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Monday 10th June 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor


Highlights of the World Pork Expo

The World Pork Expo (WPX) celebrated its 25th anniversary in Des Moines, Iowa, last week. The organisers report that there were approximately 20,000 attendees who had the opportunity to browse more than 400 trade show exhibits as well as participating in a seminar programme covering a wide range of pork industry topics including animal well-being, business and environmental management and production efficiency.

The recent outbreak of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea Virus (PEDV) in the US was of foremost concern at WPX.

The disease was officially confirmed in mid-May 2013, although laboratory evidence indicates that the index case occurred a month previously. So far, eight states have confirmed the existence of the disease, and it is expected that two more states will soon be confirmed with PEDV. Iowa is one of those states with confirmed PEDV. The US Midwest has been the affected area so far.

National Pork Board led a session to discuss the situation, reporting that there is a coordinated effort by all stakeholders to understand what has happened and control the disease.

Every day, one million pigs are transported to different locations across the US, according to Dr James A. Roth of Iowa State University, addressing another WPX seminar. Discussing the implications of a foreign animal disease outbreak in the country and focusing on Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), he explained that should an outbreak occur, issuing a stop movement order actually causes the disease to worsen in animals as they would be stuck on trucks. One million pigs would have nowhere to go.

Despite the merger of the country’s top pig producer/processor with China’s leading meat company and the challenges of this year’s maize and soybean difficult growing seasons, the limiting factor on US pig meat output in the medium term may be processing capacity, according to a leading industry analyst. Dr Steve Meyer was speaking at a press conference at WPX.

Also on the theme of the US pork market, a Pork Checkoff-sponsored seminar addressed the issues affecting US pork exports and world markets. According to a speaker from the National Pork Board, last year, the US overtook the European Union to become the top exporter of pig meat in the world. Exports accounted for 27 per cent of total production. Export volume in 2012 was up slightly at 4.987 billion pounds but the value was up 3.5 per cent from 2011 at $6.3 billion.

For 2013, first quarter exports have been adversely impacted by trade disputes and were down 11 per cent in value and 12 per cent in volume from the same period last year.

Thirty pigs per sow and year is achievable in the US, according to speakers at a seminar entitled ‘Sow Nutrition and Management in Focus’. The event featured six speakers representing pork producers, university professors and industry suppliers addressing a full house on the issue of getting the most productivity from sows.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Welfare Implications of Swine Castration
A review of the literature by the American Veterinary Medical Association's Animal Welfare Division, covering methods of castration (surgical and immunocastration) of boar pigs, pain control and alternatives to prevent boar taint.

Swine Nutrition and Management Systems that Alter Productivity and Carcass Traits
Some of the technology implemented by pork producers over recent times to help lower their cost of production were outlined by K-State Swine Nutrition team members, Mike Tokach, Bob Goodband, Joel DeRouchey, Steve Dritz and Jim Nelssen at the 2013 Kansas Swine Profitability Conference.

Gilt Management: Integration on Outdoor Units
Tips on managing gilts in outdoor systems from BPEX - no. 34 in the 'Action for Productivity' series.

Iowa State University Looks into Seasonal Infertility in Sows
US - Iowa State University animal scientists are searching for reasons and solutions for seasonal infertility in sows, including what may be the first scientific study of the possible role of insulin in the problem.

Updated Scientific Evidence on the Welfare of Gestating Sows Kept in Different Housing Systems
A review of recent papers revealed similar productivity, physiology, health and behaviour among individually or grouped sows during pregnancy.

Investigation of the Impacts of Induced Parturition, Birth Weight, Birth Order, Litter Size and Sow Parity on Piglet Serum Immunoglobulin G
A recent paper from Canada reveals that, while supervision of farrowing may allow for improved colostrum intake with benefits to passive immunity, first-born pigs did not appear to get more than their share of the available immunoglobulins.

Fly Management Techniques
Measures for fly prevention on farms and and control measures are outlined in 'Fly management: How to comply with your environmental permit' from the UK's Environment Agency.

Pigs Could be Reservoir for New Multiresistant Salmonella Strain
A new multi-resistant strain of Salmonella has recently been identified, for which pigs could be the reservoir, according to research by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Company News

HIPRA Introduces UNISTRAIN PRRS to European Swine Veterinarians
EU - In the framework of the European Symposium of Porcine Health Management 2013 (ESPHM), HIPRA presented UNISTRAIN® PRRS, the new effective alternative for the control of the most costly disease in pig production.
Novus Experts Deliver Technical Presentations at World Pork Expo
US - The World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, offers the opportunity for pork producers and associated industry professionals to come together for three days to discuss a wide range of pork industry topics including animal well-being, business and environmental management, production efficiencies and more.
Danisco Showcases Solutions to Improve Pig Performance, Profitability
US - Danisco Animal Nutrition, a business segment of DuPont, will celebrate over 25 years of animal nutrition innovation at World Pork Expo in Iowa by showcasing tried and tested nutritional solutions to help overcome key challenges currently facing the pork industry worldwide.
Market Reports

AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 6 June 2013
BPEX Export Bulletin – Week 23
Agriculture in the United Kingdom 2012
China Wholesale Prices - 6 June 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 5 June 2013


Global Pig Industry News

   United States

WPX: One Million Hogs with Nowhere to Go
WPX: US Pork Industry May be Approaching Processing Capacity
WPX: Is 30 Pigs Per Sow Per Year Really Achievable?
WPX: US Pork Export Issues, World Markets Discussed
WPX: US Wrestles with PEDV
WPX: How to Reconfigure Sow Housing
WPX: Does the Pork Industry Have a Problem?
Smithfield Investor Charged with Insider Trading
Campaigners Petition President over Antibiotic Misuse
Lawmaker Against Hog Barn Permits
Hog Outlook: Canada Releases List of US Commodities for Potential Retaliation
CME: Decline in April Red Meat Exports
NFU Supports Initiatives Helping Farmers to Adapt to Climate Change
Pork Checkoff Tools Help Evaluate, Measure, Benchmark
Amended M-COOL Rules Could Harm US Pork Chain
PQA Plus Revisions Debut at World Pork Expo
Trade Barriers, Soft Demand Keep April Beef, Pork Exports Sluggish
NFU Calls on Senate to Advance Farm Bill; Hopeful in Final Stretch
CME: Demand for Bacon Saves Hog Prices this Spring
Domestic Marketing Efforts Make Positive Impact on Retail Pork Sales
New Phytase Improves Phosphorus, Calcium Digestibility
U of M Veterinary Experts Target Emerging Porcine Virus
Biosecurity Key to Avoiding Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea
Establishing Nutritional Value in Copra, Palm Products for Pigs
How Will Smithfield Foods Sale Impact US Pork Industry?
Hog Profits Return but Delayed Planting Keeps Producers Wary
Campaigner Votes Against Antibiotic Bill
CME: Total Meat, Poultry Production Down Due to Memorial Day
Pork Commentary: Smithfield Foods Sale a Real Game Changer

   Mexico

IPVS 2014: Pig Veterinary Meeting Heads for Cancun
Call for Investigation into Industry Practices, Stringent Import Inspection

   United Kingdom

Waste Food Campaign Poses Disease Threat
Pig Recording Workshops to Boost Business Performance
Better Weather, Better Prices
UK Farmers Tackle Air Quality
Smarter Rules for Safer Food
New BPEX Yearbook Published
Balancing Pig Welfare with Economic Concerns
Give a Fork Campaign Renewed
Call to Curb Food Waste - Support Small Farmers
Farmgate Prices Better in UK Than Europe

   Global

Strong US Support for Canadian Opposition to M-COOL
OECD-FAO Expect Slower Global Ag Production Growth
Chinese, Mexican Presidents Discuss Bilateral Cooperation

   Brazil

JBS to Buy Seara from Marfrig
Pork Shipments up 25 Per Cent in May
Report Finds Agribusiness Logistics to Create Complications

   Canada

CPC Position on Proposed Content in Code of Practice
CPC, CSHB Take Action to Deal with Virus Threat
Pig Welfare Set to Improve in Canada
Call for Stronger Biosecurity Practices to Prevent Entry of PED
Canada: Hog Markets


   Paraguay

SENASCA Holds Briefing on Grant Proposals for Ag Ministry

   Germany

German Agricultural Exports Rise

   Australia

Farmers Make it Possible to Stand Up for Real Animal Welfare

   India

PRRS Virus Detected in India for First Time

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Quotations Abroad Going Up Slightly

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