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Monday 28th January 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

EU's Pig Industry in Decline; Progress on Ag Policy

A new report on the prospects for EU agriculture until 2020 forecasts a contraction of 3.2 per cent in pig meat production in 2013 as a result of the mandatory welfare standards that came into force on 1 January and higher feed costs incurred due to the US drought.

Also in the EU, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have - at least, on the surface - given the go-ahead to a fairer, greener Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

The Parliament's agriculture committee has agreed measures that will help to even out payments to farmers across the EU so that the poorer and newer member states are not receiving substantially less than the more established states.

MEPs have agreed to cap the amount of subsidies for individual farmers and reduce the large sums that have previously been handed out, so some of that money can be redistributed.

They have also approved new environmental rules focusing on crop diversification, maintaining permanent pasture and creating ecologically focused areas.

However, the MEPs are stridently standing by a 'no cuts' policy and have refused to see any reduction in the CAP budget.

"This is the moment of truth. The Agriculture Committee has said today how the new CAP should look. It should be more efficient, greener and able to respond to the enormous challenges ahead of us. Such ambitious goals entail higher costs. So any further cuts to the CAP budget are simply unacceptable," said committee chairman, Paolo De Castro.

In the UK, pig farmers are challenging food manufacturers, retailers and caterers to give a public commitment that they are not selling illegally-produced meat from farms that are flouting new European welfare legislation outlawing the prolonged confinement of sows in stalls.

The National Pig Association (NPA) has set up a web site Wall-of-Fame-and-Shame, which will list companies that have pledged to source imported pork products only from farms that are operating legally.

In the US, a farming body has welcomed the fact that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has introduced in the 113th Congress the same version of the Farm Bill that was passed by the Senate last session.

In Norway, influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 virus (swine flu virus) has been found in samples taken from pigs in herds in two regions of western and central Norway. The source of infection is thought to be the farm workers, who reported flu-like symptoms themselves before the pigs showed signs.

New research from CReSA in Spain takes us a step forward in the development of an effective vaccine against African Swine Fever.

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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

Review of Pig Sector in 2012 and Outlook for 2013
Michael McKeon of the Pig Development Department of Teagasc discussed the main trends in pig production in the Irish Republic and the EU at the organisation's Outlook 2013 conference 'Economic Prospects for Agriculture' held in December 2012.

Prospects for Agricultural Markets and Income in EU: 2012-2020
EU agricultural commodity prices are expected to stay firm over the medium term, supported by factors such as the growth in global food demand, the development of the biofuel sector and a prolongation of the long term decline in food crop productivity growth. The contraction of the pig industry this year is forecast at 3.2 per cent.

Economic Evaluation of Feed Per Unit of Gain: Is Lower Always Better?
At the 2012 Kansas State University Swine Profitability Conference, Steve S. Dritz of Kansas State University explained why a lower feed conversion is not necessarily better.

'Speak up with Pride' to Connect with Consumers
Crystal Mackay explained how to approach the communications challenge for agriculture at the 2013 Banff Pork Seminar and offered her top tips to be a good 'agriculture ambassador'.

Effects of Immunocastration and Dried Distillers Grains with Solubles Withdrawal on Growth Performance, Carcass Characteristics, Fatty Acid Analysis and Iodine Value of Pork Fat Depots
Researchers reported to the 2012 Kansas Swine Industry Day that immunocastrates had reduced carcass yields but also lower average daily feed intake and improved average daily gain, which led to improved feed efficiency. Improvest can change the composition of carcass fat depots when pigs are harvested soon after the second injection but prolonging the finishing period returned the iodine value to a value similar to barrows, according to researchers at Kansas State University.

Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 2013
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