared per litter was a record high of 10.15.

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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

Cost of Pig Production
What confidence there was in the EU pig sector earlier in 2010 was considerably eroded as world grain prices increased throughout the summer months. Combined with wider economic and financial challenges in the EU, the challenge of profitability remained a large issue as consumption remained subdued, according to the 'Pig Cost of Production in Selected Countries' report produced by the AHDB for BPEX.

Effects of Increasing Dietary Bakery By-Product on Growing-Finishing Pig Growth Performance and Carcass Quality
Feeding bakery by-products had adverse effects on feed efficiency, caloric efficiency and belly fat quality reported C.B. Paulk and co-authors at Kansas State University and Iowa State University in their presentation at the 2012 Kansas Swine Industry Day.

Diet Formulations Using Lower Energy Feeds
Because of the high cost of grains, the use of lower energy, higher fibre diets will continue to increase, according to K-State Swine Nutrition Team members Mike Tokach, Joel DeRouchey, Bob Goodband, Steve Dritz and Jim Nelssen speaking at the 2012 Kansas State University Swine Profitability Conference.

Improving Pig Welfare Reduces Carcass and Financial Losses
The ability to reduce many of the financial losses associated with condemnations resulting from tail-biting is within the control of the producer, according to Dr Laura Boyle of Moorepark following two studies presented at the Pig Farmers' Conference organised by Teagasc in the Republic of Ireland in October 2012. Co-authors of the paper were from University College Dublin and Queens University in Belfast.

Effects of Inadequate Maternal Dietary Protein:Carbohydrate Ratios during Pregnancy on Offspring Immunity in Pigs
An imbalance of protein or carbohydrate to gilts during pregnancy induced both short-term and long-lasting effects on immune responses in piglets, and may impair the defences of their piglets against potential pathogens, according to new research from Germany.

Blend-feeding or Feeding a Single Diet to Pigs Has No Impact on Growth Performance or Carcass Quality
Feeding strategy from 22kg to 102kg did not impact overall growth performance or carcass quality but blend-feeding and feeding a single diet resulted in cost savings compared to a phase-feeding programme in a study conducted in Perth, Western Australia.

Effect of Salt Reduction on Growth of Listeria monocytogenes in Meat and Poultry Systems
Reducing sodium in pre-blends and emulsified meat and poultry products would have no effect on Listeria monocytogenes populations but replacement of sodium chloride with magnesium chloride may affect growth of aerobic populations, according to new research from Kansas State University in the US.

Company News

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UK Farming Statistics - Final Crop Areas, Yields, Livestock Populations
USDA Agricultural Prices - 31 December 2012
BPEX UK Pig Meat Market Update - January 2013

Global Pig Industry News

   United Kingdom

OFC - Study Shows Hidden Contribution of Agriculture
OFC - Will Farmers Benefit from CAP Reforms?
OFC - Call for Better Implementation of EC Rules
OFC - UK Government Backs GM Development
Feeding Future Careers in Food, Farming
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Europe’s Pig-Keepers Flout Brussels Stalls Ban
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   United States

Pork Commentary: USDA 1 December Hogs and Pigs Report
Resolve to Improve Farming Practices in 2013
Farm Bill Extension Ineffective
Farmers Receive Meagre Share of Retail Food Dollar
CME: Little Growth in US Hog Numbers
Congressional Inaction Leaves Farmers Hanging
CME: Hogs & Pigs Report Bearish as Expected
Hogs & Pigs Report: a Bearish Surprise
Call for USDA Review of Australia's Meat Inspection System
CME: Sept-Nov Hog Slaughter Higher Than Normal
Iowa Farm Outlook: December Hogs and Pigs
Pork Board Meets Texas Pork Producers
Hog Outlook: Pork Production in 2012 was Second Highest
IFES 2012: Impacts of Proposed Changes in 2012 Farm Bill

   Russian Federation

Another ASF Outbreak Reported in Wild Boar
Moscow Agro-Industrial Complex Budget Announced


Nutritional Requirements of Gestating Sows Increase as Pregnancy Develops
Swine Health Network Attracts International Interest
Canada Expands Export Opportunities to Nicaragua
Study Assesses Value of PRRS-Free Herd Certification


Humane Euthanising Using Nitrogen Foam

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Well Balanced Markets at Start of 2013
New 'Fair Price' Regulation Arrives
Sow Stalls Ban: Concerns Across EU


Butchers Sales Down for December Quarter


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