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Monday 6th January 2014.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

US Pig Numbers Begins to Show Impact of Disease

First and foremost, a very happy New Year and warmest wishes for a healthy, successful and prosperous 2014 to all those in the global pig community!

USDA's Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report came out at the end of last year, revealing a one per cent reduction in each of the categories of total pigs, sows and market hogs. With an average of 10.16, the number of pigs reared per litter broke another record in the latest quarter but there are signs that the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv) is hitting pig output, with the number of market hogs down two per cent from the previous report three months ago.

Commenting on the report, market analysts Ron Plain and Scott Brown wrote: "There was indication of the impact of PEDv, with pigs per litter at 100.1 per cent of last fall. That was the smallest year-over-year increase in pigs per litter since the summer of 2003."

The same authors in a later comment added: "The number of PED virus cases increased with the approach of winter and is widely believed to be the cause for the reduced pigs-per-litter in November."

Another analysis - from Steve Meyer - said the report: "will be a bit bullish for the hog market as many of the numbers came in below most of the pre-report estimates of analysts".

Jim Long of Genesus, in his Pork Commentary, wrote: "The USDA report indicates the US breeding herd down by 62,000, which means liquidation," confirming his observations of the market. He says that sow barns have been viewed as a bad investment for some time and that a number of producers with breeding herds have left the sector while none has come in to restore the number of sows.

The holidays have disrupted the reporting of new cases of PEDv in the US but the swine vets' association reports: "The National Animal Health Laboratory Network added 66 new cases to those reported during the week of 15 December, making last week's total of 185 the highest since beginning of the outbreak."

Two new papers on PEDv indicate the most important biosecurity measures to control the spread of the virus and how oral feedback of piglet faeces to the breeding herd may help protect vulnerable newborn litters from the infection.

Turning to news in other countries, the provisional results of the latest survey of pig farms in Germany, conducted in November 2013, shows there were 13 per cent fewer breeding farms and three per cent fewer sows than one year previously. These declines show signs of slowing down, however, as the industry is stabilising again after the introduction of the EU-wide sow stall ban one year ago.

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Company News

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VIV Announces Animal Protein Summit for Nigeria
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Zoetis Participates in PROHEALTH Consortium
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Hidden Costs of Sow Lameness
US & CANADA - In recent weeks, Canadian and US researchers have been touring the country delivering a series of workshops aimed at raising awareness of the cost of sow lameness in commercial swine herds, writes Glenn Kuhn, Swine Technical Manager at Genesus Inc.
Ceva Acquires Sogeval
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Market Reports

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USDA Cold Storage - 23 December 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 23 December 2013
BPEX Export Bulletin - Week 51

Global Pig Industry News


Fewer Total Pigs, Sows in Germany Than One Year Ago

   European Union

EU Feed Production Slightly Increased in 2012
EU Pig Prices: Steady Prospects for Germany
Tighter Welfare Checks on Livestock at Slaughterhouses Proposed
EU Feed Industry Concerned over Low-Level GMOs
EU Pig Prices: Pig Prices Going Further Down
EU Commission Progresses Research Plans on Agriculture Sustainability


2014 Expected to be Most Profitable Year for Pork Producers
Banff Pork Seminar to Focus on Challenges
and Opportunities

Mood of Pork Producers More Optimistic Heading into 2014
Low Stress Animal Handling Techniques Improves Worker Safety
Academic Advocates Fee for Antibiotics Used in Vet Medicine
Growing Interest in Accessing Pork Recipes On-line
More Web Site Hits after Christmas Pork Promotion
Code of Practice Update Process Ensures Broad Base of Public Input
Still Time for Banff Pork Seminar Early Registration Discount
Programme to Fund Canadian Water Infrastructure Projects

   United States

Hog Outlook: PED Virus to Blame for Reduction in Pig Numbers
Hogs & Pigs Report Final Estimates Within Range of Expectations
Getting to Grips with Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea
Manitoba Pork Plans Trade Advocacy Mission to Minneapolis, Des Moines
US Farmers, Ranchers Hoping for a Better 2014
CME: Hog, Cattle Numbers Forecast to Return to Normal by Mid-January
Latest Cases of PED Hit New Record
Crop and Livestock Price Prospects for 2014
Hog Outlook: December Hog Survey Reveals Drop in Swine Breeding Herd
USDA Quarterly Hogs Report Bullish; Cash Hog Fundamentals Still Bearish
2014 Looks Good for US Pork Producers
Iowa Pork Congress 2014 Ahead
Hog Outlook: USDA December Survey
Constitutional Challenge Reshapes US Attitudes on Mandatory COOL
US Consumers Confused about GMOs
PED-Positive Submissions: Half of New Positive Results in Iowa
Managing Waste with More Than Manure
No Change in Market Hog Inventory Likely, Says Plain
Minnesota Pig Farm Criticised over Water Permit Issue
Allendale, Inc. Releases Quarterly Hogs & Pigs Estimates
No Farm Bill Deal until after New Year
Hog Outlook: November Third Highest Month Ever for Retail Pork Prices
Murphy-Brown-Alpental Energy Produces Electricity from Pig Manure
Pork Commentary: Red Hot Early Wean, Feeder Pig Market
Pork Commentary: When You Have Fewer Sows, It Means Liquidation

   Russian Federation

Mixed Year for Russian Meat Sector
Kaluga Pig Unit Officially Opened
New Pig Complex Opens in Kursk

   United Kingdom

Stand-on Feeling for First Trading Week of 2014
Rules on Euthanasia Training Clarified
Wide Producer Pork Price Differences Noted in EU
UK Pig Prices Much Better Than January 2013
Environment Secretary Announces Implementation of Common Ag Policy
Amendments to UK Farm Animal Antibiotic Use Figures for 2012
Producers Won't Recoup Losses until June


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Study Opens up Possibilities to Help Diagnose, Control Glässer's disease


Australian Pork Annual General Meeting Outcomes
South Australia's Farmers Urged to Prepare for Heat
New Manual Offers Advice on Managing Pigs in Hot Weather
Australian White Paper to Boost Agricultural Productivity


Report Warns of Growing Feed Shortage in India


New Slaughterhouses for Four Philippine Provinces


Feed Antioxidant Market Buoyed up by Demand for Animal Proteins
Report: Europe Tops Veterinary Vaccine Market
Abandoned Farmland Widespread in Europe
Weekly Overview: Eight Months on and PED Virus Still Spreading in the US
Impact of Free Trade on Pig Industry
Changing US Farm Bill to Address M-COOL Could End WTO Trade Action


Transgenic Pigs Born of Chinese Research
Slight Increase in Chinese Agricultural Product Prices
FAO, Partners Coordinate Chinese-EU Animal Health Research


Premium US Pork Promotion Proves a Hit in Taiwan


Police Seize Pig Feed in Cyprus


Zambian Pig Producers Warned against Illegal Pig Movement

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November 2013 Pork Export Volume, Value Down Compared to 2012


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