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Monday 21st January 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor


Editorial - New Technology May Help to Feed the World

This year's Oxford Farming Conference brought the questions on genetics, new technology, genetic modification and improvements in agriculture into sharp focus.

At a time when the global population is growing and growing largely in underdeveloped and developing countries, the need to produce more food, more efficiently is unquestioned.

How that increase in production can be met sustainably and economically is the big question taxing scientists, politicians, farmers, processors and consumers alike.

As the Oxford Farming Conference heard this year, genetics has a big role to play in the improvements of yield - whether it is in crops or in animal protein - but genetic improvement is not the sole solution.

"We are now looking at selection for production and fitness and we are even looking at the vet costs in production as well," said Mark Smith, global bovine product development and production director at Genus.

"Genetics have contributed approximately 50 per cent of the phenotypic improvement we have seen over the last 50 years and basically, we need to produce more from less and genetic improvement is going to be key to this," he said.

Also on the subject of sustainability but turning to the future of a nation's pig industry, the Canadian pork industry has called on the US to follow the World Trade Organization rulings on country of origin labelling (COOL) or face retaliatory action.

The Canadian Pork Council (CPC) report shows that the direct impacts on hog producers calculated from official live trade data amount to over $1.9 billion as of October 2012, and were expected to exceed $2 billion by the end of 2012, at the current pace of accumulation of $500 million per year.

The CPC report added that $357 million in pork trade has been lost since the implementation of COOL, and a further $85 million in price suppression of feeder pig trade.

The importance of animal by-products to the global meat industry is expected to alter carcass valuation in the long term after changes in consumer demand has headed a matrix of factors shifting carcass valuation from prime cuts to processing cuts, a new Rabobank report says.

The transition from valuing slaughtered animals around prime meat prices has been observed since 2009. This change could force the processing industry to look at longer term contracts to ensure supply and alter the criteria for sourcing meat, adds the report.


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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

Power Failures: Is Your Operation Ready?
Every operation should have a tested emergency power back-up plan in place to keep animals and farm operation safe in case of power loss, writes Douglas Richards, Swine Grower-Finisher Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) in the latest 'Pork News and Views' newsletter.

Nursery Nutrition: Key Concepts for Economical Nursery Feeding Programmes
The objectives of nursery feeding programmes should be reviewed following the evolution in weaning ages, changes in production practices and increases in ingredient costs in the last few years, according to the K-State Swine Nutrition Team. Steve S. Dritz, Joel M. DeRouchey, Robert D. Goodband, Mike D. Tokach, Jim L. Nelssen presented their ideas to the 2012 Kansas State University Swine Profitability Conference.

Effects of Lowering Dried Distillers Grains with Solubles and Wheat Middlings with or without Choice White Grease Prior to Marketing on Finishing Pig Growth Performance and Carcass
Withdrawing pigs from a high-fibre diet containing DDGS and midds during a 19-day withdrawal period increased carcass yield through and improved carcass fat quality, according to researchers at Kansas State University. The addition of the fat improved feed:gain ratio but worsened carcass fat quality.

C-reactive Protein, Haptoglobin, Serum Amyloid A and Pig Major Acute Phase Protein Response in Pigs Simultaneously Infected with H1N1 Swine Influenza Virus and Pasteurella multocida
Serum amyloid A could be a potentially useful indicator in experimental infection studies or as a marker for disease severity, according to new research from Poland.

Getting to Better Times: What the Top Producers are Doing
A difference of over €200 in margin over feed per sow was found in an analysis of Irish pig farm results by Seamas Clarke of Ballyhaise. He presented his results and possible reasons for the discrepancies at the Pig Farmers' Conference organised by Teagasc in the Republic of Ireland in October 2012.

Irish Food and Drink Exports Pass €9 Billion
Irish food and drink exports have passed €9 billion for the first time and the country has seen its food exports to Asia rise by 75 per cent since 2010, according to a new report from Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board.

Company News

First Hendrix Genetics Academy Connects Science, Industry
THE NETHERLANDS - Hendrix Genetics has launched a new initiative to help connect academic research in animal genetics and commercial breeding. A group of scientists, researchers, students and geneticists from around the world joined the Hendrix Genetics Academy for its first three day program exploring the theme “Connecting Science and Industry".
Big Dutchman Free-Access Stall with Swinging Door
GERMANY - Pig producers should be excited: During VIV Asia 2013, market leader Big Dutchman will present its free-access stall Easy Lock for group housing of sows.
Genus PIC Stocks First GreenFarm Multipliers in Viet Nam
VIET NAM - The development of PIC's partnership with GreenFarm, a subsidiary of local agribusiness powerhouse GreenFeed, is progressing on schedule. The global leader in swine genetics has announced the successful completion of a series of exports from North America to Viet Nam to populate two new multiplication units and an AI facility.
Market Reports

BPEX / AHDB Country Report Belgium - January 2013
BPEX / AHDB Country Reports - Brazil January 2013
BPEX / AHDB Country Reports - Canada January 2013
BPEX / AHDB Country Reports - Ireland January 2013
BPEX / AHDB Country Reports - South Korea January 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 16 January 2013
USDA Feed Outlook - January 2013
BPEX / AHDB Country Reports - Italy January 2013
BPEX / AHDB Country Reports - Japan January 2013
UK Slaughter Statistics - 17 January 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 18 January 2013
Irish CSO - Agricultural Price Indices November 2012
USDA Livestock, Dairy, Poultry Outlook - January 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 21 January 2013

Global Pig Industry News

   Russian Federation

Rosselkhozbank Invests in Pig Project in Kursk
Skiold Builds Pig Breeding Complex in Russia

   Australia

Land Clearing Change Vital for Farmers

   Brazil

Optimistic Start to Year for Brazil Pig Sector

   United States

Grains Stocks Report Dims Hog Profit Prospects
Researchers Awarded Grant to Study PRRS
EPA Commends Iowa Nutrient Strategy
NFU to Meet For Policy Discussion
USDA Reports Provide Some Price Direction
CME: Pork Exports Continue on Record Pace
NFU Applauds USDA’s New Microloan Programme
Forum Focuses on Managing in Tough Times
CME: MPR for Wholesale Pork Off and Running
Weekly Roberts Market Report
Pork Conference Offers Legislative, Industry Updates
Livestock Producers Receive Tax Relief
CME: Meat Retail Prices Mixed Through 2012
Striking a Balance in Animal Production
Workshops Help Farmers, Market Vendors Improve Their Markets
Virginia Adopts Water Strategy to Address Quality Concerns
Animal Handling Improvements Deserve Recognition, Says Grandin
Efficient Transportation Remains Critical for Farmers

   Canada

Pork Commentary: Western Canada’s Hog Industry Restructures
Simulation Workshop to Test Operation of Health Network
Farmers Urged to Understand Motivation of Animals Rights Groups
PRRS-Free Herd Certification Survey to be Launched at 2013 Banff Pork Seminar
Claim That US COOL Damages Canadian Pork Industry
US M-COOL Costs Canadian Swine Producers $1.9 Billion
CPC Hopeful for M-COOL Resolution Without Retaliatory Tariffs
Projects Increase Collaboration among Scientists
New NRC Nutrient Requirements Put Emphasis on Energy

   United Kingdom

Sales of Veterinary Antibiotics Fell in 2011
Pork Exports Open Down Under
Pig & Poultry LIVE: Truly Tackling Issues That Matter
How Will Genetics Feed the World?
NFU Demands Action by UK Retailers
Christine Tacon New Groceries Code Adjudicator

   European Union

Public Consultation on Future of Organic Production
EU Pig Prices: Pressure on Market makes Prices Go Down
MEPs Set for Marathon CAP Vote

   Belgium

Feed Ingredients Consortium Sets up Scientific Council

   Viet Nam

Food Safety Inspections Stepped Up

   South Africa

Minister Calls for Restraint in Farmworkers' Protest

   China

China: Hog Markets
Good Practice Feed Manual to be Published in Chinese

   Spain

Government Updates Regulation on Direct CAP Payments

   Philippines

Government Supports Filipino Farmers
Agriculture Sector Grew by 2.9 Per Cent in 2012

   Global

Canada-US Agree on Animal Disease Zoning
Carcass Valuations Could See Permanent Shift

   Italy

Opas, Assocom Count Down to Merger

   Germany

More Specific Labelling Trials Prompted by Regional Renaissance

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