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Monday 22nd April 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial - Understanding US Pork Market Trends

High pig feed prices lead to reduced pork output, right? That is a fine theory but it does not fit with the record pork exports of the US in the fourth quarter of 2012.

In their latest CME report, Steve Meyer and Len Steiner explain that the answer to this conundrum lies in the trends rather than in snapshot production levels such as quarterly pork output.

The pork output trend in place as of Q4-2007 was upward but the two analysts believe it was no coincidence that the trend - for pork and other meats - shifted abruptly in early 2008 when the maize price broke through $4.00 per bushel on its way to $7.00-plus that summer, where it has remained since.

At the end of 2008, the rate of growth of output for all four major animal protein species changed dramatically. Although pork appears to have recovered to its pre-2008 trend line, according to Meyer and Steiner, this is linked to a major technological development. In 2007, vaccines were launched to control porcine circovirus (PCV), widespread uptake of which increased the numbers of pigs that made it market.

They highlight that here, production economics and animal welfare were both impacted positively.

As a result of vaccination, there was a surge in pork output in Q4-2007 which, Meyer and Steiner believe, would have continued had it not been for high feed costs.

In summary, they say, the trend for pork production given the continued use of circovirus vaccines would have had a similar slope but at a higher level, had feed prices not escalated as they did.

In a related development, the US National Pork Producers Council is calling on the government to postpone implementation of proposed changes to Mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) until the World Trade Organization has fully addressed the issue.

Also in market news, sales of Freedom Food (high-welfare) pork have increased for the third year running in the UK, while pig prices are also creeping up.

In South Korea, the government has plans to cull up to 100,000 sows and gilts to help stabilise pork prices, which have fallen by nearly one-third in just seven months, according to the agriculture minister.

Russia's Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, is reported to be angry that retail pork prices remain high in spite of the country's membership of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

In France, the Agriculture Ministry has set out a three-pronged attack to restore confidence in the country's pig meat sector, following discussions with industry representatives.

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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

Indoor Gilt Management
A farmer in Lincolnshire has improved gilt performance and longevity by keeping gilts in an off-site isolation building until they are confirmed in-pig, according to Farm Case Study 27 from BPEX.

Impact of Ceftiofur on Resistant Enteric Bacteria in Finishing Pigs
The spread of ceftiofur-resistant bacteria in finisher pigs cannot be fully explained by simply measuring antibiotic use, according to Tom Wittum of Ohio State University in a report for the US National Pork Board.

Kinetics of the PRRSV Humoral Immune Response in Serum and Oral Fluids Collected from Individual Boars
Detection of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) in oral fluids collected from individual boars could provide an effective approach for monitoring the infection in boar studs as well as from sows, according to new research from the US.

Diet Physical Form, Fatty Acid Chain Length and Emulsification Alter Fat Utilisation and Growth of Weaned Pigs
Liquid diets containing emulsified long-chain fatty acids resulted in better fat utilisation and improved performance in weaned pigs compared to those fed medium-chain fatty acids and dry diets, according to new research from North Carolina.

Analysis of the Egyptian Health Policy for the H1N1 Flu Pandemic Control
The political and social ramifications of the slaughter of pigs in Egypt following the outbreak of H1N1 influenza are explored in a new review.

Report on Iowa Pork Congress
A report on the Congress by Doug Richards, Swine Grower-Finisher Specialist with Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), published in its 'Pork News and Views' newsletter.

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Ceva Expands Veterinary Team
US - Ceva Animal Health has recruited three new veterinary professionals to support the company's rapidly growing livestock and companion animal product portfolios. Jo Gourlay and Anna Zakharova have joined the team as field-based Veterinary Advisors, while Emma Rixon has been appointed as the office-based Technical Advisor.
Global Mycotoxin Survey Report 2012 Published by Biomin
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