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Monday 29th April 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Feed: Price Trends, Analysis and a Predictor of Welfare Issues?

Two reports from Purdue University in the last week point to an improving situation for livestock producers. The first states that more efficient land use, a stalled demand for corn ethanol and increased demand for meat in developing countries should help boost the livestock industry in coming years by lowering feed ingredient prices.

The second report, by Purdue Extension agricultural economist, Chris Hurt, says US pig producers should return to profitability as early as this spring because of lower feed prices. He was commenting on some unexpectedly positive news in the USDA grain stocks report at the end of March but he warned that delayed planting could still change that.

New research from the University of Illinois may help nutritionists formulate pig feeds. Ash content in meat and bone meal (MBM) has been found to have a highly significant positive correlation with calcium and phosphorus concentrations - two minerals that are becoming increasingly expensive.

"Thus, if you know the concentration of ash, you can calculate the concentration of calcium and phosphorus. Ash is easy and inexpensive to analyse," said Professor of Animal Sciences, Hans H. Stein.

He and his team determined the digestibility of calcium and phosphorus in MBM, which is traditionally used as a source of protein in animal diets although no longer a permitted feed ingredient in some countries. MBM contains greater concentrations of these two minerals than plant feed ingredients, so it can replace inorganic phosphates in pig diets without harming the bones or negatively affecting growth of the animals.

However, to use MBM effectively as a source of calcium and phosphorus, producers need an accurate assessment of the levels and digestibility of these minerals when fed to pigs - and they vary quite a bit.

The Illinois team found a negative correlation between ash content in MBM and digestibility of calcium and phosphorus although all sources of MBM tested had a relatively high digestibility for these minerals. While calcium and phosphorus concentrations varied, ash content had a highly significant positive correlation with the concentrations.

One of the new articles on ThePigSite this week summarises research showing a link between feed consumption and tail-biting in growing pigs and this link may predict future tail-biting behaviour.

Monitoring feed intake using electonic feeding stations, researchers at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala found that low feeding frequency by a group of pigs indicated likely future tail-biting in the pen as early as nine weeks before the first injuries. Increased feeding frequencies by individual pigs in potential tail-biting pens may help identify pigs that will be become the victims in the tail-biting outbreak.

And finally, after a relatively quiet period on African Swine Fever in Russia, shooting of wild boars is continuing in the Tver region and will soon resume in Moscow, Kaluga, Tula and Ryazan regions as part of the disease monitoring and prevention plan.

As next Monday (6 May) is a public holiday in the UK, the next newsletter from ThePigSite will be sent out on Tuesday 7 May.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Reducing Phosphorus Levels in Gestating Sow Diets
There were no adverse effects on the performance of the sows in the first or second trial farrowing cycle when fed on a lower level of phosphorus throughout gestation, according to No. 16 in the BPEX series, 'Research into Action'.

Data from Electronic Feeders on Visit Frequency and Feed Consumption Indicate Tail-biting Outbreaks
Feeding behaviour predicted tail-biting in pens of growing pigs up to nine weeks before the biting started and also which individuals would be involved in this novel Swedish study. The work also confirms that tail-bitten pigs eat less feed.

Prevalence of Yersinia in Antimicrobial-Free and Conventional Antimicrobial Use Pig Farms
In a study of farms across three states, around 11 per cent had pigs positive for the foodborne pathogen, Yersinia enterocolitica. The likelihood of positive pigs was higher on antibiotic-free farms than on those with a conventional antibiotic policy.

Danish Pig Research Centre Annual Report 2012: Genetic Progress and Sale of Breeding Stock
Genetic progress and breeding stock sales in Denmark are outlined in the latest annual report from the Danish Pig Research Centre.

Soybean Yield and Soybean Cyst Nematode Responses to Liquid Pig Manure
Soil fertility management plays an important role in developing sustainable strategies to manage soybean cyst nematode and improve crop yield in soybean-maize cropping system, according to new research from the University of Minnesota. Manure reduced nematode numbers under certain conditions.

Combined Products: Are They Worth a Look?
A mixture of free organic acids, together with phytochemical and permeabilising substances can help to improve performance and control pathogenic bacteria that lead to post-weaning diarrhoea in weaned pigs, according to Dr Renata Urbaityte and Nataliya Roth of Biomin.

Company News

Novus's Thad Simons Receives Award
US - The National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) has named Thad Simons, President and CEO of Novus International, Inc., 2013 Agribusiness Leader of the Year.
Ceva Injects Support into Charity Fund
UK - Ceva Animal Health is showing its solidarity with the country’s struggling farmers by donating £1 per unit sold of their popular anti-infective range, to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I). The offer runs until the end of June.
Market Reports

USDA Livestock Slaughter 2012 Summary - April 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 24 April 2013
QMS (Quality Meat Scotland) - April 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 25 April 2013
USDA Livestock Slaughter - April 2013
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 25 April 2013
Irish CSO - Livestock Slaughterings March 2013
BPEX Weekly Export Bulletin - Week 17
China Wholesale Prices - 28 April 2013

Global Pig Industry News


China: Hog Markets
Pig Deaths Found to be Caused by Toxic Gas
OIE: Tibetan Outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease
China's Food Prices Remain Stable

   United Kingdom

Transformed Pig Manager Wins Award
Mega-Farm Fears Threaten UK Livestock Production
NFU: Put Profitability Back into British Farming
Investment Needed to Improve Pig Housing
CAP Budget Cuts Require Rethink of Spending
Consumer Perceptions Hold Back Industry Investment
Roslin Study Shows How Salmonella Colonises the Gut
Conference Addresses Large-Scale Production
New Face for BPEX in the North
Trading Front Patchy, Like Weather
Plan Ahead to Secure Straw

   Korea, South

Imported Food Prices Rose in March

   United States

Pork Checkoff Offers Pork Management Conference
What’s Caused Prices to Falter: Demand or Supply?
MusicFest Lineup Set for World Pork Expo
Calculating Mineral Levels in Meat, Bone Meal for Pig Diets
Livestock Producers Should Expect Bright Future
CME: Cold Storage Protein Stocks up on Five-Year Average
New Report Assesses Food Safety Risks in Foods
Improving Survival of Pig Sperm
Lower Feed Prices Could Help Hog Producer Profits
Continental Grain Calls for Shake-up at Smithfield Foods
Market Sales of Cattle, Hogs Up in 2012
Iowa Swine Day 2013 to Feature Nationally Recognised Speakers
Hog Outlook: Smaller Losses Expected in April
New Bill Opens Way for Migrant Workers


Swine Health Initiatives Attract Other Producer Interest
Pork Council Meeting Highlights Areas of Concern
Growing Forward 2 Launched in Manitoba
Oil Extracted Corn DDGS Offers Advantages
Producers Find Value in Certifying Swine as PRRS-Free
Environmental Sustainability Through Manitoba GF-2 Programme
Think Holistically When Considering Converting Sow Barns
Pork Industry Welcomes Introduction of New Euthanasia Device
Canadian Pork Producers Meet with NAFTA Counterparts


Common Agricultural Policy Reform on Course

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Observant Atmosphere Still Reigns the Market
VION Splits Food and Ingredients Sectors
CAP Agreement Expected in June


Borrowing Survey Shows Farmer Confidence Remains Strong


USMEF Chief Hails Trade Developments with Japan a Success


Philippines Government to Improve Hog Sector Competitiveness
Grant for Polillo Farmers

   Russian Federation

ASF Prevention Continues in Tver Region


Farmers Receive Assistance from African Development Bank


Bahrain MPs Set to Vote against Pork


Bachoco Reports Quarterly Net Sales up Seven Per Cent


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