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Monday 4th March 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial - US Pins its Pork Production Hopes on Exports

Despite the historic drought, USDA chief economist, Dr Joseph Glauber, said at the 2013 USDA Outlook Conference that US agricultural exports will have another record-breaking year and the financial outlook for the agricultural sector remains solid. However, he acknowledged there are differences between sectors.

Livestock, dairy and poultry producers faced high feed costs for most of 2012 and high prices are likely to persist through much of 2013 until new crops become available in the fall, Dr Glauber noted.

"Feed ratios, which have generally been tight since 2007, tightened further in 2012 as feed costs rose relative to meat and dairy prices," he said. "While productivity gains have offset some of the decline in feed ratios, margins have been tight throughout the second half of 2012 and into 2013."

Strong pork and broiler exports helped keep margins higher than they would have been otherwise, but high feed costs have limited hog, poultry and dairy expansion. Prices for livestock, dairy and poultry products are all forecast up in 2013 but they face continued tight margins in 2013, at least until new crop feed grains and soybeans reach the market in the late summer and fall. Another year of below trend yields and high prices would likely result in further liquidation, according to Dr Glauber.

Talking of pig meat trade, after Russia's WTO accession in August 2012, tariffs fell in accordance with accession agreements although WTO tariff changes will not be fully implemented until 2014-2015. Accession, did however, stimulate motivate increased meat imports to Russia in the months following Russia's WTO entrance, according to Bord Bia.

The US hog market could be buoyed up by limited US beef and EU pork supply despite rising production costs and a challenging breeding season, according to Rich Nelson, Chief Strategist at Allendale Inc.

Pig producers made losses over the last two quarters of 2012 but analysts at Allendale Inc. are predicting level supplies to bring a break-even picture in the latter half of 2013.

Speaking at the Allendale Ag Leaders Conference, Mr Nelson discussed USDA hog industry figures. USDA reports were expected to show producer liquidation due to corn and soybean price pressure but numbers stood firm with some light expansion plans occurring.

He commented: "I would question the USDA on two counts; firstly, on the idea that producers expanded and secondly, on productivity. We might see a shortfall in market-ready hogs compared to what the USDA told us, through March and into May time."

The use of on-farm renewable energy and anaerobic digestion (AD) is commonplace in Continental Europe, particularly in countries such as Germany and Denmark, but some countries such as the UK are lagging behind, writes Chris Harris, reporting from the recent Energy Now Expo and conference.

Although there have been targets set to have 1,000 on-farm AD plants by 2020 in the UK at present there are just about 100 plants that are outside the water industry.

However, the growth in the popularity of the technology is starting to take off and the numbers of on-farm plants are growing, according to Charlotte Morton, the chief executive of the UK's Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association.

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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

Competitive Feeding Systems
H. Gonyou and J. Brown of the Prairie Swine Centre examine different competitive systems - floor feeding and non-gated stalls - and explain ho to manage each most effectively in 'Science of Ethology'.

Hog Farming in Transition: The Case of China
Kevin Chen (Senior Research Fellow, China Program Leader, International Food Policy Research Institute, Beijing, China) and Jimin Wang (Deputy Director General, Institute of Agricultural Economics and Development of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing, China) offer an overview of the changing nature of pig production in China.

Comparison of Pig Restraint, Sampling Methods and Analysis on Blood Lactate Concentration
A short restraint duration using the sorting board method appeared to be less stressful than snout snaring for blood sampling, according to new research presented at the 2012 Kansas State University Swine Industry Day. Regardless of the restraint and sampling methods, duration of restraint should be kept to a minimum for the well-being of the animal, the researchers added.

Welfare, Carcass and Meat Quality of Pigs in Transport
The type of vehicle used to transport pigs and the location of the animal in the truck as well as the season of the year affect the welfare of pigs during transport.

Measurement and Detection of Odours from Swine Operations
Wendy Powers of Iowa State University describes methods of measuring odours. A number of methods are available and, while none is without drawbacks, dilution-to-threshold methods are the most widely accepted methods today.

Monitoring Water Consumption to Assist Health Management
Automated monitoring of water consumption could provide a sensitive tool for real-time, continuous, monitoring for the presence of sub-clinical disease in growing herds, according to No. 14 in the 'Research into Action' series from BPEX.

Effect of Split Weaning on Sow Ovulatory Responses to Injection of Gonadotrophins during Lactation
Ovulation was induced in sows at 18 days of lactation by a team of researchers from Australia and the US but the response was too unpredictable to be considered a practical management option to increase weaning age whilst maintaining sow productivity.

Emergency Vaccination Alleviates Highly Pathogenic PRRS Virus Infection after Contact Exposure
Emergency vaccination could effectively alleviate infection by a highly pathogenic form of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus during experimental contact exposure, according to new research from China.

Company News

Brand New DanBred Farm Ready in China
CHINA - A number of Danish investors, including DanBred International, Scandinavian Farms and IFU (Investment Fund for Developing Countries) have invested in Chinese pig production.
Keep an Eye on Stocking Density
UK - Pig finishers should keep an eye on stocking densities, particularly as pigs reach heavier weights, warns Paul Thompson, veterinary consultant to pig-breeding company ACMC.
Biomin Launches First Purified Enzyme Against Fumonisins
THAILAND - FUMzyme® - the first purified enzyme that biotransforms fumonisins into non-toxic metabolites – will be launched during VIV Asia 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. This represents a great step forward in mycotoxin risk management, closing the gaps of adsorption amid increasing contamination levels and unidentified losses in animal performance.
Research Projects Get Boost; Improved Husbandry for Developing Nations
GLOBAL - Lidia Cammack, a final year student at Bristol University Veterinary School, has been awarded a prize of £1,000 for her research project into the immunohistochemistry of piglets.
PIC, Shennong Team up on China Nucleus Farm
CHINA - PIC, a division of Genus plc and the world's leading swine genetics company, announces agreement with the Shennong Agricultural Group to jointly invest in the operation of a 1,000-sow nucleus farm in Yunnan province. Located in the south west of the country, Yunnan is home to some 2.5 million sows.
Market Reports

QMS (Quality Meat Scotland) 25 February 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 26 February 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 27 February 2013
Estimates of Farm Incomes in Wales, 2012-13
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 28 February 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 28 February 2013
BPEX UK Pig Meat Market Update - March 2013
USDA Agricultural Prices - 28 February 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 1 March 2013
BPEX Export Bulletin – Week 09

Global Pig Industry News

   United Kingdom

NFU: CAP Reforms Have Major Impact
NFU Conference: Tesco Pledges to Buy British
NFU Conference: Minister Calls on EU to Embrace GM
NFU Conference: Next CAP Should Include Young Entrants Scheme
Call to Action at Pig & Poultry LIVE
Industry Coalition Calls for Fair Deal on CAP
Shoppers Want More British Food in Supermarkets
Why is UK Lagging Behind on On-farm Anaerobic Digestion?
Hepatitis E Virus Studied in Pork Food Chain
Pig Meat Market on the Road to Recovery

   European Union

NFU Conference: Demands for Fair, Simple CAP Reforms
NFU Conference: EU Recession Needs Efficient Farming
EC Decides on New Protein Strategy; Call for Report on Meat Labelling
EU Pig Prices: Inconsistency within the EU

   United States

USDA's Chief Economist Expects Exports, Yields Up; Feed Prices Down
Review of USDA's 2013-14 Projections for Corn, Soybeans
Smithfield Positioned to Meet Demand for Ractopamine-free Pork
JBS USA Eases Loan Terms
Level Supplies to Benefit from EU Production Drop
July Meeting Presents Animal, Dairy Science
Farm Bureau Urges New Ag Labour Guestworker Programme
Fat Worms Inch Scientists towards Better Feed Production
Meimann, Wegner to Retire from National Pork Board
National Pork Board Marking Progress on Key Initiatives
Replacing Soybean Meal in Pig Diets
Hog Outlook: Wholesale Pork Cutout Value Estimates to be Released
Legislation Aimed at Antimicrobial Drug Use in Livestock Production
Pork Commentary: USDA Crystal Balls 2013 Corn- Soybean Crop & Prices


China Soybean Shipment Confirmed
MOC Monitors Farm Produce Price Decline
MOA Leads Crackdown on Counterfeit Agricultural Inputs
Importers of US Pork Must Prove Absence of Ractopamine
China Tightens Rules on US Pork


Muslims Shocked by Pork in Swiss Kebabs


FAO Updates Publication on Pig Diversification
Hog Slaughter Numbers Down in US, Canada
Tackling Child Labour in the Livestock Sector


Atria Shows Substantial Profit Rise


Trading Centre for Organic Farmers to Rise in Nueva Vizcaya
Land Bank Extends P39.9B Loan to Small Farmers, Fishers in 2012
DA Seeks More Poultry, Livestock Exports


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   Russian Federation

Cherkizovo Starts Upgrade at Flagship Plant
Russian Meat Imports Grew Following WTO Accession


Pig Welfare Remains Unresolved in Cyprus, EU Says


Salmonella Detected in Swine Herd


Improved Pork Industry Profitability Expected
Maple Leaf: Profit up Despite Challenging Market Conditions
Producers Recognise Cooperation Reduces Disease Risk
Positive Outlook for Canadian Agri Sector
Network Data Sheds New Light on Strep Suis
Canada: Hog Markets


Sustainable Upgradation of Indian Meat and Poultry Sector
Application of High Pressure for Food Processing Training Day
Training Equips Rural Women with Agricultural, Business Skills


UFAW Symposium: Science in the Service of Animal Welfare
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   Viet Nam

Doctors Warn about Streptococcus Suis Infection Risk


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