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Monday 21st October 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Adverse Weather and Animal Disease Increase the Challenge of Feeding the World

World Food Day was held last week, on 16 October. Diversity of food and food production methods are crucial in the solution to under-nutrition and micronutrient deficiencies affecting the world’s human population, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

As more grains are needed for animal feed to increase meat and protein production to feed a growing and wealthier global population, wheat is becoming a major driver in the world grain market, according to Jack Watts, senior analyst for cereals and oilseeds at the UK's Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). He was speaking at the Home Grown Cereals Authority's Grain Market Outlook Conference in London last week.

He added that there is currently more risk to the world's cereal markets and in particular, more weather risk.

Highlighting this point, in the last few days, it has been revealed that maize and wheat are in short supply in Argentina. Wheat prices are reported to be sky-rocketing and livestock farmers say there is not enough maize (corn) to go around.

The difficult corn situation has been blamed on a shortfall of up to four million tonnes between the forecast and actual harvest figures, while poor weather has hit the country's wheat crop. Prices for the new harvest, which starts in November, are at US$500 per ton for immediate delivery while in Chicago, the price is US$250 a ton.

Continuing on the theme of feed grains, a judge in Mexico has ordered the government to stop issuing permits to multinational companies for planting genetically modified (GMO) corn at an experimental or commercial scale.

Mexico banned the planting of GMOs back in 1998 but that law was modified in 2005 to allow the planting of test plots. The judge cited the risk of imminent harm to the environment as the basis for the latest decision. There are fears that the many native corn varieties in Mexico could become contaminated if GMO corn is planted. Corn is the country's main food staple.

Livestock diseases also threaten the global food supply, not least or pig meat. The last week has brought reports of more than 30 outbreaks of African Swine Fever in Russia, in both domestic pigs and wild boar across several regions. The country has also announced an outbreak of Classical Swine Fever in September in Amur oblast in the south-east of the country.

The US, meanwhile, seems to be struggling to contain Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea. Kentucky has reported its first positive result, bringing the number of affected states to 18. The total number of swine samples testing positive exceeded 2,000 at the last count and the weekly increase has been accelerating over the last month. North Carolina now holds the unfortunate privilege of being the most affected state.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

New Tools for Precision Feeding
NRC (2012) nutrient requirements models provide a useful tool to understand the complex interactions between feed intake, pig performance potentials, available feed ingredients, environmental conditions, carcass quality and nutrient requirements, according to C.F.M. de Lange of the University of Guelph. Speaking at the London Swine Conference 2013, he also discussed the limitations of the NRC models in relation to high-fibre feed ingredients.

First Few Hours after Birth Determine Piglet Survival
Recent research at the Danish Centre for Agriculture and Food (DCA) at Aarhus University on hypothermia in newborn piglets reveals that there are large differences in how effectively individual piglets recover from a drop in body temperature after birth. A number of ways were investigated to assess body temperature without handling the piglets.

Effects of Altering the Omega-6 to Omega-3 Fatty Acid Ratio in Starter Diets on Piglet Inflammatory Response
Weaner pigs fed diets containing different ratios of n-6 to n-3 fatty acid ratios responded differently to an immune challenge, according to new research from the Prairie Swine Centre.

Survey of Visitors on Swedish Livestock Farms with Reference to the Spread of Animal Diseases
From a survey of Swedish livestock farms, it was revealed that the average number of professional and non-professional visitors per day was 0.3 and 0.8, respectively. The number of visits was affected by herd size, farm type and season, which has implications for farm biosecurity and the potential for the spread of diseases.

Evaluation of Envelope Proteins for Rapid Induction of Protective Immune Response against Classical Swine Fever
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Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Pig and Chicken Supply Chains
This new report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) presents the results from an assessment carried out to improve the understanding of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions along livestock supply chains for pigs, poultry meat and eggs.

MIC Results of Brachyspira hyodysenteriae Strains Recently Isolated Swine Dysentery Outbreaks in South and South East Brazil
Patterns of Minimum Inhibitory Concentrations (MIC) of various antibiotics to local strains of Brachyspira hyodysenteriae - the pathogen that causes swine dysentery - have been investigated in Brazil and reported by Roberto Maurício Carvalho Guedes.

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Success for New Georgian Pig Unit
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Global Pig Industry News


Mexican Judge Puts Temporary Halt on GM Maize Tests
Pork Commentary: Mexican National Pork Conference Report


Hopes for Farm Deal at Bali Trade Talks Run High
Canadian Pork Officially on the Menu in EU
Developing Countries' Small Farmers Become Entrepreneurs
More Grains Needed to Feed Wealthy Growing Population
Canada-EU Trade Deal Opens Doors for Pork Exporters
Nutreco Reports Increased Revenue in Q3 of 2013
World Food Day Shows Importance of Food Diversity
North American Pork Producers Confident in Live Hog Pricing
Russia and Ukraine Agree on Trade Partnership

   United States

CME: Pork Supplies Stay Lower Than a Year Ago
Hog Outlook: USDA Market Reports Back to Work
US President Signs Bill to Put End to Shutdown
PED-Positive Submissions: Kentucky Reports First Positive Test
Pork Checkoff Continues to Seek Solutions to PEDv Challenges
Farm Bureau Commends Progress on Farm Bill Negotiations
NFU Issues Priorities for Farm Bill Conference Committee
Jim Wyckoff: Shutdown Results in Lack of Cash Hog, Pork Product News
CME: Status of Saturday Hog Slaughter Poses Questions
Govt Data Helped Maintain Level Playing Field; What Now?
Wyckoff's Livestock Outlook: Hogs under Fundamental, Technical Pressure

   United Kingdom

Farmgate Prices Remain Strong
Slaughter Association Memorial Scholarships Open
DAPP Rises Again; Spot Base Stays Firm
More Pig Producers on Bill at Events
Swill-feeding Can be Made Safe, Says Campaigner
NPA: Pig Industry Supports Feeding Waste Food to Pigs
Innovation, Team Spirit Prove Winning Combo for Aberdeenshire Pig Farm
UK's Pig Association to Address MPs on Food Waste


EU-Canada Deal Cannot Form Basis for Negotiations with US, Say Irish Farmers

   Russian Federation

Cherkizovo's Pork Project in Voronezh Complete
Russian African Swine Fever Outbreaks Affect More Animals
Russian Swine Fever Outbreaks Continue
Classical Swine Fever Outbreak Affects Pigs in Russia
Eleven Further Outbreaks of ASF Reported in Russia
Meat Processor Sells Share in Dan-Invest Piggery Company
Russia Reports Twelve ASF Outbreaks
Russia: Hog Markets


Key to Risk Management for Hog Producers
Wheat Board Reports Excellent Grain Yields, Quality
Hoof-trimming Helps Reduce Lameness in Sow Herds
Canadian Livestock Transport Certification Program Launched
Consumers Urged to Think Food Safety During Holiday


Management Shake-up at BRF; Fonseca Appointed New CEO
September Pork Export Volume, Value Down from Previous Year

   Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Increases Production of Major Ag Commodities


Chinese Food Prices Fall Slightly
Major Chinese Conference to Focus on Pig Industry


Ukrainian Agri Sector Shows Steady Increase in Production
Ukrainian Meat Production up 9.3 Per Cent


French Farmers Protest Against Food Waste


Maize, Wheat Shortages in Argentina


Ugandan Livestock and Poultry Production Up


Engineer Promotes Organic Hog Raising

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Brisk Demand from Slaughter Companies
Final Texts of Agriculture Policy Reform Gains Approval


OIE Reports Blue Ear Disease Outbreak in Chile


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