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Monday 30th September 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Agreement is Reached so is it All Plain Sailing Ahead?

On the European Union Common Agricultural Policy, political agreement and Smithfield Foods' shareholders voted in favour of the companies acquisition by Shuanghui International so everything is now settled on these two issues, right? Instead of plain sailing ahead, there could still be dark clouds on the horizon, it appears.

Europe’s farmers now know where they stand on payment changes, following the completion of the political negotiations on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Having agreed the key Commission measures that aim to establish fair and practical farm subsidies through policy reform, Member States are now presented with real challenges ahead as the boundaries of the CAP extend over increasingly varied farming and political landscapes.

In order to increase payments in newer Member States such as the Baltic countries, money has to be taken from those receiving more, such as Belgium and the Netherlands, according to the EU agriculture spokesperson.

Earlier last week, US-based pig meat giant, Smithfield Foods' shareholders voted overwhelmingly to approve the proposed strategic combination with Shuanghui International Holdings Limited.

There were mixed reactions to the news. The vote was not unanimously in favour of the deal and the National Farmers Union's president commented: "It is a sad day for family farmers and consumers when the largest pork processing company in the United States is sold to a Chinese interest."

One year ago, Russia finally joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) but its pork market remains unstable, according to meat market analyst, Andrey Dalnov.

He writes that it has taken a year for Russia's pork prices to climb back after the last plunge was triggered by the admission of Russia to WTO and the rise would not have been possible without a host of events beyond purely market supply and demand interaction.

In other news, the number of new cases in the US positive for porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) continues to rise steadily. The number of affected states remain the same at 17 but the most recent data shows a sharp rise of North Carolina.

There has been a reported outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease involving pigs in Zabaykalsky Krai in southern Russia.

In the UK, the pig industry is enjoying better times. However, at the risk of spoiling the good mood, it has been estimated that, should an outbreak of an exotic disease hit the sector, producers would suffer an almost immediate drop of up to £0.40 per kilo. This would would plunge every commercial pig unit in the country deep into the red.

Finally, USDA has released a video on the role of vaccination and immunity in establishing and maintaining pig health.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Why We Should Reduce Antibiotic Usage and Ways to Do It
A thorough review by Robert Derosiers of Boehringer Ingelheim Canada, presented at the London Swine Conference 2013, including evidence of a whole range of interventions that could be used by pig producers to reduce the threat of antibiotic resistance in human and porcine pathogens.

Danish Pig Research Centre Annual Report 2012: Piglet Survival
Better surveillance of farrowing reduced the rate of stillborns on participating farms in Denmark from 13 per cent to around 10 per cent.

Group Housing for Lactating Sows with Electronically Controlled Crates: 1. Reproductive Traits, Body Condition and Feed Intake
Research from Germany revealed no real differences in the reproductive performance of sows and gilts kept in groups or in individual stalls from just before farrowing to the end of a 26-day lactation.

Effects of Heat Treatment on Composition and Amino Acid Digestibility of Canola Meal Fed to Growing Pigs
Canola meal subjected to moist heat has reduced amino acid concentrations and lower digestibility of crude protein and all amino acids, according to research form the Hans H. Stein Monogastric Nutrition Laboratory at the University of Illinois.

Wild Boar Tuberculosis in Iberian Atlantic Spain: a Different Picture from Mediterranean Habitats
Wild boar in the Atlantic region are less likely to excrete Mycobacterium tuberculosis than those in Mediterranean areas, according to new research from Spain.

AHVLA Pig Disease Surveillance Monthly Report: May 2013
Among the highlights of this report are continuing salmonellosis in pigs post-weaning, swine influenza outbreaks (two influenza virus strains), pigs with PRRS exacerbated by earlier enteric disease and sudden deaths in finishers caused by Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae.
Company News

Boehringer Achieves Milestone in Mycoplasma Control
GERMANY - Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health has achieved a milestone: 500 million pigs have benefited from Mycoplasma vaccination.
PRRS Vaccine Effective Against Various Strains of Asian PRRS Virus
ASIA - MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the USA and Canada) presented new data showing that MSD Animal Health’s PRRS vaccine is effective against different strains of the PRRS virus in Asia.
Fine-tuning Finisher Diets Can Save Thousands of Pounds
UK - Now that many pigs are being taken to heavier weights there are further opportunities for farmers to make savings in feed costs by tailoring diets more accurately to the genetic capability of the pig, says Ed Sutcliffe, geneticist with pig-breeding company, ACMC.
Osborne Industries Awarded Patent for Safety Gate
US - Osborne Industries has been awarded a patent for the unique Safety By-Pass Gate for its automated pig weighing and sorting system.
Biomin Receives Positive Votes for Mycofix in EU
EU - Two products from the well-established Mycofix® product line of BIOMIN, Mycofix® Secure (bentonite/dioctahedral montmorillonite) and Biomin® BBSH 797 (Gen. nov. sp. nov., formerly Eubacterium), are slated to become the first-ever products authorized by the EU as substances with proven mycotoxin counteracting properties.
Genus Acquires Genetiporc
GLOBAL - Genus plc has acquired Génétiporc in a deal that includes the US and Mexican Génétiporc companies and certain assets in Canada.
MSD Animal Health Presents Important Data at Asian Pig Veterinary Society Congress
VIET NAM - MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the USA and Canada) announced that data related to its swine products and product-related services will be presented at the 6th Asian Pig Veterinary Society (APVS) Congress on 23 to 25 September 2013 in Ho Chi Minh City.
First Pig Rentability Day in Belgium Sets Attendance Record
BELGIUM - Close to 1,000 people from the Belgian pig sector gathered for the first Pig Rentability Day on 30 August at the AI-station of Hypor in Olsene.
Warning over Pathogens, Antibiotic-resistant Organisms in Manure
CANADA - An enormous responsibility for all hog producers is to manage the health of the herd. There is no question that a healthy herd has the best opportunity to be a productive herd, writes Glenn Kuhn, Swine Technical Manager at Genesus Inc.
Market Reports

BPEX UK Pig Meat Market Update - October 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 30 September 2013
BPEX Export Bulletin - Week 39
USDA Agricultural Prices - 27 September 2013
USDA Hogs and Pigs - 27 September 2013
UK Slaughter Statistics – August 2013
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USDA GAIN: Republic of Korea Livestock and Products Annual 2013
Irish CSO Reports: Livestock Slaughterings August 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 26 September 2013
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 26 September 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 25 September 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 24 September 2013
Irish CSO Reports: Pig Survey June 2013

Global Pig Industry News

   Russian Federation

Another FMD Outbreak in Zabaykalsky Krai in Southern Russia
Russian Pork Market Still Wobbly a Year after WTO Admission
Backyard Pigs Banned in Russian Region

   United States

NFU to USDA: Reject COOL Rule Extension Request
Hog Outlook: Trade Experts of Two Minds on Hogs & Pigs Report
New House Rule Should Pave Way for Completion of Farm Bill
Investors Offered Chance to Sell Smithfield Promisory Notes
Welfare Group Loses Court Case
USDA Produces Video on Keeping Pigs Healthy
Coalition Appeals Denial of Injunction to Block M-COOL
PED-Positive Submissions Increase Sharply in North Carolina
Wyckoff's Closing Report: Lean Hogs Close Lower
CME: Hogs & Pigs Report Highly Anticipated
Registration Open for International PRRS Symposium
CME: Estimated Pork Inventory Down from Previous Month
AFBF Advocates Port Expansion Projects
Mixed Feelings about Approval of Shanghui-Smithfield Deal
K-State’s Swine Day Programme Includes Update on PEDv
Smithfield Shareholders Approve Shuanghui Deal
Hog Slaughter Continues to Fall Short
PED Having Significant Impact on Hog Inventory, Says Economist
Centre Receives Funding for Disease Surveillance System
PED Spreads to Oklahoma Pork Producers
Pork Commentary: Lean Hog Prices Continue Historically Strong

   United Kingdom

Disease Outbreak Would Cost British Pork Producers Dearly
UK Farmers Say Farming is Part of Climate Change Solution
Sustainable Livestock Production Possible
DAPP Hits New High; Prices Level with Tulip
British Pork Supplier Assures Customers of Integrity of Pork
Ginger Pig Praised as a Rural Success Story
£4M of Research Funding to Improve Health of Livestock
ASF Scare in Britain a False Alarm
Common Pig Ventilation Problems Solved with Simple Changes
Cranswick Strengthens Its British Pig Herd


Germany Bans Piglet Castration Without Anaesthesia from 2019


Increase in Italy's Pig Meat Imports


Food Price Controls to Cut Cost of Living in Thailand


Canadian Biosecurity Prevents Spread of PED from US
Canadian Pork Producers Need Sustained Profitability
Canada Sets Date for Mandatory Traceability of Pork
Economics of Developing PED Vaccine Questionable
Canada: Hog Markets

   European Union

Commissioner Urged to Include Responsible Use of Antibiotics
How Can Farm Subsidies Be Made Fairer?
Campaigners Disappointed by EU Policy Compromise
EU Parliament Rejects Simplification of Pig Meat Inspections
EU Pig Prices: Markets Beat Down All Over Europe
Political Agreement Brings Agricultural Reform Closer
Commissioner Calls for Pragmatism over Trade Partnership
Event at European Parliament Highlights Plight of Pigs
Brussels Pledges Help If ASF Strikes EU


Nigerian Agency Sensitises Farmers on Pig Value Chain
Pig, Rice, Aquaculture Intergration Could Help Nigeria's Farmers


Major Cuts of GHG Emissions from Livestock Within Reach
Agriculture, Trade Focus of Alberta Govt Trip to US Conference


Brazil Looking to Expand Pork Exports to Argentina
Brazil Focuses on Sustainable Water Use in Farming
Production Costs for Broilers and Pigs Soar in August


Decline in Danish Pork Exports


New Development Programme Launched by HKScan

   Korea, South

South Korea Plans to Double Farm Product Exports by 2017


Pig Farmers Urged to Adopt Proper Feeding Methods


Kepak Acquires Majority Share of Cavan Pork Firm


Agreement to Promote Spanish Swine Database


Food Security Remains a Problem in Djibouti


China Looks to Uganda to Meet Food Demand

   Czech Republic

Czech Farmers to Receive Additional State Support


Pig Farm Workers to Get S$25 Pay Rise


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