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Monday 11th February 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Sow Stall Ban Disrupts EU Markets in an Unexpected Way

European pig markets are not behaving as predicted. Following the introduction of the sow stall ban in January, one would expect that producers who comply with the rules would benefit in terms of pig prices in a market where a significant proportion of the meat is non-compliant, i.e. the pigs were produced from sows still housed most of the time in stalls.

But that does not seem to be happening, based on the evidence of the last week: UK producers have suffered price cuts at the same time as it was reported that an estimated 25 per cent of EU sows are still housed in stalls.

At the most recent EU Farm Council meeting, farm ministers were given figures showing 17 out of 27 European Union countries are still not fully compliant with the partial stalls ban. One estimate puts the proportion of sows still in stalls at one in four.

Sow stalls have been prohibited in the UK since 1999 yet producers there seem to be suffering an even worse situation over prices as the result of plentiful pig meat supplies, presumably not necessarily compliant with the stall ban. There was bad news for British pig producers last week. Following signs the previous week of a possible improvement in pig meat prices, one of the top processors confounded the market last week by dropping its shout price to the tune of 3p. It now stands at 153p - down by 6p or £4.50 per pig) - compared with its value three months ago. Farmers in Scotland have hit out against the cut.

Denmark's Food Minister has charged the country's Food and Drug Administration to examine the prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) CC398, in Danish pigs after new figures revealed a doubling of the prevalence of the bacterium in Danish slaughterhouses between 2011 and 2012.

In a new analysis of the Mexican pig industry, Dr Carlos Peralta, President of Genesus Mexico, attributes its difficulties last year to high feed costs and low slaughter values - the same as the majority of the international markets.

The US Department of Agriculture has resolved dozens of export issues in 2012, freeing up an estimated $4 billion in US agricultural and forestry exports and protecting roughly 30,000 American jobs in the process.

A report from says that current forecasts show that the US will double its agricultural exports in 2014.

Over the past year, the USDA has been working to eliminate barriers, open new markets, secure the release of US shipments detained at foreign ports, and ensure the safe movement of agricultural products in a manner consistent with science and international standards.

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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

Pork Industry May Need to Rethink Business Performance Metrics
Pork industry representatives from across Canada got a lesson about business metrics management in a growth environment from one of the leaders in the North American pork industry at the 2013 Banff Pork Seminar.

Managing Aflatoxin-Contaminated Feedstuffs for Swine
An overview of the effects of aflatoxins on pigs of different ages as well as grain management tips, feeding recommendations and feed additives to minimise their adverse effects from Hyatt Frobose of Kansas State University.

Building Better Bacon: Genomics Tools for Pork Quality
New genomics tools improve the prediction of pork quality, explains the Prairie Swine Centre in an article in 'Pork Insight'.

Meta-Analysis Comparing Growth Performance, Carcass Characteristics, and Water Usage of Growing-Finishing Pigs Fed Using Conventional Dry and Wet-Dry Feeders
Pigs using wet-dry feeders ate more, grew faster, had higher body and carcass weights and deposited more fat than those using the dry feeders, according to research from Kansas State University. They also tended to use less water.

Lessons from Large Production Systems That Can Help the Competitiveness of Land-Based Producers
The Jack and Pat Anderson Lecture in Swine Health Management at the 2012 Kansas State University Swine Profitability Conference was given by Gene Nemechek, DVM, of Pfizer Animal Health.

Effect of Ractopamine on Shoulder Muscles of Finishing Pigs
Shoulders from pigs fed ractopamine might be of benefit to the industry because they provide more pounds of sellable product with no detrimental effects on processing characteristics, according to a study from researchers at the University of Illinois, Elanco Animal Health, Triumph Foods and Busseto Foods.

Report on Saskatchewan Pork Industry Symposium 2012
The 35th edition of this event attracted about 200 delegates from across Canada on 13 to 14 November 2012, writes Jaydee Smith, Swine Production Systems Program Lead with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) in the latest issue of the newsletter, 'Pork News and Views'.

Antimicrobial Susceptibility of Listeria monocytogenes, Listeria ivanovii and Listeria Species Isolated from Swine Processing Facilities in Colombia
Susceptibility was in the range of 84 to 100 per cent for most antimicrobials tested but Colombia-based researchers concluded from a recent study that antimicrobial susceptibility related to the circulating strains of L.monocytogenes has been stable over the past five years in the areas studied.

Company News

Sips Appointed General Manager Asia for Hypor
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ACMC: Expanding in the Philippines
PHILIPPINES - International pig-breeding company, ACMC, is expanding its Philippines operation with the appointment of a new franchisee breeder on the island of Luzon.
Ceva Records Double-Digit Growth for Third Successive Year
FRANCE - Consolidated sales of the Ceva Group reached €607.3 million (US$782 million) in 2012, up by 14 per cent on 2011 and 10 per cent at a constant perimeter and exchange rates.
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Global Pig Industry News

   United States

SCS Explores LCA to Measure Environmental Impact of Foods
Tyson Foods Invests $40 Million in Four Plants
USDA Saves $4 Billion in Agricultural Exports
Ravndal Named New CEO of Keystone Foods
GDP Slips, but Meat and Poultry Poised for Slight Growth
Antibiotics in Agriculture: Need for One Health Approach
National Program for Swine Feed Efficiency
Study: Health Departments Hindered in Addressing Health Concerns on Farms
World Pork Expo Celebrates 25th Anniversary
NFU Continues to Push Congress for New Farm Bill
Understanding Cost of Production to Manage Risk, Maximise Profit
American Agriculture Gets Super Bowl Boost
Hog Outlook: 2013 Pork Production Predicted to Rise

   United Kingdom

Shout Price Operators Leave Prices at Stand-on Levels
Consumer Expenditure on Pork Increased During 2012
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Less Favoured Areas in the Spotlight after 40 Years
Conference on Future Design of Farm Buildings
New Blueprint for Pig Buildings Published
Tulip Confounds Markets by Dropping Shout Prices
Reactions to EU Budget Deal
Scottish Pig Producers Hit out at Price Cuts
QMS Market Commentary: European Pig Prices Ease


More Rural Investment Demanded for Western Australia


Peru Production Boom Announced

   European Union

One in Four EU Sows Still in Stalls
Agricultural Reform: What to Consider When Deciding the Budget
Reform of the EU's Agricultural Policy
EU Pig Prices: Is the Trend Being Reversed?
EU Authorises Import of Live Pigs from the United States
FEFAC Congress to Address Staying Profitable in Volatile Times
NFU Calls for Fairness Ahead of Crunch Meeting
Towards Global Feed LCA Guidelines

   South Africa

Minister Announces New Minimum Wage for Farmworkers


Pork Commentary: Hog Industry Benefits from Cattle Supply Plummet
Pork Industry Increasingly Dependent on Pork Exports
Sub-Clinical Porcine Circovirus Impacts Productivity
London Meeting Will Focus on Managing for Production
Producers Urged to Prepare for Mandatory Movement Reporting
New Training Videos to Focus on Low Stress Pig Handling
Farm Building Code to be Updated
Survey Planned to Identify Strategies Used to Reduce Phosphorus Levels in Swine Manure


Deadline Extended for Submissions under Sow Welfare Scheme


Anger Mounts as Russia Bans More US Products
FAO Food Price Index Unchanged
Agriculture Dispute Stalling EU-Canada Trade Deal
FAO Examines Children's Work in Livestock Sector
Nutreco on Track Towards 'Ambition 2016'


Dutch Pork Exports Continue to Decline


China's Farm Produce Prices Rise Slower
Companies Urged to Help Boost Agriculture


French Meat Sector Calls for Country of Origin Protection


Ministers Examine Rising MRSA Prevalence in Danish Pigs
EPP Congress 2013: Optimise Production Potential

   Russian Federation

Miratorg Expanded All Business Operations in 2012

   Viet Nam

Call for Abstracts at APVS Congress 2013


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