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Tuesday 6th May 2014
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

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Which Way Are Pig Feed Ingredient Prices Heading?

A new report from the International Grains Council expects total world grains output to decline slightly in 2014/15 from the record level forecast for the current season. They are then forecast to rise by an average of 1.6 per cent per year over the remainder of the five-year period, exceeding two billion tons by 2016/17.

While some area expansion is anticipated, the increase is largely driven by improving productivity. Firm demand growth is also expected and, while the absolute level of stocks is likely to rise, the ratio of stocks to use is projected to fall slightly to 18 per cent by the end of the 2018/19, from 20 per cent forecast for 2013/14.

Soybean and rapeseed/canola production growth is expected to out-pace grains, related to strong demand from the crushing industry. Combined annual output growth is projected at an average of 2.1 per cent in the medium term.

Oilseed stocks should recover but the market is likely to remain relatively tight, with the stock-to-use ratio is seen rising only slightly.

In the United States, industry analyst, Steve Meyer, says that despite the severe winter and devastation brought by Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED), the pork market is looking promising.

The most recent report on PED in the US gives 6,226 as the number of farms (termed 'laboratory biological accessions' in the official report) that have tested positive for the PED virus, with 30 states affected.

Citing fears of PED entry across its borders, France is the first country in Europe to ban imports of live pigs, pig semen and porcine by-products from the US. An earlier attempt to achieve an EU-wide ban on these products was rejected by the European Commission.

In Canada, recent PED-positive environmental samples have heightened pig producers awareness of the virus. One of the country's leading meat processing companies, Maple Leaf Foods, is blaming its quarterly losses on PED in North America.


MSD Animal Health to Present Important New Data at the 6th European Symposium of Porcine Health Management

MSD Animal Health to Present Important New Data at the 6th European Symposium of Porcine Health Management

MSD Animal Health is pleased to announce an addition to ReproPig®, the company’s reproduction health management platform. PORCEPTAL® induces ovulation in sows 38 hours after application, giving producers the ability to artificially inseminate batches of sows and gilts at one predetermined time instead of scheduling multiple inseminations.

By timing and synchronizing ovulation, PORCEPTAL helps producers simplify their breeding schedule and reduce the time their workforce spends on heat checks and inseminations. In addition, PORCEPTAL reduces the time between weaning and insemination, meaning fewer non-productive days where they are not pregnant or lactating. As part of the ReproPig platform, PORCEPTAL joins other well-established products including REGUMATE®, PG-600® and PLANATE®.

MSD Animal Health believes in the Science of Healthier Animals, ™ and through our use novel vaccines and medicines, cutting-edge delivery systems, and well-designed animal health programs we help farmers support the health of pigs. For more information about PORCEPTAL, visit


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Canada's National Swine Traceability Programme
The final pillar of the national traceability programme - tracking of animal movements - comes into effect in July 2014, Stephanie Cottee (Provincial Programs Coordinator, Ontario Pork) explained at the 33rd Centralia Swine Research Update in January 2014.

Researchers Study Myelin to Help Improve Piglet Survival
About 10 to 20 per cent of piglets do not survive to weaning, and five to 10 per cent are stillborn. Unlocking the effects of myelin production, an important aspect of brain development, in piglets may be one of the keys to their survival.

Salt Poisoning or Water Deprivation in Pigs
Pigs suffering from salt poisoning or water deprivation can be severely affected and in some cases it can become fatal, according to the Department of Agriculture and Food for Western Australia.

Farrowing Alternatives for Small Farms: Insulated Tents for Sows and Pigs, Year One
Insulated yurts (tents) have been tested by Iowa State University as a bedded, crate-free farrowing environment for family farms in Iowa. Pre-weaning piglet mortality was higher than in commercial systems with farrowing crates, particularly during the warmer summer months in this initial study.

High-dose Dietary Zinc Oxide Mitigates Infection with Transmissible Gastroenteritis Virus in Piglets
Researchers based in Berlin have found that a high level of zinc in the diet can mitigate the effects of transmissible gastroenteritis (TGE) infection in weaned pigs and identified the mechanisms underlying the response.

Risk-based Surveillance of Antimicrobial Residues in Pigs
Chronic pleuritis on the farm might be considered a risk indicator for use in surveillance of antibiotic residues in pig meat, according to the authors of this Danish study.

Recent Advances in Understanding the Pathogenesis of Lawsonia intracellularis Infections
A review of recent research on the pathogen causing proliferative enteropathy (ileitis) by scientists at the University of Minnesota.

Company News

Novus Manufacturing Receives Outstanding Performance Award
CHINA - The Novus International, Inc., manufacturing plant in Shanghai has been awarded the 2013 Annual Agricultural Product Quality Safety Supervision Outstanding Performance Award and recognised as 'Class A Enterprise' by the local Ministry of Agriculture.
ACMC Tip: Transport Hygiene Vital
UK - The role of transport in the potential spread of diseases such as swine dysentery, and PED in the United States, emphasises the need to pay very close attention to vehicle hygiene, advises ACMC veterinary consultant, Paul Thompson.
Ceva Hosts Second Biotech Innovation Day in the US
US - Ceva’s Global Biology Industrial Team recently held its second 'Together, Creative Innovation-Day' at its US biology campus, in Kansas City. Developing partnerships is a key part of Ceva’s 'Together, beyond animal health' vision; as a result five leading industrial groups were invited to share their best bets for innovation, which could generate value for both parties.
JSR Genetics Appoints Meat Science Director
UK - Affirming their strong commitment to improving the eating quality of pork, JSR Genetics has appointed Caroline Mitchell as Director of Meat Science.
Circovac® Delivers Clear Economic Gain
UK - An economic gain of around £3.33 per pig can result from vaccinating piglets with Circovac according to research presented by Merial at the European Symposium of Porcine Health Management (ESPHM) in May 2013 in Edinburgh.
MSD Animal Health to Present Important New Data at the 6th ESPHM
ITALY - MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the US and Canada) will present results from more than 20 studies at the 6th European Symposium of Porcine Health Management (ESPHM) in Sorrento from 7 to 9 May 2014.
New Zoetis Demonstration Farm Showcases Improvest
US - Zoetis has opened a demonstration farm in Greensburg, Indiana, to broaden understanding on the use of immunological castration (IC) in US pork production systems.
Market Reports

USDA Agricultural Prices - 30 April 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 29 April 2014

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

Hog Outlook: 288,000 Jobs Added to the US Economy in April
Pork Market Looks Promising in Spite of Harsh Winter, PEDV Battles
Hog Futures: Lean Hogs Closed Up on Monday
Pork Checkoff Offers Pork Management Conference in June
Next Supply and Demand Report to Include First 2014/15 Forecasts
PED Update in US: 6,226 PED-positive Pig Farms
Hog Futures: June Lean Hogs Closed Down Thursday
Missouri Reports First Detection of Porcine Delta Corona Virus
Farmers Union President Discusses COOL, Competition and RFS
NPPC Details Challenges Faced by Hog Farmers Due to PEDv
Hog Futures: Lean Hogs Closed Lower on Wednesday
Hog Futures: Lean Hogs Closed Up on Tuesday
Pork Checkoff Updates Transport Quality Assurance Programme
Hog Futures: June Lean Hogs Closed Down Monday
Maintaining Markets for US Pork
CME: Dramatic Shortfalls in Red Meat, Poultry Production
Pork Commentary: March Pork Production, Cold Storage Lower


Improved Lung Lesion Scoring System for Pigs
Germany Adjusts to New Animal Health Regulations

   United Kingdom

Feed Adviser Register Goes from Strength to Strength
Cereals 2014 to Focus on Feed
AHVLA Reports Swine Dysentery, Porcine Circovirus in February 2014


Call for Speedy Implementation of Canada-South Korea Trade Agreement
Latest Positive Environmental Samples Heightens Producer Awareness of PED
Maple Leaf Sales Affected by PEDv
Pork Producers' Vigilance Credited with Helping Contain Spread of PEDv
Pig Code of Practice Changes Revolve Around Sow Stall Conversion
Pork Producers Seek Government Help in Expanding Truck Washing Capacity
Win-win Situation for Pigs, Producers and Society
Canada Notifies OIE of 58 PED Outbreaks
Pork Commentary: Canadian Packer Saga Continues?


Mission to Promote US Agricultural Products in Northeast China
Dip in World Grain Output Forecast in 2014-2015
Farmers Must Drive Precision Livestock Farming
Feeding the World Using Foley's Five Steps
Ministers of Latin America, Caribbean Agree on Action to End Hunger
Tsetse Fly Genome Breakthrough Brings Hope for African Livestock Farmers
Animal Welfare Took Centre Stage on World Veterinary Day


Spanish Study Shows Vaccination of Wild Boar Effective Against TB


France Bans Imports of Pigs, Semen from Four Countries Citing PED Risk


US$9.2 Billion Set Aside for Investment in Indian Agriculture

   Czech Republic

Czech Livestock Output Falls in First Quarter

   Hong Kong

WH Group Stops Public Share Offering


Swine Fever Scare Closes Danish Crown Plant


BRF Sees Good Growth in First Quarter


Colombia Reports Classical Swine Fever Outbreaks in Magdalena

   Russian Federation

Russia Hog Markets

   European Union

EU Pig Price Quotations Range from Steady to Increasing


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