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Tuesday 7th May 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor


Mixed Fortunes in Global Pig Meat Markets

In a review of the pig meat market in Spain, Genesus reports that there have been fewer pigs than in previous years and prices are lower every week and lower than other years in the same week. This also explains why prices are at a five-year high. These effects are largely attributed to the required adaptation to EU animal welfare regulations and high feed costs.

In the US, pork exports in March were down 18 per cent from a year ago in both volume (163,004 metric tons) and value (US$469.5 million), reports the US Meat Export Federation. Trade was hampered Russia closing its market to meat from pigs (and other animals) that had been given the beta-agonist, ractopamine as well as larger domestic supplies in China and South Korea and weakened demand in top markets Japan and Mexico.

The practice of castrating male pigs in EU varies markedly between member states. Only around half of male pigs in the Netherlands are now castrated. This compares with about 98 per cent in 2006, a change prompted by pressure from Dutch retailers explains this difference.

In France, Germany and Denmark, the proportion of entire boars is still only five per cent, 10 per cent in Belgium and in Sweden, 20 per cent, according to an EU official.

Several pig meat processors have been in the news in the last week, reporting quarterly results, which reveal a mixed picture for the industry globally.

Brasil Foods has reported soaring profits. The Brazilian meat, poultry and dairy processing giant, ended the first quarter of 2013 with net revenue of R$7.2 billion, increase of 13.8 per cent over the same period of 2012. Net income grew by 134 per cent, reaching R$359 million.

Also on a roll is Finnish meat processing group, Atria, which reported improved sales and profits for the first quarter compared with the previous year.

Meanwhile, Tyson Foods, based in the US, reports that it expects a strong second half of the year after weathering the challenges of the second quarter.

In the UK, Cranswick has acquired the whole of the issued share capital of pig rearing company, East Anglian Pigs Limited.

In the French region of Brittany, administrators appointed to pig processor, GAD, are reported to be investigating all options to save the company.

Finally, in China, Tianli Agritech, Inc., a leading producer of breeder hogs, market hogs and black hogs, headquartered in Wuhan City, has announced that it has started to sell its branded black hog products through retail outlets locally.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Assessment of the Economic Impact of PRRS Virus on United States Pork Producers
A new study from the US puts the annual cost of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) at US$664 million – more than in 2005 and with a greater share of this cost in the breeding herd as some progress has been made in controlling the disease in growing pigs.

Gilt Management: Isolation, Acclimatisation and Integration
Advice on successful isolation, acclimatisation and integration of incoming gilts in No. 35 in the 'Action for Productivity' series from BPEX.

Cereal Beta-glucan Alters Nutrient Digestibility and Microbial Activity in the Intestinal Tract of Pigs and Lowers Manure Ammonia Emission: A Meta-analysis
Beta-glucan in cereal fed ingredients decrease nutrient digestibility, stimulate caecal butyrate and reduce manure ammonia emissions, according to new research from Austria. These effects were found to be weight/age-dependent.

Danish Pig Research Centre Annual Report 2012: Genetic Research and Development
Progress in breeding objectives through the use of genomic selection are described in the latest annual report from the Danish Pig Research Centre, with a focus on boar taint, feed conversion and behaviour traits.

Phosphorus Digestibility and Concentration of Digestible and Metabolizable Energy in Corn, Corn Co-products and Bakery Meal Fed to Growing Pigs
Phosphorus digestibility in DDGS, corn gluten meal and corn gluten is higher than corn, hominy feed, bakery meal and corn germ meal but phytase can be included in diets containing corn, hominy feed, bakery meal and corn germ meal to improve phosphorus digestibility, reports Hans H. Stein of the University of Illinois for the National Pork Board.

Swine Profitability Conference 2013
Proceedings of the 2013 Kansas State University Swine Profitability Conference.

Producer Margins, FCR and Feed Energy Costs: a Genetic Perspective
Genetic improvement needs to consider all the economically important traits since many traits affect profitability, according to Bob Kemp, PhD PAg, Vice President Genetic Programs and R&D with Genesus Inc. Too much focus on fed conversion may result in unintended changes that could negatively affect commercial producer margins.

Strategic Use of Diagnostics
With such a wide choice of diagnostic tests available, Life Technologies explains how to choose the best option in any given situation.

Company News

JSR’s First Student Placement Establishes Ongoing Research
UK - JSR Genetics’ first ever placement student, Hannah Sewell, has established an important research project that will continue to be funded by Sainsbury’s and will see involvement from the Scottish Agricultural College once she returns to University in September.
Serve Sufficient Sows for Financial Performance
UK - A herd can achieve excellent farrowing and mortality rates yet still be under-performing financially if the farm is not selling the required total kg of pigmeat annually, points out Paul Thompson, veterinary adviser to pig-breeding company ACMC.
Boot Camp Featuring Digestarom P.E.P.
COSTA RICA - Bootcamps are being organized to educate and train some of Biomin's distributors and customers, on the company's new innovative product, Digestarom® P.E.P.
Pilot Project to Reduce Use of Antibiotics
GERMANY - The demands of consumers of pork no longer focus on the product only, but also on the method of production. That is why not only resistance against antibiotics but also the reduction of use are gaining attention nowadays, says CID Lines.
Zoetis Reports First-Quarter 2013 Results
US - Zoetis, formerly the animal health business of Pfizer Inc., has reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2013.
Biomin Unveils Mycotoxin Risk App for iOS and Android
GLOBAL - In time for the upcoming 2012 Global Mycotoxin Survey Report, Biomin launches the Mycotoxin Risk Management app, the first application to allow instant access to worldwide data on mycotoxin occurrence and information on the possible risks resulting from mycotoxins.
New Technology Is Always Worth a Second Chance
GLOBAL - During the last 60 years of fully commercialised pig farming, the industry has been blessed with many innovative minds, and a myriad of technologies have been devised to aid the accuracy and efficiency of the modern pig farm.
Latest Farm Animal Research Being Carried out at FAI Farms
UK - FAI Farms will be presenting its latest farm animal research on Wednesday 22 May 2013 at its farm near Oxford.
Market Reports

USDA Livestock & Poultry: World Markets & Trade - April 2013
USDA Agricultural Prices - 30 April 2013
UK Outlook for Pig Meat Supplies - April 2013
UK Total Income from Farming 2012 - 1st Estimate
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 2 May 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 2 May 2013
BPEX Export Bulletin - Week 18
BPEX UK Pig Meat Market Update - May 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 7 May 2013

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

Pork Commentary: US Cash Lean Hog Price Higher
Coalition Applauds Introduction of Agricultural Worker Bill
TPP Offers Opportunities for Agriculture
CME: Notable Reductions Seen in Pork, Beef and Poultry Outputs
Pig Stress Syndrome Linked to Gene Defect
How Large Does the Corn Crop Need to Be?
New Study on Teens Fuelled by High-Protein Lean Pork
New Mandatory Reporting Good But Not Without Pain
CME: Pork Prices Rebound in Recent Days
Consumers Value Locally Sourced Food
NFU Urges USDA to Stand Strong on COOL
Project Aims for Unified PRRS Mapping System
Hog Outlook: Hog Prices Increase More in May Than Other Months
Ractopamine Restrictions Blamed for Pork Export Slump
Mixed Rate of Corn Consumption; Does It Matter?
March Beef Export Results Mixed; Pork Exports Trend Lower
Tyson Foods Has Weathered Second Quarter Challenges

   China

Pork Commentary: A China Visit
Sino-French Agreement on Meat and Agricultural Exports
Pork Price Drops to 30-Month Low
Police in Major Crackdown on Tainted Meat
Suspects Accused of Selling Tainted Pork
Tianli Agritech Begins to Sell Branded Black Hog Products

   Canada

Including Spray Dried Animal Plasma in Weaned Pig Diets
CPC Sees Opportunity in Sow Housing
Supermarket Council Takes Stand against Sow Stalls
Revised Pig Code of Practice to be Released for Public Comment
New Software Assists in Designing Barn Conversions to Group Housing
Biofiltration Removes Airborne Contaminants from Pig Houses
Maple Leaf CEO Reports Very Difficult Quarter
Oil Extraction from Corn DDGS Increases Nutritional Variability
Major Grocery Chains Pledge Action on Gestation Stalls
Light Shed on Costs of Proposed Changes to Pig Code of Practice

   Finland

Atria Sales and Profit Improve

   Brazil

BRF Profit Soars

   European Union

EFSA Reports on Safety, Efficacy of Fumaric Acid in Feed
EU Pig Prices: Markets Under Pressure
EC to Recover €230M of CAP Expenditure from Member States
Dutch Move Away from Castrating Boar Pigs
EU Pig Prices: Have Prices Hit Rock Bottom?

   Bahamas

Bahrainis Slam Proposed Pork Ban, Penalties

   Australia

Pregnant Pause in How to Feed Group Housed Sows

   United Kingdom

Tighter European Supplies to Benefit Scottish Pig Producers
Exercise Compliance Will Check for Illegal Pig Meat
2012 Weather Dents Farming’s Bottom Line
New Faces for BPEX Board
How to Build an On-farm AD Plant
Public Recognition of Benefits of Animal Medicines Growing
NOAH's Chairman for 2013
Cheap Pork Imports Continue to Cause Concern
BPEX Reports Online Data Entry Up and Running
Pig Farmers Need Growth to Reduce Britain's Import Bill
Cranswick Acquires Pig Rearing Business

   Philippines

DA Says Election Partly to Blame for Pork Price Rise
Association Says DA's New Meat Imports Rules Will Not Affect Prices

   Global

G-8 Members Agreed to New Alliance for Food Security, Nutrition Initiative
Italian Pig Meat Exports to the US to Resume
Time for Change: Sustainability Events for Businesses

   India

Mizoram Restricts Pork Sale as CSF Kills Over 600 Pigs

   Mexico

Mexico Sees Potential for Pork, Poultry in Russian Market

   Russian Federation

Authorities Continue Fight Against Diseases
Russian Feed Sector Continues to Expand

   France

Solution Sought for Brittany Pig Processor

   Spain

Spain: Hog Markets


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