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Monday 15th April 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Mixed Fortunes for the Danish and Brazilian Pig Industries

An overview of the Danish pig industry from the Pig Research Centre highlights not only high and fluctuating feed costs but also a lack of investment in finisher facilities, resulting in weaner exports, which, it says, has led to "an extremely unfortunate development for the national economy and for the pig industry". There is positive news, however, on animal welfare and antibiotic use, which has fallen by 20 per cent.

In spite of all the reasons to believe that 2013 would be a wonderful year for the pig industry in Brazil, the roller coaster effect seems to be returning. 2013 looked promising but it just is not fulfilling that promise, according to a report from Genesus Brazil.

Turning to the US, grain futures markets were under modest selling pressure in the wake of the latest US Department of Agriculture monthly supply and demand (WASDE) report issued last week, according to grain analyst, Jim Wyckoff.

One way to boost returns in the EU is to achieve protected geographical indication (PGI) status. For food and drink products, PGI can more than double the prices obtained on the open market.

And finally, campylobacteriosis is the most reported zoonotic disease in humans, with a continuous increase in reported cases over the last five years, according to the annual report on zoonoses and food-borne outbreaks in the European Union.

The joint report from European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) says that the trend in reported human cases of verocytotoxin-producing Escherichia coli (VTEC/STEC) has also been increasing since 2008, further strengthened by the outbreak in the summer of 2011. However, Salmonella cases in humans have continued to fall, marking a decrease for the seventh consecutive year.

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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

Danish Pig Research Centre Annual Report 2012: Economy
Information on production and structural development in the Danish pig industry, trends in the production, developments in productivity, competition for Danish weaners and seasonal price developments from the Danish Pig Research Centre.

A Revolution in Feed Management is Coming to Your Operations
Precision feeding is an innovative approach to the feeding of growing pigs, enabling pigs to be fed daily on an individual basis, explains the Prairie Swine Centre in Canada.

Bungee Serving
Use of a bungee to hold in place the AI catheter and semen flat-pack is a tip that can save time and labour, according to Farm Case Study No. 20 from BPEX.

Testing the Safety of Genetically Modified (GM) Feed Ingredients in Pigs
Research at Teagasc in the Republic of Ireland reveals that feeding GM maize to pigs of different ages and for extended periods of time is as safe as its conventional counterpart with respect to potential effects on animal health. Results revealed no reason for concern regarding the safety of the GM peas tested.

Evaluating the Contract Finishing Opportunity - Part 2. Key Factors in Evaluating a Production Agreement
Chrisian Boessen of the University of Missouri offers tips to evaluate the economic and legal aspects of the agreement that establishes a relationship between grower and contractor.

Genetic Variation and Distribution of PRRS Virus on Infectivity and Pig Growth
Research from Italy shows the genetic variability of the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus is affected by time and region, which may have an impact on future vaccine development. Landrace animals seemed more susceptible to the virus that other breeds studied.

Genetic Parameters for Androstenone and Skatole as Indicators of Boar Taint
Danish research shows that skatole and androstenone can be reduced by genetic selection without adverse effects on economic parameters (production and litter size traits). The scientists suggest breeding is a better alternative to the castration of male pigs.

Swine Showmanship
Tips for the young or inexperienced on showing their pig to get the best result from the judges from Kipp Brown (Area Extension Agent III, Carroll County Extension Service) and Dean Jousan (Associate Extension Professor, Animal and Dairy Sciences) for the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

Managing Lawsonia and Brachyspira Infections Using Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Principles
An understanding of these principles can help veterinarians decide which drug to use and at what dose to achieve the optimum results to control swine dysentery and ileitis, Dr David Burch of Octagon Services in the UK told the 2013 AASV Annual Meeting in paper written with J. Mark Hammer of Novartis Animal Health Inc.

The True Risk of Fumonisins in Swine Production
Karin Naehrer, Product Manager for Biomin, explains the effects of the mycotoxin group, fumonisins, on pigs and how FUMzyme can help piglets overcome the challenge.

Company News

Novus Participates at Global Feed, Food Congress
SOUTH AFRICA - Novus International, Inc is excited to participate of the 4th Global Feed & Food Congress (GFFC) which will take place on 10-12 April in Sun City.
GFFC: Role of Agriculture in Feeding a Growing Population
SOUTH AFRICA - Novus International, Inc. has sponsored Dr Marty Matlock, Professor of Ecological Engineering, University of Arkansas (UA) and Executive Director, UA Office for Sustainability, at the 4th Global Feed & Food Congress (GFFC), which began on 10 April at the Sun City Resort in Sun City, South Africa.
Students Invited to Kentucky to Compete in Alltech Young Scientist Finals
US - Alltech has narrowed its global search for the next pioneers of science to eight finalists who will compete for the Alltech Young Scientist Awards during GLIMPSE 2020, the 29th Annual Alltech International Symposium in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, from 19-22 May.
Reiners Appointed Commercial Director for PIC in Western Europe
EU - With effect from 1 April 2013, Dr Kerstin Reiners started on her job at PIC as new Commercial Director.
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Market Reports

China Wholesale Prices - 9 April 2013
USDA WASDE - April 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 10 April 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 11 April 2013
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 11 April 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 12 April 2013
BPEX Export Bulletin – Week 15
China Wholesale Prices - 15 April 2013

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

Pork Commentary: US 1 March Hogs and Pigs Report
Summit Provides Insight on Food Safety, Ag-Gag Law
Virus Gets Rid of House Flies
CME: Export Data Good for Beef; Not so Good for Pork
Pork Exports Trending Lower
Trade Barriers, Slow Demand Limit February Exports
Grain Inventories, New Crop Outlook Boost Livestock Prospects
Consumers and Farmers Urge USDA to Protect COOL
Cargill's Third-quarter Earnings Drop
Hog Profits May Still Return with Lower Feed Prices
CME: USDA Expected to Revise Estimates of Corn Ending Stocks
NFU Commends President's FY 2014 Budget
CPC Advocates in Washington for COOL Compliance
April Report Forecasts Tight Corn and Soybean Supply
Livestock Producers Should Watch for, Control Poison Hemlock
K-State Master of Agribusiness Program Tailored for Animal Health Professionals
CME: Commercial Beef Production Revised Downward; Pork Production Revision Raised
Five Guilty Verdicts for Pig Farm Cruelty
NPPC Urges US to Comply with WTO Rules
Reform Biofuels Mandate, Beef, Pork Urge Congress
Hog Outlook: Hog Prices Disappointing in 2013
Alltech Symposium to Discuss Feeding People, Protecting the Planet
Obama Administration Welcomes Japan into TPP Talks

   United Kingdom

Increase in Pig Price Benefits Producers
Food Companies Pledge Total Traceability for Pork Products
Nominations Sought for Pig Industry 'Extra-miler'
Genetic Study Targets Pig Disease That Costs Millions
Your Chance to Debate Welfare Issues
Shouts Up Tuppence
NOAH Film Makes Industry Call to Reach Out to Consumers
New Interactive Quiz for Pig Producers


Ghana's Pig Farmers Scale up Fly Control


Genesus Expands Market to Include Estonia


Pig Health Society Symposium Looks to Future
IFA's CAP Campaign Focuses on Role of MEPs in Final Outcome


French Pig Industry Argues over COOL


Pig Carcasses Found in Hunan River
Pork Prices Fall, Forcing Down Inflation Rate
Over 200 Dead Pigs Found in Changzhou Waterway
China to Test Pigs for H7N9 Virus


Fewer Hogs Could Impact Manitoba Processing Plants
Announcing New Animal Health Regulations
Ag Minister to Consider All Options for Dealing with US M-COOL
Centralia Swine Research Update
Ag Minister Stands Up for Canadian Livestock Producers
FCC Funds Agricultural Safety Training Projects
Ontario Pig Production Trends
Manitoba Ag Minister Endorses Call for Meeting of Industry Stakeholders, Govt
CPC: Proposed COOL Rule Will Not Comply to WTO Panel Decision

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Belgium and Netherlands Show Optimism
Campylobacter, E. coli Cases Rise; Salmonella Falls
Does Having Protected Geographical Status Boost Product Values?

   Russian Federation

Miratorg Reports Growth


US Grain Futures Weaken Modestly in Wake of USDA's Supply and Demand Report
Rabobank Pork Quarterly: Promising Outlook for H2 of 2013
Food Price Index up Slightly in March on Higher Dairy Prices
EU-Canada Free Trade Talks Stalling


Brazil: Hog Markets
Cost of Production for Pigs and Broilers Down in March
Ag Ministry Discusses Conditions for Pork Exports to Japan
First Quarter Agribusiness Exports Up

   South Africa

Critical Feed Issues Under Discussion at IFRM

   Korea, South

Rolling Billboards Travel Promoting US Beef, Pork in Seoul

   Viet Nam

Viet Nam Quarantine Law Needed to Protect Production, Exports


BPEX Discusses Inspection Cost Issues at VIV Asia


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